Our Foreign Staff
Mon, 2 January 2023 at 10:53 am GMT
Ukraine launched its deadly missile strike on a Russian barracks after tracking soldiers to the location through their mobile phone signals.
The Ukrainians confirmed the soldiers’ whereabouts when they detected a large number of devices using a local mobile phone tower.
Russia’s defence ministry confirmed today that 63 Russian servicemen were killed in the Himars attack, but other estimates suggest the death toll could be in the hundreds.
“As a result of a strike by four missiles with a high-explosive warhead on a temporary deployment point, 63 Russian servicemen were killed,” Russia’s defence ministry said in a rare admission.
The defence ministry did not say when the strike took place, but Ukrainian forces are believed to have struck as Russian troops rang in the New Year.
Kyiv claims deadly strike on Russian troops in Makiivka
Ukrainian city Kyiv took responsibility for a deadly strike on Russian forces, after Moscow said it had lost 63 troops in the town of Makiivka.
“On December 31, up to 10 units of enemy military equipment of various types were destroyed and damaged” in the town of Makiivka in the eastern region of Donetsk, the General Staff of Ukraine‘s armed forces said in a statement.
It said the human “losses” were still being established.
Israel to stay quiet on Ukraine
Israel’s foreign minister Eli Cohen said the newly sworn-in government would be more reserved regarding the Ukraine crisis unlike his predecessor Yair Lapid who took a tough line on Russia.
In his first address, the minister said “on the Russia-Ukraine issue, we will do one thing for certain – speak less publicly.”
He stressed that Israel would continue to provide “significant humanitarian assistance” to Ukraine, but refused to comment on Kyiv’s request for air defense systems.