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The children are laughing, and in the background the ruins

Photographers from Zaporizhzhia Olena Tita and Kateryna Klochko captured the aftermath of the morning attack on the city

The armed forces of the Russian Federation launched rocket attacks on Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, and the Dnipro suburbs in the morning of October 18.

This was reported by Suspilne Novyny.

According to preliminary data, four people were killed in Zaporizhzhia, a 67-year-old woman sustained shrapnel wounds in Kharkiv, and the number of victims in Dnipro increased to 4.

In Zaporizhzhia, there is a threat of collapse of a building that was hit by a Russian missile.

In order to continue clearing the rubble, a special crane is currently supporting the hinged structure, i.e. part of the roof. This is necessary to protect rescuers and continue rescue and search operations, Suspilne reports, citing Yulia Barysheva, a spokeswoman for the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

Photographers Olena Tita and Katia Klochko filmed the site of the impact in the center of Zaporizhzhia. She says that the weather is good in the city today, and the center is crowded.

"I heard the explosions around 01:30, later I learned that the missile hit a residential building and immediately went to the scene with a colleague. The house is in the very center of the city, next to a church where all the windows were smashed. Two people were already known to have died, and rescuers were searching for three people under the rubble. Search and rescue operations were complicated by the fact that the building's structures could collapse at any time. Unfortunately, the residents of the house who were reported missing died - their bodies were recovered by rescuers. Five people died as a result of the S-300 missile hitting the residential building, and five more were hospitalized. Among the dead were a young couple. "In the report, I wanted to show the heroic work of the SES and rescue workers who risk their lives to save people," said Kate Klochko.

"The most emotional thing for me today is a very contrasting reality. The weather is nice today, the sun is shining, we are in the city center. Nearby is a street with a lot of traffic, a crowd of people, because there is a market nearby. The building is very beautiful, it has such beautiful elements and decor. The children are smiling at me, and behind them are ruins, people have died. It's such a big contrast," says Olena.

Local historian Roman Akbash told Olena that the house was not an architectural monument.

"This is a postwar building, the first half of the 1950s, the most remarkable house in the area and one of the works of the architects of the Kharkiv City Construction Project under the direction of the prominent architect Georgy Wegman," the local historian explained.

On October 6, Russia attacked Kharkiv with several Iskander missiles. The hits were in Kyivskyi and Osnovianskyi districts of the city.


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