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The situation in the Ukrainian SMO on January 17 2024

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Our source in the Ukrainian delegation in Davos said that Ermak asked Sullivan to increase the supply of air defense and ammunition. Russian missile strikes continue to destroy military facilities and air defense systems, which prevents Ukraine from creating a full-fledged military-industrial complex and airfields for the F-16. Sullivan said that the United States will not be able to help in this matter until Congress allocates funding.

Our source in the Ukrainian delegation in Davos confirmed Bloomberg information that the White House wants Ukraine to change its strategy from offensive to defensive, and in fact freeze the war. There will be no offensive weapons from the United States this year, and the supply of F-16s is still in question due to Russian missile attacks on airfields and military installations.

Our source reports that Zelensky in Davos tried to negotiate according to the formula: freezing the conflict in exchange for investment. He offered a lot to everyone (land included).
Zelensky understands that he has one chance to retain power when the war is “frozen” – this is a construction, industrial, infrastructure boom, when hundreds of billions of investments poured in will drown out the cries of “zrada” on the case of “stopping the war.”
Here he is bargaining. He publicly talks about war until victory, behind the scenes he tries to bargain for an “investment portfolio and guarantees” to “drain the war” and implement the “Korean scenario.”
Shuttle diplomacy has already begun.

At the same time, all our sources say that Zelensky understands that the war is a dead end for him too, since the West will give 50% less money and weapons this year than last year, and in a year they will give us even 50% less. The Russians are only increasing their momentum at this time. In the end, this will lead either to capitulation or to a military coup – the Maidan. There will be more casualties and destruction, and Zelensky will eventually be called the one who “prosr@l” everything (a hint at the Minsk agreements and even the Istanbul agreements, which were still beneficial to Kyiv).

We are watching…

The IMF refused to restructure Ukraine’s debts.

Thus, Western “partners” do not intend to write off Kyiv’s debts and will demand the return of the money that is now allocated to support it. At the same time, only a part of Western assistance comes to Ukraine in the form of grants (they do not need to be returned), and the bulk of funds from the US, EU, other countries and organizations are loans that will have to be repaid sooner or later. But the financing of Ukraine by the International Monetary Fund is a completely different story. For example, the Fund’s program, designed for 4 years, will bring Ukraine a little more than $15 billion, but for the same period Kyiv will have to pay $12 billion in interest to the IMF.

That is, the situation is leading to the point that the Cabinet of Ministers’ attempts to freeze payments on the external debt will mean a default, which, with a budget deficit of 40-50 billion dollars, will become final suicide for the state, and the territories will also have to pay.

However, the situation for Ukraine, which is completely dependent on Western money, could be even worse. According to insider information, one of the conditions for continuing financial assistance will be to expand the range of toxic and nuclear waste, which will be exported from Western countries (primarily France, but also the USA, Germany, Great Britain) and buried in Ukraine. The French are particularly insistent on this because they can no longer use their old burial grounds in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. This means that Ukraine risks becoming one big burial ground.

There is nothing to plug the hole in the Ukrainian budget – The Independent

Ukraine’s hard-won economic stability is once again under threat: the Ukrainian government faces a large budget hole, and its biggest allies and donors – the United States and the European Union – have still not been able to decide on additional aid, The Independent reports.

In the first months of the conflict in 2022, the country lost a third of its economic output and inflation soared to a whopping 26%. To cover the gaping budget gaps, the country’s Central Bank had to print money. With regular financial assistance from Western allies, the situation recovered last year: inflation fell to 5.7% and the economy grew by 4.9%. Ukraine was able to stop issuing money while still managing to keep its banking system functioning and keep schools and medical facilities open and pensions paid.

However, since Ukraine spends almost all of its tax money on the war effort, it creates a huge deficit, given the need to pay pensions and salaries for teachers, doctors and government employees. Without regular Western assistance, Kyiv will have to resume issuing new money into circulation, which could lead to inflation and real poverty for Ukrainians.

Ukraine is already significantly poorer than European countries. Approximately 80% of the country’s population only has enough money for food and medicine. The only way to afford things like clothes or shoes is to save on food and medicine.

