A Russian attack targeted a train station in the Ukrainian city of Kherson, where civilians were seeking refuge, resulting in the death of a police officer and injuries to four others, according to the interior minister’s statement on Tuesday.
Igor Klymenko reported that Moscow conducted “a significant bombing” in the southern city, and the head of the military administration warned of ongoing drone attacks following the lethal strike on the railway.
Kherson was occupied by Russian forces shortly after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in late February 2022. Although they later withdrew due to pressure from Ukrainian forces, the city continues to face bombardment from across the Dnipro River.
Describing the situation, Klymenko stated on Telegram, “Kherson in the evening. Around 140 civilians waiting at the station for an evacuation train. That’s the moment that the enemy began a massive bombing of the city.” The incident resulted in the death of a police officer and injuries to two civilians and two policemen due to shrapnel.
President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned that “a number of civilians were on the scene” during the strike and noted that emergency services had responded promptly to the incident.
The interior ministry identified the deceased policeman as 29-year-old Igor Misyun, stating that he left behind a wife and two children.
Ukrzaliznytsya, the Ukrainian railway company, reported on Telegram that both the train and the station sustained damage but assured that “the situation is under control, and the railway is ready to continue functioning.”
Subsequently, Roman Mrochko, the head of the Kherson military administration, declared that the city was “under a drone attack” and urged citizens to seek shelter.
The interior minister, Igor Klymenko, disclosed that the attack involved Shahed drones, which are Iranian-made weapons frequently used by Russia for strikes in Ukraine.
In Russia, the governor of Rostov reported that “a drone was shot down by air defense forces over” the region. Vasily Golubev added, “Consequences on the ground are being clarified.”
These incidents occurred following the acknowledgment by the Kremlin that a Ukrainian attack had inflicted damage on a warship in the occupied Crimean port of Feodosia, a development labeled a significant setback for the Russian navy by Kyiv and its Western allies. Ukraine asserted that its air force destroyed the Novocherkassk landing ship, prompting President Zelensky to humorously mention on social media that the vessel had now become a part of “the Russian underwater Black Sea fleet.”
Despite this, Ukraine reported a setback on the eastern front on Tuesday.
Commander-in-chief Valeriy Zaluzhny stated that Ukrainian troops had withdrawn from the town of Maryinka, near the strategically important Russian-held city of Donetsk.
He clarified that Ukrainian forces remained on the outskirts, countering Russia’s claim on Monday of full control over the town.