Russia says troops’ telephone use behind strike on Ukraine’s Makiivka

Russia has claimed that the rationale behind the dying of as many as 89 troops in a lethal Ukrainian missile strike was the unauthorised use of cell phones by the servicemen.

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New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 4, 2023 07:40 IST

A Ukrainian serviceman units up a Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile launcher in a frontline, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine’s Donetsk area. (Photograph: Reuters)

By India Immediately Net Desk: Russia has claimed that the rationale behind the dying of as many as 89 troops in a lethal Ukrainian missile strike was the unauthorised use of cell phones by the servicemen.

“It’s already apparent that the primary purpose for what occurred was the switching on and big use – opposite to the prohibition – by personnel of cell phones in a attain zone of enemy weapons,” the nation’s defence ministry mentioned in a press release.

It comes as navy leaders confronted requires punishment after one of many deadliest assaults but launched by Ukraine.

Russia had earlier claimed that Ukraine fired rockets at a facility in Moscow-held areas of Donetsk, killing 89 troopers stationed there.

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This was one of many deadliest assaults on the Russian forces for the reason that battle started greater than 10 months in the past.

The strike, utilizing a US-supplied precision weapon that has confirmed crucial in enabling Ukrainian forces to hit key targets, delivered a brand new setback for Russia, which in current months has reeled from a Ukrainian counter-offensive.

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In accordance with the governor of Russia’s Samara area, Dmitry Azarov, an unspecified variety of residents of the area had been amongst these killed and wounded by the strike within the city of Makiivka.

A complete of six rockets had been fired by Ukraine, and two of them had been shot down, mentioned the Russian defence ministry.