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Putin denies he blew up Ukrainian shopping centre – as video shows Russian hit flats, killing three 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has furiously denied that his forces are attacking civilian infrastructure hours after video showed a Russian missile destroying an apartment building and killing at least three people.

Footage shows the rocket hitting the top of a residential building in the southern city of Mykolaiv on Wednesday, leaving five injured and the fatalities reported by Ukraine so far.

Local authorities have since launched a rescue effort for survivors, as photos of the scene showed smoke billowing from the wreckage of the five-story building.

Eight missiles hit targets in the southern river port near the Black Sea, the mayor said Wednesday, just days after Ukraine said Russian missiles killed at least 18 people at a shopping center in the central city of Kremenchuk.

Putin has denied responsibility for the attack on the mall, insisting that his troops not target civilians, but accused Ukraine of having carried out the bombings.

Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said the residential building in Mykolaiv appeared to have been hit by a Russian X-55 cruise missile, severely damaging the block.

Destruction: At least three people have been killed in a Russian rocket attack on a block of houses in the southern city of Mykolaiv (pictured), Ukraine, local authorities have said

Destruction: At least three people have been killed in a Russian rocket attack on a block of houses in the southern city of Mykolaiv (pictured), Ukraine, local authorities have said

Photos of the scene show the five-storey building badly damaged after the blast

Photos of the scene show the five-storey building badly damaged after the blast

Rescuers launched an operation on Wednesday to comb the rubble for survivors

Rescuers launched an operation on Wednesday to comb the rubble for survivors

Video from a neighboring building shows a massive explosion in the top corner of the block, followed by large flames as the camera is damaged and knocked out of position.

A second video released on social media by Ukraine’s state emergency service showed a dog being rescued from the damaged apartment building using a cradle crane.

According to the Facebook post, the dog’s owner was rescued with a ladder, but the dog was trapped in the apartment on the fourth floor of the building.

Rescuers used a crib crane to rescue the frightened Labrador, who had some persuasion before leaving the apartment.

The location of the video was verified by the features of the building, surrounding buildings and roads that matched the streetscape and satellite imagery.

Russian forces hit targets in Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region and carried out strikes on fronts across the country as NATO members met in Madrid to devise a plan of action against Moscow’s challenge.

While the mayor of the city of Mykolaiv said the Russian rocket attack killed at least three people there, Moscow said its troops had hit a so-called training base for foreign mercenaries in the region.

Photos and footage from the scene show the residential building on the top two floors completely destroyed as rescuers wade through the wreckage in search of survivors.

The grenade that hit the building (pictured) was reportedly one of eight fired in Mykolaiv.  got hit

The grenade that hit the building (pictured) was reportedly one of eight fired in Mykolaiv. were hit

Pictured: The top two floors of the residential building are completely destroyed

Pictured: The top two floors of the residential building are completely destroyed

Firefighters were filmed using hoses to extinguish any flames as they worked to clear the bomb site.

It comes as Russian President Putin tried to deny his military was responsible for a rocket attack on the Kremenchuk shopping center earlier this week that killed 18 people, dozens of whom are still missing.

“Our military is not attacking any civilian infrastructure site. We have all the means to know what is where,” Putin told a news conference in the Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat.

“None of us shoot randomly, randomly. It is normally done on the basis of “target intelligence” and “high-precision weapons”.

“I am convinced that this time everything has been done exactly this way,” Putin said.

The Russian autocrat attended the VI Caspian Summit of leaders from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to discuss “current issues of cooperation in the Caspian Sea.”

It was feared as many as 1,000 people were inside when it was hit.

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.

Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for Russia’s defense ministry, said the military fired a “precision airstrike on hangars where armaments and ammunition were stored”, and that the explosion of those weapons depots started a fire in the nearby shopping mall. was then ‘non-functioning’.

Russian denials have been met with skepticism and debunked by numerous media and open source intelligence analysts.

There is a CCTV video showing a large rocket hitting the mall at 3:51 pm on Monday.

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