05/10/2023
59 killed and 6 injured

Russia hit a grocery store in the Kharkiv region

Photo: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine

On October 5, Russian forces targeted the village of Hroza in the Kharkiv region, and hit a local grocery store and cafe. Due to enemy shelling, the building was completely destroyed.

49 people, including a child, were killed in the attack. 7 victims received injuries, reported the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.

According to updated information, the death toll has risen to 52, informed Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration. 6 more people were injured. Rescue and search operations were finished.

As of October 12, the amount of dead victims has increased to 59 people, stated Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

“Russian terror must be stopped. All those who help Russia bypass sanctions are criminals. Everyone who supports Russia until now supports evil. Russia needs this and similar terrorist attacks for only one thing: to make its genocidal aggression the new norm for the whole world. And I thank every leader of every nation that supports us in protecting life!” stated President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

At the time of the Russian attack, a memorial service for a deceased villager was held in a cafe. In total, there were about 60 people on the premises. “There were 330 residents living in the village of Hroza; from each family, from each household, there was a person present at this memorial dinner,” said Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

In particular, the memorial service was due to the reburial of a fallen Ukrainian soldier, reported Dmytro Chubenko, Spokesman of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office. The ceremony was organized by his family, namely his son and wife. They were both in a cafe at the moment of a Russian shelling and were killed.

Under the procedural guidance of the Kupiansk District Prosecutor’s Office of the Kharkiv region, a pre-trial investigation was started on the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with intentional murder (Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

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