Six dead in Kharkiv following intense Russian missile attacks

A damaged house in Kharkiv after the strikes on May 31
A damaged house in Kharkiv after the strikes on May 31

Kharkiv was subjected to a barrage of Russian missile strikes on the evening of May 30 and into the night of May 31, using S-300 and S-400 missile systems, NV reported on June 1.

A five-story residential building was heavily damaged from the third to the fifth floor, igniting a fire that resulted in five fatalities. Additionally, 25 people, including an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, were injured.

Air alert map as of 12:02 a.m. on May 31 <span class="copyright"></span>
Air alert map as of 12:02 a.m. on May 31

In a separate incident, a security guard at a sewing workshop lost his life. A subsequent Russian strike damaged a fire truck and an ambulance, complicating rescue efforts.

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Rescue operations in Kharkiv were halted overnight with three individuals still trapped under debris. The clearance efforts resumed early on June 1, revealing a total of six fatalities, including the sewing shop security guard.

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Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin sharply criticized Russia's tactic of double-striking civilian areas to target first responders, calling for international assistance to lift restrictions on defensive weapons for Ukraine.

The Kharkiv Prosecutor's Office has released new footage from the attack on the residential building. Out of the 25 injured, eight were hospitalized, with two in serious condition. Rescue teams later discovered an additional victim under the rubble, bringing the death toll from this location to five.

Overnight, Kharkiv was hit by five S-300/S-400 missiles while Kyiv suffered attacks from Iskander missiles. Six individuals, including a child, were rescued from another damaged building in Kharkiv, where residents experienced shrapnel and explosive injuries.

The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office reported that the Novobavar district saw significant damage with over 20 multi-story buildings affected and a civilian enterprise destroyed. The enemy's tactic of double strikes led to additional casualties among medics, rescuers, and law enforcement.

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The number of injuries rose to 23, including a 13-year-old boy who was hospitalized. The strikes primarily targeted civil infrastructure, with preliminary data suggesting the use of S-300 missiles. Residents posted photos showing the extensive damage and ongoing rescue operations.

Kharkiv Mayor Oleh Synehubov reported that the strikes continued while rescuers were actively working at the sites. One additional person was hospitalized due to the attacks.

At 12:17 a.m., another explosion was reported in a five-story building, possibly trapping people under rubble. Shortly before, at 12:08 a.m., two more strikes were confirmed in densely populated areas, causing further destruction and igniting fires. Details on casualties from these incidents are still being verified.

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Synehubov emphasized the gravity of the situation, urging residents to stay sheltered. "Be careful — explosions can be heard in the city!" he warned as the air alert in Kharkian Oblast persisted for nearly nine hours.

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