The death toll from a rocket attack on a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, rose to 16 on Monday, with 59 people injured, the head of Ukraine’s first aid service said.
“So far we have been informed of 16 deaths and 59 injuries, of which 25 have been admitted to hospitals,” Serhiy Kruk told Telegram, noting that the death toll was not final.
In the Bavarian Alps, the leaders of the Group of Seven most industrialized countries in the world issued a joint statement condemning the blow to the mall, which they called a “war crime”.
“Attacks on innocent civilians indiscriminately are war crimes. Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials will be held accountable,” said a statement issued by G7 heads of state and government.
Zelensky denounces “terrorist act”
“Today’s Russian attack on a shopping center in Kremenchuk is one of the most shameful acts of terrorism in European history. published in the Telegram.
According to him, a thousand people were inside the building but “many managed to get out”.
“Only completely insane terrorists could strike such an installation with rockets and they should have no place on Earth,” Zelensky continued, referring to a “calculated strike.”
According to the president, rescue operations are still ongoing and “human casualties could be high”, as a fire broke out in an area of 10,000 square meters after the explosion.
This city located in the center of Ukraine had about 220,000 inhabitants before the war.
Zelensky had previously posted a video showing the mall on fire, with smoke coming out of it and forming dense clouds, with firefighters and rescuers operating at the scene.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force, the mall was hit by Kh-22 anti-ship missiles fired by long-range Tu-22 bombers from the Russian region of Kursk.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has called on Kiev supporters to supply him with more heavy weapons and impose additional sanctions on Russia.
Mikhail Pontolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, tweeted that the country was a “terrorist state” and the Defense Ministry spoke of a deliberate strike at a time when the mall was “very crowded” in order to “provoke” as many victims as possible “.
The US ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, assured, as quoted by her Facebook services, that “people will ask the Kremlin to be held accountable for its atrocities in Ukraine.”
Macron denounces “absolute horror” in Kremenchuk, calls on Russian people to “see the truth” in person
Emanuel Macron on Monday denounced the “absolute horror” of the rocket attack on a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, and called on the Russian people to “see the truth” in person by posting a video on the social networking site Twitter, which flames.
“We share the grief of the victims’ families. And the anger in the face of this disgrace,” added the French president, who is attending the G7 summit in Bavaria, Germany, posting the same message in English, French and Russian. and in Ukrainian.
Blinken: People ‘feel disgusted’ over Russian attack on shopping mall in Ukraine
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said people were “disgusted” by Monday’s Russian missile strike on a shopping mall in central Ukraine, which left at least 13 people dead and 40 injured.
Describing the rocket attack as “the latest in a series of atrocities”, the foreign minister wrote on Twitter that the United States would continue to support its Ukrainian partners and hold Russia accountable, including those responsible for the atrocities.
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