Death Toll Rises to 17 After Russian Attack on "Epicenter" in Kharkiv

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.27 - 2024 1:15 PM CET

Photo: Mykolaiv State Emergency Service on Telegram
Photo: Mykolaiv State Emergency Service on Telegram
Another body has been found in the rubble of the "Epicenter" hypermarket in Kharkiv.

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Another body has been discovered in the rubble of the "Epicenter" hypermarket in Kharkiv, bringing the number of confirmed deaths to 17.

The hypermarket was destroyed in a nighttime attack by Russian forces, and search and rescue operations are ongoing.

Ongoing Search

Serhiy Bolvinov, head of the Investigative Department of the State Police in the Kharkiv region, reported the latest discovery on Facebook. He noted that the body was found in the section where lamps were sold.

"The search does not stop; unfortunately, there may still be bodies in the hypermarket," Bolvinov wrote.

Bolvinov added that investigators and criminalists have been working tirelessly for three days.

"The work does not stop for a moment, despite the constant concerns. Additionally, the work in the laboratory continues - during the night, specialists were able to identify two more victims," he said.

A City in Mourning

Today, May 27, Kharkiv has declared a day of mourning to honor the victims of the Russian bombing of the "Epicenter" hypermarket. The attack, which occurred on May 25, initially claimed the lives of 16 people, including a 12-year-old girl.

With the latest discovery, the death toll has now risen to 17, and ten of the victims have been identified so far.

The Kharkiv City Council announced the day of mourning, as confirmed by Ukrinform.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov signed an order mandating that the State flag, adorned with a black ribbon, be flown at half-mast on all buildings and structures of local self-government, as well as on enterprises, institutions, and organizations.

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