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Russia completes tests of the Poseidon super-torpedo


Kiev says the Russians 'do not control' the city, and say they repelled Moscow attacks on 13 settlements in the past 24 hours. Turkey sends US-made cluster bombs dating back to the Cold War. Tajani: 'Italy ready to send more weapons' (ANSA)

A Russian nuclear submarine, the Belgorod, has completed a series of tests of the

Poseidon super

-torpedo , according to a source close to the Defense Ministry quoted by the Tass news agency.

"Launching tests of the Poseidon super-torpedo were carried out to evaluate the submarine's performance at various depths," the source specified.

Tass points out that it has no official information to confirm this.

Last May, Russian TV presenter Rossija1 Dmitry Kiselyov illustrated to viewers the potential of Poseidon, stating that it is capable of "triggering a 500-metre radioactive tsunami that could wipe out the United Kingdom".

On the ground, meanwhile, Russian airborne troops

have surrounded Ukrainian forces in the town of Soledar

, Donbass, and are now bombing them.

This was reported by the Moscow Defense Ministry, cited by the RIA Novosti agency.

The Russians, the ministry specifies, have blocked the town to the north and south.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said

Russia was "in no hurry" to declare victory

in Soledar.

"We are waiting for the official reports, but there is a positive dynamic in the evolution", he declared as reported by RIA Novosti.

In the morning, the Ukrainian military denied claims by the head of the "Wagner" mercenaries Yevgeny Prigozhin that the city of Soleadr is under Russian control


"The Russians say that Soledar is under their control, this is not true"

, ​​says the representative of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Cherevaty as reported by Ukrainska Pravda.

“It appears that Prigozhin's whereabouts are not true, and he is not in the Soledar mines,” Kiev adds.

"The fierce fighting in Bakhmut and Soledar once again shows the courage of Ukrainians in defending their homeland but at the same time highlights

the importance of increasing military aid from the allies.

I therefore welcome the recent announcements by USA France and Germany that they will soon supply light tanks and infantry vehicles."

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this during a joint press conference with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Stoltenberg will take part today in the college of EU commissioners. 

Ukrainian forces have repelled Russian attacks near 13 settlements in the past 24 hours

, Kyiv Independent reported, citing the General Staff


At the same time, Russia has launched six missiles, 16 air strikes and more than 50 attacks with multiple launch systems, which

have targeted civilian infrastructure in Kharkiv, Donetsk and Kherson regions.

For their part, Kiev troops struck three Russian command posts, two positions of Russian rocket and artillery troops, and eight areas where Russian troops were temporarily stationed.

Russian attacks were repulsed near the settlements of Hryanykivka in Kharkiv region, Stelmakhivka in Lugansk and Spirne, Rozdolivka, Vesele, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Mayorsk, Vodyane, Nevelske, Khasnohorivka, Mariinka and Prechystivka in Donetsk.

Russian forces

struck a children's hospital in Kherson last night, damaging a neonatal care unit,

the head of the regional military administration, Yaroslav Yanushevych, announced on Telegram, reports Ukrinform.

"The Russian occupiers continue to target the Kherson Regional Children's Clinical Hospital. Last night, the Russians attacked the medical facility again, firing on the unit where medical care is provided to newborns," Yanushevych wrote.

The six-story building was damaged.

New explosions were heard in Kherson again this morning.

According to Ukrainian intelligence,

citizens eligible for military service have been restricted from leaving in Russia since January 9


The Kiev services reported that the Russian FSB counterpart sent an order to all border departments of the Federation (border guards are part of the FSB) and disclosed the text: "Since January 9, 2023, the department of the border of the FSB will ensure the limitation of travel outside the territory of the Russian Federation of citizens who have a conclusion of readiness for military service".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the news of the restriction on citizens fit for military service during a press briefing this morning.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani reiterates that "we are doing everything we can for Ukraine.

We are ready to send more weapons as far as possible

, before doing so obviously Parliament will be informed. We have sent over 50 tons of electrical equipment for the reconstruction of the electricity grid destroyed by Russian attacks. We are discussing air defense weapons with the French. Also yesterday during the meeting between the Japanese premier and Giorgia Meloni we reiterated our intention to support the total independence of Ukraine".

Turkey has begun sending a US-designed form of cluster bomb, a

powerful and controversial Cold War-era weapon, to Ukraine to destroy Russian tanks, US and European officials told Foreign Policy.

The weapons are designed to detonate in smaller submunitions, they can stay in the field for years if they don't detonate right away.

The law prohibits the US from exporting them.

"After the US denied Kiev access to this munitions, only Turkey could supply them. This shows that Ankara is a major

military supporter of Ukraine," the sources explained. 

Meeting in Turkey between Ukrainian and Russian human rights officials, Dmytro Lubinets and Tatyana Moskalkova.

The talks were held yesterday and another trilateral meeting of ombudsmen from Turkey, Russia and Ukraine is currently underway in Ankara.

Yesterday, "a wide range of humanitarian issues and assistance to citizens of both countries" were discussed, Lubinets said today.

According to Ria Novosti, Turkey is counting on the opening of a humanitarian corridor mediated by Ankara to help children, women and the injured affected by the crisis in Ukraine, said Turkish Ombudsman Sheref Malkoch.

Following the talks, Moscow and Kiev agreed

to exchange 40 prisoners of war

, Moskalkova said on social media.

Moskalkova stated - as reported by Tass - that during the conversation with Lubinets she discussed the issue of Russian soldiers missing in action.

"We exchanged lists of missing soldiers. Today I can reveal the results, as we have found a number of people, who are alive and held captive," she specified.

"For her part, Lubinets also worked to establish the whereabouts of the missing Russian servicemen. Over 22 people were found and some of them were brought home," she said.

Source: ansa

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