According to a rescue worker, a rocket attack on a train station used for civilian evacuations in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, killed at least 35 people on Friday.
At least 20 bodies were grouped and lying under plastic sheets next to the station, according to journalists on the scene.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, blood was pooling on the ground and packed bags were strewn outside the building.
According to the journalists, four cars were destroyed near the station, and the remains of a large rocket bearing the Russian words “for our children” were found near the main building.
Following that, bodies were seen being loaded onto a military truck.
“More than 30 people were killed and over 100 were injured” in the Russian attack on the station, according to Alexander Kamyshin, the head of Ukraine’s railway company. Two rockets were said to have hit the station, according to him.
“This is a premeditated attack on the railway’s passenger infrastructure and Kramatorsk residents,” Kamyshin said.
Kramatorsk was hit by Russian airstrikes earlier this week, but it had escaped the destruction that had engulfed other east Ukrainian cities since Russia’s invasion.
In advance of an expected Russian attack, Ukrainian authorities warned residents in the east of the country to flee westwards immediately.
After a rocket attack on an east Ukraine train station that killed at least 35 people, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described Russia as a “evil with no bounds.”