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11-year-old Ukrainian among 25 killed in Russian attack

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The body of an 11-year-old boy was pulled from the rubble of his family’s home after Russian missiles hit a residential area and a train station in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 25 people, as the country cautiously celebrated its Independence Day.

A resident named Sergiy said the attack on the town of Chaplyne on Wednesday killed his 11-year-old son.

“We looked for him over there in the ruins, and he was lying here. No one knew he was here. Nobody knew,” the distraught father said as he crouched shirtless next to the body of his child wrapped in blankets lying amid the ruins of their home.

The 11-year-old’s body is seen wrapped in blankets amid the ruins of his family’s home in Chaplyne, Ukraine on Wednesday.
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A 6-year-old child was also killed when a Russian missile hit the local train station and set fire to a nearby car.

On Thursday morning, the death toll rose from an initially reported 22 after three more bodies were recovered from the town of Chaplyne when rescue operations ended, Ukrainian presidential aide Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.

Tymoshenko confirmed on his Telegram channel that the victims included two children. 31 other people were injured, including a 13-year-old boy.

In a video address to the United Nations Security Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said rockets hit a train in Chaplyne, about 90 miles west of Russian-occupied Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

“This is how Russia prepared for this meeting of the UN Security Council,” Zelensky said.

In its daily briefing on Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that an Iskander missile hit a military train in Chaplyne which was to deliver weapons to the frontline in the eastern Donbass region.

Speaking in Uzbekistan, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reiterated that Moscow had deliberately slowed down what he called a “special military operation” in Ukraine to avoid civilian casualties.

Sergiy, the father, said that initially no one knew his son was lying dead among the rubble.
Sergiy, the father, said that initially no one knew his son was lying dead among the rubble.
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The Russian attack also killed a 6-year-old child and injured at least 31 other people.
The Russian attack also killed a 6-year-old child and injured at least 31 other people.
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Ukrainian officials said a 13-year-old child was pulled alive from the rubble.
Ukrainian officials said a 13-year-old child was pulled alive from the rubble.
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Russia denies targeting civilians. He also said that the railway infrastructure is a legitimate target since it is used to supply Ukraine with Western weapons.

Commenting on the attack, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Twitter: “Russia’s missile strike on a train station full of civilians in Ukraine fits a pattern of atrocities. We will continue, with partners around the world, to support Ukraine and hold Russian officials to account. »

The attacks took place as Ukrainians celebrated their country’s 31st Independence Day. The day also marked six months since Russian forces invaded Ukraine, and tensions were high after Zelensky warned of the risk of “repugnant Russian provocations”.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its Iskander missile hit a military train.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its Iskander missile hit a military train.
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Russia denies targeting civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
Russia denies targeting civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
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The attack on Chaplyne railway station coincided with Ukraine's Independence Day celebrations.
The attack on Chaplyne railway station coincided with Ukraine’s Independence Day celebrations.
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Air raid sirens sounded at least seven times in Kyiv during the day, although there were no attacks. Ukrainian authorities said air alerts were issued 189 times across the country on Wednesday, more than at any other time in the war.

With pole wires