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At least two killed in Russian missile strike on shopping mall, Ukraine says

According to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, a Russian missile strike on Monday struck a busy mall in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, killing two people and injuring several others.

June 27, 2022 / 10:07 PM IST
Rescuers work at a site of a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk, in Poltava region, Ukraine June 27, 2022. Press service of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

Rescuers work at a site of a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk, in Poltava region, Ukraine June 27, 2022. Press service of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS


A Russian missile strike hit a crowded shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding 20, senior Ukrainian officials said.

The attack caused a huge fire and sent dark smoke billowing into the sky, footage circulated by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy showed.

A Reuters reporter saw the charred husk of a shopping complex with a caved-in roof. Firefighters and soldiers were pulling out mangled pieces of metal as they searched for survivors.

"We don't understand how many people could be remaining under the rubble," the regional rescue service chief said on television. Zelenskiy said more than 1,000 people were in the shopping centre at the time of the attack. He gave no details of casualties but said: "It is impossible to even imagine the number of victims."


 

"It's useless to hope for decency and humanity from Russia," Zelenskiy wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
 A rescue operation was under way and nine of the wounded were in a serious condition, said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the presidential office.

 

"Rescuers from all surrounding areas are heading to the scene to put out the fire and work to liquidate the consequences," Tymoshenko said.

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Kremenchuk, an industrial city of 217,000 before Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, lies on the Dnipro river in the region of Poltava and is the site of Ukraine's biggest oil refinery.
 There was no immediate comment from Russia, which denies deliberately targeting civilians.

 

"We need more weapons to protect our people, we need missile defences," Andriy Yermak, head of the president's office, said.

Vadym Denysenko, an interior ministry adviser, said Russia could have had three motives for the attack.

"The first, undoubtedly, is to sow panic, the second is to... destroy our infrastructure, and the third is to... raise the stakes to get the civilised west to sit down again at the table for talks," he said.

Russia, which captured Ukraine's eastern frontline city of Sievierodonetsk over the weekend after a weeks-long assault, has stepped up missile strikes on targets across Ukraine in recent days.

Missiles slammed into an apartment block and landed close to a kindergarten in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, killing one person and wounding several more people.
Reuters
first published: Jun 27, 2022 08:31 pm
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