A missile attack in Ukraine has killed hundreds of Russians, according to Ukraine

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People look at the site of a missile strike that occurred during the night, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, January 8, 2023. (Reuters)

Ukraine has confirmed it is conducting strikes in the occupied Donetsk region, previously claiming 400 Russian soldiers were killed.

Russian officials disputed the figure, saying only 63 soldiers were killed. The allegations have not been confirmed and access to the site has been restricted.

The New Year’s Day attack hit a building in the town of Makiewka, where Russian troops were stationed.

It is extraordinarily uncommon for Moscow to affirm battlefield casualties. But it turned into an assault so lethal that BBC Russia editor Steve Rosenberg says silence is an not going option.

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This is the largest number of deaths Moscow has admitted in one of his cases since the war began ten months ago.

In a statement on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian forces had fired six missiles using the US-made Himar missile system at a building housing Russian troops. Two of them were shot down.

Several Russian commentators and bloggers confirmed the attacks but said the number was lower than Ukraine claimed.

But pro-Russian commentator Igor Gurkin said hundreds were killed and wounded, although the exact number was unknown due to a large number of missing people.

The building itself was “almost destroyed,” he said.

He added that the casualties were mainly the recently drafted conscripts rather than the mobilized troops, that is, those who chose to fight. He said that caused the damage to worsen.

“Almost all military equipment that stood without any disguise next to the building was also destroyed,” he wrote on Telegram. Gherkin is a well-known military blogger who led the Russian-backed separatists during the occupation of much of eastern Ukraine in 2014. Convicted.

Despite his pro-Russian stance, he regularly criticizes the Russian military leadership and its tactics.

According to previous Ukrainian military statistics, he had 300 wounded in addition to an estimated 400 dead. The Ukrainian military claims to have killed dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of its soldiers in nearly daily attacks, so caution is warranted. A subsequent statement by the Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that “up to 10 units of enemy military equipment” had been “destroyed and damaged” in the attack, “fleshing out the personnel losses of the occupiers.”

Ukraine has not confirmed that the attack was carried out using a Himar missile and maintains a long-standing strategy of not disclosing specific details about the attack.

Hours after the strike in Makeovka, Kyiv was attacked. The Ukrainian capital’s regional governor Oleksiy Kuleva said the drone and rocket attacks targeted critical infrastructure.

The mayor of the capital Kyiv added that the man was injured by debris from a destroyed Russian drone.

Kureba added that the weapon was an Iranian-made Shahed drone that “targeted critical infrastructure facilities.”

“The most important thing now is to stay calm and stay in the shelter until the alarm goes off,” he said. All 39 Iranian-made drones were eventually shot down by Ukraine, according to the military. However, Kyiv mayor Vitaly Klitschko said the power plant was damaged, cutting off the supply of electricity and heat.

Russia has been attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure for months, destroying power plants and plunging millions of people into darkness during the country’s freezing winter.