On Friday, a minimum of 52 individuals were killed when a sudden missile struck a train station in eastern Ukraine. The crowd mainly consisted of women and children who were on their way to escape the tension that has been going on between Ukraine and Russia for the past 6 months. This can be referred to as a war crime that happened soon after the incident in Bucha. It is believed that several others are injured due to this missile attack and the number of deaths can increase.
The incident took place in Kramatorsk. When the rocket’s remnants were discovered, they had the words ‘For the children’ written on them. The train station was packed with 4,000 civilians and most of them were trying to flee the war. Ukraine’s prosecutor general confirmed the number and stated that things got rough in the Donbas region.
What Did Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Have to Say?
The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the global bodies to immediately react to the urgency of the situation. He claims that the Russian militaries are attacking Ukrainians on purpose. He uploaded a video at night which talked about Friday’s attack and promised: “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.”
Russia on the other hand claimed that Ukraine is the one to blame for this attack as Russia does not use such missiles.
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The regional governor of Donetsk, Pavlo Kyrylenko announced that 52 innocent civilians lost their lives and amongst these numbers, five children were present. Kramatorsk Mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko stated with a heavy heart, “There are many people in a serious condition, without arms or legs.”
Was It Another War Crime?
The Ukrainians and the Western countries, especially the United States are constantly stating these actions as war crimes. Ben Wallace who is a British Défense minister heavily criticized this attack and referred to it as a war crime. On the other hand, Antonio Guterres, the U.N. Secretary-General commented that such attacks are “completely unacceptable”.
Since the beginning of the invasion that happened on February 24th, the Ukrainian authorities along with Western officials have emphasized the many different ways Russia is threatening the country. To date, over 4 million Ukrainians moved out of the country and many have got displaced in the process.
Just a few days ago, before retreating from the capital Kyiv, the Russian troops ruthlessly killed the Ukrainians. Bodies of civilians were found under the ruins of the town. Mayor Anatoliy Fedroruk claimed that investigators revealed around three mass shooting sites in Bucha and 90% were killed. Zelenskyy also related Friday’s shootings to that of the killing of Bucha and said, “Like the massacres in Bucha, like many other Russian war crimes, the missile attack on Kramatorsk should be one of the charges at the tribunal that must be held.”
The war seems to have worsened throughout all these days. As the Russian forces were reduced by 15% to 20% since the war began, the attacks have become out of control. The latest attack on the train station was made on the government-controlled territory. Russia seems to be breaching all the war rules and making uncontrollable moves.
On Thursday, NATO nations came to a decision of increasing the weapon supply to Ukraine. However, as the situation is becoming unimaginable, Zelenskyy is suggesting implementing a full ban on any sort of Russian gas or oil. Recently, Russia got suspended by the UN Assembly and after this, strict measures will definitely be taken. Adults, children, and olds are dying for no fault of their own. The Russian troops are mercilessly killing people and it is no longer acceptable.
We hope things settle quickly and people can live safely in their country. Saying that we pray for peace.