Many dead and injured in Ukraine train station attack as Russia drops denial note – Blueprint Newspapers Limited

Ukrainian police check the remains of a missile launch

About 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured on Friday in a Russian rocket attack on Kramatorsk railway station, one of the easternmost stations still in operation in Ukraine, the country’s president said. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in a statement.

The station was used to evacuate civilians from the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

“Lacking strength and courage to stand up to us on the battlefield, [the Russians] cynically destroy the civilian population,” Zelenskyy said. “It is an evil that has no limits. And if it is not punished, it will never stop.

About 4,000 people, mostly women and children, were at the station at the time of the attack, the mayor of Kramatorsk said. Graphic images shared on social media appeared to show a number of victims in civilian clothes.

“This is a deliberate strike against the railway passenger infrastructure and the residents of Kramatorsk,” the head of the country’s national railways, Alexander Kamyshin, wrote on social media.

Ukrainian security forces were seen inspecting the remains of a missile opposite the station after the attack. The missile frame had the words “for children” written in Russian on the side.

Russia has denied carrying out the attack, blaming it on Ukraine’s own forces.

“All statements by representatives of the nationalist regime in Kyiv about the ‘rocket attack’ allegedly carried out by Russia on April 8 at the railway station in the city of Kramatorsk are a provocation and are absolutely false,” the official said. Russian Defense Ministry.

Officials warned Russia would step up its attacks on Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, and civilians rushed to evacuate the area.