As a result of the strike on the Amstor shopping and entertainment center in Kremenchug, the number of victims reached 18 people, 25 of the 59 injured were hospitalized. The head of the State Emergency Service Sergey Kruk reports:
“Currently, 16 dead and 59 injured are known, of which 25 are hospitalized. The information is being updated.”
The head of the Poltava Regional Military Administration, Dmitry Lunin, announced a change in these data as of 06.50 on June 28:
“18 dead … Sincere condolences to family and friends. Rescuers continue to work.”
On June 27, the Russians inflicted two missile strikes at the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchug, it was known about 13 dead and more than 40 injured. President Volodymyr Zelensky and the mayor of the city, Vitaliy Maletsky, said that many visitors managed to leave the shopping center in Kremenchuk before Russian missiles hit it. Last night, more than 40 applications were received from citizens about the disappearance of their relatives.
Missile arrivals were recorded in Kremenchug after 15:30. The authorities of the Poltava region immediately announced that they had hit a civilian object, and also confirmed the presence of victims. Shortly after news of the strike broke, Ukraine’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova said the missiles hit the Amstor shopping center. The exact number of victims is not yet known. According to the president, thousands of people could have been there at the time of the impact. Rescue work continues.
By 18:00, it became known that the fire area in the Kremenchug shopping and entertainment center after the missile attack amounted to 10 thousand 300 square meters. m, as reported by the State Emergency Service. Vladimir Zelensky reacted to the attack on Kremenchuk in his Telegram channel. Followed by the comment of the head of the Poltava regional military administration Dmitry Lunin:
“The missile attack on the mall with people in Kremenchug is another Russian war crime. A crime against humanity. This is an undisguised and cynical act of terror against the civilian population. Russia is a terrorist state.”
By 19:10, Interfax-Ukraine reported that the shopping center had been completely destroyed by fire. The agency referred to the message of the director of the network “Amstor” Roman Yemets. According to him, emergency services continue to work at the scene of the fire.
By 20:00, the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the attack on the Amstor shopping and entertainment center was delivered by Kh-22 missiles from long-range Tu-22 M3 bombers. According to the military, the planes took off from the Shaikovka airfield in the Kaluga region, and the missiles were launched from the airspace over the Kursk region. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov added information. He wrote that one of them hit the mall, and the other – the city stadium.
In the evening, updated information appeared about the wounded as a result of the blow. The governor of the Poltava region said that there were two children among them. 21 people were hospitalized, six in serious condition. 29 people, including children, received outpatient care without hospitalization.
US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink reacted to the shelling of a shopping center in Kremenchuk on her Twitter: “The world will hold the Kremlin accountable for its atrocities in Ukraine.”
By 22:30, the Russian side commented on the fire in the Kremenchug mall for the first time. The media cited Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, stating that there are “many inconsistencies” in the information about the rocket attack on Kremenchug:
“We have to wait what our Ministry of Defense says, but there are already too many obvious inconsistencies.”
He called this fire a “provocation” that the Ukrainian authorities need in order to “keep the focus on Ukraine before the NATO summit.”
There is no official reaction from Russia regarding the incident in Kremenchug yet, but Russian military Telegram channels are actively commenting on it. Initially, their version was reduced to the fact that this is a “staging”. Some channels wrote that ammunition or military equipment was allegedly stored in the shopping center. But then (apparently, after studying the map of the area), another version appeared: they did not hit the shopping center, but the plant of road cars located near it (which, according to the Russians, was engaged in the repair of military equipment), and fire could have spread to the shopping center after hitting factory (or the rocket hit the shopping center instead of the factory). There was information that the shopping center has not been working for its intended purpose for a long time. However, when entering the query “where is the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchuk” into the Google browser search, the following page opened last night:
Edition “Correspondent” published the latest information as of the morning of June 28, referring to the data of the State Emergency Service. Search and rescue work continues. Rescuers dismantle damaged building structures with the help of heavy engineering equipment and small-scale mechanization. The message says: “The units of the State Emergency Service examined and dismantled fragments of building structures on 60% of the total area of the facility. 18 people died, of which one person died in the hospital. 59 people applied for medical help, of which 25 were hospitalized in the intensive care hospital in Kremenchug. Coordination of activities at the scene of the incident, the Headquarters for the elimination of the consequences of the emergency is carried out. Local authorities have organized comprehensive support for those involved in the elimination of the consequences of the shelling.
All night, more than a thousand people worked on the ruins – rescuers, policemen, doctors and volunteers. The search for people continues, all the necessary assistance is being provided to the victims. 440 people (including 14 psychologists) and 70 units are involved in the work from the State Emergency Service. technology.
On June 28, the UN Security Council will meet to discuss the shelling of civilians by Russian troops in Ukraine. US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said: “These are the actions of sick people. This is absolutely not normal. The UN Security Council will meet tomorrow (June 28) to discuss Russian atrocities against civilians. We must continue to hold Russia accountable.”
This is what the mall building looked like after the fire: