'At least 39 people' have been killed in Russian airstrike on Ukrainian train station, officials say

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By stefan armitage

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UPDATE: Per The Guardian, the regional Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko has now said that the death toll for Friday's airstrike attack in Kramatorsk has risen to 39.

ORIGINAL: Officials say that at least 30 people - including two children - have been killed following a Russian airstrike on a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk.

As reported by CNN, the attack took place on Friday and killed civilians using the station while attempting to flee the area due to fighting.

In a statement following the attack, Mayor of Kramatorsk Olexander Honcharenko said: "This is another proof that Russia is brutally, barbarically killing the civilian Ukrainians, with one goal only; to kill."

Local police say that the rockets struck a temporary waiting room where "hundreds of people were waiting for the evacuation train."

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Tetiana Ihnatchenko, a spokeswoman for the region of Donetsk, has stated that as well as the fatalities, more than 100 injuries have been confirmed by first responders. "The Russians knew that thousands of people are there (at the train station) every day," she said.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has confirmed that no Ukrainian troops were present at the train station during the attack. Additionally, speaking to the Finnish parliament on Friday, Zelensky said, per The Guardian:

"Russian forces hit the train station in Kramatorsk, (firing) on an ordinary train station, on ordinary people, there were no soldiers there."

CNN states that Mayr Honcharenko has claimed that 8,000 people a day were using the station to evacuate the area.

Yesterday, Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko shared a video from the station, showing crowds of people attempting to evacuate the city. "Video from #Kramatorsk train station. All the people trapped. Now you understand why mothers write contact details on their children’s bodies," she captioned the tweet.

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Today, she tweeted: "Kramatorsk train station goes down as yet another tragedy. A war crime. #Russia specifically targeted a place with a crowd of civilians: mothers, children, old people. The barbarities just shifted to a new location."

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Oleksandr Kamyshin, the chairman of Ukrainian Railways, has said that two missiles struck the station, with Ukrainian military officials stating that the missiles were "Iskander short-range ballistic missiles".

Per Sky News, Russia has denied any responsibility for the airstrike, and suggested that the missile used in the fatal attack was one from the Ukrainian military. The Russian ministry added that it had no assigned targets in Kramatorsk on April 8.

These claims are unverified.

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy (File photo showing civilians at Kramatorsk. Dated March 3, 2022.)

'At least 39 people' have been killed in Russian airstrike on Ukrainian train station, officials say

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By stefan armitage

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UPDATE: Per The Guardian, the regional Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko has now said that the death toll for Friday's airstrike attack in Kramatorsk has risen to 39.

ORIGINAL: Officials say that at least 30 people - including two children - have been killed following a Russian airstrike on a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk.

As reported by CNN, the attack took place on Friday and killed civilians using the station while attempting to flee the area due to fighting.

In a statement following the attack, Mayor of Kramatorsk Olexander Honcharenko said: "This is another proof that Russia is brutally, barbarically killing the civilian Ukrainians, with one goal only; to kill."

Local police say that the rockets struck a temporary waiting room where "hundreds of people were waiting for the evacuation train."

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Tetiana Ihnatchenko, a spokeswoman for the region of Donetsk, has stated that as well as the fatalities, more than 100 injuries have been confirmed by first responders. "The Russians knew that thousands of people are there (at the train station) every day," she said.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has confirmed that no Ukrainian troops were present at the train station during the attack. Additionally, speaking to the Finnish parliament on Friday, Zelensky said, per The Guardian:

"Russian forces hit the train station in Kramatorsk, (firing) on an ordinary train station, on ordinary people, there were no soldiers there."

CNN states that Mayr Honcharenko has claimed that 8,000 people a day were using the station to evacuate the area.

Yesterday, Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko shared a video from the station, showing crowds of people attempting to evacuate the city. "Video from #Kramatorsk train station. All the people trapped. Now you understand why mothers write contact details on their children’s bodies," she captioned the tweet.

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Today, she tweeted: "Kramatorsk train station goes down as yet another tragedy. A war crime. #Russia specifically targeted a place with a crowd of civilians: mothers, children, old people. The barbarities just shifted to a new location."

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Oleksandr Kamyshin, the chairman of Ukrainian Railways, has said that two missiles struck the station, with Ukrainian military officials stating that the missiles were "Iskander short-range ballistic missiles".

Per Sky News, Russia has denied any responsibility for the airstrike, and suggested that the missile used in the fatal attack was one from the Ukrainian military. The Russian ministry added that it had no assigned targets in Kramatorsk on April 8.

These claims are unverified.

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy (File photo showing civilians at Kramatorsk. Dated March 3, 2022.)