The Russian Defense Ministry said Monday that 63 Russian soldiers were killed in a Ukrainian rocket strike in the eastern Donestk Oblast in one of the deadliest Ukrainian strikes against Russian troops of the war.
According to Moscow, Ukraine used US-provided HIMARS rocket systems in the attack, which targeted the city of Makeyevka. According to RT, the strike hit a temporary housing facility used by Russian forces in the Donbas.
“The Kiev regime delivered a strike firing six projectiles from the US-made HIMARS multiple rocket launcher on a Russian unit near Makeyevka in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The attack … left 63 Russian service members killed,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
The Russian Defense Ministry didn’t say when the strike took place, but Ukraine’s armed forces said it struck a vocational school building housing Russian troops in Makeyevka on Sunday. Ukraine claimed the strike killed 400 Russian soldiers, much higher than the casualties confirmed by Moscow.
Daniil Bezsonov, the information minister for the Donetsk People’s Republic, also said Ukraine struck a vocational school that was housing Russian troops just after midnight on New Year’s Day. “A massive blow was dealt to the vocational school from American MLRS HIMARS,” he wrote on Telegram.