Russia says death toll from Ukrainian attack in Makiivka rises to 89
Updated 09:04, 04-Jan-2023

Russia's defense ministry said on Wednesday that 89 servicemen were killed in the Ukrainian attack on Makiivka in the Donetsk region, adding that the main reason for the attack was the unauthorized use of mobile phones by the troops.

"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.

It said four rockets from U.S.-made HIMARS launchers hit the building, adding that "from the detonation of the warheads of the HIMARS rockets, the ceilings of the building collapsed."

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in its daily update on Monday that the Ukrainian military damaged or destroyed up to 10 units of Russian military equipment of various types in Makiivka on Sunday, and the number of Russian military personnel killed in the attack was "still being clarified," after the Russian Defense Ministry reported 63 deaths in the attack.

(With input from Reuters)

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