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More than 100 Russian soldiers killed in Attacks strike

More than 100 Russian soldiers were reportedly killed when a volley of Atacms missiles hit a training base in eastern Ukraine in one of the highest single losses of Russian lives in months.

Drone footage shared on social media appeared to show at least four of the short-range ballistic missiles, armed with cluster warheads, smash the gathering of Russian troops in as little as 95 seconds.

Ukraine has been begging the US for months to supply high-precision, long-range ATACMs missiles, before they were secretly shipped to Kyiv last month.

Western analysts said the attack occurred on a Russian training center between the towns of Kuban and Mozhnyakivka, about 50 miles behind the front lines in the Donbas region of Luhansk.

The strikes reportedly killed 116 Russian troops, the US-based Institute for the Study of War think-tank wrote in a report on Wednesday.

‘Such strikes are crucial’

Neither the Russian nor Ukrainian defense ministries have commented on the reported attacks. But surveillance footage from a Ukrainian drone showed a grouping of Russian forces and at least three armored vehicles.

At first, a dud missile appeared to smash into a field in the vicinity of the troops, sending a plume of dark smoke into the air. Shortly after comes a rapid burst of three explosions that blanket the area, with the distinctive smoke trails from cluster bomblets being scattered and detonated.

The Russian troops were preparing for an offensive on the neighboring Kharkiv region, Oleksandr Musiienko, head of Ukraine’s Center for Military-Legal Studies, said.

“Such strikes in the Luhansk region are crucial,” he said. “It’s precisely in the territory of the northeastern part of the Luhansk region that Russia has been training and coordinating its units, which were specifically preparing for an escalation of hostilities in the Kharkiv region, where Russia plans to reinforce its advance.”

The strike took place in the northeastern part of the Luhansk region that Russia has been training and coordinating its units – Clash Report

Newer missile can strike targets up to 190 miles away

Deep strikes on Russian training grounds and command centers are seen as an important part of Ukraine’s strategy to halt Moscow’s momentum.

Such attacks make it harder for Russian forces to prepare for offensives and for commanders to hand down orders, analysts say.

“The goal is to slow down the enemy’s offensive actions,” Mr Musiienko said. “Not allowing them to deploy into combat formations. While we await more advanced weaponry, it’s crucial to use what we have, namely Atacms, to strike the enemy in their rear and prevent them from advancing to the front line.”

Ukraine received a small number of the cluster warhead Atacms missiles from the US last October. The older model has a range between 25 and 100 miles compared to the new versions, which can strike targets up to 190 miles away, which were donated as part of Washington’s most recent military aid package.

Kyiv sparingly the first tranche of about 20 cluster missiles to hit Russian airfields in a bid to eat away at Moscow’s dominance in the skies.