Ukraine-Russia war – live: Putin’s ‘inhuman’ missile strike hit area with no military targets, says Kyiv

By Isaac M October 7, 2023

Russian strike hits village in Kharkiv on Thursday, killing over 50 people

A village where a Russian missile killed at least least 52 civilians in one of the deadliest attacks in the war had no military targets, according to Ukraine’s defence minister.

President Volodymyr Zelensky branded the strike on a funeral service “inhuman” and “a completely deliberate act of terrorism”, claiming the troops would have known what they were doing. “This was no blind strike,” he said.

About 60 people, including children, were at a wake in Hroza, in eastern Ukraine, when the missile hit.

Defence minister Rustem Umerov said: “The terrorists deliberately carried out the attack during lunchtime, to ensure a maximum number of casualties.”

“There were no military targets. This is a heinous crime intended to scare Ukrainians.”

Sergey Bolvinov, Kharkiv police investigator, told CNN: “Not a single military object, not a single military vehicle. All the dead and wounded people are civilians.”

Just 24 hours later, another Russian missile killed a 10-year-old boy and his grandmother in the city of Kharkiv, not far away.

The attack also injured 28 people, including an 11-month-old baby, regional governor Oleh Synehubov said.

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Boy, 10, and grandmother killed as Russian rocket strikes Kharkiv

Russia unleashed new air strikes on Ukraine early on Friday, killing a 10-year-old boy and his grandmother in the city of Kharkiv and damaging grain and port infrastructure in the Odesa region in the south, Ukrainian officials said.

The boy and his grandmother were killed when Russia hit Ukraine’s second biggest city with two Iskander ballistic missiles, regional governor Oleh Synehubov said. Twenty-eight others were wounded, including an 11-month-old baby, he said.

The boy’s father, Oleh Bychko, said he had managed to pull his younger son and wife out of the rubble after the strike. Bychko, his face scratched and his clothes covered in blood, stood shocked and lost for words after the death of his 10-year-old son, Tymofiy. Reporters saw emergency crews pulling the body of the boy – who was wearing pyjamas with a Spiderman design – from the rubble of a building.

The missile attack destroyed much of a residential building, where rescue workers worked among the rubble of bricks, twisted metal and wood.

The attacks followed a Russian missile strike on Thursday in which Ukrainian officials said dozens of people were killed in the village of Hroza in northeastern Ukraine during a gathering to mourn a fallen Ukrainian soldier. The attack on Hroza was one of the deadliest single strikes on civilians since Russia’s invasion in February 2022.

Oleh Bychko looks at a residential building damaged by a Russian missile strike, where rescuers recover the body of his 10-year-old son Tymofii from debris, amid Russia’s attack on Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Tara Cobham6 October 2023 10:42

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Russian missile strike on Ukraine village kills 52 during memorial service

A Russian missile slammed into a cafe and grocery store in a village in northeastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing 52 people during a gathering to mourn a fallen Ukrainian soldier, Ukrainian officials said.

Large piles of bricks, shattered metal and building materials remained where the cafe and shop were hit early in the afternoon in Hroza village in Kharkiv region.

“A deliberate missile strike on a village in Kharkiv region on an ordinary store and cafe,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address, delivered while attending a summit of the European Political Community in Spain. “Russian troops could not have been unaware of where they were hitting. This was no blind strike.”

He added that a six-year-old boy was among the dead in what appeared to be one of the biggest civilian death tolls in any single Russian strike.

Moscow did not immediately comment on the events in Hroza. Moscow denies deliberately targeting civilians, but many have been killed in attacks that have hit residential areas as well as energy, defence, port, grain and other facilities.

Emergency workers search for the victims of the deadly Russian rocket attack

(Ukrainian Police Press Office)

Tara Cobham6 October 2023 08:30

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We repelled attack on Sevastopol, says Russian chief

Russian anti-aircraft units repelled on Friday what appears to have been an attempt to attack on Sevastopol from the sea, the Crimean port’s Russian-installed governor said.

“Anti-aircraft systems have been in action,” governor Mikhail Razvozhayev wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Preliminary indications are that an air attack from the sea has been thwarted.”

Jane Dalton7 October 2023 03:15

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Drone footage shows scale of strike in village

Scale of deadly Russian strike in Kharkiv village shown in drone footage

A Russian rocket blast reduced a village cafe and store in eastern Ukraine to rubble on Thursday 5 October, killing at least 51 civilians – including a six-year-old boy – in one of the deadliest attacks in the war in months. Drone footage shows the aftermath of the attack, where rescuers searched for survivors in the remains of the only cafe in the village of Hroza, located in the Kharkiv region. Around 60 people, including children, were attending a wake at the cafe when the missile hit, Ukrainian officials said. Volodymyr Zelensky described the strike as “a demonstrably brutal Russian crime” and the White House also condemned the “horrifying” attack.

Jane Dalton7 October 2023 02:05

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Destruction in Kharkiv

A dramatic picture captures the moment black smoke billows into the sky and the ground is covered in debris after the latest deadly attack in Kharkiv:

Jane Dalton7 October 2023 00:55

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‘We were meant to be dead’

“We were meant to be there. We were meant to be dead,” says a woman who had been due at the wake where more than 50 people were killed.

Maira Butt speaks to some of those who now have to deal with the pain and grief:

Jane Dalton6 October 2023 23:46

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Footage captures aftermath of strike that killed boy, 10

Footage from inside Kharkiv apartment captures aftermath of deadly strike

Terrifying footage posted on Telegram on Friday, 6 October, shows the aftermath of a blast in Kharkiv, Ukraine, filmed from inside an apartment. A Russian missile strike killed a 10-year-old boy and injured two dozen other people on Friday, according to officials. Today’s attack came a day after a strike in the same region killed at least 51 people. Thursday’s strike was one of the deadliest attacks in the war in months. An explosion on Friday left a crater in the streets of Kharkiv close to an apartment building.

Jane Dalton6 October 2023 22:35

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US set to announce more weapons for Ukraine

The Biden administration is expected to announce a new weapons package for Ukraine next week as the Pentagon continues to use up funds discovered due to a multi-billion-dollar accounting error, US officials said.

Mr Biden has been asking Congress to approve another $24 billion related to Ukraine.

The composition of the next round of weapons aid is still being formulated and is set to be unveiled on Wednesday at the 16th meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group in Brussels where security assistance will be a key topic, the officials said.

It was expected to have a value of around $200 million and could include similar ammunition and ground vehicles that have been in recent aid packages.

Mr Biden has vowed to replenish stocks of arms sent to Ukraine. The true cost of shipping weapons is measured when the replacement is purchased.

Jane Dalton6 October 2023 21:30

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Only civilians, no military targets at scene of deadly attack

A village where a Russian missile killed at least least 52 civilians in one of the deadliest attacks in the war had no military targets, according to a police chief investigator.

Sergey Bolvinov, Kharkiv’s regional police investigator, told CNN: “Not a single military object, not a single military vehicle. All the dead and wounded people are civilians.”

Defence minister Rustem Umerov said: “The terrorists deliberately carried out the attack during lunchtime, to ensure a maximum number of casualties.

“There were no military targets. This is a heinous crime intended to scare Ukrainians.”

Jane Dalton6 October 2023 20:30

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Analysis: Why two of the EU’s biggest political headaches aren’t going away

The EU and Kyiv have a lot of work to do to make Ukraine’s accession to the bloc work:

Jane Dalton6 October 2023 19:45

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