Russia-Ukraine conflict: massacre at Kramatorsk railway station | At least 50 people, including five children, were killed in an attack

While the Russian armed forces continue their military offensive in eastern Ukraine At least 50 people were killed, including five children, and nearly 100 wounded today in a missile attack on Kramatorsk station. In this city located in the center of the conflict zone, hundreds of people were waiting for a train to leave the region, which was besieged by Russian forces.

“Unlimited Evil”

The government of Volodomir Zelensky condemned Russia’s “unlimited evil”. “Because they do not have the strength or the courage to face us on the battlefield, they cynically destroy the civilian population. It is an evil without limits. And if it is not punished, it will never stop,” the Ukrainian president told Telegram. The president of the United States, Joseph Bidenaccused Russia of committing a “horrible atrocity” in Kramatorsk. “The attack on a Ukrainian station is a new horrible atrocity committed by Russiahitting civilians trying to get out and get to safety, “tweeted the president of the United States.

The Russia-Ukraine conflict, minute by minute

However, the Moscow denied that its armed forces were the perpetrators of the attack. with missiles against the railway station. “On April 8, the Russian military had no fire missions in the city of Kramatorsk and they weren’t planned,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement posted on its official Telegram account. The ministry said so “The Tochka-U tactical missiles, fragments of which were found in the vicinity of the Kramatorsk station and (the images of which) were released by witnesses, are used only by the Ukrainian armed forces …The goal of this orchestrated attack by the Kiev regime against the Kramatorsk railway station was to prevent the civilian population from leaving the city so that it could be used as a human shield, “the note reads.

“Humanity in pieces”

Meanwhile, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyensaid Friday that he saw “humanity in pieces” in the city of Bucha, where he visited together with the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, a mass grave of massacred civilians. “We have seen all the coldness of Putin’s army. We have seen the recklessness and the cold heart they had in occupying this city. We have seen humanity in pieces in Bucha. The whole world is in mourning for what it is. happened to Bucha, “von der Leyen said.

As in Kramatorsk, Russia blames Ukrainian forces for the Bucha massacre, where dozens of bodies were scattered on the streets following the withdrawal of Russian troops in early March. According to the Kremlin, it would be an ultranationalist revenge against citizens branded as collaborators, which took place after the Russian withdrawal from central Ukraine. The massacre that Russia denies it committed cost Moscow its seat on the UN Human Rights Council this week.

military aid

Borrell, in turn, announced in Kiev that the European Union will allocate another 500 million euros for military aid to Ukraine and that the EU is once again represented in the Ukrainian capital. “I am pleased to announce here in Kiev that the European Union will assign more 500 million euros from the European Peace Fund to the Ukrainian army to obtain weapons to defend their country and its people, ”Borrell said.

Meanwhile the mayor of Chernigov reported that around 700 people had died since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Chernigov, a city in northern Ukraine near the Belarusian border, was 70 percent destroyed, its mayor added. “I can provide an approximate figure, 700 people. They are military and civilians,” said Vladyslav Atrochenko quoted by the local UNIAN news agency. Among the dead are 70 still unidentified bodies, according to the mayor, who considers many of the dead to be missing because they were last seen in buildings and vehicles later destroyed by Russia.

Refugees and displaced persons

Total more than 4.32 million Ukrainians have left their country as a result of the war, although this flow has been slowing in recent days, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has indicated. This Thursday UNHCR It added about 5,000 new refugees, the lowest number since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

Poland is home to 2.5 million of these Ukrainian refugees and, UNHCR spokesman Matthew Saltmarsh said today, has already provided 700,000 of them with the identification number they need to access the health network and other public social services. 94 percent of those registered are women and children. In addition to the Ukrainians who fled their country, there are at least 7.1 million internally displaced people in Ukraine.

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