Footage has emerged showing a large complex ablaze after an airstrike near Russian-held Mariupol that is said to have killed 300 mercenaries along with ammunition
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President Vladimir Putin was dealt a fresh blow in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine when an artillery barrage reportedly killed hundreds of soldiers.
Footage has emerged showing a large stash of ammunition on fire after it was allegedly hit – leaving only one survivor. reports The Sun.
According to reports, private soldiers from the notorious Russian Wagner Group used the sports arena as a base in Kadiivka in eastern Ukraine.
It is reported that up to 300 mercenaries were killed in the attack in what would be one of the largest casualties since the war in Ukraine began in February.
Serhiy Haidai, governor of Luhansk province, said Ukrainian troops shelled the mercenaries’ headquarters.
He said: “The armed forces of Ukraine launched a targeted attack on it. Only one occupier survived.”
Putin’s notorious Wagner group is believed to have been operating covertly in Ukraine since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
The Russians have reportedly occupied the sports facility since they first invaded Ukraine in 2014.
Before launching their full-scale invasion in February, the Kremlin had supported pro-Russian rebels in the Donbass region for years.
The Wagner Group is regarded as Putin’s private army and operates worldwide. The Russian President is said to have used the group to plausibly deny themselves as they are not explicitly affiliated with the Kremlin.
The 8,000-strong group is accused of killing children, raping and torturing women, and carrying out executions.
Wagner mercenaries are often retired Russian soldiers and reportedly earn up to £2,000 a month.
The group first performed in Ukraine in 2014, where they played a key role in Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea.
It is estimated that after just over 100 days of war, Russia lost more than 30,000 men in one of the greatest military disasters in modern times.
Ukraine is building solid defenses against Russia’s massive military, but their casualties are nearly mounting as they attempt to push back Putin’s men.
It is estimated that between 100 and 200 Ukrainian soldiers are killed at the front every day.
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