The situation at the front
There were shots of fierce battles for Ugledar. A column of the 155th Marine Brigade, the 40th Brigade and special forces of the 14th Separate Brigade were defeated while trying to attack the city. “They were shot as if in a shooting range,” wrote Igor Strelkov, former “Minister of Defense of the DPR” about the dead.
The GRAY ZONE Telegram channel reports on at least 30 units of lost equipment from the Russian side, publishing a video of the defeat of the Russian army near Ugledar, with tankers on fire and blown up infantry fighting vehicles (18+).
Ugledar itself is fired upon by Russian artillery. The head of the self-proclaimed "DPR" Denis Pushilin said that the residents of Vugledar were being taken to Volnovakha.
“Now there are about a thousand people in the city – civilians. We have already begun to evacuate some part, when the active phase of liberation began. They took out civilians and moved them to a relatively safe place, this is Volnovakha,” Pushilin told RIA Novosti.
Vuhledar is one of the cities in the Donetsk region, which is located about 40 kilometers from Volnovakha, controlled by Russian forces.
In the Zaporozhye direction, according to WarGonzo, Russian troops on the ground are attacking near Novoandreevka. Artillery hit Kamensky, Stepnoy, Shcherbak, Novodanilovka, Malaya Tokmachka, Charovnoye, Gulyapol, Krasnoy, Malinovka and Olgovsky today. The Armed Forces of Ukraine launched a missile attack on Berdyansk.
To the south-west of Bakhmut, Russian troops are attacking in the direction of Chasov Yar, where the second line of defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is located in this direction. The attack on Ivanovskoye continues. The Ukrainian army shells Ozaryanovka and Kleshcheevka.
Shelling and rocket in Romania
On the morning of February 10, Russia again launched a massive strike against Ukraine, as a result of which energy facilities were damaged. According to the Ukrainian authorities, this time Russia fired 71 rockets into Ukraine, as well as 5 Shahed-131/136 kamikaze drones. Ukrainian air defense managed to shoot down 61 missiles.
Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny said that two Russian missiles fired on the morning of February 10 at Ukraine flew over the territory of Moldova and NATO member Romania.
The Romanian Ministry of Defense, in turn, said that the Russian missile did not cross the country's airspace. Since Romania is a member of NATO, if such information is confirmed, the invasion of Russian missiles would require a reaction from the alliance.
“The aerial surveillance system of the Romanian Air Force recorded on Friday, February 10, an aerial target launched from the Black Sea from a ship of the Russian Federation near the Crimean peninsula, most likely a cruise missile, which deployed in the airspace of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova and re-entered the airspace Ukraine, never crossing the airspace of Romania,” the military department said ina statement .
According to officials in Bucharest, "the closest point of the missile's flight path to Romanian airspace was recorded by radar systems about 35 kilometers northeast of the border."
The Ministry of Defense of Moldova confirmed the passage of the missile. The agency's message says that the missile was spotted over the town of Mokra in the Transnistrian region, and then over the town of Kosoutsy in the Soroca region. This is not the first time that Russian missiles have been recorded entering the country's airspace. The Moldovan Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador to point out the inadmissibility of violating the country's airspace.
Drones of maximum damage
Iran is modifying drones that it supplies to Russia so that explosive warheads can cause maximum damage to infrastructure in Ukraine. This is reported by CNN with reference to the materials of the British investigative organization Conflict Armament Research, which, together with the Ukrainian military, studied the structure of the unexploded warhead of the Iranian Shahed 131 drone that crashed near Odessa in October.
It turned out that it was modified by filling it with small metal fragments, which, upon impact, scatter over a large radius. Along the circumference of the warhead there are 18 more smaller “charges”, which, when melted by an explosive wave, are capable of penetrating armor and creating a kind of explosive “360-degree” effect. These elements greatly increase the ability to destroy targets such as power plants, distribution networks, power lines and large transformers. They also make repairs much more difficult.
Warheads designed to hit armored vehicles, for example, are designed differently to concentrate the impact force of an explosion, says CAR researcher Damien Spleeters.
Ukraine may receive new Panther KF51 tanks. According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, Chairman of the German group Rheinmetall AG Armin Papperger announced negotiations with Kiev. Thus, Ukraine can become the launch customer of this tank, first presented by the Rheinmetall group in 2022 and equipped with a promising 130-mm gun.
The UK may provide Ukraine with Harpoon anti-ship missiles with a range of 240 km and Storm Shadow surface-to-air missiles with a range of up to 400 km for attacks on Crimea, The Times writes , citing Ukrainian military sources.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak offered to provide Kyiv with longer-range weapons during Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to London on February 8. According to Sunak, this should undermine Russia's ability to strike at Ukraine's infrastructure, as well as "help relieve pressure on the front line."
7 years for a conflict with the commander
The 2nd Western District Military Court increased the term for mobilized Alexander Leshkov from five and a half to seven years in prison, who pushed and swore at the commander on the parade ground of the training center in the Patriot park near Moscow, RIA Novosti reports . The court added another year and a half: according to the prosecutor, the original verdict did not take into account that Leshkov posted a video of the quarrel on the Internet, which aggravates his guilt. The prosecutor demanded 10 years in prison, the defense, on the contrary, asked for a punishment not related to imprisonment.
A video of the incident at the Patriot military center appeared on social media on November 13. On it, the mobilized were indignant at the poor preparation and poor-quality support before being sent to the war in Ukraine.
Leshkov, using obscene language, accused the commander of "sabotaging the orders of the Supreme High Command", blew cigarette smoke in the lieutenant colonel's face, and then pushed him.
“Are we going to march in formation at war? What the fuck are we doing then? This is profanity. Imitation of firing, imitation of exercises and imitation of formation, ”said the man.
On January 11, the court found Leshkov guilty under a new article on beating a boss committed during the period of mobilization (part 3 of article 334 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), and sentenced him to five and a half years in prison. The maximum term under this article is 15 years in prison.
Leshkov partially admitted his guilt and called his actions an "emotional breakdown." At the same time, he noted that he only pushed the lieutenant colonel, and the vapor from the electronic cigarette just hit him in the face. The mobilized is going to apply for a pardon to President Vladimir Putin, Kommersant reports . He explained his action by the fact that he voluntarily came to the military registration and enlistment office, but was faced with the fact that there was no equipment and no training was being carried out.
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