G7 Summit underway as Russia denies targeting civilians in Ukraine

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During the Russia-Ukraine conflict, there has been substantial evidence that Russia is targeting civilians. Amid the G7 summit in Germany, it was reported that a Ukrainian shopping center was hit by Russian missiles. And the already heavily sanctioned Russians are concerned that additional actions against them may be under discussion.

The G7 Summit hosted by Germany is underway this week. It took place June 26-28 south of Munich at Schloss Elmau, a five-star hotel and castle near the Austrian border.

World leaders from member-states Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. are meeting to discuss global economic and political challenges. 

The Russia-Ukraine conflict is one of the most important topics of the day at the summit. Leaders of the G7 group called the strike a “war crime.” And claimed that “Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime,” and went on to condemn the “abominable attack.”

Russia says mall hit was not targeting civilians 

On Monday it was announced by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that a Russian missile strike hit a crowded shopping mall. The attack took place in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk. And Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said 18 people were reported killed with 59 injured. An estimated 1,000 people were reportedly inside the building at the time of the attack.