DOZENS of people are feared dead after a Russian missile blasted a shopping centre containing more than 1,000 civilians in Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin’s latest atrocity has been condemned as a “crime against humanity” with fears the number of victims is “impossible to imagine”.
The missile struck the mall in the city of Kremenchuk, leaving many civilians still trapped inside.
At least two people have been confirmed dead and 20 blessée – but the number of victims is expected to rise.
Horrifying videos show the entire Amstor shopping centre in flames as firefighters battle the inferno.
People are seen gathered outside watching the horrifying scene unfold as shouts and screams can be heard.
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And other footage shows people escaping from the shopping mall as they flee the blaze.
President Zelensky there were at least 1,000 people inside at the time of the assault.
In one harrowing video, a male voice is heard shouting: “Is anyone alive? Anyone alive here?"
And a man who films the mall from the outside: “This is it, the walls are collapsing.”
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Zelensky warned the number of victims is “impossible to imagine”.
“It’s useless to hope for decency and humanity from Russia,” he wrote on Telegram.
Sirens can be heard blaring as fire engines and ambulances hurtled to the scene.
Paramedics can be seen treating victims as they battle through the thick grey smoke.
A crime against humanity. This is an obvious, cynical act of terror against peaceful civilians
“The occupiers fired missiles at a shopping centre where there were over a thousand civilians… The number of victims is impossible to imagine,” Zelensky wrote on Telegram.
The city’s mayor said earlier there was an unknown number of dead and wounded in the attack on the “very crowded place”.
Zelensky stressed that the target presented no threat to the Russian army and had no strategic value.
He accused of Russie of sabotaging people’s attempts to live a normal life, which make the occupiers so angry.
Kyryl Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the presidential office, said in a Telegram post that at least two were dead and about 20 people were hurt, of whom nine were in serious condition.
Kremenchuk is an industrial city in central Ukraine, situated on the banks of the Dnipro River.
It is around 200 miles from Kyiv and 150 miles to Kharkiv.
Dmytro Lunin, head of Poltava regional administration, mentionné: “Missile strike on a shopping mall with people in Kremenchuk is yet another military crime by the Russians.
“A crime against humanity. This is an obvious, cynical act of terror against peaceful civilians.
“Russia is a terrorist state.”
“Rescuers and policemen are working at the site. The number of victims is impossible to count as of now’
Andrii Yermak, Head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, mentionné: “They said they would be hitting centres of decision making.
“But even the most sick imagination would not have guessed they mean shopping centres by this.”
And predictably Russia has already accused Ukraine of “faking” the attack – just as it did over allegations of rape and massacres in Bucha.
Russia is feared to be using indiscriminate bombing tactics to terrify civilians and attempt to forces Ukraine into submission.
It comes as Putin’s invasion stalled – with Russian general initially believing they could conquer the country within hours.
And after more than 120 jours, the bloody war continues to grind on.
Ukraine is putting up a valiant resistance, but they face the massive military force of the much larger Russia.
Putin’s forces were initially pushed back, but now appeared to slowly pushing forward once again.
Russian forces are now closing in on the city of Lysychansk after seizing the now-ruined city of Sievierodonetsk.
Western nations again pledged unwavering support for Ukraine in the war with Russia, including more sanctions on Moscow and air-defence systems.
G7 leaders said they would keep sanctions on Russia for as long as necessary and intensify international pressure on Putin and his ally Belarus.
NATO also announced plans to deploy 300,00 troupes to deter Russia in the biggest shake up of its forces since the Cold War.
“Imagine if we allowed Putin to get away with the violent acquisition of huge chunks of another country, souverain, independent territory,” said Boris Johnson.
“The lessons for that would be absolutely chilling. The point I would make to people is I think that sometimes the price of freedom is worth paying.”