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The bodies of the dead among the burned books. The consequences of the Russian attack on the printing house in Kharkiv in the photos of Oleksandr Magula

On May 23, Russian troops conducted ten strikes on Kharkiv. There were powerful explosions in the city. Today, the enemy targeted the printing house and transportation infrastructure. According to preliminary data, the enemy attacked the city with S-300 missiles. Hits were recorded in Kholodnohirsky and Osnovyansky districts.


Kharkiv, May 23, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


In the Osnoviansk district, Russian missiles hit the territory of the Factor-Druk printing house, where most Ukrainian publishers printed their books. On social media, writers, bookstores, and publishing houses express condolences and support for their colleagues.


Kharkiv, May 23, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


As a result of the attack, a large-scale fire broke out in the printing house, and the paper shop was also on fire. Seven people were killed and 16 others were injured. All the victims were employees of the company who had come to work in the morning. Rescuers found the bodies of the dead among the books. At the time of the enemy strikes, about 50 people were working there.


Kharkiv, May 23, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


"Russia hit the city and the region with 15 missiles. All of the victims are employees of the printing house," said Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration. He added that all emergency services are working at the scene. People are being provided with the necessary assistance.


Kharkiv, May 23, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


Oleksandr Magula, a member of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers and a documentary filmmaker, was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the attack, as it "landed" not far from his home.


"The printing house was completely destroyed, books were burning," says the photographer. "The women who died there were people who just went to work in the morning, it was supposed to be a normal day for them. They were printing books. The moment when the rescuers pull out the bodies, or rather what's left of them, from the rubble is always very impressive and will probably never cease to be impressive."


Kharkiv, May 23, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


After the morning's "rocket rain," air raid alarms sounded several more times in the city. Medics and firefighters immediately ran for cover. "There I met several firefighters I knew, with whom I had worked at the sites of 'arrivals' more than once. We were lucky that the enemy did not strike the same place for the second time, as they have done many times before," says Oleksandr Magula.


Kharkiv, May 23, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


Watching the tragedy in the destroyed printing house, Oleksandr admits that he kept thinking about the Petriot air defense systems that are so critically needed in his hometown.


In his address, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also called on partners to help protect Kharkiv from the air. "Russian terrorists are taking advantage of the fact that Ukraine still lacks sufficient air defense protection and a reliable ability to destroy terrorist launchers exactly where they are located - near our borders. And this is a weakness - not our weakness, but the weakness of the world, which for the third year has not dared to treat terrorists exactly as they deserve," Zelensky said.


Kharkiv, May 23, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


Yesterday, on May 22, Russians once again attacked residential areas of the city - Shevchenkivskyi and Kholodnohirskyi - from the territory of the Belgorod region of the Russian Federation. Damaged high-rise buildings, a smashed tram and trolleybus, burned cars, wounded and frightened people - these are the consequences of the shelling of Kharkiv by Russian troops with UMPB D-30 ammunition. The ruins and blood after the "arrival" were documented by photographers Heorhiy Ivanchenko and the Liberovs, Vlada and Kostyantyn.

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