Kyiv: A Russian missile struck a Ukrainian cultural center in the Kharkiv region on Friday, injuring seven people, including an 11-year-old child, in an attack that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called “absolute evil.” Zelenskyy’s social media channel on Friday released video showing a large explosion hitting the newly renovated Palace of Culture in Lozova.
The building was partly destroyed and the roof caught fire, Ukraine’s emergency services reported. “The occupiers identified culture, education and humanity as their enemies,” Zelenskyy wrote.
“What is in the minds of people who choose such targets? Absolute evil, absolute stupidity.” Lozova’s Palace of Culture is the site of classes, festivals, plays and concerts. It opened in 1977 and includes an auditorium, a lecture hall, three dance halls, a gym and multiple rooms for classes and club meetings.
The Kharkiv region is close to the border with Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24. Ukrainian troops have been pushing back some Russian forces from the area.