Death toll of Independence Day bombings rises to 25


Deutsche Welle reports: As Ukraine marked its 31st Independence Day from the former Soviet Union under heavy Russian shelling, a missile attack on a rail station killed 25 people, setting a passenger train on fire.

Missiles also struck north of Kyiv, the capital.

Ukraine’s Independence Day also coincided with the six-month anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

In video remarks to the UN Security Council Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said rockets hit a train in the small town of Chaplyne, roughly 145 kilometers (90 miles) west of Russian-occupied Donetsk in the central Dnipropetrovsk region.

His aide Kyrylo Tymoshenko later said Chaplyne had been shelled twice by Russian forces. In the first missile strike, a boy was struck dead in his home and 21 people were later killed as rockets hit the train station where five train cars caught fire.

Five of the dead were recovered from one of the railway cars, while search and rescue operations were still taking place, Zelensky said in his nightly address. Authorities raised the casualty count by morning as more of the dead were recovered from the blasts’ locations.

More than 50 were injured in the blasts.

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