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Russia comments on alleged mall strike in Ukraine

Fire at the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchug. Screenshot from footage published by Volodymyr Zelensky.
Samizdat | June 28, 2022

The Russian military has confirmed an airstrike on the Ukrainian city of Kremenchug on Monday, but claimed it targeted a stockpile of Western weapons. The detonation caused damage to a nearby non-functioning shopping mall, Tuesday’s report said. Kiev had claimed that Russia attacked the shopping center, killing and injuring many civilians.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the location of the arms stockpile was near the Kredmash factory. The Amstor Mall, where a fire was reported by Ukrainian sources on Monday, is right next to it. The military claimed that the Western munitions detonated and caused a fire at the facility, which was no longer operating.

Ukrainian officials claim that the mall was packed with people at the moment Russia allegedly attacked it. However, video showed that the car park outside was almost empty.

According to the latest casualty report, 18 people were killed and 59 injured in the incident, with 25 of the wounded taken to the hospital for treatment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the incident in Kremenchug as “one of the most blatant terrorist attacks in European history.” He stated that the site posed no threat to the Russian military and had no strategic value.

Kremenchug is a city in central Ukraine around 250km southeast from Kiev. The Russian military had previously attacked a major oil refinery in the city, denying the Ukrainian military fuel for their vehicles.

June 28, 2022 - Posted by | Aletho News | ,

1 Comment »

  1. Noted.

    “…one of the most blatant terrorist attacks in European history.” Wow: hyperbole and hysteria on full display…natural and given the situation, acceptable to be sure, but: where is the balance, the alternative narrative?–manifestly missing in action via Western censorship and (perhaps onrushing daily toward a needed denouement?) fog-of-war on-scene developments. Grateful for Samizdat’s reporting perspective….

    Like

    Comment by roberthstiver | June 28, 2022 | Reply


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