According to Russia, soldiers were using their mobile phones when a new year’s rocket attack occurred, which resulted in at least 89 deaths of Russian servicemen.

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A military college in Makiivka, in the occupied Donetsk region, was attacked by Ukraine shortly after midnight on January 1. According to the Russia military, the enemy was able to find its target because soldiers were using forbidden phones.

Even though the death toll has not been verified, it is the highest figure that Russia has admitted during the conflict. According to Ukraine, the number is much higher, with 400 soldiers allegedly dead and another 300 injured in the attack.

Two of the six rockets fired at a vocational college by a US-made Himars missile system at 00:01 local time on January 1 were shot down, according to Russia. Lt Col Bachurin, the regiment’s deputy commander, was one among those slain, the military of defense announced in a statement on Telegram early on Wednesday. According to the statement, a panel is looking into the incident’s circumstances.

This factor made it possible for the enemy to find and pinpoint the precise location of military personnel in order to launch a missile attack. The statement further stated that actions are being taken to prevent future occurrences of this kind and that any officials found culpable in the investigation will be prosecuted.

Russian officials increased the number of Russian soldiers killed in the strike from 63 to 89, though it is impossible to confirm this. Moscow rarely confirms any casualties on the battlefield.

The 300,000 soldiers called up during President Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilisation in September were all crammed into the vocational college at the time. In close proximity to the site, which was in ruins, ammunition was also kept.

Some Russian politicians and media have criticised the military for its actions, claiming that the troops should never have been housed in such precarious conditions. Pavel Gubarev, a former top official in the Russian proxy government in Donetsk, referred to the choice to house so many soldiers in one structure as “criminal carelessness.”

It was expected that the soldiers would be blamed rather than the commander who made the initial decision to put so many of them in one spot, according to Andrei Medvedev, the deputy speaker of the municipal parliament in Moscow. Tuesday, President Putin signed a decree authorizing the payment of 5 million roubles (£57,000; $69,000) to the families of National Guard members who died in the line of duty.

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Russian military critics have expressed regret over the hundreds of servicemen who died in a missile attack on a facility in occupied eastern Ukraine on January 1.

At this point, the Russian defence ministry has acknowledged that 89 people died in the midnight New Year’s Eve onslaught by the Ukrainians on Makiivka. The spouse of one commander alleged that the West was attempting to topple Russia.

However, ineptitude was levelled against military officers abroad. Innumerable numbers have been reported on social media by Russian nationalists in addition to the 400 deaths and 400 injuries reported by the Ukrainian government at Makiivka.

However, it is impossible to confirm how many soldiers were killed when US-made Himars missiles struck a conscript-filled vocational school. In close proximity to the site, which was in ruins, ammunition was also kept.

Whatever the figure, it is the most fatalities that Russia has publicly recognised since its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Rallies were conducted in a number of the cities in the Samara region of southwest Russia, where many of the conscripts, according to governor Dmitry Azarov, had resided.

At least 200 people attended the largest commemoration, which was held in Samara itself. In addition, Syzran, Novokuybyshevsk, and the industrial city of Tolyatti hosted official events. The primary speaker at the protest in Samara, where Yekaterina Kolotovkina declared “neither we nor our husbands desired war; the entire West joined against us to exterminate us and our children,” received no criticism.

She spoke in a very formal manner because her husband, Lieutenant General Andrei Kolotovkin, is in charge of the Samara-based 2nd Guards Combined Arms Army.

In response to criticism of the commander’s wife’s comments on social media, independent journalist Dmitry Kolezev pointed out that the commander’s wife’s husband did not perish in Makiivka.

In response to her assertion that the West planned to kill Samara’s children, he questioned, “Could we have at least some evidence?” One blogger called her remarks a “bag of lies,” according to another. On Tuesday, the governor of Samara met with representatives of the defence ministry in Moscow. The following day, he was scheduled to pay a visit to some of the injured in a hospital in Rostov-on-Don.

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Despite signing a decree on Tuesday requiring the payment of 5 million roubles (£57,000; $69,000) to the families of National Guard servicemen killed in action, President Vladimir Putin has not yet commented on the attack.

Approximately 300,000 men were reportedly enlisted by the Russian military as part of the president’s “partial mobilisation,” which was announced last September in response to a succession of setbacks in Ukraine. These soldiers were among those transferred to Makiivka.

After the raid on Makiivka, a city close to Donetsk’s main city and some distance from the front line, a lot of voices have been very critical of the military.

Pavel Gubarev, a former top official in the Russian proxy government in Donetsk, referred to the choice to concentrate many soldiers in one structure as “criminal carelessness.”

He lamented that such errors were being made early in the conflict and that, even though the conscripts were unaware of the danger, the authorities should have been. He cautioned, “If no one is punished for this, then it’ll only become worse.”

The usage of Russian mobile phones by personnel arriving at the vocational college on New Year’s Eve was suspected to have been detected by Ukrainian forces, according to one explanation put out by local security officials.

