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Desperate pleas from families to find victims in rubble as the death toll in the massacre at a Russian mall rises to 18

The horror of Vladimir Putin’s rocket attack on a Ukrainian shopping center deepened today as relatives released the names and pictures of those missing in the carnage.

Rescuers worked all night to find survivors under the rubble as the official death toll in what the Ukrainian president described as “one of the most daring terrorist attacks in European history” rose to 18.

Russia is accused of attacking a busy shopping center in Ukraine

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Russia is accused of attacking a busy shopping center in Ukraine
Tatyana Brigadirenko was working at the mall when it was hit

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Tatyana Brigadirenko was working at the mall when it was hitPhoto credit: East2West
Family and friends are asking for help locating Ruslan Mykolenko, May 26

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Family and friends are asking for help locating Ruslan Mykolenko, May 26Photo credit: East2West
One post read asked for help locating her mother who was “at her place of work in Amstor”.

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One post read asked for help locating her mother who was “at her place of work in Amstor”.Photo credit: East2West
Firefighters clear the debris of the destroyed Amstor shopping center in Kremenchuk

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Firefighters clear the debris of the destroyed Amstor shopping center in Kremenchuk

More than 1,000 people were in it at the time of the rocket attack, said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

A further 59 victims are said to be receiving medical attention, including 25 who were hospitalized after Mad Vlad’s men yesterday attacked the busy shopping center in Kremenchuky with Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bombers.

Russia today admitted firing rockets at buildings near the mall.

Moscow’s Defense Ministry claimed it fired on “hangars with weapons and ammunition sourced from the United States and European countries.”

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“The detonation of stored ammunition caused a fire in a non-functioning shopping mall located next to the plant’s premises,” she claimed.

Among those missing in the chaos is Tatyana Brigadirenko, who worked at the Amstor shopping center.

Her friend Ihor Ivakhnenko is desperately looking for her.

Oksana Poshtarenko, 30, worked at Comfy home appliance store and has not been seen since.

Relatives of two other Comfy workers, Yuri Mikitenko and Daniil Sidorov, both in their 20s, say they have not been in touch since the strike.

A desperate message reads: “His wife and son are looking for him. He hasn’t reported back since then.

“Maybe some will recognize him, we hope he lives.”

Other missing workers include Konstantin Vozniy, who relatives say has tattoos on his left arm and chest, and Nikolay Krychkov.

Rescuers worked all night to find survivors under the rubble of the Amstor shopping mall

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Rescuers worked all night to find survivors under the rubble of the Amstor shopping mallPhoto credit: Reuters
The Ukrainian Air Force Command claimed the mall was bombed with

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The Ukrainian Air Force Command claimed the mall was bombed with “-22 missiles fired from distant Tu-22 M3 bombers.”Credit: AP
Elena Poliakova is believed to be buried under the rubble

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Elena Poliakova is believed to be buried under the rubblePhoto credit: East2West

Elena Poliakova’s husband and mother are also desperately searching for their missing loved one.

It was known that Sofia Vinnik, 21, was at work and has not heard from her since. She has a tattoo “Balance” on her hand.

Shopper Anna Vovnenko is also missing – her mother, who is with her in the mall, is now in the hospital.

A message asking for information about Anna says she has a nose piercing.

The feared victims are not answering their cell phones.

Showing a picture but no name, a heartbreaking message says: “We are looking for mum, 50. She was at her place of work in Amstor. If anyone knows anything, please call…”

Alyona Velichko, 44, met a friend at the mall and is still missing, relatives have not been able to contact her.

Evgeny Gritsai, in his late 20s, is also missing. A relative says he has a scar on his elbow.

Alexander Protsenko, 36, was at the mall with Yulia Sovenko.

Other feared victims included Amstor shopping center employee Sergey Markovich and shoppers Vyacheslav Demidov, 23, and Ruslan Mykolenko, 26.

Meanwhile, a reporter for the New York Times recalled how people were pulled from the rubble “burned alive.”

“‘People were just burned alive,’ said the Home Secretary. I saw a photo of a burned body which to me looked like the woman was writhing in pain,” they tweeted, claiming three rockets were fired.

“Everything is still smoking and the air is full of toxic chemicals.”

The Ukrainian Air Force Command claimed the mall was bombed with “-22 missiles fired from distant Tu-22 M3 bombers.”

“The Russians’ planes took off from Shaikkovka Airport and took off from the Kursk region,” read a post on their Facebook page.

Harrowing images show rescue workers trying to extricate people from the rubble and firefighters working to put out the blazes.

One eerie image shows a mannequin’s head lying on a shattered patch of ground and ships littered with ash and debris.

US President Joe Biden said: “Russia’s attack on civilians in a mall is horrific. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.”

He tweeted: “We could have turned a blind eye to Putin’s barbaric war on Ukraine and gas prices wouldn’t have gone up as much as they did, but America is up right now.

“We proudly stand with Ukraine.”

Regional governor Dmytro Lunin condemned the attack as a “war crime” and “crime against humanity”.

It was a “cynical act of terrorism against the civilian population”.

Lord Dannatt from the UK told Sky News: “To hit a shopping center yesterday strikes me as an act of terrorism.

“It was his government that was responsible for this. He’s the head of this government. Okay, I think he’s a terrorist.”

The mall was said to have been packed with

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The mall was said to have been packed with “1,000 people,” President Zelenskyy saidPhoto credit: AFP
Alexander Protsenko, 36, and Yulia Sovenko were in Amstor at the time of the strike

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Alexander Protsenko, 36, and Yulia Sovenko were in Amstor at the time of the strikePhoto credit: East2West
Russia has repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims that the attack was aimed at Ukraine

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Russia has repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims that the attack was aimed at UkrainePhoto credit: East2West

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