Dispatches from Ukraine. Day 336.
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.
Kharkiv Region. At 7 a. m. local time, the Ukrainian town of Kupianks was shelled by Russian forces, reportedly setting one private house and a store on fire, the region’s governor said. Over the last 24 hours Vovchansk, Budarky, Dvorichna, and Vovchanski Hutory towns were also shelled.
Kherson Region. The territory was shelled 52 times by Russian forces using artillery, MLRS, mortars, tanks and aviation, the Kherson regional administration said. Kherson city came under Russian fire 12 times, causing damage to a maternity hospital, a school, the seaport, and a health center. Due to these attacks on January 24, one person was killed, and six were injured.
The Ukrainian Defense Forces have left Soledar, in the Donetsk region, and taken up pre-arranged defensive positions outside the town, Serhii Cherevatyy, the spokesperson of East troops group, told Ukrainian broadcasting company, Suspilne, on January 24. “To preserve the lives of the personnel, Defense Forces moved away from Soledar, entrenched themselves within prepared defense lines. They fulfilled the main task: not to allow the enemy to systematically break through Donetsk direction and enter the rear, and then move to the operational space,” he explained.
The German federal government announced it is set to provide Ukraine with 14 available Leopard A26 tanks within three months, Bloomberg reports. “It was right and it is right that we did not allow ourselves to be pushed but chose, and will continue to choose, this close cooperation,” said Chancellor Scholz. Ukraine will receive 80 battle tanks from European partners: 14 from Germany, 14 from Poland, 18 from the Netherlands, about 8 from Norway, 4 from Portugal and more from others.
The EU has extended all previously imposed economic sanctions against Russia for six more months, Radio Free Europe Editor Rikard Jozwiak wrote on January 25. “EU ambassadors have now formally given green light to roll over all the EU’s economic sanctions on Russia for another six months,” his statement said.
Missing since early January, British volunteers Christopher Parry (28) and Andrew Bagshaw (46) were reportedly killed during humanitarian evacuations from hot spots in Donbas, Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed in a state release. “It is with great sadness we have to announce that our beloved Chrissy has been killed along with his colleague Andrew Bagshaw whilst attempting a humanitarian evacuation from Soledar, eastern Ukraine,” Parry’s family said. A few days after contact with both men was lost, Russia’s mercenary soldier forces, the ‘Wagner’ Group, said its mercenaries found a body of one of the aid workers near a heavy battle spot in the eastern part of the country.
Ukraine.ua – the state’s digital brand – was ranked fifth in a list of top official country accounts on Instagram, placing behind the official websites of Australia, Turkey, Canada, and New Zealand. “Ukraine.ua is among the top 5 official country accounts on Instagram in the world. In 2022 digital ecosystem, launched by the MFA of Ukraine, reached more than 1 billion. We continue to work on strengthening the voice of Ukraine in the world,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
President Zelesnkyy awarded Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, with the ‘City-Savior’ award on January 24 for ‘demonstrated humanism, mercy and solidarity with the Ukrainian people, comprehensive assistance to citizens of Ukraine who were forced to leave the Motherland because of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine,’ the President’s official website said. “Ukraine will always be grateful to Lithuania, Mr. President Nauseda, all Lithuanian leaders, all Lithuanian families who perceived Russian aggression against Ukraine as an attack on their freedom as well,” Zelesnkyy said in an evening video appeal.