Andrei Medvedev, the deputy speaker of the local parliament in Moscow, said it was expected that the soldiers would bear the blame rather than the commander who had originally decided to concentrate so many troops in one area. “The identities of those who sought to keep quiet about the trouble, and others who tried to blame the slain soldier for everything, will undoubtedly be preserved by history,” he wrote on Telegram.

In the meantime, Ukraine’s armed forces claimed that a New Year’s Eve raid on a village in the seized southern province of Kherson resulted in the deaths or injuries of 500 Russian soldiers.

The attack at Chulakivka, which took place about 20 kilometres south of the Dnipro River, was not independently verified. In November, Russian forces crossed the Dnipro River in retreat. Ukrainian authorities have since released video showing a flag being raised on an island straddling the eastern and western banks of the river.

The Velykyi Potomkin island has not yet been fully liberated, according to Ukraine’s southern military command. Commander in Chief Valerii Zaluzhny stated on Monday that Ukraine had liberated 28% of all Russian-occupied territory since 2014 and 40% of Russian-occupied territories since last February.

Russia intends to continue attacking Ukraine until it is “exhausted” :

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According to the president of Ukraine, Russia is preparing a protracted campaign of drone assaults to undermine Ukraine.

The intelligence assessments, according to Volodymyr Zelensky, indicated that Moscow would use Shahed drones produced in Iran to carry out the assaults. It happens after Ukraine claimed to have killed hundreds of Russian soldiers in the Donbas region with a strike. Russia said 63 of its soldiers were killed in the raid, making the highly uncommon disclosure of war casualties. In his nightly address from Kyiv, Mr. Zelensky declared that Russia intended to “exhaust” Ukraine with a steady stream of drone attacks.

He declared, “We must make sure, and we will do all for this, that this terrorist purpose fails like all the others. Everyone engaged in the preservation of the sky should pay close attention right now. Russian drone attacks on Ukraine appear to have risen recently; over the past three nights, Moscow has launched attacks on cities and power plants all around the nation.

Reporters claim that in addition to placing a load on the military of Ukraine, which must detect and intercept the drones, the strikes have an attritional effect on the civilian population, which must deal with the uncertainty, anxiety, and disruption they produce throughout the nation.

Since several months ago, Russia has been attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, destroying power plants and leaving millions in the dark during the bitterly cold winter.

In the first days of 2023, according to Mr. Zelensky, Ukrainian air defences have already shot down more than 80 drones built in Iran. In other news, Ukraine has acknowledged carrying out a strike in the occupied Donetsk region, which it had earlier claimed resulted in the deaths of 400 Russian soldiers.

Russian officials denied this number, claiming that just 63 soldiers were killed. Both claims have not been independently verified, and site access is limited. However, according to governor Dmitry Azarov, some of those slain and hurt were from Russia’s southwest Samara region. Azarov advised relatives to get in touch with a hotline or regional military offices. Tuesday, in the region’s two largest cities, Samara and Tolyatti, families lay wreaths in memory of the deceased.

The building housing a vocational school in Makiivka, where Russian forces were stationed, was struck by the Ukrainian attack, which is said to have happened as Russians celebrated the new year. Moscow rarely confirms any casualties on the battlefield. However, because of how lethal the incident was, according to the BBC’s Russia editor Steve Rosenberg, remaining silent was probably not an option. Since the war’s start 10 months ago, this episode has resulted in the most deaths recognized by Moscow.

According to a statement released by the Russian defense ministry on Monday, Ukrainian forces launched six rockets toward a structure housing Russian troops using the US-made Himars missile system. It said, “Two of them were shot down.” Hundreds had died and been injured, while the precise figure was uncertain due to the significant number of people still unaccounted for.

He claimed that the structure was “nearly totally destroyed.” He further said that rather than those who volunteered to fight, the victims were primarily mobilized troops, or recently enlisted soldiers. Additionally, he claimed that ammunition was kept in the same structure as the soldiers, worsening the damage.

He posted on Telegram that “almost all of the military equipment was also destroyed, which was right adjacent to the structure without any concealment anything.” Russian nationalist broadcaster Igor Girkin had earlier claimed that hundreds had died and been injured, while the precise figure was uncertain due to the significant number of people still unaccounted for.

He claimed that the structure was “nearly totally destroyed.” He further said that rather than those who volunteered to fight, the victims were primarily mobilised troops, or recently enlisted soldiers. Additionally, he claimed that ammunition was kept in the same structure as the soldiers, worsening the damage.

He posted on Telegram that “almost all of the military equipment was also destroyed, which was right adjacent to the structure without any concealment anything.” Hundreds had died and been injured, while the precise figure was uncertain due to the significant number of people still unaccounted for. Further said that rather than those who volunteered to fight, the victims were primarily mobilised troops, or recently enlisted soldiers. Additionally, he claimed that ammunition was kept in the same structure as the soldiers, worsening the damage.