Zelenskyy mourns victims of Kharkiv printing house missile strike

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Kharkiv's Vivat printing house, which was hit by a Russian missile on May 23.

"One of the largest printing facilities in Kharkiv and all of Ukraine," President Zelenskyy said on X. "Yesterday, a Russian missile strike killed seven people here."

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Zelenskyy expressed condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.

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"The printing facility was destroyed, and tens of thousands of books were burned," Zelenskyy said. "A lot of children's books, educational materials, and textbooks... Russian terror must never go unpunished."

Ukraine will ensure that the Russian state bears the consequences and costs of its actions, he added.

The attack on the printing house was part of a series of Russian missile strikes on Kharkiv and the nearby cities of Zolochiv and Lubotyn. Two missiles hit Vivat, killing seven employees and injuring 21 others. Vivat, owned by the Factor Group, was one of the largest full-service printing houses in Europe, producing books for its own publishing house as well as many other Ukrainian publishers. Its destruction has left a significant void in the Kharkiv printing industry.

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