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Desperate hunt for Ukraine shopping mall attack survivors amid rubble as 18 are feared dead

Desperate hunt for survivors of attack on Ukrainian shopping center amid rubble as 18 dead in Russian rocket attack feared

  • At least 18 people are feared to have died, including 11 who were inside a toy store
  • More than 40 people are missing and their families are asking for help
  • The shopping center in Kremenchuk had 1,000 people inside when the Russian missiles hit

Desperate relatives of missing victims of the attack on a Ukrainian shopping center yesterday asked for help in finding their loved ones.

Among those on the scene asking passers-by for information was Ihor Ivakhenko whose girlfriend Tatyana Brigadirenko was working at the Amstor mall when it was hit in a Russian missile strike.

At least 18 people are feared dead, including 11 who were discovered in a toy store. But last night, more than 40 remained missing.

Lists of missing persons have been posted at a police station and relatives have left messages at the site of the attack in the central city of Kremenchuk. Several employees of Comfy, a home appliance store, were still missing last night, including Elena Poliakova.

Meeting: Alyona Velichko

At work: Elena Poliakova

Meeting: Alyona Velichko (left) and at work: Elena Poliakova (right)

Still missing: Sofia Vinnik

Shopkeeper: Anna Vovnenko

Still missing: Sofia Vinnik (left) and shopper: Anna Vovnenko (right)

Another Amstor employee, Sofia Vinnik, 21, was known to be working. Other calls were made on social media, including for Anna Vovnenko, who was with her mother when the rockets hit.

Her mother is now in hospital among about 50 injured. Another call, for Alyona Velichko, 44, said she would meet a friend near the mall.

Devastation: the shopping center in flames

Devastation: the shopping center in flames

It was feared as many as 1,000 people were inside when it was hit. Yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky denounced Russia’s actions as “one of the most daring terrorist attacks in European history.” Russia accuses Ukraine of carrying out the attack.

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