A rocket attack on a crowded train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk has killed more than 30 people and injured more than 100, Ukraine’s state railway company said. Thousands of civilians have been waiting at train stations in the country’s east to evacuate as Russian strikes intensify. Moscow denied being behind the strike, and denies targeting civilians despite well-documented evidence to the contrary.
Russian troops in Ukraine’s north have withdrawn and at least some of them will be transferred to the eastern Donbas region, the U.K.’s Defense Ministry said Friday.
Ukrainian leaders have warned that the fighting in the Donbas, where Russia has been engaged in military operations for years, is expected to be brutal and resemble the battles of World War II. Authorities have urged civilians in Ukraine’s east to evacuate while they still can.
Meanwhile, NATO says it would warmly welcome Finland to the alliance should it apply, and Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov admitted in an interview with Sky News that Russia had suffered “significant losses” of its troops.