EU President condemns Russian strike on Kharkiv mall, urges immediate air defense solution

Aftermath of Russian strike on Epicenter hypermarket in Kharkiv on May 25
Aftermath of Russian strike on Epicenter hypermarket in Kharkiv on May 25

European Council President Charles Michel condemned the Russian strike on a Kharkiv hypermarket as "atrocious" in a statement posted on X on May 25, calling for Western nations to urgently deliver air defense systems to Ukraine.

"Russia’s efforts to terrorize Ukrainian civilians as part of its war of aggression against Ukraine are criminal,” he stated.

“Together, we can stop Russia’s brutal attacks. We need to urgently advance on a comprehensive air defense solution for Ukraine," Michel emphasized.

On May 26, Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Synehubov reported that the death toll from the May 25 Russian glide bomb attack on the Epicenter shopping mall had risen to 14, with 43 others injured, some seriously.

Sixteen employees and visitors remain unaccounted for, according to Serhiy Bolvinov, head of the regional investigation department of the national police. Authorities are currently gathering DNA samples from relatives to aid in identifying the missing.

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The attack on the Epicenter was followed by another Russian strike on downtown Kharkiv around 7 p.m. local time. Eighteen people were injured in this subsequent attack, including a 13-year-old boy who is in serious condition and has already undergone surgery. The missile used in this attack was an S-300, fired near an office center in the Shevchenkivskyi district, reported Regional Chief Prosecutor Oleksandr Filchakov.

The response to these attacks mobilized nearly 200 rescuers, dozens of vehicles, and 400 police officers.

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