A Russian missile attack has left at least eleven dead and more than 40 wounded after hitting a shopping center in Kremenchuk, in the Ukrainian region of Poltava, in the east of the country. President Volodímir Zelenski has confirmed that more than 1,000 civilians were concentrated in the facility at the time of the bombing: “The shopping center is on fire, firefighters are trying to extinguish the fire, the number of victims is impossible to imagine,” he has indicated through Telegram.
Both the governor of the region, Dmytro Luninas the mayor of the city, Vitaly Meletskyhave confirmed that there are several victims through separate communications on Facebook, noting that in the next few hours they will give more details.
Lunin has confirmed the death of at least eleven civilians and for the moment too more than 40 people have been reported injured, of which 21 would be hospitalized, although the number of victims could be much higher depending on the number of people in the shopping center. “Rescue operations continue“, said the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Kirill Tymoshenko.
“Several dead and wounded in the Russian attack on a shopping center in Kremenchuk, in eastern Ukraine https://t.co/v30pRJ5aQx pic.twitter.com/DreQps3FCk“
— RTVE News (@rtvenoticias) June 27, 2022
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kulebahas joined the complaint about the Russian attack on the shopping center, calling Russia a “shame on humanity” and asking to respond with “more heavy weapons for Ukraine, more sanctions on Russia and more companies leaving Russia,” he wrote in a tweet.
Increased ranged attacks
This new Russian attack comes just one day after the capital suffered four separate bombardments, in the first offensive on kyiv since the beginning of June. Moscow thus marks a new trend, attacking different locations in the center of the country with missiles from a distance, while it continues to gain positions in the east, in the Donbas area. In the only city in Ukrainian hands in the Lugansk region, Lisichanska Russian attack has left at least eight civilians killed and 21 wounded. “When the civilian population was collecting water from a water tank, the Russians targeted the crowd,” the governor denounced. Sergei Gaidai.
Also in the east, in the northern region of Kharkivrussian bombing They have killed five people this Monday in the second most populous city in the country. The regional governor, Oleh Synehubov, has also indicated that there are 22 civilians injured. “All of them are civilians from Kharkiv, who were walking in the streets, in playgrounds,” Synehubov said on the Telegram messaging app.
US, UK and UN responses
“The world is horrified by Russia’s missile attack today, which hit a busy Ukrainian shopping mall,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, which has described it as “the latest in a series of atrocities”. “We will continue to support our Ukrainian partners and hold Russia, including those responsible for atrocities, accountable,” he tweeted.
“The world is horrified by Russia’s missile strike today, which hit a crowded Ukrainian shopping mall — the latest in a string of atrocities. We will continue to support our Ukrainian partners and hold Russia, including those responsible for atrocities, to account.“
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 27, 2022
Boris Johnson it has also condemned the Russian attack on the Kremenchuk shopping mall. According to the British Prime Minister, the attack demonstrates the “cruelty and barbarism” of Vladimir Putin and it only “reinforces the determination” of the West to support kyiv. “This heinous attack has once again shown the depths of cruelty and barbarism to which the Russian leader is willing to plunge,” the British prime minister said in a statement.
The UN has described the attack as “deplorable”. Stephane Dujarricthe spokesman for the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, pointed out at a press conference that, despite the fact that there is still a provisional balance of victims, “whatever the number, any attack that hits a shopping center is absolutely deplorable”. “Any type of civil infrastructure, which obviously includes commercial and civil centers, should never be targeted,” she said, adding that there had been “Disturbing reports of a new wave of airstrikes and bombing over the weekend,” according to the United Nations news portal.