Ukraine denies Russian claims that ‘massive missile strike’ killed 600 Ukrainian troops | World News

Russian claims that its forces launched a “massive missile attack” that killed 600 Ukrainian soldiers were flatly denied by Kyiv.

The Kremlin says the attack in Kramatosk targeted a makeshift barracks that housed “more than 700 Ukrainian military personnel in Dormitory 28 and more than 600 Ukrainian military personnel in Dormitory 47”.

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Serhii Chirivati, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Joint Forces, said that the Russian information was not correct.

“The Russian army attacked Kramatorsk at 11.30 last night with seven missiles. But it had no effect on the Ukrainian army.”

People look at the site of a missile attack that took place at night in Karamaturk.
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People look at the site of a missile attack that took place at night in Karamaturk.

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A Finnish journalist who visited the site of the alleged strike in Kramatoric said it was unlikely to have been a direct hit.

Antii Kuronen said: “I’m there and it’s a bit strange that the building isn’t even insulated. The locals didn’t even see an ambulance here in the morning.

“I heard explosions last night when this target was also hit. Large crater in front of the school (probably an S-300). No direct hits. Military liaisons visited the site in the morning. And according to them the school was empty.”

Reuters reporters also visited the two hostels and found that neither had been directly hit by the missiles nor were they seriously damaged.

The agency reported that there were no clear signs that soldiers were living there, and there were no signs of corpses or traces of blood.

Reuters photos from the scene in Kramatorsk show a large crater in front of a building with no windows and smashed shop fronts.

Alex Rossi, Sky News’ international correspondent in Ukraine, says the Ukrainian military’s view is that this latest Kremlin claim is another act of Russian propaganda.

“Now whether it’s true or not, as far as the Russians are concerned, it doesn’t matter.

“It’s insidious. It kind of claws at people’s consciousness.

“I think the reality is, however, all the evidence and what we’ve been able to gather from the area where it’s said to be… the reports that are now coming out on social media are saying that That this attack did not happen. It really does happen the way the Russian Ministry of Defense has made it out.”

A man walks past a destroyed building in Kramatorsk.
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A man walks past a destroyed building in Kramatorsk.

The Russian Defense Ministry says the alleged attack was retaliation for a deadly Ukrainian attack on a building in Makiyuka on New Year’s Eve.

One of the biggest losses of life for Russia during the war, it was blamed by some on the use of mobile phones by soldiers stationed in the building.

The death toll for the attack continues to be contested, with Moscow claiming dozens of people were killed while Ukraine says the number was as high as 400.

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Meanwhile, in eastern Ukraine, officials said at least two people were killed in the fighting, including one killed in attacks on Bakhmut, while eight others were wounded in the wider Donetsk region. And another was killed in the Kharkiv region town of Marifa.

And with temperatures dropping to -17 degrees Celsius (1F) overnight, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said heavy fighting was taking place in the area and Russian forces had deployed their most combat units and heavy equipment. has been posted in the city of Karimna, which is occupied by them. Meaning the Russians were slowly retreating.



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