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Russian general behind monstrous attack on Ukrainian train station named in reports – World News

Captain General Aleksandr Dvornikov is said to have been behind the attack on women, children and the elderly at a station in Kramatorsk that killed at least 52 people, sources said

Captain General Aleksandr Dvornikov is said to be behind the Kramatorsk attack
Captain General Aleksandr Dvornikov is said to be behind the Kramatorsk attack

A Russian general is reportedly behind the horrific shelling of a train station full of women and children.

The rocket attack killed at least 52 people in Kramatorsk in the eastern Donetsk region, with images showing bodies lying between scattered luggage and the wreckage of the train station.

Captain General Aleksandr Dvornikov is believed to be behind the attack on civilians that left around 300 injured, Western officials say.

Women, children and the elderly were seen running to safety shortly after a suspected short-range ballistic missile was aimed at the station.

The remains of the rocket were also found nearby and had the words “for the children” written in Russian on the side.







Part of the ballistic missile used in the attack was found nearby
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That Daily Mail reported that Dvornikov was likely behind the attack and was also a military leader who oversaw the widespread destruction in Syria.

Ukraine has called for more weapons and tougher sanctions after a cluster weapon attack on people fleeing the conflict in the east of the country.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it was a deliberate attack on civilians, with the city’s mayor estimating that around 4,000 people had gathered there by the time.

The United States, the European Union and Britain condemned the incident, which took place on the same day that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kyiv to show solidarity and speed up Ukraine’s accession process.

“We expect a determined global response to this war crime,” Zelenskyy said in a video released late Friday.







Western officials believe it was Dvornikov who gave the order to attack, they say
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“Any delay in the delivery of … arms to Ukraine, any refusal can only mean that the politicians in question want to help the Russian leadership more than us,” he said, calling for an energy embargo and the foreclosure of all Russian banks in the global system.

Regional Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said the station was hit by a Tochka-U short-range ballistic missile containing cluster munitions, which detonated in mid-air and sprayed small lethal bombs over a larger area.

Moscow’s more than six-week invasion has resulted in over 4 million people fleeing abroad, thousands killed or injured, a quarter of the population left homeless and cities reduced to rubble as it drags on longer than Russia anticipated.

Cluster munitions are banned under a 2008 convention. Russia has not signed it, but previously denied the use of such weapons in Ukraine.

In Washington, a senior defense official said the United States would “not buy Russian denials that they were not responsible” and believed Russian forces had fired a short-range ballistic missile in the attack.







The missile wreaked havoc and blew up cars at the train station
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The Russian Defense Ministry was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying that the missiles that are said to have hit the station were only used by the Ukrainian military and that Russian forces had not assigned any targets in Kramatorsk on Friday.

Moscow has denied targeting civilians since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on February 24 in what Russia calls a “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” its neighbor.

Kyiv and Western supporters call this a pretext for an unprovoked invasion.

Ukrainian officials now await an attempt by Russian forces to seize full control of Donetsk and neighboring Luhansk, both of which have been held in part by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014.

The Kremlin said Friday the “special operation” could end in “the foreseeable future,” with its goals being achieved through the work of Russia’s military and peace negotiators.

The White House said it would support attempts to probe the Kramatorsk attack, which Boris Johnson said “shows the depth to which Putin’s vaunted army has sunk.”

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