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Ukrainian journalist Marichka Paplauskaite comes under Russian fire in Kherson

27.12.2023, 10:41
Photo: Marichka Paplauskaite on Facebook
Photo: Marichka Paplauskaite on Facebook

"Reporters" editor-in-chief Marichka Paplauskaite came under Russian rockets and artillery fire from in Kherson on the evening of December 26. She wrote about this on Facebook.

"I arrived in Kherson in the morning, in the very same train whose four carriages were destroyed by the Russians in the evening. I spent the day with the head of the station – the brave Mrs. Alla, who will be featured in the book. Air raid alerts are sounding in Kherson one after another. We counted five or six during the day. Every time there were explosions after the signal or even before it, closer and closer. We descended to the basement several times," she wrote.

According to her, the station was shelled with ballistic missiles and artillery 45 minutes before departure, when passengers were already on the spot and preparing to board.

"We ran to a bomb shelter when the first hit happened. I have never heard such a loud explosion: dust was raining from the ceiling of the basement, the walls were moving. The passengers also managed to take cover in the basement. For the next hour and a half we all sat there together, counting the next hits. The two policemen who were wounded by shrapnel while helping passengers to hide got bandaged. There was also a foreign volunteer, apparently with a broken rib, but he asked us to pay him no mind and simply breathed heavily, dripping with sweat. Later, the doctors helped him as much as they could. One policeman whom I did not see, unfortunately, died," the journalist wrote.

She also added that, thanks to the work of Ukrzaliznytsia staff, the train that came under fire arrived in Kyiv today, December 27, exactly at 7:20 a.m., as it was supposed to.

It will be recalled that on the evening of December 26, the Russians hit the premises of the Kherson railway station with a ballistic missile while also shelling the station and the surrounding area with Grads and artillery. At the time of the strike, there were 140 people at the station. One policeman died, five people were injured.

Back in June 2023, Marichka Paplauskaite announced that she was going on leave to write a book about Ukrzaliznytsia.

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