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Ukraine: At least 22 Dead in Russian Missile Attack on Rail Station in Chaplyne

Additionally, the US announced a new security assistance package for Ukraine of about $3 billion.

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At least 22 people died and dozens were wounded on Wednesday, 24 August, in the town of Chaplyne on Ukraine's independence day after Russia launched a deadly missile attack on a train station.

Vowing retribution, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his evening address, "Chaplyne is our pain today."

"We will definitely make the occupiers bear responsibility for everything they have done. And we will certainly drive the invaders out of our land," he added.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister tweeted some images of the attack, saying, "Terrorist Russia keeps killing Ukrainian civilians."

Zelenskyy had been warning for days that Russia could be plotting "something particularly cruel" for Ukraine’s Independence Day, especially after Russian Security Services accused Ukraine's secret services of killing Daria Dugina, daughter of Aleksandr Dugin, a close ally of Vladimir Putin.

"They will receive a response, a powerful response. I want to say that each day… this response will grow, it will get stronger and stronger," the president had said while addressing a news conference on Tuesday.

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On Wednesday, the US announced a new security assistance package for Ukraine of about $3 billion to coincide with Ukraine's independence day.

"The United States of America is committed to supporting the people of Ukraine as they continue the fight to defend their sovereignty," President Joe Biden said in a statement announcing the package.

He is expected to talk to Zelenskyy on the phone on Thursday about the aid package.

(With inputs from Reuters.)

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