UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, May 24 — Russian attacks in the Kharkiv region killed nine people and injured at least 44, including an 11-year-old child, reported Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov.

Border towns and villages of the Kharkiv Oblast came under massive Russian artillery shelling and airstrikes since Russia launched a new ground offensive north and northeast of the region in the Vovchansk and Lyptsi directions on May 10. 

In particular, the Russian missile attack on a printing house killed seven people and injured 21 others. The Russian army night strikes injured one woman and damaged the building of an enterprise: the roof, facade, and windows were smashed. It was one of the largest printing houses in Eastern Europe. 

The Russian strike from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) injured an 11-year-old boy in the village of Riasne in the Bohodukhiv district of the Zolochiv community.

In Derhachi, the Russian shelling injured over eight people and damaged 11 houses. In Liubotyn, the shelling damaged the windows of houses and civilian vehicles and injured ten people.

In the Kupiansk district, the Russian military killed a man in the village of Ridkodub in the Dvorichna community. They also killed another person in the village of Kindrashivka and injured two others. In addition, the Russians dropped a guided bomb (KAB) on the village of Prykolotne, injuring a woman.

Also, Russia shelled the village of Kurylivka in the Kupiansk district, causing a farm building to catch fire, and Zolochiv in the Bohodukhiv district, where the attack damaged 25 houses.

Evacuation is currently underway in the region. Volunteers and rescuers evacuated 11,018 people from the border communities of Kharkiv Oblast. 

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  • On the morning of May 23, Russian troops attacked Liubotyn, a city 13 miles from Kharkiv, with S-300 and S-400 missiles, damaging the railway station, Gwara Media reports from the site.