Russians demand Putin’s commanders be punished over losses in New Year’s Eve attack

Calls for military leaders to face punishment over ‘stupid losses of personnel’ in Makiivka

Liam James
Tuesday 03 January 2023 15:57 GMT
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Russia says 63 soldiers killed in Ukrainian missile strike on Makiivka on New Year’s Eve

Russian nationalists and politicians are calling for the punishment of military commanders in charge of the scores of troops killed in a Ukrainian attack on New Year’s Eve.

The commanders were accused of having ignored clear danger after the Kremlin on Monday took the rare step of admitting to losses in a strike on a makeshift barracks in occupied eastern Ukraine which killed at least 63 soldiers – among the deadliest strikes against Vladimir Putin’s forces in 10 months of war.

Russian military bloggers who closely follow the war said the extent of the destruction at Makiivka in the Donetsk region was a result of storing ammunition in the same building where troops stayed, despite commanders knowing it was within range of Ukrainian rockets.

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