Zelensky said the site did not represent any danger or strategic value to the Kremlin.
“Russia continues to get rid of its powerlessness over ordinary citizens. There is no point in hoping for sufficiency and humanity on its part.”
Ukrainian President Addressing leaders at the G7 summit on MondayCalling for more military support such as “additional air defense capabilities that can shoot missiles out of the sky,” according to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
In a briefing to reporters, Sullivan said the United States was preparing to send a medium to long-range surface-to-air missile system.
With details filtered from Kremenchug, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the world’s response should be “More heavy weapons for UkraineMore sanctions on Russia, more companies leaving Russia.”
The strike took place just before 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET), according to Ukraine’s state emergency service, which said recovery efforts were continuing with the help of 115 lifeguards and 20 pieces of equipment. Efforts also continued to extinguish the flames, which covered more than 110,000 square feet and filled the one-story building that houses the shopping center.
Mayor Vitaly Malitsky said the city has turned a local hotel into a point of contact for those who haven’t heard from friends and relatives. A hotline number has also been established.
National Police Chief Igor Klimenko said he deployed police forensic experts with war crimes investigators to begin collecting evidence.
Although Monday’s toll remains unclear, the incident carried echoes of some of the war’s worst alleged atrocities.
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