Images from the scene showed giant flames of black smoke from the shopping mall engulfed in flames. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Telegram post that the number of victims was “unimaginable,” citing reports that more than 1,000 civilians were inside the shopping mall at the time of the attack.
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Dmytro Lunin, the regional governor said it was unlikely many survivors would be found in the smouldering rubble, because "it was a big fire and there was a lot of smoke."