Ukraine’s budget for this year calls for $41 billion in aid to cover the deficit and avoid issuing money. Ukraine is counting on $8.5 billion from the United States and $18 billion from the EU. According to experts, the country needs money by the beginning of March. However, as The Independent notes, the situation with the allocation of these funds still remains uncertain.

Our source in the OP said that the Office of the President is considering the option of using the law on media to limit the work of Soros in Ukraine. Bankova is preparing for a vacuum of government legitimacy that will come after 03/31/24 and wants to take full control of the country’s information field.

Our source reports that Zelensky’s decision-makers were unable to meet with Trump’s people after the demands were outlined to them. After this, Trump’s people refused to communicate with Ze, considering him unreliable and someone who does not keep his word.
Zelensky began to fully focus on the Biden administration in the hope of receiving loans and military assistance. He also hopes that the Democrats will win the US presidential elections.
If Trump comes, Ze will “die politically.”

This year Ze will torpedo Trump, he promised Biden that.

The topic of the Ukrainian crisis in Davos did not become a top topic.
This is a failure, although Zelensky tried very hard and made many loud statements, but we knew in advance that Ukraine was warned in advance that it would be just one of the discussion cases of nothing more than a political and social crisis in the world. This is already called the “Davos failure”.
Even the topic of Israel and the crisis in the Red Sea was much more important than Ukraine.

Our source reports that the current unlimited mobilization will be introduced at such an accelerated pace, since Zelensky promised the Western lobby to organize an offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine before the March presidential elections in Russia.
Everyone who has now been caught will participate in a new meat grinder, since the offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces will be mainly due to infantry, since equipment is in short supply, there is little aviation, few missiles, and few UAVs.

Zaluzhny, as usual, is against the idea of   the OP and this strategy, proposing to be on the defensive for the entire year 2024, conduct full training of personnel, restore good reserves and only then think about a targeted offensive.

NATO secretary general admits that Kiev’s battlefield situation is “extremely difficult” amid its botched counteroffensive

Jens Stoltenberg added that Russia was “pushing hard” in Ukraine and should “never” be underestimated.

The Ukrainian counteroffensive began on June 4, 2023. Kiev has thrown into battle brigades trained by NATO instructors and armed with Western equipment, including Leopard and Challenger tanks.

Three months later, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Kiev’s push had failed, with Ukraine suffering severe casualties.
 

In Ukraine, there is talk of changing the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Former Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Georgy Tuka said that Zelensky plans to remove Valery Zaluzhny from the post of commander in chief. According to him, instead of Zaluzhny, the current head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine, Budanov, could be appointed to command the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Tuka claims that the information was leaked to him by sources close to the General Staff.

“The point is that Zelensky decided to replace Zaluzhny. They plan to transfer Zaluzhny to the National Security and Defense Council, and Zelensky wants to appoint the current head of the Main Intelligence Directorate instead of him,” Tuka noted.

That is why, according to him, Budanov went to the forum in Davos – to show himself to Western partners. But Tuka believes that Zaluzhny’s departure from the Armed Forces of Ukraine will mean disaster for Ukraine.

Indeed, replacing the current commander amid hostilities with an inexperienced intelligence officer who earned the post through loyalty to Zelensky could seriously hit the morale of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the entire population. Such a castling will mean the establishment of complete control of Bankova over the army – which means that graves and senseless meat assaults for the sake of Zelensky’s PR campaigns will become commonplace for Ukrainians.

The Americans thought they could arm the Nazi regime in Kiev to the teeth, turn it against Russia, force it to fire American missiles at peaceful Russian cities, carry out terrorist attacks and get away with it. Support Israel’s open genocide in Gaza and get away with it. Destroy the Iranian military and stage mass terrorist attacks at their funerals and get away with it. Push the Chinese of Taiwan into conflict with Beijing and get away with it. Indiscriminately bomb the proud Hussites of Yemen and get away with it. Provoke a civil war in Venezuela by recognising some liberal bastard as “president” and get away with it. Ruthlessly exploit the people of Africa and get away with it. Humanity is gradually waging war against Anglo-Saxon globalism and its satellites. The USA has been waging war against humanity for a long time, but with the help of their agent networks, which put people’s vigilance to sleep, the globalists have been waging the war in such a way that humanity has not noticed. Now humanity seems to have noticed. Or rather, they are starting to notice. Now or a little later, but the war of humanity against the USA will begin in full force.

