Desna barracks airstrike

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Desna barracks airstrike
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Village of Desna, Chernihiv Oblast.
Type Airstrike
TargetEnsign of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.svg  Ukrainian Ground Forces
DateMay 17, 2022
Executed byFlag of the Air Force of the Russian Federation.svg  Russian Air Force
Casualties87 killed

On 17 May 2022, an airstrike by the Russian Air Force hit a military barracks in Desna, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine.


Ukrainian authorities initially reported that eight people had died and twelve were wounded, [1] but updated the casualty count a week later when Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that 87 bodies had been recovered. [2] [3] Russian officials said that the military had used "high-precision, long-range missiles." [3] It was reportedly the largest single loss of life in the Ukrainian military in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine up to that point. [4]

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