April 8, 2022, 05:57am

According to multiple news reports, more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were injured when a Russian missile strike hit the Kramatorsk railway station in eastern Ukraine.


Vehicles are burnt out after a rocket attack on the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk.

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More than 30 people have been killed and over a hundred injured after two Russian rockets hit the Kramatorsk station, according to statements by the state railway company and President Volodymyr Zelensky.

At the time of the strike, thousands of people were at the station trying to flee to safer areas of Ukraine.

Zelensky said police and rescue parties are at the scene.

Three trains carrying evacuees from the same region were blocked by a Russian airstrike on the line, according to the head of Ukrainian Railways.

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As Moscow withdraws its forces from northern Ukraine and around Kyiv, Ukrainian officials are urging civilians to leave the east of the country. According to the U.K. intelligence, Russian forces have completely withdrawn from the north of Ukraine and are likely to be redeployed to fight in the east, though this will take at least a week. The deputy prime minister warned people that authorities will not be able to help them once the fighting starts. Images from the past week show platforms and trains at Kramatorsk station filled with people fleeing the west.

Russia has been accused of war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity and other atrocities. Evidence of executed and tortured civilians in areas it has withdrawn from have sparked global condemnation, the expulsion of diplomats and new waves of sanctions. Russia accused the West of faking the atrocities.

The U.K. Defense Ministry says that the Russian forces are fully withdrawn.