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Ukrainian HIMARS Strike Kills Over 65 Russian Soldiers in Donetsk

A deadly strike by the Ukrainian High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) has resulted in the deaths of more than 65 Russian soldiers who were gathered in formation to greet a commander at a military base in the Donetsk region.

The incident, reported by Moscow-aligned military bloggers, marks a significant blow to the Russian forces operating in the area.

Russian Soldiers Targeted

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Reports indicate that the strike targeted a military base belonging to Russia’s 36th Separate Guards Motorised Rifle Brigade in the occupied village of Trudivs’ke in southern Donetsk.

Assembling to Meet Major Gen. Oleg

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The soldiers were reportedly assembling in formation to greet Major General Oleg Moiseev, the commander of the 29th Army of the Eastern Military District.

Strike Details

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The HIMARS strike occurred at approximately 9am on Tuesday, catching the military brigade off guard as they awaited the arrival of Maj Gen Moiseev.

Pictures and Videos Circulating

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Pictures and videos circulating on social media depict the aftermath of the strike, showing numerous casualties scattered across the field.

Intelligence and Coordination

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Ukrainian forces reportedly had intelligence about the impromptu meeting between Maj Gen Moiseev and the soldiers, enabling them to carry out the precision strike.

Effective Intelligence

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This strategic coordination highlights the effectiveness of Ukrainian intelligence efforts in disrupting Russian military operations.

Previous HIMARS Strikes

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This isn’t the first time Ukrainian forces have utilized HIMARS strikes against Russian targets.

In August, a similar attack on Russian units on Dzharylhach island in Kherson resulted in approximately 200 casualties.

HIMARS Proving Crucial to Ukrainian Defense

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These strikes have proven to be a crucial component of Ukraine’s defense strategy against Russian aggression.

Role of HIMARS in Conflict

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HIMARS have played a vital role in Ukraine’s efforts to counter Russian advances since the United States announced its decision to deliver the weapons to Ukraine in June 2022.

Precision Targeting

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Equipped with GPS-guided rockets, HIMARS provide Ukrainian forces with the capability for precision targeting at a range of up to 50 miles, significantly enhancing their military capabilities.

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