Russian Missile Reportedly Hits Samsung's R&D Center In Ukraine

Aftermath of missile attack in Kyiv
(Image credit: Andrii Skira from Samsung)

Large-scale Russian missile attacks on civilian Ukrainian buildings and infrastructure have drawn strong condemnation by the UN Secretary General António Guterres today. The wave of strikes was described as an “unacceptable escalation” by the UN chief.

In the wake of the barrage, there has reportedly (opens in new tab) been widespread damage to civilian areas, particularly in Kyiv, and sadly “dozens of people being killed and injured.” Illustrating the randomness of the destruction, a report from a Ukraine news outlet Mezha (opens in new tab) highlights a Russian rocket hit the building housing Samsung’s local offices and R&D center.

The Samsung facility is located quite centrally in Kyiv. Reports say a rocket hit the 101 Tower office center, where Samsung has offices and an R&D center, and the building shows damages across several floors. More images and a video of the scene have been shared (opens in new tab) by the Director of the Consumer Electronics Division at Samsung Electronics Ukraine, Andrii Skira, on his Facebook page.

Thankfully, all Samsung employees reportedly evacuated before the rocket hit the building. We hope those from other companies based in the building took heed of the warning alarms and got out and into shelters in good time. Unfortunately, we don’t have any other statements from Samsung representatives, but it is probably far too early to assess the damage and potential impact on the business.

There's a question as to why Russian missile attacks even came near to the Kyiv city center, as it's not generally considered a military target. In related news, over the weekend, a suspected truck-bomb partially destroyed a strategically essential and carefully protected bridge between Russian territory and the Crimean peninsula. A day later, rockets and cruise missiles pounded civilian centers in Ukraine. There's speculation that Russian troops are firing more indiscriminately, and Western news outlets are characterizing it as a revenge attack rather than a strategic initiative.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • ex_bubblehead
    I will only say this once. Keep ALL politics out of this thread or it will be closed and sanctions meted out as necessary. You only get this one warning.
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  • -Fran-
    Sorry to say, but this reads more like a war-type reporting than tech-reporting. What product lines could have been affected by this? Any projects put on hold or something? Anything tech-related more than just saying "a Samsung building got hit with a missile"?

    As for the news itself, well, this reads like the story of the bullies throughout history. I'll just leave it at that.

    Regards.
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  • Math Geek
    that would be question as well.

    was it still running given the randomness of rocket attacks all over?? if so what/who was still working and was it effected?

    seems like they love to use this type of stuff as an excuse to raise prices even though it does not sound like there was any production at an R&D facility.
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  • peachpuff
    Will they still resume their shipments to Russia after this? https://www.sammobile.com/news/samsung-may-resume-smartphone-shipments-to-russia-next-month/
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  • Math Geek
    that's how to hit em where it hurts..

    if they are as attached to their phones as the rest of the world, that might bring them to revolt . lol
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  • atomicWAR
    Please this thread should be shut down. The subject matter of the article is rife with potential political conflicts. I love Tomshardware. If your going to post war related articles I think comments should be disabled or this type of reporting should be avoided. Just my two non-political cents.
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  • atomicWAR
    BX4096 said:
    You don't think that a rocket strike on the one of Samsung's 16 overseas R&D centers is a tech-related news item? The problem here is not with the coverage but with the indiscriminate censorship of its discussion.

    I do think its tech news. That is not the issue nor is this the place to discuss a political tech issue which is why I stand by my comment. Go to Wccftech or reddit if you want to have this discussion. There is a time and a place for everything. I question the place is all.
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  • USAFRet
    BX4096 said:
    You don't think that a rocket strike on the one of Samsung's 16 overseas R&D centers is a tech-related news item? The problem here is not with the coverage but with the indiscriminate censorship of its discussion.
    News about it is one thing.
    Very tech related.

    But left unchecked, the comments will quickly turn into "A is BAD"..."No, B is worse".
    ad infinitum
    There are thousands of places around the interwebs to discuss the political back and forth.
    This is not one of them.
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  • BX4096
    atomicWAR said:
    I do think its tech news. That is not the issue nor is this the place to discuss a political tech issue which is why I stand by my comment. Go to Wccftech or reddit if you want to have this discussion. There is a time and a place for everything. I question the place is all.

    Sorry if I misunderstood, but you also proposed that "this type of reporting should be avoided," which made it look like you'd simply like this damaging for Russia story to get buried and forgotten as soon as possible.

    As for it being the place, if it were up to me, I'd welcome a discussion on the subject anywhere, as long as it's civil, well-argued, and moderated for propaganda and untruths. If we must discuss things, we may as well discuss things that matter.
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  • ikernelpro4
    8086 said:
    Then please delete the original article, it is not tech related news about a product. It is news and politics about war. We are on the cusp of Armageddon and we can't even mention it.
    How is a strike on Samsung's R&D UA Center not tech related?

    Are we even reading the same article?

    You may not care but it certainly is tech-related and news/report-worthy on a tech forum
    You don't just ignore the downing of one of the world biggest chip & tech companies' R&D centers. Not now and certainly not a few years from now when people ask qiestions around the area.

    Could the article have been written less political and shorter: Yes, the first lines about the UN & explanation regarding crimea & revenge is not really necessary but nice to know for context.

    It is still important tech-related.
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