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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 683: Ukraine strikes Russian military sites in Crimea

Ukraine has demonstrated growing ability to penetrate Russian defenses in Crimea with multiple successful strikes on military targets.

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Military

Zelenskyy: If Russia loses control of the sky, it will lose power on the battlefield. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy underscores the urgent need for more air defense systems to deny Russia control of the skies, ultimately weakening the enemy on the battlefield.

Regional leader: Russia’s latest assaults focused on Kharkiv’s Kupiansk sector. Lately Russian forces focused assaults, employing tanks and former convict assault units, on breaching Ukraine’s defensive lines in northern Ukraine’s Kupiansk sector., as per Luhansk Oblast chief.

ISW: Ukraine bypasses Russian air defenses in Russia-occupied Crimea. Ukraine’s multiple successful strikes on Russian military targets across Russian-occupied Crimea demonstrated Ukraine’s growing ability to penetrate Russian defenses. The strikes aimed to degrade the Russian military’s ability to use Crimea as a base for further offensive operations in southern Ukraine

Humanitarian and Social Impact

Russia’s attacks on Donetsk Oblast kill 12 civilians, injure 10 more over past day. Series of Russian missile and aerial attacks struck settlements across eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast on January 6, resulting in at least 12 civilians killed and 10 others injured, with major strike hitting Pokrovsk Town and Rivne Village.

Russia’s Kherson morning bombardments kill man, 62, injure 66-year-old. At 11 am, Russian forces shelled a market in the city center, injuring a 66-year-old man there.

Russia’s night attacks on Dnipro, Kherson injured 17, including 4 children. In total, Ukraine’s Air Defence shot down 21 out of 28 Russian Shahed drones overnight into 7 January, which were launched from the Primorsko-Akhtarsk area, Russia.

Ukraine condemns Russia’s citizenship decree for displaced children. Russia automatically grants citizenship to displaced Ukrainian orphans in contravention of international law and Ukrainian rights, aiming to assimilate the children and prevent their return, Ukraine’s MFA says.

Intelligence and Technology

UK invests in high-tech nuclear fuel to push Russia out of market. UK makes landmark $381 million investment to launch first European high-assay low-enriched uranium program, producing specialist nuclear fuel domestically and ending Russia’s commercial monopoly, per British gov’t.

Japan to allocate $ 37 mn for UAV detecting systems in Ukraine. With the Japanese assistance, five mobile gas turbine power generators and seven transformers were delivered to Ukraine, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa announced during the press conference in Kyiv.

British Intel: Russia increases combat capability of the Russian National Guard. According to UK intel, upgrading Rosgvardia with heavier weaponry along with experienced veterans from other groups will likely represent a significant increase in the combat effectiveness of Russia’s offensive against Ukraine.

International

Japanese Foreign Minister visits Kyiv before joint conference in Tokyo on rebuilding Ukraine. Yoko Kamikawa arrived in Ukraine by train from Poland to reiterate that Japan’s support for Ukraine “remains unchanged.” She’ll also meet with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

Germany’s former President calls for provision of Taurus to Ukraine. After Russia’s massive strikes on Ukrainian cities, “I look with concern at what we are doing and ask whether our support is sufficient,” Joachim Gauck said in an interview with Bild

New Developments

Russian pontoon bridge “defected” to Ukraine (video). The Russian military’s pontoon bridge drifted along the Desna River, “defecting” from Russia and ending up stranded on Ukrainian territory, becoming an unexpected war trophy for Ukrainian forces.

Read the daily review for Sat Jan 06 2024 here

As of 07 Jan 2024, the approximate losses of weapons and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces from the beginning of the invasion to the present day:

    • Personnel: 364730 (+860)
    • Tanks: 6022 (+4)
    • APV: 11180 (+22)
    • Artillery systems: 8653 (+36)
    • MLRS: 951 (+1)
    • Anti-aircraft systems: 637 (+4)
    • Aircraft: 329
    • Helicopters: 324
    • UAV: 6811 (+24)
    • Cruise missiles: 1786
    • Warships/boats: 23
    • Submarines: 1
    • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 11523 (+45)
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