At least 2 killed in Russian strike on shopping mall in central Ukraine
(Update: adds casualties)
Kyiv, Jun 27 (EFE).- At least two people were killed after a Russian missile struck a shopping mall in central Ukraine on Monday, Ukrainian presidential aide Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.
“At the moment we know about 20 wounded, 9 of them in serious condition. It is already confirmed that 2 people died,” Tymoshenko said in a statement on Telegram, adding that a rescue operation at the site was ongoing.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that there were over 1,000 civilians inside the building when it was struck.
Images from the strike in the city Kremenchuk appeared to show a large fire had engulfed the building, which Zelenskyy said posed no threat to Russia and held “no strategic value.”
“The mall is on fire, firefighters are trying to extinguish the fire, the number of victims is impossible to imagine,” he said.
“Out of helplessness, Russia continues to hit ordinary people. It is vain to expect it to be reasonable or humane,” he added.
The city’s mayor Vitaliy Meletskiy said the mall was “very crowded.”