In the Zaporozhye region, during the “truce” announced by Putin, fired at the UN mission

The ceasefire in Ukraine, which was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin under the pretext of celebrating Christmas, ended at midnight on January 8. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claims that over the past day, the Russian military made 40 attacks from multiple launch rocket systems, and also inflicted three air and nine missile strikes.

A UN mission came under fire in the Zaporozhye region, said the head of the administration Oleksandr Starukh. According to him, on January 7, a delegation of the organization headed by coordinator Denis Brown brought humanitarian aid to Orekhov. “Despite the promises of the enemy to cease fire for the holiday, the UN mission came under fire,” Starukh said.

Also on the night of January 8, the southern outskirts of Zaporozhye were attacked using cluster munitions, he added. Warehouses were damaged, there were no casualties. In addition, the mayor Anatoly Kurtev spoke about the explosions in the Zaporozhye region. According to him, infrastructure facilities were damaged.

In addition, the General Staff of Ukraine reported repulsing attacks on 16 settlements, including Makeevka and Belogorovka in the Luhansk region, as well as Soledar, Bakhmut and Pervomaiskoye in the Donetsk region. The Armed Forces of Ukraine themselves, according to their statements, over the past day delivered “strikes on 21 enemy concentration areas, as well as 3 strikes on the positions of its anti-aircraft missile systems” and shot down 3 reconnaissance drones.

After the end of the unilateral “ceasefire”, Russia attacked the city of Merefa in the Kharkiv region, said the head of the administration, Oleg Sinegubov. As a result, a 50-year-old man died and a “civilian industrial facility” was damaged.

The head of the administration of the Donetsk region, Pavel Kirilenko, spoke about seven missile attacks on Kramatorsk and two on Konstantinovka. Industrial facilities and the building of an educational institution were damaged, there were no casualties.

At the same time, explosions were heard in the occupied Melitopol. According to the Ukrainian mayor Ivan Fedorov, the Russian military base near the Gidromash plant was damaged.

On Thursday, Putin ordered Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to cease fire along the entire line of contact for Christmas time: from 12:00 on January 6 to 24:00 on January 7. The Kremlin asked the Ukrainian authorities to do the same, but Kyiv considered such an offer a “trap” and “an element of propaganda.” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the initiative a “cover” aimed at stopping the advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass and bringing equipment closer to their positions.

In the self-proclaimed DPR, they refused to pause hostilities under the pretext of the need to “respond to provocations” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Despite this and the attacks, which lasted for 36 hours, the Ministry of Defense reported on the observance of the ceasefire and accused Ukrainian troops of shelling settlements and Russian positions.

At the same time, in its reports for January 6 and 7, the department spoke about the hostilities in Kupyansky, Donetsk, Limansky and other directions, as a result of which the Armed Forces of Ukraine allegedly lost more than 170 people killed and wounded. In all cases, the Ministry of Defense claimed that the fire was “retaliatory.”

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