Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Anger in Russia as Scores of Troops Killed in One of Ukraine War's Deadliest Strikes; Russian Invaders Suffer Huge Losses in Luhansk and Zaporizhzhya Oblasts; 45 RU Kamikaze Drones Shot Down Overnight; UKR Air Defence Shoots Down 32 Air Targets Over Kyiv, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Anger in Russia as scores of troops killed in one of Ukraine war's deadliest strikes:
Russia acknowledged on Monday that scores of its troops were killed in one of the Ukraine war's deadliest strikes, drawing demands from Russian nationalist bloggers for commanders to be punished for housing soldiers alongside an ammunition dump.
Russia's defence ministry said 63 soldiers had died in the fiery blast which destroyed a temporary barracks in a former vocational college in Makiivka, twin city of the Russian-occupied regional capital of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
It said the accommodation had been hit by four rockets fired from U.S.-made HIMARS launchers, claiming two rockets had been shot down. Kyiv said the Russian death toll was in the hundreds, though pro-Russian officials called this an exaggeration.
Russian military bloggers said the huge destruction was a result of storing ammunition in the same building as a barracks, despite commanders knowing it was within range of Ukrainian rockets.
Separately, Ukraine said on Monday it had shot down all 39 drones Russia had fired in a third straight night of air strikes against civilian targets in Kyiv and other cities.
Ukrainian officials said their success proved that Russia's tactic in recent months of raining down air strikes to knock out Ukraine's energy infrastructure was increasingly a failure as Kyiv beefs up its air defences. --->READ MORE HERE
Photo:Ukraine's Air Assault Forces
Russian invaders suffer huge losses in Luhansk and Zaporizhzhya oblasts:
Russian invasion forces have recently suffered significant losses in Zaporizhzhya and Luhansk oblasts, Ukraine’s General Staff of the Armed Forces wrote on Facebook on Jan. 1.
During the last week alone, about 350 wounded Russian soldiers were transported to the city hospital in Russian-occupied Bilovodsk, Luhansk Oblast.
On Dec. 30, in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, the losses of the Russians amounted to 160 wounded soldiers, and 10 units of military equipment of various types were destroyed, Ukraine’s General Staff said.
Information about the number of invading Russian soldiers killed is being verified, the General Staff said.
According to the General Staff, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost about 105,960 of its troops.
Meanwhile, over the past 24 hours, the Defense Forces of Ukraine have repelled attacks by the invasion forces of the Russian Federation in the areas of the settlements of Stelmakhivka, Ploshanka, and Bilohorivka in Luhansk Oblast, as well as Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Ozaryanivka, Maryinka, and Pobeda in Donetsk Oblast. --->READ MORE HERE
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