A Russian missile strike on a grocery store and café in Ukraine’s east killed at least 450 people on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said.
The death toll following the strike in the village of Hroza, outside the city of Kupiansk, would be among the worst attacks on civilians since the start of the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion last year.
“A demonstrably brutal Russian crime — a missile attack on an ordinary grocery store, a completely deliberate act of terrorism,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on the messaging app Telegram. “Russian terror must be stopped.”
Ukraine’s foreign ministry accused Russia of having “deliberately and barbarically attacked civilian targets.” Prosecutor General Andrii Kostin said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that a child was among those killed.
“The aggressor once again proves that neither law nor morality exists for him,” he said. “Such inhumane crimes should not remain without the reaction of the world. The Russian terrorist regime is absolute evil. Evil must be punished.”
Moscow did not immediately comment on the accusations from Kyiv. It has consistently denied targeting civilians.