Surviving the Kharkiv Epicenter hypermarket attack: A firsthand account of terror and devastation

Rescuers have been searching for victims in Epicenter mall for four days
Rescuers have been searching for victims in Epicenter mall for four days

For the fourth day in a row, rescuers have been searching for victims at the site of the attack on the Epicenter hypermarket in Kharkiv, manually sorting through tons of debris, news program TSN reported on May 29.

Emergency services are sifting through the piles of ash with shovels and pitchforks to find the remains of the victims of the Russian terrorist attack on May 25.

A human body was found between the rows in the ceramics department of the destroyed hypermarket earlier. On May 28, at night, law enforcement officers identified the deceased father of an 8-year-old boy who had donated DNA for this purpose.

One of the victims said that at first, on May 25, there was one explosion in the mall. A few minutes later, they heard a second explosion.

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"Someone shouted that we had to get people out," says the Kharkiv resident.

“Everything was collapsing. I had both legs broken, I fell from the second floor. My friend was killed there, many of my acquaintances were killed.”

In total, more than 50 people were injured in the Russian strike on the Epicenter, about 20 of them are in hospitals. Earlier, on May 29, the Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration reported that another victim of the Epicenter attack had died, bringing the number of fatalities to 19.

Russian strike on Kharkiv's Epicenter on May 25

An explosion rocked a residential area in Kharkiv on May 25, at 4:02 p.m., Mayor Ihor Terekhov confirmed.

The Russian military hit an Epicenter DIY hypermaket with two guided aerial bombs, causing a fire over an area of more than 10,000 square meters. There were about 200 people in the store.

Rescue workers continue to clear the rubble of the destroyed hypermarket.

Law enforcement officers have identified 18 victims of the Russian attack, including a 12-year-old girl and her mother, the Prosecutor General's Office reported.

Read also: Unexploded ordnance found 80 meters away from Epicentr in Kharkiv

May 27 was a day of mourning in Kharkiv to honor the victims.

According to the regional administration, Russia used D-30 UMBP munitions for the strikes. As of May 28, rescuers had dismantled 50% of the rubble in the mall.

The number of deaths from the Russian strike increased to 19 people on May 29.

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