Kharkiv: Seven ‘burned alive’ as Russian drones hit oil depot

  • By Yaroslav Lukiv
  • BBC news

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As many as 15 houses on one street burned down completely after the Russian attack, officials in Kharkiv say

Seven people have been killed in a Russian drone strike that caused a massive fire in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, local officials say.

The victims included two parents and their three young boys who were “burned alive” in their home, deputy police chief Serhiy Blovinov said.

“One entire street… turned into a hellish molten mass,” he told Ukrainian television after the attack on Friday evening.

Kharkov Mayor Ihor Terekhov said 15 private houses had been completely burned down.

President Volodymyr Zelensky promised a “just response” to Russian “terror.”

He identified the three murdered children as Oleksiy, 7, Mykhailo, 4, and Pavlo, who was just seven months old.

An elderly couple died in another house that was set on fire on the same Kotelna Street in the city’s eastern Nemyshlianskyi district.

Mayor Terekhov said in a video message from the scene that “the Russian aggressor is ruining our city.” “But we will overcome. We will win,” he added.

He said the Russian attack left 57 local residents of Russia “without a house, without documents, without money, without personal belongings.”

Ukrainian officials had previously said a gas station had been hit, but later corrected their report.

Kharkiv – Ukraine’s second-largest city near the Russian border – has seen deadly Russian attacks almost daily in recent days.

In addition, one man was injured in another Russian drone strike in the southern city of Odesa in Ukraine on Friday evening.

The Russian military has not commented publicly on the reported attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion against Ukraine in February 2022.

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