Videos Debunk Russian Lies About Missile Attack on Ukraine Mall

Kiev — A video has surfaced that appears to refute Russian propaganda and suggests that missile attack on a shopping center in Ukraine never happened. At least 18 people were killed and about 60 injured in Monday’s strike, Ukrainian officials say, but Russia claims it hit only a legitimate military target near the mall.

Video from security cameras in the area clearly captured the moment Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says a Russian X-22 cruise missile slammed into the shopping center in the central city of Kremenchuk. A shock wave ripples across the area just before people in a park fall to the ground and flee for cover.

Rescuers were still searching through the wreckage of the mall on Wednesday, with about 20 people still being reported missing.

Zelenskyy shared another video that he said showed the X-22 missile — a long-range cruise missile designed in the former Soviet Union to sink American aircraft carriers — obliquely flying into the mall, sending a huge fireball and debris in all directions. flying . The Ukrainian leader pleaded on Tuesday for the United Nations to “act immediately” to “hold Russia accountable” for what it has described as a terrorist attack on his country.

In his post sharing the video, Zelenskyy accused Russia of “deliberately” entering the mall.

“They wanted to kill as many people as possible in a peaceful city, in an ordinary shopping mall,” he said.

The videos from the security cameras appear to debunk Russian propaganda spread online, suggesting that the attack was fake and that the Russian military only hit a military facility near the mall. Several Russian accounts have suggested that the targeted location was a depot with Western-supplied weapons or a base for Ukrainian military vehicles.

CBS News visited the facility just north of the mall and found an asphalt plant. We met Mykola Danyleiko, chairman of the board of the Kredmash Road Machinery Plant, which mixes asphalt to pave roads.

“It’s fake,” he told CBS News of the Russian claims. “They said we ship products from here by rail. Do you see a railway?’

The cement factory was also hit by a rocket on Monday, but there was no trace.

Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk
Smoke rises from a shopping center hit by a Russian missile strike as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk, central Ukraine, June 27, 2022.

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The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the fire spread from the factory attack to the mall, causing the mall to burn down. But our team didn’t see a fire path after walking a mile between the two sites.

Russian media also said the mall was “not operating” at the time of the strike, but recent online videos suggest otherwise.

And fear cannot be faked: One day after the strike, when we started interviewing a local woman near the mall, an air raid alarm started beeping on her phone, and she shot away.

She was clearly afraid of another Russian missile attack – which Moscow could again argue never happened.

CBS News producer Barny Smith contributed to this report

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