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Prigozhin ticked off for the time being? According to experts, Russia no longer relies on Wagner mercenaries for Bachmut


A Russian government helicopter crashes to the ground near Moscow. The Russian curriculum will soon also include basic military training. The news ticker on the military situation.

A Russian government helicopter crashes to the ground near Moscow.

The Russian curriculum will soon also include basic military training.

The news ticker on the military situation.

  • Basic military training



    : Moscow wants to introduce it in schools

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    : Russian Government Helicopter Nearly Crashes

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    major offensive


    According to Ukraine, the Russian army is planning a major offensive for the anniversary of the start of the war on February 24.

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Update from January 29, 2:58 p.m

.: The Russian military will probably continue the offensive around Bakhmut with its conventional soldiers instead of resorting to fighters from the Wagner mercenary group.

The reason is that the clout of the mercenaries has passed its peak since the capture of Soledar, writes the US Institute for War Studies (ISW) in its most recent analysis of the Ukraine war.

Since then, the fighters have not achieved any significant successes.

The military experts predict that this increasing independence of Moscow could now reduce the influence of Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in Russia.


Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner Group (archive image)

© Uncredited/dpa

Update from January 29, 1:36 p.m

.: The mercenary group Wagner reports the capture of Blahodatne.

Ukraine denies this. This is reported by the

Kyiv Independent


Images would be circulating online of the fighters posing in front of the town sign.

The information could not be independently verified.

The village of Blahodatne is near the Bakhmut-Siversk highway, where Kyiv has held a defensive line since July.

Basic military training in Russia: Moscow wants to introduce it in schools

Update from January 29, 11:12 a.m

.: London sees the introduction of military training in Russian schools as a parallel to teaching in Soviet times.

The introduction of basic training for Russian students is an alleged deliberate allusion to the Soviet Union, where similar training was compulsory in schools until 1993, according to the latest intelligence update from the British Ministry of Defence.

It also reflects the increasingly militarized atmosphere of wartime Russia.

According to the Russian Ministry of Education, basic training should begin in September of this year, in which, among other things, how to use assault rifles and hand grenades as well as military drills will be taught.

Similar training should also take place at universities.


Pupils in Moscow (icon image)

© Itar-Tass/Imago

From Putin's fleet: Russian government helicopter almost crashes

Update from January 29, 9:09 a.m

.: In the Moscow region, a government helicopter had a highly dangerous landing on Friday (January 27).

This is reported by the Interfax news agency.

"When the helicopter landed, the propeller caught on the ground and damaged the tail section," the news agency quoted a witness as saying.

It is said that there were no injuries in the incident at Vnukovo International Airport.

According to Aerotime

, the Mil MI-8 helicopter is part of

the fleet that regularly transports high-ranking Russian officials and Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.

Interfax did not provide information about its inmates.


Russian Mil MI-8 helicopters at a military exercise in Russia in 2022

© Vadim Savitskii/Imago

Kyiv wants to give the army more drones - worth half a million euros

Update from January 28, 10:53 p.m

.: According to Ukrainian information that cannot be independently verified, a sports ground, a kindergarten and several private houses were damaged in an air raid on Seredyno-Buda in the Shostka region on Saturday.

There were no injuries or deaths - unlike in Kostiantynivka.

This is reported by the Ukrainian agency

Ukrainska Pravda


Update from January 28, 7:18 p.m

.: The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday that it wanted to provide the army with more drones in the Ukraine war.

To this end, contracts were recently signed with 16 domestic companies that produce drones.

According to Ukrainska Pravda, the volume of the orders is around 20 trillion UAH, the equivalent of around half a million euros.

Current war in Ukraine: Moscow accuses Ukrainian army of attacking hospital with 14 dead

Update from January 28, 4:04 p.m .:

Moscow accuses the Ukrainian army of killing 14 people in the east of the country in an attack on a hospital.

The Russian army said in a statement that 24 other people were injured.

The Ukrainian army hit a local hospital in the town of Novoaydar in the Luhansk region on Saturday morning with Himar rocket launchers, it said.

The attack said 14 people were killed and 24 injured - the victims were "among the patients and medical staff".

Ukraine: Three dead in attack on Donetsk city

Update from January 28, 3:50 p.m

.: On Saturday morning, three people were killed in rocket attacks on the city of Kostiantynivka in the Donetsk region, the number of wounded rose to 14 by Saturday afternoon.

This is reported by the Ukrainian newspaper Ukrainska Pravda, citing information from the mayor, Pavlo Kyrylenko.

In the course of this, the regional administration of Donetsk is again calling for people to leave the entire Donetsk region - because cities further away from the front (like Kostiantynivka) are also not safe.

