A video shared by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows the mall engulfed in flames with dozens of rescuers and a fire truck outside. Emergency services also published images showing the smoldering remains of the building with firefighters and rescue workers trying to clear the rubble.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said the attack was deliberately carried out to coincide with the mall’s busiest hour and caused the maximum casualty toll. The Ukrainian Air Force said the mall was hit by a Kh-22 anti-ship missile fired from a Tu-22 bomber from the Kursk region in western Russia.
“Missile fire in Kremenchuk hit a very busy area that has no connection with hostilities,” Mayor Vitali Maletsky wrote on Facebook.
16 People Killed
President Volodymyr Zelensky said more than 1,000 people were in the shopping center at the time of the incident. According to witnesses, the missile attack caused a huge fire and black smoke billowed into the sky.
“It is not even possible to imagine the number of victims … It is useless to expect decency and humanity from Russia,” Zelensky said on the Telegram messaging application as quoted by Channel News Asia media, Tuesday (28/6/2022).
The head of Ukraine’s emergency services said Tuesday morning that a missile attack on a shopping center in the central city of Kremenchuk had killed 16 people and injured 59.
“As of now, we know of 16 dead and 59 injured, 25 of whom are hospitalized. Information is being updated,” Sergiy Kruk said on Telegram.
Zelenksy condemns Russian missile attack
Zelensky condemned the Russian missile attack on a shopping center in the central city of Kremenchuk as “the most daring terrorist act”.
“Today’s Russian attack on a shopping mall in Kremenchuk is one of the most daring terrorist acts in European history,” Zelensky said in a Telegram post.
“Peaceful city, ordinary shopping malls — women, children, ordinary civilians in it,” he added.
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