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Image shows massive Soviet-era missile that destroyed Ukrainian shopping centre

The identity of the huge Russian missiles that obliterated a Ukrainian shopping centre has been revealed.

The heinous act – which was labelled by Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky as an “act of terrorism” – took place yesterday (June 28) and shocked the world.

Around 20 people were killed at the centre, which it was claimed has around 1,000 people inside at the time.

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And despite Russian claims that it did not hit the shopping centre – just a weapons facility next door – CCTV captured at the site shows otherwise.

The chilling footage of the incident shows the building engulfed in flames as debris is sent flying into the air, which is so intense that local fire chief Ivan Melekhovets, who has been taking part in the rescue operation, said anyone left inside had "no chance of surviving”.

And it has now been revealed that the missiles launched by Russia was a X-22 ant-ship missile.

The X-22, or Kh-22 as it is also known, weighs 12,800lb and measures 11.65m in length.

It has a diameter of 92cm, with a warhead of around 2,205lb at its head.

It is a thermonuclear weapon with a range of 600km, created by to Soviets.

The terror missile was first used in 1962, and is usually fired from a Russian Air Force Tu-22M3 strategic bomber – which actually carries two of the missiles on board.

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Earlier this month, Ukrainian and British officials actually warned of Russia using the weapon.

The UK Defense Ministry said that Russia would use them because they are “are highly inaccurate and therefore can cause severe collateral damage and casualties”.

And Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a statement on Facebook this week: “For the first time from the territory of Belarus, the enemy used long-range Tu-22M3 bombers against Ukraine.”

President Zelensky said: “People only wanted to live a normal life, which is what angers the occupiers so much.

“Out of helplessness, Russia continues to hit ordinary people. It is vain to expect it to be reasonable or humane.”

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