According to the Ukrainian secret service SBU, to which the Unian agency refers, he is dead 35 adults and four children. Kyrylenko warned there were thousands of people at the scene trying because of the threat of a new Russianoffensive in eastern Ukraine to reach safer parts of the country.
The governor also posted a photo on Twitter showing the bodies of people lying on the ground, luggage and members of Ukraine’s security forces.
⚡️ Kramatorsk station hit by a Russian missile.
The Governor of Donetsk Oblast said people were boarding evacuation trains when an Iskander missile hit near the main entrance.
Dozens of dead and injured, he adds. pic.twitter.com/HmnUmfkAg3
– Oleksiy Sorokin (@mrsorokaa) April 8, 2022
Kyrylenko accused the Russian military of deliberately hitting the station. “They want to sow panic and fear,” said the governor. Moscow has yet to comment on the strike at Kramatorsk station, Reuters reported.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky later said Russian forces hit the station with a Tocka-U rocket. “Russian inhumans do not abandon their methods. They lack the strength and courage to stand on the battlefield and cynically destroy the civilian population.” said Zelensky on the social network Telegram.
From the photos and videos posted on social networks, it is clear that the Russian missile carried a chilling message: “for the children”.
The Russians fired #kramatorsk station with cluster rocket. 40 were killed and even more wounded. On the remains of this rocket is written a sign “FOR CHILDREN” 😶#StopRussia pic.twitter.com/gJwsZbyf05
– Mr. Server Стресу @ (@ServerStresu) April 8, 2022
According to Mayor Alexander Goncharenko, there were around 4,000 people at the time of the attack at the station. The injuries of many survivors of the Russian attack are devastating. “Many people in serious condition, without hands, without feet. They are operated on by 30 to 40 surgeons at a time”, described by the mayor.
The Russian Defense Ministry denied the attack on the Kramatorsk train station and called the accusations by Ukrainian authorities a provocation. “Točka-U tactical missiles, fragments of which were found near the Kramator station and published by witnesses, are used only by the Ukrainian army”, wrote the RIA Novosti agency in reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense. According to her, the Russian armed forces did not carry out any attacks in Kramatorsk today.
Kramatorsk is located in the north of the Donetsk region, near the city of Sloviansk. Ukrainian officials say Russian forces are regrouping for a new offensive and Moscowand plans to occupy as much territory as possible in the eastern part of Ukraine.
Local authorities in some regions have existed for some timefor days they are calling on civilians to leave while it is still possible and relatively safe. Kyrylenko announced last night that more than 170,000 people had been evacuated by train from the Ukrainian-controlled part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions ahead of the Russian offensive.
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“Since the Russians are concentrating their efforts in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, it is better for civilians to leave these regions,” Kyrylenko wrote last night, adding that evacuation trains leave daily. According to him, a Russian airstrike on a level crossing in the village of Barvinkove temporarily halted three evacuation trains en route from Donbass to western Ukraine on Thursday.
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, who, together with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger on their way to kyiv, condemned the attack, which he also attributed to the Russians. “This is another attempt to close the escape routes for those fleeing this unwarranted war.” wrote on Twitter Borrell. The attack on Kramatorsko station was also condemned by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. “Targeting civilians is a war crime,” she said.