28 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 53 wounded in devastating Russian missile strike on frontline ceremony

An Iskander-M missile struck the soldiers of the 128th Brigade in one of the frontline villages of Zaporizhzhia Oblast
An Iskander-M missile struck the soldiers of the 128th Brigade in one of the frontline villages of Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Twenty-eight Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 53 were wounded in the Nov. 3 Russian Iskander ballistic missile strike on the 128th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Ukrainian MP and former Zaporizhzhya Oblast governor Oleksiy Kucherenko reported on Facebook on Nov. 5.

"28 dead, 53 wounded. 128th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade. Mourning."

The Russian missile struck the soldiers of the 128th Brigade as they lined up for an awards ceremony in honor of the Day of Missile Troops and Artillery in a frontline village in Zaporizhzhya Oblast. The exact number of casualties has not been officially confirmed.

"More than 20 dead," Ukraine’s Ukrainska Pravda reported earlier, citing a source in the Interior Ministry.

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The deaths of the soldiers were confirmed by Defense Minister Rustem Umerov. He ordered an investigation into the tragedy.

The 128th Brigade is part of Operational Command West, headquarter in Mukachevo, and its units are deployed in Zakarpattia Oblast. The brigade has participated in combat operations in eastern Ukraine since 2014. Many of the brigade's soldiers are natives of Zakarpattia Oblast.

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