Russo-Ukraine War - 24 January 2023 - Day 335
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On 24 February 2022, Ukraine was suddenly and deliberately attacked by land, naval and air forces of Russia, igniting the largest European war since the Great Patriotic War. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" (SVO - spetsialnaya voennaya operatsiya) in Ukraine in response to the appeal of the leaders of the "Donbass republics" for help. That attack is a blatant violation of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Putin stressed that Moscow's goal is the demilitarization and denazification of the country. The military buildup in preceeding months makes it obvious that the unprovoked and dastardly Russian attack was deliberately planned long in advance. During the intervening time, the Russian government had deliberately sought to deceive the world by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
"To initiate a war of aggression... is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." [Judgment of the International Military Tribunal]
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that General Colonel Mikhail Teplinsky has likely been dismissed as one of Russia's key operational commanders in Ukraine. Teplinsky was the officer on the ground in charge of Russia's relatively successful withdrawal from west of the Dnipro in November 2022, and he has received praise in Russia as a capable and pragmatic commander.
It remains unclear whether Teplinsky still retains his additional remit as head of the VDV, Russia's airborne forces. There is a realistic possibility that debate over the tasks VDV has been given has contributed to his dismissal: VDV has often been employed in ground holding roles traditionally given to the mechanised infantry.
Teplinsky's dismissal is likely another symptom of continued divisions within the senior hierarchy of Russia's operation as General Valery Gerasimov attempts to impose his personal authority on the campaign
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that during the day of January 24, Russian forces launched 5x missile strikes on the civilian facilities across Kostyantynivka (Donetsk oblast) and 13x air strikes, and conducted 10x MLRS attacks.
The threat of air and missile strikes across Ukraine remains high.
Russia continues to conduct offensive operations on Bakhmut axis, suffering numerous casualties. On Lyman and Avdiivka axes, the invaders conducted unsuccessful offensives, all Russian attacks were repelled.
Kup'yans'k, Novopavlivka, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson axes: russian occupants are on the defensive.
Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna, and Slobozhanshchyna axes: no significant changes, no Russian offensive groups were found.
Russia does not stop shelling settlements along the line of contact. Over 30x settlements came under tank, mortar, and artillery fire. Among the affected settlements are Huta-Studenets'ka, Buchky, Mykhal'chyna Sloboda (Chernihiv oblast), Novovasylivka, Sopych, Kucherivka, Studenok, Kozache, Boyaro-Lezhachi, Stukalivka, Vorozhba, Volfyne, Yunakivka (Sumy oblast), as well as Basove, Hur'yiv Kozachok, Vetarynarne, Vesele, Vovchans'k, Varvarivka, and Hryhorivka (Kharkiv oblast).
Kup'yans'k axis: Russian forces shelled the vicinities of Dvorichna, Hryanikivka, Kyslivka, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast), as well as Novoselivs'ke, and Stel'makhivka (Luhansk oblast).
Lyman axis: Russian forces shelled the vicinities of Makiivka, Ploschhanka, Chervonopopivka, Terny, and Yampolivka (Luhansk oblast).
Bakhmut axis: more than 20x settlements were shelled with tanks and the entire range of artillery. In particular, they are Spirne, Berestove, Bilohorivka, Vesele, Krasna Hora, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Druzhba, Maiors'k, and New York (Donetsk oblast).
Avdiivka axis: the vicinities of Novobakhmutivka, Orlivka, Avdiivka, Vodyane, Pervomais'ke, Nevel's'ke, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Mar'inka, Novomykhailivka, and Mykhailivka (Donetsk oblast) came under Russian fire.
Novopavlivka axis: Russian forces employed tanks, mortars, artillery and missile systems in the vicinities of Novoukrainka Vuhledar Prechystivka, Neskuchne, and Velyka Novosilka (Donetsk oblast).
Zaporizhzhia axis: tank and artillery fire affected the vicinities of more than 20x settlements, including: Vremivka, Vil'ne Pole, Novosilka, Novopil' (Donetsk oblast), Ol'hivs'ke, Malynivka, Huliaipilske, Bilohir'ya, Novodanylivka, and Vesele (Zaporizhzhia oblast).
Kherson axis: Russian forces continue shelling civilians. The vicinities of settlements of Havrylivka, Dudchany, Kachkarivka, Zmiivka, Vesele, Burhunka, Antonivka, Dniprovs'ke (Kherson oblast), and the city of Kherson were shelled with multiple rocket launchers, artillery, and mortars.
