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Attack on residential area: Rocket hits - one person dies Created: 01/14/2023, 20:47 By: Teresa Toth, Caspar Felix Hoffmann, Moritz Serif, Johanna Soll, Bedrettin Bölükbasi, Daniel Dillmann, Nadja Austel, Christian Weihrauch, Christian Stör, Lucas Maier One person dies in an attack on a residential area in the Ukraine war. Rockets are also falling in Dnipro. The news ticker. Rocket attack: Rus

Attack on residential area: Rocket hits - one person dies

Created: 01/14/2023, 20:47

By: Teresa Toth, Caspar Felix Hoffmann, Moritz Serif, Johanna Soll, Bedrettin Bölükbasi, Daniel Dillmann, Nadja Austel, Christian Weihrauch, Christian Stör, Lucas Maier

One person dies in an attack on a residential area in the Ukraine war.

Rockets are also falling in Dnipro.

The news ticker.

  • Rocket attack:

    Russia bombs Dnipro - at least five dead

  • Russian Black Sea Fleet:

    Russia is moving ships in the Black Sea over fears of Ukrainian attack, experts say.

  • Rocket attacks:

    Ukraine reports explosions in Kharkiv and Kiev

  • Editor's note: 

    Read the latest developments from the Ukraine conflict in our new ticker.

    The information on the Ukraine war processed here comes partly from the warring parties in Russia and Ukraine.

    They can therefore not be independently checked in part.

+++ 8.40 p.m .:

A person was killed in an attack on a residential area in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

The governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region, Valentyn Reznichenko, reports on Telegram that a rocket has landed in the nearby town of Kryvyi Rih.

There was one dead and one injured.

+++ 17.10 p.m .:

At least five people were killed in the Russian rocket attack on an inhabited skyscraper in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, according to preliminary information from the authorities.

At least 27 people were injured, including six children, authorities said.

Rescue workers pulled people out of the rubble of the partially collapsed house. 

Ukraine war news: Russia bombs Dnipro – at least five dead

+++ 16:10:

At least ten people were injured in a Russian rocket attack on the city of Dnipro on Saturday afternoon.

The Russian missile hit a residential building in the eastern Ukrainian city and set it on fire.

This is confirmed by a video that has surfaced on social media showing thick plumes of smoke rising from the building.

“At least one staircase is gone.

Under the rubble are people who were at home over the holidays," says Rylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Volodymyr Zelenskyy's office, describing the situation after the rocket hit in Dnipro.

According to the Ukrainian Presidential Office, 15 people have been rescued from the rubble so far.

Numerous buried people remain missing until the end.

Emergency services continue to work to rescue the Ukrainian citizens.

News about the Ukraine war: According to Ukraine, Soledar is still under its own control

+++ 2:39 p.m .:

Contrary to Russia’s representation, the Ukrainian authorities have again emphasized that the small town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine is still under Ukrainian control.

"Soledar is controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, our military controls it," regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

Fighting continues "in and out of town."

Russian tanks fire on Ukrainian positions.

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Soledar and the nearby town of Bakhmut are the "hottest" points on the front line.

On Friday (January 13), the Russian Defense Ministry said the "liberation" of Soledar by Russian troops was complete.

The information provided by the warring parties cannot be verified independently.

Ukraine war news: Russia moves ships in Black Sea fearing Ukrainian attack

+++ 12.30 p.m .:

Russia has moved Kalibr cruise missile carriers to the Black Sea.

As reported by the Ukrainian Navy, "7 enemy ships are engaged in combat in the Black Sea, including a carrier with Kalibr cruise missiles with a total firing capacity of 8 missiles." The enemy continues to control naval communications and has two ships engaged in combat in the Sea of ​​Azov.

Russia is also said to be allowing at least ten ships from its Black Sea fleet to leave the port of Novorossiysk – according to British military experts, for fear of a Ukrainian attack.

Given the number and type of ships, it is likely that Russia is responding to a specific threat it believes it perceives, the defense minister's daily intelligence update said.

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Russian rocket attacks on Kharkiv and Kyiv - Fighting in Soledar continues

+++ 9.35 a.m .:

According to an employee of President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, infrastructure facilities in Kiev are attacked with rockets.

Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been explosions in the Dniprovskyi district, east of the Dnipro.

Several detonations could be heard.

Residents have been asked to stay in shelters.

Ukraine reports Russian missile attack in Kharkiv

+++ 8.38 a.m .:

Russian troops are said to have fired several rockets at Kharkiv.

Several civilian facilities in the city were hit by S-300 rockets early on Saturday morning (January 14), Oleh Syniehubov, head of the military administration of Kharkiv Oblast, reports on Telegram.

Syniehubov urged Kharkiv residents to seek shelters.

Russia prepares for Zaporizhia offensive

Update from Saturday, January 14, 6:18 a.m .:

Despite several Russian reports of victory in the small town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy maintains that the fighting for the place is ongoing.

"The hard fight for Donetsk continues," Zelenskyy said in his daily video address on Friday evening.

"The battle for Bakhmut and Soledar, for Kreminna, for other towns and villages in the east of our country continues." The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces also announced on Friday evening that the battle for Soledar would continue.

News about the Ukraine war: Danger from inexperienced nuclear power plant employees?

+++ 10:10 p.m .:

In the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the Russian troops seem to be running out of staff.

According to the mayor of the nearby city of Enerhodar, Dmytro Orlov, Russia would distribute mass offers for jobs.

Previously, Russia had repeatedly boasted that many of the employees had signed contracts with the Russian nuclear company Rosatom.

According to Orlov, recruiting workers at random is a dangerous trend.

If things continue like this, "people off the street" would soon be working in positions that would require highly qualified specialists.

+++ 9:50 p.m .:

The coastal town of Nikopol was shelled by Russia on Friday morning (January 13).

Several residential buildings were damaged, according to Yevhen Yevtushenko, head of the Nikopol district military administration.

Through Telegram, the leader urged residents of the coastal region to spend the night in shelters.

There is a threat of further artillery fire, it is said.

News in the Ukraine war: Russia is preparing for the Zaporizhia offensive

+++ 8.45 p.m .:

The armed forces from Russia are preparing for an offensive in Ukraine near the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is located near the city of Enerhodar.

In this, the Russian troops are relocating their barracks and ammunition stores to the basements of residential buildings, according to the state nuclear power company Energoatom.

"Thus, the invaders are trying to hide behind the citizens of Enerhodar and protect their military in the event of an offensive by the Armed Forces of Ukraine," Energoatom said in its statement.

There has not yet been any independent confirmation of the incident.

News in the Ukraine war: Russia announces Soledar conquest – Ukraine denies again

+++ 8:17 p.m .:

In response to the fact that Russia officially announced the capture of the city of Soledar, Ukraine has also clarified its position again.

Fighting around Soledar continues and Russia does not currently have full control over the city, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in the evening.

A victory over the city of Soledar could give Russia a strategic advantage.

The troops loyal to Putin would then be able to encircle the city of Bakhmut.

+++ 7.45 p.m .:

After conflicting information about control over the strategic key city of Soledar has been announced over the past few days and hours, Russia is taking the next step.

On Friday evening (January 13), Russia officially declared its conquest.

The city was taken under Russian control on the evening of January 12, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, according to the French news

agency AFP


Ukraine continues to deny the victory reports from Russia.

If the Kremlin's statements are correct, this would be the first major setback in months.

In another report, the Russian Ministry of Defense paid tribute to the Wagner Group mercenaries.

Such a message is rather atypical for Russia, as



"This given combat task was successfully accomplished by the courageous and self-sacrificing actions of the volunteers of the Assault Squad of the private military company Wagner," the ministry said.

The discrepancies between the mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin have been causing a political smoldering fire in the Kremlin for some time.

Experts see the latest changes at the command level as a "Wagnerization" of the Russian ruler.

News in the Ukraine war: Heavy shelling on Bakhmut in the east

+++ 18:25:

In the last 24 hours, troops from Russia have fired on the Bakhmut area in the Donetsk region 212 times.

This emerges from an evening report by the Ukrainian military spokesman Serhii Cherevatyi.

