UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, May 20 — In the village of Cherkaska Lozova, diving units of the State Emergency Service (SES) found the body of a man killed on May 19, in the Russian double-tap missile attack on a recreation center. His identity is being established, the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration reported.

The death toll from Russian attacks on the recreation center in Cherkaska Lozova, Kharkiv region, has now risen to seven. Twenty-eight people were injured.

Rescuers found in the water the body of a man killed in the Russian double-tap missile attack of Cherkaska Lozova / Photo: SES of Ukraine

Towns and villages of the Kharkiv Oblast, especially border settlements, came under intense artillery shelling and airstrikes since Russia launched a new ground offensive north and northeast of the region on May 10.

On May 19, at about 11:00 a.m., the Russian army hit a recreation center in Cherkaska Lozova, a village in the Kharkiv suburbs, with a double-tap missile attack. 

The attack killed seven and injured 28 people, including an eight-year-old child, two paramedics, and a police officer.

The first Russian missile hit the village at 11:00 a.m., the second — 10-15 minutes after medics and police arrived. The double-tap strike is a known Russian tactic aimed to injure or kill first responders arriving at the impact site of a first missile to help. 

Among the people killed in a double-tap was a 7-month pregnant woman. All people injured in an attack are currently hospitalized. Eight of them have severe injuries; they are in the intensive care unit. 

Evacuation is currently underway in the region. According to Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov, police, volunteers, and rescuers evacuated 10,573 people from the border communities of Kharkiv Oblast. 

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