War in Ukraine today: latest news, January 8, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 319th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

What happened in Ukraine today:

Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 18.00:   

The enemy is conducting offensive actions towards Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Lyman, trying to improve its tactical situation on Kupiansk. The invaders focus their futile efforts on capturing Donetsk oblast within the administrative border.

On January 8, 2023, the occupant forces launched 1 missile and 19 air strikes, as well as more than 10 MLRS attacks, including those at civilian infrastructure.

There remains a danger of launching air and missile strikes on critical infrastructure across Ukraine. 

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk, and Sloboda, the situation remains stable. Certain units of the armed forces of belarus and russia continue to perform tasks in the areas bordering with Ukraine, yet there are no signs of forming any offensive groups of the enemy there. 

At the same time, the enemy is shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian targets along the entire contact line.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the vicinities of settlements of Kucherivka (Sumy oblast), Starytsia, Kolodiazne, and Novomlynsk (Kharkiv oblast) came under enemy fire.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy shelled the vicinities of Pershotravneve, Ivanivka (Kharkiv oblast), Stelmakhivka, and Miasozharivka (Luhansk oblast).

Towards Lyman, Makiivka, Nevske, Kuzmyne, Chervonopopivka, and Dibrova (Luhansk oblast) came under fire.

Towards Bakhmut, Berestove, Bilohorivka, Vesele, Rozdolivka, Bakhmut, Bila Hora, Dyliivka, Druzhba, Zalizne, and Niu York (Donetsk oblast) were damaged by enemy shelling.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy fired at Avdiivka, Nevelske, Marinka, and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the enemy fired tanks and the entire range of artillery at the vicinities of Dorozhnianka, Charivne, Mali Shcherbaky, and Kamianske (Zaporizhzhia oblast).

Towards Kherson, the occupying forces do not stop shelling the settlements along the right bank of the Dnipro river. Once again, Kherson came under fire from russian multiple launch rocket systems.

To maintain military discipline and prevent any panic sentiments among the personnel of the occupation troops operating towards Zaporizhzhia, the enemy used the units of the russian national guard (rosgvardia). Thus, 6 people willing to surrender to the Ukrainian Defense Forces were reported shot near the settlement of Chystopillia on January 5.

In order to discredit the Ukrainian military leadership, the enemy is sharing disinformation about the preparation of an attack by the Ukrainian Defense Forces on medical institutions in Luhansk oblast, where wounded russian invaders are being treated.

The Ukrainian Air Force launched 10 air strikes on buildups of the enemy, as well as 2 air strikes on the positions of its anti-aircraft missile systems.

Also, our defenders shot down 3 enemy UAVs, probably Orlan, and 3 attack helicopters: 1 Mi-24 and 1 Ka-52, the specific type of another one is being finalized.

Units of rocket troops and artillery of the Ukrainian Defense Forces hit 2 buildups of manpower and 1 warehouse of fuel and lubricants of the occupiers.

The Presidential Office informs that another 50 Ukrainian servicemen were returned home. As a result of another exchange of prisoners, 50 of our soldiers were released. Among them are soldiers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Territorial Defense, the NGU, the State Border Guard Service, the Navy, as well as from the USN. 33 officers and 17 privates and sergeants.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal says that russia has created the world’s largest minefield in Ukraine. Now it reaches 250 thousand square kilometers. It not only complicates the movement of people, but also causes serious disruptions in agriculture. “We are doing everything possible to ensure that the war ends as soon as possible. To do this, the international community must strictly adhere to sanctions against russia and strengthen them,” he said.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Dvorichna and Starytsia were under russian attack. Ivanivka, Kolodiazne, Novomlynsk and Pershotravneve were also targeted. The Armed Forces of Ukraine call the frontline situation towards Slobozhanske ‘stable’.

Last night the enemy launched two missile attacks on Merefa city, Kharkiv district. A civilian industrial facility was damaged. A 50-year-old civilian was killed.

Moreover, the enemy shelled Dvorichna settlement of the Kupiansk region and Starytsia village of the Chuhuiv region.

In Dvorichna, a private building and the building of the State Emergency Service unit was under enemy attack. Also, 2 tank trucks and an operational vehicle of firefighters were damaged. There were no casualties.

