Censor.NET reports citing the presidential press service.
According to the press service, the head of state inspected the tragedy site and visited those wounded in the missile shelling.
The president was presented with the remnants of the missiles and shown the results of their destructive effect when inspecting a destroyed house in downtown Kramatorks, hit with a Smerch shell.
"These are the evidence of the usage of dispensing weaponry against civilians in the center of Kramatorsk. Here in my hands I have an element of cluster munition "Smerch." Its radius of effect can reach 90 km. It is savages who use cluster ammunition against civilians. I will show this evidence in Minsk and at the session of the EU Council," the president said.
Images from the president's press secretary Sviatoslav Tseholko's Facebook.
The head of state noted that it was obvious that Ukraine had been under the attack of the most powerful weapons. "Information on this munition proves that it was produced by Russia and used by Russia," he said.
"It is a crime against humanity when civilians are killed by Russian weapons in their homes, streets, where there is no military, 50 km from the front line. It is totally unacceptable," Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
On his visit to hospital where the injured are treated, the president spoke to those wounded and instructed Oleksandr Kikhtenko, the regional state administration head of Donetsk to provide assistance to everyone affected by the shelling, first of all to the wounded. "Ensure everything necessary for the people, first of all medicines and medical treatment," he said to Kikhtenko.
"A little boy is here in the hospital. He is only 3 years old. Doctors saved his hand which was almost torn off. His mother died covering him with her body. The boy doesn't know that yet," the president said.
After examining several houses destroyed by the artillery, the president held an operative meeting on the situation in the ATO area and the events in Kramatorsk.
"We demand unconditional peace. We demand cease-fire, withdrawal of foreign troops, and border closure. They have nothing to do here. We have no conflict. We will find a compromise inside the country. We must defend peace in Kramatorsk, defend Ukraine. That's why I am going to Minsk to achieve immediate cease-fire and begin political dialogue. We will sort things out ourselves," the head of state noted.
During his visit, Petro Poroshenko was accompanied by prominent French public figure, director, writer, and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy. He was shocked by what he saw in Kramatorsk. Lévy called on the world community to open their eyes to the horrible crimes of terrorists in the East of Ukraine.
According to recent reports, the artillery shelling of Kramatorsk, particularly the residential areas and the headquarters of the ATO, has led to 64 victims (29 soldiers and 35 civilians). 16 people died, 10 are severely wounded. According to the Security Service of Ukraine, the number of damaged houses equals 41.