Zelensky condemns 'terrorist' shopping mall strike
(MENAFN) Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky called Monday's missile attack on a retail center in the central city of Kremenchuk a "brazen terrorist crime," as the dead toll climbed to 13.
Zelensky was speaking following reports of two more attacks in the country's east on Monday that killed at least 12 people, as officials in the region accused Moscow of purposefully targeting civilians.
"The Russian strike today on the shopping center in Kremenchuk is one of the most brazen terrorist acts in European history," Zelensky stated in his evening broadcast posted on Telegram.
"A peaceful town, an ordinary shopping center -- women, children ordinary civilians inside."
Previously, Ukraine's defense ministry stated that the Kremenchuk hit was planned to coincide with the mall's peak hours in order to cause the greatest number of casualties.
The United Nations and international leaders have previously condemned the attack.
Separate assaults on Monday killed at least eight people in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk while they were out gathering water, according to the governor of the Lugansk area, Sergiy Gaiday.
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