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Russian forces strike Kremenchuk on anniversary of Amstor shopping mall attack

by Dinara Khalilova June 27, 2023 3:09 PM 2 min read
A civilian stands near the shopping mall targeted by a Russian missile strike in Kremenchuk, Poltava Oblast, on June 28, 2022. (Narciso Contreras/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Russian troops targeted Kremenchuk on June 27 with the same missiles that hit local shopping mall Amstor exactly a year ago, according to Poltava Oblast Governor Dmytro Lunin. The Kremenchuk shopping mall attack killed more than 20 people and injured 59.

Today’s missile strike hit a dacha (country house) neighborhood in the Kremenchuk district, said Lunin. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties.

On June 27, 2022, a Russian Soviet-era Kh-22 missile carrying over 900 kilograms of explosives struck the Amstor shopping mall in Kremenchuk.

At the moment of the attack, more than 1,000 people were inside the building, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The death toll continues to grow after the Russian missile attack on the shopping mall Amstor in Kremenchuk, Poltava Oblast, on June 27. At least 20 people were killed in the attack, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office. At a briefing on June 28, Int…

Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its military struck warehouses with Western-provided weaponry next to the shopping mall and alleged detonation of ammunition purportedly caused a fire in the mall. Moscow also falsely claimed that the mall “was not working” then.

Zelensky said the strike was deliberate, calling it “one of the most daring terrorist acts in European history.”

Foreign leaders also condemned Russia’s shopping mall attack, emphasizing that indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime.

Kremenchuk, home to 219,000 people, lies several hundred kilometers away from the frontlines and some 330 kilometers south of Kyiv.

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