Events in Ukraine by 21:00 on February 1: SBU searches officials, Poland refused to supply fighter jets to Kyiv

The international edition of the Federal News Agency reports on the situation in Ukraine and Donbas by the evening of February 1.


Statements of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

During the daily briefing, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that units and accumulations of equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kupyansky and Limansky directions were hit during the day. In total, the enemy lost up to 125 military personnel, 3 combat armored vehicles, 2 pickup trucks and a car, a D-20 howitzer.

In the Donetsk direction, Russian units took more advantageous positions, hitting the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and destroying the ammunition depot of Ukrainian troops. The enemy lost more than 100 military personnel, a tank, 3 combat armored vehicles, the Msta-B howitzer, the Uragan multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) combat vehicle, and the Caesar gun mount.

In the South-Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, units of Ukrainian troops and territorial defense were hit. The losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine amounted to more than 60 personnel, a tank, infantry fighting vehicles, 2 armored personnel carriers and 3 vehicles, as well as 3 howitzers. In the Zaporozhye region, an AN / TPQ-37 counter-battery radar was destroyed.

In the Kherson direction in the area of ​​​​Lake Kruglik, 2 motor boats and up to 10 troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed. During the counter-battery fight, 3 ammunition depots of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the region were destroyed.

Operational-tactical aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 88 artillery units, manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 131 districts. In the Sumy region, the shops of an enterprise for the production of ammunition were destroyed.

Air defense systems shot down 9 unmanned aerial vehicles in the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Zaporozhye region. 3 HIMARS MLRS shells were intercepted.


During the day, Ukrainian troops opened fire on Donetsk, as well as the settlements of Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, and Nikolskoe. In Nikolskoye, a monastery came under shelling, 2 people were killed.

Acting head of the DPR Denis Pushilin reported that Kyiv continues to transfer new reinforcements to Vuhledar, including brigades of marines. Advisor to the head of the republic Jan Gagin reported that the offensive of the allied forces on the city slowed down, but did not stop.

war correspondent Alexander Simonov spoke about the ongoing fighting in the city of Bakhmut, as well as in its suburbs – in the south of Paraskovievka and the north of Krasnaya Gora. According to the military correspondent, Wagner PMC fighters also expanded the zone of control in the south of the city from the side of Experienced. In parallel, they are moving south of Bakhmut towards the highway to Konstantinovka. However, it is still premature to talk about the operational environment, Simonov stressed.

Businessman Evgeny Prigozhin reported that units of PMC “Wagner” liberated the settlement of Sacco and Vanzetti in the vicinity of Soledar.


The press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the LPR reported that another convoy of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations delivered 105 tons of sugar to the republic.


A number of representatives of political and business circles of Ukraine were searched. So, according to local media, SBU officers searched the house of a billionaire Igor Kolomoisky in the case of fraud in Ukrtatnafta and Ukrnafta. The SBU stated that these corporations exposed a scheme to embezzle profits from the sale of oil products worth 40 billion hryvnias and evade large amounts of customs duties.

They also came with searches to the former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov in the case of a helicopter crash in Brovary, which killed the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country Denis Monastyrsky. It is alleged that the crashed car was purchased during Avakov’s work at this post. The ex-minister himself said that the investigation had no questions for him.

Searches were carried out in the house of a deputy from the Opposition Platform – For Life party and a developer Vadim Stolar. People’s Deputy Alexey Goncharenko stated that the official is suspected of “financing terrorism.”

A similar situation with searches has developed in the department of the Kyiv tax inspectorate, as well as in several construction companies in Kyiv, which are allegedly associated with Viktor Medvedchuk. The charge was brought against the former head of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine Igor Nasalikwho is suspected of signing deals that are unprofitable for the state in favor of companies associated with a Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash.

The SBU officers also searched some officials from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. It is noted that they are suspected of corruption in the military sphere at various levels. According to MP Goncharenko, the head of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Alexey Reznikov may leave the post and head the Ministry of Justice.

Goncharenko also said that by the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, acting officers were dismissed. Chairman of the State Customs Service of Ukraine Vyacheslav Demchenkoas well as his deputies Alexander Shchutsky and Ruslan Cherkassky.

Head of the SBU Vasily Malyuk stated that mass searches, presentation of suspicions and detentions are taking place on the instructions of the President Vladimir Zelensky. According to the official, the service “synchronously strikes at the internal enemy.”

Representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Andrey Yusov predicts the intensification of hostilities at the front in February-March. He added that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are suffering losses.

Ukrainians who are limited fit for military service due to health reasons can be mobilized. This was reported by the media with reference to the head of the personnel department of the headquarters of the command of the Ground Forces of Ukraine Roman Gorbach. It is alleged that such mobilized can serve in non-combat support units.

In the Kyiv region, an illegal scheme for transporting conscripts to the EU countries under the guise of volunteers has been uncovered. Head of the Regional Department of the National Police Andrey Nebytov reported that the migration police stopped the illegal departure of 6 people. The cost of the services provided by the organizer of the transportation ranged from $500 to $2,000; for this money, the personal data of citizens were entered into the Shlyakh (Way) database.

The EU plans to increase the number of Ukrainian military personnel undergoing training as part of the EU mission from 15,000 to 30,000 people, RIA Novosti reports citing an informed source.

Japan has provided a $170 million grant to restore Ukraine’s critical infrastructure.

Poland does not intend to transfer fighter jets to Kyiv, reducing its military potential, said the President of the Republic Andrzej Duda. However, Warsaw promised to send Ukraine a new batch of tanks – in particular, the T-72 and RT-91.

Israel is considering sending the Iron Dome missile defense system to Ukraine, said the prime minister of the Jewish state Benjamin Netanyahu. He also added that the United States had already sent Kyiv “most” of the ammunition previously held in Israel.

A high-ranking European source told journalists in Brussels the topics of the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit. According to available information, the prospects for the creation of a “tribunal” for Ukraine and its restoration, including with the use of Russia’s frozen assets, will be discussed.


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