In the temporarily occupied territories of Ukrainian Crimea, the Russian Federation continues to covertly mobilize the local residents – citizens of Ukraine. In particular, Russian military commissariats in the city of Sevastopol have been tasked with replenishing Russia's losses in the so-called "special military operation" by enrolling local civilians from the Black Sea Fleet units since January 20, 2023. All civilian employees are required to fill out forms with information about their military rank (in reserve) and presence of driver's license.
Russian occupants continue to suffer significant losses in combats with Ukrainian Defense Forces. More than 450x wounded occupants are undergoing treatment in the city hospital of the occupied city of Dniprorudne (Zaporizhzhia oblast). Vasylivka district hospital (Zaporizhzhia oblast) is also packed with wounded russian occupants beyond capacity.
During the day of January 24, Ukrainian Air Force launched 8x air strikes on Russian concentrations of troops, weapons, and military equipment, and 3x air strikes on russian anti-aircraft missile systems.
During the day of January 24, Ukrainian Air Defense Forces shot down 3x Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters over a 30-minute span. The aircraft were performing missions in the vicinity of Yevhenivka (Volnovakha district, Donetsk oblast). Ukrainian defenders also shot down 1x Russian Su-25 in the vicinity of Bakhmut.
During the day of January 24, Ukrainian missile and artillery troops attacked 8x concentrations of Russian forces.
Statements of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kupyansky, Limansky, Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions were hit during the day. Ukrainian troops lost about 145 military personnel, 6 combat armored vehicles, an armored personnel carrier, 2 AN / TPQ-37 counter-battery radars (RLS), an M-777 artillery system, a Grad multiple rocket launcher combat vehicle, 4 howitzers, 6 cars and pickup trucks .
In the Kherson direction, artillery destroyed a US-made AN/TPQ-50 counter-battery radar.
Operational-tactical aviation, missile forces and artillery hit the command post and the warehouse of missile and artillery weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). Also affected were 64 artillery units, manpower and military equipment in 102 districts.
The Russian Aerospace Forces in the Kharkiv region destroyed a self-propelled firing system of the Ukrainian Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system. Air defense systems shot down 10 unmanned aerial vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In Berdyansk, the car of a local businesswoman exploded, who, according to preliminary data, was in the car at that moment. The authorities of the region stated that a terrorist attack organized by the Security Service of Ukraine could have been the cause of the incident.
Acting Governor of the Kherson region Volodymyr Saldo said that the Ukrainian military handed subpoenas to the residents of Kherson controlled by Kyiv literally "at gunpoint". The official noted that young people are caught on the streets, forcibly forcing them to take summons.
Saldo also said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine regularly shell the left bank of the Dnieper, which leads to casualties among the local population. The attacks are carried out aimlessly, and Ukrainian troops mostly hit residential areas, he said.
Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not leave attempts to force the Dnieper, Saldo added. However, the Ukrainian forces are failing, as the entire floodplain is controlled by Russian units.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine dropped an explosive device from a drone near the village of Gornal, Governor of the Kursk Region Roman Starovoit said. Two people were injured in the attack, he said.
During the day, Ukrainian troops opened fire on Donetsk, as well as Ilovaisk, Gorlovka, Vladimirovka, Aleksandrovka. As a result of the attacks, a civilian was killed and 5 civilians were injured. Residential buildings were damaged.
Acting head of the DPR Denis Pushilin announced the advance of the allied forces in the Ugledar direction. Successes are noted in the region of Velikaya Novoselka, and artillery duels are being waged in the regions of Ugledar and Pavlovka.
The new mayor of Mariupol, Oleg Morgun, announced plans to restore the Azov Shipyard. It is also planned to restore the work of the Mariupol metallurgical plant named after. Ilyich. There is interest from investors from other regions of Russia who also want to open new production facilities in the city, the official added.
Employees of the republican Ministry of Internal Affairs confiscated weapons and ammunition from a resident of Zimogorye. A hunting rifle without permits, a traumatic pistol, a flare pistol, 3 bayonet-knives for AK-47, 2 silent shooting devices, 3 fuses, 2 smoke grenades, 3 smoke bombs, cartridges were found at the woman's place of residence.
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