Fears for Brit fighters as Russia claims it’s killed 80 ‘foreign mercenaries’ in cruise missile strike on training base

RUSSIA has claimed it has killed 80 foreign mercenaries in a cruise missile strike at an army base sparking fears about the safety of British soldiers.

The country's Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said the attack happened at the Novaya Lubomirka training base in the Rivne region.

Worrying footage released by the Russian Ministry shows a precision strike targeting a military installation in northern Ukraine, near the border with Poland, stating that "foreign instructors and mercenaries" were "destroyed".

The low-resolution clip appears to show a military vehicle and a base from the sky, with a crosshair in the middle of the screen.

The footage then switches to black-and-white images, possibly infrared, and shows a large explosion.

The Russian MoD said in a statement that the footage shows "monitoring of the strike with precision weapons at the training centre of the 132nd Reconnaissance Battalion of the Air Assault troops of Ukraine in the Zhytomyr region."


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It added: "As a result of an accurate missile strike, the personnel of the battalion, foreign instructors and mercenaries were destroyed.

"The military infrastructure and military equipment of the centre were also disabled."

It comes as…

  • Putin has been compared to Hitler after reports of "mass deportations of Ukrainians to work camps in Russia"
  • Ukraine has refused to surrender Mariupol to Putin's forces after a chilling Russian ultimatum
  • Captured crying Russian soldiers claim their comrades have been thrown into mass graves as they call for an uprising against Putin
  • Ukrainian intelligence claims Russian officials plan to poison Putin and have already chosen his successor
  • Russian tanks 'opened fire' on an elderly care home in eastern Ukraine killing 56 and taking 15 hostage
  • Dramatic Call Of Duty-style footage captures the moment Ukrainian forces blast a Russian Z-tank

The airstrike comes a week after another military base was hit nearly 12 miles from the Polish border.

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At least 35 people were killed more than 30 cruise missiles were fired at the Yavoriv military base near Lviv.

The attack that wounded another 134, was reportedly initiated after UK numbers apparently “lit up” a Ukrainian phone network covering the base.

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