In a stunning development to come as Russia’s war against Ukraine quickly approaches the one-year mark, the deadliest single strike yet reportedly took place on Saturday (December 30, 2022) as Putin was giving his annual New Year’s address from Moscow.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, 700 Russian soldiers were killed when Ukrainian forces launched a missile barrage on a barracks building in Makiivka, Donetsk.
The strike took place just after midnight on Sunday, New Year’s Day (January 1, 2023, on a vocational school housing Russian conscripts in Makiivka, in the Donetsk region, according to both Ukrainian and pro-Russian accounts.
The attack has led to vocal criticism of Moscow’s military from pro-Russian military bloggers, who claimed that the troops lacked protection and were reportedly being quartered next to a large cache of ammunition, which is said to have exploded when Ukrainian HIMARS rockets hit the school.
The building also reportedly held numerous armored cars, boxes of ammunition, and missiles that were ultimately destroyed in the missile strike and added to the destruction.
Despite evidence finding 700 Russian soldiers were killed during Saturday’s strike, “official” Russian figures suggested only 63 Russian troops died in the attack and those who died were young recruits being trained to fight on the frontlines of the war.
Top Kremlin officials were also reportedly “annoyed” that so many soldiers, military supplies, and ammunition were blow up by the Ukrainian's .