PRESIDENT Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed revenge after Russia killed 22 people in a missile strike on a Ukrainian train station during the country’s Independence Day.
At least five victims burned to death in a vehicle during the heinous attack in the eastern town of Chaplyne that also killed an 11-year-old boy, Kyiv said.
A Russian rocket has killed 22 people at a train station in eastern UkraineCredit: Reuters
The covered body of an 11-year-old boy who was killed by a Russian military strike in ChaplyneCredit: Reuters
The attack happened shortly before President Zelensky addressed the UNCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
In his nightly address, the Ukrainian leader said: “Chaplyne is our pain today. As of this moment, there are 22 dead, five of them burned in the car, an 11-year-old boy died, a Russian missile destroyed his house.
“We will definitely make the occupiers bear responsibility for everything they have done. And we will certainly drive the invaders out of our land.”
President Zelensky told a UN Security Council meeting that at least 50 people were injured in the strike.
Moscow is yet to comment and has repeatedly denied targeting civilian infrastructure.
President Zelensky made the announcement half-way through the meeting after finding out moments before he was to address the Council.
He said: “This is how Russia prepared for the UN Security council meeting.
“Four passenger carriages are on fire now… the number of fatalities could increase.”
The despicable attack comes as US and Ukrainian officials warned of brutal strikes during the country’s Independence Day in retaliation for the suspected killing of far-right figure Darya Dugin earlier this week.
President Zelensky said Mad Vlad’s forces “may try to do something particularly nasty, something particularly cruel” including the possibility of missile strikes and “provocations” during Independence Day celebrations.
It comes as attacks on civilian targets show no signs of slowing down.
In April, 50 people were killed and more than 100 injured after a Russian missile with “for the children” scrawled on the side blitzed a Ukrainian train station.
Horror pictures showed bodies strewn across the ground beside abandoned luggage at Kramatorsk railway station in eastern Ukraine amid reports the site has been blasted by Russian troops.
The state railway company said two Russian rockets struck the station, which was being used to evacuate civilians from areas under bombardment by Vladimir Putin’s forces.
At least 50 people were killed and over 100 were wounded, it’s reported, as shocking footage shows smoke billowing from the scene.
In the same month, a pre-dawn barrage of five cruise missiles blasted Lviv, hitting buildings near a railway line in the evacuation hub, killing seven people and injuring eight others.
Three also died in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, as indiscriminate Grad missiles pounded people’s homes and a shell fell on a children’s playground, killing a man and a woman.
Chilling CCTV footage also showed Russian troops slaughtering two Ukrainian civilians in clod blood as they walked away thinking they had been freed.
The footage from a motorhome dealership outside Kyiv show how the evil soldiers shot the owner and a guard in the back following a short conversation.
The killings – which have been branded “a possible war crime” – took place on March 16 when Russia made an initial attempt to take the city.
The heart-breaking footage shared with CNN shows how the meeting between the invaders and civilians at The Camper Group dealership on the main E40 into Kyiv appears calm.
The Times reported the soldiers were apparently frisking the men for cigarettes.
But moments after going their separate ways, the cowardly Russian soldiers turn around and hide behind a wall.
A man reacts after his 11 years old son was killed by a Russian military strikeCredit: Reuters
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