Ukraine/Russland/NATO – der Sammler am 8. Februar 2023

Im andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine hat Großbritannien erneut die Lieferung westlicher Kampfjets ins Gespräch gebracht – indirekt über das Angebot der Ausbildung von Piloten. Der Sammler am 8. Februar 2023:

• Der ukrainische Präsident Wolodymyr Selenskyj ist am (heutigen) Mittwoch zu einem seiner seltenen (physischen) Auslandsbesuche in London eingetroffen. Großbritanniens Premierminister Rishi Sunak sicherte ihm weitere Unterstützung zu, unter anderem auch die Ausbildung von Kampfpiloten auf in der NATO gebräuchlichen Flugzeugmustern:

As part of today’s talks, the Prime Minister will offer to bolster the UK’s training offer for Ukrainian troops, including expanding it to fighter jet pilots to ensure Ukraine can defend its skies well into the future.
The training will ensure pilots are able to fly sophisticated NATO-standard fighter jets in the future. As part of that long-term capability investment, the UK will work with Ukraine and international allies to coordinate collective support to meet Ukraine’s defensive needs.

• Das britische Intel Update:

Since Russia withdrew its forces from the west bank of the Dnipro in November 2022, skirmishing and reconnaissance has continued on the complex network of islands and waterways which make up the Dnipro delta.
Russian forces have almost certainly used small boats to try to main a presence on key islands; Ukraine has successfully deployed long-range artillery to neutralise Russian outposts a number of times.
Both sides have likely also deployed small groups on the Kinburn Spit, which commands the Dnipro Gulf.
Both sides are likely aiming to maintain a presence in these areas to control maritime access to the strategically important river and to provide warning of any attempt by their adversaries to launch a major assault across the river.
It is highly unlikely that Russia will attempt an assault crossing of the Dnipro: it would likely be extremely complex and costly.

• Das Morgenbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

Situation update of General Staff of UAF regarding russian invasion as of 6.00 a.m., February 8, 2023
Day 350 of the full-scale russian military aggression has begun.
The enemy, trying to take full control of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, continues to focus its main efforts on conducting offensive operations on the Kup’ansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka axes, and in the Kreminna, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Opytne, Maryinka and Vugledar areas. Suffers significant losses, especially in manpower.
Over the past day, units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of Novoselyvske, Chervonpopivka, Shypylivka and Bilogorivka of the Luhansk Oblast and Verkhnyokam’anske, Fedorivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Spirne, Vy’yimka, Bakhmut, Krasna Gora, Paraskoviivka, Ivanovske, Chasiv Yar, Kamianka, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Krasnohorivka, Avdiivka, Mar’inka and Bogoyavlenka of the Donetsk Oblast.
During the day, the enemy launched 8x missile strikes, 5x of which hit the civilian infrastructure of the city of Kharkiv, and 21x air strikes. In addition, the enemy carried out 39x attacks from MLRS, in particular, on the civilian infrastructure of Mykolaiv and Kherson Oblasts. Residential buildings were damaged.
The threat of further russian air and missile strikes on the entire territory of Ukraine remains high.
Volyn’, Polissya, Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: there were no changes in the and no signs of the formation of offensive groups were detected. The areas of Zarutske, Popivka and Sadky settlements of Sumy Oblast and Veterynarne, Strilecha, Krasne, Glyboke, Lyptsi, Starytsa, Morokhovets, Zelene, Neskuchne, Gatyshche, Vovchansk, Budarky, Vilkhuvatka, Krasne Pershe, Novomlyns’k and Kamianka in Kharkiv Oblast were shelled. The occupiers deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle with a combat load in the Volfyne of the Sumy Oblast.
Kup’yansk and Lyman axes: the vicinities of more than 40x settlements were affected by fire. Among them are Dvorichna, Hryanykivka, Kucherivka, Kup’yansk, Kurylivka, Kyslivka, Kotlyarivka, Tabaivka, Berestovka, Krokhmalne, Vyshneve, and Kuzmyne of the Kharkiv Oblast and Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Chervonpopivka, Novoyehorivka, Makiivka, Ploschanka, Nevsky, Pishchane, Kreminna, Dibrova and Belogorivka in Luhansk Oblast. The enemy carried out airstrikes in the areas of Kotlyarivka, Krokhmalne, and Bilogorivka.
Bakhmut axis: in particular, Spirne, Berestove, Bilogorivka, Rozdolivka, Zaliznianske, Paraskoviivka, Krasna Gora, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Mykolayivka, Predtechyne, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, New York and Vesele of the Donetsk Oblast were under fire. And in general – more than 30x settlements.
Avdiivka and Novopavlivsk axes: Avdiivka, Vodyane, Mar’yinka, Pobieda, Novomykha’livka, Vugledar, Zolota Nyva and Neskuchne of the Donetsk Oblast were under tank, mortar and artillery shelling. Air strikes by the occupiers were recorded near Avdiivka, Nevelsky and Mar’yinka. In the Vodyane area, the russian invaders dropped non-lethal K-51 aerosol tear gas grenades from UAVs on the positions of our troops.
Zaporizhzhia axis: more than 30x settlements, in particular, Novopil, Olgivske, Malynivka, Gulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Mala Tokmachka, Orihiv, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Shcherbaki, Mali Shcherbaki, and Stepove of the Zaporizhzhia Oblast, were affected by fire. The enemy launched airstrikes near Olhivske and Gulyaipole.
Kherson axis: 17x settlements were damaged by enemy fire. In particular, Mykhailivka, Havrylivka, Mylove, Zmiivka, Novoberislav, Kozatske, L’vove, Tyaginka, Ivanivka, Mykilske, Antonivka, Yantarne, Berehove, Veletenske and Kherson.
In the settlement of Kayiry, Kakhovka district, Kherson Oblast, the russian occupying forces forcefully take away civilian cars from the local population.
During the past 24 hours, the Air Force of the Defense Forces made 12x strikes on the areas of concentration of personnel and military equipment of the occupiers and 2x strikes on the positions of anti-aircraft missile systems. Our defenders also destroyed a russian SU-25 attack aircraft, a Mi-24 helicopter and 2x enemy UAVs „Orlan“. Our missile and artillery troops hit 2x enemy control points, 7x manpower concentration areas and an ammunition depot.

• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation (8 February 2023)
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation.
In Kupyansk direction, the attacks, launched by Ground-Attack and Army aviation, as well as the artillery of the ‚Zapad‘ Group of Forces, have resulted in the neutralisation of the manpower and hardware of the units from 14th and 92nd mechanised brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukrane near Olshanka, Pershotravnevoye, Krakhmalnoye, Berestovoye (Kharkov region), and Novosyolovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic).
Over 35 Ukrainian personnel, one armoured personnel carrier, and one motor vehicle have been eliminated.
In Krasny Liman direction, Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, the artillery, and flamethrower systems of the ‚Tsentr‘ Group of Forces have neutralised the manpower and hardware of the units from 66th Mechanised, 25th Airborne, 95th Airborne Assault, and 81st Airmobile brigades of the AFU near Stelmakhovka, Chervonopopovka, Chervonaya Dibrova, Kuzmino (Lugansk People’s Republic), and Terny (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Over 130 Ukrainian personnel, one infantry fighting vehicle, three armoured fighting vehicles, one Grad multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS), as well as one ordnance depot of 66th Mechanised Brigade of the AFU have been eliminated near Podliman (Kharkov region).
In Donetsk direction, the offensive and firepower operations, conducted by the ‚Yug‘ Group of Forces, have resulted in the elimination of over 140 Ukrainian personnel, one tank, three pickups, three motor vehicles, and one Msta-B howitzer.
Two AFU ordnance depots have been destroyed near Avdeyevka and Slavyansk (Donetsk People’s Republic).
In South Donetsk direction, Army Aviation and the artillery of the ‚Vostok‘ Group of Forces have neutralised the units from 72nd Mechanised, 1st Tank, and 35th Marine brigades of the AFU near Ugledar and Vodyanoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Up to 75 Ukrainian personnel, one tank, one infantry fighting vehicle, three armoured fighting vehicles, and two motor vehicles have been eliminated.
Three AFU ordnance and fuel depots have been destroyed by the artillery near Novomikhaylovka, Ugledar, and Dobrovolye (Donetsk People’s Republic).
In Kherson direction, counterbattery warfare operations have resulted in the destruction of one AFU mortar crew near Olgovka (Kherson region).
Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have neutralised 74 AFU artillery units at their firing positions, manpower and military hardware in 123 areas.
In Kharkov, the workshops at an aircraft industrial enterprise, that modernised unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and loitering munitions, have been destroyed.
Moreover, the headquarters of 79th Airborne Assault Brigade of the AFU has been neutralised near Krasnogorovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Air defence facilities have shot down 11 rocket-propelled projectiles, launched by HIMARS MLRS, and 10 UAVs near Zhitlovka, Stelmakhovka, Krasnorechenskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic), Skelki, Verkhnyaya Krinitsa (Zaporozhye region), Staraya Zburyevka (Kherson region), Trudovskoy, Kuybyshevo (Donetsk People’s Republic), and Tabayevka (Kharkov region).
In total, 382 airplanes, 206 helicopters, 3,046 unmanned aerial vehicles, 403 air defence missile systems, 7,789 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,011 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 4,022 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 8,291 units of special military motor vehicles have been destroyed since the beginning of the special military operation.

