Zum andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine der Sammler am 17. Januar 2023:
• Wie die USA und Deutschland wollen auch die Niederlande der Ukraine ein Patriot-Flugabwehrsystem zur Verfügung stellen. Das kündigte der niederländische Premierminister Mark Rutte am (heutigen) Dienstag bei einem Besuch im Weißen Haus an. Die Aussage Ruttes beim Treffen mit US-Präsident Joe Biden laut White House Reporterpool:
We have the intention to join what you are doing with Germany on the Patriot project, so the air defense system. I think that it’s important we join that and I discussed it also this morning with Olaf Scholz of Germany.
Das Thema Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine bestimmte nicht nur Ruttes Gespräch mit Scholz (zu dem es von der Bundesregierung keine Mitteilung gab), sondern auch ein Telefonat des Kanzlers mit Biden. Dazu teilte das Bundespresseamt mit:
Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz hat sich heute Nachmittag mit dem Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika Josef R. Biden, Jr. zur Lage in der Ukraine ausgetauscht.
Im Mittelpunkt stand dabei die Frage der Unterstützung der Ukraine in ihrem Kampf gegen die russische Aggression. Beide stimmten überein, dass diese Unterstützung wirksam, nachhaltig und eng abgestimmt erfolgen müsse.
Details wurden weder von deutscher noch von US-Seite genannt.
• Erstmals haben sich die Generalstabschefs der Ukraine und der USA persönlich getroffen. US-General Mark Milley und sein ukrainischer Kollege Walerij Saluschnyj kamen an einem unbekanntem Ort in Polen zusammen, wie AP berichtet:
The top U.S. military officer, Army Gen. Mark Milley, traveled to a site near the Ukraine-Poland border on Tuesday and talked with his Ukrainian counterpart face to face for the first time — a meeting underscoring the growing ties between the two militaries and coming at a critical time as Russia’s war with Ukraine nears the one-year mark.
Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met for a couple of hours with Ukraine’s chief military officer, Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, at an undisclosed location in southeastern Poland. The two leaders have talked frequently about Ukraine’s military needs and the state of the war over the past year but had never met.
• Das britische Intel Update:
On 14 January 2023, Russia resumed long-range missile strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure, the first in approximately 15 days, launching tens of missiles.
As with the previous eight waves of strikes since 11 October 2022, Russia primarily targeted the Ukrainian electricity grid.
An AS-4 KITCHEN large anti-ship missile, launched from a Tu-22M3 BACKFIRE medium bomber, highly likely struck a block of flats in Dnipro city which resulted in the death of at least 40 people.
Russia falsely implied a Ukrainian air defence missile was responsible. KITCHEN is notoriously inaccurate when used against ground targets as its radar guidance system is poor at differentiating targets in urban areas.
Similar weapons have been responsible for other incidents of civilian mass-casualties, including the Kremenchuk shopping centre strike of 27 June 2022.
While some missiles such as KITCHEN are unsuitable for precision strike, evidence from the Ukraine war suggests that dysfunction of Russia’s long-range strike capability is more profound.
It highly likely struggles to dynamically identify targets, and to access rapid and accurate battle damage assessment.
Situation update of General Staff of UAF regarding russian invasion as of 6.00 a.m., 17th January 2023
Day 328 of the russian full-scale aggression has begun.
Attacking residential areas, the enemy continues to destroy infrastructure and homes of civilian population, thus violates rules of International Humanitarian Law, and the laws and principles of war.
Over the past 24 hours, the enemy launched 2x missile and 7x air strikes, and conducted more than 70x MLRS attacks that caused casualties among civilian population.
The threat of further russian air and missile strikes remains high across Ukraine.
The adversary does not abandon plans to seize Donetsk oblast of Ukraine and continues offensive operations on Bakhmut and Avdiivka axes.
Over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled attacks in the vicinities of more than 20x settlements, including: Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast); Verkhn’okam’yans’ke, Spirne, Krasnopolivka, Sil’, Soledar, Bilohorivka, Bakhmut, Pivnichne, Kam’yanka, Vod’yane, Nevels’ke, Mar’yinka, and Pobieda (Donetsk oblast).
Kup’yansk, Lyman and Novopavlivka axes: the enemy attempted to improve tactical situation; Zaporizhzhia and Kherson axis – russian forces stay on defensive.
Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: no significant changes, no signs of the establishment of offensive grouping reported. The vicinities of more than 15x settlements, including Krasne, Neskuchne, Vesele, Hatyshche, Vovchans’k, Nesterne, Zemlyanky, Novomlyns’k, Dvorichna, and Kam’yanka (Kharkiv oblast), were subjects to tank, mortar and artillery shelling.
