Television Tower in Kharkiv, Ukraine Collapses After Suspected Russian Missile Attack

On May 22, a 240-meter TV tower in Kharkiv, Ukraine collapsed after a suspected Russian missile attack, disrupting digital TV signal. This highlights Russia's ongoing targeting of Ukraine's critical infrastructure amid the war.

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Television Tower in Kharkiv, Ukraine Collapses After Suspected Russian Missile Attack

Television Tower in Kharkiv, Ukraine Collapses After Suspected Russian Missile Attack

On Monday, April 22, 2023, a 240-meter television tower in Kharkiv, Ukraine collapsed after a suspected Russian Kh-59 cruise missile attack. The collapse disrupted the digital television signal to the city, but no casualties were reported as workers were in shelters at the time of the incident.

Footage verified by Reuters showed plumes of grey smoke as the main mast of the tower broke off and fell to the ground. Regional governor Oleh Syniehubov confirmed the interruption to the digital television signal in Ukraine's second-largest city, which has been subjected to missile and drone strikes in recent weeks. "The main mast of the tower broke off and fell to the ground, causing a cloud of smoke," Kharkiv prosecutors said, adding that Russia had likely used a cruise Kh-59 missile in the attack.

The attack on the television infrastructure is the latest in a series of strikes on Kharkiv by Russia, which has recently stepped up its attacks on the city and surrounding region. Russia had previously attacked Kharkiv's television tower several times in early March 2022, soon after launching its full-scale invasion, disrupting the signal.

Why this matters: The collapse of the television tower in Kharkiv highlights the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with critical infrastructure being targeted. The disruption of television signals can have significant impacts on the dissemination of information to the local population during times of war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the attack was part of a deliberate effort by Russia to make Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, uninhabitable. The Service for State Special Communications said the structure of the tower was 'partially damaged' and they were working to restore the television signal, urging residents to use cable, online, or radio alternatives in the meantime. The attack comes as Ukraine's head of military intelligence warned that the situation on the front lines would likely deteriorate in the coming weeks, with Russia expected to step up their offensive soon.

Key Takeaways

  • A 240-meter TV tower in Kharkiv, Ukraine collapsed after a suspected Russian missile attack.
  • The collapse disrupted digital TV signals, but no casualties were reported as workers were in shelters.
  • The attack is the latest in a series of strikes on Kharkiv's critical infrastructure by Russia.
  • The disruption of TV signals can impact information dissemination during war, a deliberate effort by Russia.
  • Ukraine's military intelligence warns the situation on the front lines will likely deteriorate in the coming weeks.