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KYIV — Russia launched a lethal missile strike on a Ukrainian navy brigade within the southeastern Zaporizhzhia area over the weekend, killing an unspecified variety of troopers, Ukrainian officers stated. Unconfirmed Ukrainian media studies and a member of the brigade stated that dozens could have been killed and injured.

Russian forces hit troops of the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade with an Iskander-M missile on Friday, the Ukrainian Protection Ministry stated in a social media publish late Saturday.

“Servicemen have been killed, and native residents have been additionally injured of varied levels of severity,” the ministry stated, with out offering the variety of lifeless, or the circumstances or exact location of the assault.

A member of the 128th brigade, talking on situation of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic, stated the missile struck the brigade because it gathered within the village of Zarychne near the entrance line for a medals ceremony in honor of the nation’s Artillery and Missile Forces Day.

“I can’t give the precise variety of casualties,” the serviceman stated. “What we heard within the first couple of minutes after the strike was 22 individuals. However later, one of many platoon commanders who was on the ceremony stated it was greater than 30 individuals.”

The Washington Put up couldn’t independently confirm the studies of the strike.

The brigade member additionally stated that the brigade’s chief of artillery and “many officers” have been killed. “All of the artillery items, the very best crews, gathered,” he stated.

He additionally appeared in charge his unit’s management for the lapse in safety. “It’s a screw-up by the command, as a result of they need to have stated, ‘Alright, let’s give out awards to individuals by items and let’s collect within the trenches,’” he stated. “In brief, we simply relaxed, and it didn’t take a very long time to smash us.”

“The ‘Eye of Sauron’ is consistently watching you, and something greater than three individuals is a fats goal,” he added, referring to the all-seeing evil ruler in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels.

Ukrainian Protection Minister Rustem Umerov in a Fb publish Saturday night known as what had occurred “a tragedy,” with out giving additional particulars, and stated he was ordering a “full investigation” into the incident.

Unverified pictures on social media confirmed automobiles burning and our bodies mendacity alongside a dust highway within the village within the aftermath of the assault.

Viktor Mykyta, the governor of the southwestern Transcarpathia area the place the 128th Brigade is normally primarily based, introduced a three-day mourning interval beginning on Monday, throughout which flags could be flown at half-mast, a second of silence could be noticed within the morning and “spiritual companies might be held in church buildings of varied denominations within the area.”

“I counsel you to go to sanctuaries and pray for our defenders,” Mykyta wrote on social media on Saturday night.

Transcarpathia is a small, largely rural mountainous area with a inhabitants of simply over 1,000,000 that borders Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. The 128th Brigade is headquartered in Mukachevo, the area’s second largest metropolis.

The assault on the brigade follows a strike final month on a funeral for a Ukrainian soldier within the jap city of Hroza, by which 52 individuals have been killed. The vast majority of those that died have been civilians, together with the lifeless soldier’s widow and relations; it was not clear whether or not Russian forces have been anticipating navy personnel to be current. Many villagers stated they think a Russian sympathizer dwelling amongst them knowledgeable the Russian navy concerning the deliberate gathering.

Russian missile assault at Ukraine funeral overwhelmingly killed civilians

Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, Ukraine’s navy head, stated in an interview printed this week that fashionable navy gear permits either side within the Russian battle to simply establish concentrations of opponent forces.

“The easy reality is that we see the whole lot the enemy is doing and so they see the whole lot we’re doing,” he instructed the Economist.

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