The head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, said that in January, the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost more than 6.5 thousand military personnel in battles.

“Despite the unprecedented military assistance from Western countries, the enemy is suffering significant losses,” the minister said, opening a thematic conference call at the Russian Defense Ministry.

According to the data given by Shoigu, in January the Ukrainian side lost more than 6.5 thousand military personnel, 26 aircraft, seven helicopters, 208 drones, 341 tanks and other armored vehicles, as well as 40 military vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems.

According to the minister, the Russian military, meanwhile, is successfully operating in the Donetsk direction, in particular in the area of ​​​​Ugledar and Artemovsk.

“As a result of the offensive actions of our troops in the Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, the settlements of Soledar, Kleshcheevka, Podgornoye, Krasnopolye, Blagodatnoye, Lobkovoe and Nikolaevka were liberated.

At present, hostilities are successfully developing in the regions of Ugledar and Artemovsk,” the minister said.

  • Opening remarks by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation at the thematic conference call

Meanwhile, the minister noted that the United States and its allies are trying to prolong the conflict as much as possible by starting to supply heavy weapons.

As Shoigu said, we are talking about an open call for Ukraine to seize the territories of the Russian Federation.

“In fact, such steps draw NATO countries into the conflict and can lead to an unpredictable level of its escalation,” Shoigu said.

The Russian troops, the minister said, continue to "grind" all the weapons and equipment supplied to Kyiv both on the routes of their delivery and at combat positions.

As the head of the Russian Defense Ministry emphasized, Kyiv, realizing that it will not be possible to defeat Russia by military means, continues to resort to criminal actions to intimidate citizens in new regions of the country.

As Shoigu noted, the Armed Forces of Ukraine strike at residential areas, hospitals, places where civilians gather, and also carry out terrorist attacks on government and social facilities.

“The barbaric nature of the Ukrainian leadership is also evidenced by its unwillingness to cease fire during Orthodox Christmas.

During this period, the Armed Forces of Ukraine cynically conducted intensive shelling of settlements.

In total, the enemy fired over 550 artillery and mortar attacks, ”Shoigu said.

The minister stressed that the Ukrainian artillery was suppressed by the return fire of Russian troops.

He expressed confidence that the military of the Russian Federation will continue to ensure the safety of Russian citizens in new regions and the protection of Ukrainian residents from genocide by the Kyiv regime.

Shelling of new regions

Meanwhile, in the new regions of the Russian Federation, regular shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine is reported.

The representative office of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Issues Related to War Crimes of Ukraine (JCCC) announced 18 facts of firing by Ukrainian troops over the past day.

From the morning report of the mission, it follows that the enemy fired from artillery of 152 and 155 mm caliber, firing a total of 97 rounds of ammunition.

Donetsk, Gorlovka, Shirokaya Balka, Yasinovataya and Makeevka were under shelling.

According to the representative office of the DPR in the JCCC, over the past 24 hours, one person was killed as a result of shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and two civilians received injuries of varying severity.

Ten houses and four civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged.

On the morning of February 7, shelling continued, Donetsk, Gorlovka and Aleksandrovka were under fire from the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In turn, the representation of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in the JCCC announced the shelling of the settlement of Pervomaisk using the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system.

The enemy fired four missiles.

It is also reported that the Ukrainian military attacked an electrical substation in Nova Kakhovka (Kherson region) on the night of February 7.

The relevant information is published in the Telegram channel of the Novokakhovsk city district.

“As a result of the strike, Novaya Kakhovka and ten other settlements of the urban district were left without electricity, water supply and sanitation.

Interruptions with communication began, ”the message says.