Ukrainian officials dismissed Moscow’s claim that a large number of Kyiv’s soldiers were killed in an attack last week in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine.
Kramatorsk’s mayor said there had been no casualties, according to Reuters.
A Reuters reporter in Kramtorsk also reported no signs of a significant Russian strike on the two college dormitories that Russia claimed had been housing hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers.
“There were no obvious signs that soldiers had been living there and no sign of bodies or traces of blood,” the Reuters report said.
Earlier, Russia claimed that more than 600 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a Russian strike in Kramatorsk carried out in “retaliation” over the Ukrainian attack on Russian-occupied Makiivka last week, according to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.