Kremlin Blames Death of 89 Russian Troops on Cellphone Use

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Ukrainian strike, which targeted phone coordinates, has sparked backlash among Russian nationalists against Moscow’s military strategy

(Reuters)—Russia‘s defense ministry said on Wednesday that 89 servicemen were killed in the Ukrainian attack on Makiivka in the Moscow-controlled parts of the Donetsk region, adding the main reason for the attack was unauthorized use of mobile phones by the troops.

“It is already obvious that the main reason for what happened was the switching on and massive use— contrary to the prohibition—by personnel of mobile phones in a reach zone of enemy weapons,” the ministry said in a statement.

“This factor allowed the enemy to track and determine the coordinates of the soldiers’ location for a missile strike.”

The strike just after midnight on New Year’s Day on a school that was converted into military quarters in Makiivka has spurred anger among Russian nationalists and some lawmakers, questioning the military strategy …

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