Dispatches from Ukraine. Day 335.
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes gathers information and provides updates on the situation.
By Daria Dzysiuk.
Kherson Region. The governor of Ukraine’s Kherson region wrote that the area was attacked by Russian forces 29 times with artillery, MLRS, and mortars over the last day, resulting in one death.
Donetsk Region. According to governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, Russian shelling of the territory led to the deaths of three civilians from the towns of in Novopokrovsk, Paraskoviivka and Chasiv Yar towns. Three others were wounded. It is not yet possible to report the death toll in the cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha as they are currently occupied by Russian forces.
Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has prohibited Ukrainian officials from leaving the country under martial law, with consent from the nation’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “There is a principled NSDC decision on officials traveling abroad. It applies to all officials of the central government and various other levels of local government. It applies to law enforcers, people’s deputies, prosecutors and all those who are supposed to work for the state and in the state. Officials will no longer be able to travel abroad for vacation or for any other non-governmental purpose,” his evening appeal to the nation revealed.
The NSDC imposed sanctions on 22 Russian citizens that the organization found were advocating for a terror-based and genocidal policy against Ukrainians, the president explained.
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers set up a monitoring mission for ‘Naftogaz of Ukraine’ as required by the EU, Prime Minister Shmyhal said on January 24: “At today’s meeting, six winners of the selection were approved as members of the supervisory board of ‘Naftogaz’ national oil and gas company: four independent members and two representatives of the state.” Supervisory board appointment of no later than January this year was one of the IMF Monitoring Program beacons with directorate board involvement and conditions for receiving a €18 billion of EU’s macro financial aid to Ukraine in 2023.
Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland’s Defense Minister, addressed his German counterpart with a query of consent concerning the transfer of its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. “The Germans have already received our request for consent to the transfer of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. I also appeal to the German side to join the coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks. This is our common cause, because it is about the security of the whole of Europe!” his message said.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grande visited war-torn Kharkiv, including Northern Saltivka — one of the most damaged by Russian missiles residential neighborhoods in Ukraine’s largest eastern city — on January 24, 2023
In Ukrainian governmental news, Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksii Symonenko resigned on January 24, the country’s prosecutor general Andrii Kostin’s office said. Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, confirmed Symonenko letter of resignation. President Zelenskyy relieved Tymoshenko of his post yesterday with a related decree, which appeared on Zelenskyy’s official presidential website. The Ukrainian government dismissed a number of ministers and governors during is January 24 session.