Donetsk oblast

Deputy Minister of Defence, Hanna Maliar, said that the situation in the east is complicated. Now it is very difficult in Soledar. Ukrainian troops are advancing in some areas of Donetsk oblast. Russian troops are trying to reach the borders of Donetsk oblast or occupy any settlement.

Yesterday the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled enemy attacks near 16 settlements in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Russian troops struck the region 15 times. Five residential buildings, educational institutions, a factory, an outbuilding and cars were destroyed and damaged. Ten settlements were hit: Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Karlivka, Kostiantynivka, Kramatorsk, Kurakhivka, Kurakhove, Soledar, Torske and Vovchenka.

After midnight the enemy launched seven missile attacks on Kramatorsk and two on Kostiantynivka. An educational institution, an industrial facility and a garage cooperative in Kramatorsk and an industrial zone in Kostiantynivka were damaged. There were no casualties.

Night missile attack. Photo from social media

Towards Donetsk, russians were most actively shelling the Kurakhove community. Heating networks in Kurakhove, 3 private buildings in Kurakhivka, outbuildings in Vovchansk, 2 buildings and a summer kitchen in Ostrivske were damaged. Artillery shelling of Marinka continued during the night and in the morning Avdiivka was under Grad MRL shelling – no casualties.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was killed and 1 person injured in Soledar. Also, 2 buildings in Paraskoviivka were damaged in the community.

Towards Lysychansk, there were about 20 attacks in Torske and Zarichne of the Lyman community – no casualties, the extent of damage is being established.

Aftermath of missile attack. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration 

Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that yesterday russians killed 1 civilian in Bakhmut. Another 8 people were injured.

Luhansk oblast

Yesterday Defense Forces units repelled enemy attacks in Bilohorivka, Makiivka and Stelmakhivka. Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, russians shelled Chervonopopivka, Dibrova, Makiivka, Miasozharivka, Nevske, Ploshchanka and Stelmakhivka with artillery.

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, reports that there is heavy fighting near Kreminna. Russians moved several battalions of paratroopers and heavy equipment there. The enemy is gradually gaining a foothold there. Intensification of combat actions is expected with the onset of frost.

According to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, russian passports are required in the occupied Luhansk oblast for issuing registration documents, license plates and driver’s licenses. Another hospital has been set up in the Antratsyt maternity hospital. Residents are expecting staff cuts at enterprises.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The first Christmas service of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was held in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The Divine Liturgy on the occasion of the Nativity of Christ was held in the Dormition Cathedral by Metropolitan Epiphany of Kyiv and All Ukraine, the head of the OCU. The Metropolitan said: “Full of spiritual joy, gratitude and faith, we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in historical circumstances, in a historical place, with a historical event”.

The service became possible after the state returned to its ownership two churches of the Lavra – the Holy Dormition Cathedral and the Refectory Church. The event was peaceful, there were no clashes or provocations. Law enforcement officers on the territory of the Upper Lavra ensured law and order to prevent possible provocations.

Dormition Cathedral of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, January 7, 2023. Photo: Ukrinform

Head of the Energy Research Center Oleksandr Kharchenko reported that since the middle of February, the residents of Kyiv will be left without power supply less often. The appropriate plan  is being prepared by the energy sector of the capital, in the future it will be applied to other cities. It is planned to make backup generation for water utilities and heating stations, so that in an emergency, everyone has the opportunity to be supplied with power, heat and water.

The press service of a separate checkpoint “Kyiv” reported that border guards discovered 13 people possibly involved in sabotage and intelligence groups and 75 invalid or forged documents in Kyiv oblast in December. 

The Kyiv City Military Administration reported that the number of explosions in apartments increased due to the blackout In Kyiv. It happens in particular due to the incorrect use of tourist gas burners. Residents of the capital are urged to be careful when using explosive devices.

Structures of the damaged entrance of a residential building on Sadova Street in Makariv are being dismantled. All apartments had been completely burned down as a result of shelling by the russian occupiers. As the head of the Makariv settlement council, Vadym Tokar, said, the decision to immediately dismantle the emergency structures was made due to the partial destruction of floor slabs and internal partitions.

The Irpin City Council reported that the local Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence received humanitarian aid from the international organization Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe in Ukraine as part of the project “Providing emergency aid and protection services to the population affected by the conflict in Ukraine”.

