More than 30 civilians killed in Russian rocket attack on train station in Donestk, Ukraine, railway company says

More than 30 people are said to have died after two Russian missiles hit a train station in Donetsk, where thousands of people were waiting to be evacuated.

Ukrainian Railways said dozens of civilians were killed and more than 100 others injured when the projectiles hit the station in the city of Kramatorsk on Friday.

“Two missiles hit Kramatorsk train station,” the state railway company said in a statement.

“According to operational data, more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the rocket attack on Kramatorsk train station,” it added.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, said thousands of civilians were at the station at the time of the attack.

“The ‘Rashists’ (‘Russian fascists’) knew very well what they meant and what they wanted: they wanted to create panic and fear, they wanted to take as many civilians as possible,” he said.

Images posted online appeared to show several bodies lying next to piles of luggage.

The attack on the train station comes after Ukrainian authorities called on civilians in the east of the country to flee in anticipation of a predicted increase in Russian bombing. The Kremlin has withdrawn its troops from northern Ukraine and is expected to deploy many of them in the Donbas region, which includes Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.

“Evacuate! The chances of saving yourself and your family from Russian death are diminishing every day,” Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of Luhansk province, said earlier this week.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Moscow has repeatedly denied targeting non-combatants. However, the UN estimates that 1,611 Ukrainian civilians have died in the conflict so far, noting that the real number is likely much higher.

Last week, the Ukrainian army recaptured many towns around Kiev, which had been occupied by Russian forces for weeks. Three mass graves have been discovered in Bucha, a suburb northwest of the capital.

At least 320 civilians were killed by the Russians in Bucha, according to the mayor of the city.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the situation in the nearby town of Borodyanka is “significantly more dire” than the atrocities discovered in Bucha.

The Kremlin denies committing war crimes in Bucha and claims the bodies were “planted” by Ukrainian authorities. However, satellite images seem to show on the city streets during the Russian occupation.

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