Ukraine attack on Luhansk hospital kills 14 — Moscow says

Luhansk hospital

Russia’s defence ministry has accused Ukrainian forces of attacking a hospital in the eastern Luhansk region, leaving 14 dead and injuring 24 others.

The ministry said in a statement that on Saturday morning in the town of Novoaidar, “the Ukrainian armed forces deliberately attacked the building of a district hospital” with a US-made HIMARS multiple-launch rocket system.

The ministry added that 14 were killed and 24 wounded among the “hospital patients and medical staff”.

There was no immediate response to the allegations from Ukraine.

British intelligence

British intelligence has said Russia is deliberately misrepresenting the number of its casualties in its invasion of Ukraine.

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On Saturday, the Ministry of Defence in London pointed to an attack on a Russian military shelter in the Donetsk region on New Year’s Eve.

Russia reported the deaths of 89 soldiers. British intelligence reports, however, say it is highly likely that there were more than 300 victims.

UK officials said that illustrates the “pervasive presence of disinformation in Russian public announcements”.