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Russia confirms the Independence Day attack, that Kyiv said 25 civilians were killed

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Following a Wednesday strike that Kyiv claims reportedly hit a residential area and left 25 people dead as the country celebrated its Independence Day, Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday, August 25, that its military had bombed a train station in eastern Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that an Iskander missile had struck a military train on Wednesday at the Chaplyne station that was on its way to provide supplies to Ukrainian soldiers manning the front lines in the eastern Donbas area.

A small kid died when a missile struck his home in the area, Ukrainian presidential adviser Kyrylo Tymoshenko said, also said that 21 people had been killed when the strike hit the train station and ignited five train cars.

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Three other bodies were pulled from the rubble on Thursday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 25, said Tymoshenko.

According to the Russian ministry, approximately 200 Ukrainian military troops were killed in the strike.

Prior to Wednesday’s 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s declaration of independence from Moscow-dominated Soviet rule, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had warned of Russian provocations. The Chaplyne attack and artillery shelling of frontline towns, including Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Nikopol, and Dnipro, followed.

On August 24, it was also six months after Russian soldiers invaded Ukraine, sparking the worst conflict in Europe since World War Two.

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