Two days after at least 18 people were killed after Russian missiles struck a shopping mall containing more than 1,000 people in the central city of Kremenchuk in Ukraine, president Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Russian president of becoming a “terrorist”.

The war between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for over four  months now. Thousands of people have been killed in the war, and  millions have been displaced or forced to flee the war-torn country.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian president  Vladimir Putin of becoming “a terrorist” and leading a “terrorist  state”.

During a virtual address to the UN security council, Zelensky urged the  UN to establish an international tribunal to investigate “the actions of  Russian occupiers on Ukrainian soil” and to hold the country  accountable.

“We need to act urgently to do everything to make Russia stop the killing spree,” he said.

Zelensky called for the UN to visit the site of a missile strike on a  shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk where at least 18 people died.

"I suggest the United Nations send either a special representative or  the secretary-general of the United Nations, so the UN could  independently find out information and see that this indeed was a  Russian missile strike," he said.

During the video address to the UN security council, Zelensky called on  the members of the council, including Russia, to hold a minute's silence  for those killed in the war so far.

The governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region southeast of Kremenchuk  reported another Russian missile strike on Tuesday, reported news agency  Reuters.

Kharkiv regional governor alleged that Russia has again shelled Kharkiv

Ukraine's second largest city - by hitting apartment buildings and a  primary school. The shelling killed five people and wounded 22 including  children, reported Reuters.

Zelensky told NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg that his country needs missile  defence systems to prevent Russian attacks, reported Reuters citing the  president.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the Western sanctions against  Russia will only end when Putin accepts that his “plans in Ukraine will  not succeed”

French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday denounced Russia’s fiery  airstrike on a crowded shopping mall in Ukraine as a “new war crime”.

He vowed the West's support for Kyiv would not waver, stating that Moscow “cannot and should not win" the war.