Russia hit Kremenchuk with Kh-22 missiles launched from Tu-22 M3 long-rage bombers from the Russian Kursk region
The Russian military forces hit with a missile Kremenchuk shopping mall in Poltava region.
As of 7:30 p.m., the Head of Poltava Regional Military Administration Dmytro Lunin has informed that 10 people were killed, 40 injured.
He also informed that as of 7:56 p.m.21 people were hospitalized as a result of a missile strike on Kremenchuk. Another 29 provided with outpatient care (without hospitalization), including two children.
Rescuers continue to battle the fire in the mall. The fire area includes 10,3 thousand square meters, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.
130 people, 23 units of equipment and a fire train of Ukrzaliznytsia are involved in the firefight.
All emergency and rescue services work on the scene. Disassembly of rubbles continues.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi reacted to the missile strike. He noted that there are no strategic facilities near the shopping mall.
“Russian invaders launched missile strikes on a shopping mall with over 1,000 civilians inside. The shopping mall is on fire, rescuers are extinguishing fire, it is impossible even to imagine the number of victims. No strategic value. Just the attempt of people to live a normal life, which angers the occupiers so much. Russia continues to displace its powerlessness on ordinary citizens. It is useless to hope for its adequacy and humanity”,— he said.
Law enforcement officers also work on the scene.
According to the Air Force Command, the invaders fired Kh-22 missiles at Kremenchuk. These missiles were launched from a Tu-22 M3 long-range bombers.
The bombers took off from Shaykovka air base (Kaluga region in Russia), missiles launched from the Kursk region.
Kh-22 Burya is Soviet supersonic cruise long-range anti-ship missile. It is part of the K-22 aircraft missile system. Intended for the destruction of radar-contrast point and group targets.
The day before, the Air Force Command noted that the Kh-22, Oniks, and Iskander missiles are extremely difficult targets for current Ukrainian air defense systems. After all, the speed of Oniks and Kh-22 missiles is over 3,000 km per hour. Iskander missiles fly on a ballistic trajectory. Their defeat is an unusual and difficult task for the air defense facilities available in Ukraine.
As previously reported, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan confirmed that this week the transfer of air defense systems to Ukraine will happen.
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