Did hundreds die because of Putin's speech?
Russian soldier raises serious allegations
Created: 2023-01-08 22:39
By: Patrick Mayer
Hundreds of Russian soldiers are said to have been killed by Ukrainian shelling in this building near Makiivka.
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Hundreds of Russian soldiers are said to have been killed in a Ukrainian bombardment on Makiivka in the Donetsk region.
An alleged survivor now puts it down to a speech by Vladimir Putin.
Munich/Donetsk - New Year's Eve.
You celebrate together.
on the phone.
Text or WhatsApp to wish the best for the next 12 months.
Was that exactly the fate of many Russian soldiers in the Ukraine war?
At least that's what Moscow claims.
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A flashback: On New Year's Eve up to 400 Russian soldiers, allegedly mostly new recruits, are killed by a concentrated Ukrainian bombardment on a military base in Makiivka on the outskirts of the city of Donetsk.
This is what Kyiv reported.
For its part, Russia confirmed the greatest losses to date after the attack on Ukraine, speaking first of 63 dead soldiers, then of 89.
But: The Kremlin blamed its own soldiers for the immense military setback.
It was said from Moscow that the men drew the fire on themselves because they had been on the phone in rows on New Year's Day.
The Ukrainian army registered this and was able to use its rockets in a targeted manner.
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After a number of military defeats and high losses on the Ukraine front, not everyone in Russia believes this version.
, blogger Vladlen Tatarskij, who is close to the Kremlin (522,000 subscribers to Telegram), wrote: “The generals tell us about mobile phones and each time demonstrate their own stupidity and lack of understanding of what happens in the army, where EVERYONE has a phone .”
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Allegations were circulated that there was an ammunition depot next to the accommodation, which would have increased the explosions.
This was subsequently neither denied nor confirmed publicly from Moscow.
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This theory was allegedly confirmed by a soldier who is said to have been there in Makiivka.
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Fancy a voyage of discovery?
The oppositional Belarusian portal
published a video on Twitter that is said to show a soldier named Anton Golowinsky who was apparently seriously wounded.
He therefore came from Samara.
In the video, the man reports that the soldiers allegedly gathered in the building because of a speech by Moscow ruler Vladimir Putin.
On New Year's Eve we were gathered in the assembly hall to listen to Putin's speech.
We asked not to do that.
All the locals knew about it, everyone knew it.
Suspected Russian soldier Anton Golowinsky
“At the end of December we were taken to Makiivka.
We stayed in a building of the technical college.
We asked to be housed separately and not all together," the suspected soldier said, according to
. "On New Year's Eve we were gathered in the assembly hall to listen to Putin's speech.
We asked not to do that.
All the locals knew about it, everyone knew.”
Because of Vladimir Putin's speech?
Makiivka bombing raises questions
They were told "that we had to follow the colonel's orders.
A penalty order.
The colonel's name is Roman Enikeyev.
Almost all of our men died because of him,” Golowinsky claimed.
He continued in the video sequence, according to the translation in
: "It's a miracle that I'm still alive.
All commanders only thought of going home as quickly as possible, which was the quickest way to get out.
They left us there on purpose.
They gathered us all in one place.
Under no circumstances should this be done.
How I survived is a miracle.”
The allegations could not be verified independently.
According to the report, he is said to have died in a hospital in Rostov, not far from the Ukrainian border.
Were hundreds more men killed for listening to a Putin speech together?
According to Bild
, the losses at Makiivka
continue to cause heated debates among Russian military bloggers and their followers.
And in Moscow.