Two UAVs strike Epicenter shopping mall, leading to fire, deaths, and injuries

A fire broke out in a construction hypermarket in Kharkiv after it was hit by two Russian anti-tank missiles
A fire broke out in a construction hypermarket in Kharkiv after it was hit by two Russian anti-tank missiles

An explosion rocked Kharkiv at 4:02 p.m., with Mayor Ihor Terekhov reporting that a plane had crashed into a residential area.

There were about 200 people in the Epicenter at the time of the Russian attack, according to Terekhov.

At 5:22 p.m., Terekhov, citing the director of the Epicenter, told reporters that about 15 employees of the hypermarket are unaccounted for.

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5:20 p.m.: Preliminary data indicates that the occupiers used the D-30 UMPB to attack the Epicenter, Dmytro Chubenko, spokesman for the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office, told reporters.

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Daryna Borysenko / NV

5:17 p.m.: Terekhov said the occupiers also hit the central park in Kharkiv. Information about victims and destruction is being clarified.

5:13 p.m.: Videos of a large-scale fire at the Epicenter appeared on social media.

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Daryna Borysenko / NV

5:10 p.m.: The mayor of Kharkiv said that at the time the Epicenter was hit, there could have been about 200 people inside.

5:03 p.m.: Synehubov said the number of victims has increased to 11. Terekhov writes that many people are missing.

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"Judging by everything, the attack was aimed at the shopping center where there were many people—this is pure terrorism," said the mayor of Kharkiv.

4:56 p.m.: The first photos from the site of the impact of Russian anti-tank missiles on the construction hypermarket in Kharkiv have appeared. The photo shows that the Epicenter was hit.

4:46 p.m.: Oleh Synehubov clarified that two Russian anti-aircraft vehicles hit the construction hypermarket, causing a fire over an area of 15,000 square meters. He confirmed that the death toll had risen to two.

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4:42 p.m.: Suspilne, citing its correspondents, also reported the fire and said a column of black smoke was visible in the northeastern part of the city.

4:39 p.m.: Terekhov confirmed that two people are known to be dead.

4:34 p.m.: The head of Kharkiv OVA, Oleh Synehubov, wrote that one person is known to be dead and at least four wounded. Information is being updated.

4:30 p.m.: Terekhov wrote that, according to preliminary data, the construction hypermarket was hit. There is information about casualties, but it needs clarification.

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4:24 p.m.: The head of the Kharkiv OVA, Oleh Synehubov, said the occupiers hit the civilian trade infrastructure, causing a fire. The number of victims is being clarified.

4:02 p.m.: Suspilne reported the explosion, citing its correspondents.

Mayor of Kharkiv Ihor Terekhov stated that, according to preliminary data, the strike had hit a residential area of Kharkiv in a densely populated civilian building.

"Information on victims and destruction is being clarified. All relevant services will be working at the site of the impact," he added.

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