Ukraine seeks air defenses, strikes inside Russia after Kharkiv bombing

Dmytro Kuleba
Dmytro Kuleba

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's attempt to seize Kharkiv has failed, leading to destructive attacks like the one on the Epicenter hypermarket on May 25, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on X. 

There are two ways for Ukraine’s partners to prevent such attacks, according to Kuleba.

"First: more ‘Patriots’ and other air defense systems for Ukraine," he wrote.

"Second: Ukraine shooting down Russian military aircraft before they drop bombs on Kharkiv and other cities and communities. Provide Ukraine with additional air defense and support Ukrainian strikes on military targets in Russia. Act now."

The death toll from the May 25 Russian glide bomb attack on the Epicenter hypermarket in Kharkiv has risen to 13 people, with 43 others injured, including several in serious condition, regional governor Oleh Synehubov and the Prosecutor's Office reported on May 26.

Eighteen other civilians were injured, including a 13-year-old boy in serious condition, in another Russian attack on downtown Kharkiv on the same day. Regional Chief Prosecutor Oleksandr Filchakov said that the enemy had fired an S-300 missile near an office center in the Shevchenkivskyi district at approximately 7 p.m. local time.

"Guided bombs and missiles against the usual buildings of Kharkiv, the usual civilian life of the city. A construction hypermarket has burned to the ground, and firefighting is still underway," President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his May 25 evening address to the nation, noting that Kharkiv Oblast had been on air-raid alert for more than 12 hours.

"There were hits on the central park, on ordinary houses. The exact number of dead is still unknown. In total, almost 60 people were injured that day in the city of Kharkiv alone."

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

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