As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 313th day, we take a look at the main developments.
This is the state of affairs on Monday, January 2, 2023:
- Several waves of Russian drones targeted critical infrastructure in Ukraine’s capital and surrounding areas, Moscow officials said expanded its continuous bombardment in a second day in 2023.
- An explosion hit Kiev’s Desnianskiy neighborhood and debris from drones hit a road in the neighborhood, in the capital’s northeast, and damaged a building next to it, Ukrainian officials reported early Monday.
- Mayor Vitali Klitschko said nighttime attacks on Kiev damaged energy infrastructure, causing power and heating failures.
- Ukraine’s air defense systems destroyed 20 air targets over Kiev early Monday, the military said, after air raid sirens wailed for more than four hours. Earlier, one person was injured by debris from a drone that was destroyed over the city.
- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainian forces shot down a total of 45 Russian-made Iranian-made Shahed drones on the first night of the year.
- The regional military command in eastern Ukraine said air defense systems destroyed nine Iranian-made drones over the Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia regions early Monday morning.
- Russia’s defense ministry said it is targeting “the facilities of Ukraine’s military-industrial complex”, which are involved in drone production, and claimed it had succeeded in cracking down on Kiev’s “terror attacks”. to press.
- Germany’s import ban on oil from Russian pipelines came into effect as Berlin accelerated its efforts to rid itself of Moscow’s exports.
- The British Foreign Office said the country has stopped importing Russian LNG. “Today the UK has halted all imports of Russian liquefied natural gas,” the office said on its Twitter page.
- Russia’s Gazprom said it would ship 42.4 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas to Europe via Ukraine on Monday, a similar volume to recent days.
- The United Nations human rights chief has warned that the Russian campaign has inflicted “extreme hardship” on Ukrainians, and has also denounced likely war crimes committed by Russian forces.