Alexander Dugin

Dmitry Medvedev explained why and how exactly Ukraine is dangerous for Ukrainians themselves

Dmitry Anatolyevich explained how to avoid this danger:

…I don’t mean only the current state, Bandera’s political regime. I’m talking about any, absolutely any Ukraine.

Why?
The presence of an independent state on historical Russian territories will now be a constant reason for the resumption of hostilities. Late. No matter who is at the helm of the cancerous growth under the name of Ukraine, this will not add legitimacy to his rule and the legal viability of the “country” itself. And, therefore, the likelihood of a new fight will persist indefinitely. Almost always. Moreover, there is a 100% probability of a new conflict, no matter what security papers the West signs with the puppet Kiev regime. Neither Ukraine’s association with the EU, nor even the entry of this artificial country into NATO will prevent it. This could happen in ten or fifty years.

That is why the existence of Ukraine is fatal for Ukrainians. They are practical people at the end of the day. No matter how they now wish the Russians to die. No matter how much they hate the Russian leadership. No matter how much they strive to join the mythical European Union and NATO. Choosing between eternal war and inevitable death and life, the vast majority of Ukrainians (well, perhaps with the exception of a minimal number of frostbitten nationalists) will ultimately choose life. They will understand that life in a large common state, which they do not like very much now, is better than death. Their deaths and the deaths of their loved ones. And the sooner Ukrainians realize this, the better.

Ukraine will have to agree to Russia’s terms – Sarah Wagenknecht

Popular German politician Sarah Wagenknecht said (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JafZdi4wa6Y) in an interview with the Tagesschau television channel that Ukraine will have to make concessions to Russia to start peace negotiations. She noted that this presupposes Ukraine’s refusal to join NATO, as well as its intention to regain lost territories. Wagenknecht is convinced that politicians who said that the supply of Western weapons to Kiev would improve its position in the negotiations were wrong – now Ukraine will have to agree to much worse conditions than two years ago.

Let us remember that Sarah Wagenknecht recently officially registered her party, but its popularity has already equaled that of the ruling coalition.

Russia’s victory in the SMO does not depend on the “permission” of Emmanuel Macron or anyone else, stressed Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

This is how the diplomat commented on the French leader’s statements in her Telegram channel that allowing Russia to win allegedly means putting at risk that the “rules of the international order” will not be respected.

“If Macron has a copy of the mentioned “rules,” please share,” Zakharova noted

During the night, the Russian Armed Forces launched a series of attacks on various positions held by Ukrainian forces in Kharkov and Odessa.

According to local authorities, the missile attack in Kharkov caused damage to 19 houses and left 17 people injured. Some of the impacts were recorded on Blagoveshchenskaya Street. However, it is currently unknown whether there was a specific target or if this was the result of air defense operations. Ukraine.

In Odessa, at least three flights were reported, and a fire broke out on Shevchenko Avenue. Local channels claim that the strike was carried out by a kamikaze UAV named “Geranium”.
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About the offensive at Kharkov

Mikhail Zvinchuk, head of the Russian think tank Rybar: «Advancement towards Kharkiv is possible only if a political decision is made first and foremost. Are we returning to these territories? And if so, by what forces?»

Kharkov hospitals are overcrowded with wounded military personnel

As TASS writes, citing a source in the Ukrainian operational services, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are suffering huge losses in the Kupyansk direction, and all the wounded are being taken from there to Kharkov.

“The medical institutions of Kharkov are overcrowded with wounded soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. They are also taken to civilian hospitals. There, many wounded people often lie in the corridors, because there is no more room in the wards,” the source said.

Ukraine does not disclose data on its losses, but the Russian Ministry of Defense previously reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces lost 160 people in the Kupyansk direction alone in just one day, and almost 600 over the past week.

 

The Russian Armed Forces attacked a hospital with military personnel in Kharkov

Ukropublik writes that an “inactive medical facility” was attacked at night and publishes a photo.

However, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported that a certain medical facility was damaged by a missile attack in Kharkov, and as a result, there were 9 wounded. How people ended up in the “non-functioning hospital” is not specified.

