Deadly Drone Strikes Hit Kharkiv, Causing Civilian Casualties

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.04 - 2024 8:40 AM CET

Photo: Christopher Rogel Blanquet /
Photo: Christopher Rogel Blanquet /
A series of drone attacks devastate Kharkiv, leaving four dead and twelve injured as emergency services race to rescue victims from the aftermath.

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Kharkiv became the target of four unmanned aerial drone (UAV) attacks, which struck various civilian infrastructure points in the Novobavar district, leading to significant casualties and destruction.

The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office and the State Emergency Service, through announcements made on Telegram, have confirmed the tragic toll of these assaults: four individuals have perished, and twelve others sustained injuries, with one man being dramatically rescued from the debris.

The prosecutor's office detailed the extensive damage inflicted upon residential areas, including buildings, shops, trade pavilions, pharmacies, cars, and even a medical facility.

Further reports from the prosecutor's office indicate that a civilian enterprise in Lozova suffered damage, and there were additional strikes on energy infrastructure facilities within the Kharkiv region.

A City Under Siege

One of the drones struck the 14th floor of a building, causing destruction that spanned from the 8th to the 12th floors and claimed the life of a 68-year-old woman among the casualties.

As specialized services were responding to the initial strike, they were targeted in a subsequent drone attack.

This incident resulted in the deaths of three rescuers who, at the time, were engaged in a rescue operation to save a 67-year-old man trapped under slabs on the 3rd floor of a building. The attack also injured another employee of the State Emergency Service, a police officer, a nurse, and nine civilians.

Despite the circumstances, the State Emergency Service managed to rescue the 67-year-old man from the rubble.

"About 10 emergency workers were involved in this operation, utilizing a manual hydraulic tool and jacks to free the man and transfer him to medical personnel. The man received minor injuries," reported the State Emergency Service.

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