In the aftermath of one of the Ukraine war’s deadliest attacks, Russian nationalists and some lawmakers have demanded punishment for commanders they accuse of ignoring dangers.

“Who came up with the idea to place personnel in large numbers in one building, where even a fool understands that even if they hit with artillery,

there will be many wounded or dead?” wrote Archangel Spetznaz Z, a Russian military blogger with more than 700,000 followers, on the Telegram messaging app.

Commanders “couldn’t care less”, he said. Sergei Mironov, a legislator and former chairman of the Senate, Russia’s upper house, demanded criminal liability for the officials

who “allowed the concentration of military personnel in an unprotected building” and “all the higher authorities who did not provide the proper level of security”.

Grigory Karasin, a member of the Senate and former deputy foreign minister, not only demanded vengeance against Ukraine and its NATO supporters but also “an exacting internal analysis”.