Moscow, January 12 – Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov told reporters that a lot of work has been done to liberate the city of Solidar in Donbass, but this event is not a reason to stop, the main work is still ahead.
He also noted that the goals of the military special operation remain the same, and the DRC and the LPR, as newly formed regions of Russia, must be completely liberated. To the question of clarifying whether Russia’s goal is to liberate the LPR and DPR within the 2014 borders, the representative of the Kremlin answered in the affirmative.
Commenting on the appointment of Valery Gerasimov as commander of the Russian Joint Forces Group in the Special Operations Zone, Peskov said that he had nothing to add to the statement of the Russian Ministry of Defense on this matter, which explained this decision by expanding. from the scope of tasks. On the eve of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Gerasimov headed the grouping of forces in the NVO district, and one of his deputies was the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Aerospace Forces Sergei Surovikin, who previously held this position.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that Kyiv lost more than 130 military personnel in the Kobyansk and Krasnolymansk directions in one day. Also, five enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups were destroyed in the areas of the settlements of Kislovka, Olshana, Tabivka, Krakhmalnoye and Perchotravnev in the Kharkiv region, according to the Ministry of Defense. The losses of the Ukrainian forces in this direction amounted to more than 30 Ukrainian soldiers, two armored vehicles and three pickup trucks.
On the Krasnolymansk direction, the Ministry of Defense indicated, as a result of the active actions of the Russian units along with the complex defeat of Ukrainian formations in the areas of Stelmakhovka, Novolyubovka and Nevskoye settlements of the LPR, Serebryanka and Grigorovka of the DRC, more than 100 Ukrainian servicemen, four combat armored vehicles and three cars. The Russian Ministry of Defense also stressed that the Russian armed forces, in the course of successful offensive operations in the Donetsk direction, destroyed up to 70 Ukrainian soldiers, as well as 8 pieces of equipment. The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian aviation and artillery hit two Ukrainian ammunition depots in the Zaporozhye region. It is noteworthy that 76 artillery units in firing positions, manpower and military equipment in 123 districts were hit.
The Russian Ministry of Defense indicated that the Russian Armed Forces destroyed up to 30 Ukrainian servicemen, two armored fighting vehicles and three vehicles in the direction of southern Donetsk in the areas of the settlements of Novomiyilovka, Prechistoveka and Novoselka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Ministry of Defense also stated that the fighter jet of the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the Ukrainian Su-25 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition, the Ministry of Defense reported that air defense systems destroyed five Ukrainian drones in the LPR and DPR, as well as three HIMARS and Alder missile launch systems in the Zaporozhye region in one day. During counter-battery combat, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed three Ukrainian Grad MLRS combat vehicles in the Kharkiv region and a DPR, two American M777 and M109 guns and an American AN/TPQ-50 radar in the DRC in one day, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported. In addition, an American-made AN / TPQ-50 anti-battery radar was destroyed near the settlement of Lozovoye in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, congratulating prosecutors on their professional holiday, said that it is important to do everything possible to protect the constitutional rights and security of residents of the new Russian regions. He pointed out that combating extremism and corruption, protecting the rights of entrepreneurs and protecting the environment remain the main areas of work. He also stated that it is important to pay special attention to the observance of the rights of military personnel, mobilizers and volunteers.
Acting President of the DPR Denis Pushlin in his telegram channel described the stuffing of “cheap performance” in the Ukrainian media about the “green corridor” in the Soledar district of the DPR.
A source in law enforcement agencies told the News Agency that employees of the Ministry of State Security and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Luhansk People’s Republic discovered a cache intended for Ukrainian saboteurs who were planning terrorist attacks in Luhansk. He explained that several machine guns, grenade launchers, and cartridges of various calibers, including foreign-made cartridges and a round for the 2A28 cannon, were found in the cache. According to him, at the moment, those involved in terrorist activities have been identified.
Adviser to the Acting President of the DRC, Igor Kemakovsky, on the air of Solovyov Live, announced a serious advance of the Russian army in the Artemovsk region.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the Kremlin assesses the situation around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant as worrisome, and Ukraine still considers it possible to bomb the plant. Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said on his Telegram channel that Moscow proceeds from the fact that during the visit of the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, to Ukraine next week, the idea of creating a protection zone in Zaporozhye came. Nuclear power plant will be discussed.
