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Yakiv Lyashenko and Yevhen Gertner show the consequences of the attack on the Nova Poshta terminal near Kharkiv

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On the evening of October 21, the Russian Armed Forces launched a missile attack on the Nova Poshta terminal in Korotych, Kharkiv region. The head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, said that the missiles were fired from the S-300 system.

"An ordinary civilian object. Unfortunately, there are casualties," President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. "All services are working at the scene, the rescue operation is underway.

As of 13:00, the missile strike killed six people and injured sixteen others with shrapnel wounds. Four of them sought outpatient medical care. According to Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov, the victims are residents of Kharkiv, Pisochyn, Liubotyn and Izium. All of them were employees of Nova Poshta.

October 22 was declared a day of mourning: "We will work and honor every fallen hero of Nova Poshta. Every person who died in this war."

Photographer Yevhen Gertner and his colleagues arrived at the scene just half an hour later. At the scene, Yevhen took pictures of everything, but decided not to show the photos with the mangled bodies. "I kept the footage for the Military Archive of Ukraine. We'll need it later," says Gertner. "What struck me the most, as always, was the cynicism and cruelty of the Russian army, which once again strikes at civilian infrastructure under the guise of victory.

Photo: Yevhen Gertner

Photographer Yakiv Lyashenko arrived at the scene after midnight, when journalists were allowed inside. By that time, the fire had already been extinguished and the rescue operations were over. Forensic experts were working inside the destroyed Nova Poshta terminal. "Parcels were scattered around and the sorting robots that are supposed to transport boxes of parcels were turned on. The bodies of the deceased Nova Poshta employees were lying on the floor," says Yakiv Lyashenko.

Photo: Yakov Lyashenko


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