Ukraine calls for a response to the targeting of the Kramatorsk station

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for a firm global response against Russia after its forces targeted a train station in the country’s east on Friday, killing 52 people.

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In a speech Friday night, Zelensky said the bombing of the Kramatorsk train station, where 4,000 people were trying to flee an imminent Russian attack in the east, amounted to another war crime.

He called for all those involved in the attack to be held accountable, adding that Russian government propaganda had tried to blame the Ukrainian armed forces for the attack on the train station.

“We expect a firm global response to this war crime,” he added.

The bombing killed 52 people, including 5 children, and injured about 100 people, including severe injuries, while Russia denied responsibility for the strike.

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Pictures taken after the attack showed dozens of bodies covered in tarpaulins and the remnants of a missile with the inscription “For the Children” in Russian.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of “tough” economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.