Dozens fear death as rockets hit train station in eastern Ukraine

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More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a Russian rocket strike on a train station in eastern Ukraine where civilians were trying to evacuate to safer parts of the country, according to the railway company. ‘State.

Ukrainian soldiers carry one of the victims of the rocket attack on Kramatorsk railway station.
Photo: AFP

“Two rockets hit Kramatorsk station,” the Ukrainian Railway company said in a statement.

He later added: “According to operational data, more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in the rocket attack on the Kramatorsk railway station.”

Reuters could not verify the information. Russia did not immediately comment on reports of the attack and the death toll.

Charred cars are pictured outside a train station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, which was used for civilian evacuations, after it was hit by a rocket attack killing at least 35 people, April 8, 2022.

Charred cars are seen outside a railway station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, after it was hit by a rocket attack.
Photo: AFP

Moscow has denied targeting civilians since invading Ukraine on February 24.

Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said thousands of people were at the station when the rockets hit.

“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,” he said.

Ukrainian police inspect the remains of a large rocket with the words

The remains of the Russian rocket near the station.
Photo: AFP

Kyrylenko posted a photograph online showing several bodies on the ground next to piles of suitcases and other luggage. Armed police wearing body armor stood next to them.

Another photo showed emergency services tackling what appeared to be a fire, with a puddle of gray smoke billowing into the air.

Reuters could not immediately verify the photos.

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.

Ukrainian officials have said Russian forces have regrouped for a new offensive and that Moscow plans to seize as much territory as possible in the eastern part of Ukraine known as Donbass, which borders Russia. .

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

KRAMATORSK, UKRAINE - APRIL 6: Civilians gather at the train station to be evacuated from combat areas in Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast, eastern Ukraine on April 6, 2022.

Kramatorsk train station has been packed with civilians for days as people try to flee the Donbass region.
Photo: AFP

Significant losses

Earlier today, Russia admitted to having suffered “significant troop losses” in Ukraine as the invasion enters its 44th day.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the British channel Sky News the victims were “a huge tragedy for us”.

He said he hoped Moscow would achieve its war aims “in the coming days”.

Russia has withdrawn its troops from kyiv and moved the bulk of its war to eastern Ukraine – but the fighting shows no sign of ending.

Peskov’s comments followed Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday.

-Reuters/BBC

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