Russian rocket attack kills 30 at crowded train station in eastern Ukraine: NPR


Belongings of the victims and burnt-out vehicles are seen after a suspected rocket attack on Friday at the train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, Ukraine.

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Russian rocket attack kills 30 at crowded train station in eastern Ukraine: NPR

Belongings of the victims and burnt-out vehicles are seen after a suspected rocket attack on Friday at the train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, Ukraine.

Herve Bar/AFP via Getty Images

About 30 people were killed after a Russian missile hit a train station in eastern Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian government.

In a statement, Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk regional military administration, said the station was full of people trying to evacuate when it was allegedly hit by a missile. In his statement, Krylenko says the missile, an Iskander, was loaded with cluster munitions. NPR has not been able to independently verify this.

Photos shared by Krylenko show the station on fire and bloodied bodies strewn amid abandoned luggage.

Ukraine said Russian troops have withdrawn from the capital region and are regrouping in Belarus, and will soon move to eastern Ukraine.

When these attacks begin, regional authorities warn, civilians may not have a chance to flee, so they have urged civilians in the Donbass and Kharkiv regions to evacuate. Since the beginning of this conflict, trains have been used to transport millions of Ukrainians out of the country.

In his own statement, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said rescue workers were at the scene and more than 100 people were injured. “It is an evil that has no limits,” he said. “And if he is not punished, he will never stop.”


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