TheVoiceOfJoyce Ukrainian military have shot down 500 drones, since Putin started his campaign. The devastation of Makiivka site is becoming known, not only were troops destroyed, the supply chain for the region was also destroyed. Donetsk is marginally held, like the other provinces illegally annexed. Kherson is being repeatedly shelled by the Russians in an unsuccessful effort to retake the city. Ukraine’s counteroffensive is effective. There is consensus, talks will resume with Russia in February. 200+ prisoners were swapped during New Years. On day 314, it’s warm in Kyiv and the lights are on for hours.

On national television in Ukraine, Yuriy Ignat, spokesperson for the air force command of the armed forces of Ukraine, has claimed that nearly 500 Russian drones have been downed since September.

The Ukrainian strike on a Russian base in Makiivka, Donetsk, has generated “significant criticism of Russian military leadership”, according to a recent report from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). A number of prominent Russian pro-war bloggers and commentators acknowledged the attack on Makiivka, with many suggesting the number of casualties was higher than the figures officially reported.

The general staff of Ukraine’s armed forces has said up to 10 units of Russian military equipment of various types in occupied Makiivka were damaged or destroyed. Ukraine almost never publicly claims responsibility for attacks on Russian-controlled territory in Ukraine, but its military reported the Makiivka attack as “a strike on Russian manpower and military equipment”.

Satellite images taken by US-based company Planet Labs that purportedly showing the aftermath of the strike on Makiivka have circulated online, showing the building that allegedly housed the Russian troops before and after it was hit. The images, dated 2 January, show a building almost completely razed to the ground. Unverified footage posted online of the aftermath of the blast also showed a huge building reduced to smoking rubble.

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