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The epicenter of tragedy and pain in Kharkiv after the enemy bombing of a hypermarket in the photographs of documentary filmmakers

Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


A large-scale fire, a column of black smoke over the city and the bodies of dead Kharkiv residents in the parking lot - these are the consequences of another crime of Russians against civilians. Today, on May 25, at 16:02, Russian troops fired with submachine guns at the Epicenter hypermarket in Kharkiv. The number of dead and wounded is increasing every hour.


Photo by Yevhen Gertner for Suspilne Kharkiv


More than 200 people were in the building at the time of the strike, at least 11 of them are currently unreachable, and four people have been confirmed dead. As of 20:34, the number of wounded was 40, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said. The head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleh Syniehubov, said that the dead were men who worked in the hypermarket.


Photo by Yevhen Gertner for Suspilne Kharkiv


The mall's administration said that after the air raid alert was issued, the staff did everything possible to evacuate visitors and employees as quickly as possible. However, two strikes on the central part of the building occurred within minutes of the alarm. 


The Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office noted that the Russian army had struck the city with two D30-SN UMPBMs. The strikes were launched from the territory of the Belgorod region of the Russian Federation. "Rescue operations are ongoing. Prosecutors and police investigators are working at the site to document the war crime. Criminal proceedings have been initiated under Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," the prosecutor's office said.


Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne

 

If Ukraine had enough air defense systems and modern combat aircraft, such Russian strikes would be simply impossible, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes. He was reacting to another brutal attack on Kharkiv. "As of now, we know that more than 200 people could have been in the hypermarket. All services are already on the spot to help - to rescue people and extinguish the fire that has completely engulfed the premises, 10 thousand square meters," Zelensky said.


Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


The administration of the hypermarket noted that it was not the first time that Epicenter's facilities, which provide the population with all the necessary goods, had been attacked by the occupiers. Earlier, the Russian army completely destroyed six of the company's shopping centers in Mariupol, Chernihiv, Bucha, Kharkiv, Kherson and Nikopol. Another part of the chain's facilities stopped working due to active hostilities, constant shelling and the occupation of Ukrainian territories by the occupying forces.


Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


In the late afternoon, at 19:10, another explosion occurred in Kharkiv. The Russians hit the central district of the city with dense residential buildings. Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov reported 11 wounded.


Photo by Oleksandr Magula for Suspilne


Photo by Yevhen Gertner for Suspilne Kharkiv


On May 23, Russian troops fired ten times at Kharkiv. The enemy targeted the printing house and transportation infrastructure. The bodies of the dead are among the burned books. The consequences of the Russian attack on the printing house in Kharkiv in the photos of Oleksandr Magula

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