Russia says army barracks hit by Ukrainian strike as it targets Kyiv with drones

Russia says army barracks hit by Ukrainian strike as it targets Kyiv with drones
Russia says army barracks hit by Ukrainian strike as it targets Kyiv with drones

Moscow said a Ukrainian airstrike hit an army barracks in the Russian-occupied town of Makiivka in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 63 people, as it continued to target Kyiv with drones.

Four high-explosive warheads hit the temporary deployment base of Makiivka, while two were shot down by Russian air defenses, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The school building that served as barracks was near an ammunition depot and an arms cache.

Russian military bloggers said hundreds of newly mobilized Russian soldiers were dead or missing. Without taking credit for the strike, the Ukrainian military suggested in a Telegram article that the Makiivka attack killed 400 Russian soldiers and injured 300.

Bloggers described the event as a disaster and called for punishing the commanders who took the decision to place so many soldiers in an unprotected building.

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The airstrike shows the damage that Western-supplied Himar missiles can inflict on Russian forces, which were forced to retreat in the face of Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the east and south last year. But it also underscores the poor tactical judgment of Russian army commanders, analysts say.

Rob Lee, senior fellow at the American Institute for Foreign Policy Research,

of the problems with relying on mobilized soldiers is that it is more difficult to disperse them due to a lack of small unit leadership. . . But housing them next to ammo storage is simply a failure of leadership.

Meanwhile, Russia extended a three-day series of attacks on Ukraine’s civilian and military infrastructure by launching 39 drones on the capital on Monday morning. All drones were destroyed, the Ukrainian Air Force said. “Anti-aircraft missile units, air force fighter jets and mobile fire groups were involved in suppressing the attack,” he said.

Since October, Russia has carried out regular airstrikes against Ukrainian infrastructure as its ground military operation has bogged down following Ukrainian counter-offensives.

However, Russian air attacks have become less frequent in their intensity as Moscow has begun to run out of cruise missile stocks, military officials say. In a shift in tactics aimed at overwhelming Ukraine’s air defenses, Moscow has instead turned to Iranian-supplied drones, which are cheaper to operate, if easier to shoot down.

“Russia still has enough missiles for two massive strikes on Ukraine,” Ukrainian spy chief Kyrylo Budanov said in a wide-ranging year-end interview on Ukrainian television. “They are reducing the number in order to [maintain] the intensity of these missile attacks.

A Western-provided air defense system, known as NASAM, played a pivotal role in defending the capital, according to the Ukrainian Air Force. Western countries have large stocks of Aim-120 missiles used by NASAM, but they each cost around $1 million, compared to less than $20,000 for Shahed drones supplied by Iran.

Ukraine also reportedly launched two airborne drone attacks on Russian territory overnight.

Alexander Bogomaz, governor of Russia’s Bryansk Oblast, said a “Ukrainian drone” damaged a power plant in the Klymov district, about 100 km from the Ukrainian border, in the early hours of January 2.

Ukrainian suicide drones also reportedly bombed the Baltimore military airfield in Voronezh, 160 km inside Russia,

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The attack, unconfirmed by Ukrainian authorities, follows the pattern of other recent cross-border drone strikes on Russian military installations.

Ukrainian officials have refrained from commenting on such strikes, such as the dramatic attack in early December on Engels airfield near Saratov in southern Russia, about 600 km from the Ukrainian border.

But Budanov, who heads Ukraine’s military intelligence, said in a recent interview that while he did not confirm that Ukraine was hitting military airbases in Russia, he believed those strikes were likely to

inside the country.

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