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Russia shells crowded Kherson train station killing police officer, injuring four more people

Russian artillery struck Kherson railway station as civilians awaited evacuation train, killing police officer and wounding two officers and two civilians, per official reports. The station building and trains were damaged.
Kherson train station after the Russian shelling attack on the evening of 26 December 2023. Screenshots from a video published on Telegram by Kherson Oblast Head Oleksandr Prokudin.

On the evening of 26 December, Russian forces shelled the railway station in Kherson City, killing a police officer and injuring at least four other people.

The attack damaged the station building and rolling stock, Ukraine’s national railway operator Ukrzaliznytsia reported, adding that several employees were injured while passengers were taking shelter.

The attack started at about 18:10, according to the Prosecutor General’s office.

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Klymenko said some 140 civilians were waiting for an evacuation train to depart from the railway station when Russians started a massive shelling attack on the city.

Later, Ukrzaliznytsia updated that the passengers safely reached Mykolaiv City by bus, while the train was to depart for Kyiv according to the dispatch schedule. Meanwhile, due to security concerns, the railway operator plans to divert its trains from Kherson to Mykolaiv, situated further away from the frontline, those departing from Lviv and Kyiv.

Interior Minister Klymenko reported that Russia’s shelling of the Kherson train station killed a police lieutenant from Kirovohrad Oblast. Two police officers were hospitalized with shrapnel injuries, and two civilians were also wounded in the attack.

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Kherson City has been under daily Russian attacks as it is located within the range of Russian artillery. In addition to the deliberate artillery strikes on the city, Russia also employs explosive drones, missiles, and aerial bombs.

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