According to Ukrainian officials, a Russian missile strike on a train station crowded with women, children, and the elderly seeking to leave conflict in east Ukraine killed at least 39 people and injured 87 others early on Friday.
In what President Volodymr Zelenskiy described as a planned attack on civilians, two powerful rockets struck a station in the city of Kramatorsk.
“They are shamelessly harming the civilian population because they lack the guts and bravery to face up to us on the battlefield,” Zelenskiy said in a statement.
“This is an evil with no bounds. And until it is punished, it will continue indefinitely.”
In a video speech to Finland’s parliament, Zelenskiy later stated that no Ukrainian forces were present at the station at the time of the attack.
Shauntv was unable to confirm what occurred at the station.
According to RIA news agency, Russia’s defence ministry stated the missiles that hit the station were fired by Ukraine’s military and that Russia’s armed forces had no targets designated in Kramatorsk on Friday.
At least two children, according to the chairman of Ukrainian Railways, were among the fatalities. Approximately 4,000 people were in the station at the time of the attack, according to Kramatorsk Mayor Oleksander Honcharenko.
The governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, posted a photo online depicting numerous dead on the ground next to heaps of bags and other belongings. They were flanked by armed cops in flak jackets.
Another image showed firefighters putting out what seemed to be a fire, with a cloud of grey smoke rising into the sky.
He stated in an internet article, “The ‘Rashists’ (‘Russian fascists’) understood very well where they were heading and what they wanted: they wanted to cause panic and dread, they wanted to take as many people as possible.”
Shauntv was unable to verify the photographs right away.