Russia claims that the mall was not the goal of the conflict in Ukraine, but rather a cache of Western armaments

Russia has affirmed this Tuesday that the attack against a shopping center in the Ukrainian town of Kremenchuk reached a warehouse of weapons delivered by the United States and other Western countries after the Ukrainian authorities denounced the death of at least 20 people in the event. “The explosion of stored Western ammunition caused a fire in a shopping center that was not in operation and that was next to the warehouse,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency interface.
Likewise, it has stressed that the bombing was carried out with “high-precision weapons fired from the air” and added that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are suffering “critical losses” in the framework of the operations of the Russian forces and the militias of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (east). Konashenkov has detailed that during the last 24 hours 24 command posts and artillery and mortar units have been hit in 58 districts, as well as groups of soldiers and military equipment in 304 districts, before adding that more than a hundred soldiers and ” foreign mercenaries” were killed Monday in shelling in Kharkiv.
For his part, Kirill Timoshenko, deputy director of the office of the Presidency of Ukraine, has raised the death toll in the attack on Kremenchuk to 20 and has indicated that about 60 people were injured, according to a message published on his official account in Telegram. Hours earlier, the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine had raised the dead to 18 and had stressed that “search and rescue operations continue and the dismantling of damaged building structures is being carried out with the help of engineering equipment. heavy”.
The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Monday that there were more than a thousand people inside these facilities while denouncing that “the Russian attack on the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchuk has no other purpose than to terrorize Ukrainians”. “It’s a civilian place where peaceful Ukrainians come to shop. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Russia’s goal is the genocide of Ukrainians!” he settled.


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