Firefighters stand in front of the carriage of a passenger train damaged in Kherson

Ukrainian train hit by shelling just before boarding, train attendant wounded

Firefighters stand in front of the carriage of a passenger train damaged in Kherson on May 3 AFP

A train at Kherson station was hit by Russian shelling just before boarding on Wednesday. A 24-year-old train attendant was severely injured, according to the Head of Ukrainian Railways passenger company Oleksandr Pertsovskyi. No fatalities or other wounded on the train have been reported, but during the heavy shelling, a total of 23 people were killed in the city of Kherson.

“The crew had to disconnect the burning car, arrange boarding of 116 passengers in minutes and bring them to safety”, said Oleksandr Pertsovskyi, head of the Ukrainian Railways passenger company on LinkedIn. The train still managed to arrive right on time to its final destination in Lviv, where it was greeted by colleagues and passengers alike gathered to applaud train captain Ivan Tanasyuk and his team.

The wounded train attendant was transferred to bigger regional hospital where he is surrounded by his family and co-workers, informs Pertsovskyi.

On Lviv station, people gathered to welcomed the train and its personell which was shelled in Kherson

The Russian military hit residential areas of the region’s settlements, Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration, said on Telegram. “The city of Kherson was shelled with particular brutality. It was shelled 16 times, killing 23 people and leaving 46 people (including two children) injured”, Prokudin informed. 82 shells hit Pryvokzalna Square, the territory and buildings of the railway station, a petrol station, two retail outlets, a factory and a motor vehicle service station, and the territory of the railway crossing, said the military official.

The Global Ukraine Rail Task Force, an initiative of the worldwide rail sector to support Ukrainian railway workers, calls it a “terrible and cowardly attack”, and applauds the resilience of Ukrainian Railways.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Former Editor RailTech.com

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