The massacre at the Kramatorsk station aggravates the situation in Donbas

The massacre of at least half a thousand civilians in the bombing of the railway station in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorskin the east of the country, complicates the situation in Donbas, where Russian forces are expected to make an effort to achieve a full control of Donetsk and Luhanskwhich since 2014 have been in the hands of Moscow-backed separatists.

Although Russia has denied that its armed forces were the perpetrators of the missile attack on the station, in the north of the Donetsk region, the British Ministry of Defense has attributed the attack to the army of Vladimir Putin and has ensured that the target was civilians. At the moment of impact, about 4,000 people, most of them women, children and the elderlywere in the railway enclosure trying to flee from the conflict zone.

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The daily report provided by British intelligence on the war in ukraine -which is 45 days after its start- points out that Russia is focusing its offensive in the east of the Donbas region, including the launch of cruise missiles launched from its naval forces. London expects air strikes to increase in southern and eastern Ukraine, with the aim of establishing a land route between Donbas and the Crimean peninsulawhich Putin annexed in 2014.

The Anti-aircraft sirens have sounded this Saturday in much of eastern Ukrainewhile the governor of Lugansk, Sarhiy Gaidai, has asked the population in a televised speech to leave the area in the face of the foreseeable Russian offensive.

“The occupiers continue to prepare for the offensive in the east of our country in order to establish full control over the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions,” the General Staff of the Ukrainian armed forces said, after the Russian troops have withdrawn in the last days from the capital, kyiv. The United States has said Putin likely plans to deploy tens of thousands of troops to eastern Ukraine.

The attack on Kramatorsk leaves at least 50 dead: “It was hell on earth!

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Iryna Vereshchukhas confirmed that they have agreed ten humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of people throughout the country this Saturday, including the city of Mariupol, one of the most affected by Russian attacks, from where civilians will be able to leave in a private vehicle.

To date, several attempts to agree on a safe passage for civilians to leave Mariupol have failed amid mutual reproaches on both sides.

The Russian invasion has forced to flee abroad more than four million peoplehas killed thousands and left a quarter of the Ukrainian population homeless, turning some of the major cities to rubble.

Zelensky calls for criminal responsibility for Bucha and Kramatorsk attacks

the ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyhas requested that the Russian attacks on civilians in Bucha and Kramatorsk form part of the charges against the abuser in court. “Like the Bucha massacre, like many other Russian war crimes, the missile attack on Kramatorsk must be one of the charges in court, which is bound to happen,” he said in a video message. on the Telegram network.

Zelensky added that all the world’s efforts should be directed at establish “every minute who did what, who gave orders, where the rocket came from, who was carrying it, who gave the order and how the attack was coordinated.

The Ministry of Defense, for its part, on its Twitter account, has indicated that, as an example of Russian “bestial brutality and moral turpitude”, they had written “Revenge for the Children” in a rocket, which took the lives of five children among the 50 victims.

Also the European Union She has claimed to be “deeply shocked” by the attack and has said that the rthose responsible for this “war crime must be held accountable”. “There must be no impunity for war crimes. The EU supports measures to ensure accountability for violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” a spokesperson for the European External Action Service (EEAS) said in a statement. ).

The statement was published after the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyenand the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Joseph Borrellvisit Ukraine and travel, among other places, to the city of Boucha, where the withdrawal of Russian troops allowed to discover, last week, the massacre of Ukrainian civilians, some handcuffed and with signs of torture.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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