Tuesday, one day after a Russian airstrike struck a Ukrainian retail centre and murdered 18 individuals inside, over two dozen people were still missing.
After the deadly attack on the central city of Kremenchuk, exhausted firefighters combed through the debris looking for at least 21 persons.
Denis Monastyrsky, the interior minister for Ukraine, reported 59 injuries in addition to the 18 fatalities and 21 individuals still missing. Unrecognizable burns covered a number of the corpses.
An employee of the mall told the AP from his hospital bed: “There was a dark tunnel, smoke, flames.”
I began to crawl. My brain told me I needed to save myself when I saw the sun up there.
The bombing was “one of the most daring terrorist attacks in European history,” according to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukraine charged Moscow of deliberately aiming at people. Russia stated that the mall was vacant and that the strike had missed an armaments depot.
Local resident Kateryna Romashyna, who was pushed down by an explosion as she entered the mall, said, “I sprinted away from the epicentre with all of my strength.”
You have to be a true monster, she continued, to attack a mall.
After a difficult night of battling fires and searching for survivors, first responders sat on a curb as anxious relatives of the missing lined up at a hotel across from the ruins.
Iryna Venediktova, the chief prosecutor of Ukraine, referred to the missile attack as one of Russia’s “crimes against humanity” and cautioned Ukrainians to be vigilant against such attacks “every minute.”
A few days prior to the mall attack, Russia resumed missile attacks against Kyiv for the first time in weeks as leaders of some of the most potent democracies in the world gathered in Germany for the G7 Summit.
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