December 1, 2023


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell hit out at Russia after a deadly missile strike on a train station in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s state rail company said more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the assault at the train station in Kramatorsk, which was being used for civilian evacuations. The casualties could not be independently verified by POLITICO.

“Lacking the strength and courage to stand up to us on the battlefield, [Russian troops] are cynically destroying the civilian population. This is an evil that has no limits,” Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter, branding the Russians involved “non-humans.”

Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, said he “strongly condemn[s] this morning’s indiscriminate attack … which killed dozens of people and left many more wounded” adding that it was “yet another attempt to close escape routes for those fleeing this unjustified war and cause human suffering.”

Mikhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelenskyy, also said the strike was “a deliberate act of intimidation.”

Civilians were waiting at the station in Kramatorsk, in the Donetsk region, when several explosions were heard — leaving dozens of people injured on the ground, according to eyewitness reports and videos posted to social media.

“Two rockets hit Kramatorsk railway station,” Ukrainian Railways wrote in a statement, adding that “according to operational data, more than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded in the rocket attack.”

Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, said on his Telegram channel “thousands” were waiting at the station to be “evacuated to safer regions of Ukraine” when the strikes hit.

The Russian defense ministry denied its troops were responsible for the attack in a post on Telegram.


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