• Das Abendbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

Situation update of General Staff of UAF regarding russian invasion as of 6 p.m., February 8, 2023
Day 350 of the russian full-scale invasion continues.
In an attempt to take full control of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the adversary continues to focus its main efforts on offensive operations on Kup’yans’k, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Novopavlivka axes.
During the day of February 8, russian occupant forces launched 1x missile attack on the civilian infrastructure of Slovyansk (Donetsk oblast) and 37x air strikes. In addition, the enemy launched more than 40x MLRS attacks, in particular, at the civilian infrastructure of Beryslav and Komyshany (Kherson oblast).
The threat of further russian air and missile strikes on civilian targets across Ukraine remains high.
Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna, and Slobozhanshchyna axes: no changes, no signs of the formation of offensive groups were found. Russian invaders shelled the vicinities of more than 30x settlements, including Zaruts’ke, Vovkivka, Sokhany, Pavlivka, Yunakivka, Sadky, Miropillya (Sumy oblast), Udy, Chervona Zorya, Krasne, Lyptsi, Starytsya, Verkhnya Pysarivka, Ambarne, Fyholivka, Dvorichna, and Zapadne (Kharkiv oblast). The enemy launched air strikes near Kozacha Lopan’ and Oliinykove (Kharkiv oblast).
Kup’yans’k and Lyman axes: the adversary shelled the vicinities over 15x settlements. Among them are Kup’yans’k, Kurylivka, Kyslivka, Tabaivka, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast), Novoselivs’ke, Stel’makhivka, Kreminna, Kuz’myne, Dibrova, and Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast).
Bakhmut axis: Bilohorivka, Rozdolivka, Bakhmut, Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Mykolaivka, Klishchiivka, Ozaryanivka, Oleksandro-Shul’tyne, and Vesele (Donetsk oblast) were shelled among others. In total, more than 20x settlements were targeted. The enemy launched air strikes near Ivanivske.
Avdiivka and Novopavlivka axes: Avdiivka, Vodyane, Pervomais’ke, Heorhiivka, Mar’inka, Pobjeda, Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, Zolota Nyva, and Neskuchne (Donetsk oblast) were shelled. The occupant forces’ air strikes were reported near Avdiivka and Mar’inka.
Zaporizhzhia axis: Vremivka, Novopil’ (Donetsk oblast), Ol’hivs’ke, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Shcherbaky, and Kam’yans’ke (Zaporizhzhia oblast) came under fire.
Kherson axis: the vicinities of settlements of Zmiivka, Beryslav, Shlyakhove, L’vove, Tyahynka, Antonivka, Yantarne, Berehove, Veletens’ke, and Kherson were the targets of enemy fire.
In Novotroits’ke (Kherson oblast), the occupiers are subjecting civilians to filtration measures. First of all, the measures concern those who had worked in Ukrainian public institutions and has been refusing to cooperate with the russian occupation administration and reporting for work. The invaders also threaten that those failing to receive russian passports by March will automatically be subject to filtration measures.
In the settlements of Hromivka, Chaplynka, Mala Kardashynka, Zelene, Chulakivka, and Novovolodymyrivka (Kherson oblast), russian occupation forces conduct daily searches, terrorize, and rob the local residents. They steal household appliances, phones, and any valuables.
During the day of February 8, the Ukrainian Air Force launched 21x air strikes on the concentrations of personnel and military equipment of the occupiers, and 3x air strikes on the positions of anti-aircraft missile systems. In the meantime, Ukrainian artillery and missile troops hit 2x enemy command posts, 2x concentrations of manpower, 1x ammunition depot, and 1x fuel and lubricants depot.

