The Russian defense ministry attributed the deadly New Year’s attack in Makiivka to the soldiers’ unauthorized use of cell phones. 89 Russian servicemen have now lost their lives.
“It is already obvious that the main reason for what happened was the switching on and massive use – contrary to the prohibition – by personnel of mobile phones in a reach zone of enemy weapons,” the ministry said in a statement. “This factor allowed the enemy to track and determine the coordinates of the soldiers’ location for a missile strike.”
The ministry’s reaction came when some Russian Nationalists’ fury over what they saw as a lackluster effort in Ukraine was at its height. The Kremlin acknowledged losses in a strike on a temporary barracks on Monday, prompting anger that was primarily directed at military officers who were charged with ignoring a clear threat. Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has not yet commented on the attack.
The commanders stored weaponry in the same structure as barracks despite knowing it was inside the Ukrainian military’s line of sight, according to a well-known Russian nationalist military blogger quoted in The Independent. Sergei Mironov, a lawmaker and the former leader of Russia’s upper house, asked that officials be charged with a crime if they “allowed the concentration of military personnel in an unprotected building.”
The Makiivka strike was attributed to Ukraine on Monday. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, did not mention the attack in a video speech on Tuesday. Still, he stressed that Russia was poised to launch a major operation to bolster its position.
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