Macron says Russia can’t win in Ukraine after strike on mall

Jun 27, 2022, 11:18 AM | Updated: Jun 28, 2022, 6:11 pm
A man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre lies on a bed in a city hosp...

A man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre lies on a bed in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

              A man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre lies on a bed in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman takes photos during the opening of an exhibition dedicated to Ukrainian war art and posters, after a press conference given by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, at the foreign ministry, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer writes a report as a man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre tells her about the attack in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A hospital nurse pushes a wheelchair carrying a woman wounded by the Russian rocket attack at a shopping centre in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre lies on a bed in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman takes photos during the opening of an exhibition dedicated to Ukrainian war art and posters, after a press conference given by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, at the foreign ministry, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer writes a report as a man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre tells her about the attack in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A hospital nurse pushes a wheelchair carrying a woman wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre lies on a bed in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman takes photos during the opening of an exhibition dedicated to Ukrainian war art and posters, after a press conference given by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, at the foreign ministry, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer writes a report as a man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre tells her about the attack in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A hospital nurse pushes a wheelchair carrying a woman wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre lies on a bed in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman takes photos during the opening of an exhibition dedicated to Ukrainian war art and posters, after a press conference given by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, at the foreign ministry, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer writes a report as a man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre tells her about the attack in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A hospital nurse pushes a wheelchair carrying a woman wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer writes a report as a man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre tells her about the attack in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A hospital nurse pushes a wheelchair carrying a woman wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer writes a report as a man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre tells her about the attack in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A hospital nurse pushes a wheelchair carrying a woman wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer writes a report as a man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre tells her about the attack in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A hospital nurse pushes a wheelchair carrying a woman wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer writes a report as a man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre tells her about the attack in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A hospital nurse pushes a wheelchair carrying a woman wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer writes a report as a man wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre tells her about the attack in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A hospital nurse pushes a wheelchair carrying a woman wounded by the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in a city hospital in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People react at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. More than a dozen of people were killed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A police officer inspects a fragment of a Russian rocket stuck in a tree trunk about 300 meter from the epicentre of the Russian deadly rocket attack at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk in Poltava region, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers stand in front of a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              A woman lights a candle at a shopping center, after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, late Monday, June 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, late Monday, June 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, early Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Volunteers and State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, early Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping mall burned after a missile strike in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to take away debris at a shopping center burned after a rocket attack in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

KREMENCHUK, Ukraine (AP) — France’s president denounced Russia’s fiery airstrike on a crowded shopping mall in Ukraine as a “new war crime” Tuesday and vowed the West’s support for Kyiv would not waver, saying Moscow “cannot and should not win” the war.

The strike, which killed at least 18 people in the central city of Kremenchuk, came as leaders from the Group of Seven nations met in Europe. It was part of an unusually intense barrage of Russian fire across Ukraine, including in the capital, Kyiv, that renewed international attention as the war drags on.

Speaking at the end of the G-7 summit in Germany, French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to address that concern, vowing that the seven leading industrialized democracies would support Ukraine and maintain sanctions against Russia “as long as necessary, and with the necessary intensity.”

“Russia cannot and should not win,” he said. He called Monday’s attack on the mall “a new war crime.”

As they have in other attacks, Russian officials claimed the shopping center was not the target.

In a virtual address to the U.N. Security Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia has become a terrorist state and called for it to be expelled from the United Nations. He also urged the U.N. to establish an international tribunal to investigate Russia’s action in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy ended his address by asking all in the chamber to stand in silent tribute to the “tens of thousands” of Ukrainian children and adults killed in the war. All council members rose, including Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky.

How to counter Russia and back Ukraine will also be the focus of a summit this week of the NATO alliance, whose support has been critical to Kyiv’s ability to fend off Moscow’s larger and better equipped forces. Ukrainian leaders, however, say they need more and better weapons if they are to hold off and even drive back Russia, which is pressing an all-out assault in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

As Macron spoke, rescuers combed through the charred rubble of the shopping mall, which officials said was struck when more than 1,000 afternoon shoppers and workers were inside.

Kateryna Romashyna, a local resident, told The Associated Press that she had just arrived at the mall when an explosion knocked her down. When another blast came about 10 minutes later, she realized she needed to get away.

“I ran away from the epicenter with all of my strength,” she said. Fighting back tears, she added: “You have to be a real monster” to strike a shopping mall.

Many of those inside quickly fled the building when an air raid siren sounded and took shelter across the street, Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky said. Several of the bodies of those who didn’t make it out in time are burned beyond recognition, he said.

In addition to the 18 killed, authorities said 59 were wounded, while 21 people were still missing.

The attack recalled strikes earlier in the war that hit a theater, a train station, and a hospital. Zelenskyy called it “one of the most daring terrorist attacks in European history.”

Rocket attacks continued elsewhere in Ukraine, with authorities in the city of Dnipro reporting that workers at a diesel car repair shop were trapped in rubble after a strike from a cruise missile fired from the Black Sea, Ukrainian news agencies reported. The Ukrainian military managed to intercept and destroy other missiles fired at the city, the agencies said.

