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Russian troops gather for congratulations general, but are attacked by Ukrainian missiles

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Left: HIMARS missile. Right: troops on a tank — © ZUMA Press/Getty Images

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At least 60 Russian soldiers have been killed in a twin rocket attack in occupied eastern Ukraine. The troops had gathered in the Donetsk region for the arrival of two commanders. German media and BBC report this. This was clearly not a tactical location to receive the commanders.

The Russian troops were gathered in the village of Trudiwske, about 30 kilometers southeast of the front in the Donetsk region. They were waiting here for the arrival of two commanders, who would come to congratulate them on their success in the region and the capture of Avdiivka. But the Ukrainian drones had seen that too.

According to BBC, the Ukrainian army fired two HIMARS missiles aimed at the place where Russian troops were gathered. That happened around 9 a.m. local time. About sixty soldiers are said to have been killed by that double rocket attack. A Russian official confirmed the attacks took place, but called reports of them “grossly exaggerated.”

Open field

The troops were all members of the 36th Motorized Brigade. These are normally located in the Transbaikal region of Siberia. But in Trudiwske they were waiting for the arrival of Major General Oleg Moiseyev, among others. What is striking is that the commander had the troops stationed in an open field, where they were an easy target for the rocket attacks.

“As a result of a rocket attack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the meeting of military personnel of the 4th, 5th and 6th companies of the 36th Motorized Brigade of the Guard, 65 people were killed,” said Russian war blogger ‘Military Informant’ on Telegram . “They have gathered in an open field. One can only be surprised that something like this has not been learned two years after the start of the special military operation.”

“They have gathered in an open field. One can only be surprised that something like this has not yet been learned two years after the start of the special military operation”

Military Informant

Russian war blogger

Conquest Avdiivka

Last week, Ukrainian troops withdrew from the city of Avdiivka after the Russian Defense Minister reported that Russian forces had taken “full control” of the city. President Putin called this an “important victory”. The city’s fall marked Russia’s biggest victory in months. Ukrainian President Zelensky blamed the meager Western arms supply.

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