Russia claims to have killed hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers in a missile attack

Russia claims to have killed hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers in a missile attack

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Jan 8 (Reuters) – Russia’s defense ministry said on Sunday it had killed more than 600 Ukrainian servicemen in a massive missile strike on two buildings in eastern Ukraine where Ukrainian forces were temporarily stationed.

Reuters could not immediately verify the Defense Ministry’s claim. There was no immediate comment on the Russian claim from Ukraine, although the mayor of Kramatorsk, the eastern Ukrainian city Russia said it attacked, said on Facebook earlier Sunday that no one was killed in an attack on various buildings in the city.

Russia’s defense ministry said the strike on buildings in Kramatorsk was in retaliation for a deadly Ukrainian attack earlier this year at a Russian barracks in Makeevka in a part of the Donetsk region controlled by Moscow forces, in which at least 89 servicemen were killed.

The ministry said in a statement that it used what it called reliable intelligence to attack Ukrainian troops. It said more than 700 Ukrainian soldiers were housed in one dormitory and more than 600 in another.

“As a result of a massive missile attack on these points for the temporary deployment of units of the Ukrainian army, more than 600 Ukrainian servicemen were killed,” the Ministry of Defense said.

If true, it would be the biggest loss of Ukrainian troops since Russia invaded on February 24 last year.

Written by Andrew Osborne; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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