At least 50 killed in ‘horrific’ Russian rocket attack on Kramatorsk train station as hundreds of Ukrainians tried to flee

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Ukrainian authorities said at least 50 people, including five children, were killed trying to flee Kramatorsk in what has been described as an “atrocious atrocity committed by Russia”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of committing “a new” war crime after a missile hit a train station where civilians were waiting to board a train to flee the ongoing conflict.

Ukrainian authorities said at least 50 people, including five children, were killed on Friday after two rockets hit Kramatorsk, in the east of the country.

“The 44th day of our defense against the Russian invasion is coming to an end,” Zelensky said in his overnight address.

“Russian troops launched a rocket attack on Kramatorsk train station this morning.

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“38 people died on the spot. Another 12 people died in hospitals during the day. We lost five children. Dozens of seriously injured people are still in hospital.

“This is another war crime in Russia, for which everyone involved in the assignment will be held accountable.”

The president said he expects a “firm, global” response to the Kramatorsk attack.

The two missiles hit the area as civilians waited on the platform to be evacuated to safer regions in central and western Ukraine.

Heartbreaking photos after the attack showed dozens of bags and luggage bundled together.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the Russians “knew” that the train station was being used to evacuate Ukrainians.

“Yet they hit it with a ballistic missile… This was a deliberate slaughter,” he wrote on Twitter.

Ukraine’s defense ministry said the Russians wrote “revenge to the children” on a missile, leading to the deaths of at least five children.

United States President Joe Biden denounced the strike on Twitter.

“The attack on a Ukrainian train station is another horrific atrocity committed by Russia, affecting civilians trying to evacuate and get to safety,” he said.

Biden said the US would continue its security assistance and arms deliveries to help Ukraine defend its country.

And together with our allies and partners, we will support efforts to investigate this attack, while documenting Russia’s actions and holding them accountable.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the bombing of refugees fleeing their homes as “unreasonable”.

“The attack on the train station in eastern Ukraine shows just how deep Putin’s once vaunted army has sunk,” he said.

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