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Russian strike hits crowded mall, Zelensky says, amid push for aid at G-7

President Volodymyr Zelensky said a Russian missile strike hit a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, on June 27. (Video: Telegram)
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A Russian strike hit a crowded shopping mall in central Ukraine Monday, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Telegram. At least 15 civilians were killed and scores injured, according to officials, with figures expected to rise. Videos shared in the aftermath appear to show the mall in the industrial city of Kremenchuk engulfed in flames.

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The strike came amid a spate of escalating missile attacks across Ukraine, and as Ukrainian officials pressed the West for more supplies.

President Biden told Zelensky on Monday that the United States intends to provide Kyiv with advanced medium- and long-range air defense capabilities, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said. Washington is “in the process of finalizing a package” that will also include other items of “urgent need, including ammunition for artillery and counter-battery radar systems,” he said.

Meeting in Germany’s Bavarian Alps, leaders from the Group of Seven, the world’s wealthiest democracies, condemned the mall strike. “We stand united with Ukraine in mourning the innocent victims of this brutal attack,” the statement read. “Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime. Russian President Putin and those responsible will be held to account.”

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  • NATO is set to sharply increase the number of forces it keeps at a high readiness level to 300,000, in a move that amounts to the “biggest overhaul of our collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.
  • France may reopen a recently shuttered coal-fired power station this winter as the war in Ukraine pushes up energy prices and raises the prospect of fuel shortages.
  • Russia defaulted on its foreign currency debt for the first time in more than a century — although the Kremlin said its attempts to pay its overseas creditors were rejected because of Western sanctions.
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Group of Seven leaders from the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan condemned the strike in the city of Kremenchuk on Monday, calling it “abominable” and vowing “unwavering support” for Ukraine.“Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime,” their statement said. “We will not rest until Russia ends its cruel and senseless war on Ukraine.”