Russia’s Putin Facing More Embarrassment After Deadly Strike (Worthy News Radio)
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
MOSCOW/KYIV (Worthy News) – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin faced more embarrassment Wednesday after one of his senior generals admitted that the unauthorized use of mobile phones caused one of Ukraine’s deadliest attacks against Russian troops.
Ukraine said it carried out a New Year’s Day strike in the occupied region of Donetsk, killing as many as 400 Russian troops and injuring 300 more.
Moscow denied those figures and claimed nearly 90 Russian servicemen died in the Ukrainian attack on a college for conscripts in the city of Makiivka.
Russia’s Defense Ministry blamed the attack Wednesday on troops’ unauthorized use of mobile phones. Russian Lieutenant General Sergey Sevryukov told reporters that “a commission is still investigating the incident.”
But he said it was “obvious that the main reason the attack could happen was the switching on and massive use of mobile phones by Russian forces despite a ban.” He added: “This factor allowed the enemy to locate and determine the coordinates of the location of military personnel.”
Sevryukov said that only two were intercepted of the six missiles fired by Ukrainian armed forces shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day. He recalled that the ceiling of the building collapsed and that many Russian troops died.
“Immediately after the tragedy,” he said, military personnel united in caring for victims. “First aid was provided, and the wounded were evacuated to medical facilities,” Sevryukov noted in recorded remarks monitored by Worthy News.
But he admitted that beneath the rubble, in his words, “the number of our comrades who died increased to 89. The regiment’s deputy commander is among the dead, Lieutenant Colonel Bachurin.”
It is unusual for Moscow to confirm any battlefield casualties. Instead, the losses increased pressure on President Putin, who ordered the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February.
Military sources said the deaths resulted from storing ammunition in the same building as a barracks despite commanders knowing it was within range of a Ukrainian military backed by munitions from Western nations.
With losses mounting, a patriotic group urged Putin to mobilize millions of men and to close the borders “to ensure victory in Ukraine.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claims Moscow is planning a full-scale mobilization, a move Russia said still needs to be considered.
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