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‘Thirty dead and 100 wounded’ as ‘Russian’ missile hits Ukrainian railway station


More than 30 people were killed and over 100 were wounded in a Russian rocket strike in east Ukraine today as civilians tried to evacuate to safer parts of the country, the state railway company said.

The strike was on Kramatorsk’s train station, with graphic pictures on Friday showing bodies strewn across floor outside, lying amongst abandoned luggage.

Some had already been put into green body bags, while other photos showed smoke rising from the station as firefighters worked at the scene.

‘Two rockets hit the Kramatorsk railway station. People have been hurt. We are clarifying the details,’ Alexander Kamyshin, the head of Ukraine’s railway company wrote on social media.

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.’

Regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said thousands of people were at the train station at the time of the strike, preparing to evacuate to safer regions as Russia focuses its troops in eastern Ukraine.

Reuters news agency said it could not immediately verify the information. Russia did not immediately comment on the reports of the attack and the casualty toll. Moscow has denied targeting civilians since invading Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Kramatorsk is found in the east of the country, about 80 miles west of Luhansk.

Three trains carrying evacuees were blocked in the same region of Ukraine on Thursday after an air strike on the line, according to the head of Ukrainian Railways.

Ukrainian officials say Russian forces have been regrouping for a new offensive, and that Moscow plans to seize as much territory as it can in the eastern part of Ukraine known as Donbas bordering Russia.

Local authorities in some areas have been urging civilians to leave the while it is still possible and relatively safe to do so. 

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The strike was on Kramatorsk’s train station, with graphic pictures on Friday showing bodies strewn across floor outside, lying amongst abandoned luggage

Pictured: A scene of devastation outside the train station on Friday after 'Russian' missiles struck, killing more than 30 people

Pictured: A scene of devastation outside the train station on Friday after ‘Russian’ missiles struck, killing more than 30 people

Pictured: Green body bags are shown outside the station on Friday

Pictured: Green body bags are shown outside the station on Friday

Pictured: Smoke rises from the station on Friday as firefighters work at the scene

Pictured: Smoke rises from the station on Friday as firefighters work at the scene

The Civilians in eastern Ukraine struggled to evacuate Friday as Russia redirected its firepower, with President Volodymyr Zelensky warning of ‘even more horrific’ devastation being uncovered around the capital.

Ukrainian allies tightened the screws on Moscow further in response to shocking images from Bucha and other regions around Kyiv, with the European Union announcing an embargo on Russian coal and a ban on Russian vessels at its ports.

And at the United Nations, the General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, only the second-ever suspension of a country from the body.

‘Russia’s lies are no match for the undeniable evidence of what is happening in Ukraine,’ US President Joe Biden said, calling Russia’s actions in the country ‘an outrage to our common humanity.’

More than a month into President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has shifted its focus after stiff resistance put paid to hopes of an easy capture of the country.

Instead, troops are being redeployed towards the east and south, aiming to create a long-sought land link between occupied Crimea and the Moscow-backed separatist statelets of Donetsk and Lugansk in Donbas.

‘In the north, Russian forces have now fully withdrawn from Ukraine to Belarus and Russia,’ Britain’s defence ministry said.

‘At least some of these forces will be transferred to east Ukraine to fight in the Donbas,’ it added, noting that many troops would need ‘significant replenishment’ and a mass redeployment would take at least a week.

Heavy shelling has already begun to lay waste to towns in the region, and officials have begged civilians to flee, but the intensity of fighting is starting to hamper evacuations.

Lugansk governor Sergiy Gaiday said Russian shelling had damaged a railway route being used by evacuees in the town of Schastia, north of Lugansk.

‘The railway was damaged. Train evacuation is in question. Thousands of people are still in the cities of Lugansk region,’ he wrote on Facebook.

And in Donetsk, the head of the regional military administration Pavlo Kyrylenko said three evacuation trains had been temporarily blocked after a Russian airstrike on an overpass by a station.

But officials continued to press civilians to leave where possible.

‘There is no secret – the battle for Donbas will be decisive. What we have already experienced, all this horror, it can multiply,’ warned Gaiday.

‘Leave! The next few days are the last chances. Buses will be waiting for you in the morning,’ he added.



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