Ukrainian officials say Russian strike The attack that struck a store in the village of Horuzha in the northeastern Kharkiv region on Thursday killed at least 49 people, in what would be among the highest civilian death tolls in an attack since the war began.
Attacking the civilian population intentionally or recklessly is considered a war crime. In all, at least 9,614 civilians have been killed since Russia launched its massive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and 17,535 have been injured, according to UN statistics. Latest data from the United NationsWhich warns that the real numbers are likely much larger. Moscow denies that it targeted civilians despite evidence to the contrary.
Here are some of the deadliest incidents against civilians since Russia launched its invasion:
Kharkiv: Few places in Ukraine suffered more damage in the first weeks of the Russian invasion than Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city after the capital, in the region of the same name. Local authorities said in mid-March 2022 that at least 500 civilians were killed in Russian missile attacks on residential buildings and public buildings. That month was the bloodiest of the war for civilians, according to UN data.
Mariupol: A Russian airstrike destroyed a theater in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on March 16, 2022. The word “CHILDREN” was written in large white letters outside to show that civilians were taking shelter in the building. Amnesty International said in a report that at least ten people were killed, “and it is likely that many more.” Survivors told a New York Times reporter that between 60 and 200 people were killed. The attack occurred during the siege of the city, which fell into the hands of Russian forces in May. The UN’s top human rights official said Mariupol was perhaps the “bloodiest place in Ukraine” during the first three months of the war.
Kramatorsk: More than 50 civilians were killed when Russian forces bombed a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, in Donetsk Oblast, on April 8. Civilians, including women and children, were fleeing fighting in the district. The attack marked the beginning of the Russian campaign to seize the entire Donbass region.
Kremenchug: A Russian missile attack on June 27 on a shopping center in the industrial city of Kremenchuk, located in the Poltava region of central Ukraine, killed 20 people and injured 59 others, a senior government official said.
Chasev yar: A Russian raid on a residential complex in Chasev Yar, a small city in Donetsk province, on July 9, killed at least 43 people, according to local emergency services. Ukrainian authorities said Russian forces used multiple rocket launchers in the attack.
Vinnytsia: Russian cruise missiles hit a shopping mall, a dance studio and a wedding hall in Vinnitsa, a city in central Ukraine hundreds of miles from the front line, on July 14. At least 23 people were killed, including a 4-year-old girl. Down’s syndrome.
Zaporozhye: Russian missiles hit a convoy of vehicles carrying people fleeing fighting in the Zaporizhia region, southern Ukraine, on September 30, killing at least 30 people and wounding 88 others.
Dnipro: A heavy missile designed to sink ships exploded in a dense landscape of homes and shops in the Ukrainian city on January 15, destroying a nine-storey apartment building. The raid resulted in the deaths of 46 people, including six children.
Oman: A Russian missile attack on a residential building in the city of Uman in central Ukraine in late April killed at least 25 people.
Kherson: In early May, at least 23 people were killed and dozens injured in a barrage of bombing that hit a shopping mall, a train station and other places in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region, according to Ukrainian officials.
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