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Russians hit a printing house and a furniture shop in Kharkiv. The tragedy in the photo of Yakov Lyashenko

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

On 20 March, in the afternoon, Russian forces attacked Kharkiv with an X-59 missile that hit a multi-storey civilian industrial building. Five people were killed and seven injured. This was reported by the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleg Sinegubov.

The Russians hit the printing house and the furniture and paint shop in the middle of the working day. Among the victims were employees of the enterprise.

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

"Investigators and forensic experts are establishing who exactly was in the building at the time of the attack. We have seized employee logbooks and are finding out how many people could have been inside the building at the time of the explosion," said Serhiy Bolvinov, head of the Investigation Department of the National Police in Kharkiv Region.

The SES says there may still be people under the rubble. The search and rescue operation continues.

Kharkiv-based photographer Yakov Lyashenko entered the affected industrial centre, engulfed in smoke and fire, to document another Russian war crime and the work of rescuers.

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

There, Yakiv met the owner of the printing house, who showed him what his company was doing. "They used to print books, puzzles, children's games, and medicine packaging. The printing house was badly destroyed," says the photographer.

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

"There was a canteen in the printing house. I was struck by the fact that there were food containers and forks on the table. Someone came for lunch, and apparently this saved them, because the printing house itself was badly damaged, but the canteen was not," says Yakiv.

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

The photographer saw that the Russian attack had also partially damaged a workshop where wedding dresses were being made.

A mobile headquarters has been set up at the scene of the attack, and an investigative team, forensic experts, explosives experts and medics are working there. In addition, a five-storey building, a car, and the premises of a private enterprise were damaged by a Russian missile in Kharkiv.

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


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