One killed, 10 wounded in Russian strike on Ukrainian museum; Zelensky: ‘Barbaric’

Regional governor says 2 people are believed to be trapped under rubble; Ukrainian president says ‘terrorist country is doing everything to destroy us’

A local museum hit by a Russian missile strike in Kupiansk, Ukraine, April 25, 2023. (Twitter video screenshot: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
A local museum hit by a Russian missile strike in Kupiansk, Ukraine, April 25, 2023. (Twitter video screenshot: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

KYIV, Ukraine — A Russian missile hit a museum building in a Ukrainian city on Tuesday, killing one of its workers and wounding 10 other people, part of a relentless barrage that comes as Ukraine is readying its forces for an expected spring counteroffensive.

Ukrainian officials said the Russian military used S-300 air defense missiles to attack Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region, hitting the museum of local history in the center of the city.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a video from the site that shows the ruined building and emergency responders examining the damage.

“The terrorist country is doing everything to destroy us completely,” Zelensky said. “Our history, our culture, our people. Killing Ukrainians with absolutely barbaric methods.”

Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said that three people were hospitalized, seven received minor injuries and two others were still believed to be under the debris. Emergency responders were working to recover them.

Kupiansk was captured by Russian forces in the earlier stages of the Russian invasion and was reclaimed by Ukrainian forces in a surprise counteroffensive in September that saw the Russians driven out of broad swaths of the Kharkiv region.

A woman also died in Russian shelling of the town of Dvorichna, near Kupiansk, and two civilians were killed in the eastern Donetsk region, according to the Ukrainian presidential office.

The Ukrainian military is now preparing for a new massive counteroffensive, relying on the latest supplies of Western battle tanks and other weapons and fresh troops that were trained in the West.

Ukraine’s military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, in an interview with RBC-Ukraine released Monday, described the planned counteroffensive as a “landmark battle in Ukraine’s modern history” that will see the country “reclaim significant areas.”

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