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Victorious news on 713th day of war: Ukraine's intel officers capture Wagner soldiers in Sudan, Drone Army hits almost 400 Russian strongholds

6 February, 2024 Tuesday

Ukrainian Special Forces conducted an operation near Crimea and blew up a platform from which the Russian forces adjusted drone strikes, and the Ukrainian military intelligence captured Wagner soldiers in Sudan


Ukrainian intelligence servicemen capture Wagner soldiers in Sudan

The military of the Main Intelligence Directorate captured Russian mercenaries of the Wagner PMC in Sudan.

This was reported by KyivPost, citing its own sources.

The publication published a video of the Timur special forces inspecting a military vehicle with the bodies of the killed Russian mercenaries. The vehicle has traces of shelling.

The video also shows one of the Main Intelligence Directorate fighter interrogating a mercenary. The captive confessed that he was part of a group of mercenaries from the Wagner PMC. Their task was to overthrow the government there.

In addition to him, Ukrainian special forces captured two African fighters, who were probably also members of Wagner's PMC and recruited the local population.

Explosions in Russia's Belgorod region

On the night of Tuesday, 6 February, explosions occurred in Gubkin in Russian Belgorod region. Local authorities claim that Ukrainian drones targeted the city, causing destruction.

The governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, wrote about this on Telegram.

According to him, the town of Gubkin was targeted by a drone. As a result of the drone's crash and subsequent detonation, four private households were damaged.

The governor added that the explosion smashed windows, damaged roofs, facades, and fences.

At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that 7 Ukrainian drones shot down over the territory of Belgorod region at night.

Ukraine nationalizes assets of Russian oligarch under sanctions for $13bn

This was reported by the Security Service of Ukraine.

The High Anti-Corruption Court upheld the claim of the Ministry of Justice to nationalize the Ukrainian assets of Eduard Khudainatov. The court upheld the nationalization of 100% of the oligarch's share in the authorized capital of Alliance-Ukraine Oil Company LLC, which is estimated at almost UAH 500 billion($13bn).

According to the investigation, Khudainatov controlled the Ukrainian oil trader through a number of offshore companies and controlled entities. The oligarch hoped that this way the asset would not be nationalized after the start of Russia's full-scale aggression, so he would continue to make significant profits from Ukraine's oil and gas market.

Ukrainian Special Forces blow up Russian platform near Crimea used for adjusting drone strikes

This was reported by the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Telegram.

Specifically, operators from the 73rd Maritime Center of the Special Forces executed a highly intricate and successful operation codenamed "Citadel" in the Black Sea, near the coast of the temporarily occupied Crimea.

"According to intelligence, one of the illegally seized production platforms was used by the Russians to enhance the operation of the Iranian-made Mohajer-6 unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. Namely, they installed equipment that increases the range and radius of its operation. The enemy used this UAV to conduct reconnaissance and subsequent attacks with Shahed drones on critical infrastructure in southern Ukraine," the statement said.

In addition, Russian troops installed a Neva-B radar station for detecting surface objects (from motor boats to ships) on the platform. With the help of this radar, Russian forces controlled the situation in the northwestern part of the Black Sea

In light of this, following meticulous planning and preparation, the team from the 73rd Maritime Center initiated the mission to eliminate enemy targets.

The special operation took place within an area under constant surveillance by Russian aviation and navy patrols.

"At night, the boats of the 73rd Maritime Center of the Special Forces came close to the production platform. After special operations and clearing, the facility was mined. The combat team moved to a safe distance and blew up the enemy target. As a result, important enemy equipment was captured and a mast with an antenna was blown up," the statement said.

Almost 400 Russian strongholds targeted in a week by Ukrainian Army of Drones

This was reported by Mykhailo Fedorov on Telegram.

"The drones targeted 141 Russian soldiers - this is the result of UAV strike units. There are 67 drone strike companies operating at the front, fighting only with drones. Over the past week, they hit 44 tanks, 74 armoured combat vehicles and 14 ammunition and fuel depots. 

Ukraine disabled third of Russian Black Sea Fleet ships

Since February 24, 2022, Ukrainian forces have disabled a third of the ships belonging to the Russian Black Sea Fleet

The Strategic Communications Center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported the information on Telegram.

"Ukraine has disabled about 33% of the warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet since the launch of the large-scale invasion," the statement said.

According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ukrainian military knocked out 24 Russian ships and one submarine. As of the beginning of the large-scale invasion, the Russian Black Sea Fleet had 74 warships.

"Aggression against Ukraine is harmful to your fleet," Strategic Communications Center writes.

Ukrainian aviation strikes at 13 Russian concentration areas

This was reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Over the day, Ukrainian aviation struck 13 concentrations of Russian personnel and 2 anti-aircraft missile systems. Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed a Kh-59 guided missile.

Ukrainian missile troops struck a Russian command center, a personnel concentration, 2 ammunition depots and 3 artillery pieces.

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