Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine
Russian high-ranking military blogger It was awarded by President Vladimir Putin a few weeks ago. It raised doubts about Moscow’s official death toll from an attack on a Russian military base in occupied eastern Ukraine.
Semyon Pegov, who blogs under the pseudonym “WarGonzo.” Post a 5 minute video. on his Telegram channel on Tuesday morning, talking about what he called the “Makiivka tragedy”.
“Despite the Ministry of Defense’s official statement, But the exact number of people killed is still unknown,” Pegov said in the video.
“To the extent that we can trust our own sources working at the scene of this tragedy. They are still excavating the ruins now. And unfortunately for the number of victims of this tragedy – HIMARS attacked the camps of both newly mobilized soldiers and servicemen. Including the National Guard – probably more.”
The Russian defense ministry said on Monday that 63 soldiers were killed in the city of Makiivka when Ukraine fired a HIMARS missile at a building where Russian troops were staying.
The Ukrainian army claims that about 400 Russian soldiers were killed and another 300 were wounded, and said the exact number was “unacceptable.” “Is being clarified”
in any case It would represent the deadliest single episode of the war for the Russian army.
Putin personally awarded Pegov with the “Order of Courage” at the Kremlin on December 20.
Pegov isn’t the only one who is suspicious of Russia’s official accounts.
Igor Girkin, a former official in the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic proposed on Monday that The number of deaths and injuries could reach hundreds.
“There is no final figure on the number of deaths yet. Because so many people are still missing,” said Gherkin, who was found guilty by a court of mass murder in the Netherlands. Because he was involved in a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash over eastern Ukraine in Ukraine 2014.