Russian airstrike on Ukrainian shopping mall a ‘new war crime,’ Macron says: Live Ukraine updates – USA TODAY

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French President Emmanuel Macron 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.

“Russia cannot and should not win,” he said. He called Monday’s attack on the mall “a new war crime.” said Macron at the end of the G-7 summit in Germany. He called Monday’s attack on the mall “a new war crime.”

The strike, which officials say killed at least 18 people, was one of the “most defiant acts of terrorism in European history,” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. 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.

Zelenskyy also urged the U.N. to establish an international tribunal to investigate Russia’s action in Ukraine.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said warplanes fired missiles at a nearby depot containing Western weapons that caught fire. Ukraine officials deny the depot held weapons and say the mall itself was hit by the missile.

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