Casualties reported after Russian invaders shell evacuation train in Donetsk Oblast

13 March 2022, 12:24 PM

Invading Russian forces have attacked a passenger train intended to evacuate Ukrainians from a combat zone, Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine’s state railway company, reported on its Telegram messenger channel on March 13.

The train, which according to the Donetsk Regional Military and Civil Administration was running on the Kramatorsk-Lviv evacuation route, was heading to the town of Lyman in Donetsk Oblast to pick up evacuees. It came under fire near the Brusyn railway station, Ukrzaliznytsia said.

One of the train attendants was killed as a result of the attack, said to have been an airstrike by the local military administration, while another was wounded and taken to a hospital in the town of Slovyansk.

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Ukrzaliznytsia said it was making every effort to evacuate the crew of the damaged train and its passengers.

As a result of the attack, the evacuation of the residents of Lyman, which include around 100 children, has been delayed.

At 0500 on Feb. 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had decided to launch a "special military operation" in the Donbas following a request from the puppet authorities in the non-government-controlled Luhansk and Donetsk territories. In fact, Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion, though this is being concealed from the Russian public.

Previously, the Russian government repeatedly stated that it would not attack Ukraine, while for months it massed troops and equipment next to its border with Ukraine.

March 13 is the 18th day of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russia is advancing from the north, east and south.

From the first days of the war, the situation has been most difficult in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, in Kyiv and its outskirts.

The invaders are also trying to seize the government-controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

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