Dozens of Russian soldiers were killed in a missile attack on the occupied Donetsk region in one of the deadliest attacks on Kremlin forces since the war began more than 10 months ago.

Both sides disagree on the exact number of soldiers killed: Ukraine Around 400 Russians are claimed killed, while the Russian Ministry of Defense says 63.

A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry said that Ukrainian forces fired six rockets from the HIMARS launching system and two of them were shot down.

The strike, which has been instrumental in enabling Ukrainian forces to hit key targets using US-supplied precision weapons, dealt a fresh blow to Russia, which has been deterred by Ukrainian retaliation in recent months. Is.

Footage shared by Ukrainian authorities, which Sky News reported was located at a vocational school in Makiyuka, showed a flattened area covered in rubble.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has claimed that around 400 Russians were killed and 300 injured “as a result of careless handling of heating devices”.

However, sources close to the Russian-appointed leadership in the Donetsk region claimed that the casualty reports were exaggerated and that dozens of Russian recruits had been killed.

Daniil Bezsonov, a senior Russian-backed official in the occupied Donetsk region, said the missile landed on Makioka two minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day.

Russian nationalist war bloggers were outraged at the heavy losses of troops.

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Dozens of Russian soldiers were killed in a Ukrainian attack on a school in Donetsk.
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Dozens of Russian soldiers have been killed after a Ukrainian attack on a school used as a barracks in Donetsk.

Igor Gerkin, a former commander of pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine who has emerged as one of Russia’s most prominent nationalist military bloggers, said the death toll was in the hundreds.

A Russian pro-war military blogger known as Riber, who has more than 1 million subscribers on Telegram, said more than 100 people were injured in the attack and the debris was still being cleared. Is.

The building apparently stored ammunition, which exploded when it hit the barracks.

Meanwhile, Russia deployed several explosive drones in another nighttime attack on Ukraine, officials said Monday, as the Kremlin stepped up its strategy of using bombing to target the country’s energy infrastructure. It indicated no shortage.

On Monday, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said 40 drones had “departed towards Kyiv” overnight. According to the Air Defense Forces, they were all destroyed.



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