Russia bombs Ukrainian shopping center, says Zelenskyy

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Russia launched a missile strike on a busy shopping center in the city of Kremenchuk, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday.

Zelenskyy said on Telegram that there were more than 1,000 civilians inside the mall at the time of the attack, and that firefighters are battling an ongoing blaze. Videos posted on social media showed flames engulfing the building.

“It is on fire, and rescue workers are trying to put out the fire, the number of victims is impossible to imagine,” he said on Telegram.

The strikes comes against a backdrop of the G7 summit in the Bavarian Alps, where Zelenskyy briefed leaders via video link Monday on the latest developments in Ukraine, including the resumption of strikes on the capital Kyiv. The leaders vowed to extend their financial, military and humanitarian support to Ukraine “for as long as it takes,” stressing that the country must be able to safeguard its sovereignty and “choose its own future.”

Kremenchuk is the site of Ukrainian’s biggest oil refinery.