Russia hits foreign fighter base in Ukraine


The Russian Defense Ministry reports that the successful missile strike neutralized more than 250 mercenaries

More than 200 foreign mercenaries were reportedly killed in a missile strike in southern Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Tuesday. The statement also adds that more than 20 units of military equipment were also destroyed in the attack.

In its daily Telegram briefing, the ministry reported that Russian Aerospace Forces struck a temporary deployment point of the Ukrainian “foreign legion” near the town of Nikolaev, using high-precision weapons. As a result, up to 250 foreign mercenaries were eliminated, according to the report.

Russia also claims to have neutralized up to 500 nationalist fighters in the Kharkov region with high-precision strikes, as well as “a large sum” of military equipment.

Last week, Russia also claimed to have killed more than 40 foreign mercenaries, most of whom were Polish citizens, after a missile strike at a temporary deployment point near Konstantinovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). The previous week, the Russian army had claimed to have killed up to 250 of these soldiers in the same colony.

Kyiv’s international military unit was created at the end of February at the request of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and is officially known as the International Territorial Defense Legion of Ukraine. In April, the Russian army estimated their number at nearly 7,000.

However, an updated estimate provided by the Russian Defense Ministry earlier this month suggests that only around 2,700 of those troops remain in Ukraine. Many of them were eliminated while others fled abroad, some complaining about disorder in the ranks of Ukrainian forces and poor equipment.

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Moscow has repeatedly warned that it will not consider foreign mercenaries in Ukraine as combatants within the meaning of the Geneva Convention and that “The best thing that awaits them if they are captured alive is a trial and maximum prison terms.”

Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “create powerful armed forces”.

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.


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