Ukraine has released a heartbreaking new video showing people inside a shopping mall when it was hit by a Russian missile on Monday
After the Kremlin declares the complex ‘non-functional’, Ukraine releases heartbreaking news video showing people inside a shopping mall when it was hit by a Russian missile on Monday.
The newly released video shows people rushing and diving for cover as the rocket exploded into the building. It was caught on CCTV cameras around the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchuk, central Ukraine.
The moment the rocket hit, sending goods flying off shelves and the shopkeeper rushing to safety, was captured on two cameras inside the same store.
Debris falling to the ground outside the mall was captured by two other cameras outside the complex.
Another exterior camera captured the moment the building was hit, showing smoke billowing from it and two onlookers narrowly missing falling debris.
A different camera that was positioned to capture a parking lot captured the rocket just before it collided with the structure and created a large explosion.
The new video, which was made public by Ukraine’s security services, refutes Igor Konashenkov’s claim that the mall “wasn’t working”, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman.
Rescuers issued a warning that the 21 other people missing on Wednesday likely did not survive the fire that destroyed the mall and caused the roof to collapse, which killed at least 18 people.
Finding victims is difficult because some bodies are so charred they are unrecognizable.
Another video of the complex, which was made public this week, appears to show an AS-4 Kitchen guided missile, originally intended to destroy US aircraft carriers, hitting the mall on Monday just before 4 p.m. local time.
Another video, captured by cameras in a nearby park, captured the second missile hitting the Kredmash facility, located behind the mall. The missile destroyed four warehouses and rained rubble on passers-by.
In what qualifies as a war crime, Ukraine accuses Russia of attacking the center of Kremenchuk, located 205 miles southeast of Kyiv, on Monday.
Russia disputes the accusation and has previously claimed that the barrage of missiles was directed against a stockpile of weapons and that the facility was not open at the time.
Some of the 18 victims officially confirmed dead in Monday’s Russian missile attack will be laid to rest on Thursday.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, claimed that Russia had become a “terrorist” state following the attack on the mall. He criticized NATO on Wednesday for not doing enough to support or arm his struggling country.
Speaking via video link at the NATO leaders’ meeting in Madrid, Mr Zelensky said: “NATO’s open door policy should not mirror the old Kyiv metro turnstiles, which remain open but close when you approach them until you pay.
Has Ukraine not paid enough? Hasn’t our defense of Europe and the whole civilized world been enough?
He pleaded with NATO leaders to provide Ukraine with the help it needed to defeat Russia or “risk a delayed conflict between Russia and yourselves.” He also requested more advanced artillery systems and other armaments.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has denied that a strike on the crowded mall was carried out by Moscow soldiers.
“Our army does not attack any infrastructure located in a residential area. In Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, Putin declared during a press conference that “we have all the capacities to understand what is where”.
Nobody here shoots like that, randomly. With “high precision weapons” this is usually done based on target intelligence data.
Putin said: “I am convinced that this time everything was done in this precise way.
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Moscow has argued that since Putin sent his troops into Ukraine, the people have not been a target.
Ukrainians have been repeatedly shot, tortured and raped by Russian forces who have randomly shelled civilian targets.
Russia’s military operations are the subject of ongoing war crimes investigations.
The Russian military first claimed on Tuesday that it had attacked an arms warehouse in central Ukraine the day before, with the ensuing explosions damaging a closed shopping mall.
According to a statement from the Russian army, the attack targeted “a depot of arms and ammunition from the United States and European countries in the vicinity of the Kremenchuk automobile industry”.
The adjoining mall, which was not open at the time, caught fire due to explosions of ammunition for Western weapons.
The Russian military’s claim was backed by the Kremlin, which cited defense ministry justifications as “comprehensive”.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, said: “I have nothing to add.”
Although a politician initially accused Ukraine of bombing its own citizens, the Russian Defense Ministry admitted to being behind the attack and said the factory was used as a storage location for Western weapons that were shipped to the Donbass.
He claimed the second missile actually hit a train station and denied hitting the mall.
However, Ukraine claims that Russia deliberately targeted the mall in a “terrorist attack” intended to terrorize civilians and that the factory, which produces parts for civilian cars among other things, did not stock any armed.
Compared to Russia, the installation images more closely match Kyiv’s claim.
One of President Zelensky’s top advisers, Mykhailo Podolyak, who posted part of the video online, said the attack was intentional and intended to terrify the population and cause a large number of casualties.
The bombing of the busy mall was described by Pope Francis on Wednesday as the latest in a series of “barbaric acts” against Ukraine.
Francis addressed the crowd in St. Peter’s Square on the feast of St. Peter and Paul, saying: “Every day I carry in my heart dear and martyred Ukraine, which continues to be scourged by barbaric attacks like the one that hit Kremenchuk’s central shopping mall.
“I pray that this senseless war ends soon, and I reiterate my urge to continue to pray for peace without giving up.
May the Lord open the channels of communication that men are unwilling or unable to follow. May they not forget to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering badly, he prayed.