19.06.2024 US
848 day since the barbaric invasion of Ukraine

The fire in Kharkiv's "Epicenter" after the Russian attack has been extinguished

In Kharkiv, a large fire in the "Epicenter" was extinguished after a Russian attack. 12 people died, 16 are missing, and 43 are injured.

Oleksandr Budariev
Destroyed Epicenter hypermarket in Kharkiv
Destroyed Epicenter hypermarket in Kharkiv / Photo: DSNS Kharkiv

The large-scale fire that broke out in the Kharkiv construction hypermarket "Epicenter" after the Russian military attack on May 25 has been extinguished. This was reported by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Igor Klymenko, on Telegram.

Firefighters took more than 16 hours to tackle the blaze, which covered more than 13,000 square meters.

At the moment, it is known that 12 people have died, and 16 are still missing. The regional police reported that the number of injured has reached 43.

Rescue operations at the site of the destroyed "Epicenter" hypermarket in Kharkiv
Rescue operations at the site of the destroyed "Epicenter" hypermarket in Kharkiv / Photo: DSNS Kharkiv

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that at the time of the attack, there could have been more than 200 people in the hypermarket.

Representatives of "Epicenter" confirmed the death of their employees and the loss of contact with some of them. A police investigative team and a forensic laboratory are working at the scene of the tragedy.

Samples for DNA analysis were taken from ten relatives of the missing persons. Three of the deceased have already been identified, and the identification process is ongoing.

It is worth recalling that the Russian occupiers struck the hypermarket with two D30-SN guided munitions around 4:00 PM on May 25. As a result, a fire broke out, which was extinguished 16 hours later.


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