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Russia attacks Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, killing at least two, wounding many: Reuters

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By Max Hunder

KHARKIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russian forces attacked a crowded DIY hardware store in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Saturday, killing at least two people, injuring many and sparking a large fire that firefighters are struggling to put out, local officials said.

Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleg Sinievbov announced on the Telegram messaging app that two guided bombs had landed at a DIY supermarket in a residential area of ​​the city. He said two people were confirmed dead and 24 were injured.

Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov said many people were missing but did not immediately give a figure. Authorities said up to 200 people could have been in the hypermarket at the time of the attack.

“The attack was aimed at a shopping centre where many people were present and is clearly a terrorist attack,” Terekhov said.

Reuters video footage showed a huge plume of black smoke rising into the sky from the scene and fire engines and rescue teams heading to the scene.

Rescue workers, medics and journalists rushed to flee the building, crawling on their stomachs, fearing a second strike – a common feature of recent Russian attacks.

Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Russian border, has been the target of weeks of attacks by Russian forces, including an incursion into the northern part of the country earlier this month.

Witnesses described scenes of panic at the shopping centre.

“I was at work and we heard the first explosion and fell to the ground together with my colleagues. There was a second explosion and we were covered in rubble. Then we started crawling to higher ground,” said Dmytro Syrotenko, who suffered large cuts on his face.

The 26-year-old man told Reuters that rescue workers had helped him, several colleagues and other shoppers and carried them to safety.

Shortly after the attack, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy renewed his call for strengthening air defenses to protect the city of about 1.3 million people.

Moscow denies deliberately targeting civilians but its 27-month-long all-out invasion of Ukraine has left thousands dead and wounded.

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