According to reports, at least 50 people were killed while dozens were left injured in an alleged Russian rocket attack at a railroad station in Ukraine.

In a statement, Ukrainian Railways said that two rockets hit the Kramatorsk railway station and deemed the attack a purposeful strike on the passenger infrastructure of the railway and residents.

Graphic photographs of the attack provided by Ukrainian officials showed bodies strewn on the ground next to scattered luggage and charred vehicles.

Also in a report from ABC News, the remains of a large rocket bearing the words “for our children” (in Russian) were painted on them.

In an official statement on Facebook, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that a Tochka-U short-range ballistic missile was used in the deadly strike.

“Russian forces (fired) on an ordinary train station, on ordinary people, there were no soldiers there,” Zelensky said.

At the time, the station was being used to evacuate civilians from areas under bombardment by Russian forces, according to the news agency.

“The ‘Rashists’ (‘Russian fascists’) knew very well where they were aiming and what they wanted: they wanted to sow panic and fear, they wanted to take as many civilians as possible,” Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, said.

Russia has denied its involvement in the said attacks.

“Our armed forces do not use missiles of this type,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said to reporters on Friday, Apr. 8. “No combat tasks were set or planned for today in Kramatorsk.”

Kyrylenko also confirmed that the death toll from the attack had risen from 30 to 39.

Despite denying that they were targeting civilians, intercepted radio messages on Thursday, Apr. 7, appeared to catch Russian troops complaining about being vastly outnumbered.

Russian forces pulled out of Bucha last week, under pressure from Ukrainian forces, but relief at their departure soon turned to grief as the numbers of deaths became apparent.

The war, which has now entered its seventh week, has seen millions flee Ukraine, thousands killed and injured, and once-thriving cities reduced to rubble, the Post reported.

Ukrainian servicemen carry a victim to be placed next to other casualties
Ukrainian servicemen carry a victim to be placed next to other casualties after a bombing of the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022. Getty Images | HERVE BAR/AFP

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