Ukraine Says HIMARS Attack Killed 200 Russians
The Russian units targeted in a Ukrainian HIMARS attack this week flouted a key wartime rule, military experts told Insider: Don't gather in big, open spaces.
Photo Insert: Ukraine launched a HIMARS attack on five Russian units gathered on a beach resulting in 200 casualties and destroyed equipment.
Ukraine on Tuesday, August 2, 2023, said it launched a HIMARS attack on five Russian units gathered on a beach resulting in 200 casualties and destroyed equipment, Erin Snodgrass reported for Business Insider.
Ukrainian media outlets reported that the strike took place on Dzharylhach island, a 26-mile-long sandbank in the Black Sea that's part of the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
The country recently set up training grounds for active military units to recover and train on the island, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported.
The National Resistance Center, overseen by the Ukrainian army, posted drone footage of the strike on Facebook, showing Russian soldiers who appeared to be stretching and standing in plain sight on the shore just moments before HIMARS munitions struck.
"Massing your troops within striking range of the Ukrainians is unwise," said Simon Miles, an assistant professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy who is a historian of the Soviet Union and US-Soviet relations.