Missile kills 50 evacuees at busy Ukrainian train station
In Kramatorsk, Donbas, April 8, Russian soldiers struck a train station where evacuations were taking place, and about four thousand civilians were present. Fifty people were killed, including four children. The mayor of Kramatorsk was convinced that the attack on the train station was planned; it was well known that the city was an evacuation center. According to his data, up to 8,000 people were evacuated daily through Kramatorsk.
"I think there were two goals here. The first was an informational attempt to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The second was to prevent the evacuation of civilians. If they reach Kramatorsk as planned; it will be tough for them to occupy the city without the civilian population," the mayor said.
The following chronology of events:
At 10:13 a.m., a photo from Zugres (near Shakhtarsk) appeared on the Telegram channel. It showed 2 inversion trails in the sky;
At 10:24 a.m., a video of the two inversion trails appeared, noting that it was in occupied Shakharsk;
Another minute later, a public forum posted a video of two rocket launches in Shakhtarsk;
Already at 10:44 a.m., the head of the Ukrainian Railways said on Telegram that two rockets exploded at the railway station in Kramatorsk.
There is no doubt that fascist troops deliberately shelled the train station in Kramatorsk from Tochka-U, where many people from the frontline Donbas had gathered to be evacuated by trains. As of 7 p.m., 50 dead (including 4 children) and more than 150 wounded were reported.
Russian Media Offensive
Russian Propaganda also went on the offensive almost simultaneously with the rocket attacks on civilians. The Russians began bragging about the "successes" of the Russian army, which attacked the Ukrainian armed forces, a few minutes after the report of the shelling of the train station. However, after the information about the deaths of dozens of civilians was made public, they changed tactics and started blaming the Ukrainian armed forces for this evil.
Obviously, the ruthless "Kremlebots" failed to cover their tracks, and the Ukrainian security services recorded all of their "shenanigans".
Moreover, their false statements were replicated by the Russian propaganda agency Ria Novosti. According to the Informnapalm group and social network users, RIA Novosti published information about the shelling of the Kramatorsk railway station at 10:25. Still, the first reports about this tragedy did not appear in chat rooms until 10:30.
There was more to come. Journalists recalled further evidence of Russian propagandists' involvement in this insidious evil: "Note that the message was posted on Twitter via TweetDeck. This service is used for the delayed publication of posts."
This fact confirms that Russian propagandists knew in advance about the place and time when the Russian army committed major atrocities against Ukrainian civilians.
This is reminiscent of the situation with the downed Boeing 747 in 2014 when the Russians first bragged about shooting down a Ukrainian warplane in Donbas and then hastily wiped out the entire Internet behind them.
This is not the first time the occupiers have targeted civilians. They attacked people who wanted to evacuate. This is what the so-called "Russian world" is all about.
Rocket Gives The Hidden Tell - For Children
One of the rockets had "For Children" written on it. There were at least 4 children among the dead. This is what their "for the children" looks like.
The railway station has always been a symbol of love for me because it is a place of meetings and goodbyes, hugs and promises, dreams of the future, and thoughts of returning home.
People in Kramatorsk tried to leave, believing they would be safe tomorrow, and they were killed practically on the doorstep of their rescue.
It seemed that it was already possible to reach out for a new life...
Today at the train station in Kramatorsk, a part of each of us was killed.
This is not an artistic metaphor; it is an inner feeling that with each day and with each such news, there is more pain and death; something in the middle burns out and will never recover.
One writer wrote of terrible times that there was an era when;
"children were born old at once, you could see it in their eyes."
I would add that in today's Ukraine, even living people feel like the dead. Even if we survive, this feeling will remain with us until we die. It is our generational trauma, an inherited internal stigma.
Eternal memory to those who died!