On Friday, thousands of people waited at a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, killing dozens, including children, and possibly injuring hundreds more, Ukrainian officials said.
At least 39 people were killed and 87 to 300 were injured, the governor of the region Pavel Kirilenko told Telegram. Earlier, Ukrainian officials estimated that about 30 people had been killed in the attack.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, writing on social networks, said that thousands of people were present at the station at the time of the strike.
“Inhuman Russians do not change their methods. Lacking the strength and courage to stand up to us on the battlefield, they are cynically destroying civilians, ”the president said on social media. “This is evil without borders. And if you don’t punish, you will never stop. “
Russia’s Defense Ministry denies targeting a station in Kramatorsk, a city in the Donetsk region controlled by the Ukrainian government. The station was used to evacuate civilians. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, on Friday at the station were nearly 4,000 civilians, children were also killed, according to the National Police of Ukraine.
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►Britain joined the United States on Friday in sanctions against Putin’s adult daughters by freezing assets and banning travel in an attempt to counter the “generous lifestyle of the Kremlin’s immediate entourage.”
►The Ambassador of the European Union to Ukraine returned to the capital Kyiv, which indicates the improvement of security in the area. This was announced on Friday in Kiev by EU foreign policy chief Joseph Barrel, where he joined European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for talks with Zelensky.
►On humanitarian corridors opened in three regions on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Verashchuk said.
►As evidence of atrocities by the Russian military in Ukraine grows, the UN General Assembly on Thursday voted to remove Russia from the organization’s Human Rights Council. Voted 93-24 with 58 abstentions.
►US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “probably gave up” his efforts to seize Kyiv, noting Russia’s transfer to eastern and southern Ukraine
►The Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom stated that Russian forces are now completely withdrawn from northern Ukraine to Belarus and Russia.
The head of the UN humanitarian service is “not optimistic” about the ceasefire
The head of the United Nations Humanitarian Service is “not optimistic” that a ceasefire will be achieved amid There is growing evidence of atrocities by the Russian military in Ukraine.
Deputy Secretary-General Martin Griffiths told the Associated Press on Thursday that the parties “trust very little”. Both countries held peace talks last week in Turkey, but have largely failed to reach a breakthrough – Russian President Vladimir Putin has waited until talks begin.
On Thursday, both the US and the EU stepped up sanctions against Russia: the US Senate unanimously backed a ban on oil imports from Russia and the cessation of normal trade relations with the country, while EU countries agreed to new sanctions against Russia, including a ban on imports of coal. .
The UN General Assembly also approved a US-initiated resolution disqualifying Russia from the World Organization’s Human Rights Council amid growing evidence of Russian military atrocities in Ukraine. Voted 93-24 with 58 abstentions.
“War criminals have no place in the UN bodies aimed at protecting human rights,” Ukrainian Ambassador Sergei Kislitsa wrote on Twitter after the vote. “I am grateful to all the member states that supported the relevant UN resolution and chose the right side of history.”
Russians look at Donbass in “another crucial battle of war”
As they left Chernihiv in northern Ukraine, Russian troops left behind a path of terror after weeks of siege: destroyed buildings, streets littered with destroyed cars, and residents desperately in need of food and other assistance. And yet the Russians retreated, facing fierce resistance on the battlefields.
Now that Moscow is moving its offensive to the Donbass in the east, what can be expected in the industrial center of Ukraine?
Ukrainian and Western officials say the Russians plan to encircle tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops in the Donbas, moving from Izyum, near Kharkiv in the north, and from besieged Mariupol in the south. The timing will depend on how quickly Russia will be able to capture the southern port city, which has been reduced to rubble after weeks of bombing but has not yet fallen before the invading forces. Russia also needs to replenish troops that have been withdrawn from Kiev and other areas in the north.
The Washington Institute for War Studies said in its analysis that Russian troops would likely try to advance from Izyum to capture the strategic city of Sloviansk and contact other Russian forces in the Donbas.
Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall shared his first updates on social media after he was injured last month in Ukraine, and paid tribute to two colleagues who died in the attack.
“To sum up, I lost half my leg on one side and my foot on the other. One arm is tied, one eye no longer works, and my hearing is severely impaired, but overall I feel very lucky to be here – and these are the people who brought me here, amazing! ”Hall said on Twitter with a photo of himself on a stretcher on a remote tweet .
Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakzewski, journalist Alexander “Sasha” Kuvshinov and Hall were driving in the village of Gorenko, almost 20 miles from Kiev, when they were hit by fire on March 14. Zakzhevsky and Kuvshinova were killed. A few days later Hall was evacuated.
Hall told Zakzewski: “Work was a joy for him, and joy was contagious.”
– Jeanine Santochi
Contributed by: Associated Press