Russia bombs Ukrainian train stations hours after US officials visit

Russian missiles in central and western Ukraine (Photo: Twitter / Ukrayinska Pravda / Getty)

Russia’s attack delayed more than 16 passenger trains (Photo: Twitter / Ukrayinska Pravda / Getty)

Five railway stations in central and western Ukraine were hit by Russian missiles in one hour today.

Just hours after top US officials traveled to Kiev by train, Vladimir Putin’s forces joined the region, along with Lviv, Rivne and Vinnyista.

As Russia’s war enters its third month, such bombings are seen as an attempt to disrupt the transport of soldiers and weapons and halt the evacuation of civilians.

Alexander Kamyshin, the head of the Ukrainian railways, confirmed that casualties had been reported, adding that the attacks had delayed more than 16 passenger trains.

“Russians continue to destroy Ukrainian railway infrastructure,” he said in a statement on Twitter just after 1 p.m.

Footage shared on social media shows firefighters battling flames coming from an electrical transformer station in Krasne, near Lviv.

Both US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin used railroads to get to Kiev for a face-to-face meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other government officials.

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Ukrainian officials look at shards of twisted metal from a Russian rocket in an undergrowth near a train line in the Lviv region (Image: Getty)

Ukrainian officials look at shards of twisted metal from a Russian rocket in an undergrowth near a train line in the Lviv region (Image: Getty)

Railway workers wait between two train lines near the site of a missile attack (Photo: Getty)

Railway workers wait between two train lines, near the site of a missile attack (Photo: Getty)

Shards of twisted metal from a Russian rocket (Image: Getty)

Shards of twisted metal from a Russian rocket (Image: Getty)

After the meeting, Mr Blinken said that the West’s united support for Ukraine and pressure on Moscow were yielding “real results”.

‘When it comes to Russia’s war goals, Russia fails. Ukraine succeeds, ‘the politician added.

By sharing a photo of the meeting on Twitter, Ukraine’s Defense Minister thanked the White House for the military assistance.

“Your support brings the victory of freedom and democracy closer to tyranny,” Oleksii Reznikov added.

Smoke rises from oil storage facilities in Bryansk, Russia (Photo: AP)

Smoke rises from oil storage facilities in Bryansk, Russia (Photo: AP)

The short trip comes the same day that US President Joe Biden announced veteran diplomat Bridget Brink as his candidate for ambassador to the war-torn country.

Monday’s railway attack also came, a fire was reported at an oil plant in the town of Bryansk in western Russia, about 150 km from the Ukrainian border.

It is still unclear what caused the fires, but Russia’s Ministry of Emergencies said no one was injured.

An official statement said the fire had broken out at a plant owned by the oil pipeline company Transneft at. 02.00 Moscow time and that there had been no need to evacuate any parts of the city.

Unconfirmed footage also showed what looked like another fire at another location in Bryansk, where 400,000 people live.

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