The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed that it was Russia that launched a missile attack on the railway station in Kramatorsk from Tochka-U, killing over 50 people, a senior Pentagon official said at a background briefing for journalists, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
“Obviously, we are not buying the denial by the Russians that they weren't responsible. I would note that they originally claimed a successful strike, and then only retracted it when there were reports of civilian casualties,” said a representative of the U.S. Defense Department.
According to the agency, Russia intends to use the 18th Motorized Rifle Division of the Russian Armed Forces to attack Kramatorsk, which has a railway junction that the Pentagon has described as “a very strategic location.”
“Our assessment is that they're expected to be applied in eastern Ukraine in the Kramatorsk area, in the area near where that train station was,” the official stated. “So, we're seeing the movement of units and the application of force, more force in that (area).”
On the evening of April 8, the head of the Luhansk Oblast military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said that at least 52 people had been killed and 109 injured as a result of a Russian missile attack on the station.
Earlier on April 8, Russia launched two missiles at the railway station in Kramatorsk, where hundreds of civilians were waiting for evacuation trains. Kyrylenko said that the invaders used cluster bombs fired from a Tochka-U system. The global community has condemned the actions of the Russians in Kramatorsk.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia's strike on the railway station in Kramatorsk would be one of the charges at the war crimes tribunal of the aggressor country.