US believes Russia used short-range ballistic missile in train station strike -US official



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Remains of a missile can be seen near a train station, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Kramatorsk, Ukraine on April 8, 2022. The writing reads, “Because of children.” REUTERS/Stringer

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WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – The United States believes Russia used a short-range missile on Friday to attack a train station in eastern Ukraine, a senior US defense official said.

Ukraine said at least 50 people were killed and many more injured in an attack on a station in the city of Kramatorsk, which was packed with civilians hoping to flee the threat of a major Russian offensive. read more

The US defense official said, on condition of anonymity, that the Pentagon believes Russian forces used an SS-21 Scarab missile in the attack, but the motivation for the attack was not clear.

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The SS-21 is the name used by the NATO military alliance for a type of missile known as the Tochka in former Soviet states.

The United States is still analyzing the attack and it is unclear whether cluster munitions were used, the US official said.

“We do not believe in the Russians’ denial that they were not responsible,” the official said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said by news agency RIA that the missiles that allegedly hit the station were used only by the Ukrainian army and that the Russian armed forces had not assigned any targets in Kramatorsk on Friday.

Videos posted on social media in recent weeks that Reuters was unable to independently verify appear to show Russian troops in or near Ukraine carrying Tochka missile launchers.

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The US defense official said Russia’s combat strength in Ukraine continued to decline and was somewhere between 80% and 85% of its pre-invasion level.

The United States estimates that before the February 24 invasion, Russia mustered more than 150,000 troops around Ukraine.

The official said the United States now has indications that Moscow has begun mobilizing some reservists and may be looking for more than 60,000 personnel.

Russian troops that had been in the Kiev region were headed for Belarus and parts of western Russia, such as Belgorod, to be converted and resupplied, the official said.

But the Pentagon believes Moscow has yet to resolve the logistical problems that have hampered their invasion since the beginning, the official said.

“We’ve seen indications of some units that have been literally, for all intents and purposes, wiped out.”

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Reporting by Idrees Ali and Kanishka Singh; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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