As condemnation came in from many quarters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov struck a defiant note, saying Russia would press its offensive until it fulfills its goals. He said the hostilities could stop “before the end of the day” if Ukraine were to surrender and meet Russia’s demands, including recognizing its control over territory it has taken by force.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov claimed that warplanes fired precision-guided missiles at a depot that contained Western weapons and ammunition, which detonated and set the mall on fire. Ukrainian authorities said that in addition to the direct hit on the mall, a factory was struck, but denied it housed weapons.

Konashenkov also falsely alleged that the mall was not in use.

One survivor, Oleksandr, a mall employee, told the AP from a hospital bed that the shopping center was packed with customers. He recalled stepping outside with a colleague for a cigarette when the air raid siren went off.

“There was a black tunnel, smoke, fire,” he said. “I started to crawl. I saw the sun up there, and my brain was telling me I needed to save myself.”

Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Iryna Venediktova, said the missile attack was one of Russia’s “crimes against humanity.” She emphasized the need for all Ukrainians to remain alert and expect a similar strike “every minute.”

On Tuesday, Russian forces struck the Black Sea city of Ochakiv, damaging apartment buildings and killing two, including a 6-year-old child. Six more people, four of them children, were wounded. One of them, a 3-month-old baby, is in a coma, according to officials.

The unusually intense spate of fire came as the G-7 leaders pledged continued support for Ukraine and prepared new sanctions against Russia, including a price cap on oil and higher tariffs on goods.

Zelenskyy has called for more air defense systems from his Western allies to help his forces fight back. NATO’s support for Ukraine will be a major focus of a summit starting this week in Madrid, and an early signal of unity came Tuesday when Turkey agreed to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted the two Nordic countries to abandon their long-held nonaligned status and apply to join NATO. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had blocked the move, insisting they change their stance on Kurdish rebel groups that Turkey considers terrorists.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned the West that “the more weapons are pumped into Ukraine, the longer the conflict will continue and the longer the agony of the Nazi regime backed by Western capitals will last.”

Russia has falsely called the war a campaign to “de-Nazify” Ukraine — a country with a democratically elected Jewish president who wants closer ties with the West.

In a sinister message to NATO leaders, Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos published satellite images and the precise coordinates of the conference hall where their summit will be held.

It also posted images and the coordinates of the White House, the Pentagon and the government headquarters in London, Paris and Berlin — referring to them as “decision-making centers supporting the Ukrainian nationalists” in a message on the Telegram app. That wording echoes warnings from Russian President Vladimir Putin that he could target such centers in response to what he has called Western aggression.

In other developments:

— One of the two Britons sentenced to death by separatist forces in eastern Ukraine has filed a formal appeal, the Russian news agency Tass reported early Wednesday. The report said the appeal filed on behalf of Shaun Pinner will be considered within two months.

Pinner, Aiden Aslin and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun were sentenced to death on June 9 and were given one month to appeal. The court claimed they were fighting for Ukraine as mercenaries so were not entitled to protections provided to prisoners of war. There was no mention of appeals for the other two men.

— The two fighting countries continued a sporadic series of prisoner exchanges. Ukraine exchanged 15 Russian prisoners-of-war for 16 Ukrainian soldiers and one civilian, the Ukrainian Pravda news outlet reported Tuesday.

— Ukrainian Pravda also reported that in the Russian-occupied city of Kherson, the mayor was detained Tuesday and occupying authorities seized his computer hard drive and documents after he had refused to cooperate with Russian-appointed local officials. Russia’s Tass news agency confirmed the detention.

— Bulgaria said Tuesday it was expelling 70 Russian diplomats designated “a threat to national security,” ordering them to leave within five days. A Bulgarian foreign ministry statement said this would reduce Russia’s Sofia embassy staff “to up to 23 diplomatic and 25 administrative and technical staff.”

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Karmanau reported from Lviv, Ukraine. Associated Press journalists Oleksandr Stashevskyi in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.

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Follow the AP’s coverage of the war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine.

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This version corrects to say that Zelenskyy called Russia a terrorist state and did not call Putin a terrorist.

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Case against man arrested in 1994 death of woman dismissed

Criminal charges against a man suspected in the 1994 murder of a Vancouver, Washington, woman have been dismissed.
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South Carolina celebrates deepening of Charleston’s port

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has deepened the Charleston’s port to make sure it can take in any ship and remains one of the largest harbors on the East Coast. The channel leading to the Port of Charleston is now 52 feet (15.8 meters) deep, once again allowing the biggest ships in the world […]
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Argentina eyes $100 billion as US will share banking data

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The U.S. and Argentina agreed on Monday to have their tax agencies automatically share data about citizens’ banking and investments in each other’s countries. The government in Buenos Aires hopes this will lead to an estimated $100 billion that Argentines have tried to shelter in the United States. Financial data […]
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Mississippi revises demands on Favre in welfare lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Human Services on Monday changed its demands against retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre in a lawsuit that seeks repayment of misspent welfare money that was intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S. The department dropped its demand of $1.1 million against Favre, acknowledging […]
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Same-sex couples wary despite federal marriage rights bill

Mary and Sharon Bishop-Baldwin were jubilant after winning a decadelong fight for the right to wed in Oklahoma. But eight years after tying the knot — on the day they won their lawsuit challenging a state ban on gay marriage — and seven years after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed same-sex couples’ constitutional right to […]
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