Russia’s Defense Ministry reports the successful missile strike has neutralized over 250 mercenaries
Over 200 foreign mercenaries have reportedly been killed in a missile strike in southern Ukraine, Russia’s Ministry of Defense reported on Tuesday. In addition, the statement stated that more than 20 pieces of military equipment had been destroyed in the attack.
In its daily briefing on Telegram, the ministry reported that Russian Aerospace Forces delivered a blow to a temporary deployment point of the Ukrainian ‘foreign legion’ near the city of Nikolaev, using high-precision weapons. According to the report, 250 foreign mercenaries were killed.
Russia asserts that they have also neutralized as many as 500 nationalist fighters within the Kharkov area via high-precision strikes as well as “a significant amount”militaristic equipment
Last week, Russia also claimed to have killed over 40 foreign mercenaries, most of whom were Polish citizens, after a missile strike on a temporary deployment point near Konstantinovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). A week earlier, the Russian military said it had killed 250 of these soldiers at the same location.
Kiev’s international military unit was created in late February at the request of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, and is officially known as the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine. Their numbers were estimated at nearly 7,000 by the Russian military in April.
An updated estimate by Russia’s defense ministry suggests that about 2,700 soldiers are still in Ukraine. Some of these soldiers were killed while others fled to other countries, complaining of disorder within the Ukrainian army and poor equipment.
Moscow repeatedly stated that they will not consider foreign mercenaries working in Ukraine combatants under the Geneva Convention. “the best thing that awaits them if they are captured alive is a trial and maximum prison terms.”
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols, which were brokered by France and Germany, were first signed on February 24, 2014. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022 the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. They demanded Ukraine declare its neutrality and refuse any Western military alliances. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked.