October 5, 2023. OTTAWA, ON. Today at approximately 1:15 pm Kyiv time, Russia carried out a missile strike on a grocery store near Kupyansk, Kharkiv region. At least 48 people – including a six year old boy – were murdered. Russia deliberately targeted a grocery store in the middle of the day in order to ensure maximum casualties.

According to the head of Kharkiv military administration Oleh Syniehubov, rescue operations continue.

“We express our deep condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of this barbaric Russian attack on innocent civilians. May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). “More than 95% of the thousands of Russian missile and air attacks are on civilian Ukrainian targets – Russia is committing genocide. The carnage wrought by Russia against Ukraine will not end until Russia is defeated. We call on Canada and allies to increase military support for Ukraine, significantly strengthen sanctions against Russia and designate Russia a terrorist state.”