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Russian Grad missile damages "Vorskla" newspaper office in Sumy oblast

19.02.2024, 11:45
The damaged "Vorskla" office. Photo by "Vorskla" on Telegram
The damaged "Vorskla" office. Photo by "Vorskla" on Telegram

Russian shelling strike damaged the office of the "Vorskla" newspaper in Velyka Pysarivka village (Sumy oblast). The team was unharmed, reports the IMI representative in the Sumy oblast.

The shelling strike began on February 16 at 19:45. The Russians targeted the center, civilian infrastructure, and residential buildings with Grad MRLS.

Two shells fell near the "Vorskla" editorial office. All the windows in the room are broken, the roof is damaged. The interior of the office was damaged by debris.

The shell crater near the newspaper office. Screenshot from the video by "Vorskla"

"Vorskla" owner Oleksiy Pasyuha says that the office saw more damage this year than two years ago.

"The enemy targeted the same place where they had hit two years ago. Back then, the office was also affected, but a little less. This time things are a bit worse. On the morning after the shelling, the community leaders gave us all the necessary supplies: plastic wrap and boards, and communal workers arrived to fix things. By now, everything has been cleaned up, the windows have been boarded up. As of now, there is a risk that the heating system will fail due to significant damage to a different part of the building, but we hope the weather will not be severely cold and everything will be okay," said Pasyuha.

The damaged "Vorskla" office. Screenshot from the video by "Vorskla"

The shelling strike occurred in the evening, so there was no one in the office and the team was unharmed. Most of the equipment also survived. The team has grounds for relocation to a safer place, but this requires additional resources.

For reference. Velyka Pysarivka is located 6 kilometers away from Ukraine's border with the Russian Federation; it is the center of a community of the same name in the Okhtyrka district, Sumy oblast (the southernmost community in the border area).

The "Vorskla" office was founded almost 30 years ago. The target audience of the newspaper is the community's locals.

The newspaper never went out of print after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion, delivering information to the villages in the five-kilometer strip near the border with the help of local residents, the authorities, and the newspaper team themselves. In the trying times under martial law, the copies were made on the printer in the office itself.

Repair work at the "Vorskla" office. Screenshot from the video by "Vorskla"

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