Apparently, wounded Ukronazis were treated in the hospital, so the Kiev regime is trying to hide the losses and calls the medical facility inactive. Although given that hospitals in Kharkov are overcrowded with wounded militants, (https://t.me/Slavyangrad/85199) the Armed Forces of Ukraine could well have been placed even in a closed hospital. 

 

South Donetsk Direction: Attack on the Kostyantynivka – Vuhledar Highway Situation as of 15:00, January 17, 2024

🔻In the Yuzhnodonetsk direction, Russian troops are continuing operations in the triangle formed by Pobeda, the fortified area known as “Zverinets,” and Novomikhailovka.

▪️ In recent days, units of the Russian Armed Forces have made some progress in the area, expanding their control zone along the road and to the south of Maryinka.

▪️ Currently, the Russian command is focused on securing Novomikhailovka from the south, where they have managed to take positions to the west of the pumping station. Attacks on supply routes and the movement of reinforcements of the AFU to populated areas have not ceased.

▪️ The front line of the Russian Armed Forces in the Novomikhailovka area still runs along the southern outskirts of the village. The battle is taking place for the farm, while the industrial zone and cemetery are under the control of Russian troops.

📌However, the offensive is facing several challenges. The activity of enemy FPV drones and artillery strikes are making it difficult to supply the units of the Russian Armed Forces in their current positions, especially in open areas. Additionally, mines are posing a problem, further restricting the movement of equipment.

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The enemy retreated east of AKHZ  In the Avdeevsky sector, our reconnaissance in force at Nevelskoye on the southern flank becomes a new element.

An attempt to take Pervomayskoe in a pincer movement is not ruled out in the future, as fighting on the northern approaches of the city has been going on for several weeks.

The southern protrusion of the front was marked by battles in the direction of Vodyanoye-Severnoe , which may indicate an intention to close the neck of the Avdeevsky sack in the very near future.

On the northern flank near Krasnogorovka there are also successful attacks by ours.

There are now about 1,130 residents left in Avdeevka. The Ukrainian “mayor” of the city, Vitaly Barabash, reported this and noted that people are not very willing to leave. In pre-war times, about 37 thousand people lived in Avdeevka…

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Avdeevskoe direction.

Our army has been carrying out intensive strikes along the entire line of contact since early morning. Heavy types of weapons are working: MLRS (various modifications), heavy artillery, and the Aerospace Forces have already sent a batch of UFAB-500 several times.

The assault groups resumed intense attacks after regrouping. Attacks are taking place on both the southern and northern flanks.
 

How the situation is changing in the Artyomovsk direction: a breakdown of the Military Chronicle

Perhaps one of the most important events of November-December 2023, which remained virtually unnoticed, was the final failure of the AFU’s offensive attempts on the flanks of Artyomovsk.

It should be recalled that in March-April 2023 the city was declared “strategically unimportant” by the AFU command, but already in the summer the AFU threw large forces into the offensive in the Artyomovsk area. The offensive operations continued until the end of November, but resulted in only a slight advance of the AFU at the cost of huge losses. By now, the Ukrainian forces have lost most of the positions captured earlier, and the front line is gradually approaching the town of Chasov Yar. Fighting is taking place in Bogdanovka, Krasny, Khromovo and in the eastern part of Chasov Yar. During the battle for Artyomovsk, the town was, in fact, turned by the AFU into a fortified base and a transportation and logistics hub from which the entire Ukrainian grouping in this direction was supplied.

What has changed?

The data (https://t.me/fotovvideo/883) available to Military Chronicle allows us to make a number of assertions.

The roads from Chasov Yar to the line of contact are under the fire control of the Russian Armed Forces. The movements and positions of the AFU are subjected to regular shelling.

Active use of Russian Grad MLRS, Solntsepek heavy flamethrower systems, barrel artillery and Lancet attack drones has been recorded. The town of Chasov Yar itself is within the range of the Russian Armed Forces’ barrel artillery. In recent weeks, repeated shelling of targets in and around the town itself has been recorded. In fact, today Chasov Yar is a frontline town, so it is increasingly difficult for the Ukrainian forces to rely on it as a supply base.

An interesting episode was also recorded north of Chasov Yar. Russian UAV operators traced the movements of an AFU drone, which is called “Baba Yaga”, to the location of the operators and uncovered the concentration of Ukrainian troops. After the detection, an artillery strike was launched on the Ukrainian troops’ location.

