In response to Ukrainian accusations of yesterday hitting a shopping mall in the central city of Kremenchuk, killing dozens of people, Russia has denied the matter entirely.
The Defense Ministry confirmed Tuesday that it had bombed an American and European weapons depot in the Ukrainian city with missiles, causing an explosion of ammunition that caused a fire in the nearby shopping center.
“It was closed”
But she made it clear that the center was closed at the time of the strike, or “out of service”, as she put it.
In addition, the spokesman of the ministry, Igor Konashenkov, announced that his country’s planes hit warehouses containing weapons from the United States of America and the European Union in Kremenchuk, near a factory of road machinery with high-precision weapons. .
He also pointed out that Russian air defense systems managed to shoot down 3 Su-25 fighters and a Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian air force.
For his part, Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, felt that the Ukrainian accusations appear to be new inventions similar to Bucha’s. And last night he said in a tweet on his Twitter account: “It seems we are dealing with new Ukrainian inventions in Bocha style “.
18 dead and 59 wounded
And the director of Ukrainian ambulance services, Sergey Kroc, announced yesterday via the Telegram application that the death toll from Russian missile attacks that targeted a shopping center in Kremenchuk on Monday has risen to 18 dead and 59 injured.
He also explained that ambulance teams focused their efforts on “rescuing, removing debris and putting out fires”. He urged citizens to pay close attention and caution if they hear the sirens, which warn them of air strikes.
Interestingly, the last few days have seen an intensification of Russian air strikes in areas relatively distant from eastern Ukraine, weeks after fierce battles broke out in the Donbass region.
In recent weeks, Russian forces have concentrated shelling and fighting in Lugansk and Donetsk in an attempt to control the entire Donbass basin and open a land corridor between the east and Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.
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