In Photos: Russian glide bomb attack damages Kharkiv National University of Economics 

Karina Bondar - 16 May 2024 | 16:12

KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, May 16 — On May 14, the Russians dropped three modified gliding bombs (D-30 UMPB) on Kharkiv, damaging the building of the Semen Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics (KhNUE), Gwara Media reports. 

The bombing damaged the university’s classrooms and stained-glass windows in one of the buildings.

“The explosions started; there were three nearby [the university]. Glass and debris flew right at me. It was a very powerful explosion, and everything was blown away. There were no students, the head’s staff and the head were [in the university]. We were working because there was a lot of work to do. Everyone moved to the shelter, but when we came back, we saw this,” commented Olena Kot, Deputy Head of the Faculty of International Economics and Entrepreneurship.

Russians damaged KhNUE named after Semen Kuznets / Photo: Serhii Prokopenko, Gwara Media
Russians damaged KhNUE named after Semen Kuznets / Photo: Serhii Prokopenko, Gwara Media
Russians damaged KhNUE named after Semen Kuznets / Photo: Serhii Prokopenko, Gwara Media
Russians damaged KhNUE named after Semen Kuznets / Photo: Serhii Prokopenko, Gwara Media

The Russian glide bomb attack on May 14 injured 21 civilians, including two girls aged 12 and 8, and a 12-year-old boy. Russians hit the 10th and 11th floors of a 12-storey apartment building, causing severe damage.

According to the data provided to Gwara Media by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, as of April 25, 2024, Russia damaged 31 higher education institutions (out of 107 in Ukraine) and 36 vocational pre-higher education institutions (out of 137 in the country) in the Kharkiv region.

A new study published on March 11 by UNESCO and the Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine shows that, during the two years of full-scale war, Russia has damaged or destroyed 1,443 buildings belonging to 177 scientific institutions in the whole of Ukraine. 

Rebuilding Ukrainian universities alone will cost more than $1.21 billion.

Russians bombarded the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kharkiv / Photo: Ivan Samoilov, Gwara Media

Photo credits: Russians damaged KhNUE named after Semen Kuznets / Photo: Serhii Prokopenko, Gwara Media

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  • On the evening of May 14, Russian troops hit the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kharkiv with three air bombs. They damaged residential buildings, including two floors of a high-rise building, and garages, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said to Gwara Media.
  • At about 7:30 a.m., a Russian FPV drone hit the center of Kupiansk, injuring a woman
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