A Russian missile strike on Monday hit a crowded mall in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, killing at least two and injuring dozens more.
“The occupiers fired missiles at a shopping centre where there were over a thousand civilians. The mall is on fire, rescuers are fighting the fire. The number of victims is impossible to imagine,” Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram.
A video shared by Zelenskyy showed the mall engulfed in flames with dozens of rescuers and a fire truck outside. The Ukrainian president’s deputy chief of staff, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said on Telegram that there were around 20 wounded so far, with nine in “serious condition”.
“Two people died. The rescue operation continues,” Tymoshenko added.
Poltava region governor Dmytro Lunin denounced the attack as a “war crime” and “crime against humanity”, saying it was a “cynical act of terror against the civilian population”.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken voiced horror at Russia’s deadly strike and vowed to hold Moscow responsible.
“The world is horrified by Russia’s missile strike today, which hit a crowded Ukrainian shopping mall — the latest in a string of atrocities,” Blinken wrote on Twitter. “We will continue to support our Ukrainian partners and hold Russia, including those responsible for atrocities, to account.”