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Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelenskyy demanded a ‘strong global response’ as he accused Russian forces of firing a missile near a train station that killed at least 50 people, with the UK set to provide a new military aid to his country.

UK to send armored vehicles to Ukraine for first time under new £100m military aid package as President Zelenskyy warned of ‘delays’ supply of additional weapons and equipment.

Speaking in his nightly video speech after what he described as a “war crime” near Kramatorsk stationhe said that a “delay in supplying arms to Ukraine, any refusal, can only mean that the politicians in question want to help the Russian leadership more than we do”.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News that the Ukrainian military will receive heavily armored Mastiff patrol vehicles, which weigh 23 tonnes and carry eight soldiers plus two crew members.

It is understood they will be stripped of any sensitive equipment and could help the Ukrainian military mount offensive operations near Russian lines.

The Mastiff was designed to withstand improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the conflict in Afghanistan.

Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles, 800 anti-tank missiles, helmets and night vision goggles will be included in the shipment, in addition to the 200,000 items already distributed.

Key developments:

• At least 50 people were killed by the missile explosion near a train station in Kramatorsk
• Chernihiv in the north of the country has killed at least 700 civilians, according to a Ukrainian MP
• More than 6,600 people were evacuated through humanitarian corridors on Friday
• The European Union has promised to “accelerate” Ukraine’s application for membership
• Russia has lost 19,000 soldiers, according to Ukraine, after Kremlin admits ‘significant’ losses

Live updates as Russian forces abandon tanks in ‘possible sign of collapse’

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Deadly airstrike in Kramatorsk

Defense Secretary promises support will keep coming

Speaking at a NATO ceremony in Constanta, Romania, Mr Wallace refused to be fired on whether the UK would engage anti-ship missiles such as the Harpoon, as the asked Mr. Zelenskyy.

Mr Zelenskyy said they would help prevent Russia from consolidating its control over Ukraine’s Black Sea coast.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (3rd L) walks past a Mastiff armored vehicle as he drives through Patrol Base 2 between Lashkar Gah and Gereshk December 6, 2010. Cameron, visiting Afghanistan on an unannounced trip, has said troops could start withdrawing from the country as early as next year.  Photograph taken December 6, 2010. REUTERS/ Leon Neal/Pool (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)
Mastiffs in Afghanistan, during a 2010 visit by David Cameron

Mr Wallace said: ‘I won’t discuss the different types of weapon systems. I don’t want to report any changes to the Russians until they happen.’

Mr Wallace said: “Our commitment is to support Ukraine to make sure they get as much help as possible to defend themselves. And if the Russians’ tactics change, so will what we give them. “

The Defense Secretary also called the Kremlin “cheated” after Sky News interview with Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Mr Peskov was accused of living in a ‘parallel universe’ and peddling a ‘catalogue of lies’ when he denied the Russians had committed war crimes in Bucha.

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Missile kills 50 people at train station

The missile strike near the Kramatorsk station prompted new war crimes charges and was described by Ukraine’s president as an act of “evil that knows no bounds”.

Five children were among the at least 50 people killed. Up to 4,000 people, mostly women and children, were at Kramatorsk station when the blast hit.

Sky’s John Sparks, reporting from the scene, said that on the side of the mangled missile was за детей, which translates from Russian to – or on behalf of – children.

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The station had been packed in recent days as people tried to flee Ukraine, but the Russian Defense Ministry denied targeting the station.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Peskov said the Russian armed forces had no planned mission in Kramatorsk.

In his nightly video address to the nation, Mr Zelenskyy said: “Like the Bucha massacres, like many other Russian war crimes, the missile attack on Kramatorsk should be one of the charges before the court that must be held.”

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Photos on Twitter show missiles at Kramatorsk station in Donetsk region.  Ukrainian credit: @olehbatkovych
The suite at Kramatorsk station. Credit:@olehbatkovych

Russian forces abandon tanks in ‘hasty’ withdrawal

As Mr Putin withdraws his forces from northern Ukraine, a Western official said signs of abandoned tanks, vehicles and artillery could indicate a “collapse of the will to fight”.

At a press conference on Wednesday, the official told reporters: “We can confirm that there are no more units in northern Ukraine.

“It has been quite a hasty withdrawal of Russian forces and there is a lot of Russian equipment that has been left behind in this hasty withdrawal and that will only exacerbate the challenge they have in terms of refurbishment and replenishment. of their forces as they withdraw them both in Belarus and Russia.”

They added: “Some of them are unclear as to why they were abandoned, because you might have thought that some of these vehicles were still usable, and you think they might have taken – and I think there’s something about collapsing morale and collapsing the will to fight.”

Map of Ukraine April 7, 2022

“Small point” to negotiate with Russia, according to the Prime Minister

After talks in Downing Street with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Boris Johnson said he saw little chance of succeeding in negotiating directly with Mr Putin – although he did not criticize those, like the French president, who continue to do so.

“Negotiating with Putin doesn’t look very promising to me. I don’t think he can be trusted,” he said.

“That’s not to say that I don’t admire the efforts of people trying to find a way. But my own view is that I’m deeply, deeply skeptical and, I’m afraid, cynical now about of his assurances.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Priti Patel has apologized after being criticized for delays in accepting refugees, as latest figures show around 12,000 Ukrainians have arrived in the UK, despite the granting of 40,900 visas.