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World leaders condemn shopping centre attack in Ukraine, calling it a 'war crime'

According to the G7, the Russian missile strike against a Ukrainian shopping center amounts to a war crime.

Two air strikes on Monday in Kremenchuk claimed the lives of at least 18 and injured dozens.

Soon after the attack, President Volodymyr Zeleskyy stated that over 1,000 civilians were in the mall at the time.

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G7 leaders met at a summit in Germany to condemn the abominable attack against a Kremenchuk shopping mall.

“We stand united in mourning the innocent victims” of this horrific attack by Ukraine. Indiscriminate attacks against innocent civilians is a war crime.

“Russian President Putin will be held accountable and all those responsible.”

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After Mr Zelenskyy had described the attack as “one the most daring terrorist acts of European history”, the G7 leaders have their comments.

“A peaceful city, an average shopping centre, inside – women, children and ordinary civilians. He stated that there were approximately a thousand people inside the city before the air alert was announced.

“Fortunately, most people were able to escape, so far as we are aware. They were able to escape. They were still inside, but there were workers and visitors.

“Only truly heartless terrorists can launch missiles at such an object. This is not an accidental missile strike, it is a deliberate Russian strike at the shopping centre.

Dmitry Polyanskiy (Russia’s deputy ambassador at the United Nations) said that the attack was an “Ukrainian provocation.”

On Twitter, he stated: “Exactly what Kiev regime must keep focus on Ukraine before (the NATO Summit).”

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A video shot inside the shopping center hit by a missile shows people fleeing the destruction

There are no military targets within a short distance of the mall

Dmytro Lunin, governor of the Poltava Region, said there was no military target near that Russia could have been aiming for.

According to reports, video footage taken inside the building shortly after the attack captured scenes of panic and people running through debris trying to escape.

One man shouted, “Is there anyone there?” One person shouted “is there anyone there?” while another called for his mother. As smoke filled the air, shoppers looked dazed.

According to Kyrylo Tymoshenko (deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office), a rescue operation was under way and nine of those who were injured were in serious condition.

Kremenchuk is Ukraine’s largest oil refinery and is located on the Dnipro River in the region of Poltava.

Zelenskyy stated that the shopping center target was “no threat to Russian army” as well as having “no strategic significance”.

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Zelenskyy condemns Russian ‘terrorists’

Russia was accused of “sabotaging people’s efforts to live a normal existence, which makes the occupiers so mad.”

NATO mobilise more rapid reaction troops

The Ukrainian president spoke to the G7 on the same day of the attack. He stated that he wanted the war to end by winter’s start and asked Western leaders for more military support.

Tuesday is the last day of the G7 summit. Leaders will now travel to Madrid for NATO summit.

G7 leaders will announce an agreement to limit the price of Russian oil before turning their attention towards the NATO summit.

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NATO raises high-readiness forces

On the eve the summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the alliance would agree to a new aid package for Ukraine.

The military alliance also put 300,000 troops in high readiness. In addition, the number of forces in the Baltic States and five frontline countries increased to “up to brigade level”.

He stated that this would be “the largest overhaul of our collective defense and deterrence after the cold war.”

The NATO Response Force’s rapid-reaction force is currently manned by 40,000 personnel. The proposed revision amounts to a large overhaul in response to Russian military intervention.

The plans call for NATO to move its stocks of munitions, and other supplies further east. This transition is expected to be complete in 2023.

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Zelenskyy declares that he would prefer war to be over by winter, before the conditions make it more difficult to fight back.

Truss warns of ‘uneasy Peace’

Liz Truss (Foreign Secretary) warned against an “uneasy” peace in Ukraine, which would see the country giving up land that it had lost to Russia since 2014.

Ms Truss stated that the West should provide all the equipment, training, and support it can to Kyiv in an interview with Die Welt and El Pais.

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“What we can’t have is uneasy peace in Ukraine, where Russia remains present; that is not going work.

She stated that “We all know what happened in 2014 with Minsk agreements. Russia eventually regrouped and returned for more afterward, so it is impossible to allow this situation to occur again.”

Chris Philp, the Technology minister, said Friday that the incident should be referred to as terrorism.

“Yes. He said, “Yes.

“There is no military necessity for bombing shopping centres, just like there wasn’t military necessity for bombing a hospital or theatre in Mariupol.

“We saw them bombing the theatre where civilians were sheltering. It was clearly marked that it contained civilians.

“So, this isn’t a single act. It is part of a pattern of atrocities being perpetrated by the Russian government. ”


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