Ukraine War: Russia apparently preparing major offensive for February 24th

Update from January 28, 1:40 p.m .:

According to Ukrainian information, Russia is preparing a new offensive for the anniversary of the start of the war in Ukraine.

It is "no secret" that the Russian army is preparing a new wave of attacks for February 24, Secretary of Ukraine's Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov told Radio Svoboda.

According to Ukrainian information, the Russian troops have recently stepped up their attacks in eastern Ukraine.

Particularly massive attacks are reported on the two cities of Wuhledar and Bachmut;

Both sides reported bitter fighting around Wuhledar on Friday.

Only recently did Russian soldiers and fighters from the Wagner mercenary group take over the small town of Soledar, north of Bakhmut.


On January 27, Ukrainian soldiers fired mortars from their position near Bakhmut.

© Anatolii Stepanov/AFP

According to a Ukrainian soldier, Russian soldiers are also advancing on Bakhmut, which they have been trying to take control of for months.

"There is constant shooting, day and night, trying to find weaknesses in our defense," Yuriy told AFP.

According to the US-based Institute for the Study of War, Moscow is attempting to disperse outnumbered Ukrainian forces with the attacks to “create the conditions for a decisive offensive campaign.”

Ukraine repels Russian attacks – Putin's military conducts new airstrikes

Update January 28, 12:20 p.m.:

Russia continues attacks on Ukraine while Ukrainian troops repel Russian attempts to advance.

This emerges from the latest report by the Ukrainian General Staff on Facebook.

Last day, the Russian military carried out 10 rocket attacks and 26 airstrikes.

A total of 81 rockets were fired from multiple rocket launchers.

In the southern city of Ochakiv, there were fatalities due to the shelling.

In the east of the country, as well as in Zaporizhia and Cherson, Russian troops are still trying to advance.

In Donetsk and Luhansk, attacks on 12 settlements were repelled, the General Staff report said.

Ukraine war: Russia apparently makes false statements about the number of deaths

Update from January 28, 11:05 a.m .:

 According to British intelligence services, Russia intentionally misrepresents the number of its casualties in the war against Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defense in London referred to findings on a Ukrainian attack on a Russian military base in the Donetsk region on New Year's Eve.

Subsequently, Russia had reported the death of 89 soldiers.

According to the British secret services, however, there is a high probability that more than 300 victims have died.

For London, this illustrates a “pervasiveness of disinformation in all Russian public statements.”

The report said that this was caused by deliberate lies that were nodded off by high-ranking officials and inaccurate reports by lower-level officials who wanted to downplay their own shortcomings for fear of being fired.

In the specific case from New Year's Eve, Russia probably decided to take the unusual step of naming a specific number of victims because there had been a lot of criticism from Russian commanders and a comment had become unavoidable.

Ukraine war: Russia is probably struggling with problems in missile production

Update from January 28, 8:55 a.m .:

According to Ukrainian information, Russia no longer has the ability to produce enough rockets for constant large-scale attacks on Ukraine.

This was announced by the head of the Ukrainian Security Council, Oleksiy Danilov, in an interview with Radio Svoboda.

"Of course, we count all the missiles that these scoundrels launch at our country," Danilov said.

"They no longer have the ability to produce enough rockets to terrorize us for a long time," he explained.

If Russia receives help from Iran or other countries, they will act according to the situation, he assured.

He also knows the exact number of missiles that would still be available to the Russian military.

However, Danilov did not want to name the number.

Ukraine war: Selenskyj speaks of "extremely tense" situation in the East

Update from January 27, 9:55 p.m .:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has described the situation in the hard-fought east of his country as persistently difficult.

"The situation at the front and especially in the Donetsk region - near Bakhmut and Wuhledar - remains extremely tense," said Zelenskyy in his evening video address on Friday.

"The occupiers are not only storming our positions - they are also deliberately and systematically destroying towns and villages around them.

With artillery, air force and missiles.”

The Russian army had previously reported new attacks on Wuhledar.

Only recently, together with the notorious mercenary group Wagner, they conquered and occupied the city of Soledar, also located in Donetsk, after extremely costly battles.

Russian artillery shells Ukrainian cities - many dead and injured

Update January 27, 7:34 p.m.:

A new Russian attack has killed 10 civilians in Ukraine and wounded 20 others, reports

AP News

, referring to the Ukrainian President's Office.

Villages and towns in southern and eastern Ukraine that were within range of Russian artillery were shelled, including the cities of Kherson and Kharkiv in the Donetsk region.

The attacks followed announcements of tank deliveries to Ukraine, including by Germany and the United States.

Kyiv and Zaporizhia under fire: Kinzhal hypersonic missiles deployed

Update from 01/27/2023, 4:50 p.m

.: According to the Kyiv Independent, Russia used Kinzhal hypersonic missiles on Thursday to attack targets in Ukraine – including Kiev and Zaporizhia.

