Thousands of people have been passing through the station in the city of Kramatorsk for weeks trying to escape one of the hottest areas of the war in Ukraine. The influx of travelers has been increasing in recent days as authorities begged civilians to seek refuge outside the region, where attacks from the invading Russian military were expected to be tough, but that visit was brutally cut short this Friday . , Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization led by Spanish chef Jose Andrés, passed through the station two minutes before the brutal attack that killed at least 52 people. “I was driving with a colleague from the organization to load flour,” Mook says over the phone, “and we saw a lot of people at the station.” He talked about the number of trains that needed to come so that everyone could run to a safe part of the country. “Two minutes later,” Mook continues, “we heard between five and 10 explosions.” They ran towards the warehouse in search of the bunker. They did not know where the blast had happened.
The WCK comes daily to Kramatorsk station to feed and drink to people waiting to move to the Russian bomb-hit eastern shore of Ukraine and westward. He talks to them. Most of the people go not to cross the border but to places without violence in their area. Shortly after the attack, Mook returned to the station with his team. Now he knew that until recently he had been doing his work where he had arrived.
“What we saw was horrifying, terrifying,” Mook continues. Emergency teams and firefighters were dispatched to look after the victims. Cars were still on fire, damage was extensive, glass on the floor and unexploded projectiles. “There was one person in a car who was burnt to death,” recalls Mook, “and several bodies on the station platforms.” Mook admits he is shocked by the attack, but declares himself, “lucky” in regards to all those who have lost their lives.
interrupted delivery of medical supplies
The UNICEF team was shocked by a loud explosion in the building of the Kramatorsk Health Department at around 10.30 am on Friday. The station in the Ukrainian city, located less than a kilometer from where they were, was attacked and messages that immediately reached the phones of members of the local administration, to whom they were delivering medical supplies, reported the tragedy. Gave.
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Everyone left the building and the UNICEF team, with no doctors, returned without completing the delivery. kit Sanitation and water, medical supplies and medicines, about 250 km away, to Dnipro, where the base of operations is located on the territory of this UN agency dedicated to children. UNICEF’s representative in Ukraine Murat Sahin said in a statement issued on Friday: “We strongly condemn the attack on the Kramatorsk railway station in Ukraine.” “We don’t know yet how many children were killed or injured in this attack, but we fear most.” According to the mayor of Kramatorsk, about 4,000 families were at the station when the attack took place, and the death toll is 50, including five children, and more than a hundred have been injured.
UNICEF closed its office in Kramatorsk on February 23 on the eve of the Russian attack on Ukraine, and the agency’s last workers left two weeks ago, but they have continued to supply medical supplies to the city. Last week they brought some 50 tons of vital supplies, but the truck that arrived in the city this Friday had been waiting for two days because it was considered a “high-risk delivery,” according to organization spokesman John Haro. In Transcarpathia, in the south-west of Ukraine where Haro is located, they have received refugees who had left Kramatorsk and other cities in the country these weeks, but from Thursday suspended incoming trains without explanation. was given. reason..
Jean-Clement Cabro, the coordinator of the medical trains of the Médecins Sans Frontires, left the assault station hours before one of the organization’s three wagons crossed the country. Two are used to carry hospitalized patients, the third is for medicines, doctors and medical supplies, water and food. “On this last trip we transferred 40 patients from Kramatorsk, and in the last one 17. Most were injured,” he says by phone. “Mainly women and children were waiting at the station, women were also breastfeeding their children, grandmothers, teenagers. These belonged to the whole family, who had only one item. I will not forget those who were waiting to be evacuated.”
According to journalists, the nerve point in the evacuation of civilians to the west of the country, the bombing of the Kramatorsk station, which Russian authorities denied having been committed, struck two waiting areas and a platform outside. Washington Post After sometime they reached the spot. Traces of bodies and wounded crowded the station where members of the Ukrainian military, police and volunteers tried to offer help. “There are too many bodies, there are children, they are just children,” one woman shouted in one of the videos of the tragic scene that was released.
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