Yesterday’s Independence Day saw a total of 189 air raid warnings sounded across Ukraine, the highest daily total since the beginning of the Russian invasion. 58 towns were fired upon and Czaplino, a town in the Dnipropetrovsk region, was attacked twice. Missiles fell on the railway station and private homes. 25 people were killed and 31 people were injured.
Two boys, 6 and 11 years old, were killed in the attack on Czaplino. Russian propaganda reports that the target was military rail transport with 200 soldiers.
“Czaplino is our pain today. (…) Five people were burned in the car. An eleven-year-old boy died. A Russian rocket ruined his home. We will hold the occupiers accountable for everything they have done and drive them out of our land,” Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, said.
Russia’s missile strike on a train station full of civilians in Ukraine fits a pattern of atrocities. We will continue, together with partners from around the world, to stand with Ukraine and seek accountability for Russian officials.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) August 24, 2022