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Russian missiles hit shooping mall in Ukraine with over 1000 people inside
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits a position of Ukrainian service members, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine June 5, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

Ukrainian officials said Monday (June 27), scores of civilians are feared killed or injured after a Russian rocket strike hit a crowded shopping mall in Ukraine's central city of Kremenchuk.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a Telegram post that the number of victims was "unimaginable," citing reports that more than 1,000 civilians were inside at the time of the attack.

Ukraine's state emergency service said at least 20 civilians were wounded, and two of them died.  

Zelenskyy stressed that the target presented "no threat to the Russian army" and had "no strategic value." He accused of Russia of sabotaging "people's attempts to live a normal life, which make the occupiers so angry."

 

Russian missiles targeted a civilian car wash & car service facility in Sarny city, Rivne Oblast, this evening. At least 3 people were killed and 4 wounded, Oblast head said. This is part of the Russian escalation of missile strikes across Ukraine during the last 24 hours when Russia launched more than 40 missiles targeting Ukraine. "Today, the fifth month of full-scale war began. Russians planned to control most of our country on the fifth day but instead, they have to show off missile strikes on the fifth month," Zelenskyy said in his regular evening address about missiles today. He also said that Russian missile strikes don't change the military situation significantly but are intended to make emotional pressure in the most difficult time when "we understand that we will defend our country but don't fill the time framework of this, don't feel how many more destruction and losses will be before we see our victory on the horizon."

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Zelenskyy said: "Russia continues to take out its impotence on ordinary civilians. It is useless to hope for decency and humanity on its part."

The Ukrainian regional governor, Dmitry Lunin, confirmed that more than a thousand civilians were inside the shopping center at the time of the attack. Writing on Telegram, Lunin said that the building remained engulfed by flames.

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The attack came as Russia was mounting an all-out assault on the last Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Luhansk region, "pouring fire" on the city of Lysychansk from the ground and air, according to the local governor. Western leaders pledged steadfast and continued support for Kyiv.

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