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The world cannot look away from Putin’s latest atrocity

I don’t have to look Vladimir Putin in the eye to know that he has no soul.

I just have to watch the latest outrage. Dead bodies at the train station in the city of Kramatorsk in the eastern Donbass region of Ukraine, the scene of the incident another Russian missile attack aimed at the very people Putin claimed he started this war to “protect”: innocent civilians. Woman. Children. The older. Everyone tries to flee from the fighting to get to safety. Life.

Ukrainian authorities said Friday’s strike was one of the largest single attacks on evacuees since the conflict began in February. Around 4000 people had gathered there at the station and were waiting for the evacuation.

Nothing reveals man like war. And this war, this completely unnecessary war, has revealed what every thinking person already knows: Putin, this murderous dictator, is pure, unbridled evil. Look him in the eyes and you will know. Look at the dead and you will know.

The West cannot avert its eyes. View Kramatorsk train station images.
At first there were at least 39 dead. Then 50. More than 50. Who knows what that number will be at the end of the day. Hundreds injured, some missing limbs, limbs littering the platform along with the suitcases and prams. And when you look at the innocent people killed for nothing but sheer power, look at yourself. Look at your mother. your grandfather Your nephew. The very least we can do is acknowledge that they existed – and deserve to still do so.

A stuffed horse with blood stains lies on a train platform after Russian shelling at the Kramatorsk railway station, Ukraine
A stuffed horse with bloodstains lies on a train platform after Russian shelling at the train station in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, April 8.
Andriy Andriyenko/AP
A body covered with plastic sheeting lies on the ground after a rocket attack in Kramatorsk.
A body covered with plastic sheeting lies on the ground after a rocket attack in Kramatorsk.
FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy got it right again when he said: “Lacking the strength and courage to stand up to us on the battlefield, they cynically destroy civilians. This is an evil that knows no bounds. And if it’s not punished, it will never stop.”

So don’t try for one damn second to talk me into this “intelligence service” nonsense that Vladimir Putin doesn’t know what’s happening. He does. He’s the organizer of this butcher’s shop.

But if the rest of the world does what it should, Putin would know that something else is happening: never again will Russia be allowed to be part of the international community under his “leadership”.

Elisha Maldonado is an editor for the New York Post and a media fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/world-cannot-look-away-from-putins-latest-atrocity/ The world cannot look away from Putin’s latest atrocity

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