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Today Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry explained the causes of the fire in the commercial center of the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.
The ministry said the bombing of a weapons depot in the city and the explosion of ammunition caused a fire in a nearby shopping mall.
At least 18 people died in Monday’s attack.
On Tuesday, Moscow denied the allegations of attacking civilians as allegations, saying it had legitimately bombed a military target in the city, adding that the mall had not been used.
A Russian Defense Ministry statement said: “Russian forces bombed a warehouse in Kremenchuk with weapons, including high-precision aerial weapons. “As a result of the precision strike, Western-made weapons and ammunition arrived at the warehouse.”
“The explosion of ammunition stored for Western weapons caused a fire in an inoperative shopping mall near the warehouse,” the statement said.
Ukraine said Russian missiles directly hit the mall and that about 1,000 people were inside at the time of the bombing.
Rescue operations continued on Tuesday to recover survivors and bodies. Dozens of people were injured and taken to hospitals.
Russia has repeatedly denied attacking civilian areas during a military operation in Ukraine that began four months ago. The United Nations says at least 4,700 civilians have been killed since the operation began on Feb. 24.

Source: Al Ittihad

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