Russian Rocket 'Completely Destroys' Dorm, Unknown Amount Dead: Zelensky

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said a Russian rocket slammed into a dormitory in Kharkiv, completely destroying the building and leaving an unknown amount of people missing, wounded or dead.

Zelensky made the announcement Wednesday night, according to Ukraine's Pravda media.

"Rocket hit... The dormitory... The building was completely destroyed," Zelensky said. "We are establishing the exact number of dead and wounded. A vile and cynical attack on civilians that has no justification and demonstrates the powerlessness of the aggressor."

Kharkiv Dormitory Attack
Local residents stand next to a crater after shelling in the center of Kharkiv on August 11, 2022, amid the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said a dormitory was "completely destroyed by a Russian rocket on August 17, 2022. Photo by SERGEY BOBOK/AFP via Getty Images

Here's a Twitter feed from the aftermath of the attack with first responders on the scene.

Wednesday marks the 175th day of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, or the 25th week. Next week will be the official half-year point.

Kharkiv is located in northeast Ukraine, just a few kilometers from the Russian border, and not far from the Russian city of Belgorod. Kharkiv has seen heavy fighting over the last six months.

Russia began building troops along Ukraine's northern, eastern and western borders in late January, and they began attacking Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Since then, there have been heavy casualties on both sides. That includes Ukrainian civilians, foreign fighters, Ukrainian military and more than 44,000 Russians.

Russia failed to overtake Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa, but they occupied many regions in the eastern portion of Ukraine. Russia has occupied most of the Donbas Oblast, which includes Luhansk, Severodonetsk, Donetsk and Mariupol. They occupied the Crimea peninsula in 2014.

Russia has also occupied the major southern cities of Kherson and Melitopol, inching their way toward Odesa and the southwestern Transnistria area near the Moldova border.

Zelensky over the weekend called out Russian citizens both abroad and in Russia that if they were silent on the war in Ukraine, saying they supported Russia's position.

"When evil acquires such proportions, people's silence approaches the level of complicity. And the refusal to really fight against evil becomes a help to it," Zelensky said. "Therefore, if you have Russian citizenship and you are silent, it means that you are not fighting, which means that you are supporting it.

"No matter where you are - both on the territory of Russia and abroad - your voice should sound in support of Ukraine, and therefore against this war."

Ukraine has found success lately by using high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) a s a defensive way to knock out Russian weapon systems.

Through Day 175 of war, Ukraine has achieved the following, according to

44,100 — Russians killed in war
1,000 — Approximate number of prisoners of war
15 — Ships and boats destroyed
233 — Airplanes destroyed
196 — Helicopters destroyed
993 — Artillery systems destroyed
6,100 — Tanks destroyed
3,054 — Russian automotives destroyed
792 — Attack drones shot down

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