Nearly 100 Russian soldiers killed in Makiivka strike, confirms BBC Russian

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The Ukrainian New Year’s strike at a temporary barracks in Russian-occupied Makiivka has killed more Russian soldiers than officially confirmed, according to the BBC Russian Service. reported Wednesday.

Russian journalists from the BBC used open source data to verify the identities of 92 Russian soldiers killed in the attack, the outlet said.

Sixteen other soldiers who were in the makeshift barracks in the eastern Ukrainian city at the time of the attack are still missing.

The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged the deaths of 89 soldiers, the highest loss since Russia invaded Ukraine last year, and accused the soldiers of inadvertently revealing their position to Ukrainian forces.

Relatives quoted by BBC Russian said most of the killed soldiers had been called up as part of President Vladimir Putin’s “partial” mobilization last fall.

They trained in the Samara region of central Russia for the next two months and were deployed to Makiivka on December 26, less than a week before the Ukrainian attack.

The funeral of the soldiers mobilized in Makiivka began on January 7 and continued for the following days.

In all, more than 12,200 soldiers have been killed in the 11 months since they were ordered to invade Ukraine, according to the Russian BBC.

The Russian military last updated its toll on the war in Ukraine in September 2022, when it said fewer than 6,000 soldiers had died.

BBC Russian, in conjunction with independent news site Mediazona, is using official statements, social networks and media reports — in addition to volunteers guarding cemeteries in dozens of Russian cities and towns — to compile the number of soldiers killed in Ukraine.

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