- A Russian missile hit a blood transfusion center. There are dead and injured, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on social media. In the post. Beasts destroy everything that allows life.
According to the communiqué of Volodymyr Zelensky. The incident took place in Kupiansk, Kharkiv Oblast. The president of Ukraine announced the tragedy late Saturday evening.
"A Russian missile hit the blood transfusion center. Tonight in the Kupiansk commune in the Kharkiv region. We already know about the deaths and injuries. My condolences! Our rescuers are extinguishing the fire", he said, adding a photo.
We can see the fire consuming the building. Powerful flames peek out from the center of the blood donation center, illuminating all the windows. Above the object - instead of the roof - you can see huge, thick clouds of smoke.
"This war crime alone says everything about Russian aggression. Beasts that destroy everything that simply allows you to live. Defeating terrorists is a matter of honor for anyone who values life", he added in the entry.
The city of Kupiansk and nearby settlements were occupied by Russian troops in the first days of Moscow's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, launched in February 2022. The area was liberated during the Ukrainian counter-offensive last September.
The Ukrainian leader did not say how many people were killed and injured in the attack. Russia, in turn, denies any allegations of war crimes or targeting of civilians.
The attack on the blood donation center came hours after Russia accused Ukraine of striking a Russian oil tanker with 11 crew members in the Black Sea.