According to a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Yurii Ihnat, Ukraine is currently unable to intercept Kinzhal missiles.

Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine: fierce battles around Wuhledar

Update from January 27th, 2023, 3:39 p.m

.: Heavy fighting for the city of Wuhledar in eastern Ukraine: “Wuhledar should soon be a new, very important success for us,” said the pro-Russian separatist leader Denis Puschilin of the Russian news agency Ria Nowosti.

One of Puschilin's advisors told the Tass news agency on Friday that "serious, brutal fighting" was underway.

The Russian armed forces had marched into Wuhledar and had "established themselves in the south-east and east of the city".

The mining town, which once had around 15,000 inhabitants, is about 150 kilometers south of Bachmut, which has been the subject of fierce fighting for weeks.

For his part, the Ukrainian military spokesman Sergey Cherevaty spoke of "bitter fighting" for Wuhledar.

However, he assured that the Russian forces had been pushed back.

According to him, they have been trying for months to "achieve important successes" in the region.

But thanks to the Ukrainian defenders, they are not able to do that, Cherevaty told local media.

Russia has "exaggerated" its alleged achievements.

Ukraine-News: Escape from the Bakhmut region after months in the basement

Update from January 27th, 2023, 2:27 p.m

.: In the east of Ukraine, Ukrainian forces have recently given up the city of Soledar, Russian forces are advancing further and further towards Bachmut.

Most of the once 70,000 residents of Bakhmut have long fled, only a few thousand live in cellars, dependent on outside help.

The fighting has been grueling for months, particularly on the eastern side of the Bakhmutka River, which bisects the city.


View of a church in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, through a bullet hole in a window.

© Anatolii Stepanov/afp

"When you go into the yard, bullets whistle around your ears," 69-year-old Olena Morozova told AFP.

"My hands are shaking, I no longer have the strength to endure it all," she says.

Under cover of darkness, she and a neighbor had gone to a help center in the center of town.

"Two weeks ago I thought about leaving, but I couldn't decide," says Morosowa.

“Now we know that the Russians are already at the city limits, not far from us.

We don't want them to invade our lives.” The goal of the people is western Ukraine.

The 73-year-old Valentyna separated from her husband because he sided with the Russian occupiers.

She is now leaving with her daughter.

Russia wants to adjust the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Cherson to its own time zone

Update from 27.01.

2023, 1.40 p.m

.: The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade wants to introduce the Russian time zone in the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson.

This is happening as part of the administrative alignment in Moscow, as the ministry writes in a telegram channel.

Electricity cut off in ten Ukrainian regions

Update on January 27th, 2023, 12:56 p.m

.: In ten Ukrainian regions, the electricity was switched off in an emergency on Friday, including Kiev, Kharkiv and Lviv.

After massive attacks on Thursday, the Ukrainian network is currently unable to meet the requirements.

According to the energy supplier Ukrenergo, the specified limits were exceeded in the ten regions, which led to the emergency shutdown.

This is reported by the Ukrainian newspaper

Ukrainska Pravda.

Ukraine: Russia loses at least 124,000 soldiers

Update from January 27th, 2023, 12:02 p.m .:

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Russia has so far lost at least 124,710 soldiers in the war against Ukraine, more than 290 aircraft and over 6,340 tanks.

These figures were published by

the Kyiv Independent

and are not independently verifiable.

Ukraine: Russia is running out of drones from Iran

First report from January 27th, 2023, 10:57 a.m

.: Moscow/Kiev – On Thursday (January 26th) the Russian army carried out massive air raids on the whole of Ukraine.

55 rockets are said to have been fired at Ukraine from the air and from the sea, according to the US think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in its latest report.

According to this, at least eleven people died.

According to ISW estimates, Ukraine was able to intercept 47 of the 55 missiles, as well as all 24 kamikaze drones.


Kamikaze drone from Iran?

This photo is supposed to show a "Shahed 136" just before the impact in Kyiv.

© Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

The troops of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin are likely to soon face difficulties with arms supplies.

As of January 7, Russia only had 90 of the drones delivered by Iran, the think tank reported, citing Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Resnikov.

For example, Russia could launch "only a few large-scale attacks" against Ukraine with drones if Iran does not deliver supplies.

Drones against Ukraine: Russia probably wants to start production itself

Ukraine has been talking about a possible spring offensive by the Russian military for months.

Insiders have also informed about preparations in the past.

In order to fill the arsenal of weapons with enough kamikaze drones, Russia now apparently wants to get help directly from Iran, as the British TV broadcaster ITV reported, citing official sources.

Iranian specialists are said to be helping Russia to produce drones in their own country that can overcome Ukrainian air defense and allow targeted attacks on the energy infrastructure.

A site for the production facility has already been found in Russia and production can begin “within a few weeks”.


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