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Death toll from enemy missile attack on Kharkiv's Saltovskiy district rises to 12 – Emergency Service

KHARKIV. Aug 18 (Interfax-Ukraine) – As of 15:00 Thursday, 12 people are known to have died as a result of a missile strike on a three-story residential building in Saltivskiy district of Kharkiv, carried out by Russian occupation forces on Wednesday evening, rescuers continue to dismantle the rubble of the building.

"During the rescue operation, the rescuers managed to save four people. All of them received injuries of varying severity. A total of 20 people were injured. Unfortunately, as of 15:00, some 12 killed are known. All of them are civilians," the State Emergency Service’s press release said.

According to it, many of the killed are elderly and people with disabilities. There is not a single military facility near the destroyed building.

About 80 personnel of the State Emergency Service and 18 units of fire and rescue equipment continue to work at the scene, including heavy engineering equipment.

As reported, on August 17, at about 21:00, the Russian occupation troops hit a residential area in Saltivsky district of Kharkiv with an Iskander. As a result of the explosion, large-scale destruction and a fire occurred on an area of 600 square meters. By the forces of the operational units of the State Emergency Service, it was completely eliminated at 10:55 on August 18.

Earlier, on Thursday, Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported ten killed and 20 wounded in the attack. The government also said that people could be under the rubble of the building, so rescuers and public utilities continue to work on the scene.