Ukrainians search for missing 20 after Russian strike mall

Kremenchuk, Ukraine — Ukrainian troops fought on Wednesday to surround the last fortress of Ukrainian troops in the long-disputed eastern province. The shock echoed from a Russian airstrike at a shopping center that killed at least 18 people in the center of the country the day before.

In the Battle of Moscow to seize the entire Donbas region from Ukraine, Russian troops pushed towards two Luhansk villages south of Lysychans’k city while Ukrainian troops were fighting to prevent their siege. ..

The British Ministry of Defense said Russian troops are “stepping forward” the attack to occupy the city. Lysychans’k is the last major region of the state under Ukrainian control after the withdrawal of Ukrainian fighters from the neighboring city of Severodonetsk.

Russian troops and their separatist allies control 95% of Luhansk and occupy about half of the Donetsk region. The Donetsk region is another state that makes up the most Russian-speaking Donbas.

Ukrainians are likely to withdraw in search of a more defensive position while depleting Russian troops and resources, according to the latest assessment by the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank. is.

Meanwhile, the crew continued to search the rubble of the Kremenchuk shopping mall, where Ukrainian authorities say 20 people remain missing. City officials have declared a three-day memorial service.

The blast from the airstrikes on Tuesday was so powerful that relatives may not be able to regain traces of the bodies of their loved ones.

Svitlana Rybalko, a spokesman for the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, told The Associated Press that 18 people had died and investigators had found fragments of eight more bodies. It was not immediately clear whether body parts meant that there were more victims. Many survivors were treated for injuries such as skull fractures and amputations of limbs.

“The police aren’t sure how many (victims) there are, so we’re finding fragments of the body, not the body,” Rivalco said. “Now we are clearing at the epicenter of the blast. We can’t really find such a body here.”

On Wednesday morning, some families stood beside what was left at the Amster shopping center, hoping to find a missing loved one. A young woman sat with her legs crossed on the ground, crying behind her dark sunglasses.

“This is a pure mass slaughter,” said local inhabitant Tatiana Chernishova, blooming on the scene. “No such thing can happen in the 21st century. Peaceful people are suffering.”

“We need to involve everyone to stop the war and help fight these scum-these Russian invaders,” said Chernyshova. “We need to stop by all means possible.”

Psychologists working in the field with their families told AP that they were trying to help people accept their loss.

Ukrainian hospital nurse
On June 28, 2022, a nurse in a hospital carrying a woman injured in a Russian rocket attack pushed a wheelchair at a shopping center in Kremenchuk City Hospital in the Poltava region of Ukraine. (Efrem Lukatsky / AP Photo)

“We are now trying to help them release their emotions. Later it will be more difficult and much more painful,” he said because he was not allowed to speak to the press. One psychologist who didn’t mention it said.

After the attack on Mole, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of becoming a “terrorist” nation performing “daily terrorist acts.” On Wednesday, he accused NATO of not accepting or equipping his embarrassed country more fully.

“NATO’s open door policy shouldn’t resemble the old ticket gates of Kyiv’s subway. It stays open until you pay, but closes when you get closer,” Zelensky said in a NATO instruction in Madrid. I told the meeting with a video link. “Ukraine isn’t paying enough? Wasn’t our contribution to protecting Europe and civilization as a whole?”

He needs to demand a more modern artillery system and other weapons and provide Ukraine with the support needed to defeat Russia or “face the delay in the war between Russia and yourself”. Warned the leader.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed her claim on Wednesday as a “blatant provocation” by the Ukrainian government in an attempt to condemn the Mor missile attack on Russian troops.

“Unfortunately, all these fakes have been duplicated and distributed,” said Zaharova.

The UK Ministry of Defense said the missile attack on the shopping center had a “realistic possibility” that it was “aimed to reach nearby infrastructure targets.”

“Russian planners are likely to be willing to accept high levels of collateral damage if they recognize the military need to attack a target,” the ministry said. “It is almost certain that Russia will continue its strike to prevent the supply of Ukrainian frontline forces.”

Russian troops are also experiencing a shortage of “more modern precision attack weapons”, exacerbating civilian casualties, along with “professional shortcomings of their target planners”. Said.

In southern Ukraine, regional governor Vitaliy Kim said at least four people were killed and five were injured after a missile crashed into a high-rise condominium on Wednesday in a Russian missile attack in the city of Mykolaiv.

Mykolaiv is the main port in southern Ukraine, and its occupation, and further west of Odesa, will be the key to Russia’s opposition to separating Ukraine from the Black Sea coast.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the missile attack on Mykolaiv targeted “foreign mercenaries” and bases for training ammunition depots.

Russian troops have regularly attacked Ukrainian weapons, ammunition depots, oil depots and other facilities throughout Ukraine.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, urged NATO leaders in Madrid to do whatever it takes to stop the war, and if Ukraine is defeated, “you will be next. Let’s do it. “

“Now, if that cannot be stopped, all of us will be affected. The free world, the so-called free world, will be affected. And NATO and world society will have a way to act swiftly. We need to learn, “said Klitschko.

Separately, European Union leaders approved a € 600 million package on Wednesday to address the food security issues posed by the Ukrainian War. Funds from the European Development Fund reserves will be allocated to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Britain is Russia’s second wealthiest man and imposes sanctions on President Vladimirputin’s cousin. Vladimir Putinin, owner of the Interros conglomerate, continued to accumulate wealth while supporting Putin and acquiring shares in Rosbank and Tinkov Banconis during the post-Ukrainian invasion, according to a statement from the British government. There is.

According to the statement, Putin’s cousin Anna Zivirewa and her husband Sergei Zivilev “have greatly benefited” from their relationship with Putin. Tsivileva is the president of the JSC Colmar Group’s coal mining company and Tsivilev is the governor of the coal-rich Kemerovo region.

By Francesca Ebel and Yuras Karmanau

Associated Press


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