Russian military deaths rise to 89 in Ukrainian attack on Donetsk
The Ministry of Defense of < strong>Russia has raised to 89 this Wednesday the number of soldiers who died on January 1 in a Ukrainian bombardment in Makiivka, in the annexed region of < strong>Donetsk. According to Lieutenant General Sergei Sevriukov, four HIMARS missiles hit the building where the Russian military was located, leading to its destruction. Two other projectiles used in the attack “were intercepted,” he confirmed.
According to the Russian command, the massive use of mobile phones by the soldiers – who, according to the media, called their relatives to congratulate them on the New Year– allowed The Ukrainian army was able to geolocate the position of the barracks. Moscow He has promised to take measures “to avoid such tragic events in the future” and has expressed that he will punish the victims. The culprits were targeted.
The attack occurred on the same day. just after Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his traditional New Year's message. In his speech, Putin exalted & oacute; He called “our heroes” fighting in Ukraine and said that “historical rectitude is on our side.” In a rare announcement, Russia had acknowledged Monday that 63 soldiers were killed in the Makiivka attack, the highest number of casualties in a single action reported by the Kremlin< /strong>since the start of the offensive in February. The acknowledgment of the casualties came after Russian war correspondents, whose influence has grown in recent months, accused the Russian high command of gross incompetence.
The leader of the Just Russia party, Sergei Mironov was the first high-ranking politician to demand an investigation of what happened in Makiivka, where apart from military professionals included men recruited as part of the partial mobilization declared last year. According to Mironov, what happened was in the annexed Donetsk region is not to be repeated. “The investigation will determine what has happened: a betrayal or criminal negligence“, he indicated and added that, in his opinion, it was a crime. n, it was “both”. Mirónov has stated that “it is evident that neither intelligence, nor counterintelligence, nor the anti-aircraft defenses acted as they should”.