Russia-Ukraine news live: Russia accused of ‘unspeakable depravity’ as dozens killed in Kramatorsk station bombing



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An airstrike on a railway station in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine has killed 39 people and wounded 87, according to the region’s governor.

The station is used to evacuate civilians from areas under bombardment from Russian forces.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that “thousands” of people were at the station in Kramatorsk, a city in the eastern Donetsk region, when it was hit by a missile.

“The inhuman Russians are not changing their methods. Without the strength or courage to stand up to us on the battlefield, they are cynically destroying the civilian population,” the president said. “This is an evil without limits. And if it is not punished, then it will never stop.”

It comes as UK foreign secretary Liz Truss warned Russia that targeting civilians is a war crime after the airstrike on the station.

Melinda Simmons, Britain’s ambassador to Ukraine said Russia called the attack – particularly allegations Russia made a missile to attack children – “unspeakably brutal depravity.”

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NEW: European commission head condemns Kramatorsk air strike

Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European commission has condemned the airstrike on a train station in Kramatorsk which has killed more than 30 people and wounded 87, according to Ukraine officials.

“The missile attack this morning on a train station used for evacuations of civilians in Ukraine is despicable,” Ms von der Leyen said.

“My thoughts are with the families of the victims.”

Thomas Kingsley8 April 2022 13:55

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Grant Shapps bans Russian oligarch’s private jet from flying

A private jet owned by Russian billionaire Eugene Shvidler has been banned from flying in the UK as part of sanctions in response to the war in Ukraine.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that he has deregistered the aircraft, meaning any certificates in place to allow it to fly have been suspended.

The Cessna aircraft with the tail registration G-LATO is at Biggin Hill Airport, in south-east London, where it was due to undergo maintenance and repairs.

Read the full report below:

Thomas Kingsley8 April 2022 13:40

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Russia denies railway station strike

Russia has denied involvement in the strikes on the railway station in Kramatorsk.

The country’s defense ministry said accusations that Russia had attacked the station were “a provocation” and “absolutely untrue”.

As evidence has emerged in recent days of other attacks against civilians elsewhere in Ukraine, Moscow has offered similar denials.

Thomas Kingsley8 April 2022 13:24

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Russians’ spending on food doubles following Ukraine war – UN food agency

Russian citizens are spending on average 40 per cent of their disposable income on food – about twice as much as they did before the Russia-Ukraine war, the director of the UN food agency’s Russia liaison office told Reuters.

Oleg Kobiakov of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said many Russian households are now resorting to crisis coping strategies as much of their income goes towards basic needs like food.

“People are postponing plans like going to college or buying a house. They’re saving in case they lose their job, in case of death,” he said.

(AP1996)

Thomas Kingsley8 April 2022 13:10

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US reacts to “horrific and devastating” images of railway station attack

The White House on Friday decried the “horrific and devastating images” of a deadly attack on a train station in Ukraine.

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Thomas Kingsley8 April 2022 12:55

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Speaking of history: Soviet-era film archive helps Ukrainians find hope and sense of identity in wartime

There have been no film screenings in Ukraine for more than six weeks now, at least not above ground.

However, at the request of president Volodymyr Zelensky’s government, Ukraine’s biggest film archive has screened a series of Soviet-films in metro stations in cities from Kyiv to Kharkiv, where residents have sought refuge while Russian bombs rain down from above.

The showings are one element of the Ukrainian resistance against Vladimir Putin’s war, which has seen regular civilians stealing tanks, making Molotov cocktails, and confronting soldiers.

ourreporter, Gino Spocchiahas the full story below:

Thomas Kingsley8 April 2022 12:41

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Ukraine support will change if Russia switches tactics, says Ben Wallace

UK defense secretary Ben Wallace said on Friday the support given to Ukraine in its defense against a Russian invasion will change if tactics used by Moscow in the war were to change.

“If the tactics of the Russians change, what we give them (Ukraine) will change as well,” Mr Wallace told reporters during a visit to Romania.

He said the RAF was increasing its contribution to protect Nato’s eastern flank in Romania from four to six plans “because Putin listens to only one thing and that is strength”.

“We will do everything to see him defeated in Ukraine. There is more to do, Britain will do more, it will contribute more.”

(PA Wire)

Thomas Kingsley8 April 2022 12:20

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UK foreign secretary warns Russia of war crimes following train station airstrike

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned Russia that targeting civilians is a war crime after Ukraine said around 30 people were killed and 100 injured in a rocket strike on a train station in Kramatorsk, in the east of the country.

She tweeted: “Appalled by the horrific reports of Russian rocket attacks on civilians at Kramatorsk railway station in eastern Ukraine.

“The targeting of civilians is a war crime. We will hold Russia and Putin to account.”

Thomas Kingsley8 April 2022 12:05

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Priti Patel voices ‘frustration’ at time taken to process Ukraine visas

In a pre-recorded interview with the BBC, which aired on Friday, Ms Patel said: “I apologize with frustration myself… it takes time to start up a new route.”

She said it is “always easy to blame someone else” but security checks “are not the problem” when it comes to the time it is taking for Ukrainian refugees to reach the UK.

As of 31 March, around 4,700 visas had been issued under the sponsorship scheme out of 32,200 applications submitted, according to Home Office figures published last week.

At that time, 24,400 visas had been granted under the family scheme out of 32,800 applications received.

After being told by the BBC there is “huge frustration” among the public who are experiencing three to four week delays and are blaming red tape for being unable to put people up, Ms Patel replied: “They’re not seeing delays.

“We are processing and, as I’ve said as well, I’m streamlining processes.

“I streamlined the family scheme in less than a week, and we simplified that and we changed the way certain checks are done.

“Also, I’m working to automate where we can.”

(PA Wire)

Thomas Kingsley8 April 2022 11:55

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Bucha couple says they were targeted by Russian soldiers because of relatives serving in Ukraine army

A couple in Bucha said they were targeted by Russians for being associated with a soldier serving in the Ukrainian army, as more stories of abuse emerge from the recently liberated town.

Bucha, situated just 6km away from capital Kyiv, was liberated on 31 March after weeks of Russian control as residents continue to describe the horror they faced before Russia’s retreat.

Mykhola and Viktoria, a couple who lived in the town, told the German tabloid BILD that the Russian soldiers knew their address, claiming that it was part of a “list” used by them to target relatives of soldiers serving the Ukrainian army.

ourreporter, stuti misrahas the full story below:

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