The Russo-Ukrainian War at a Glance: What We Know on Day 313 of the Invasion | Russia

  • The New Year’s Day attack on a compound in the Russian-controlled city of Makievka killed dozens of newly mobilized troops sent by Moscow, according to reports from both sides, in what may be one of the deadliest known incidents involving Russian conscripts to date. Without announcing the strike, Ukraine’s military leadership said that up to 400 Russian soldiers were killed in the incident in the city located in the Moscow-controlled parts of the Donetsk region. Late on Sunday, pro-Russian authorities acknowledged casualties but did not comment on the Ukrainian figures.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised Ukrainians for showing their gratitude to the troops and each other, and said Russia’s efforts would prove futile. He said of the Russians: “Drones, missiles, and everything else won’t help them.” “Because we stand united. They are only united by fear.” Reuters reported that Ukrainian air defense systems worked throughout the night to shoot down incoming drones and warn communities of approaching danger.

  • Several waves of Russian drones targeted critical infrastructure in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and its surrounding areas early Monday morning. Air raid alerts were issued in Kyiv and across the east Ukraine, starting just before midnight and still crying hours later. Destroyed drone wreckage hits Desnyansky district northeast of Kyiv, injuring a 19-year-old man who was later taken to hospital, the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko He said.

  • The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that it shot down 39 Iranian-made drones, in addition to a cruise missile, last night. We reported earlier that Ukraine’s regional military command in the east of the country said that air defense systems destroyed nine Iranian-made drones over Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhye regions in the early hours of Monday. Zelensky added that “45 martyrs were killed on the first night of the year” in his speech on Monday evening.

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  • Ukraine has published the latest figures regarding Russian losses since the beginning of the invasion last February. It says an estimated 107,440 Russian soldiers were killed, while it claims to have destroyed 283 aircraft and over 3,000 Russian tanks.

  • Over the past five days, Russian and Ukrainian forces have likely been fighting for control of the P66 highway, north of the Russian-controlled Luhansk city of Kremina, UK MoD reports. The ministry adds that the P66 is “a major supply route for the northern part of Russia’s Donbass front from the Belgorod region of Russia” and its use has been disrupted by Ukrainian artillery since October.

  • As a result of the night bombing of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, energy infrastructure facilities were damaged, Klitschko, the city’s mayor, said on Monday that electricity and heating were out.

  • Senior Ukrainian defense officials said they believed Russia would Attempt a second invasion from the north in the next two months, using troops that have trained over the past three months since they were mustered in October. But the Ukrainian forces defending the border say the Russians will not be able to penetrate as they did in February, when the Sumy region had no defensive lines.

  • Russia claimed its strikes against Ukraine on New Year’s Eve — including firing over 20 cruise missiles – which killed at least three people – was targeting the production of drones in its neighbour. Among the buildings said to have been bombed by Russia was a children’s hospital. Ukrainian officials claim that Russia deliberately targets civilians to instill fear.

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  • Russian leaders have issued a series of bold messages ahead of the new year. President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will “never surrender” to the West, and that it is fighting for its “motherland, for truth and justice…so that Russia’s security can be guaranteed”.

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