This week Ukrainian forces fired six HIMAR missiles on a college which was converted into a Russian barracks which housed scores of ammunition which killed around 400 soldiers who were blown up.
Gruesome details are now emerging of the deadly HIMAR attack on a college complex in the city of Makiivka in the Donetsk region which was being used as barracks and stored ammunition.
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.
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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.”
The Kremlin said on Sunday that the death toll was 63 which then climbed to 89, whilst Ukraine claims that around 400 were killed.
One of Russia’s most prominent pro-war reporters, Semyon Pegov, said that Russia’s military has under-reported the true number of those soldiers who were killed.
He said, “The number of those who were tragically killed would be much higher as the rescue teams are still going through the debris.”
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.
The British Ministry of Defence said, “Given the extent of the damage, there is a realistic possibility that ammunition was being stored near to troop accommodation, which detonated during the strike, creating secondary explosions.”
There are calls for military commanders to face criminal punishment for those who had “allowed the concentration of military personnel in an unprotected building” and “all the higher authorities who did not provide the proper level of security,” said Sergei Mironov, a legislator and former chair of the Russian Senate.