The information has not yet been independently verified.

Concrete casualty figures are also not yet available.

Also on Friday (January 13), Ukraine's main defense company Ukroboronprom announced that the testing phase of a long-range drone had been completed.

Combat systems of this construction work have been repeatedly requested by Ukraine in the past.

However, for fear of further escalation, no one had agreed to supply long-range weapons to Ukraine, as

The Kyiv Independent


The developed drone has a range of over 1000 kilometers.

News in the Ukraine war: Heavy fighting for Soledar and Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine

+++ 3.49 p.m .:

The Ukrainian military leadership continued to deny reports on Friday afternoon that Russia had gained control of the embattled city of Soledar.

"Heavy fighting is taking place in Soledar," Serhiy Cherevaty, spokesman for the Eastern Group of Ukrainian Armed Forces, said on Friday in response to the reports.

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine have the situation under control under difficult conditions," Cherevaty said.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov also described the situation in Soledar as "very difficult" but "under control" in an interview with the BBC on Friday.

The Russian military leadership, on the other hand, boasts about the supposed successes in the Donetsk region.

Full control of Soledar will allow Russia to "interrupt the supply lines of the Ukrainian forces located in the city (Bakhmut) in the south-west and then encircle the Ukrainian units located there," Russian ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

In their daily situation report on Friday, however, the experts at the US think tank “Institute for the Study of War” considered it unlikely that “this small victory heralds an impending encirclement of Bakhmut”.

News in the Ukraine war: Russia announces conquest of Soledar

+++ 12.44 p.m .:

The Russian Ministry of Defense officially announced on Friday that it would take the embattled city of Soledar in the Donetsk region.

The city was completely under the control of the Russian armed forces on the evening of January 12, the Defense Ministry in Moscow announced on Friday.

The report cannot currently be independently verified.

It would be the first capture of a city by the Russian army since July, when Lysychansk was captured in the war of aggression against Ukraine.

It would also be an important psychological success for the Russian army, weakened after many defeats.

The head of the paramilitary organization "Group Wagner", Yevgeny Prigozhin, announced on Wednesday that the city would be taken over by Russian troops.

Kyiv had rejected the reports and spoke of ongoing fighting as late as Friday morning.

News about the Ukraine war: Russian mercenary troops probably take Soledar – “almost no life left”

First report from Wednesday, January 11:

Kiev - There is "almost no life left" in the city of Soledar, announced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj.

"Everything is completely destroyed." After several weeks of heavy fighting, the head of the Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigoshin, reported the capture of the city in eastern Ukraine during the Ukraine war.

"Wagner units have taken the entire Soledar area under their control," the Russian news

agency TASS

quoted the businessman, who is considered a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as saying.

The city of Soledar is located in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk, only around 20 kilometers from the still fiercely contested city of Bakhmut.

The British secret service confirmed the report by the Wagner group.

According to a report from London, after several tactical advances, the Russian troops "probably controlled most of the settlement" at the cost of high casualties.

News about the Ukraine war: Russia reports capture of Soledar

According to British intelligence, the fighting in Soledar was concentrated in the area of ​​a salt mine, which is said to have tunnels over 200 kilometers long.

Both Russia and Ukraine fear that their respective opponents could use these tunnel systems to organize attacks behind their own ranks.

Fierce battles are said to have recently raged, especially at the entrances to the salt mine.

However, the Russian army seems to have won this now.

But Russia's victory in Soledar is likely to be symbolic above all.

According to military experts, the city plays a subordinate role in the further course of the Ukraine war.

The benefits of capturing the settlements are "limited," William Reno, a professor of political science at Northwestern University, told



"This battle is part of the larger struggle for Bachmut," Reno said.

While conquest could shift the front lines in the Ukraine war in Russia's favour, it "would not represent a significant victory or improve their long-term prospects elsewhere in Ukraine."

The Battle of Soledar is primarily of political importance.

It would be about gaining control of the Donbass.

But because Kyiv also repeatedly emphasizes the importance of Soledar and Bakhmut, the battle for the Orste makes it "important despite the relatively low strategic importance of these places".


Source: merkur

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