At least eight people have been killed in an attack on a shopping center in the Ukrainian capital of kyiv. This was announced by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office on Monday. According to an AFP reporter, several bodies lay outside the Retroville shopping mall in northwest kyiv as rescue teams searched the rubble for more victims.
The AFP journalist reported in the morning that he had seen six bodies.
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The ten-story building was rocked by a massive explosion on Sunday night. The entire southern part of the mall and the cars in its parking lot were destroyed, the AFP news agency reporter said. A crater several meters wide opened in the ground. The charred remains of the building were still smoking in the morning.
The Ukrainian rescue service announced on the online network Facebook that “enemy fire” had set fire to several floors of the shopping center in the Podilsky district. Surveillance camera footage released by authorities showed a large explosion followed by several smaller detonations. Firefighters pulled at least one man covered in dust from the rubble.
Residents of a neighboring building whose windows were shattered in the blast said they saw a mobile rocket launcher nearby a few days earlier. The massive explosion was felt throughout the city, AFP journalists reported.
kyiv has been hit by a series of attacks in the past week. Five people were injured in an attack on a block of flats on Sunday.
The Russian advance on the capital had largely stopped recently. Russian soldiers engaged in sporadic skirmishes with Ukrainian defenders to the northwest and east of the city, but have hardly moved in two weeks. (AFP)