Zelenskyy convenes Staff meeting to discuss Bakhmut, Russia's plans and new appointments of new 'heads' in oblast military administrations.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has held a meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief to discuss the situation at the front and appointments to vacant positions of heads of several Oblasts.
The meeting took place on 6 February. The Armed Forces command and commanders of troops of operational directions reported on the current situation at the front. Special attention was paid to the positions of Ukraine's defence forces on the Bakhmut front and their provision with necessary munitions.
The president also heard information from the intelligence on possible actions of the Russians in the near future.
In addition, the participants of the meeting considered candidates for appointment as heads of Kyiv, Kherson, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk oblast military administrations.
The meeting was attended by Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine; Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council; Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, and commanders of troops and operational directions. Members of the government, heads of security and law enforcement agencies were present as well.
Ukrainian Parliament recognises Wagner Group as international criminal organisation.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine [Ukrainian Parliament] has recognised the Wagner Group, Russian private military company, as an international criminal organisation.
In addition, the Parliament approved Resolution 3735 on the recognition of Russian private military companies as terrorist organisations with 336 votes (with 226 necessary to pass).
Russians kidnap nuclear engineers of Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant who refuse to cooperate.
The National Resistance Center reports new cases of kidnappings among the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant workers who do not agree to sign contracts with a fake company from Rosatom, Russia's state nuclear regulator.
Many workers refused to work at the station after the occupation, and currently there is a shortage of workers at the station because there are not so many nuclear workers on the labour market. Therefore, the enemy wants to "convince" Ukrainian power engineers to work for the Russians. The relatives of the kidnapped workers will not be told where they are being held," the message states.
The Center reiterated that the occupiers had previously blocked access to the station for nearly 1,500 Ukrainian workers of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Currently, the Russians can neither start up nor operate the power units of the station.
"It is also worth noting that the occupiers continue the blockade of Enerhodar. The Russians keep residents in the city in order to use them as human shields. It is impossible to leave the city, the Russians do not let anyone out.
According to the local authorities, about 10-15,000 residents of the 53,000 who lived [there] before the occupation were blocked in the city," the Center of National Resistance emphasises.