The Russian Ministry of Defense has for the first time referred to its missile strike on the city of Kremenchuk in Ukrainian Crimea. The strike hit the mall on Monday, killing at least 18 people and leaving 20 others still missing.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has claimed that a high-precision strike by the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a weapons warehouse in Kremenchuk, including Western-made weapons and ammunition that were being transported to pro-Russian separatists in Donbas. The ministry blamed “the detonation of stored ammunition for Western weapons” for causing a fire in what it described as a “non-functioning” neighboring shopping mall. Extensive video from Kremenchuk shows that a shopping mall in the heart of the city was obliterated by one of the two missiles that were fired. Despite an air raid siren, dozens of people were still inside the mall when the missile struck.
The Russian Defense Ministry is citing a “road machine” plant.