On Monday, Russia fired a barrage of rockets at a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, sounding alarm bells that Russia is stepping up attacks on civilian structures despite the loss of life.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday there were more than a thousand civilians inside the mall and the upcoming casualties could shock and horrify even more for the Ukrainian people already faced with so much death and destruction. devastating when Russia waged war in Ukraine for 124 people day.
“The number of victims is unimaginable,” Zelensky said on Telegram. “The mall is on fire, the rescue team is on fire.”
Anton Gerashchenko, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, said there are 2 confirmed deadand 20 injured.
Video from the scene shared by a member of Ukraine’s parliament showed smoke billowing from the shopping center and intense flames.
The walls of the structure began to fall shortly after the rocket hit the building, according to a witness who shared footage from the scene.
Rescuers trying to reach civilians were faced with a wall of smoke, according to footage from the rescue mission shared by NEXTA TV.
It is just the latest example of Russian forces hunting down targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure of no strategic importance to combat a war with Ukraine. In the early days of the war, Putin attacked a maternity hospital. Just Monday, Mariupol’s mayor adviser, Petro Andriushchenko, said that more than 100 dead civilian bodies were near the ruins of a destroyed residential building in Mariupol. Over the past few days, Russian shelling has also hit residential buildings in the Odesa area, according to the Southern Operations Command.
Since the outbreak of war, the Russian military has committed 19,700 crimes against Ukraine and its citizens, the Prosecutor General’s office said on Monday.
Moscow has previously stated that it did not target civilians during the war.
The Interior Ministry said the incident was a reminder that Ukraine needs more weapons to help confront the threat of war with Russia.
Amid some worries that America’s attention to the war in Ukraine is fading, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the US, Oksana Markarova, said it was a stark reminder that the US and its allies have may continue to try to punish the Russian government as Putin’s forces continue. committed war crimes in Ukraine.“Another war crime of [R]ussian killers in Ukraine in this brutal war. We all have to #StopRussiaNow,” said Markarova.