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River of Fire in Kharkiv. The consequences of a drone strike on an oil depot in the lens of Ukrainian photographers


Photo: George Ivanchenko

A flaming river of fuel covered the Nemyshlyansky district of Kharkiv on the night of February 10. The city heard an air raid alarm, followed by an explosion and then a fire.


Around midnight, the Russians launched a UAV at Kharkiv from the territory of Belgorod region. As a result, at least 15 private houses, as well as sheds, garages and cars, were trapped in a fire. A residential neighborhood near an industrial area in the southeastern part of Kharkiv was on fire. The Russians hit nearby fuel tanks with attack drones. Everything caught fire and spread to the surrounding street. As a result, the fire grew to 3,700 square meters.


Photo: George Ivanchenko
Photo: Yakov Lyashenko
Photo: Yevhen Gertner

"It was a difficult night for Kharkiv. Seven dead, including three children. We have information about three wounded. In total, almost half of the street burned down," said Mayor Igor Terekhov. 50 Kharkiv residents were evacuated, including two children. Four people had to be rescued from the burning buildings.


Photo: George Ivanchenko
Photo: Yakov Lyashenko

Five people were burned alive in one house "Family. Preliminarily, among the dead are children aged four and seven and a baby," said Serhiy Bolvinov, head of the Kharkiv regional police investigation department. He also said that the temperature of the fire was such that the bones and body of the baby turned almost into ashes: "We assume that the mother was holding the children, hugging them and pressing them to her chest."

All relevant services are working at the site of the impact. Utility workers are clearing the rubble from the fire. In some places, the State Emergency Service continues to fight the fire and search for possible victims. 


Photo: Yevhen Gertner
Photo: Yakov Lyashenko

In addition, investigators and forensic scientists are working at the site to document Russia's war crime and take DNA samples to identify the bodies.


Photo: Yakov Lyashenko
Photo: Yakov Lyashenko

The mayor's office promised to provide housing to all those who found themselves homeless as a result of Russia's terrorist attack.

Photo: Yevhen Gertner
Photo: Yevhen Gertner
Photo: Yevhen Gertner
Photo: Yevhen Gertner

The project is implemented thanks to the support of IWM Documenting Ukraine.

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