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‘I am very lucky to be alive’ – 18 dead and 36 missing in Russian attack on mall

Ukraine counts the cost of ‘terrible’ missile blast on shopping centre

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Rescuers work at a site of the shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike in Kremenchuk. Photo: Reuters/Anna Voitenko

Rescuers work at a site of the shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike in Kremenchuk. Photo: Reuters/Anna Voitenko

A woman lays flowers and a toy to commemorate victims of a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk, in Poltava region, Ukraine June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Anna Voitenko

A woman lays flowers and a toy to commemorate victims of a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk, in Poltava region, Ukraine June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Anna Voitenko

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Rescuers work at a site of the shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike in Kremenchuk. Photo: Reuters/Anna Voitenko

When Nigel Freedman moved to Kremenchuk in Ukraine seven years ago, the staff at the electronics shop at his nearby shopping mall helped him feel at home.

Young, friendly and fluent in English, they advised the tech-challenged pensioner from Margate in Kent on buying his new mobile phone and TV, saving him having to grapple with instruction booklets in Cyrillic.


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