International edition Federal News Agency reports on the situation in Ukraine and Donbas by the evening of January 28.
Statements of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that units and clusters of equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and territorial defense in the Kupyansky and Limansky directions were hit during the day. As a result of the strikes, about 75 Ukrainian servicemen, an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), 3 armored combat vehicles, 2 M-777 artillery systems, a Gvozdika howitzer and 2 pickup trucks were destroyed.
In the Donetsk direction, in the course of successful offensive operations, Russian units took up more advantageous lines and positions. More than 30 Ukrainian servicemen, infantry fighting vehicles, 2 vehicles, a Grad multiple launch rocket launcher, a Pion self-propelled artillery mount, a Giacint-B howitzer, 2 MSTA-B howitzers, an M-777 artillery system, were destroyed in this direction. AN / TPQ-37 counter-battery radar.
In the South-Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, the allied forces continued successful offensive operations and inflicted fire damage on enemy units, and also destroyed 2 ammunition depots and armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The total losses of the enemy amounted to 70 military personnel, 2 infantry fighting vehicles, 3 combat armored vehicles, 2 pickup trucks, 3 D-20 and D-30 howitzers, and the Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer.
Operational-tactical aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 86 units, manpower and military equipment in 124 districts.
The Russian Aerospace Forces shot down a MiG-29 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Air defense systems shot down 9 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the DPR, the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Kharkiv and Zaporozhye regions. 8 HIMARS and Vilkha MLRS shells were intercepted in the DPR.
Emergency services of the region reported that in the evening, a medical facility in Nova Kakhovka was shelled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result of the attack, there is destruction. According to available information, 17 shells from cannon artillery were fired at the settlement.
During the day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire on Donetsk, as well as Gorlovka and Makeevka. As a result of the attacks, damage to residential buildings was recorded. Damage to the gas pipeline in Gorlovka. In Donetsk, a teenager was injured during the detonation of the “Petal” mine, and the building of the mountain lyceum was damaged during the shelling.
The people’s militia of the DPR reported on the advance of the allied forces in the Dzerzhinsky direction. It is reported that the infantry has entrenched itself on the lines recaptured from the enemy, preparing to rush forward, while the artillery is processing the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
On Saturday morning, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked Novoaydar, a local hospital came under fire. The Russian Defense Ministry said 14 people were killed and 24 others were injured in the attack. Among the victims are both patients and medical staff. The Defense Ministry emphasized that a deliberate missile attack on a civilian institution is a grave war crime of the Kyiv regime, and also stressed that all those involved in the tragedy will be found and held accountable.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel of the People’s Militia of the LPR Andrey Marochko stated that mercenaries from NATO countries could be involved in the attack on the hospital.
“When the operator entered the coordinates, he knew perfectly well where he would fire, given the fact that there is an instructor or coordinator with each calculation of the MLRS. As a rule, this role is performed by foreign mercenaries,” he said.
Advisor to the Office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak said that Kyiv, after agreeing on the supply of tanks, is negotiating the transfer of extended-range missiles and aviation. According to him, the Ukrainian authorities intend to use this technique for “attacks on the Crimea.”
Kyiv would like to receive 24 fighter jets from the West, El Pais reports, citing an official representative of the Ukrainian Air Force command. Yuri Ignat. According to him, Ukraine intends to request aircraft as part of a new military aid package. Ignat also stressed that to ensure the protection of the airspace, Kyiv needs at least 5 fighter brigades.
Ambassador of Israel to Germany Ron Prosor stated that Tel Aviv supports Kyiv on a larger scale than is known to the public. At the same time, he noted that the country does not supply the Armed Forces of Ukraine with weapons because of the presence of Russia in Syria, and also because of the presence of a large Jewish community in the Russian Federation.