a Russian strike on a station kills at least 15, announces Zelensky who feared this attack


FILE - In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on July 8, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, attends a meeting with military officials during his visit the war-hit Dnipropetrovsk region.  (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)
PA FILE – In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on July 8, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, attends a meeting with military officials during his visit the war-hit Dnipropetrovsk region. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)

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In a speech at the UN, Volodymyr Zelensky, here in June 2022, announced the death of 15 people at a train station in central Ukraine on August 24, 2022.

WAR IN UKRAINE – National Day of Mourning in Ukraine. This Wednesday, August 24, which also corresponds to the sixth month of war, was marked by a Russian strike that killed at least 15 people were killed and 50 injured at a railway station in central Ukraine, announced the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky before the UN Security Council.

“I have just received information about a Russian missile strike on a station in the Dnipropetrovsk region, right on the wagons at the Chaplino station. Four passenger cars are on fire »said Volodymyr Zelensky at the beginning of his speech.

Dnipropetrovsk, central Ukraine
Maps screenshot. Dnipropetrovsk, central Ukraine

Maps screenshot.

Dnipropetrovsk, central Ukraine

According to him, “at least 15 people were killed and around 50 injured”. “Rescuers are working on the spot, but the death toll can unfortunately increase. It’s our everyday life. »added the president.

National day celebrating independence from the USSR

This strike comes as Ukraine celebrates Independence Day, which commemorates its separation from the USSR in 1991. kyiv, as well as the Americans, feared a major attack on this doubly symbolic day. During his video intervention at the UN, the president also announced the death of an 11-year-old boy after a rocket attack, in the same region of Dnipropetrovsk, reports AP.

Volodymyr Zelensky had assured earlier this Wednesday that Ukraine would fight  » until the end « . While the bulk of the fighting today is in eastern and southern Ukraine, where neither side appears to be making progress, Russia regularly strikes Ukrainian cities with long-range missiles, according to kyiv.

On this tense day, an all-day curfew was imposed in Kharkiv and celebrations were banned in the capital. The warning sirens also sounded in the morning. Consequence: the Ukrainian first division football match between Rukh Lviv and Metalist Kharkiv, which took place in Lviv, lasted 4 hours 27 minutes instead of 90 minutes, due to several air alerts. The Ukrainian championship resumed behind closed doors on Tuesday, and it was Metalist who won 2-1 away on Wednesday.

A referendum in the occupied territories?

In addition, Moscow could announce this week one or more referendums « illegitimate » in occupied Ukraine, in an attempt to justify an annexation of Ukrainian territories to Russia, White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday.

“We have information that Russia continues to prepare mock referendums” in Kherson (south), in Zaporizhia, in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as in Kharkiv, he revealed. « The Russian leadership has given instructions to prepare for the holding of these referendums »he added. “In fact, we expect a Russian announcement on the first or the first of these sham polls before the end of the week”.

“The United States and the international community have been very clear: any attempt to control sovereign territory of Ukraine will be considered illegitimate”, continued John Kirby. The United States expects Russia « manipulates the results of these referendums to pretend that the Ukrainian people want to join Russia »again accused the American spokesperson. « It’s just plain wrong ».

He cited several polls carried out in recent months among the Ukrainian population in territory controlled by kyiv, which show more than 90% of Ukrainians do not want an attachment to Russia.

See also on the Huffpost: « Ukraine will fight to the end » : Zelensky’s combative message to his people



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