WATCH: Russia accuses Ukraine of HIMARS attack on Russian-occupied Illovaisk, Donetsk Oblast

WATCH: Russia accuses Ukraine of HIMARS attack on Russian-occupied Illovaisk, Donetsk Oblast. @NOELreports/Twitter

FOOTAGE of a HUGE fire following a large explosion in Russian-occupied Illovaisk, Donetsk Oblast has begun circulating on social media.

According to early reports, a large explosion was felt in Russian-occupied Illovaisk, Donetsk Oblast on Friday, October 7, followed by a HUGE fireball.

Ukrainian troops shelled the settlement of Ilovaisk in the Donetsk People’s Republic, firing six rockets from the HIMARS MLRS, the DPR representative office said.

“Fire was recorded from the armed formations of Ukraine in the direction: 0.00 (the time coincides with Moscow time – ed.) – the settlement of Umanskoye – the settlement of Ilovaisk: six missiles were fired from the M142 HIMARS launcher.”

“Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) attacked Illovaisk. The city is burning 🥵 🔥” one person wrote.

Military expert Rob Lee shared two videos of the incident.

“Ukrainian forces have targeted Russian positions in occupied Ilovaisk with precision strikes,” @WarMonitor wrote on Twitter.

Ilovaisk, a city in Khartsyzk municipality, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine is known as a major regional railroad hub.

It has been de facto under the military occupation of Russia and administered by the Donetsk People’s Republic since 2014.

Russian media outlet RIA also reported that at 12.13 am Ukrainian security forces fired five shells of NATO calibre 155 millimetres at the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk.

The news comes after two Russian Tu-22M3 bombers were reportedly destroyed after UAV shot down over Russia’s Shaykovka Air Base in Kaluga Oblast.

Originally it was reported that an unknown UAV was shot down over Russia’s Shaykovka Air Base in Kaluga Oblast.

However, LB.ua sources suggest that the drone took off from the territory of Ukraine and flew 200 km from the border without any problems.

Apparently, the Russian air defence systems failed to launch or were unable to intercept.


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