Nachtrag: Das Pressestatement von Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz zum Treffen mit dem französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron und  Selenskyj am Mittwochabend in Paris

Ich freue mich, dass Präsident Macron und ich heute gemeinsam die Gelegenheit haben, uns vor dem morgigen Europäischen Rat mit Präsident Selenskyj direkt auszutauschen. Unsere letzte persönliche Begegnung mit dem ukrainischen Präsidenten hatten Emmanuel und ich gemeinsam im vergangenen Juni bei unserer Reise nach Kiew.

Die Ukraine befindet sich seit bald einem Jahr in einem heldenhaften Abwehrkampf gegen den brutalen russischen Angriffskrieg – ein Krieg, der sich von Anfang an auch gegen die Zivilbevölkerung richtete und der seit Monaten insbesondere die zivile Infrastruktur der Ukraine unter Beschuss nimmt. Viele Ukrainerinnen und Ukrainer sind diesem Krieg zum Opfer gefallen; noch viel mehr sind verletzt worden. Mehrere Millionen sind vor dem Krieg aus den umkämpften Gebieten geflüchtet und haben Schutz gesucht – im Westen der Ukraine, in Polen, in Deutschland und an anderen Orten Europas. Was die Ukraine, was die Bürgerinnen und Bürger der Ukraine seit mehr als elf Monaten an Mut, an Tapferkeit, an Ausdauer zeigen, um sich gegen die russische Aggression zu wehren, das verdient allerhöchsten Respekt – und dafür bezeugen wir auch diesen Respekt.

Seit Beginn dieses schrecklichen Krieges haben Europa und unsere transatlantischen Freunde sich nicht nur eng an die Seite der Ukraine gestellt. Gemeinsam mit unseren Partnern haben wir die Ukraine auch massiv unterstützt – finanziell, humanitär und mit Waffen; mit schwerer Artillerie, mit Flugabwehr und jüngst auch mit der Lieferung von Kampfpanzern. Wir werden das auch weiterhin tun, solange es nötig ist. Das werden Präsident Macron und ich Präsident Selenskyj heute hier in Paris noch einmal zusichern.

Auch morgen bei dem außerordentlichen Gipfel des Europäischen Rates werden Putins Überfall auf die Ukraine und seine Folgen eine wichtige Rolle einnehmen. Es ist ein starkes Signal, dass der Präsident persönlich an diesem ersten Treffen der EU-Staats- und Regierungschefs in diesem Jahr teilnimmt – ein Signal der europäischen Solidarität und der Gemeinschaft. Ich fahre mit einer ganz klaren Botschaft nach Brüssel: Die Ukraine gehört zur europäischen Familie. Im Juni 2022 haben wir einen ganz wichtigen Meilenstein gesetzt, indem wir der Ukraine und Moldau den Status von Beitrittskandidaten verliehen haben. Vor uns allen liegt jetzt viel Arbeit.

Meine Damen und Herren, ich freue mich auf das persönliche Gespräch, das Wolodymyr und Emmanuel, dass Deutschland und Frankreich und die Ukraine jetzt miteinander haben werden. Wir stehen eng an der Seite der Ukraine auf dem Weg, die Verteidigung des eigenen Landes voranzubringen, die Werte zu verteidigen, die Souveränität, die territoriale Integrität – all das, was jetzt wichtig ist. Und es bleibt dabei: Russland darf diesen Krieg nicht gewinnen.