Dozens killed after Russian missile hit train station used to evacuate civilians

Dozens killed after Russian missile hit train station used to evacuate civilians

April 8, 2022

At least 30 people are feared dead after Russian rockets struck a railway station where people were evacuating.

Two missiles struck a transport hub in the city of Kramatorsk, which is used by civilians fleeing the war torn east of Ukraine.

More than 100 were wounded, according to Ukrainian officials, and pictures emerging from the scene show badly injured bodies scattered around the busy station.

Regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said thousands of people were at the train station at the time of the strike.

There has been an exodus in recent days as Russia focuses its troops in eastern Ukraine ahead of an expected assault.

Video footage from the station shortly before the attack showed civilians pressed close together waiting to board.

Three trains carrying evacuees were blocked in the same region of Ukraine on Thursday after an air strike on the line, officials said.

Unverified images shared on social media show the shell of a large Russian missile, apparently with a slogan painted on the side, smouldering close to the station.

Others showed bloodies bodies stretched out next to abandoned suitcases and other belongings.

The regional governor said on Telegram: ‘The ‘Rashists’ (‘Russian fascists’) knew very well where they were aiming and what they wanted: they wanted to sow panic and fear, they wanted to take as many civilians as possible.’

Pictures from station in recent days have showed platforms packed with people fleeing the Donetsk city.

Ukraine’s government has encouraged people to leave after the Kremlin signalled it intends to annex the Donbas region after failing to conquer Kyiv.

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