Residents of the Irpin modular town Dubky received humanitarian aid from the Spanish charitable foundation Glory to Ukraine. Volunteers brought essential items collected by the residents of Barcelona to support Ukrainians who found themselves in difficult life circumstances. These include, food, hygiene products, toys, animal feed, wheelchairs for people with disabilities, etc.

Zhytomyr oblast

Craftswomen of Zhytomyr developed a sketch for the future Victory towel. These are traditional and modern symbols revealing courage and unity of the Ukrainian people which are combined in the embroidery. According to the initiators of the project, the creation of such a towel was prompted by an ancient tradition, when during difficult events, Ukrainian women gathered as a whole community and embroidered a towel, because they believed that it would help speed up victory and overcome all troubles.

Craftswomen of Zhytomyr are working on a sketch for the future Victory towel. Photo: from social networks

The Olevsk Center for Children’s and Youth Creativity received a generator from the Republic of Estonia. It was handed over by Mayor of Tallinn, Mykhail Kilvart, during his working visit to Zhytomyr.

Sumy oblast

Head of the Sumy RMA Dmytro Zhivytskyi announced that the enemy shelled three communities in Sumy oblast. The Shalyhine community was shelled twice by the russian military with machine guns: 17 rounds were recorded during the day and another 16 after 8 p.m. The occupiers dropped two explosives from a UAV on the territory of Velika Pysarivka. The projectile fell on the yard of a local resident.

At around midnight, enemy forces attacked the territory of the Znob-Novhorodske community with SPHs: 26 hits were counted. Shelling caused a fire at a local enterprise. The head of the Sumy RMA reminded that the enterprise is not the first to suffer from attacks – in the summer, after enemy strikes, fire destroyed the entire supply of hay for agricultural livestock.

Today, after lunch, the russian occupiers made artillery strikes on a village of the Myropillia community: there were 20 hits. 5 homes of local residents and a farm were damaged.

Residential buildings in the Myropilial community damaged by occupiers. Photo: tg-channel of Head of the Sumy RMA Dmytro Zhivytskyi

The Sumy City Council reported that traffic lights will work at six points in Sumy despite general power outages.

The Hlukhiv City Council reported that culture workers in the village of Nekrasiv, the Hlukhivka community, took part in the Carol for the Armed Forces campaign. Local artists collected UAH 23,400 for the needs of the army.

A paramedic station was restored in the Trostyanets region. The first aid point in the village of Buimer, damaged during the war, was restored with the help of the Patients of Ukraine charity fund.

A craftswoman from Konotop made a traditional Ukrainian amulet 1.7 m high. Anna Vasylenko from Masters of Konotop, made a huge old man, which is currently on display at the Mir Cinema Center. For more than 10 years, the woman has been making Ukrainian amulets, which are a symbol of harvest, well-being and wealth.

Chernihiv oblast

The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that occupiers shelled the border areas of Chernihiv oblast once again. There were 7 hits, probably from barrel artillery launched on the village of Halahanivka, the Semenivka community.

The first stage of the elevator complex for grain storage and transportation was built in Chernihiv oblast. The Ukrainian company KMZ Industries supplied equipment for the new complex, its installation and adjustment.

The Snovsk City Council reported that an ethnology lesson was held in one of the border villages of Chernihiv oblast. During the event, visitors learnt about Ukrainian Christmas traditions and kutya recipes.

Ethnology lesson in the borderline Snovsk community.  Photo from social networks

The world-famous football player from Chernihiv oblast took part in the project for the development and renewal of Ukraine. Andriy Yarmolenko discussed the reconstruction of the Chernihiv “Desna” stadium together with representatives of the ONOVA Ukraine Renewal League.

The famous Ukrainian Patron the dog became the hero of a Ukrainian book. The story about a mine-sweeping dog originally from Chernihiv oblast, written by Zoriana Zhivka, was published by the Swichado publishing house and supplemented with hand-made drawings.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Head of the Regional Council Mykola Lukashuk, the enemy shelled the Nikopol region twice during the night. About 15 shells were  fired from barrel artillery. 

Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, Valentin Reznichenko, reported that the military from the ‘East’ Air Command destroyed an enemy reconnaissance drone in the sky over the oblast.

 Vinnytsia oblast

The community of the German city of Nuremberg sent humanitarian aid to the Tulchyn community. Compatriots Nazar and Yana Havryliuk helped to send aid to their hometown. Hygiene products, clothes, shoes, bedding, stationery and toys will soon be available to low-income, large families and those in difficult life circumstances.

