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Zelenskyy after Russian attack on a shopping center in Ukraine: “The number of victims is unimaginable”

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Ukrainian authorities this Monday denounced a Russian rocket attack on a crowded shopping center in the city of Kremenchuk in the center of the country. “The mall is on fire. Firefighters try to extinguish the fire. The number of victims is unimaginable,” President Volodimir Zelenski wrote in his Telegram account.

Poltava governor Dmitry Lunin has confirmed at least two dead and 20 injured. “Unfortunately, there are victims. We’ll be announcing more details shortly,” he added. Images of the attack show a column of smoke with flames that firefighters are trying to douse while several people walk around the attacked venue. “The occupiers fired rockets at the mall where more than 1,000 civilians were staying,” Zelenskyy added in his Telegram message.

Yuri Ignat, spokesman for the Air Force Command, assured the media Ukrainska Pravda that Russia had attacked Kremenchuk with an X-22 missile fired from a long-range Tu-22M3 bomber based on the Russian city of Kursk. “At the moment we know that there are 20 injured, nine of them in serious condition. It has already been confirmed that two people have died. The rescue operation is underway,” added Deputy Chief of Staff Kirilo Tymoshenko.

“Russia continues to project its helplessness onto ordinary citizens. There is no point in expecting decency and humanity on their part,” the President assured. “[El centro comercial] it posed no threat to the Russian army and had no strategic value. There were only people trying to lead a normal life, which makes residents angry,” Zelenskyy added.

Kremenchuk, an industrial city that had a population of 217,000 before Russia’s invasion last February, has Ukraine’s largest oil refinery.

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