More than 1,000 people were inside the mall in Kremenchuk, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. A Russian missile strike hit a crowded shopping centre in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on Monday, raising fears of a devastating death toll. Dmytro Lunin, the governor of Poltava oblast, in which Kremenchuk is based, said that 10 people had been killed in the attack. The death toll is expected to rise. He denounced the attack as a “war crime” and “crime against humanity,” calling it a “cynical act of terror against the civilian population.” Footage from the scene of the attack panicked shoppers in the car park as huge plumes of dark smoke billowed from the destroyed building. Zelenskyy said that more than 1,000 people were inside the mall, in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, at the time of the strike, which happened just before 4 PM local time (9 AM. ET). “The occupiers fired rockets at the mall, where there were more than a thousand civilians,” he posted on the messaging app Telegram, along with a video of the horrific scene.

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siehe auch: Ukraine war: Russian ‘scumbag terrorists’ condemned by Zelenskyy after ‘calculated’ missile strike on shopping centre At least 13 people were killed and 40 were injured in the attack, according to Dmytro Lunin, the governor of the Poltava region. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has condemned Russian forces as “scumbag terrorists” after their “calculated” missile strike on a shopping centre in Ukraine. The leader said the attack in the central city of Kremenchuk was deliberate, not a mistake, and those culpable “should have no place on Earth”. Earlier, he said more than 1,000 civilians had been inside the mall at the time of the strike. “The mall is on fire, firefighters are trying to extinguish the fire, the number of victims is impossible to imagine,” said the president, writing on the Telegram messaging app.