Missile hits shopping center in Ukraine's Kharkiv city

No casualties reported, but building damaged after midnight attack by Russia, says mall director.

Missile hits shopping center in Ukraine's Kharkiv city

A shopping center in Ukraine's second-largest city of Kharkiv was severely damaged in a missile attack by Russian forces, the mall's director said on Wednesday.

The building of the mall, Vostorg, was partially destroyed in the attack, but there were no casualties.

Svetlana Giulina told Anadolu Agency that Russian forces hit the mall with missiles Tuesday midnight, and "hit this building directly."

Despite the attack, she added that they will try reopening the center by next week.

The northeastern city of Kharkiv is located about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the front line.

According to the latest UN estimates, at least 4,253 civilians have been killed and 5,141 injured in Ukraine since Russia began the war began on Feb. 24, with the true toll believed to be much higher.

More than 6.98 million people have fled to other countries, while around 7.7 million have been internally displaced.

Hüseyin Demir