TERNOPIL, Ukraine – Since Russia started invading Ukraine, more than 5 million Ukrainians Having fled their country, many people took the train as commanders and servants risking their lives in danger to help their fellow citizens.
A total of 95 railway workers have been killed and 103 injured since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, according to Alexander Kamyshin, head of Ukraine’s national railway system. Four others were taken hostage, he said.
On April 8, two rockets hit the Kramatorsk train station in eastern Ukraine, where thousands of civilians were trying to evacuate. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, at least 59 people were killed, including seven children.
The Pentagon said Russia is responsible about the attack, although Russia has denied it.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the missile attack a war crime and other officials pointed to the attack as an example of why Russia should be charged with violating international law. Ukrainian officials say they will send a bloodied man children toy was found in the rubble by the United Nations as “evidence of this barbaric crime.”
Even after the deadly attack, railway workers continued to go to work every day, knowing their trains could collide at any moment. A quarter of Ukraine’s 14,000 rail miles were destroyed by Russian bombs, Kamyshin said.
Train driver Andriy Bobrovsky said: “We are working, doing the tasks that are assigned to us. “People rely on us, citizens fleeing war. I have fears, but I have to do my duty.”
In addition to evacuating citizens, trains are being used to help people reach loved ones inside Ukraine and distribute humanitarian aid.
Citizens of Ukraine said they recognized the courage and dedication of the workers.
“They are heroes, just to take care of all these passengers, to take care of the Ukrainians, and just to support and provide us with these trains,” arrived a woman who identified herself as Valentina. from Lviv, who is trying to reach his terminal illness. father in the country before he died.
Trains also provide the main means of transportation for those wishing to return to Ukraine. Nearly 900,000 people who left the country during the war have returned, according to the UNand 30,000 people are returning to Ukraine daily.
Raf Sanchez and John Boxley are from Ukraine, and Christina Fiorentino Blinn from New York.