The death toll in an attack on a train station in Ukraine rises to 25

The attack, which happened as Ukraine was maintaining its independence from the Soviet Union 31 years ago, killed more than two dozen people.

POKROVSK, Donetsk Oblast – The death toll from a Russian missile attack as Ukraine marked its Independence Day has risen to 25, including an 11-year-old boy found under the rubble of a house and a 6-year-old found in A car was killed in fire near a train station that was hit, a Ukrainian official said on Thursday.

Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko provided updated casualty figures from Wednesday’s attack. A total of 31 people were injured, he said.

The strike served as a brutally painful reminder that Russia’s ability to use military force is what civilians suffer most and is testing Ukraine’s resilience after six months a grueling war.

The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, described the time since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to the neighboring country as “unimaginably terrible”. She called on Putin to “cease the armed attacks on Ukraine.”

The deadly strike at the train station took place in Chaplyne, a town of about 3,500 in the central Dnepropetrovsk region. It came after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Moscow could attempt “something particularly cruel” this week, as Ukraine on Wednesday marked both its 1991 declaration of independence from the Soviet Union and the six-month tipping point of Russia’s invasion.

Hours before the train station attack, Russia insisted it was doing its best to spare civilians, even at the cost of slowing its offensive in Ukraine.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, speaking at a meeting of his counterparts at a Russian-Chinese-dominated security organization on Wednesday, said Russia was carrying out strikes against Ukrainian military targets with precision weapons and “everything is being done to avoid civilian casualties.”

“It certainly slows the pace of offense, but we’re doing it deliberately,” he said.

It was the second time Shoigu had made such a claim; he said the same thing at the end of May.

Elsewhere in Ukraine, three people were killed and another injured in the eastern Donetsk region on Wednesday, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram.

Nikopol, a town across the river the Zaporizhia nuclear power plantcame under more Russian fire overnight, said Valentyn Reznichenko, the governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region. The death toll in an attack on a train station in Ukraine rises to 25

Laura Coffey

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