Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has commented to the "cheerful" reaction of Russians on social media to a Russian missile strike on a shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk in Poltava Oblast on June 27.
Following the missile strike, many Russians left comments on social networks praising the atrocity, while many called the incident a fake.
"Sickening to see Russian reactions to the Kremenchuk shopping mall strike," Kuleba tweeted on June 28.
"Ordinary Russians cheer on social media. Russian diplomats and officials spread insane conspiracy theories, denying that the strike even happened. Russia is a country of murderers and patent liars."
At least 18 people were killed after Russia launched the missile strike on the Amstor shopping mall in Kremenchuk on June 27. Some 36 people are still missing.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that "the number of victims is impossible to even imagine."
The president said that the strike had no strategic value for the Russian army and thus the aggressor country continues to vent its anger on civilians.
Russia attacks Kremenchuk heating plant
Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine's Interior Minister, said that the Russian invaders had fired two missiles at Kremenchuk. The second missile fell on wasteland, he said.
Ukraine's largest refinery is located in Kremenchuk. In early April, it came under a massive Russian missile attack. The local authorities said that the refinery would not resume operation until the end of the year.
The refinery is located 11 kilometers to the north of the Amstor shipping center.