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Ukraine’s military claimed on Tuesday that there had been another devastating attack on Russian troops.

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said around 500 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in a strike near Chulakivka, a town in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region, on the night of of Year

“The enemy continues to suffer losses. It was confirmed that on December 31 the Defense Forces of Ukraine hit a stronghold of enemy troops and equipment near Chulakivka in the Kherson region,” the General Staff said . “Around 500 enemy soldiers were wounded and killed.”

Natalia Humeniuk, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian armed forces in the south, told Ukrainian television: “This is one of our successes in this direction of the front.”

“There will be more as we identify enemy locations,” he said of the alleged strike.

CNN cannot verify Ukraine’s claim. Moscow has not publicly commented on the Chulakivka claim.

However, a widely read Russian war blogger known as “Operation Z” said in a Telegram post on Tuesday that it “cannot be denied” that Ukraine is now targeting barracks and other strongholds of Russian troops with HIMARS, a reference to High. Mobility artillery rocket systems. He included Chulakivka in his list of hits against Russian troops that he said had taken place in December.

It comes after Russian and Ukrainian authorities acknowledged a strike that took place shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day at a vocational school housing Russian conscripts in Makiivka, Donetsk region.

The Russian Defense Ministry says 89 servicemen were killed in the New Year’s strike, making it one of the deadliest single episodes of the war for Moscow’s forces.

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