Battles near Avdiivka, 52 military clashes, enemy shelling, another aid package from Germany, Victoria Nuland in Ukraine. How will the 707th day of a full-scale war be remembered?
The main thing for Wednesday, January 31: assaults in six directions were repelled, a large exchange of prisoners, explosions at the Belbek airfield “> Return of prisoners
207 prisoners returned to Ukraine from Russian captivity. President Vladimir Zelensky announced this.
Deputy of his office Andriy Ermak clarified that among the dismissed Ukrainians are soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, the State National Security Service, the National Police – privates, sergeants and officers. “Many defenders of Mariupol, military personnel who were at Azovstal, the island Zmeiny, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Kharkov, Lugansk, Kherson and Sumy directions. This is the second big exchange after a long break,” said Ermak.
The Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners reported that among the rescued military personnel this time there were 95 representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 56 National Guardsmen, 26 border guards, 29 Territorial Defense soldiers and one representative of the National Police of Ukraine.
“180 of those returning home are private and non-commissioned officers, another 27 are Ukrainian officers. At least 36 of them are injured or seriously ill. The eldest of the released Defenders is already 61 years old, and the youngest will soon be 21,” goes .< /p>
On the evening of January 31, Russian occupation forces attacked Kharkov.
The mayor of Kharkov, Igor Terekhov, announced this. He clarified that the city was previously attacked by “martyrs.”
“Previously, there were hits on civilian infrastructure. Information about the victims and destruction is being clarified,” wrote the mayor of Kharkov.
Meanwhile, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that 52 military clashes occurred during the day.
The enemy launched 7 missile and 65 air strikes, carried out 59 attacks from multiple launch rocket systems on the positions of our troops and populated areas.
On Limansky, 9 attacks were repelled near Ternov, Yampolevka and Torskoye, Donetsk region, where the enemy, with the support of aviation, unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses of our troops.
< p class="MsoNormal">On Bakhmutsky they repulsed 4 attacks near Ivanovsky, Kleschievka and Andreevka, Donetsk region.
On Avdeevsky they repulsed 8 attacks in the area of Avdeevka and another 6 attacks near Pervomaisky and Nevelsky, Donetsk region, where the enemy was supported by aviation , unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses of our troops.
More details about the operational situation as of 18:00 on January 31 – in our news.
On January 31, a fire broke out in the north of Sevastopol near the Belbek airfield, a column of smoke rose into the sky, the Crimean Wind telegram channel reported.
The occupiers complained about a massive missile attack from Ukraine and said , which seemed to shoot down all air targets. Subsequently, “Crimean Wind” reported that there were “good hits” at the airfield.
Commander of the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Nikolai Oleshchuk published a post in a telegram in which he commented on the situation around Belbek.
“Did you know that the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine includes the 204 Sevastopol Tactical Aviation Brigade? So, its regular base is the Belbek airfield! Ukrainian aviators will definitely return home to their home airfield. And now thanks to everyone who participated in the cleansing of Crimea from the Russian presence!” – says Oleschuk’s message.
Germany has provided another package of military assistance to Ukraine. Among other things, it included armored personnel carriers, tanks for mine clearance and more than 1 thousand 155 mm artillery ammunition. Germany also transferred to Ukraine missiles for the IRIS-T air defense system, a system of anti-sea mines, a Satcom video surveillance system, four vehicles for border guards, 450 snow chains (on a vehicle) and 194 thousand dry rations for military personnel.
US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland arrived in Ukraine.
This was announced by the US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink. Congratulations on your return to Ukraine to Victoria Nuland. Today we will meet with the country's senior leadership, veterans and civil society to emphasize our shared commitment to defeating Russian aggression in Ukraine,” Brink wrote.
On January 31, the International Court of Justice ruled in the case of Ukraine against Russia on charges of financing terrorism, reports Evropeiskaya Pravda.
The Ukrainian side filed a lawsuit alleging violation by Russia of two international conventions: on the fight against the financing of terrorism and the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination. The charges related to episodes from 2015-2017. According to the court's decision, Russia is guilty of violating the Financing of Terrorism Convention under Article No. 9. The International Court of Justice believes that the aggressor country has not fulfilled its obligations to investigate cases of terrorist financing, which Ukraine has repeatedly drawn attention to.
The court found most of the accusations unfounded. The court decided that terrorist financing concerns only the transfer of funds and does not extend to the provision of military equipment and weapons to militants. So, if Russia supplied Buk air defense systems to terrorists, then this is not terrorism.
Also, the court did not oblige Russia to pay compensation, as Kiev demanded
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