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Ukrainian President wants Russia to be designated ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ | War in Ukraine

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The tragedy left 18 dead and 59 injured, including 25 people hospitalized, and 21 people are still missing, according to the latest report delivered Tuesday morning by the acting head of the Poltava regional administration, Dmytro Lounin.

He said rescuers were still digging through the rubble on Tuesday, hoping to find bodies rather than survivors. The Minister of the Interior, Denys Monastyrsky, indicated for his part that certain bodies, too badly burned, could not be identified before A few dayshe anticipated.

We are working on the dismantling of the construction so that it is possible to bring machines into it, since the metal elements are very heavy and large, and it is impossible to dismantle them by handfor his part explained Volodymyr Hychkan, an official of the emergency services.

A man lays flowers at what remains of the mall hit by Russian missiles on Tuesday.

Photo: The Canadian Press/AP/Efrem Lukatsky

Only crazy terrorists, who should have no place on Earth, can fire missiles at civilian targetsdenounced President Zelensky in a message published on Telegram.

These are not off-target missile strikes in kindergartens, schools, shopping malls, apartment buildings, these are calculated strikes of the invaders. »

A quote from Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine

Russia must be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism. The world can and therefore must stop the Russian terrorpleaded the Ukrainian head of state.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, the Amstor shopping center was hit by Kh-22 anti-ship missiles fired from Tu-22 long-range bombers from the Kursk region of Russia.

Smoke was still billowing from the ruins of the mall on Tuesday morning.

Photo: The Canadian Press/AP/Efrem Lukatsky

Moscow denies targeting the mall

In its daily statement, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that its army had fired with high-precision missiles, but denied having targeted the mall.

He claims rather to have destroyed warehouses of weapons delivered by Westerners, which were on the territory of a factory of construction vehicles adjoining the center.

The detonations of ammunition intended for Western weapons caused the fire […] of a shopping center that was not openhe argued.

According to the Ukrainian authorities and numerous witnesses, the center was rather crowded with people running errands. President Zelensky said Monday that 1,000 people were there.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Iryna Venediktova, confirmed to Reuters that another missile had also hit a nearby factory, but assured that it was closed and could not constitute a military target.

A policewoman writes a report while questioning a victim of the Russian strike on the Kremenchuk shopping center.

Photo: The Canadian Press/AP/Efrem Lukatsky

A crime against humanityaccording to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General

Ms Venediktova instead argued that the attack constituted a crime against humanitypointing out that the Russian army systematically pounded civilian infrastructure in order to scare people, to kill people, to sow terror in our towns and villages.

She stressed the need for Ukrainians across the country to remain vigilant, adding that they should expect a similar strike every minute.

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Wayne Jordash, a British lawyer who works with Ms Venediktova’s office to investigate possible war crimes, also dismissed claims that a factory near the mall was a military target.

Early indications are that the plant that was hit is a road construction plant, not a military targethe said.

At Ukraine’s request, the UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting in New York on Tuesday to discuss the attack. The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Russian bombardment continues

Russian bombs fell on the city of Dnipro in central Ukraine on Tuesday, according to regional governor Valentyn Reznychenko. Rail infrastructure, a business and a utility company were hit, he said, saying rescue workers are searching the rubble for survivors.

Russian forces also hit the Black Sea town of Ochakiv in the Mykolaiv region, damaging apartment buildings and killing two people, including a 6-year-old child, according to local authorities. Six other people, including four children, were injured. One of them, a 3 month old baby, is in a coma.

In the past few hours, a Russian strike has also killed 8 people and injured 20 in Lyssytchansk, the last major city in the Luhansk region which is still outside Russian control, according to the governor of the region, Sergei Gaïdaï. According to him, two children were injured whilethey collected water from a cistern.

The Russians fired into a crowd of people with Hurricane multiple rocket launchershe denounced, specifying that the twin city of Sievierodonetsk, which fell into the hands of the Russian army last week, continued to defend itself.

The Luhansk region becomes total ruin. The Russians continue to try to blockade Lysychansk and take control of the Bakhmut-Lysychansk highway. »

A quote from Sergey Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region

The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) notes a measured progress Russians east of Bakhmout. On the other hand, they would have been pushed back to the north of Sloviansk.

The British Ministry of Defense notes for its part that the forces of kyiv continue to disrupt Russian command and control with strikes deep behind the lines enemies.

But he also points to an intense wave of strikes in recent days with long-range missiles, including probably the Soviet-era AS-4 Kitchen and the more modern AS-23a Kodiak, fired from Russian and Belarusian airspace. .

In the south of the country, the Ukrainian mayor-elect of Kherson, a city occupied by Russian forces and their separatist allies, has been arrested, the deputy head of the occupation administration, Kirill Stremousov, said on Tuesday in Russian news agency Ria Novosti.

Igor Kolykhaev was removed from local power by Russian forces in April, a few weeks after Moscow conquered this city and its eponymous region.

With information from France Media Agency, Reuters, Associated Press, and New York Times

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