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Kramatorsk attack death toll rises to 50 people — top regional official

On April 8, a missile hit a railway station in the city, which is under Ukrainian control

KIEV, April 8. /TASS/. Head of the Donetsk Region administration Pavel Kirilenko on Friday said the death toll from the missile strike on the Kramatorsk railway station rose to 50 people.

"Fifty people were killed, of them five are children," he said on Facebook (banned in Russia, owned by Meta Corporation which Russia designated as extremist).

According to the head of the Ukrainian administration of the Donetsk Region, 98 people have been rushed to Kramatorsk hospitals as of now, including 16 children, 46 women and 36 men.

"Twelve of them died in the hospital. Thirty-eight died right at the station," Kirilenko said. "We expect that other victims will seek medical help during the next one or two days, so the count of casualties will be in flux."

At least 30 people were killed and about 100 were wounded on April 8 as a missile hit a railway station in Kramatorsk, which is under Ukrainian control. Debris of a Tochka-U missile were found on the scene. Ukraine immediately blamed the incident on Russia. However, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that Russian forces had no fire tasks and planned none in the town of Kramatorsk on April 8. The Tochka-U tactical missile whose fragments were found is used only by the Ukrainian armed forces, the ministry said. The Russian Defense Ministry said the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces from the neighborhood of the town of Dobropolye, which is 45 kilometers to the southwest of Kramatorsk, which is controlled by Ukraine.

The DPR said the strike was a provocation by Ukrainian forces. Republic’s Head Denis Pushilin called it a war crime and warned it wasn’t the last provocation by Ukrainian forces. A similar missile hit the center of Donetsk on March 14, killing 17 people and wounding 36.