Kremlin denies Russian involvement in missile strike on Kramatorsk station

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The Kremlin denied on Friday that Russia was involved in a missile strike on a railway station in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the Russian armed forces had no missions scheduled for Kramatorsk on Friday.

Ukraine’s state railway company said more than 30 people had been killed and over 100 wounded in the strike, which occurred as civilians were trying to evacuate to safer parts of the country.

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The Russian defense ministry accused Kyiv of carrying out the attack saying: “The purpose of the Kyiv regime’s attack on the railway station in Kramatorsk was to disrupt the mass exit of residents from the city in order to use them as a ‘human shield’ to defend the positions of Ukraine’s armed forces.”

The ministry claimed in a statement that the attack was carried out by Ukraine’s forces from the town of Dobropillya, some 45 kilometers (27 miles) southwest of Kramatorsk.

“Tochka-U tactical missiles, the fragments of which were found near the railway station of Kramatorsk, are used only by the Ukrainian armed forces,” the ministry added.

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