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Ukraine updates: Zelenskyy reports attack on Kupiansk museum

Update : 26 Apr 2023, 00:43

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said one person was killed and others were still trapped under rubble after a missile hit a museum in Kupiansk.

Russian forces struck a museum in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kupiansk on Tuesday, killing one person, wounding 10 more and burying others under rubble, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"So far we know of a dead museum worker and 10 injured. There are more people under the rubble. The recovery from the shelling continues. All necessary agencies are involved," Zelenskyy wrote on the Telegram online messenger.

The regional governor in Kharkiv said the damage was caused as part of a barrage of S-300 missiles used to attack the city near the front lines.

Zelenskyy posted a video from the site showing a ruined building and emergency workers examining the scene.

"The terrorist country is doing everything to destroy us completely," Zelenskyy said. "Our history, our culture, our people."

Kharkiv's governor Oleh Syniehubov said that three people were hospitalized, seven suffered only minor injuries and two others were missing and believed trapped under the rubble.

Kupiansk, in northeastern Ukraine not far south from the Russian border, was captured by Russian forces early in the invasion but was reclaimed by Ukrainian troops as part of their surprise September counteroffensive. Fighting continues near the city, which lies just west of Ukrainian territory still under Russian control.

Ukraine asked vulnerable residents to leave the city as a precaution in March, anticipating a possible renewed Russian attack.

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