Day 124: Russia’s missile terror, Zelenskyi’s address to G7, strikes on Kharkiv

Russia hits Kremenchuk, continues missile terrorism. On the evening of June 27, a Russian missile strike hit Amstor shopping mall in Kremenchuk, Poltava region. There were roughly one thousand people inside. The most recent reports say at least 11 people were killed, and 40 wounded. The mall burned to ashes. 

Kremenchuk is home to Ukraine’s largest oil refinery. In early April, Russia conducted a massive missile strike against the plant. It will not restart work by the end of the year, official reports said.

Ukraine’s Security Service opened a criminal case into Russia’s missile strike on Kremenchuk. There were no military sites where the missiles hit, the Security Service said. 

Russia intensified missile strikes on Ukraine in the past four days.

Strikes on Kharkiv continue. At least four people were killed, and 19 wounded including four children as Russia struck Pivnichna Saltivka district of Kharkiv. “Russia’s occupying forces only hit courtyards and streets – civilian infrastructure sites where there are only civilians,” head of the Kharkiv regional military administration Oleh Syniehubov said.

Zelenskyi urges G7 leaders to end war by end of year. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi urged G7 leaders to do their utmost to help end Russia’s invasion by the end of the year.

He addressed the gathering via video link, Le Monde said. He urged allies to intensify sanctions on Russia. In his evening address late on Sunday, Zelenskyi renewed his calls for more weapons and air defense systems.

In a press release, the Office of the President of Ukraine did not mention how long he sees the war lasting. 

Leaders of the G7 advanced economies (the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan, and the U.S.) promised to extend their support to Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in the face of Russia’s onslaught, the meeting’s draft statement said.

Explaining Ukraine podcast. Four months of war; Ukraine’s EU candidacy; Russia’s missile madness – 20-26 June, weekly update

In our new weekly digest we look back into the key lessons from the 4 months of Russia’s full-scale invasion. We analyze why Ukraine’s EU membership candidacy is important for Ukraine and the whole region. We also draw attention to Russia’s intensified missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv. Hosts: Volodymyr Yermolenko, a Ukrainian philosopher and journalist, chief editor of, and Tetyana Ogarkova, scholar and journalist, in charge of international outreach of Ukraine Crisis Media Centre.

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Taras Kachka,  Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine

Oleksandr Sushko, Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation

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