Kramatorsk massacre sparks international outrage

Rescuers tend to those injured in an attack at the Kramatorsk railway station in Donbass, Ukraine, on April 8, 2022.

On Friday, April 8, a new massacre of civilians was committed in Ukraine. A missile attack hit the Kramatorsk railway station, in Donbass, as several thousand Ukrainians scrambled to flee the war. The attack came as Russia intensifies its pressure on this region of eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities recorded at least 52 dead, including five children, on Friday night. However, this assessment could change, with more than a dozen of these victims having died in hospital, out of a total of almost a hundred injured.

The attack took place at 10:30 am, even as train evacuations resumed after a pause related to the destruction of part of the railway. It was immediately attributed to Russia, in particular because of the inscription in Russian found on the spot on a missile, “for our children”recurring expression of pro-Russian separatists in Donbass since the start of the war in this region in 2014.

According to a policeman present at the Kramatorsk station, it was a Tochka-U missile, that is, a “ cluster bomb ». According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), which carried out observations on the ground, the victims were killed in at least four places in the station, including the main platform and the front yard. “The Russians carried out two missile strikes and used cluster munitions “, assured for its part the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

The use of cluster munitions has been prohibited in principle since 2008 by an international treaty: the Oslo Convention. But neither Russia, nor Ukraine, nor the United States are signatories. This is not the first time Moscow has been accused of using such weapons. On March 28, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General stated that there had been “evidence of the use of cluster bombs in the Odessa region and in the Kherson region”, and added that investigations were being carried out to certify it.

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denial of moscow

As with all allegations of abuse, Moscow quickly denied any involvement in the Kramatorsk massacre on Friday. The Russian Defense Ministry accused “the kyiv regime” have ” orchestrated » hit her for “prevent the population from leaving the city in order to use it as a human shield”. However, this denial comes after Moscow announced today that it had destroyed with high-precision missiles “armament” at Pokrovsk, Sloviansk and Barvinkove stations, not far from Kramatorsk.

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