By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – A Russian missile strike hit a crowded shopping center in Ukraine’s central city of Kremenchuk, with over 1,000 civilians inside, Ukraine’s president said Monday.
President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke moments after the attack in the town on the banks of the Dnieper river.
The president gave no details of casualties but said: “It is impossible to even imagine the number of victims.” Initial reports said at least 20 people were injured and two dead, but the figures were due to rise.
Videos shared in the aftermath appear to show the shopping center in the industrial city of Kremenchuk engulfed in flames. People were seen fleeing between the rubble.
“The invaders hit the mall with rockets, where there were more than a thousand civilians,” the president stressed.
Correspondent for the Economist magazine Oliver Carroll reported “horror scenes,” citing a man speaking on the phone who said people were in the building and the walls were starting to fall in.
Moscow has consistently denied deliberately shelling civilian sites, despite mounting evidence to the contrary.
Monday’s attack came after President Zelensky appealed to the Group of Seven (G7) leaders gathering in Germany to help him end the war by year’s end.