Kyiv: A Russian rocket strike on a railway station in east Ukraine on Friday (April 8, 2022), killed more than 30 people and injured over 100 others as citizens attempted to flee to safer parts of the country, according to the state railway corporation.
According to a report, two Russian missiles hit a station in the city of Kramatorsk that is used to evacuate residents from areas under Russian fire.
“Two rockets hit Kramatorsk railway station,” Ukrainian Railways said in a statement.
It later added: “According to operational data, more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded in the rocket attack on Kramatorsk railway station.”
Reuters could not verify the information. Russia did not immediately comment on the reports of the attack and the casualty toll. Moscow has denied targeting civilians since invading Ukraine on Feb. 24.
Three trains carrying evacuees were blocked in the same region of Ukraine on Thursday after an air strike on the line, according to the head of Ukrainian Railways.
Ukrainian officials say Russian forces have been regrouping for a new offensive, and that Moscow plans to seize as much territory as it can in the eastern part of Ukraine known as Donbas bordering Russia.
In certain regions, local authorities have urged citizens to flee while it is still possible and relatively safe to do so.