Ukraine says at least 39 people have been killed in Russian missile attack on Kramatorsk . train station

A Russian missile attack on Kramatorsk train station, one of the easternmost stations in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said. The station was used to evacuate civilians from the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. At least four children were killed in the attack, the Ukrainian National Security Service said.

NOTE: This article contains disturbing images of victims killed and injured in Kramatorsk

“Lack of the strength and courage to stand against us on the battlefield, [the Russians] Cynically destroy the civilian population,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “This is an evil that knows no bounds. And if it’s not punished, it never ends.”

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Ukrainian soldiers carry a victim to be placed alongside other victims after a bomb attack at a train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbas region, April 8, 2022.

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About 4,000 people, mostly women and children, were at the train station at the time of the attack, the Kramatorsk mayor said. Graphics shared on social media appeared to show some victims in civilian clothes.

“This is a deliberate attack on the railway’s passenger infrastructure and the people of Kramatorsk,” the head of the country’s national railway, Alexander Kamyshin, wrote on social media.

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Ukrainian police inspect the remains of a large rocket bearing the words “for children” in Russian next to the main building of a train station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, used for civilian evacuations, which was hit by a rocket attack that left at least 35 dead persons, on April 8, 2022.

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Ukrainian security forces inspected the remains of a missile in front of the train station after the attack. On the carcass of the rocket the phrase “for children” was written in Russian. The specific Russian expression has a meaning more like “on behalf of children” or “in retaliation for an attack on children” than “directed at children.”

Russia denied carrying out the attack and blamed Ukraine’s own troops.

“All statements by representatives of the Kiev nationalist regime about the ‘missile attack’ that Russia allegedly carried out on April 8 on the railway station in the city of Kramatorsk are provocative and completely untrue,” Russia’s defense ministry said.

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Ukrainian military personnel check for signs of life among the victims lying on the platform in the aftermath of a rocket attack on the train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022.

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Officials have warned that Russia would intensify its attacks on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, and that civilians rush to evacuate the area.

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