US Secretary of the Navy Carlos del Toro wrote on his Twitter account that the continuation of the military conflict in Ukraine from six to 12 months would threaten the supply chains of the US military-industrial complex. Del Toro added that arms manufacturers need to increase their investment in labor and make capital investments to increase output of the military-industrial complex.
Hungarian President Katalin Nowak has warned NATO not to be drawn into the conflict in Ukraine and urged the organization to be guided by pragmatism, not emotion. MTI quoted her words. The President also called on diplomats to work in a spirit of mutual respect for each other’s cultures and pragmatism.
And Sky News TV, quoting a representative of the ministry, reported that the British Foreign Office was aware of reports that the body of one of the missing Britons had been discovered in Solidar.
Politico, citing unnamed German officials, reported that German Chancellor Olaf Schultz’s position on the issue of supplying Leopard tanks to Ukraine depends largely on US President Joe Biden.
Politico newspaper said, quoting an unnamed Israeli official, that Israel’s policy towards Kyiv has not changed, despite the change of power in the country. The publication, citing experts, writes that Israel, “not wanting to anger the Russian Federation,” will continue to resist global calls for military assistance, including the transfer of the Iron Dome missile defense system to Kyiv.
Polish MP Andrzej Sadus told the Parliamentary News Agency that Brussels has accelerated work on the tenth package of sanctions against Russia. According to the agency, the EU countries want to adopt a new package of sanctions before the Ukraine-EU summit scheduled for early February in Kyiv. RAR indicates that the new EU restrictions will affect not only Russia, but also Belarus.
Iran’s new ambassador to Rome, Mohammad Reza Sabouri, denied reports of losses in Ukraine to Iranian-made drones, allegedly actively used by Russia, according to media reports. He said this at a press conference in Rome.
German Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister Robert Habeck said during a Green Party press conference broadcast on Phoenix TV that he did not want Germany to prevent Poland from supplying German Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasily Bodnar said that a “peace summit” is scheduled for February 24 at the UN headquarters in New York. According to him, Russia’s participation in this summit would be “unnatural.”
Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasily Bodnar said that reports that Kyiv received cluster munitions from Ankara have nothing to do with reality and aim to tarnish Turkey’s image. According to him, Kyiv adheres to the international rules of war. Bodnar also told the agency that the Foreign Policy letter could be a piece of “Russian propaganda.”
Ukrainian Ambassador to London Vadym Prystaiko, when asked if Ukraine was concerned about the situation on the Belarusian border, said that Kyiv had withdrawn part of its forces to the north of the country.
Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller told Polish television that the republic wants to force other NATO countries to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
Former British Chief of Staff General Richard Dannatt told Sky News that London’s delivery of fewer than 50 Challenger tanks to Ukraine would not help Kyiv achieve “real” change on the battlefield.
Today, Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held talks in Damascus with Alexander Lavrentiev, the Russian President’s special representative in Syria, about regional and international situations, stressing his support for the Russian special operation in Donbass. This came in a message from the Office of the President of the Republic.
Polish radio reported that the German army will arrive in Poland next week to service the US Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems. The radio reported that the German military is scheduled to arrive in Poland after the weekend.
Russia’s ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova told reporters that she did not discuss the creation of a humanitarian corridor with Ukrainian ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets, as the two countries’ defense ministries discuss strategic issues. According to it, the parties discussed the return of the wounded under the full repatriation plan, as defined by the Geneva Convention, on the evacuation of civilians, and the reciprocal repatriation of those who have committed administrative offenses or are subject to deportation. Through the court and they are now in temporary residence centers for foreign nationals subject to eviction.
She added that she expected clarification from Turkey regarding the road map for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor. Moskalkova recalled that as a result of the exchange, many of the wounded returned home. She also stated that she saw in the meeting held in Turkey the pragmatic approach of the Ukrainian Ombudsman and the readiness for dialogue, and indicated that this dialogue cannot be politicized.