Dozens of Russian soldiers were killed when Ukrainian missiles hit a building in the occupied Donetsk region of Ukraine on New Year’s Day, according to Russian authorities.
“The Kyiv regime struck with six rockets of the American-made HIMARS multiple-launch rocket system at the point of temporary deployment of one of the units of the Russian armed forces in the Makeyevka settlement area,” the ministry said. Russian Defense. said in a statement.
The ministry said two rockets were shot down, but four hit the building and its surroundings. The ministry said 63 servicemen died in the attack, although details remain unclear. Dmitry Azarov, governor of Russia’s Samara region, said an unknown number of residents were among those killed and injured.
Igor Strelkov, a Russian military blogger and former defense minister in the breakaway region, said on Telegram that the building was almost completely destroyed after munitions stored in the same building exploded.
“Almost all the military equipment standing next to the building without any sign of camouflage was also destroyed,” he wrote. “Many people are missing under the rubble.”
Strelkov also noted that Russian officers “prefer to stay further away from the location of trusted troops – out of range of enemy missiles.”
Daniil Bezsonov, a Russian-appointed administration official in Donetsk, called for the punishment of officers who ordered the stationing of large numbers of troops at the facility.
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Russia deployed several explosive drones in another nighttime attack on Ukraine, officials said Monday, as the Kremlin signaled no letup in its strategy of using bombings to target the country’s energy infrastructure. country and exhaust Ukrainian resistance to its invasion.
The dam was the latest in a series of relentless year-end attacks, including one that killed three civilians on New Year’s Eve.
On Monday, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 40 drones “headed towards Kyiv” overnight. All were destroyed, according to the Air Defense Forces.
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