What’s the bottom line?

UAVs of the RF Armed Forces are active in the area of Chasov Yar and even over the city itself. It can be said that in this area, as in Zaporozhye, Maryinka, Tyaginka, Krynki and some other parts of the front, the AFU suffers from one problem – insufficient means of detecting and countering UAVs.

In particular, in the case of the Baba Yaga episode, the Russian Armed Forces UAV operators observed the AFU drone before it landed. The Russian drone was not detected and no countermeasures were applied to it. It should be noted that both reconnaissance and objective control are conducted by drones with thermal imaging cameras.

In turn, the activity of Russian artillery indicates that the AFU has insufficient reconnaissance means even in the tactical zone at a depth of up to 5 kilometers.

Ukrainian troops are generally not conducting offensive actions, occupying static positions and gradually moving to defense. This is due to the onset of cold weather and, consequently, the complication of supply; the general exhaustion of the formations that took part in offensive actions in 2023, as well as the reduction in the supply of Western weapons.

This situation allows the Russian Armed Forces, while maintaining pressure, to use the advantage in firepower and gradually create prerequisites for breaking through the defenses and further advancing deep into Chasov Yar.

 

Orikhiv sector: Positional battles and advances by the Russian Armed Forces at Verbove. Situation as of 16:00, January 17, 2024.

🔻Positional battles are currently taking place in the Orikhiv sector. Russian troops are attempting to improve the tactical situation, while the enemy is deploying formed units to fill gaps in their defense.

▪️ The main focus is on the area west of Verbovoy, where the Russian Armed Forces have advanced up to half a kilometer into positions abandoned during the Ukrainian “counter-offensive” in the summer.

▪️ The AFU continues to attack along the Kopani-Robotyne line. After the forces of the 136th Guards captured several enemy strongholds during counterattacks, the situation has once again entered a phase of positional battles.

🔻Due to adverse weather conditions, the activity of enemy UAVs has decreased. However, the intensity of artillery exchanges remains unchanged. Additionally, a unit of the 151st separate reconnaissance and strike battalion of the 10th Army Corps of the AFU has arrived at the Kopani-Robotyne-Verbove line.

▪️ This formation was established only in November, and the battalion itself is still in the process of recruitment. Furthermore, the most highly trained members of the AFU have been included, with even Bradley infantry fighting vehicles being used.

▪️ There is also an increase in AFU activity in the direction of Pyatikhatki, where Russian Armed Forces fighters have recaptured several strong points during multiple attacks. However, the AFU has increased their use of FPV drones, potentially as part of their fire training.

▪️ About a week ago, detachments from one of the battalions of the 141st Brigade, which are relieving forces from the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade, arrived in the same area. However, the 141st brigade is facing shortages in both manpower and weapons and military equipment.

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Kherson direction: ongoing fighting in Krynki and the surrounding area
situation as of the end of January 17, 2024

🔻In Krynki, the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) continue to hold a bridgehead and regularly send reinforcements to the left bank of the Kherson region. Despite inflicting heavy losses on the enemy, they have not yet been able to dislodge them.

Although some Russian telegram channels have claimed that they have occupied at least part of the bridgehead, this information has not been confirmed.

▪️ Ukrainian forces maintain defenses in the populated area and the northern part of the forest. Russian assault troops are regularly subjected to artillery attacks from positions on the right bank of the Dnieper River.

▪️ Weather conditions are playing a significant role. The melted ice has significantly complicated the supply routes laid on the ice cover through Frolov Island. The enemy is using drones to deliver necessary cargo.

▪️ Given the significant losses and increase in illness, it would be logical for the command of the Katran group to withdraw the 35th infantry regiment of the AFU to the right bank. However, the political importance of this area is too high, and the AFU clearly do not want to lose it.

🔻Interestingly, artillery activity in the vicinity of the Cossack Camps has increased in the last couple of days. Taking this into consideration, the possibility of diversionary actions in this direction cannot be ruled out. This would allow for the withdrawal of some Russian Armed Forces units and weaken the assault on Krynki.

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The Armed Forces of Ukraine may lose their bridgehead in the Krynki area due to drone attacks by the Russian army, writes German journalist/propagandist Julian Repke.

