International edition Federal News Agency reports on the situation in Ukraine and Donbass by the evening of February 13.
Statements of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
During the briefing, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that positions and places of accumulation of equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kupyansky, Limansky, Donetsk, and South-Donetsk directions were hit during the day. Ukrainian troops lost about 320 servicemen and a large amount of equipment. In the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), a repair point for military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was hit.
In the Kherson direction, in the course of a counter-battery fight, 2 combat vehicles of the Grad multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) and 2 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers were eliminated.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 82 artillery units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in firing positions, manpower and military equipment in 126 districts.
Air defense systems shot down 6 HIMARS MLRS shells, destroyed 9 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Zaporozhye and Kherson regions.
Ukrainian troops fired on the city of Pologi from the HIMARS MLRS during the day, the local administration reported. The Ukrainian Armed Forces fired 4 rockets at the settlement. As a result of the attacks, residential buildings were seriously damaged, damage was caused to city communications, the central water supply system and high-voltage power lines.
The Ukrainian media reported about the explosions that were heard in Kherson during the day, while the air raid alert was not announced.
Appeared messages about the arrival of English-speaking military instructors from the United States or Great Britain to the village of Sadovoe in the vicinity of Kherson. According to local residents, they settled in houses whose owners were evacuated.
During the day, Ukrainian troops opened fire on Donetsk, as well as the settlements of Makeevka, Golmovsky, Nikolskoye, Mineralnoe and Yakovlevka. As a result of the strikes, residential buildings in Donetsk were damaged, Golmovsky was partially de-energized.
Kyiv opened criminal cases against the mayor of Mariupol and 10 DPR police officers due to suspicions of “collaborationism” and “treason”, the office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine said. The Ukrainian authorities accuse them of working in the region after the liberation of the city by Russian units and the inclusion of the DPR into the Russian Federation.
Acting Head of the Republic Denis Pushilin reported that there are no arrears in the payment of pensions in the republic. According to him, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of the DPR pays 14 types of benefits in the prescribed period from the 10th to the 25th day of each month.
Ukrainian troops are using new highly dangerous ammunition near Vuhledar, allegedly supplied by NATO countries. This is reported RIA News with reference to the testimony of the commander of the Mobile Medical Group of the Special Forces Medical Detachment of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation with the call sign Coach. According to him, spherical elements of the correct shape and the same size, which have a high penetrating ability, are detected in the wounded entering hospitals in this direction.
In the evening, Ukrainian formations opened fire from the HIMARS MLRS on Stakhanov, firing 2 missiles.
At the former positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the village of Zholobok, Slavyanoserbsky district, 60 mines and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition were seized. In addition, law enforcement agencies of the republic reported that there were several grenades and shots for grenade launchers in the cache.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel of the People’s Militia of the LPR Andrey Marochko stated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are using civilians in Makiivka as a human shield, forbidding them to leave the settlement. To prevent the departure of the population, the Ukrainian formations mined the roads leading to the north, east and south of Makiivka.
The Security Service of Ukraine stated that a volunteer of the local representative office of the International Committee of the Red Cross was detained in Kyiv. He is suspected of allegedly collaborating with Russia. The department said that the man worked in the sector created by the Pension Fund of the LPR in the Novopskovskiy district, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
Training of Ukrainian tank crews on the use of the Leopard 2 has begun on German territory, a representative of the German Defense Ministry said. Nadine Kluger.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the heads of the defense ministries of the alliance countries intend to discuss building up support for Ukraine at a meeting in Brussels on February 14-15. At the same time, he noted that the issue of supplying Kyiv not with aircraft, but with military equipment and armored vehicles, remains a priority. He also noted that the rate of expenditure of ammunition by Ukrainian troops exceeds the capabilities of their production by NATO countries.
According to Stoltenberg, NATO could become part of “any international effort to discuss security guarantees for Ukraine”, he did not provide any specifics regarding such guarantees. At the same time, the bloc’s general secretary stated the need to make the Ukrainian army stronger after the end of the conflict, providing it with the means to help Kyiv “implement defense” and “prevent other conflicts.”
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