Russian attack on railway station in eastern Ukraine leaves dozens dead, officials say

At least 39 people were killed in the attack, Ukrainian officials said

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Russian troops attacked a packed railway station in eastern Ukraine Friday morning and dozens were feared dead. 

At least 39 people were killed, according to the regional governor. More than 100 were also hurt in the attack, Ukraine's Ministry of Defense said. 

"Russians carried out two missile strikes on railway station in Kramatorsk, where evacuation of civilians was taking place," the ministry tweeted. "But Russian war criminals not only deliberately targeted thousands of people; they've used cluster munitions."

The station was being used to evacuate civilians. 

This general view shows personal belongings of victims and damage to a platform after a rocket attack on the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022.

This general view shows personal belongings of victims and damage to a platform after a rocket attack on the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022. (Photo by HERVE BAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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"Thousands of people were at the station during the missile strike, as residents of Donetsk region are being evacuated to safer regions of Ukraine," Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region, said on Telegram, confirming the number of dead, according to the New York Times. 

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE Casualties are laid out next to a platform after a bombing of the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022. - More than 30 people were killed and over 100 injured in a rocket attack on a train station in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine, the head of the national railway company said. (Photo by Hervé BAR / AFP) (Photo by HERVE BAR/AFP via Getty Images)

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE Casualties are laid out next to a platform after a bombing of the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022. - More than 30 people were killed and over 100 injured in a rocket attack on a train station in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine, the head of the national railway company said. (Photo by Hervé BAR / AFP) (Photo by HERVE BAR/AFP via Getty Images)

This marked the latest attack on civilians as evidence of the intentional killing of civilians in Bucha and in other parts of the country has mounted, causing a global outcry. 

Josep Borrell, the European Union's foreign policy chief, tweeted Friday morning that he "strongly" condemned the "indiscriminate" attack. 

Burnt out vehicles are seen after a rocket attack on the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022. - More than 30 people were killed and over 100 injured in a rocket attack on a train station in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine, the head of the national railway company said. 

Burnt out vehicles are seen after a rocket attack on the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022. - More than 30 people were killed and over 100 injured in a rocket attack on a train station in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine, the head of the national railway company said.  (Photo by HERVE BAR/AFP via Getty Images)

"This is yet another attempt to close escape routes for those fleeing this unjustified war and cause human suffering," Borrell said.

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The attack came after Russian troops have completely withdrawn from northern Ukraine, according to the U.K. Defense Ministry, with some forces redeploying to eastern Ukraine. 

Russia characteristically denied the attack claiming without basis that Ukraine might have launched the attack.