According to Ukrainian officials, scores of civilians are thought dead or injured after a Russian missile strike struck a busy shopping centre in the city of Kremenchuk in central Ukraine.
The number of casualties is "unimaginable", Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote in a Telegram post, citing claims that more than 1,000 citizens were inside at the time of the attack.
A few minutes later, the deputy head of the presidential office, Kyryl Tymoshenko, wrote on Telegram that at least two people had died and that 20 others had been injured, nine of them were seriously harmed.
Zelenskyy emphasised that the target had "no strategic value" and posed "no threat to the Russian army." Russia, he claimed, is undermining "people's attempts to live a normal life, which makes the occupiers so angry."
“Russia continues to take out its impotence on ordinary civilians. It is useless to hope for decency and humanity on its part.", says Zelenskyy.
The mayor of Kremenchuk earlier on Monday stated an attack on a "very crowded area" of no military significance resulted in deaths and injuries, but he did not provide any information.
A rocket attack on Kremenchuk hit a crowded region that is positively devoid of any connections to the armed forces. The mayor of the city, Vitaliy Maletskiy, posted on Facebook that there were both dead and injured persons, although he did not specify how many.
Emergency personnel, according to Ukrainian authorities, were at the site.
More than a thousand individuals were present inside the retail centre at the time of the incident, according to the regional governor of the Ukrainian territory, Dmitry Lunin. Lunin claimed in a Telegram message that the structure was still engulfed in flames.
The assault happened as Russia was launching a full-scale assault on the final Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Luhansk area and, according to the local governor, "pouring fire" on the city of Lysychansk from the ground and the air. Leaders from the West vowed to continue to support Kyiv unwaveringly.
When NATO leaders meet in Spain for a summit, they will also decide to provide Ukraine with more military assistance, including secure communication and anti-drone systems, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Luhansk, claimed that Russian soldiers were battering Lysychansk after recently seizing the nearby city of Sievierodonetsk. It's a part of a stepped-up Russian offensive to take control of the larger Donbas region from the Ukrainian government, which Western experts say has now emerged as the war in Ukraine, now in its fifth month, principal objective.
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