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Deadly Drone Attack on Kharkiv Leaves Four Dead, Finland Pledges $203 Million in Military Aid

Russian drone attack on Kharkiv kills four, injures 12; Finland pledges $203 million in military aid to Ukraine.

By Mackenzie Crow

4/4, 03:29 EDT
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Key Takeaway

  • Russian drone attack on Kharkiv kills four, including three rescue workers, with 15 Shahed drones launched overnight.
  • Finland pledges $203 million in additional military aid to Ukraine, emphasizing support for Ukraine's victory.
  • Russia claims to have shot down Ukrainian drones targeting Belgorod and Tula regions, indicating ongoing military engagements.

Deadly Drone Attack on Kharkiv

Russian forces intensified their attacks on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, launching at least 15 Shahed drones overnight. According to Oleh Synehubov, the regional governor, the attack resulted in four deaths and at least 12 injuries. Among the casualties were three rescue workers, killed during a secondary strike on a previously damaged multistory building. Another drone strike claimed the life of a 69-year-old woman in a separate 14-story building. The General Staff of Ukraine reported that out of 20 drones launched over Ukraine during the night, Ukrainian soldiers managed to shoot down 11.

Response and International Support

In response to the attack, Ukraine's human rights chief, Dmytro Lubinets, condemned the actions on Telegram, stating that "each manifestation of Russian terror once again proves that the country-terrorist deserves only one thing — a tribunal." Meanwhile, international support for Ukraine continues to grow. Finland President Alexander Stubb announced a 10-year security pact with Ukraine, making Finland the eighth NATO member this year to offer long-term security and defense backing. Finland also pledged an additional $203 million in military aid, including air defense systems and heavy-caliber ammunition, bringing its total defense contribution to nearly $2.2 billion. Stubb emphasized that the support was not only for Ukraine's defense but for its victory in the war.

Russian Defense Ministry's Claims

On the same day, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed to have thwarted Ukrainian drone attacks targeting two regions in western Russia. According to the ministry, its air defenses shot down three drones over Belgorod, which borders Ukraine, and two drones over the Tula region. These incidents highlight the ongoing tensions and military engagements between Russia and Ukraine.