Druzhkivka railway station struck, two HIMARS destroyed – Russia
MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Ammunition, shells, and Ukrainian-supplied military equipment were destroyed following a Russian attack early this morning on the Druzhkivka railway station in the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR]. This was claimed by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, adding in its statement that two MLRS HIMARS installations were also destroyed.
A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense, Mr. Igor Konashenkov, announced that Russia had carried out missile and air strikes on a stockpile of Ukrainian military equipment in the station area. Additionally, four Czech RM-70 multiple rocket launchers, 800 rockets, and six vehicles were destroyed. Mr. Konashenkov announced that “up to 120 Ukrainian servicemen were killed” as a result of the Russian attacks.
Mr. Konashenkov said in his statement that three M777 towed howitzers donated by the US to Ukraine had been destroyed. However, they were destroyed in another missile and air attack in the area of the city of Artemovsk [DPR] and the village of Chervona Dibrova [LPR]. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that yesterday, December 2, Russian missiles fell in on the ice arena in Druzhkivka, Donetsk region.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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