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On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the Russian military “evil that knows no bounds” following an attack on a train station in eastern Ukraine that officials say caused damage. dozens of dead.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Russian forces carried out two missile strikes on Kramatorsk railway station, where an evacuation of civilians was taking place. Footage taken in recent days has shown large crowds of Ukrainians standing on the station’s platforms hoping for a chance to escape Russia’s bloody invasion, which has now entered its 44th day .
“Lacking the strength and courage to confront us on the battlefield, they are cynically destroying the civilian population,” Zelenskyy wrote on his Facebook page on Friday morning. “It’s an evil that knows no bounds. And if it’s not punished, it will never stop.”
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At least 39 people were killed in the attack, according to the regional governor.
Zelenskyy said “about 100 people were injured in varying degrees of severity.”
He also said “thousands of peaceful Ukrainians were waiting to be evacuated” when the attack unfolded.
A video posted by Zelenskyy appeared to show first responders examining lifeless bodies strewn around luggage on the station platform.
A baby’s stroller, abandoned, is seen in a photo surrounded by pools of blood splattered on the floor.
Another video he posted shows firefighters trying to put out a blaze in the station’s parking lot.
Russia denies its military had anything to do with the attack.
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“All statements by representatives of the nationalist regime in Kyiv regarding an alleged Russian missile attack on Kramatorsk railway station on April 8 are a provocation and are absolutely false,” its defense ministry said on Telegram.
“We particularly emphasize that the Tochka-U tactical missiles, the wreckage of which was found near the Kramatorsk station and published by eyewitnesses, are used only by the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” the ministry also said.