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HIMARS Strike in Donetsk Claims 60 Russian Soldiers

HIMARS Strike in Donetsk Claims 60 Russian Soldiers

HIMARS Strike in Donetsk Claims 60 Russian Soldiers

HIMARS Strike in Donetsk Claims 60 Russian Soldiers

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  • HIMARS strikes in eastern Ukraine killed 60 Russian soldiers.
  • Russia confirmed the strikes but disputed the death toll.
  • Avdiivka takeover heightens tensions; Ukrainian response awaited.
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In a dramatic turn of events in the Moscow-controlled region of eastern Ukraine, at least 60 Russian soldiers were reported killed as two precision HIMARS missile strikes targeted a training center in Donetsk. The strike occurred just hours before President Vladimir Putin held a crucial meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in the Kremlin.

Sources revealed that the Russian soldiers were present at the training site near the village of Trudovske as Maj-Gen Oleg Moiseyev, commander of the 29th Army of the Eastern military region, was arriving. The targeted group belonged to the 36th Motorised Rifle Brigade, typically stationed in the Transbaikal region of Siberia.

Russia has confirmed the missile strikes but vehemently dismissed the reported death toll as “grossly exaggerated.” Transbaikal governor Alexander Osipov indirectly acknowledged the incident on his Telegram channel, assuring that accurate information would be provided to the soldiers’ families and pledging support.

The video purportedly featuring a surviving soldier indicated that the brigade’s commanders had ordered them to stand in an open field, raising questions about the circumstances leading to the devastating attack.

This development follows Russia’s strategic takeover of the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka, a significant triumph for President Putin since the capture of Bakhmut in May 2023. Images released by Russia’s defense ministry portrayed the aftermath in Avdiivka, with almost every house bearing the scars of war.

Despite the Ukrainian military’s strategic withdrawal to prevent complete encirclement after months of intense fighting, casualties were reported on both sides, with conflicting claims of substantial losses. Ukrainian authorities have yet to release an official statement on the HIMARS missile strikes in Donetsk, heightening tensions in the already volatile region.

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The incident underscores the escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine and raises concerns about the potential for further military escalation between Russia and Ukraine. International leaders are closely monitoring the situation, urging a diplomatic resolution to avoid further loss of life and instability in the region.

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