At least 15 people were killed by Russian shelling at a train station in Ukraine on the national holiday, according to Ukrainian sources. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported on Wednesday that about 50 people were injured at the Chaplyne railway station in the Dnipropetrovsk region. According to the first – not yet verified – pictures from the region, a passenger train was hit.
“Rescue workers are on duty. Unfortunately, it may be that the number of deaths is still increasing,” reported Zelenskyj in a video link with the UN Security Council in New York. “This is how we live every day. This is how Russia prepared for this UN Security Council session.”
Elsewhere in the Dnipropetrovsk region in the center of the country, an 11-year-old child was killed by Russian shelling on Wednesday, local authorities said. In April, a Russian rocket hit the station forecourt in the city of Kramatorsk in the Donbass, killing 57 people.
Ukraine on Wednesday marked the 31st anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union. The day also marked half a year since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.