Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said at least 48 people were killed in a Russian artillery strike that hit a shop near the eastern city of Kupiansk on Thursday.
Oleh Synehubov, Head of Kharkiv region military administration said Russian forces shelled a cafe and shop in the village of Grozna in the Kupiansk district.
Writing on Telegram, Synebuhov said: “Today, at around 13:15, Russians shelled a cafe and a shop in the village of Groza, Kupiansk district, where there were many civilians.”
“Rescuers continue to work at the site. As of now, the bodies of 48 dead people, including a 6-year-old boy, have been removed from the rubble.”
“6 people, including 1 child, were injured. Doctors are providing them with the necessary assistance. Rescue operations at the site are ongoing.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is on a visit to Spain, said the attack was “a demonstrably brutal Russian crime – a rocket attack on an ordinary grocery store, a completely deliberate terrorist attack.”
“Russian terror must be stopped. Anyone who helps Russia circumvent sanctions is a criminal. Everyone who still supports Russia is supporting evil. Russia needs this and similar terrorist attacks for one thing only: to make its genocidal aggression the new normal for the whole world,” Zelensky said.