Kup’yans’k and Lyman axes: the enemy shelled the vicinities of more than 15x settlements, including Kislivka, Kotlyarivka, Vyshneve (Kharkiv oblast); as well as Novoselivs’ke, Andriivka, Makiivka, Kreminna, Dibrova, Terny, and Yampolivka (Luhansk oblast).
Bakhmut axis: more than 15x settlements, including Vyimka, Bilohorivka, Soledar, Krasna Hora, Paraskoviivka, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, New York, and Vesele (Donetsk oblast), suffered russian shelling.
Avdiivka axis: Avdiivka, Vodyane, Pervomais’ke,hGeorgiivka, Maryinka and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast) came under enemy fire.
Novopavlivka axis: Vuhledar, Mykilski Dachy, and Veyika Novosilka (Donetsk oblast) suffered enemy attacks.
Zaporizhzhia axis: more than 15x settlements were affected by artillery fire, in particular, Vremivka, Novopil (Donetsk oblast); Poltavka, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Stepove, Kam’yans’ke, and Plavni (Zaporizhzhia oblast).
Kherson axis: the occupiers do not stop terrorizing the civilian population. In particular, Sablukivka, Kachkarivka, Olhivka, Tyaginka, Ingulets and Kherson were hit by mortar and artillery fire.
In the temporarily occupied territories, in the settlements of Zavodivka, Gornostaivka, and Kairy of the Kherson oblast, the occupiers stopped broadcasting all Ukrainian TV channels; only russian TV is available nowadays.
Ukrainian missile and artillery troops attacked 1x command post, 11x concentrations of russian troops, 1 fuel and lubricants storage, and 1x enemy ammunition depot during the day.
• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:
Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (17 January 2023)
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation.
In Kupyansk direction, artillery of the Western Military District has launched strikes at the units from 14th, 92nd mechanised brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), and 93rd Territorial Defence Brigade near Dvurechnaya, Timkovka, Ivanovka (Kharkov region), and Novosyolovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic).
1 Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group has been eliminated near Liman Pervy (Kharkov region).
The enemy has lost over 50 Ukrainian personnel, 1 tank, 2 infantry fighting vehicles, and 2 pickups.
In Krasny Liman direction, intensive action of motorised rifle units, and the strikes launched by artillery of the Central Military District at the concentrations of manpower and hardware of 71st Chaser, 80th and 95th airborne assault brigades of the AFU, as well as at those of 15th National Guard Regiment have resulted in the elimination of over 70 personnel, 3 armoured fighting vehicles, and 4 motor vehicles near Grigorovka, Serebryanka (Donetsk People’s Republic), and to the west of Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic).
In Donetsk direction, units of the Southern Military District, supported by units of Airborne Troops, continued their offensive operations.
Over 60 Ukrainian personnel, 1 tank, 3 armoured fighting vehicles, and 6 motor vehicles have been eliminated.
In South Donetsk direction, artillery units of the Eastern Military District, and the Pacific Fleet’s marines have neutralised the concentrations of manpower and hardware from 61st Mechanised Brigade of the AFU near Zolotaya Niva, and 108th Territorial Defence Brigade near Prechistovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).
2 AFU sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been eliminated in the area to the north of Levadnoye and Vladimirovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).
The enemy has lost up to 40 Ukrainian personnel, 2 armoured fighting vehicles, and 3 motor vehicles.
Operational-Tactical Aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have neutralised an artillery ordnance depot of 114th Territorial Defence Brigade near Veliky Burluk (Kharkov region), as well as 82 artillery units at their firing positions, manpower and hardware at 98 areas.
Counterbattery warfare operations have resulted in destruction of:
▪️ 1 Polish-manufactured Krab howitzer near Peschanoye (Kharkov region);
▪️ 1 U.S.-manufactured M109 Paladin howitzer, and one fighting vehicle equipped with Grad multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) near Lozovaya (Kharkov region);
▪️ 1 D-20 howitzer near Terny (Donetsk People’s Republic);
▪️ 2 Giatsint-B howitzers near Maryinka and Orlovka (Donetsk People’s Republic);
▪️ 2 Akatsiya self-propelled howitzers near Nevskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic), and Preobrazhenka (Zaporozhye region);
▪️ 5 D-30 howitzers near Zmiyevka, Novokairy (Kherson region), Sofiyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic), and Orekhov (Zaporozhye region).
4 U.S.-manufactured counterbattery warfare radars have been destroyed:
▪️ 2 AN/TPQ-50 stations near Mylovoye and Dudchany (Kherson region),
▪️ 1 AN/TPQ-36 counterbattery warfare radar near Ugledar (Donetsk People’s Republic),
▪️ 1 U.S.-manufactured AN/TPQ-48 counterbattery warfare radar near Senkovo (Kharkov region).
