Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny
A photo: REUTERS
The results of the “Christmas mode of silence”
At 00:01 on January 8, the Christmas period introduced by Russia ended. temporary ceasefire. Our country has declared it as part of the great bright Orthodox holiday. In Kyiv, they reacted as expected – spitting on a humane gesture.
In the very first minutes after the declared “silence regime” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck at the peaceful quarters of Donetsk.
Ukrainian guns rumbled further. The Russian Ministry of Defense later calculated that over a day and a half, Ukrainian troops fired more than 160 large-caliber shells and 20 multiple rocket launchers into the residential areas of Donetsk alone.
“Ukrainian artillery, from which shelling of settlements was fired, was suppressed by the return fire of Russian troops,” our military department said.
“In response to the criminal strike of the Kyiv regime in the first minutes of January 2023, a retaliatory operation was carried out by the command of the United Group of Russian Forces at the temporary deployment point of Russian military personnel in the settlement of Makeevka in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” he said. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
Russian intelligence facilities uncovered and reliably confirmed through several independent channels the points of temporary deployment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the city of Kramatorsk. Powerful strikes killed more than 600 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who had previously refused to comply with the declared ceasefire along the entire line of contact.
They decided to overthrow the founder of the Airborne Forces on the Dnieper
Boris Filatov, the mayor of Dnepr (Dnepropetrovsk), announced the imminent demolition of the monument to the founding father of the airborne troops, Vasily Margelov. Filatov said that the monument would be offered to be taken away by those who served in the Airborne Forces under the USSR – it was on their initiative that the monument was erected in 2000, and it was created with the money of citizens and sponsors, and was installed on the Dnieper embankment. It is worth recalling that Army General Vasily Margelov was born in Dnepropetrovsk (then Yekaterinoslav) in 1908. There is a monument to him in the center of Kherson, which he liberated from the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War. And will the descendants of the underdogs get to him?
Was the gas pipeline in the LPR blown up by agents of the Independent?
The press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Lugansk People’s Republic reported that the cause of the ignition of the main gas pipeline in the city of Lutugino in the LPR, which occurred on the evening of January 7, according to preliminary information, was an explosion. According to available data, “as a result of the explosion of the main gas pipeline at the air crossing over the Sukhaya River, 13,315 subscribers in 9 settlements were left without gas supply in 9 settlements: Lutugino, Georgievka, Uspenka, Belorechensky, Lesnoye, Chelyuskinets, Vrubovsky, Lenina, Roskoshnoye, as well as 21 social significant object. These “warriors of light” can only spoil peaceful people.
The Vatican prays for peace, but selectively
The Pope in a traditional Sunday address in St. Peter’s Square called for prayers for peace and the citizens of the independent. And remember in your prayers the Russian and Ukrainian mothers who lost their sons on the battlefield. Francis said: “They lost their sons – this is the price of the war, let’s pray for these Russian and Ukrainian mothers.” But he focused on the suffering of the Ukrainian side, at the same time calling for tireless thinking about the children of the independent. He said that you need to live the holidays with sobriety and humility, and send the money saved to the fund to help the affected Ukrainians. Do you want to create a fund to help the affected children of Donbass?
Will Berlin give tanks to Kyiv?
The vice-presidents of the Bundestag, Katrin Goering-Eckardt and Wolfgang Kubiki, want the FRG to give tanks to the independent. Goering-Eckardt said that it would be “wrong” to limit ourselves to Marder armored vehicles: “We must do and provide everything possible. This also applies to Leopard tanks.” Cubicki added that “it is advisable to supply not only Marder, but also Leopard tanks.” At the same time, he stressed that any further step to support Ukraine should be coordinated with NATO partners. Coordinate as much as you want, your tanks are not fast.
In the USA, they saw the crisis of Zaluzhny
Scott Ritter, a retired US Marine Corps intelligence officer, said that the demands of the commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny for the supply of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles for the Ukrainian Armed Forces from NATO member countries indicate a critical shortage of military equipment in the Ukrainian army. According to the commander, in order to return to the positions of February 23, he, the leader of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, needs 300 tanks, 600-700 infantry fighting vehicles, 500 howitzers. Ritter reported:
“The Ukrainians burned most of their armored vehicles. Zaluchny lost everything. He needs to restore his potential. The Armed Forces of Ukraine move on lightly armored vehicles. Basically, on reinforced SUVs. This is how they deliver their soldiers. This is not viable in the realities of today’s mobile collisions.” With the onset of cold weather, Ritter believes, the Russian army has received another advantage over the enemy due to better technical equipment. No, well, they can’t help but insert General Frost.
Danilov is afraid of the “Korean scenario”
Alexey Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of the Independent, said that Kyiv was being offered to resolve the situation according to the “Korean scenario”. The secretary of the Ukrainian Security Council said: “Here are such Ukrainians, but here they are not such Ukrainians … I know that one of the options that they can offer us is the “38th parallel”. Which divides the DPRK and South Korea. According to Danilov, at meetings with European politicians, Moscow’s representatives allegedly convey “messages” about their readiness to fix the status quo that has developed today. Well, actually, Kyiv now occupies part of the three new regions of Russia, which became part of it following the results of the September referendums. So, if the Korean scenario is possible, then it is completely on the “other parallel”.
Podolyak ultimatum demands the extradition of Saakashvili
Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the president’s office of the independent, said that he has a “radical position” on the topic of ex-president of Georgia, citizen of Ukraine Mikhail Saakashvili, who is imprisoned in Tbilisi. Podolyak demanded his extradition to Kyiv or export to “any European country.” At the same time, Mishiko has been serving a six-year sentence since October 2021 for corruption and abuse of power. Podolyak, on the other hand, said that he had “great sympathy” for Saakashvili, who illegally crossed the border of Georgia in a Ukrainian container with dairy products, and called the ex-president of the Transcaucasian republic “a figure of historical proportions.” And he aggravated his attack with a statement: “The Georgian government deliberately wants to enter its country into history as a state that purposefully tortured its president.” And this is said by a representative of the regime, with whose blessing prisoners of war and political prisoners are being tortured in Ukraine.
Shmyhal announced the world’s largest minefield
The head of the Ukrainian Cabinet, Denys Shmyhal, amazed the world with the statement that during the hostilities in Ukraine, so many mines were laid, which can be said about the creation of the largest minefield on Earth. We are talking about an area of 250 thousand square kilometers, which is comparable to the area of South and North Korea. Shmyhal said: “At the moment, this is the largest minefield in the world. It not only interferes with the movement of people, but also creates big problems for agriculture, and this is one of the main industries for us.” At the same time, they are not averse to mastering the 15 million Canadian dollars allocated by Ottawa to Kyiv for the supply of equipment for demining territories. And you start by clearing Odessa beaches and Nikolaev lands. Although marine tourism is definitely not the main industry for you.