Over 300 evacuees fall victim to Russian missile attack on Donbas city

8 April, 07:01 PM
The consequences of the Russian missile strike on Kramatorsk (Photo:Pavlo Kyrylenko/Telegram)

The consequences of the Russian missile strike on Kramatorsk (Photo:Pavlo Kyrylenko/Telegram)

According to early reports, at least 50 people have been killed and another 300 injured as a result of a missile attack by Russian troops on the Kramatorsk railway station in Donbas, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech to the Finnish Parliament on April 8.

“The Russian military hit the train station in our city of Kramatorsk,” he said. 

“Just an ordinary railway station. And ordinary people — there were no military men there. People waiting for the train to get to safety. They hit people with rockets. There are witnesses, there is a video, there are remnants of rockets, and there are no people.” 

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He stressed that it was an ordinary station in an ordinary city in eastern Ukraine, emphasizing that such was the result of Russian “protection”. 

“This is how we live for the 44th day,” the president added. 

“After eight years of war in the east of our country.” 

He also asked Finnish MPs to honor all Ukrainians killed by Russian troops with a minute of silence. 

Shortly before 11 am EET on April 8, reports surfaced that invading Russian forces had fired rockets at the railway station in the city of Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast. As of 5 pm, at least 50 people were reported dead, including four children, and 98 were injured. The Donetsk Oblast administration stressed that those figures were not final and will grow.

Local governor Pavlo Kyrylenko initially said that cluster munitions from an Iskander cruise missile had been fired at the station in Kramatorsk, but later clarified that the station was, in fact, attacked by a Tochka-U short-range ballistic missile system. 

According to local law enforcement, the missile struck the station’s temporary waiting room, which had been filled with hundreds of passengers, waiting for an evacuation train.

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