International Edition Federal News Agency Reports on the situation in Ukraine and Donbass on the evening of January 17.
Statements of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
In a daily briefing, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kupyansky, Limansky and South-Donetsk directions and equipment storage areas were hit during the day. In the direction of Donetsk, the allied forces continued offensive operations. In addition, 3 Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups were liquidated in the Kharkiv region and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). The total loss of the enemy was about 220 soldiers. 2 tanks, 2 infantry fighting vehicles, 8 armored vehicles, 15 pickup trucks and cars were destroyed.
Operational-tactical aviation, missile forces and artillery struck the Ukrainian territorial defense weapons depot in the Kharkiv region, 82 artillery units and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 98 districts.
During the counter-battery war, the “Crab” and M109 “Paladin” howitzers in the Kharkiv region, as well as the multi-launch rocket system (MLRS) “Grad” combat vehicle were destroyed. In the DPR, the D-20 howitzer, 2 Giacint-B howitzers, in the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) – 2 Akatsiya howitzers were eliminated. In addition, 5 howitzers were destroyed in the DPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. In the Kherson region, 2 counter-battery combat radar stations (radar) manufactured by the United States AN / TPQ-50 were destroyed, in the DPR and in the Kharkiv region – the AN / TPQ-36 and AN / TPQ-48 radars.
Air defense vehicles (air defense) destroyed 6 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the LPR and DPR. 14 HIMARS and Alder MLRS shells were cut in the LPR, DPR and Kharkiv region. A HARM anti-radar missile was shot down in the Kherson region, and a Tochka-U ballistic missile in the Zaporozhye region.
Civil infrastructure is being restored on the territory of the Zaporozhye region, which was liberated by a special operation. Thus began work on the global reconstruction of water networks in the Melitopol region. Experts plan to restore about 150 kilometers of highway from the village of Akimovka to Berdyansk.
Member of the Main Council of the Administration of the Zaporozhye Region Vladimir Rogov Provided that there are no attacks from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Zaporizhzhya did not exclude that the power units of the NPP could be put into production mode in the near future.
About 5,000 residents returned to Vasilievka, located near the communication line. According to the head of the Vasilyevsky district Natalya Romanichenkomostly people who were evacuated to Ukrainian territory are returning.
“They went there, they saw that it was bad, there was no support, everything was not as stated on Telegram channels,” said Romanichenko.
A bust of the poet Alexander Pushkin was dismantled in the Kyiv-controlled city of Zaporozhye. The monument was located on the territory of the school.
On Tuesday night, the Ukrainian Armed Forces bombed Kakhovka, 2 people died as a result of the attack, there are wounded, including a child. Local authorities reported that all victims were taken to the central district hospital.
Kherson area residents will start receiving compensation for housing and communal services from 1 February, local authorities reported.
During the day, the settlements of Alexandrovka, Blagodatnoe, Volnovakha, Khartsyzsk and Shirokaya Balka, as well as Donetsk, were bombed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result of the attacks, a resident of Volnovakha was killed and another civilian was killed while shooting Blagodatny.
Deputy Chairman of DPR Denis Pushilin Announced the completion of the liquidation of high-rise buildings in Maryinka. At the same time, according to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine is trying to stay in pre-prepared positions in the private sector.
The head of the Republican pension fund said in the LPR that the situation with the payment of January pensions has stabilized. Tatyana Vasilyeva At a meeting with the Prime Minister of the LPR Sergei Kozlov. He had previously informed some citizens that there was a delay in the payment of pensions due to technical reasons.
In the Dnipropetrovsk region, energy consumption limits have been reduced due to a severe power outage. In addition, emergency power cuts are experienced due to exceeding the limits set in 6 regions.
Advisor to the Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine Alexey Arerestovich He wrote a letter of resignation after criticism for his remarks about the reasons for blowing up an apartment in Dnepropetrovsk. Arestovich stated that the disaster, which resulted in the death of civilians, was caused by the operation of the Ukrainian air defense system. The presidency accepted the adviser’s resignation.
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky Announced that the Prime Minister of Italy visited the country. Georgie Meloni. At the same time, he refused to give the date of arrival, stating that the trip will take place soon.
President’s wife Elena Zelenskaya At the World Economic Forum held in Davos, he announced that he would forward the president’s letters containing the “peace formula” to the Presidents of the European Commission, Switzerland and China.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny He met with the General of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mark Milley in Poland. In the first personal meeting, he thanked the states for their help and also talked about the current needs of Kiev.
NBC television channel reported that Ukrainian troops strengthened the fortifications on the border with Belarus. AFU allegedly dug trenches in the forest, a 5-minute drive from the border, and reinforced the earthen walls with boards. The TV channel reported that one of the Ukrainian military said that such fortifications were being built in all areas of responsibility of the troops.
The European Union has allocated a new tranche of macro-financial aid to Ukraine amounting to 3 billion euros. The total amount of the package will be 18 billion euros. The European Commission plans to transfer 1.5 billion euros to Kiev every month.
Latvian Minister of Defense arrived in Ukraine for a visit Inara Murniece. Meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament Ruslan StefanchukThe parties discussed the types of weapons necessary for Kyiv.
The head of the Spanish Foreign Ministry said that the Spanish authorities do not plan to transfer the Leopard tanks to Kiev. Jose Manuel Albarez forum in Davos. He also added that the country is doing what it considers best at every stage to “help the Ukrainians defend their land”.
President of Poland Andrzej Duda He said the fact of NATO membership would force Germany to deliver the tanks Kiev wanted to Ukraine. He expressed hope that pressure from the “political scene and public opinion” would change Berlin’s position. Duda also said that Poland has transferred almost all of Pior’s man-portable air defense systems to Kiev.
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