May 24, 2022

52 Ukrainian civilians killed in missile attack on train station

The war between Russia and Ukraine is stretching into its third month. The casualties are building up, even among civilians.

A Russian missile reportedly killed at least 52 civilians at an eastern Ukrainian train station on Friday, according to The Hill. The attack killed mostly women and children.

The attack happened at the Kramatorsk train station located in Donbas, which is controlled by the Ukrainian government. Around four thousand people had amassed at the station to get out ahead of a planned Russian strike at the urging of their government.

Photos of the aftermath of the rocket strike showed the scope of the tragedy as the ground was littered with bodies lying under tarps. “There are many people in a serious condition, without arms or legs,” the city’s Mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko said.

Some have dubbed this another Russian war crime since it was aimed at a non-military target. Fragments of the incendiary device reportedly revealed it had the message “For the children” written on it.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claims the strike was deliberately aimed at civilians, making this a war crime. He expects the international response to be swift and severe and has vowed “to establish every minute of who did what, who gave what orders, where the missile came from, who transported it, who gave the command and how this strike was agreed to.”

Meanwhile, Russia has attempted to claim Ukrainian forces attacked their own people, an assertion that experts dismiss out of hand. Moreover, Ukrainian officials have uncovered other evidence of Russian war crimes lending credence to the claims that it fits their modus operandi.

Unfortunately, wars are not only fought between armies who are prepared to give their lives for their countries. It’s a tragedy that these civilians have died in this attack, but there will be more to come until the war ends.

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