30 dead in Russian bombing of Kramatorsk train station, say Ukrainian officials – National

Ukrainian leaders predicted even more gruesome discoveries would be made in recovered towns and cities as Russian soldiers retreat to focus on eastern Ukraine, where officials said a Russian missile attack on a crowded train station used to evacuate civilians , killing over 30 people on Friday.

Hours after warning that Ukrainian forces had already found worse scenes of brutality in a settlement north of Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said there were “thousands” of people at the station in Kramatorsk, a city in eastern Donetsk region, when she was hit a missile.

Zelenskyy accompanied a social media post with photos showing a train car with windows smashed, luggage abandoned and bodies lying in an outdoor waiting area. According to the authorities, more than 100 people were injured in the strike.

“The inhuman Russians don’t change their methods. Without the strength or courage to face us on the battlefield, they are cynically destroying civilians,” the President said. “This is an evil without borders. And if it’s not punished, it will never stop.”

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After failing to capture the Ukrainian capital, Russia has shifted its focus to the Donbass, a predominantly Russian-speaking industrial region in eastern Ukraine where Moscow-backed rebels have been fighting Ukrainian forces for eight years and controlling some areas.

Ukrainian officials this week warned residents to head to safer parts of the country as soon as possible and said they and Russia had agreed to set up multiple evacuation routes in the east. Kramatorsk is in a government-controlled area.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister warns that the battle in Donbass will remind the world of World War II

In his late-night video address, Zelenskyi predicted more gruesome discoveries in northern cities and towns where the Russians were retreating from the concentrate on eastern Ukraine. He said evidence of civilians being killed at close range and dumped on streets in Bucha had already surfaced in worse ways in Borodianka, another settlement outside the capital.

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“And what will happen when the world learns the full truth about what Russian troops did in Mariupol?” Zelenskyy said late Thursday, referring to the besieged southern port, which is experiencing some of the greatest suffering since Russia invaded the Ukraine experienced. “On every street is written what the world saw in Bucha and other cities in the Kyiv region after the withdrawal of Russian troops. The same cruelty. The same terrible crimes.”

Spurred on by reports that Russian forces have been committing atrocities in areas around the capital, NATO allies agreed to step up their arms supplies after Ukraine’s foreign minister asked for arms from the alliance and other sympathetic countries in an expected offensive in the to oppose the east.

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Bucha Mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk said investigators found at least three sites of mass shootings of civilians during the Russian occupation. Most of the victims died from gunfire, not shelling, he said, and some bodies were thrown with their hands tied “like firewood” into mass graves, including one in a children’s camp.

Fedoruk said 320 civilians were confirmed dead as of Wednesday, but he expected more as bodies were found in the city, which is home to 50,000 people. Only 3,700 remain, he said.

In his late-night address, Zelenskyy said Bucha’s terror might just be the beginning. In the northern town of Borodianka, just 30 kilometers northwest of Bucha, he warned of even more victims, saying: “It’s much more terrible there.”

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Ukrainian and several Western leaders have blamed Moscow’s troops for the massacres. The weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported that the German foreign intelligence service intercepted radio messages among Russian soldiers talking about the killing of civilians. Russia has falsely claimed that the scenes in Bucha were staged.

A Kremlin spokesman said Thursday Russia had suffered major troop casualties during its six-week military operation in Ukraine.

“Yes, we have significant troop losses and it is a great tragedy for us,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sky News.

Peskov also hinted that the fighting could be over “in the foreseeable future,” telling Sky that Russian troops are “doing their best to end this operation.”

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On Thursday, a day after Russian forces began shelling their village in the southern Mykolayiv region, Sergei Dubovienko, 52, drove in his small blue Lada with his wife and mother-in-law north to Bashtanka, where they are sheltering at a church searched.

“They started destroying the houses and everything,” he said in Pavlo-Marianovka. “Then the tanks emerged from the forest. We figured there would be shelling again in the morning, so I decided to leave.”

Hundreds of people have fled villages in the Mykolayiv and Kherson regions that are either being attacked or occupied by Russian forces.

Marina Morozova and her husband fled Kherson, the first major city to fall to the Russians.

“They are waiting for a big fight. We’ve seen shells that didn’t explode. It was horrific,” she said.

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Morozova, 69, said only Russian TV and radio were available. The Russians were distributing humanitarian aid, she said, and filmed the distribution.

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In an effort to distance themselves further from the Russian troops, the couple and others boarded a van that would take them west. Some will attempt to leave the country while others will remain in quieter parts of Ukraine.

The United Nations estimates that the war has displaced at least 6.5 million people within the country.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR said more than 4.3 million, half of them children, have left Ukraine since Russia began its invasion on February 24, sparking Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

The International Organization for Migration estimates that more than 12 million people are stranded in the attacked areas of Ukraine.

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The United Nations humanitarian chief told The Associated Press on Thursday he was “not optimistic” about reaching a ceasefire after meeting with officials in Kyiv and Moscow this week, amid a lack of trust between the sides. He spoke hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Ukraine of reversing its proposals on Crimea and Ukraine’s military status.

Two senior European Union officials and the Prime Minister of Slovakia traveled to Kyiv on Friday to bolster EU support for Ukraine. Prime Minister Eduard Heger said he, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell had proposals for trade and humanitarian aid for Zelenskyy and his government.

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Part of that, Heger says, is “offering options for moving grain, including wheat.” Ukraine is a major world supplier of wheat, and Russia’s war on Ukraine is creating shortages, particularly in the Middle East.

Western nations have tightened sanctions, and the Group of Seven Great World Powers warned it would add more measures until Russian troops leave Ukraine.

The US Congress on Thursday voted to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and ban imports of its oil, while the EU approved other new moves, including an embargo on coal imports. The UN General Assembly, meanwhile, voted to expel Russia from the world body’s leading human rights body.

US President Joe Biden said the UN vote shows how “Putin’s war has turned Russia into an international pariah”. He called the images that came from Bucha “terrible”.

“The signs of people being raped, tortured, executed — in some cases with bodies desecrated — are an outrage to our common humanity,” Biden said.

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