Russian missiles struck a Ukrainian train station killing at least 25 civilians on the war-torn country’s Independence Day, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said.
International media quoting Ukrainian officials said the attack came after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Moscow might attempt “something particularly cruel” this week.
The lethal attack took place in Chaplyne, a town of about 3,500 people in the central Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukrainian news agencies quoted Zelenskyy as telling the UN Security Council via video.
The president’s office also reported that an 11-year-old child was killed by rocket fire earlier in the day in the settlement. “Chaplyne is our pain today,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation.
Ukraine’s foreign minister says Russian missiles struck a train station in Chaplyne, in the Dnipropetrovsk region. At one point, Zelenskyy put the number of wounded at about 50.
On Thursday, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, a deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office, said in a post on the Telegram messaging app that 31 people have been injured. He also said there were two children among the 25 killed in the attack.
“An 11-year-old boy died under the rubble of a house, another 6-year-old died in a car fire near the railway station,” Tymoshenko said.
Ukraine had been bracing for especially heavy attacks around the national holiday that commemorates Ukraine’s declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Wednesday also marked the six-month point in the war.
Days ahead of Independence Day, Kyiv authorities banned large gatherings in the capital through Thursday for fear of missile strikes.