Air defence facilities have shot down 6 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Kremennaya (Lugansk People’s Republic), Nikolskoye, and Petrovskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).
14 rocket-propelled projectiles launched by HIMARS and Olkha MLRS have been intercepted near Udy (Kharkov region), Smolyaninovo (Lugansk People’s Republic), Donetsk, and Khartsyzsk (Donetsk People’s Republic).
1 U.S.-manufactured anti-radiation missile has been shot down near Radensk (Kherson region).
1 Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missile has been shot down near Berdyansk (Zaporozhye region).
In total, 372 airplanes and 200 helicopters, 2,891 unmanned aerial vehicles, 401 air defence missile systems, 7,549 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 984 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 3,853 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 8,081 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.
Situation update of General Staff of UAF as of 6 p.m., January 17, 2023
Day 328 of the russian full-scale invasion continues.
russian occupants continue their full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.
Having no major achievements on the battlefield, the enemy targets peaceful settlements. The russian aggressor continues to destroy infrastructure and civilian residences, in violation of the rules of International Humanitarian Law, the laws and principles of war.
During the day of January 17, the adversary launched 4x missile attacks, 2x of them against a civilian target in Kramatorsk (Donetsk oblast). The enemy also launched 13x air strikes. The occupant forces launched 23x MLRS attacks.
The threat of air and missile strikes by the russian federation on civilian targets across Ukraine remains high.
The adversary does not abandon its intentions to capture Donetsk oblast within its administrative borders. The enemy focuses its main efforts on offensive operations on Bakhmut axis. Occupant forces’ offensive on Avdiivka axis is unsuccessful.
The enemy is trying to improve its tactical situation on Kup’yans’k and Lyman axis, while defending on Novopavlivka, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson axes.
Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna, and Slobozhanshchyna axes: no significant changes, no offensive groups of the adversary were found. The republic of belarus continues to support the russian armed aggression, the rotation of russian units undergoing training in the territory of the republic of belarus continues.
The vicinities of settlements of Mykolaivka (Chernihiv oblast), Atyns’ke (Sumy oblast), Veterinarne, Luk’yantsi, Starytsya, Hatyshche, Vovchans’k, Rybalkyne, Nesterne, Zemlyanky, Bolohivka, Kam’yanka, Dvorichna (Kharkiv oblast) were shelled with mortars and artillery.
Kup’yans’k axis: the adversary shelled the vicinities of Kyslivka, Kotlyarivka, Ivanivka (Kharkiv oblast), as well as Novoselivs’ke, Andriivka (Luhansk oblast).
Lyman axis: the enemy fired the entire range of artillery at the vicinities of settlements of Ploshchanka, Chervonopopivka, Kreminna, Dibrova (Luhansk oblast), Terny, and Yampolivka (Donetsk oblast).
Bakhmut axis: the vicinities of Verkhn’okam’yans’ke, Vyimka, Bilohorivka, Vesele, Soledar, Krasna Hora, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Druzhba, Zalizne, New York (Donetsk oblast) were hit by enemy artillery.
Avdiivka axis: Avdiivka, Vodyane, Nevel’s’ke, Heorhiivka, Mar’inka, and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast) came under enemy fire.
Novopavlivka axis: the adversary fired artillery and mortars at the vicinities of settlements of Vuhledar, Mykil’s’ki Dachi, and Prechystivka (Donetsk oblast).
Zaporizhzhia axis: more than 10x settlements were damaged by artillery fire, in particular Vremivka, Novopil’ (Donetsk oblast), Temyrivka, Poltavka, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Shcherbaky, Stepove, Kam’yans’ke, and Plavni (Zaporizhzhia oblast).
Kherson axis: the occupant forces do not stop terrorizing civilians. In particular, Antonivka and Kherson were shelled with multiple launch rocket systems, civilians were injured.
russian occupants attempt to isolate the civilians in the temporarily occupied territories of Kherson oblast from access to alternative sources of information. Along with stopping the broadcast of all Ukrainian TV channels, the invaders made russian mobile operators the only available means of mobile communication.
According to the available information, russian occupants are intensifying searches for their deserters in the temporarily occupied territories. Under the pretext of searching for Ukrainian saboteurs, the invaders are conducting raids in the settlements of Kherson oblast.
During the day of January 17, Ukrainian Air Force launched 10x air strikes on the concentrations of personnel, weapons, and military equipment of the adversary.
Moreover, Ukrainian Defense Forces destroyed 1x Su-25 aircraft of the enemy.
Ukrainian missile and artillery troops attacked 2x command posts, as well as 1x concentration of russian troops, 1x ammunition depot, 1x electronic warfare station, and 1x radio-location station.