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25 killed and 31 injured in Russian rocket strike on Chaplyne railway station, Ukraine, 24 Aug.

On 24 August, Ukraine’s Independence Day, a Russian rocket hit a railway station and nearby residential areas in Chaplyne. Rescue operations have ended, confirming the final casualty toll at 25 dead and 31 injured. At least two children are among those killed. 

Prior to the strike, Russia claimed it was orchestrating a slow offensive in order to spare civilians, and carrying out precision strikes in order to avoid civilian casualties.

Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, AOAV has recorded 243 civilian casualties of Russian explosive weapon use targeting public transport and transport-related infrastructure in the country (87 killed, 156 injured). At least five of those casualties are children. 

Civilians account for 98% of the total 247 recorded casualties when Russian explosive weapons have targeted transport infrastructure in Ukraine. 

9 killed (5 civilians, 4 soldiers) in Russian airstrike on airport, Vinnytsia
Russian rocket strike on railway station killed 1 person and destroyed station, shutting down train passage, Dnipro
At least 39 killed and 87 injured in Russian rocket strike on train station evacuating civilians, Kramatorsk, Donetsk
6 emergency workers (civilian) injured in Russian airstrike on Dnipro International Airport
One civilian killed and four injured in Russian missile attack in Malyn
Five civilians injured in Russian missile attack on rail lines, Lviv
Seven civilians killed and 19 injured in Russian cluster munitions attack on a bus stop in Mykolaiv’s Korabelnyi District; bus stop destroyed
At least one man killed in Russian shellling of a railway repair depot in Bakhmut; depot destroyed
Eight civilians killed and four injured (one man, three children) in Russian artillery strike on a crowded bus stop in Toretsk; church and apartment blocks damaged
25 civilians killed (two boys) and 31 injured in Russian missile strike on Chaplyne railway station; four railways cars on fire, station destroyed

Since the beginning of the invasion, urban residential areas have reportedly been the most targeted locations of Russian explosive weapon use in Ukraine, accounting for 44% of incidents. Locations where multiple urban areas are impacted by explosive weapon use account for the majority, 33%, of civilian casualties of Russian explosive weapon use in Ukraine. 

Globally, since 2010, AOAV has recorded 692 incidents of explosive weapon use targeting public transport and transport-related infrastructure, resulting in 12,944 civilian casualties (4057 killed, 8887 injured). At least 428 women and 425 children are among the casualties.

When explosive weapons have targeted public transport and transport-related infrastructure, civilians account for 92% of the total 14,051 casualties. 

AOAV’s casualty figures represent the lowest of estimations in terms of the number of people killed and injured by explosive weapon use. In an effort to quantify the explicit harm caused by specific explosive weapons, AOAV solely records incident-specific casualty figures, as reported in English-language media.

AOAV condemns the use of violence against civilians and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. All actors should stop using explosive weapons with wide-area effects where there is likely to be a high concentration of civilians.