On the day that marked six months since the start of Moscow’s invasion, Ukraine claims that a Russian missile strike on a train stop killed 25 people.
According to police, five of the incident victims in the eastern village of Chaplyne perished in a burning car. Also slain were two boys, ages six and eleven.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president, notified the strike to UN Security Council. As a result, 31 more persons suffered injuries.
According to Russia, it struck a military train, killing hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers.
“More than 200 reserve members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and 10 units of military equipment were destroyed on their way to combat zones in the Donbas,” its defense ministry said in a statement. “As a result of a direct hit by an Iskander missile on a military train at the Chaplyne railway station in the Dnipropetrovsk region,” it added.
No mention of military casualties in the strike has been made by Ukraine.
Moscow has consistently denied aiming its missiles toward civilian facilities. In a statement on Thursday, UN human rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet urged the leader of Russia to stop military aggression against Ukraine.
As he prepared to address the Security Council, Mr. Zelensky claimed to have learned about the attack on Chaplyne in the Dnipropetrovsk area. He added: “This is how Russia prepared for the UN Security Council meeting.”
Over 50 people were killed in a walkout at another train station in April.
Ukraine celebrated its annual Independence Day on Wednesday. Earlier, Mr. Zelensky had warned that Russia may engage in “cruel” behavior to scuttle the festivities.
The globe was, in his words, “on the verge of radiation disaster” as a result of Moscow’s soldiers converting the Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor into a “war zone,” endangering both the facility and the people of Europe.
According to its exiled mayor Dmytro Orlov on Telegram, the city of Enerhodar, where the plant is located, was “on the edge of a humanitarian crisis” on Thursday after being left without water and power “as a result of enemy fire.”
It is unclear if these disruptions have impacted the nuclear reactor.
The seized cities of Melitopol and Kherson, as well as other population centers in the Kherson area, were stated by Russian media, citing authorities established by Russia, to be without electricity.
On Wednesday, celebrations celebrating Ukraine’s independence took place in cities worldwide. Leaders from around the world gathered to help the troubled country.
In an unexpected visit to Kyiv, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised £54 million ($63.5 million) in new military aid, a sum dwarfed by US President Joe Biden’s offer of an additional $3 billion (£2.5 billion).
However, it was rather calm on the streets of Kiev.
Large rallies and activities had been outlawed in Ukraine due to concerns that Russia may target such gatherings of civilians. It happened after the US warned any of its nationals to depart before the anniversary.
Despite this, some people came to Khreshchatyk Street to view the assortment of seized Russian tanks and armored vehicles that were substituted for the traditional Ukrainian parade.
President Zelensky and his wife also attended a memorial service for the war’s dead, placing yellow and blue flowers at Kyiv’s Memory Wall of Fallen Defenders in between his political statements.
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