Kirovohrad oblast

The French humanitarian organization ACTED (Agence d’Aide à la coopération technique et au développement) started handing over sets of new beds to internally displaced persons sheltered in Kirovohrad Oblast.

Poltava oblast

In more than two hundred settlements in Poltava Oblast where internally displaced persons live repairs are being made with the funds of charitable organizations. In particular, doors and windows are replaced, and walls and ceilings insulated within the framework of the Housing Modernization for Vulnerable Internally Displaced Families project from the Caritas Poltava charitable foundation.

A teacher at the Reshetyliv Agrarian Lyceum makes periscopes for the military. He has already handed over two thousand items to the front.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The Zaporizhzhia RMA informs that despite the enemy’s promises to cease fire for the holiday, the UN mission delivering humanitarian aid to Orikhiv came under shilling. The occupier continues to ignore the rules of warfare and shells communities.

Head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Starukh in the Telegram channel reports that on the night of January 8, the enemy once again attacked the southern outskirts of Zaporizhzhia, using cluster munitions. The missiles damaged warehouses and other ancillary facilities.  Relevant services continue neutralizing cluster munitions.  

Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov says that in the temporarily occupied Melitopol, a russian military base at the Hidromash plant, seized by enemy troops, exploded.  The first strike was made on the night of January 8. There was a strong fire at the plant, detonation of ammunition lasted for several hours. The strike was repeated on Sunday afternoon.

As stated in the IAEA report, the backup power supply line of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which failed due to shelling, was restored.  The line was damaged on the right bank of the Dnipro River as a result of shelling. The IAEA noted that the repair work was delayed for several days due to the shelling. 

Supporting local authors and developing the information space of Zaporizhzhia oblast, a new edition of the book “The Pain of War” was presented. The book contains real stories of 13 soldiers, volunteers, internally displaced persons from the occupied territories, cultural figures and scientists about the beginning of a full-scale war. This is a joint project of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Universal Scientific Library and Zaporizhzhia Library Association. 

War memoirs were presented in Zaporizhzhia. Photo: from social networks

Mykolaiv oblast

The Mykolaiv RMA reports that on January 7, in the afternoon, the enemy carried out artillery strikes on one of the settlements of the Kutsurub community. Residential buildings were damaged. There were no casualties. 

Head of the Joint Coordination Press Center of the Defense Forces of the South of Ukraine Natalia Gumenyuk says that russian troops are still present on the Kinburn Spit in Mykolaiv oblast. The weather prevents the completion of de-occupation. Neither side has control over the Kinburn Spit and islands yet. This is the demarcation line, the front line where the fighting is taking place.

The 36th separate marine brigade named after Rear Admiral Mykhailo Belinsky reports that on January 8, 50 Ukrainian defenders returned home from russian captivity, including 2 Mykolaiv marines. 

Odesa oblast

Spokesman of the Odesa Regional Military Administration Serhii Bratchuk informs that an anti-ship mine, which was washed ashore by the stormy sea, was discovered in Odesa oblast. A special demining group of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine neutralized the mine on the spot and moved it to the place of destruction, where a controlled explosion was performed.

According to Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration, Maksym Marchenko, Odesa oblast received a large batch of generators provided by the leadership of the United Arab Emirates. These generators were distributed under the program of the State Property Fund of Ukraine and state institutions. 

A free mobile phone charging station has appeared on the Langeron beach in Odesa. There you can charge 15 phones simultaneously. The station was installed by the Odesa company Smart Trek.

Kherson oblast

According to Head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration Yaroslav Yanoshevyc, on January 7, russian occupants shelled the territory of Kherson region 19 times from artillery, MLRS, mortars, tanks and UAVs. Civilian infrastructure of Kherson and Beryslav regions was damaged. A civilian was injured. 

The Kherson RMA informa that on the night of January 8, russian occupiers struck at the Tavriiskyi district of the city, using incendiary ammunition.  Fortunately, no casualties among civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure were reported.

Head of the Kherson RMA Yaroslav Yanoshevych reports about the high mine danger in Kherson oblast. Today, a local resident blew up on a mine left by кussians in the Velyka Oleksandrivka community. 

