A Russian missile strike on a Ukrainian train station has reportedly killed more than 30 civilians trying to flee the war-torn area.
The blast is also understood to have wounded around a further 100 people in Kramatorsk, in northern Donetsk, on Friday.
According to the Mirror, Kramatorsk was one of the stations still in operation in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s railway boss Olexander Kamyshin said on the messaging app Telegram that the thousands were inside the packed station at the time of the horror attack.
They were attempting to evacuate to safer regions as Putin directs his forces towards eastern Ukraine, regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko added.
In a statement, Ukrainian Railways said: “Two rockets hit Kramatorsk railway station.
“According to operational data, more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded in the rocket attack on Kramatorsk railway station.”
Tochka U missiles are said to have been deployed, with the remnants of one seen on a patch of grass near the station.
Three trains carrying evacuees were blocked in the same region yesterday after an air strike on the line, according to Kamyshin.
Distressing footage from today’s attack shows bodies lying on the ground among baggage as armed guards move around the scene.
Pools of blood can also be seen.
One particularly upsetting image shows the dead body of a station worker in an orange high-vis, with blood running through the gaps in the tiles around him.
It is the latest atrocity involving the deaths of unarmed civilians amid Russia’s catastrophic invasion.
With Russian troops having withdrawn from the north of Kyiv, evidence is emerging of the devastation they caused in areas that they occupied.
Local officials have said more than 300 people were killed by Russian forces in Bucha, 35 kilometers northwest of the capital Kyiv, and around 50 of them were executed.
Bodies were allegedly found with signs of torture and some with bullets to the head while their hands were bound.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said another Ukrainian town has been found in a “significantly more dreadful” state.
Images are starting to emerge from Borodyanka, north east of Kyiv, where again Russians have been accused of targeting civilians.
The Kremlin is said to be sending troops suspected of the Bucha massacre straight back to the frontline to sacrifice them, it was claimed.
It comes as UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace vowed to do “everything” to ensure Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is defeated.
Speaking on a trip to Bucharest, he said the RAF will increase its contribution to protect Nato’s eastern flank in Romania from four to six plans “because Putin listens to only one thing and that is strength”.
Mr Wallace added: “It is that strength that Nato brings, and we’re determined to bring it to the doorstep of Putin.
“We will do everything to see him defeated in Ukraine. There is more to do, Britain will do more, it will contribute more.”
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