Ukraine: 16 dead in a Russian strike on a shopping center, “war crime” for the G7 – 06/28/2022 at 04:40

Ukraine: 16 dead in a Russian strike on a shopping center, "war crime" for the G7 - 06/28/2022 at 04:40
Rescuers at a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on June 27, 2022 (Ukraine's State Emergency Service/STR)

Rescuers at a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on June 27, 2022 (Ukraine’s State Emergency Service/STR)

A Russian bombing killed at least sixteen people in a shopping center in Ukraine, according to relief, provoking strong condemnation from the G7 countries gathered in Germany, who denounced a “war crime”.

“At present, we are aware of 16 dead and 59 injured, 25 of whom are hospitalized. The information is being updated,” Sergiy Kruk said on Telegram overnight from Monday to Tuesday.

Relief in Kremenchuk, in the center of the country, focuses mainly on “rescue, clearing debris and extinguishing fires”, according to Mr Kruk.

He added that “all response groups are working in intense mode” and that “work will continue around the clock.”

A Russian strike also killed eight civilians during the day at a water distribution point in the east, according to kyiv, which called on the G7 to end the war.

It is “one of the most shameless terrorist acts in European history”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said of the bombing of a shopping center in Kremenchuk, a city 330 km southeast of kyiv , and more than 200 km from the front.

It hit “a peaceful town, an ordinary shopping mall, with women, children, ordinary civilians inside,” he said.

“Indiscriminate attacks against innocent civilians constitute a war crime,” the G7 leaders said in the evening from their summit in southern Germany, in a statement that “solemnly condemns the heinous attack” and assures that Vladimir Putin will have to “be accountable”.

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced “absolute horror” and called on the Russian people to “see the truth” in the face.

This “will only strengthen the determination” of Westerners to support Ukraine, said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, the mall was hit by Kh-22 anti-ship missiles fired by Tu-22 long-range bombers from Russia’s Kursk region.

In New York, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric recalled that the belligerents were bound by international law to “protect civilians and civilian infrastructure”, judging the new strike “totally deplorable”.

An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the latest Russian bombings against civilian targets in Ukraine is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. GMT, we learned from the Albanian presidency of the UN body.

– “Shot on a crowd” –

A few hours after the announcement of the bombardment of Kremenchuk, the Ukrainian authorities announced another deadly Russian strike against civilians in Lyssychansk, a strategic pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the Donbass basin (east).

Map of the situation in Ukraine as of June 27 at 7 a.m. GMT (AFP /)

Map of the situation in Ukraine as of June 27 at 7 a.m. GMT (AFP /)

In this twin town of Severodonetsk, recently taken by the Russians, at least eight Ukrainian civilians were killed and more than twenty others, including two children, were injured while “collecting water from a cistern”, announced the regional governor of the Lugansk region, Sergei Gaïdaï.

“The Russians fired into a crowd of people with multiple Hurricane rocket launchers,” he said.

Lysytchansk is the last major city left to conquer for the Russians in this province.

“Our defenders hold the line, but the Russians reduce the city to ruins with artillery, aviation … The infrastructure is completely destroyed,” detailed Mr. Gaïdaï.

The conquest of Donbass, already partly held by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, has been the Russians’ priority objective since they evacuated the area around kyiv at the end of March.

New Russian strikes on the large city of Kharkiv, in northeastern Ukraine, also killed five people Monday evening and injured 22, including five children, local authorities said.

– “As long” as it takes –

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a videoconference with G7 leaders, June 27, 2022 at Elmau Castle in southern Germany (POOL / BENOIT TESSIER)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a videoconference with G7 leaders, June 27, 2022 at Elmau Castle in southern Germany (POOL / BENOIT TESSIER)

In an address by videoconference, before the announcement of the Kremenchuk and Lysytchansk attacks, Volodymyr Zelensky told the G7 leaders gathered at Elmau Castle in the Bavarian Alps that it was “not the time for negotiation ” with Moscow and insisted on the “need for full, complete, very operational support for Ukraine”, according to comments reported by the French presidency.

The seven industrial powers (Germany, United States, France, Canada, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom) have promised their support “as long as necessary”.

At the same time, the G7 will continue to “increase the pressure on (Vladimir) Putin”, assured German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, host of this summit, in particular through a new round of sanctions targeting the Russian economy.

The West, led by the United States, wants to tighten the noose on Moscow by targeting the Russian defense industry in particular, said a senior White House official, and intend to develop a “mechanism to cap the price Russian oil”.

The G7 will also “coordinate to use customs duties on Russian products to help Ukraine”, according to the same source.

– Diplomatic marathon –

Food crisis: alternatives for exporting crops from Ukraine ( AFP / )

Food crisis: alternatives for exporting crops from Ukraine ( AFP / )

Despite the heaviness of the sanctions hitting the Russian economy, the Kremlin assured Monday that there was “no reason” to mention a default of payment from Russia.

The Russian authorities, however, admitted that because of the sanctions, two installments had not reached creditors by the deadline on Sunday.

While kyiv continues to demand more arms deliveries, the United States is now considering supplying it with a sophisticated surface-to-air missile system of “medium and long ranges”.

France will send “significant quantities” of armored personnel carriers to Ukraine, announced French Minister of the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu on Monday evening.

The leaders of the G7 will end their summit on Tuesday, the day Vladimir Putin must make his first trip abroad since the start of the offensive in Ukraine, in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia.

The diplomatic marathon of the allies continues Tuesday with the NATO summit in Madrid, an appointment in which Mr. Zelensky must also participate remotely.

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