Thursday, February 22, 2024

65+ RU Soldiers Killed in UKR Missile Strikes Lined Up for Field Gen’s Inspect; UKR Downs 7th RU Fighter Jet in Week; RU has Heavy Losses in Kherson Dir; UKR GS: 81 Combat Clashes, RU Loses 1130 Soldiers, 70 Arm-Veh, 53 Art-Sys -1 Day, LIVE UPDATES and LOTS MORE

NY POST: At least 65 Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine missile strikes as they lined up in field for a general’s inspection:
Chilling photos show the aftermath of Ukrainian rocket strikes that annihilated at least 65 Russian soldiers in occupied Donetsk, where they had been ordered to line up in an open field for a commander’s inspection.
The images shared on social media show what appears to be dozens of men’s lifeless bodies dressed in military fatigues scattered in a muddy clearing in a wood.
Two to three US-made mobile rockets (HIMARS) were fired Tuesday morning at the training ground of Russia’s 39th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade stationed near the occupied village of Trudivske in the Southern Donetsk region, according to Russian military bloggers and a Ukrainian official.
Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesperson for southern Ukraine’s volunteer army, posted two videos on his Telegram channel that he said showed the “consequences” of the deadly attack.
The troops had gathered around 9 a.m. local time to await the arrival of Maj. Gen. Oleg Moiseyev, the decorated commander of the 29th Army of the Eastern military region, who was scheduled to inspect the brigade.
“Our commanders had lined us up in an open field,” a soldier who survived the carnage said in a video obtained by the BBC’s Russian service.
In the end, Moiseyev never made it for the inspection, reported Russian war correspondent Roman Saponkov on Telegram.
The popular military blog Rybar described the attack as a “tragic event,” pointedly adding that “the lack of common sense and flexibility of thinking in the ranks of senior officers is not surprising.” --->READ MORE HERE
NEWSWEEK: Ukraine Shoots Down Seventh Russian Fighter Jet in a Week:
Ukraine's armed forces have shot down seven Russian fighter jets in the space of a week, according to Kyiv's military.
The commander of Ukraine's air force, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk, said in a statement on Wednesday that Kyiv had destroyed an Su-34 fighter-bomber.
"One down, we keep working. The crew of the Su-34 joins our section 'Eternal flight, brothers!'," said Oleshchuk in a post on Telegram. "We will eat the Russian bear in small pieces. Together to victory! P.S. Rumors say that I have been in a bad mood lately. I have no reason to be! It's just great with this kind of combat work!"
It comes two days after Ukraine's Ministry of Defense said Ukraine destroyed two Russian jets—an Su-34 fighter-bomber and an Su-35S fighter jet.
"Russian planes continue to fall! This morning, defenders of the sky shot down two Russian planes in the eastern direction—a Su-34 fighter-bomber and a Su-35 fighter," the ministry said on Monday. "In 3 days, Ukraine destroyed 6 Russian jets."
Oleshchuk previously said that Ukraine destroyed four Russian military aircraft over the weekend.
"Units of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed three enemy aircraft at once—two Su-34 fighter-bombers and one Su-35 fighter," Oleshchuk said on Telegram on February 17.
He said Kyiv shot down another Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber on the morning of February 18.
Newsweek couldn't independently verify Ukraine's claims about the destroyed military jets and has contacted Russia's Defense Ministry for comment by email. --->READ MORE HERE
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