At least 48 killed in Russian artillery strike near Kupiansk, Ukrainian authorities say

Rescues work at a site of a Russian military strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the village of Hroza, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine October 5, 2023. Head of Ukraine's Presidential Office Andriy Yermak via Telegram/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY

At least 48 people have been killed in a Russian artillery strike that hit a grocery store near Kupiansk Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Shortly after 1pm local time, Russian forces shelled a cafe and shop in the village of Grozna in the Kupiansk district, according to Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv region military administration.

“Rescuers continue to work at the site. As of now, the bodies of 48 dead people, including a 6-year-old boy, have been removed from the rubble,” he added. “6 people, including 1 child, were injured. Doctors are providing them with the necessary assistance. Rescue operations at the site are ongoing.”

Zelensky, who is on a visit to Spain, called the attack “a demonstrably brutal Russian crime — a rocket attack on an ordinary grocery store, a completely deliberate terrorist attack.”

“Russian terror must be stopped. Anyone who helps Russia circumvent sanctions is a criminal. Everyone who still supports Russia is supporting evil. Russia needs this and similar terrorist attacks for one thing only: to make its genocidal aggression the new normal for the whole world,” Zelensky said.

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