Eastern Europe Geopolitical Watch – From 14 January to 20 January 2023

Eastern Europe monitoring team : Séverine Ly, Matisse Grenier, Olga Chekhurska, Claire Aréthuse, Sarah Wilpotte, Elisabeth Nagy, Olivier Husson

14/01/2023: The major missile attack was reported in several regions of Ukraine – Olga Chekhurska.

On January 14, several explosions were reported in different regions of Ukraine. According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Russia has launched 33 missiles on Ukraine, 25 of them have been shot down by Ukrainian air defence. The bombings were reported in the regions of Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv. In the south, in Kryvyi Rih, one person was killed and another injured in the destruction of apartment buildings. The heaviest toll is in Dnipro, in the east of the country. 72 apartments were destroyed in the destruction of apartment buildings. In total, counting the peripheral damage, nearly 1,700 residents lost their homes, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
According to Ukraine’s energy minister German Galushchenko, the Russian attacks also hit energy infrastructure in Kharkiv and Lviv. Power cuts occurred in most areas.
On January 16, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian armed forces bombed military targets, not residential buildings and mentioned that it was a Ukrainian air defence missile that fell on the building in Dnipro.
At present search and rescue operations at the site of a missile attack in Dnipro have ended. The governor of Dnipropetrovsk Region, Valentyn Reznichenko announced on January 19 that the death toll from a missile strike on residential building in Dnipro rose to 46, including 6 children, and 80 people injured. He said the bodies of 11 dead remain unidentified. 17 people are still missing, including four children.

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