At least 30 people have been killed and nearly 100 injured following a rocket strike on the railway station in Kramatorsk, the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Friday.
Taking to social media platforms, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said thousands of people were present in the station at the time of the strike. The head of the Ukrainian railway service, Olexander Kamyshin, made similar comments about the strike.
‘Police and rescuers are already on the scene. Russian non-humans do not abandon their methods. Lacking the strength and courage to stand up to use on the battlefield, they are cynically destroying the civilian population. This is an evil that has no limits. And if it is not punished, it will never stop,’ he added.
For the unversed, Kramatorsk is a city in the part of the Donetsk region that is controlled by the Ukrainian government, and its railway station was being used to evacuate civilians.
“Two rockets hit Kramatorsk railway station,” Ukrainian Railways said in a statement.
It later added, “According to operational data, more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded in the rocket attack on Kramatorsk railway station.”
Reuters news agency said it could not immediately verify the information. Russia has not yet commented on the reports of the attack and the death toll. Moscow has denied targeting civilians since invading Ukraine on Feb. 24.
‘The occupiers hit the Kramatorsk railway station with a Point-U, where thousands of peaceful Ukrainians were waiting to be evacuated… About 30 people died, about 100 people were injured to varying degrees,’
Three trains carrying evacuees were blocked in the same region of Ukraine on Thursday after an airstrike on the line, according to the head of Ukrainian Railways.
According to Ukrainian officials, Russian forces have been regrouping for a new offensive, and Moscow plans to seize as much territory as it can in the eastern part of Ukraine known as Donbas bordering Russia.