US-made HIMARS used in strike that killed scores of Russian troops, Moscow says

Four rockets from US-made HIMARS launchers were used in the deadly New Year’s Day strike on Russian troops in the occupied city of Makiivka, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Two other HIMARS rockets were intercepted by manned air defense assets, the ministry said.

“Four rockets with high-explosive warheads hit a building where Russian servicemen were stationed. The detonation of the HIMARS missiles caused the roof of the building to collapse,” the ministry said.

HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a multiple launch rocket launcher made in the United States.

Disputed death toll: The apparent Ukrainian strike took place just after midnight Sunday on a vocational school housing Russian conscripts in Makiivka, in the Donetsk region, according to both Ukrainian and pro-Russian accounts.

The Ukrainian military claimed up to around 400 Russian soldiers died in the strike, while Russia’s Defense Ministry has reported that 89 servicemen were killed.

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