A view of the explosion as a Russian missile strike hits a shopping mall in Poltava region, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Reuters
Ukraine said Russia had killed civilians deliberately when it pounded the mall in Kremenchuk. Moscow said the mall was empty and it had struck a nearby arms depot.
"Russian missile hit this location precisely. De-li-be-ra-te-ly ... It is clear that Russian killers received those exact coordinates," Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an evening video address. "They wanted to kill as many people."
Authorities said around 36 people were still missing.
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Further east in Lysychansk in the Luhansk region, a key battleground in Russia's assault on the industrial heartland of Donbas, the governor reported increased military action.
"The situation in Lysychansk is very difficult," Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said on television.
"The Russians are using every weapon available to them ... and without distinguishing whether targets are military or not - schools, kindergartens, cultural institutions," he said.
A Russian missile approaches a shopping mall at a location given as Kremenchuk, in Poltava region, Ukraine. Reuters
"Everything is being destroyed. This is a scorched-earth policy."
Russia has denied targeting civilian areas during its four-month offensive against Ukraine. The UN says at least 4,700 civilians have been killed since Russia invaded on Feb. 24.
In the Dnipropetrovsk region, towards the east, Governor Valentyn Reznychenko said Russia had fired six missiles, three of which were shot down. Rescue workers were searching for people under rubble in the city of Dnipro, he added.
Zelensky has called for vigilance, saying Moscow could try "something particularly ugly" ahead of Wednesday, which marks Ukraine's Independence Day and also half a year since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.
Ukraine's General Staff said on Wednesday its forces had repelled six Russian attacks in the past 24 hours in the eastern Donbas region, while Russian artillery had relentlessly shelled the right bank of the Dnipro River and Kherson city further south.
Hours after the strikes, a Moscow-installed official in southern Ukraine said the Odesa and Mykolaiv regions would soon be "liberated” by Russian forces, just like the already occupied Kherson region further east.
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The decision include between new construction, completion and purchase of ready housing, maintenance and addition to a home. The move was implemented on the orders of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation affirmed the UAE's permanent rejection of all practices that aim to destabilize security and stability and contradict human and moral values and principles.
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