UKRAINE — At least four people, including a toddler, were killed and dozens more injured when a Russian missile struck a busy area in central Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday night. Officials said the missile was fired from Russia. Officials said a second missile hit a community on the outskirts of the city.
According to Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko’s statements on Telegram, Russia “deliberately targeted overcrowded areas.” Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk region’s military administration, said in an interview with Ukrainian state television that the strikes took place around 7:30 p.m. local time. Later, he mentioned in a post on Telegram that among the injured there was a child and three people of different nationalities.
According to the general prosecutor’s office, the victims were a 17-year-old girl and an 8-month-old baby. Among the injured was another 8-month-old baby. “At the epicenter of the explosion were also apartment buildings, business premises, cars, a post office and other buildings,” the attorney general said in a statement, adding that he could be other people buried under the wreckage. “In these buildings, windows, glass and doors were blown out,” the attorney general said.
An eyewitness said there were up to a dozen people who were recovered from the debris. According to the man who spoke with CNN crews on the ground, it was unclear whether those people were dead or alive. According to CNN crews familiar with the area, locals as well as military personnel frequent the restaurants in the square, which were damaged in the incident. One of the establishments on the square, RIA Pizza, is particularly popular with the military.
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said firefighters extinguished a fire in a destroyed restaurant building and a search for other victims was taking place while the rubble was evacuated. “The wreckage of the destroyed cafe is being dismantled using two cranes and the victims are being sought,” state emergency services said in their statement.