Up to 250 of Ukraine’s ‘foreign legion’ in Donbas struck by missiles – Russia

18 Jul, 2022 12:45

Up to 250 foreign mercenaries were killed in the attack, the Ministry of Defense has claimed

Ukraine’s ‘foreign legion’ struck by missiles – Russia

A facility used by Ukraine’s “foreign legion” in Donbass has been targeted in a Russian missile strike that killed up to 250 mercenaries and destroyed a number of military vehicles, Moscow’s Ministry of Defense announced on Monday.

A temporary mercenary deployment point of the so-called Ukrainian ‘foreign legion’ was hit with high-precision air-launched missiles in the settlement of Konstantinovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the ministry claimed.

Up to 250 foreign militants, seven armored vehicles, as well as 12 special purpose vehicles were taken out,” it added.

Kiev’s foreign military unit was created in late February at the request of President Volodymyr Zelensky, and is officially known as the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine.

The Russian military said it had conducted another high-precision strike on the temporary deployment point of a battalion of the 118th Brigade of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense forces in central Ukraine’s Cherkasy Region. The strike killed up to 60 nationalists and destroyed two multiple rocket launcher systems, along with four artillery pieces.

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Russian military spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said last month that the best thing foreign mercenaries could expect was a “long term in prison.” He also claimed that attempts by Ukrainian officials to provide foreign fighters with legal protection by adding them to the list of the armed forces or giving them Ukrainian passports would not save them from prosecution.

He also revealed that hundreds of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine had been killed by Russian long-range precision weapons “shortly after their arrival at the places where they were undergoing additional training and where the tactical units were coordinated.” However, most of them, according to the spokesman, were killed “due to a low level of training and a lack of real combat experience.”

Data from the Russian Defense Ministry shows that 6,956 foreign citizens from 64 countries arrived in Ukraine to become pro-Kiev combatants between February 24 and June 17. Some 1,956 of those have been killed, while 1,779 have left the country, the ministry said.

The latest strikes come after Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced on Monday that the Russian ‘East’ grouping in Donbass would make Ukraine’s long-range weapons their primary target. The Defense Ministry claimed that Kiev was using them to strike residential areas in Donbass and set wheat fields and grain warehouses on fire.

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3 Responses to “Up to 250 of Ukraine’s ‘foreign legion’ in Donbas struck by missiles – Russia”

  1. Aldous says:

    Only 250? Still…
    #It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas# (2:36)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmddeUJJEuU

  2. Mr Dude says:

    Ha ha mugs

    • Aldous says:

      G’day Mr Dude.
      Most people/sheeple out there have no comprehension of the sheer power and destructive potential of modern-day explosives and ballistics.
      I remember many decades ago being invited to observe the guys at work in a tank on a static live firing exercise.
      The commander. loader and gunner were busy as hell and the commander hit the loader on the head – he was wearing a helmet – when he went to put the bag-charge in the breach the wrong way around. The activity in the turret was intense as fire missions and orders poured in. A tank crew’s life is often a short one but they know the score and deal, live and die with it.
      Most tanks nowadays know when they are being targeted and their computers slew the turret around to the targeting objective and (try to) take it out.
      This is why many of the anti-tank missile systems are now ‘fire and forget’ where the person targeting and firing has to get the hell out of it before he or she is taken out.
      I think Russia has main battle tanks where there are no crews in them whatsoever.
      Unbelievable, seeing as I was born in a house with no electricity and coalgas for illumination and cooking. Regards.