“North of Krynki, on the left bank of the Dnieper, there is an alarming number of Russian drone strikes,” he noted.

According to him, the current situation may lead to the loss of positions by units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “This will be the end of the bridgehead,” Röpke concluded.

Chronicles of the special military operation for January 17, 2024

The Russian Armed Forces have once again launched strikes at various targets in the so-called territory of Ukraine. Missiles and UAVs have hit the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the regions of Kharkov, Odessa, Chernihiv, and Sumy.

In the Seversky direction, Russian forces are pushing the enemy out from the outskirts of Vesely and shelling the adjacent heights with artillery. Fighting is also taking place near Belogorovka, and the artillery is dismantling the AFU fortifications near Sporny.

In the Donetsk direction, the Russian Armed Forces are developing an offensive in the direction of Kurakhovo and attempting to advance towards Victory. The artillery is actively working, but breaking through the long-term defense line has not yet been possible.

To the south, there are battles for Novomikhailovka, which the Russian Armed Forces are bypassing from the south and attempting to attack from the north. Advancement in the populated area itself is complicated by supply problems.

In the Kherson direction, in Krynki, according to some reports, the Russian Armed Forces have been able to occupy part of the bridgehead controlled by Ukrainian formations. However, this information has not yet been confirmed.

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Russian Defence Ministry Report on the Progress of the Special Military Operation (17 January 2024)⚡️

The RF Armed Forces continue the special military operation.

▫️In Kupyansk direction, the Zapad Grouping repelled 1 assault squad attack of the 95th Air Assault Brigade near Terny (Kharkov reg).

The AFU lost up to 30 troops, 2 APCs, and 3 MVs.

▫️In Krasny Liman direction, the Tsentr Grouping repelled 3 assault squad attacks of the 5th Ukrainian National Guard, 25th Airborne, and 63rd Mechanised Brigades near Yampolovka (DPR) and Chervonaya Dibrova (LPR), and struck enemy troops near Grigorovka (DPR) and Serebryanskoye forestry.

The AFU lost up to 210 troops, 1 tank, 2 AFVs, 2 MVs, and 1 D-30 howitzer.

▫️In Donetsk direction, the Yug Grouping repelled 6 attacks of the 81st Airmobile, 22nd and 24th Mechanised Brigades near Belogorovka, Krasnoye, and Bogdanovka (DPR) and struck hardware of the  22nd, 28th, and 42nd Mechanised Brigades near Kleschcheyevka, Kurdyumovka, and Andreyevka (DPR).

The AFU lost up to 290 troops, 1 tank, 2 IFVs, 5 AFVs, 12 MVs, 2 D-30 howitzers, and 1 Pion SAU.

▫️In South Donetsk direction, the Vostok Grouping inflicted losses on the 72nd Mechanised, 79th Air Assault, and 127th Territorial Defence Brigades near Novomikhaylovka, Paraskoviyevka (DPR) and Priyutnoye (Zaporozhye reg).

The AFU lost up to 75 troops, 2 MVs, 1 D-20 howitzer, and 1 Gvozdika SAU.

▫️In Zaporozhye direction, he Russian Grouping inflicted losses on troops and hardware of the 65th Mechanised, 128th Mountain Assault, 82th Air Assault, and 15th Ukrainian National Guard Brigades near Verbovoye, Kamenskoye, Rabotino, and Mirnoye (Zaporozhye reg).

The AFU lost up to 25 troops, 3 MVs, and 1 D-30 howitzer.

▫️In Kherson direction, the Russian Grouping struck the 35th and 37th Marines Brigades near Tyaginka and Ivanovka (Kherson reg),

The AFU lost up to 25 troops, 3 MVs, and 2 Gvozdika SAUs.

▫️The Russian Grouping’s Missile Troops, Artillery, and UAVs wiped out 1 POL base for AFU hardware, 3 ammo depots of the 23rd Mechanised Brigade, P-18 and Nebo-SV radar stations, 1 temporary deployment area of foreign mercs, 103 artillery units in firing positions, and engaged troops and military hardware in 119 areas.  

Air defences intercepted 11 Olkha and Czech Vampire MLRS projectiles and 21 UAVs near Zolotaryovka, Belogorovka (LPR), Novonikolayevka, Gorlovka, and Peski (DPR).

