Strike on Makiyivka part of Ukraine’s counter-offensive, says defense intelligence

8 January, 05:55 PM
Vadim Skibitskyi, the representative Defence Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine (Photo:ГУР МО)

Vadim Skibitskyi, the representative Defence Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine (Photo:ГУР МО)

The strike on the mobilized Russian soldiers in Makiyivka, Donetsk Oblast, is a part of the Ukrainian counteroffensive, Vadym Skibitsky, representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, said in an interview with Italian newspaper Corrieredella Sera published on Jan. 8.

Skibitsky said this attack was carried out to prevent another Russian offensive.

"It was a big loss for them,” he said.

“It is hard to say what consequences it will have, but we will see. Probably, this is a message to all Russian soldiers who are forced to fight — it is a signal to them. This is what happens to those whom Putin sends to the front. And (a signal) for the generals who make such stupid decisions, concentrating so many people in one place.”

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The intel representative added that recently Russians have taken many mobilized conscripts not only to the east of Ukraine, but also to Zaporizhzhya and Kherson oblasts.

Ukraine attacked a vocational school housing Russian military personnel on New Year's Eve,

Russian terrorist Igor Girkin announced the destruction of hundreds of Russian military personnel as a result of the rocket attack. The huge losses are allegedly due to the fact that the Russian military command placed in the same building a stock of ammunition, which detonated following the HIMARS rocket strike.

The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged the deaths of 89 of its soldiers and said that the reason was the alleged mass use of cellphones.

Spokesman for the Eastern Grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Cherevatyi said that the version of events peddled by Russia is ridiculous.

He said that the invading Russian forces has simply failed to covertly deploy their personnel.

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