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.
It is believed that the Russian soldiers were using their mobile phones which would have been picked up and used as credible evidence that there would have been a mass of the troops located in one area, this ultimately leads to a strike.
US-based think tank The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said Moscow, “likely attempting to deflect the blame for its poor operational security… onto Donetsk People’s Republic officials and mobilised forces.”
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The ISW warned that the “profound military failures” will likely complicate Vladimir Putin’s efforts to appease the Russian pro-war community, who are increasingly critical of the leadership.
🚨 Armed Forces of #Ukraine struck a large Russian base in #Makeevka in occupied #Donetsk, reporting that up to 400 Russian soldiers have been killed and another 300 injured.
Excellent use of Precision Guided Munitions, probably #HIMARS or #M270. pic.twitter.com/Q5gFUuFIxr
— Igor Sushko (@igorsushko) January 1, 2023
ISW added, “Putin’s inability to address the criticism and fix the flaws in Russia’s military campaign may undermine his credibility as a hands-on war leader.”
Russian military bloggers have reacted with anger after the Ukrainian attack killed hundreds.
Video of the consequences of a strike on temporarily occupied Makiivka – Reuters.
Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the strike of Ukrainian Army on the lodgings of Russian military in Makiivka. As of now it reported the death of 63 Russian soldiers. pic.twitter.com/NqCa5AYS3l
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) January 2, 2023
Archangel Spetznaz Z, a Russian military blogger with over 700,000 Telegram followers blasted, “What happened in Makiivka is horrible.
“Who came up with the idea to place personnel in large numbers in one building, where even a fool understands that even if they hit with artillery, there will be many wounded or dead?”
He added that Russian commanders “couldn’t care less” about how and where the ammunition was stored, which ultimately led to hundreds being wiped out.
What happened in #Makiivka yesterday is a lot like what would happen if a cruiser suffered a direct hit to the magazine. A catastrophic explosion that killed most if not everyone involved. That level of casualties, as well.
What happened in there, was Perfect start of a New Year pic.twitter.com/WDbYfsB4iV
— Ukraine News 🇺🇦 (@Ukrainene) January 2, 2023
Russian politicians have angrily erupted, and Sergei Mironov, a legislator and former chairman of the Senate, Russia’s upper house, has demanded criminal liability for those officials who had “allowed” so many troops in one building.
He said, “the concentration of military personnel in an unprotected building” and “all the higher authorities who did not provide the proper level of security.”
Andrey Medvedev, deputy speaker of the Moscow City Duma and a pro-Kremlin journalist, said, “Either a person is of the highest value – and then punish for stupid losses of personnel, as for treason to the fatherland – or the country is over.”
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