Ukraine demands a harsh retaliation after a missile kills 52 people at a train station, Ukraine: After Russia’s military fired a missile at a packed railway station, killing at least 52 people, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated he wanted a forceful global response.
During his nightly talk late Friday, Zelensky became enraged when he stated the strike on the Kramatorsk train station, where 4,000 people were attempting to flee a looming Russian onslaught in the east, was another war crime.
The attack left dozens of people seriously injured, with children among the fatalities.
After the strike, photos revealed bodies covered in tarpaulins and the remains of a rocket with the Russian phrases “For the children” emblazoned on it. Although the actual meaning of the Russian language remained unclear, it appeared that the missile was deployed to avenge the loss or subjection of children.
The action appeared to have surprised world leaders.
During a visit to Ukraine, European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters, “There are almost no words for it.” “The cynical behavior (of Russia) is nearly without precedent now.”
Workers in other parts of the country were excavating victims from a mass grave in Bucha, a town near Kyiv, where gruesome proof of dozens of killings emerged after Russian forces withdrew.
“The missile strike on Kramatorsk, like the atrocities in Bucha, like many other Russian war crimes, should be one of the charges before the tribunal that must be held,” Zelensky stated.
Following their failure to conquer Kyiv in the face of fierce opposition, Russian forces have now turned their attention to the eastern Donbas region, a predominantly Russian-speaking industrial area where Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces for eight years and control some areas.
Despite the fact that the train station is located in Ukrainian government-controlled territory in the Donbas, Russia has blamed Ukraine for the strike. The region’s Moscow-backed rebels, who collaborate closely with Russian troops, felt the same way.
Russian military “do not use” that type of missile, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to Western experts. According to a Western official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence, Russia’s forces used the missile, and given the strike’s position and impact, it was most certainly theirs.
Only Russia would have motivation to strike railway infrastructure in the Donbas, according to Justin Bronk, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, because it is crucial for the Ukrainian military’s efforts to reinforce its forces.
Bronk cited additional instances in which Russian officials have attempted to deflect culpability by stating that their forces no longer employ an outdated weapon in order to “muddy the waters and generate doubt.” He claimed that Russia chose the missile type because Ukraine had them as well.
The bombing was described as a war crime by British Defense Minister Ben Wallace, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres termed it “absolutely reprehensible.”
In the battle that began with a Feb. 24 invasion, Ukrainian authorities and Western leaders have frequently accused Russian forces of atrocities. Over 4 million Ukrainians have fled the country, with millions more forced to go. Some of the most gruesome evidence has been discovered in villages surrounding Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, from where Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops have recently pulled back.
In Bucha, Mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk stated that investigators discovered at least three sites of mass shootings of citizens and that remains were still being discovered in yards, parks, and city squares – 90% of whom were shot.
The scenes in Bucha were wrongly believed to be orchestrated by Russia.
Workers removed bodies from a mass grave outside a church on Friday, setting up black body bags in rows in the mud in the pouring rain. According to a statement by Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova’s office, some 67 victims were buried there.
In an abridged interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Friday, Zelensky referenced conversations seized by the Ukrainian security service as evidence of Russian war crimes.
“There are (Russian) soldiers discussing what they stole and who they kidnapped with their parents.” “There are tapes of (Russian) POWs confessing to killing people,” he claimed. “In prison, there are pilots who had charts with civilian targets to bomb.” Investigations are also being carried out based on the remains of the deceased.”
Zelensky’s remarks echoed a report from Germany’s foreign intelligence agency intercepting Russian military radio traffic in which soldiers may have discussed civilian killings in Bucha, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel. The tapes also suggested that the Russian mercenary Wagner Group was involved in the atrocities, according to the weekly.
Officials from the German government have refused to confirm or refute the report, but two former German ministers have filed a war crimes case. Russia has denied any involvement in war crimes by its military.
Hundreds of Ukrainians left communities in the southern areas of Mykolaiv and Kherson that were either under fire or occupied in anticipation of increased Russian strikes.
Ukrainian leaders have begged practically daily with Western powers to supply additional armaments and to punish Russia even more with sanctions, including the exclusion of Russian institutions from the global financial system and a total EU embargo on Russian gas and oil.
NATO countries agreed on Thursday to enhance military supplies, while Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger stated on Friday that his country had handed its Soviet-era S-300 air defense system to Ukraine during a visit to Kiev. S-300s were requested by Zelensky in order to assist the country “shut the skies” to Russian jets and missiles.
According to a senior US defense official, the Pentagon believes some of Russia’s retreating battalions have been “for all intents and purposes eliminated.” To discuss internal military assessments, the official spoke on the condition of anonymity.
According to the official, the US believes Russia has lost between 15% and 20% of its fighting power since the war began. Thousands of troops have been deployed around Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, while some fighting units are withdrawing to be resupplied in Russia, he claimed.
Lidiya Mezhiritska stood in the ruins of her home in Kharkiv, which had been reduced to rubble by nighttime missile attacks.
“They say it’s the ‘Russian world,'” she said, referring to Putin’s nationalist pretext for invading Ukraine. “People are dying, including children, the elderly, and women. I’m not equipped with a machine gun. Regardless of my age, I would surely go (fight).”