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Ukraine War: Dozens Dead in Suspected Russian Strike at Train Station

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Ukrainian authorities say that at least 30 civilians were killed by a Russian strike in the city of Kramatorsk. Credit: Facebook/Pavlo Kyrylenko

Ukraine said that more than 30 people have been killed and over 100 others wounded in a Russian rocket strike on Kramatorsk train station on Friday.

Kramatorsk was one of the easternmost stations still operating in Ukraine, and the governor of Donetsk said thousands of people who were trying to get on trains to escape the area were present at the time.

The head of Ukrainian rail said two rockets had hit the station. Kramatorsk was widely known as being one of the main evacuation routes out of eastern Ukraine. Details of trains leaving the city were being posted by local authorities.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of Donetsk regional military administration confirmed that first responders were reporting “dozens” of casualties following the attack.

“Russian fascists hit the Kramatorsk railway station with an Iskander missile strike,” Kyrylenko said on Telegram.

Kyrylenko said thousands of people were at the station during the missile strike amid the evacuation of residents from the Donetsk region to safer areas of Ukraine.

“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,” he added.

Russia denies attack on Ukraine’s railway station

Reuters is quoting the mayor of Kramatorsk saying that about 4,000 people, most of them elderly, women, and children were at the railway station when it was hit by Russian rockets.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has shared a graphic 10-second clip of the aftermath of the attack on his official Telegram channel.

Russia’s defense ministry has issued a denial via the RIA news agency that it attacked the station.

Reuters also reports that Eduard Basurin, the commander of the separatists in Donetsk, has already decried reports of the attack to news agency Tass as a Ukrainian “provocation.”

Russia accused of war crimes in Ukraine

On Monday, Joe Biden called for Vladimir Putin to be tried for war crimes following the killings of civilians in the city of Bucha, Ukraine.

Biden said the images coming from Bucha warranted calling Putin a “war criminal,” adding, “but we have to gather the information. We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight and we have to get all the details so this can be an actual…war-crime trial.”

“This guy (Putin) is brutal and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone’s seen it,” Biden said.

The European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, says the EU is ready to send joint investigations teams to Ukraine to document alleged Russian war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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