Russia hits Kharkiv with S-300, injures 16

Mayor says that some residential buildings were destroyed and that there was no military targets in the area

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Experts examine a crater next to a multi-storey residential building destroyed by a missile attack in central Kyiv, on January 2, 2024. — AFP
Experts examine a crater next to a multi-storey residential building destroyed by a missile attack in central Kyiv, on January 2, 2024. — AFP

Ukrainian regional governor said Tuesday at least 16 people were wounded including two in critical condition after the latest Russian strikes using S-300 missiles hit a non-military area of Kharkiv, days after the attack that killed three in the same region.

The missiles hit residential buildings, according to the city's Governor Oleg Synegubov.

The Ukrainian city of Kharkiv is 30 kilometres (19 miles) far from the border with Russia and has been under frequent attacks since Russia commenced its special military operation in February 2022.

After the strikes, the mayor said that some residential buildings were destroyed and that there were no military targets in the area.

Earlier Tuesday, authorities urged around 3,000 residents in more than two dozen villages near the frontline in the wider Kharkiv region to evacuate, citing escalating Russian attacks in the area.

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire in a multi-storey residential building destroyed by a missile attack in central Kyiv, on January 2, 2024. — AFP
Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire in a multi-storey residential building destroyed by a missile attack in central Kyiv, on January 2, 2024. — AFP

Russian forces captured swathes of the Kharkiv region shortly after the special military operation in Ukraine, and have kept up efforts to wrest the region despite losing ground there.

The latest attack took place nearly two weeks after Russian strikes hit the Zmiiv, Kharkiv region, on January 8, killing at least three people.

Earlier, on December 30 last year, at least 30 people were killed and over 160 were injured after Russia struck the biggest missile barrage on Kyiv, alongside several other Ukrainian cities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a statement, had claimed that Russia "used nearly every type of weapon in its arsenal", targeting residences as well as a maternity hospital.

Russia's air defences, which were overpowered, have significantly improved, according to Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson.

He stated that Russia used hypersonic, cruise and ballistic missiles, including X-22 type, which are difficult to intercept, adding: "We've never seen so many targets hit simultaneously."

The air force said 114 of 158 missiles and drones had been shot down. This degree of destruction could only be brought about by a direct missile hit.

For months, the damage and fatalities that Ukrainians continuously anticipated were primarily caused by falling debris. Now, a greater menace has reappeared.

Ukrainian Air Force Spokesperson Yuriy Ignat said that this was a "record number" of missiles and "the most massive missile attack" of the war, excluding the early days of constant bombardment.