Ukraine said on Monday it feared a large number of civilians could be killed or injured A Russian missile attack Struck a crowded shopping mall in the center of the country.
More than 1,000 civilians were inside during the rocket attack. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Said.
“The number of victims is unimaginable,” he added Mail In the Telegram news processor, people and first responders share a video showing ash smoke worms rising above a burning building as it ran in front of it.
ZhelenskyAt least two people were killed and 20 were injured, nine of them in critical condition, the office said.
NBC News did not confirm the death toll in the incident, which took place in the town of Kremensuk in the Poltava region on the banks of the Dnieper River in Ukraine.
The state of emergency in Ukraine said Monday that rescue operations were continuing with the help of 115 rescue workers and 20 equipment as the fire spread over 110,000 square feet. Efforts continued to extinguish the blaze that engulfed a one-story building where the shopping center was located.
Zelenskyy said the base did not pose any risk or strategic value to the Russian military. “Russia continues to express its disillusionment with ordinary civilians. It is useless to believe in its role as adequate and humane,” the Ukrainian leader added.
The mayor of Kremenzuk Vitaly Maletsky also said A Facebook post The missile struck “hit a very crowded place, which is not 100% warlike.” He further added that no casualties were reported.
The strike comes a day after Ukrainian officials blamed Russia for attacking two residential buildings in the capital, Kay. Killed two people.
On Saturday, several missile strikes were announced by authorities across the country, indicating that Russia had not limited its attack to the eastern part of the Donbass, where Moscow was focusing on the war against Ukrainian forces.
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