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25 dead after Russian attack on Ukraine train station; more fighting in southeast

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An Ukrainian serviceman stands guard by the wall of memory to the fallen Ukrainian soldiers in Kyiv, Ukraine on Wednesday. Photo by Vladyslav Musiienko/UPI
An Ukrainian serviceman stands guard by the wall of memory to the fallen Ukrainian soldiers in Kyiv, Ukraine on Wednesday. Photo by Vladyslav Musiienko/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The death toll from a Russian rocket attack on a train station on Ukraine's Independence Day numbered 25 Thursday and separate attacks near Kyiv and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant were reported.

The attack on the train happened in Chaplyne in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, where four trains caught fire, deputy head of the president's office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.

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The death toll is now at least 25, officials said.

The attack came on the day Ukrainians marked the 31st anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union and the six-month anniversary of the start of the war. Authorities said more than two dozen people were injured in the train attack.

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Russia's defense ministry claims the attack killed only Ukrainian military personnel. Ukrainian officials refuted that claim, saying several civilians died, including children.

The Synelnykove district in Dnipropetrovsk oblast was also shelled early Thursday, injuring eight people. Shelling was also reported in the Nikopol district, near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for the military attacks near the power plant that are causing concern about a potential nuclear accident. Moscow has been in control of the plant.

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Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets said Wednesday that the Russian military killed three people at the power plant and kidnapped 26 others during their occupation of the facility.

Lubinets said the deaths came as the result of either shelling or beatings because Russian troops thought the plant workers were disclosing the movement of Russian military equipment in the region.

Oleksiy Kuleba, head of Kyiv's regional state administration, said two Russian rockets hit communities near Kyiv early Thursday. No injuries or damage were reported, but Kuleba said the areas were still being assessed.

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Meanwhile, a Ukrainian teenager is being hailed as a hero for using a drone that helped destroy a line of Russian military equipment and discourage an attack on Kyiv.

Fifteen-year-old Andrii Pokrasa, who's known as "Drone Boy" in Ukraine, operated his drone to find and track approaching Russian military vehicles in the early weeks of the war.

"There were fuel trucks, tanks, artillery, armored personnel carriers," Pokrasa said according to ABC News. "I tracked them on a drone, they were in my picture. And then I opened the tab with the map on the drone and put a mark on it and the coordinates appeared there."

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The teen turned over his tracking information to the Ukrainian military, which then destroyed the Russian column within minutes. Russia eventually retreated from its attack on Kyiv.

Ukraine marks Independence Day amid war

A Ukrainian servicemen stands guard by the wall of memory to the fallen Ukrainian soldiers in Kyiv, Ukraine on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. This year, Ukraine's Independence Day, which commemorates their break with the Soviet Union in 1991, coincides with the six-month mark since Russia launched its large-scale invasion of the country. The fighting has largely focused on the eastern Donbas region and the south, but most anywhere in Ukraine remains vulnerable to Russian air strikes. Photo by Vladyslav Musiienko/UPI | License Photo

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