Russian Military Admits Mobile Phone Use Led to Deadly New Year Missile Attack

New year’s day, a missile attack in makiivka, ukraine killed at least 89 russian soldiers and wounded hundreds more. the attack happened at a college for conscripts in the occupied donetsk area, which was packed with troops and storing ammunition. russia has now said that the enemy was able to locate the target due to the soldiers’ use of banned mobile phones. ukraine claims that the number of casualties is far higher, with 400 soldiers killed and 300 wounded.

Attack occurred shortly after midnight on 1 january. it was reportedly launched from a us-made himars rocket system at a vocational college, and two of the six rockets were shot down. a commission is currently investigating the incident, and the russian military has stated that officials found guilty will be brought to justice.

Main cause of the attack was the presence and mass use of mobile phones by troops in range of ukrainian weapons, despite this being banned. president putin has signed a decree to provide families of national guard soldiers killed in service with 5 million roubles in compensation, and steps are being taken to prevent similar events in the future. some russian commentators and politicians have accused the military of incompetence, arguing that the troops should not have been given such vulnerable accommodation.

By Evey Lovelace

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