Russians launch a missile attack on critical infrastructure facility in Zaporizhzhia Oblast – General Staff report.

The Russians launched a missile attack on a critical infrastructure facility in Zaporizhzhia Oblast on Saturday, 22 January.

During the day, enemy forces carried out five airstrikes on the positions of Ukraine’s Defence Forces and a missile strike on critical infrastructure in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. They deployed multiple-launch rocket systems [MLRS] to carry out over 20 attacks.

Putin needs a "Ukrainian Stalingrad"– National Security Council of Ukraine.

Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, is certain that Russian President Vladimir Putin is now seeking out vulnerable areas of the Ukrainian front.

"In the war with Ukraine, Putin dreams of ‘encirclement,’ a victory parade, and the title of Generalissimo of all time, and ... of his own Gulag [a network of secret high-security prisons in the USSR; many inmates were political prisoners].

To achieve this, he needs a ‘Ukrainian Stalingrad’ in his frame of reference. At the very least, he wants to repeat the Debaltseve-2 scenario on the most significant possible scale.

That’s why the newly minted Zhukovs [i.e. Russian generals who use their troops as cannon fodder] embodied by [Valery] Gerasimov [Chief of the General Staff of Russia's Armed Forces – ed.] are concentrating resources, pulling in reserves, restoring combat capability, and seeking out the most vulnerable areas of the Ukrainian front" - Danilov said.

Russians attack Kharkiv Oblast: one person killed, one injured.

Today at about 14:30, a 67-year-old woman died from a Russian artillery attack on the village of Petrivka. Outbuildings and a private house were struck.

After 15:00, Russians attacked a cemetery in the village of Huriv Kozachok using tanks. The tombs were damaged.

The city of Vovchansk was under Russian attack as well today. A multiple-launch rocket system hit a five-story apartment block and a private house. A 49-year-old man was injured and hospitalized in a moderate condition.