Seven generators were delivered to Kherson – three for the water supply and sewerage system of the city, one – for the needs of the Kherson Oncology Dispensary and three more – for Khersonteploenergo. The supply was funded by the Federal Agency for Technical Assistance of Germany and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this country.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The Lutsk United City Center for Procurement and Social Support reported that two soldiers from Volyn, Oleh Brynza and Anatolii Filipchuk, were posthumously awarded with the III degree For Courage orders. Relatives of the fallen fighters received a high award.

Zakarpattia oblast

The Ministry of Reintegration reported that in Zakarpattia, another international checkpoint was opened across the state border for rail passenger traffic. The point operates on the basis of the Rakhiv railway station for citizens traveling to/from Romania by train.

Organizers of the project Decommunization. Ukraine. announced that in Bushtyn a monument to the bolshevik writer Horkyi was dismantled.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Prykarpattiaoblenergo reported that a dispatcher of Ukrenergo set a daily limit of 304 MW from 9:00 a.m. to midnight on January 8.

In Ivano-Frankivsk, the mural with Hryhorii Skovoroda is almost finished. The new mural is called Spiritual Weapons are Stronger than Physical Ones.

New mural. Photo from social networks

Lviv oblast

The Lviv City Council reported that during the war, over 127K Ukrainians received medical care in Lviv.

In the Consultative and Coordination Center of the Chervonohrad Region Military Administration, applications for receiving financial aid from the UNHCR and the Right to Defense CF were again collected. At the same time, the children who came with their parents to the Center had the opportunity to talk with a psychologist from the Malta Help Desk.

In Vynnyky the Center for Support of People Who Lost Their Homes of the public organization Emaus-Oseiya was opened. The construction of the center became possible thanks to efforts of the authorities, civil society, the church, business and international partners.

Rivne oblast

Christmas packages with delicacies were sent from Rivne oblast to the military. Residents of the Diadkovytsk territorial community collected home-made meat dishes and sweet pastries for the defenders.

Ternopil oblast

Army Aid from Ternopil delivered regular cargoes to the military in Kharkiv and Donetsk oblast. The mobile dentistry also continues to treat soldiers at the front.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The RMA reported that IDPs from Kherson oblast received humanitarian aid, namely, 1,5K sets of food.

Chernivtsi oblast

Some regions of Bukovyna will receive aid from the EU to produce Hutsul cheese. The project, financed by the EU with $15.5 million, is aimed at overcoming disruptions caused by the war in the agri-food sector.

International support of Ukraine in the russian-Ukrainian war (russia’s invasion of Ukraine)

Minister of Defense of Finland, Mikko Savola, announced that Finland is preparing the 12th package of aid to Ukraine. According to him, for security reasons, the content of defense aid to Ukraine is not disclosed.

In the first quarter of 2023, the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system will also be delivered to Ukraine from the German army reserves.

At the end of January, the US will begin training the Ukrainian military to work with the Patriot air defense system.

Head of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Antonio Tajani, announced that the government is still finalizing the sixth package of defense aid to Ukraine, after which the parliament will be informed about it. “We are also discussing with the French the improvement from a technical point of view of sending air defense systems based on joint technologies of Rome and Paris,” Tajani said.

Greece agreed to transfer the queue for the supply of 40 Marder BMPs to Ukraine from the German government. According to previous agreements, Berlin was going to send new equipment to the Greeks first, and older tanks would be transferred to Ukraine as part of the “ring exchange”.

The eighth meeting in the Rammstein format will take place on January 20.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the situation in Ukraine during a phone conversation.

The Ombudsman of Ukraine, Dmytro Lubinets, met with the Commissioner for Children’s Rights of Poland, Mikolai Pavliak. They discussed strengthening cooperation in monitoring the observance of the rights of Ukrainian children.

Vice President of the European Commission for climate issues, Frans Timmermans, announced that the EU is ready to provide Ukraine with the necessary support for strengthening legislative requirements in the field of climate and the environment on the way to joining the EU, transitioning to a “green” economy, entering new markets and improving security.

Deputy speakers of the Bundestag, Katrin Gering-Eckardt and Wolfgang Kubicki, are in favor of supplying Ukraine with Leopard tanks. “It would be wrong to stop at what we have achieved with regard to the Marder. We must do and provide everything we can. This also applies to the Leopard tanks,” said Deputy Head of the Bundestag, Katrin Goering-Eckardt, who represents the Greens faction.

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аngelina Lopatina

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya 



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