Russian Media Confirms Identities of 68 Soldiers Killed In Ukrainian Strike

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.22 - 2024 8:20 AM CET

A Russian news outlet confirmed that 68 soldiers were killed in a Ukrainian strike in Donetsk Oblast during a lineup for an officer's visit on February 20.

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Vazhnye Istorii, a Russian news organization, has confirmed the identities of 68 Russian soldiers killed by Ukrainian forces.

The attack occurred on February 20 in Donetsk Oblast, a region under temporary occupation, while the soldiers were lining up before a visit from a superior officer.

Reported by Vazhnye Istorii, these soldiers belonged to military unit No. 06705 located in Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, and were part of the 36th Motorised Rifle Brigade.

An employee from the unit verified the soldiers' names and confirmed that the incident occurred while they were assembling for Major General Oleg Moiseev, the Commander of the 29th Army in the Eastern Military District.

Moiseev described the attack, stating, "everything was scattered" and "there were a lot of wounded", some of whom were taken to hospital in Rostov-on-Don.

Out of the soldiers killed, Vazhnye Istorii has identified 66, with two remaining unnamed.

The report also noted that some of the deceased soldiers' social media profiles were active up until the day of the attack.

Background Information

BBC News Russian had earlier reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces executed a strike on February 20.

This strike targeted Russian soldiers in Donetsk Oblast as they assembled for a briefing, resulting in at least 60 casualties among the Russian forces.

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