Russia has fired two missiles at a train station where “hundreds” of people were “waiting for the evacuation train” with “one goal only, to kill.”
At least 39 civilians have been killed with at least two children, with more than 87 wounded where hundreds were packed in at railway station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Friday.
Donetsk regional police said in a statement, “Russia hit the railway station in Kramatorsk today.
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“The rocket hit the temporary waiting room, where hundreds of people were waiting for the evacuation train.
“This is another proof that Russia is brutally, barbarically killing the civilian Ukrainians, with one goal only — to kill.”
The Kramatorsk railway station has been a crucial hub for evacuating Ukrainian civilians from the Donbas region to Lviv.
Since Sunday tens of thousands of Ukrainian civilians have fled and on Friday Russian forces deliberately fired two missiles onto a civilian population.
An earlier police statement read, “It is already known there about 30 dead people, including children, and about 100 injured. Assistance is being provided to all who need it.”
Regional governor Pavel Kirilenko said Russian forces are fully aware that civilians are being evacuated from the Donetsk region to safer areas of Ukraine every day.
Kirilenko said, “The rashists [Russian fascists] knew well where they were hitting and what they want: they want to take hostage as many peaceful people as possible, they want to destroy everything Ukrainian.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday morning that around 100 people were injured “to varying degrees of severity” by the missile strike.
In a post on his Instagram page, Zelensky said, “[Russian forces] are cynically destroying the civilian population. This is an evil that has no limits. And if it is not punished, it will never stop.”
Tetiana Ihnatchenko, spokesperson for the Donetsk regional administration, said that the Russian military knew that thousands of civilians were at the station when they launched the missile strike.
She said, “[Evacuations] have been going on since February 26, and the Russians knew that thousands of people are there every day.
“I believe that’s what they were counting on.”