Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that two Russian missiles struck a crowded shopping center in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, killing at least 16 people and injuring 59 others.
Zelensky also stated that approximately 1000 people were present in the shopping center at the time of the attack, and Dmytro Lunin, governor of the central Poltava region, confirmed the death toll. “The number of victims is beyond comprehension… It is pointless to hope for Russia’s decency and humanity “Zelenskiy communicated via Telegram.
Lunin reported on Telegram that 21 people had been hospitalized and 29 others had received first aid.
According to Reuters, he said, “It’s an act of terrorism against civilians.”
Sergiy Gaiday, governor of Ukraine’s Lugansk region, also stated on Monday that a Russian strike killed eight civilians in the city of Lysychansk. According to the governor, they were out collecting water when Russian forces opened fire on the crowd with Uragan multiple rocket-launchers.
“Today in Lysychansk, Russians used Uragan multiple rocket-launchers to fire on a crowd of people while civilians were collecting water from a cistern,” Gaiday wrote on Telegram.
“Eight residents are dead, 21 have been taken to hospital,” he added.
Russian forces have taken control of Severodonetsk and are now focusing their efforts on its twin city, Lysychansk. The military has been attempting to establish complete dominance in the Donbas region, and Lysychansk is their next target.