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Russian air bombs hit Kharkiv: the consequences of terror in the photos of Ukrainian documentary filmmakers

The body of a man killed in a Russian air strike lies in front of a house in Kharkiv. March 27, 2024. Photo by Yakov Lyashenko

On Wednesday, March 27, two powerful explosions occurred during an air raid in Kharkiv in the afternoon. For the first time since 2022, Russian troops attacked a residential area of the city with air bombs. Nineteen people were injured, including a girl born in 2022 and a boy born in 2023. One civilian woman was killed, who was on the street at the time of the "arrival". 14 apartment buildings were damaged.

75-year-old Inna looks out the broken window of her apartment. Kharkiv. March 27, 2024. Photo by Heorhiy Ivanchenko

Photo by Heorhiy Ivanchenko

72-year-old Ms. Iryna stayed in her apartment even after her apartment building was damaged by shelling in Kharkiv. The woman is unable to move around on her own. March 27, 2024. Photo by Heorhiy Ivanchenko

Photo by Heorhiy Ivanchenko

Anatoliy, 75, stayed in his apartment even after his apartment building was damaged by shelling. The man is blind. Kharkiv. March 27, 2024. Photo by Heorhiy Ivanchenko

"According to the information being checked, the enemy used a cheap analog of a cruise missile. We have two arrivals - the first hit a secondary school, the second one right in the middle of residential buildings," said Serhiy Bolvinov, head of the regional investigation department.

Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, noted that today was the first time the enemy attacked Kharkiv with a large-caliber guided munition: "The shelling of residential buildings is likely to have been carried out with a D-30 UMPB munition. It is quite powerful, with an average explosion force between an air bomb and a rocket. A 30-cm caliber munition can fly up to 90 km. It can be used both from an airplane and from Smerch MLRS. Final information will be available after the examination," emphasized Syniehubov.

Local photographer Yakov Lyashenko documented the aftermath of the Russian attack. Near the entrance, he found an elderly woman with a bicycle killed, as well as many injured people who were wounded by shards of glass that flew out of the windows. "This is a completely residential area. There are houses and a supermarket nearby. There are no military facilities there," the photographer said.

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims and the injured, and noted that the Russian terror against Kharkiv was becoming particularly vile: "Attempts to drive more than a million people into a blackout, constant attacks by missiles and "shaheds". Now - air bombs. Just on an ordinary street, on houses, schools, ordinary civilian infrastructure." The Head of State once again appealed to international partners to strengthen air defense: "Why don't the Petriots, which are plentiful in the world, still cover the skies of Kharkiv and our other cities and communities that suffer from Russian terrorists?"

All services are working at the site and the rescue operation has begun. Residents of the damaged buildings are being provided with humanitarian aid and offered temporary housing.

Photo by Olga Kovaleva

As a reminder, Kharkiv was in blackout for several days. On March 22, the Russians hit the city with 15 missiles and completely cut off the power.

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


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