Live updates: ‘Dozens’ dead in eastern Ukrainian town after missile strike on train station

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The remains of a Russian missile, following a rocket attack on Kramatorsk railway station on Friday © AFP via Getty Images

Russian missiles hit a railway station in Kramatorsk on Friday, killing “dozens” of people in the city of Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, as Moscow stepped up its offensive in the east of the country.

“Thousands of people were at the station during the missile attack, as residents of the Donetsk region are being evacuated to safer parts of Ukraine,” said Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the military-military administration. population of Donetsk under the current state of martial law in Ukraine.

He added that police and rescue workers reported “dozens of dead and injured”.

Referring to the Russian forces, he said they “knew well where they were aiming and what they wanted”.

“They wanted to attack as many peaceful people as possible, they wanted to destroy everything in Ukraine,” Kyrylenko said.

According to Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukrainian Railways, more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the rocket attack.

“This is a deliberate blow to the railway’s passenger infrastructure and the people of Kramatorsk,” the company said on its Telegram channel.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the station was hit by Russian “Tochka” tactical ballistic missiles.

Unconfirmed videos posted on social media by Ukrzaliznytsia showed Ukrainian police officers walking around dead bodies at the site of the strike.

Six weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine, Moscow troops have largely withdrawn from territory north of kyiv after failing to capture the capital, Ukrainian officials say and Russians. However, they regroup and rearm before an attempted advance into the eastern Donbass region, where Kramatorsk is located.

Friday’s strike follows an attack Thursday on a railway bridge near Kramatorsk, about 35 km from the front line.

This strike hampered efforts to evacuate civilians from the eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. On Thursday, Serhiy Haidai, the head of Ukraine’s military administration in Lugansk, said Russian forces were regrouping and “will try to carry out an offensive” within three to four days.

Neither Russian nor Ukrainian military claims can be independently verified.

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