Ukrainian journalist Alex Merkulov was at Kramatorsk train station when it was attacked by a Russian missile on Friday, killing at least 50 people, including five children.
His footage from the scene shows the confusion that followed the attack, with crowds trying to get in and out of the station and people screaming in pain. Bloody footsteps can be seen smeared on the ground and burning cars outside.
Merkulov, who works for Donetchina TV, said there were two sites where crowds gathered that day.
“One was on the street where people were queuing to board the train and be evacuated, and the other was the waiting area of the station itself where people were divided and organized into several groups” , did he declare.
“Because all these people, they come from areas that have already been in combat action for eight years, they know what to do as soon as there is an explosion. So the moment the explosion broke out and everyone was On the ground. “
Merkulov was about 80 feet (24 meters) from where the rocket hit, talking to an older woman outside the station. He said he felt “right away” a “blast of air – this really powerful wave”.
“Although the explosion itself didn’t seem to be that hard, the wave was amazing. It was like something had hit you on the head. And your legs couldn’t hold you back. You couldn’t not stand on you.” he said.
“And you understand that something terrible has happened but you don’t know what it is. And you’re afraid to look up, but you know you have to do something.”
Before the explosion, Merkulov was talking to people trying to evacuate. Although the station was packed, he said it was a quiet atmosphere, with people waiting for their trains, drinking coffee or queuing outside.
The explosion tore him apart, creating panic and confusion.
“They were scared, they didn’t understand what was going on, those who were waiting in the streets, they thought it would be safer to enter the building. Those who were in the building felt they had to leave. the building and took to the streets because they were afraid of a second strike,” he said.
Merkulov said there was “no way” to process what happened.
“So many young people who came there with their parents, and they were having coffee, and it was all so peaceful, and then all of a sudden there’s this shock and horror,” he said .