Russia Launches another Wave of Missile strike on the city of Kremenchuk in Ukraine

According to news agencies, at least sixteen people have died in the attack. The number could grow even more, as President Zelensky said there were a thousand civilians in the mall.

Russia Launches another Wave of Missile strike on the city of Kremenchuk in Ukraine
Missile strike on the city of Kremenchuk in Ukraine

Russia again launched a missile strike on a civilian target in Ukraine on Monday. The missile hit a shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk in central Ukraine.

At least sixteen people have been killed and injured in the attack, according to news agencies. The number of victims could increase further as the mall was crowded. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi tells the Messenger Telegram that there were more than a thousand people there.

- The number of victims is impossible to even imagine ... It is useless to hope for decency and humanity from Russia, Zelenskyi wrote in the Telegram.

Governor: Terrorist action against civilians

The governor of the Poltava region, Dmytro Lunin, condemned the attack and said it was a war crime and a crime against humanity.

"It was a terrorist act against civilians," Lunin said.

He said it would take at least two days to examine the ruins of the mall. Rescue workers and soldiers are looking for survivors and victims under the rubble.

Map of Ukraine

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The blow has also been exacerbated internationally. For example, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and the United Nations have already condemned the attack.

- At least that's unfortunate. Any kind of civilian construction, which of course includes shopping malls, and civilians should never be targeted, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

Russia did not strike Kremenchuk for the first time, the British broadcaster BBC reports(switch to another service). In the past, Russia struck missiles at, among other things, the city's oil refinery.

US anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine

Russia again launched a missile strike in Ukraine

The United States is planning to send Ukraine medium- and long-range anti-aircraft missiles. White House security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on Monday.

Sullivan said U.S. President Joe Biden had told Zelensky about this, who attended the G7 meeting remotely on Monday.

In a daily speech on Sunday night, Zelenskyi said Ukraine is in dire need of more anti-aircraft missile systems. According to Zelensky, only part of the missile strikes by Ukraine by Russian forces can be repelled at the moment.

Zelensky said he discusses the need for air defense with his allies on a daily basis. Zelensky said the allies should provide assistance more quickly if the countries are true allies of Ukraine and not side followers.

Heavy artillery fire in the Izjum area
The heavy artillery fire that continued in the direction of Izjum in Ukraine for a week suggests that Russia is trying to gain new momentum in its attack in the region, the intelligence report of the British Ministry of Defense says. Izumi is located southeast of Kharkiv.

According to the intelligence report, Ukrainian forces are using the wooded terrain to support their defenses in the Izjum region.

The main focus of the Russian attack is still on Severodonetsk and Lysytshansk in eastern Ukraine. The mayor of Severodonetsk, Oleksandr Struik, said on Saturday that Severodonetsk was completely taken over by Russian troops.

According to a British intelligence report, the Russian offensive war is likely to rely more and more on reserve forces in the coming weeks.

Despite shortcomings in the number of reservists deployed to Ukraine, the Russian leadership appears reluctant to impose a general mobilization, the intelligence report estimates.