Kremenchuk, Ukraine — Firefighters searched the rubble of a Ukrainian shopping center on Tuesday for survivors. Officials said 36 people were missing after at least 18 people were killed in a Russian missile attack.
Attacks in the central city of Kremenchuk, far from the front lines, have created a wave of global criticism.
Ukraine claimed that Moscow intentionally killed civilians. Russia said it had attacked the arsenal and claimed that the mall was empty.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of deliberately targeting civilians in “one of the most rebellious terrorist attacks in European history.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense said the missiles attacked the arsenal of western weapons and exploded, spreading flames to nearby shops. Kieu said there were no military targets in the area, including a nearby factory that was also attacked.
At the German summit, the leaders of the seven countries (G7) said the attack was “disgusting.” They said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his head would be held liable.
Western nations have imposed economic sanctions on Russia, but so far they have been unable to reduce Moscow’s main source of income, oil and gas export revenues, which has actually increased as the threat of supply turmoil has pushed up global prices. was.
Russia has denied intentionally targeting civilians in its “special military operations.”
The attack on Kremenchuk, about 330 km (200 miles) from Kieu, occurs after several days of increased Russian missile attacks far from the front lines, including the first attack on the capital Kieu.
Moscow has also stepped up the bombardment of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. Governor Kharkiv said the bombardment killed five people and injured 22 on Monday.
The UN Security Council, where Moscow is vetoing, will meet on Tuesday at the request of Ukraine after the Kremenchuk attack. UN spokesman Stephen Dujaric said the missile strike was sad.
Russians try to attack Lysychansik
On the battlefield in the Donbus region, Ukraine had an even tougher day last week after losing the abandoned city of Severodonetsk.
Russian troops cross the Siverskyi Donets from Siverskyi Donetsk to complete the occupation of Luhansk Oblast, one of the two eastern regions that Moscow seeks to conquer on behalf of separatists. Is about to attack Lysychansik.
Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Gaidai said the bombardment killed eight residents and injured 21.
Ukrainian troops still dominated the city, but the loss was possible as Russia poured resources into the battle, he added.
“They really want this, and a lot of reserves are being invested just for this,” he told Reuters. “You don’t have to lose your army for one city.”
Luhansk separatist ambassador to Moscow Rodion Miloshnik said Russia and separatist troops were heading west towards Lysychansik, and street fighting broke out around the city’s stadium. The fighting took place in several surrounding villages, and pro-Russian fighters were in an oil refinery where Ukrainian troops were concentrated, he said.
Luhansk’s progress has brought Moscow the greatest victory in a few weeks, demonstrating Russia’s strength with the overwhelming cannon firepower that can destroy the cities in its path.
But Ukraine wants to turn the tide with a counterattack, even after Moscow has run out of invading forces in a slow and costly battle. Kieu has begun to receive more advanced Western weapons, including rockets capable of attacking targets far behind in front.