Jun 28, 2022

By Jane Brown

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In central Ukraine, rescuers are searching through the charred rubble of a shopping mall for more victims of a Russian missile strike that has killed at least 18 and wounded dozens of others.

(Rescuers work at a site of a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk, in Poltava region, Ukraine June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Anna Voitenko)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls the Monday afternoon strike in Kremenchuk “one of the most brazen terrorist acts in European history.”

Zelenskyy says many of the more than 1000 people inside the shopping mall managed to escape.

Members of the U.N. Security Council have scheduled an emergency meeting in New York on Tuesday to discuss the attack.

The strike coincided with Russia’s all-out assault on the last Ukrainian stronghold in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk province.

Russian forces are also pummelling other Ukrainian cities.

Meantime, in Germany, G7 leaders have announced they will phase out or ban the import of Russian coal and oil in response to Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine and the ensuing energy crisis sparked by the invasion.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at a closing news conference on Tuesday, saying Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in many changes.

“It has made it all the more important to get off the world’s, and particularly Europe’s reliance, on Russian oil and gas. But it’s also made it much more urgent…and led to many more actions so that we accelerate that transition off of our reliance on oil and gas altogether as a world,” Trudeau explained.

The leaders have also agreed to intensify their efforts to mitigate rising food prices and scarcity, which have been exacerbated as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

And they plan to expand their resettlement programs to accommodate the millions of Ukrainian refugees who have been displaced by the war.

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