Russia’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday blamed illegal use of cellphones by its soldiers for a deadly Ukrainian missile strike that it said killed 89 servicemen, dramatically raising the death toll. Moscow previously said 63 Russian soldiers were killed during the weekend strike on Makivka. Although an official investigation was opened, the main reason for the attack was clearly the illegal heavy use of mobile phones by military personnel, the ministry said. “This factor allowed the enemy to track and determine the coordinates of the location of soldiers for a missile strike,” he said in a statement released just after 1 a.m. in Moscow on Wednesday.
the British Ministry of Defense, in his daily intelligence briefing, said: “Given the extent of the damage, there is a realistic possibility that ammunition was stored near troop accommodations, which exploded during the strike, creating explosions secondary. The Russian military has a history of unsafe munitions storage long before the current war, but this incident highlights how unprofessional practices contribute to Russia’s high casualty rate.
Denis Pushilin, who acts as the leader of the pro-Russian occupiers in Donetsk, hailed the bravery of the soldiers who survived the attack. RIA quotes him as saying, “We know, and we know firsthand, what it’s like to take losses. And what true heroism is. Based on the information available to me, I can say with certainty that the guys of this regiment showed many displays of real courage and heroism.
About 200 people gathered in the Russian city of samara Tuesday to hold a vigil for the city’s soldiers killed in the attack on Makiivka. Mourners laid wreaths and roses in Samara’s central square, while priests recited prayers for the dead.
Ukraine’s military staff said Russia launched seven missile strikes, 18 airstrikes and more than 85 attacks from multiple-launch rocket systems in the past 24 hours on civilian infrastructure in three cities – Kramatorsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson. “There are casualties among the civilian population,” he said. The reports have not been independently verified.
Ukraine’s efforts to increase its exports under the Black Sea Grains Agreement with Russia are currently focused on speeding up ship inspections rather than including more ports in the initiative, a senior Ukrainian official said on Wednesday.
In a message posted on Facebook, The Ukrainian Navy claimed that Russia had three combat-ready ships in action in the Black Seaand that it continues to “violate the International Convention for the Protection of Life at Sea of 1974 (Solas), by disabling self-identification systems on civilian ships in the Sea of Azov”.
russian president Vladimir Poutine took part in a ceremony via video link as the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov entered combat service equipped with the Zircon hypersonic missile systems. Putin said: “I am sure that such powerful weapons will reliably protect Russia from potential external threats and help secure the national interests of our country.” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the Gorshkov would sail to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and to the Mediterranean Sea.
According to unconfirmed reports, air defense was activated twice during the Sevastopol region overnight due to drone activity by Ukrainian forces.
Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, used his video address on Tuesday to reiterate warnings that Russia is about to launch a major offensive to improve its fortunes. “We have no doubt that the current masters of Russia will throw away everything they have left and everyone they can muster in an attempt to turn the tide of the war and at least delay their defeat,” Zelenskiy said in a statement. video speech.
Zelensky spoke with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis Wednesday, stating that “we have agreed on measures to further develop Ukrainian-Romanian cooperation, mainly in the defense sector. I thanked Romania for its solidarity and support in resisting Russian aggression.
Germany is looking for other ways to help Ukraine protect its people and infrastructure, the German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbocksaid on Wednesday, stressing that any drop in Europe’s resolve on the issue would be a boon for Moscow
Kyiv Mayor, Vitali Klitschkohailed Wednesday’s award for “honorary best city” of the year by PR agency Resonance Consultancy, saying “Kyiv today is the heart of Europe. Who continues to fight – for the life, for development, for the beauty of the city and the comfort of its inhabitants.
Ukraine and the EU will hold a summit in Kyiv on February 3 to discuss financial and military support, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office said, but the bloc did not confirm the venue on Tuesday, AFP reports.
The American President, Joe Bidenwill meet with the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishidaat the White House on January 13 to discuss North Korea, Ukraine, Sino-Taiwanese tensions and a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, the White House announced on Tuesday.