Lviv seeks blood donations after missile explosion Civil Evacuation Depot
Following a Russian missile attack on a train station in eastern Ukraine housing around 4,000 people, Lviv officials are calling for blood donations as victims go to hospitals.
Two Russian missiles hit the Kramatorsk depot which is used to evacuate citizens from the war zone. Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk regional military administration, said at least 50 people died in Friday morning’s attack.
“Fifty people were killed, including five children. Now we have such a large number of casualties as a result of a Tochka-U missile strike by Russian occupation troops on Kramatorsk railway station,” Kyrylenko said. “So far, 98 people have been hospitalized. We expect more victims to see a doctor within the next day or two, so the number of victims will constantly change.”
Kyrylenko also said that among the injured, 16 are children, 46 are women and 36 are men. Twelve of the victims died in hospital and 38 died at the train station during the attack.
After the attack, the regional blood services center in Lviv announced that it was seeking donations of all blood types to supply its bank.
In February, the blood bank suspended collections after hundreds of civilians volunteered to donate blood as the number of wounded soldiers rose. The center said donated blood had a limited shelf life of 30 days and encouraged people to call ahead.
Since the train station attack, the center has announced that it needs more donors to fill the reserve.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced the missile attack, accusing the Russian military of deliberately targeting the station and civilians. Zelensky said he expects a tough global response from Moscow.
“The missile strike on Kramatorsk should be one of the charges in court, which will definitely take place,” Zelensky said in a video address. “All international forces will aim to identify who gave certain orders, where the missiles were launched from, who carried them, who gave the order and how this strike was approved. Accountability is inevitable.”
However, the Russian Foreign Ministry blamed Ukraine for the deadly station attack.
“Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) committed another war crime by hitting a kyiv-controlled train station in Kramatorsk with a Tochka-U tactical missile,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The World Health Organization, in partnership with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, is accepting donations of medical supplies, including ice packs, crutches and other first aid supplies. Those wishing to donate can find more information here.
Newsweek contacted Zelensky and the Russian Embassy for comment.