They would be about 400 Russian soldiers killed in a Ukrainian missile attack on a military base in Makiivka, a locality located in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, in Donbass. The Ukrainian armed forces claim it but the figure has been reduced by Moscow, which speaks of over 60 dead soldiers. In particular, the Russian Defense Ministry, reports the Russian press agency Interfax, specified that the bombing, which took place with the Himars missile system, hit a temporary deployment center killing at least 63 soldiers.
At the same time, the Joint Center for Control and Coordination on Ceasefire and Demarcation Line Stabilization (Jccc) – an organization composed of Ukrainian and Russian military officers, whose role is to help implement the agreements on the Minsk ceasefire and ensuring the safety of OSCE observers in Russia – stressed in his Telegram account that the Ukrainian armed forces carried out several artillery attacks against the city of Donetsk, without adding any information on the victims for now.
For their partpro-Russian authorities have admitted that there were casualties in the attack, but did not confirm the figures provided by the Ukrainian army, which also spoke of 300 wounded. Daniil Bezsonov, a member of the pro-Russian administration, explained that the attack was launched with ‘Himars’ missiles on New Year’s Eve two minutes after midnight and resulted in “deaths and injuries, but the exact number is unknown”. For Russian TV host Vladimir Solovyov, the losses “were significant, but not even close” to 400.
During last night the Russian forces also conducted new missile attacks on Kiev, causing damage to electrical infrastructure and blackouts. This was confirmed by the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitali Klitschko, on Telegram. “Energy infrastructure facilities have been damaged due to night raids. Emergency blackouts have been implemented in the city. So there are also heating plants left without electricity,” he said. According to Ukrainian media, shortly after midnight explosions were also heard in Dnipro..
UKRAINIAN AND RUSSIAN DRONE – An alleged Ukrainian drone attacked and damaged an electrical infrastructure in the Bryansk region of Russia on the border with Ukraine. This was announced by the governor of the region, Alexander Bogomaz, specifying that the raid did not cause any casualties. “This morning a Ukrainian drone attacked in the Klimovsky district and as a result of the raid, the infrastructure that produces electricity was damaged and there is no current‘ he said on Telegram, adding that ‘all emergency services are on site.’CopyAMP code
Ukraine’s air defense forces shot down more than 40 Russian drones overnight. The ‘Kyiv Independent’ reports it on Twitter, specifying that Russian forces have launched a “massive” air attack using Iranian-made Shahed-131/136 kamikaze drones. According to the newspaper, all 39 drones were destroyed and to these must be added two other Orlan-10 drones and an X-59 guided missile.
THE DONBASS HIGHWAY – Russian and Ukrainian forces are fighting for control of a highway in Donbass. This was reported by British intelligence in a new update on the conflict in which there is talk of clashes for five days for the control of the P66, which passes near Kremina, in the northern part of Luhansk, a region of eastern Ukraine under Russian control. The P66 is a “key supply route” from the Belgorod region to the Russian front and its use has been disrupted by Ukrainian artillery since October, British intelligence said. If Ukraine were able to take control of the road, the British experts explain, “it would most likely further undermine Kremina’s defense capabilities”.