Russia says 63 soldiers killed by Ukrainian strike in Donetsk region

Kyiv, 2/1: Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Monday that 63 Russian soldiers had been killed in a Ukrainian New Year’s Eve attack on their quarters in the Russian-controlled part of Ukraine’s Donetsk province.

Footage posted online showed a building purported to be a vocational college in the town of Makiivka, twin city of the regional capital Donetsk, reduced to a field of smouldering rubble.


Earlier, Ukraine’s defence ministry said as many as 400 Russians had been killed.


Daniil Bezsonov, a senior Russian-backed regional official in the Moscow-controlled parts of the Donetsk region, said the vocational college had been hit by US-made HIMARS rockets at around midnight, as people in the region would have been celebrating the start of the New Year.

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