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UKRAINE, KHARKIV, May 25 — At 7:10 p.m., Russia attacked Kharkiv for the fourth time today, hitting a “densely-populated” residential district in the city center, injuring at least 14 people, including a 13-year-old boy, report Kharkiv authorities. Law enforcement agencies are establishing the type of weapon.

A few hours before, at about 4:00 p.m., Russians dropped two glide bombs on a hypermarket in a residential district called Saltivka [Russians bombed it a lot at the beginning of the full-scale invasion — ed.]. The fire in the aftermath of the strike caught up to 15,000 square meters, — rescuers localized it an hour later. At least two people were killed, 35 injured, according to the latest information from Kharkiv authorities. 

An hour later, Russia attacked Kharkiv with a bomb again, hitting the Kharkiv Central Park. No injuries have been reported as of yet. 

During the night, at about 00:40, Russia hit two districts of Kharkiv, damaging a lyceum [an educational facility — ed.] and buildings in the industrial zone of the city. 

Russia attacks Kharkiv and the Kharkiv region a lot because of its proximity to the border. The strikes have intensified since May 10, after Russia started its new offensive north and northeast of the region. They destroy buildings in residential neighborhoods and critical infrastructure, kill and injure civilians. 

On May 23, Russia hit Kharkiv and its suburbs with at least 15 missiles. One of these missiles completely destroyed Factor-Druk, one of the largest printing houses in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. During that day, Russian attacks on the city and Kharkiv Oblast killed nine people and injured 44, including an 11-year-old child. 

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening address on May 23 that the only reason why Russia can conduct such attacks on Ukrainian cities and lives is restrictions on Ukraine’s defense. Earlier, he said two Patriot systems are necessary to defend Kharkiv and its region. 

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