At least 16 people were murdered by a Russian missile attack on a packed mall in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk early on Tuesday, according to the director of emergency services, inciting outrage around the world.
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated in his nightly broadcast that the Russian attack on the Kremenchuk retail center was “one of the most heinous terrorist attacks in European history.”
Following Monday’s strike on the retail center, emergency services chief Sergiy Kruk stated that the major responsibilities were “rescue work, rubble removal, and the elimination of fires.”
As of right now, we are aware of 16 fatalities, 59 injuries, and 25 hospitalizations. The data is being updated, according to Kruk on Telegram.
All of the response organizations are operating in high gear, he said. “The effort will continue nonstop.”
“I want to emphasize this once more: pay attention to air alarms!”
Zelensky had earlier claimed that “over a thousand civilians” had been at the mall when the rockets hit the city, which had 220,000 residents prior to the war.
“The mall is on fire, and firefighters are putting it out. Unimaginable is the number of victims, “In a post on Facebook, Zelensky.
He tweeted a video of the mall on fire, with numerous rescues and a fire vehicle outside.
Images of firefighters and rescuers attempting to remove debris from the burning building’s remnants were also uploaded by emergency services.
The strike, according to the Ukrainian defense ministry, was planned to occur during the busiest times at the mall and result in the greatest number of casualties.
The mall was reportedly struck by Kh-22 anti-ship missiles launched from Tu-22 bombers over western Russia’s Kursk region, according to the Ukrainian air force.
Vitali Maletsky, the mayor of the city, posted on Facebook that “the missile firing on Kremenchuk impacted a fairly busy location which had no link to the hostilities.”
The attack was condemned as a “war crime” and a “crime against humanity” by Dmytro Lunin, the governor of the Poltava area where Kremenchuk is located, who also called it a “cynical act of terror on the civilian population.”
Dmytro Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, urged Russia to face new sanctions and for additional heavy weapons to be supplied by Kyiv’s allies.
He stated on Twitter that “Russia is a disgrace to humanity and it must face consequences.”
Mykhaylo Podolyak, a presidential aide, called Russia a “terrorist state.”
Additionally, there was escalating global outrage over the incident.
The G7 leaders, who were in attendance for a summit in Germany, denounced the missile strike as a “war crime” in a statement.
The world is shocked by Russia’s missile assault today that struck a busy Ukrainian retail mall, the latest in a succession of crimes, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter.
The incident, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, revealed Russians’ “depths of savagery and barbarism.”
The bombing of a mall in Kremenchuk by Russia is abhorrent, French President Emmanuel Macron penned in English on Twitter.
“We sympathize with the relatives of the victims in their suffering and share their rage at the atrocity. The truth must be revealed to the Russian people.”
A video of the burning mall with black smoke billowing out of it was released underneath the tweet.
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