Three children among seven dead in Russian drone attack on Ukrainian gas station

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Seven people, including 3 children, were killed successful a Russian drone onslaught connected a state position successful nan Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv connected Saturday, location authorities said.

The victims included 2 children aged 7 and four, arsenic good arsenic a six-month-old child, Kharkiv region Governor Oleg Synegubov said connected nan messaging app Telegram. 

An Iranian-made "Shahed" drone deed civilian infrastructure successful nan Nemyshlyan territory of nan city, causing a monolithic occurrence that burned down 15 backstage houses. Kharkiv is Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis and is located successful nan northeast of nan country.

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"Unfortunately, nan decease toll from nan occupiers' attacks connected Kharkiv person risen to seven," Synegubov wrote. "The occupiers struck Kharkiv with ‘Shahed’ kamikaze drones." 

Synegubov said that nan bodies of five people, including the 3 children, were found in a backstage house. The adults were nan children’s parents, Syniehubov said.

Two much people – a mates aged 66 and 65 died astatine different facility, according to reports. "More than 50 group were saved!" he wrote. 

The houses caught fire aft 3 drones deed a petrol position successful nan Nemyshlianskyi district, according to nan section prosecutor's agency successful Kharkiv.

Video from nan segment shows dense flames ripping done buildings. 

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Kharkiv location charismatic Oleksandr Filachkov said 3 drones deed Kharkiv's Nemyshlyanskyi district.

"As a result, a building for captious infrastructure was destroyed. There was a ample magnitude of fuel, which is why nan impacts of nan occurrence were truthful terrible," Filachkov said successful a video posted online.

The Ukrainian aerial unit said aerial defense systems destroyed 23 retired of 31 drones launched by Russia overnight. The drones chiefly targeted nan northeastern Kharkiv region and nan confederate state of Odesa, nan connection said, according to nan Associated Press.

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Firefighters and rescuers worked done nan nighttime to header pinch nan consequences of nan strike, extinguish fires and clear done nan debris, officials said.

Russia has antecedently said that it does not deliberately target civilian sites.

The attacks came arsenic nan Russian invasion and ongoing conflict approached its 2nd anniversary.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.