Russia claims to have killed more than 600 Ukrainian soldiers in a revenge attack

Russia claims to have killed more than 600 Ukrainian soldiers in a revenge attack

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Ukraine has yet to comment on the attack or the death toll. (file)

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 are 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 on Russian barracks in Makeevka in a part of the Donetsk region controlled by Moscow forces that killed at least 89 servicemen .

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.

However, Reuters reporters visited the two student dormitories where the Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian servicemen were temporarily housed near the front line of the war during the overnight strike. None of them appeared to have been directly hit by missiles or seriously damaged. There were no obvious signs that soldiers had lived there, no signs of bodies or traces of blood.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published by a syndicated channel.)

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