A Russian missile attack on a crowd-filled shopping centre in central Ukraine killed 16 people Monday amid the ongoing Ukraine conflict.
The New York Times reported that at least 10 people are still missing and 59 people were badly injured by the deadly strike which took place in a shopping mall in Kremenchuk’s industrial city. It was in Ukraine’s central Poltava.
Denys Monastyrskyi, Ukraine’s Interior Minister, condemned the attack and said that “people just burned alive”.
After Russia launched more than 65 missiles at Ukraine in an abrupt escalation over the weekend, the strike was carried out.
According to officials from the city council, smoke engulfed the surrounding area after the missile struck the Kremenchuk mall. Local residents were desperately searching for the missing.
According to Ukrainian officials, as many as 1000 people could have been in the building when the strike occurred, but the exact number is not known.
The centre of the city was not attacked until Monday — Russian forces only had hit industrial targets, an oil refinery and other targets. Officials said that the Amstar mall is located in the city’s center and could be used to repair tanks.
Olha Usanova was a Kremenchuk deputy mayor. She said, “When they hit factories or infrastructure, we can understand why someone was given the coordinates.” “This is only destruction of civilians. “I have no words to describe this horror.”
New York Times reported that five people were killed and 22 others were injured in a strike in Kharkiv, the northern city.
The media outlet quoted Serhiy Krak, head of Ukraine’s emergency service, as saying that “So far, 16 people have been killed and, 59 injured, 25 were hospitalized.”
According to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, the strike was carried by a Russian X-22 rocket weighing close to 2,000 pounds. The missile was fired from Russia’s Kursk region, near Ukraine’s border.
Ukrainian media reported that 115 firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, and that rescuers continued to search for survivors in the rubble.
According to the New York Times reports, the G7 summit is currently taking place in Germany. The world leaders called Monday’s mall attack a war crime in a statement Monday night.
The strike was the focus of President Volodymyr Zelesky of Ukraine, who dedicated much of Monday’s nightly address to it. He called it “one the most courageous terrorist attacks in European History.”
Zelensky stated that only insane terrorists can launch missiles at such an object. He also said that Russia would not stop at anything.
Kremenchuk’s population was almost 220,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine late February.
Russia has previously attacked a theatre, a hospital for pregnant women, and people who are waiting to get bread. The latest strike was against a shopping center.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine.
According to United Nations estimates, nearly 14 million Ukrainians were forced from their homes by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Most of these displaced people are women and children.
15.7 Million Ukrainians have been affected by the conflict and are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
Over 2.2 million refugees-hosting children and three million children living in Ukraine are in dire need of humanitarian aid. Nearly two-thirds of all children are affected by the incessant rocket attacks, fighting between the two countries, and have been forced to flee their homes.