After the temporary “Christmas truce” announced by President Vladimir Putin, Russian troops continued fighting in Ukraine.
On Friday, January 6, Russia launched 1 missile strike and fired 20 rocket launchers, according to the daily report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Putin has not given up on his goals to dominate Ukraine and continue to conquer Ukrainian territory,” Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Cooper said at a briefing on Friday, quoted by Ukrinform.
The fact that the attacks of the Russian army did not stop, despite the announced truce, was also reported by the head of the Luhansk regional administration, Sergei Gaidai. “As there were shelling, so they remain, like attempts to attack our positions,” Gaidai said on the air of Radio Donbass Realii.
The danger of air and missile strikes remains throughout Ukraine, warns the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to him, Russia is now fully focused on the capture of the Donetsk region within the administrative border. The army is conducting offensive operations in the Bakhmut direction.
On January 6, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in the areas of the settlements of Stelmakhovka, Makeevka, Dibrova and Belogorovka in the Lugansk region and Ozaryanovka, Soledar, Krasnaya Gora, Podgorodnoye, Bakhmut, Klescheevka, Sol, Pervomayskoye, Maryinka and Pobeda in the Donetsk region, the General Staff reported.
Ukrainian aviation, in turn, delivered one blow to the area where Russian troops were concentrated. In addition, units of the missile forces and artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out fire damage to four areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Russian army, as well as two warehouses of fuel and lubricants, the General Staff said.
In addition, on the night of January 7, a Ukrainian drone was shot down in the sky over Sevastopol, Governor Mikhail Razvozhaev said. This is the third attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the city occupied by Russia in a week.
On Christmas night, the most fierce battles were fought around Kremennaya, says in the UK Department of Defense’s Saturday Daily Report. In the past three weeks, fighting around Kremennaya has been fought mostly in wooded areas west of the city, where the coniferous forest provides some cover from aerial surveillance, the report said. Because of this god was basically reduced to clashes infantry, often at short range.
According to British intelligence, the Russian command regards pressure on Kremennaya as a threat to the right flank of its units near Bakhmut. This is a key operation for Russia: the capture of Bakhmut will allow the offensive to continue on the remaining parts of the Donetsk region.
On Thursday, Putin ordered Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to cease fire along the entire line of contact for the duration of the Christmas holiday: from 12:00 on January 6 to 24:00 on January 7.
The Ukrainian authorities did not support the Kremlin’s proposal. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Putin’s proposed truce a “cover” aimed at stopping the advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass and bringing equipment closer to their positions.