The Russian army has reportedly claimed the lives of 100 Ukrainian military personnel – many of whom were allegedly foreign fighters.
High-precision air-launched missiles were said to have hit a training centre for the Ukrainian armed forces in Zhytomyr, and it is claimed that the base housed foreign mercenaries.
According to local reports from the Russian-backed Pravda News, those housed there were being trained for special operations, Major General Igor Konashenkov, an official representative for the Russian Defence Ministry, told local news outlets.
According to Konashenkov, the base was located near Ovruch, with at least 100 men dead.
It comes just one week after 180 foreign soldiers were killed due to a similar strike on a training centre in Starychi and the Yavorovskiy military training ground in western Ukraine.
Over the weekend, American officials slammed “fake” Russian media reports that three US soldiers had been killed while fighting in Ukraine.
Pravda made the claim on Thursday (March 17) which was then roundly discredited by American officials a few days later.
The three men, named Captain Michael Hawker, Lieutenant Logan Shrum and Lieutenant Cruz Toblin, are reportedly "accounted for" and "safe".
The article made claims that the men were identified by personal belongings inside their bag "near the remains of one of the militants”, which allegedly included a Tennessee state flag.
The news report was slammed as "patently false" in a statement from the US National Guard.
“This afternoon the Russian media outlet 'Pravda' falsely reported that three members of the Tennessee National Guard, which it labeled as 'mercenaries' were killed while fighting in Ukraine,” said the statement.
“The reporting by ‘Pravda’ is patently false. The three soldiers identified in the article are either current or former members of the Tennessee National Guard.
“They are accounted for, safe and not, as the article headline erroneously states, 'US mercenaries killed in Donetsk People’s Republic'.”
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