Impact site in Makiivka (on January 3)
Photo: Uncredited / dpa
Moscow says so
After the Ukrainian attacks on a Russian military base in Makiivka in the Donetsk region, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow corrected the number of its own soldiers killed by more than 20 to 89.
The men and the deputy commander were found after the rocket attack on New Year's Eve in the rubble of the collapsed reinforced concrete building, said Lieutenant General Sergey Sevryukov in Moscow on Wednesday night.
Previously there had been talk of 63 deaths.
Ukraine had fired at the shelter with the US's Himar multiple rocket launcher.
Sevryukov also acknowledged mistakes for the first time, thereby confirming media reports.
According to them, the main reason for the "tragedy" was that the soldiers used their mobile phones en masse on New Year's Eve, despite a ban, thereby alerting the Ukrainian side to their location.
Accordingly, the Ukrainian armed forces shot down six rockets, four of which hit and two were intercepted, it said.
Ukraine had spoken of 400 dead and 300 injured in Makiivka (Russian: Makejewka).
The investigations are still ongoing, but so much about the background is already clear, said Sevryukov.
"This factor enabled the enemy to determine the direction and locate the coordinates of the position of the soldiers in order to carry out the missile strike." At present, care is being taken to ensure that this does not happen again.
In addition, the guilty officials would be held accountable.
According to the ministry representative in Moscow, the Himars system from which the shots had been fired was located and destroyed.
In return fire, Russian troops in the Donetsk region also destroyed four Himars launch pads, four combat vehicles and more than 800 projectiles, killing more than 200 nationalists and foreign legionnaires.
This information could not be verified independently.
In the past, too, there were repeated reports of serious mistakes made by Russian commanders in this war.
The Ukrainian leadership has repeatedly emphasized that the "enemy's stupidity" makes it easy for the military to achieve success.
That says Kyiv
Following new Russian missile strikes, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the international community to strengthen his country's defense capabilities.
Ukraine is preparing for a new wave of mobilization by the "terror state" Russia and must therefore be prepared, said Selenskyj in his video message distributed in Kyiv on Tuesday evening.
After telephone calls with the heads of government of the Netherlands, Great Britain, Norway and Canada, he called for everything to be done to ensure Russia's defeat in the war.
Russia will leave no stone unturned to turn the war around and avoid defeat.
"We have to destroy this scenario of the Russians," Zelenskyy said.
"The terrorists have to lose." Russia will mobilize new reservists who will be sent to their deaths, he said.
Ukraine, in turn, must mobilize the civilized world.
In his speech, the 44-year-old also condemned the Russian rocket attack on the "Altair" ice rink in Druzhkivka in the Donetsk region, where children had also trained.
People have long experienced the stadium as a place of joy.
The destruction is new evidence that Russia is a terrorist state.
In his speech, Zelenskyy especially thanked Norway, which plays a "historical role" in the defense of Europe because it implements all the agreements.
The country is also helping to provide Ukraine with the necessary quantities of gas for the winter.
Zelenskyi also informed that at a meeting with the Ukrainian military leadership he spoke about the needs of the country in the field of defense and energy supply.
He did not give details.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged long-term aid to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy following the recent Russian drone strikes, according to his office.
The recent delivery of more than 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles is a sign of this.
The two men spoke to each other throughout the day.
Ukraine wants to accelerate green energy transition amid Russian attacks on power grid.
The war made plans for this even more urgent, Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal said at a cabinet meeting.
The potential of renewable energies such as sun, wind and hydrogen will be used more actively.
»The Russian attacks are forcing us into a fundamental reform – building a decentralized energy system.
It will be less vulnerable to enemy attacks,” says Schmyhal.
A priority this year is to create the conditions for the construction of mini power stations and small power generation plants.
The government is also focusing on repairing damaged power plants and better protection, especially nuclear power plants.
What is happening today
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan want to exchange ideas.
According to the Russian news agency Interfax, a Kremlin spokesman confirmed the plans.
The interview appears to have been scheduled over the phone.