G7 leaders on Russian attack on Ukrainian shopping center: War crime
At least 18 people have been killed in a Russian rocket attack on a shopping mall in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.
About 1,000 civilians were estimated to be inside the center at the time of the attack at about 3:50 p.m., said President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The leaders of the G7 group of richest countries – who are meeting in Germany – condemned the attack as “disgusting”.
“Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime,” they said in a joint statement.
Russia has been blamed for the attack, which also left at least 59 people injured and fears the death toll will continue to rise.
The images that were published on social networks show the building caught by large flames and dense black smoke, writes BBC. transmits Rhewal.
Ukrainian President Zelensky described the attack as one of “the most shameless terrorist acts in European history”.
He said the mall had no strategic value for Russia and posed no threat to its strength – “just people trying to live a normal life, which angers the invaders.”
“Only completely insane terrorists, who should have no place on the ground, can hit such an object with missiles,” he added.
Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, called the attack a “Ukrainian provocation” but did not cite any evidence that the rocket attack was organized.
The local governor, Dmytro Lunin, described the attack as a crime against humanity, writing in the Telegram that it was “an obvious and cynical act of terror against the civilian population”.
Authorities say 440 people from the emergency services are working on the scene, including 14 psychologists brought in to support those affected.