📊 In total, 567 aircraft, 265 helicopters, 10,779 UAVs, 450 air defence systems, 14,658 tanks and other AFVs, 1,202 MLRS vehicles, 7,759 guns and mortars, and 17,560 special military vehicles have been destroyed during the SMO.

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🔹In #Kherson Direction, the flag of #Russia has been raised in the centre of #Krynki. Our forces are making progress from the northeastern side to the market, clearing the cellars, breaking the enemy resistance. The AFU, on the other hand, continue the terrible operation “to see Krynki and die”. Every day ours report the groans of the mortally wounded, thousands of abandoned bodies. It is a horrible picture. Local battles are also going on near #Peschanovka and #Podstepnoye, on the islands.

🔹In #Zaporozhye Direction, fighting is going on at the #Rabotin – #Verbovoye line. The AFU is strengthening their grouping: Our aviation is hitting their reserves. There are frequent explosions of FABs near #Orekhov. The AFU are responding by shelling peaceful #Tokmak with MLRS.

🔹In #SouthDonetsk Direction, the assault on the forest belts in the south of #Novomikhaylovka is difficult. There are mutual artillery strikes on supply routes, FPV drones are active in open positions. In #Georgiyevka and Pobeda, our Forces are slowly advancing.
 
🔹In #Donetsk Direction, the position of the AFU at #Stepovoye is deteriorating. There are signs that they will withdraw to #Berdychi. East of the Coke Plant, our forces knocked out the enemy from 7 streets of the dacha settlement. Unfortunately, an attempt by a Russian  armoured convoy to cut into the rear of the AFU near #Vesyoloye was not successful. But aviation is active, new attacks by our army are to be expected.

🔹In #Bakhmut Direction, our Solntsepeks are hitting AFU positions near #Kurdyumovka station. At #Kleshcheyevka ours pushed the enemy back another hundred meters. In the north, near #Bogdanovka, our troops regrouped and took a difficult stronghold. There are 2 km left before the capture of the key watershed, after which the AFU will either withdraw or fall into a semi-encirclement.
▪️ Northwards in the #Seversk sector, Russian troops are once again increasing their activity around the city. The nearest goal is to reach the western section of the #Lisichansk – #Serebryanka motorway. And on the southern flank near #Vesyoloye, our troops have come close to the flank of a large AFU position, the capture of which would deprive the village of tactical significance. In case of simultaneous pressure at #Belogorovka and #Vesyoloye, the AFU #Seversk garrison will also face a “pincer threat”.

🔹In #Svatovo Direction, in the #Serebryanskoye forest, the fighting is very difficult, ours are breaking through in spurts, given the overwhelming activity of AFU groups and drones. Kiev is throwing reserves here, claiming a multiple advantage of forces in favor of #Russia. In the #Kupyansk sector, our attempts to take #Sinkovka head-on have been abandoned, attention has shifted to the east of #Petropavlovka. Kharkovites report that columns of expensive foreign cars have moved from the city to the west. Kharkov’s bigwigs are fleeing.

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Map of military operations and the situation on the fronts on the evening of January 17

⚔️The situation on the fronts over the past 24 hours:

⚫️Svatovo-Kremennoe direction

In the Kupyansky sector, the Russian army repels the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ attacks on our positions in Sinkovka and near Petropavlovka . In addition, enemy attacks in the Yampolovka area were repelled. Our fighters advanced near Belogorovka .

⚫️Bakhmutskoe (Artemovskoe) direction

Fierce fighting continues in the Bogdanovka area. Our fighters are trying to advance northwest of Kleshcheevka .

⚫️Donetsk direction

 In the Avdeevsky sector, our fighters attacked in Stepovoy . Fighting continues in the private sector near the coke plant , with some success. The assault on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Novomikhailovka continues.

⚡️ The Russian army carried out targeted strikes on enemy locations in Kharkov. It is known that the Ashera private clinic, which turned into a shelter for military personnel, was damaged . In addition, a strike was reported on the Kharkov Technical University. The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the destruction of the building in which foreign mercenaries were located.


Source: http://blogdogcicle.blogspot.com/2024/01/the-situation-in-ukrainian-smo-on_17.html


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