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Russia Says Ukrainian Shopping Mall Fire Was Caused By Exploding Western Weapons

Russia Says Ukrainian Shopping Mall Fire Was Caused By Exploding Western Weapons

The Russian Federation has denied claims it targeted a shopping centre in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk with missile strikes resulting in the death of at least 20 people and injuries to dozens of others.

Ukrainian authorities estimate there were between 200 and 1  000 people inside the mall when it was struck on Monday.

Russia’s ministry of defence said on Tuesday morning that the fire was caused by “the detonation of stored ammunition for western weapons” located next to the mall.

It claimed that it conducted a “high-precision” strike on a hangar in Kremenchuk containing weapons supplied by US and European countries.

The Russian defence ministry also claimed that the mall was not operating when it caught fire.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesperson, told reporters on Tuesday that the war would end only when Ukraine gave in to Moscow’s demands. He said:

The Ukrainian side can end everything by the end of today. They just need to order Ukrainian troops to lay down their weapons and fulfil Russia’s conditions. And it will all be over.

An order for the nationalist units to lay down their arms is necessary.

Ukraine’s air force command said Russian forces struck the mall, located near a railway station, with two X-22 cruise missiles that were fired by an unspecified number of Tu-22M long-range bombers.

In a joint statement, the leaders of the G7 condemned the “abominable attack” and pledged “unwavering support” for Ukraine. Reads part of the statement:

We stand united with Ukraine in mourning the innocent victims of this brutal attack. Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime.

[Vladimir] Putin and those responsible will be held to account. We will not rest until Russia ends its cruel and senseless war on Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022 in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014.

Putin’s call for Ukraine’s military to overthrow the Kyiv government fell on deaf ears as the country mounted a strong resistance that forced Russia to abandon its plans to capture the capital and redirect its attack on the east of the country. 

More: The Guardian

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17 Comments

. 1 month ago

those I the know kindly inform me. as it stands who is winning this war?


Xxx 1 month ago

Russia

Duduzani 1 month ago

As it stands this war is no longer a war of lethal weapons only, it now encompasses politics across super power countries, let's wait and see, this war is far from its end.

🌶️🌶️🌶️ 1 month ago

Mostly when the battlefield is .in your own territory , you suffer much


spartar 1 month ago

I think there is no winner in a war think of rassian and Ukrainian troops who are dead because of the interest of their leaders who are currently in their mansions enjoying themselves with all the Richie's of the world. How many women are widowed. think of the innocent children who are being left as orphans with an unpredictable future.


👽 1 month ago

Ukraine did this unto themselves. they where used by the USA and its allies.. now its them paying the price with blood


zimcitizen 1 month ago

Russia is now using the same propaganda, of blaming the victim, like our local infamous zanuoid repressive police


🌶️🌶️🌶️ 1 month ago

Wazadzaaaa🤣🤣🤣🤣

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think 1 month ago

the west to blame


Observer 1 month ago

Russia 🇷🇺 is evil 😈. They are guilty of war crimes. Their lies betray their honesty. Criminals.


From Russia with Love 🇷🇺 1 month ago

Russia has got zero demolished building, they have faced all sorts of munitions from the West. Russia is currently using locally produced weapons..... Imagine if another foreign player donates weapons to Russia. Viva Russia.... Teach them a lesson 🤗

putin 1 month ago

we will not stop until ukrain gives in to moscows demands


Peewee 1 month ago

🙄Seriously the real putin is somewhere out there
This ain't funny no more

Www 1 month ago

About this war be patient the reality is coming soon.A hell on Earth you will witness. Those casualties will be recovered in due force. Let's Russia brag now but if gou know the future, you cld find a better haven somewhere. Boom


Chibhanguza 1 month ago

Russia all the way 💪


xxx 1 month ago

Nato haina kukwana they can sacrifice their own kuti zvingonzi.


Osama Bin Laden 1 month ago

Zelensky is a USA puppet. The West has a weapons firing and testing range in Ukraine. The dude Zelensky is sacrificing his poorly armed and trained militia forces , they are not an army, jthey are just like Zanu Pfs green bombers.Putin is squashing them . Scotched earth policy and war of Attrition is giving Zelensky sleepless nights. When Russia started its special operation on 24Feb its aim was not to capture Kiev or Zelensky no, they knew they would face fears resistance . They attacked and retreated to the Donbas region in order to stretch Ukrainian defences. This was a tactical move and it paid dividends ie the fall of Mauripol , Severodonetsk and other small towns. The west is tired of the war and losing hope of a win thats y they are not sending heavy weapons except promises to their comedian puppet Zelensky. They have test fired their weapons in a real war situation and are going back to the drawing board for modernisation of their antique weaponry which has been rendered useless by mighty Russia. Viva Putin, viva Russia viva Russian Povo



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