27 January: How many tanks will Ukraine get, IAEA reported about the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant explosions

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Friday, January 27, 2023.
Kharkiv region / Photo: Associated Press

Kharkiv region / Photo: Associated Press

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Donetsk Region

On January 26, the Russians killed 6 residents of the region: two in Ocheret, two in Bohoyavlenka, one in Avdiivka, and one in Paraskoviivka. Another 9 people in the region were injured, reported the head of the Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko.

Kharkiv Region

Yesterday, the Russians massively shelled the Kupiansk, Kharkiv and Chuhuiv districts. Kupiansk, Vovchansk, Strelecha, Dvorichna and other settlements were under fire, wrote Oleh Sinehubov, head of the Regional Military Administration.

Today at 6 in the morning, the enemy shelled Kupiansk. The shells hit an open area near a residential building. Garages were on fire. Previously, there were no casualties.

Yesterday, two civilians – a man and a woman – were killed in Dvorichna, Kupiansk district. A 70-year-old woman was slightly injured in the village of Kozacha Lopan, Kharkiv district, and a 60-year-old woman was injured in Vovchansk.

Also yesterday, two men, 40 and 35 years old, were blown up in a field between the villages of Chervone and Velyka Komyshuvaha of the Izyum district using an unknown explosive device. Doctors assess the condition of one of the wounded as serious, the other as moderate.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

The Nikopol district experienced another restless night – the last threat of artillery shelling lasted almost 12 hours in the district, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional council, Mykola Lukashuk, said.

The occupiers attacked the Myrove community several times in a row from multiple rocket launchers – they fired about fifty shells at it.

As a result of shelling, a shop, a bakery, and a beauty salon were damaged. About ten residential buildings and commercial buildings, gas furnaces, and power lines were also affected. People are unharmed. The survey of the territories that came under shelling is ongoing.

Zaporizhzhia Region

In this direction, the situation has not undergone significant changes over the last day. The Regional Military Administration reported that the occupiers are concentrating their main efforts on maintaining the occupied borders.

Over the past 24 hours, the enemy fired 148 attacks on the positions of the Ukrainian military, using tank weapons, missile and barrel artillery along the entire line of contact.

Over the past day, the Russians shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of the settlements of Znachkove, Derezivka, Mala Tokmachka, Olhivske, Hulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Chervone, Shevchenko, Plavni, Mali Shcherbaki, Kamianske, Novoandriivka, Novodanylivka, Charivne, Malinivka, Shcherbaki, Temyrivka, Bilohirya, Poltavka, Stepove.

14 reports were received about the destruction of houses (apartments) of citizens and infrastructure objects as a result of shelling by Russian military personnel.

Kherson Region

According to the Regional Military Administration, the Russian invaders shelled the territory of the region 38 times. Peaceful settlements of the region were attacked with artillery, MLRS, mortars, and drones.

The Russians also launched a missile strike in the region. The Russian army shelled Kherson 3 times – residential buildings were damaged.

Yesterday, two people were killed by Russian shelling in the region, and 7 more residents of the region were injured of varying degrees of severity.

UKRAINE: A helicopter, anti-aircraft defense and more than 850 Russian soldiers: the General Staff spoke about the new losses of the Russian Federation

The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks near Bakhmut and Mariinka, hit control points and enemy positions – the General Staff

The IAEA announced strong explosions near the Zaporizhzhia NPP

Russians are lying about successes in the area of Vuhledar and Orikhiv – British intelligence

The Armed Forces resumed the counteroffensive in two directions – ISW

WORLD: Poland is ready to hand over 70 tanks to the Armed Forces – Morawiecki

Canada will provide four Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

The US plans to purchase new Abrams tanks for transfer to Ukraine – Pentagon

Spain is ready to provide Ukraine with more than 50 Leopard tanks

Orban said he would veto new EU sanctions against Russia if they affect Russia’s nuclear energy industry

The PACE adopted a decision on a special tribunal for the authorities of the Russian Federation and Belarus

Will Ukraine have enough Western tanks and when will they get to the front: NYT analysis

According to Western experts, tanks will no longer help Ukraine defend itself near Bakhmut.

Western allies have pledged to send at least 105 tanks: far fewer than Ukraine needs, and it could be months before they enter combat.

In an article, The New York Times analyzed whether Ukraine would have enough Western tanks.

Ukrainian troops still need to be trained to use a powerful Western combat vehicle, and to transfer them to the conflict zone is not an easy task, journalists believe.

According to the NYT, the tanks promised by Berlin and Washington will be delivered at least in the spring or summer – not in time to help Ukraine defend itself near Bakhmut.

Which countries give Western tanks and how much?

The largest batch of tanks comes from the USA – 31 M1 Abrams, which are enough to support one Ukrainian battalion. The Abrams is one of the most advanced tank systems in the world, but it’s reliable operation requires special training, technology for its parts and, as a rule, special fuel.

On Wednesday, US officials said it would be at least several months before the Abrams could be delivered. Other experts said it could take at least a year altogether.

Britain, Germany and Poland have committed to sending 14 tanks each, and London expects delivery of its Challenger 2s within weeks. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius predicted that it would take three to four months for Berlin to send its Leopard 2 tanks.

Poland said it was ready to send its own Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Portugal said it could provide four Leopard 2s, and Norway said it could send eight more. Other pledges to transfer Leopard 2s – but without specifying the number – were made by Spain, Finland and the Netherlands.

And France is considering the possibility of providing its Leclerc battle tanks to Ukraine, but their number is not specified.

The publication also mentioned Denmark’s statement about its readiness to send 20 Swiss Piranha armored personnel carriers to Ukraine as soon as the government in Bern agrees that they can be re-exported. However, Moldova has already received this technique.

In total, Ukraine can receive more than 100 Western tanks.

Is this enough?

The NYT mentioned the statement of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi, who said that he needed 300 tanks for a counteroffensive.

The European military is said to have at least 2,000 Leopard 2 tanks – and hundreds of other types of Western battle tanks. The Russians still have thousands of tanks.

«The West will never match these numbers one-to-one. But, given the qualitative superiority of the Leopard or Abrams over even the most modern Russian tank, if the West could supply 500 to 1,000 tanks, it would be of great importance to the Ukrainians,» says the military historian from Cornell University (USA) David Silby.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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