The Russian Defence Ministry has claimed to have killed 600 Ukrainian soldiers who were in temporary barracks.
The Kremlin launched a mass rocket attack in eastern Ukraine in revenge for the deadly strike which killed 400 Russian troops on New Year’s Eve in Makiivka.
On New Year’s Eve Ukrainian forces blew up a temporary barracks in Makiivka after the fired six US HIMARS rockets, which was the largest single loss of life for Moscow.
The Russian Defence Ministry said on Telegram, “Over the past 24 hours, Russian reconnaissance assets uncovered and reliably confirmed through several independent channels the temporary deployment of AFU personnel in the town of Kramatorsk.
“There were over 700 Ukrainian military personnel in dormitory 28 and over 600 Ukrainian military personnel in dormitory 47.
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“As a result of a massive missile strike on these temporary locations of AFU units, over 600 Ukrainian servicemen were killed.”
Following the Ukrainian HIMARS missile strike, gruesome details emerged of the attack in the city of Makiivka in the Donetsk region which was being used as barracks and stored ammunition.
Kramatorsk being hit with what looks like a Russian ballistic missile strike pic.twitter.com/KqlZ8vM4sy
— LogKa (@LogKa11) January 7, 2023
One minute past midnight on New Year’s Day the attack took place which Ukraine claims killed 400 and wounded around 300 soldiers.
The wife of one soldier told Russian investigative news website iStories that soldiers were sleeping in the basement and somehow had managed to escape.
These were part of the large-scale precision strikes from last night, presumably using satellite-guided Tornado/Smerch MLRS rockets (4x larger than HIMARS’)
8 strikes were reported in Kramatorsk alone pic.twitter.com/thbh4WE8bM
— What's the media hiding? (@narrative_hole) January 8, 2023
Other soldiers run out of the building when the first of four HIMAR missiles hit in the deadly attack.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, she told iStories that her husband said, “We’re scraping brains off the boots.”
General Lieutenant Sergei Sevryukov said in a statement, mobile phone signals allowed Kyiv’s forces to “determine the coordinates of the location of military personnel” and launch the deadly strike killing the soldiers.
UK intelligence officials said on Wednesday that Russia’s “unprofessional” military practices are partly to blame for the high casualty and death rate in Makiivka HIMAR attack.