G7, UN condemn ‘heinous,’ ‘abominable’ Russian missile strike on shopping center

28 June, 02:37 PM
More than 20 people died in the attack (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Voitenko)

More than 20 people died in the attack (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Voitenko)

The UN Security Council will hold a special meeting on June 28 to discuss the Russian missile attack on a shopping mall in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, Poltava Oblast, Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, said on June 27.

Meanwhile, the UN system coordinator in Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, called for the Russian military involved in the missile attack to be held to account.

“The United Nations strongly condemns the impact on civilians of these latest attacks, and I call for an independent investigation to hold those responsible to account,” Lubrani said.

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“I will not get tired of repeating that the parties to the conflict have an obligation under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure,” Lubrani added. “This includes respecting the principle of proportionality on any military operation, which prohibits attacks which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects.”

In a statement, the G7 described the missile attack "heinous." The German spokesperson for the G7 group also stressed that Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin must be held accountable for the deaths of civilians.

“We solemnly condemn the abominable attack on a shopping mall in Kremenchuk,” the spokesperson said.

“President Putin and those responsible will be held to account.”

Russia launched a missile attack on the Amstor shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk, Poltava Oblast on June 27. So far, 18 people have been reported dead and at least 50 injured as a result of the attack.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that more than 1,000 people were in the mall at the time of the strike.

"The number of victims is unimaginable," he said on social media. He also said that the strike had no strategic value for the Russian army, and that the aggressor country was continuing to take out its anger on civilians.

The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine said that more than 40 missing person reports have been filed. Gerashchenko said that Russia had fired two missiles at Kremenchuk.

The second missile hit the wasteland close to the mall.

The city of Kremenchuk hosts the largest oil refinery in Ukraine. In early April, Russian invaders launched a massive missile attack on that refinery. Authorities said the refinery would not resume operations until the end of the year.

The refinery is located about 11 kilometers to the north of the Amstor shopping mall.

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