New Year Missile & Drone Strikes Continue Across Ukraine as NATO Recognizes Scale of Conflict

Update on Russian military operations in Ukraine for January 2, 2023:

– Fighting continues around Bakhmut and across the wider Donbass region;
– Russian missile and drone strikes continue for several days now;
– Ukrainian sources claim “all” drones were downed but damage to infrastructure proves otherwise;
– Ukraine claims to have hit Russian troops with a HIMARS rocket attack;
– The attack is only in the news because it happens so infrequently;
– Russia carries out similar attacks nearly daily with its much larger number of guided-rocket launchers and ballistic missile systems;
– NATO admits Russia can fight on long-term and that Ukraine requires long-term support;
– EU begins training 1,100 Ukrainians for 2 months and plans to train up to 15,000 over the next 2+ years;
– 200-300 Ukrainian perish in fighting daily at a minimum with fighting around Bakhmut raising deaths and injuries to around 1,000 daily;
– Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterates that the West is using Ukraine as a proxy to harm Russia, a fact stated in US policy documents like RAND’s 2019 “Extending Russia” paper;


BBC – Ukraine claims hundreds of Russians killed by missile attack:…
BBC – Ukraine must get long-term support, warns Nato chief:…
RAND Corporation – Extending Russia Competing from Advantageous Ground (2019):…
Bloomberg – Bloomberg – Ukrainian Troops Begin EU Training as Bloc Expands Military Role:…

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