US-made HIMARS used in strike that killed dozens of Russian soldiers, Moscow says


The Ukrainian military claimed on Tuesday that another devastating attack on Russian troops had taken place.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said around 500 Russian soldiers were killed or injured in a shooting near Chulakivka, a town in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, on New Year’s Eve. Year.

“The enemy continues to take casualties. It was confirmed that on December 31, the Ukrainian Defense Forces hit a stronghold of enemy troops and equipment near Chulakivka, Kherson region,” the statement said. general staff. “About 500 enemy soldiers were wounded and killed.”

Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian armed forces in the south, told Ukrainian television: “This is one of our achievements in this direction of the front.”

“There will be more because we identify enemy locations,” she said of the alleged hit.

CNN cannot verify the Ukrainian claim. Moscow has not publicly commented on Chulakivka’s claim.

However, a widely read Russian war blogger known as ‘Operation Z’ said in a Telegram post on Tuesday that ‘it is undeniable’ that Ukraine is now targeting barracks and other strongholds of Russian troops with HIMARS. , a reference to High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. He included Chulakivka in his list of hits on Russian troops which he said took place in December.

It comes after Russian and Ukrainian authorities acknowledged a strike that took place just after midnight on New Year’s Day at a vocational school housing Russian conscripts in Makiivka, Donetsk region.

The Russian Defense Ministry said 89 servicemen were killed in the New Year strike, making it one of the deadliest episodes of the war for forces in Moscow.



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