Russian attacks against Donetsk Oblast on Jan. 30 injured two people in Chasiv Yar and one in New-York, the Prosecutor General's Office reported.

Russia targeted the streets of Chasiv Yar, a city some 10 kilometers west of Bakhmut, with drones at around 9 a.m. local time, prosecutors said.

A 45-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman were reportedly injured as a result.

In an artillery strike against the village of Niu-York, Russian forces injured a 37-year-old resident who was in his yard at the time of the attack, according to prosecutors.

New York lies over 30 kilometers north of occupied Donetsk.

A Russian artillery strike against Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast on Jan. 30 killed a woman,

Around 10 a.m., Russian forces shelled Avdiivka with artillery, hitting a private house. A 47-year-old woman died, Governor Vadym Filashkin reported Filashkin on his Telegram channel.

Several houses and high-rise buildings were reportedly damaged in the attack.

Avdiivka, lying only kilometers away from Russian-occupied Donetsk, has been under intensified Russian attacks since October 2023 as Moscow's troops aim to encircle and capture the city.

Russian onslaught left Avdiivka badly damaged, with many of its residents evacuating to escape regular attacks.

Russia shows no intent to return bodies of POWs allegedly on crashed Il-76

Russia shows no willingness to return bodies of Ukrainian prisoners of war (POW) allegedly killed in an Il-76 plane crash on Jan. 24, Ukraine's military intelligence (HUR) spokesperson Andrii Yusov said in a comment to Suspilne, published on Jan. 30.

Russia has alleged that the Russian military aircraft that crashed in Russia's Belgorod Oblast last week was destroyed by Ukrainian forces and that it was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners.

Ukraine has called Russia's narrative into question and demanded an international investigation, which Moscow refused.

Yusov reminded that, as of now, there is no evidence of the presence of the POWs on the crashed plane apart from Russia's claims.

"At the moment, there is no readiness to transfer the bodies from their (Russia's) side. Nevertheless, such efforts continue from our side," Yusov told Suspilne.

"If the worst possibility turns out to be true, we will do everything possible to return our defenders."

Yusov noted that it was possible that the plane was carrying both prisoners and ammunition, with the POWs serving as human shields. On the day of the crash, several Ukrainian media outlets reported, citing military sources, that the aircraft was transporting S-300 missiles.

"Considering that the plane was loaded only to one-third, based on their (Russian) version, other supplies may have been present, as this is the main purpose of the aircraft," the spokesperson said.

Ukraine's Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War confirmed that a prisoner swap was planned for Jan. 24 that was meant to involve 65 Ukrainian POWs. Ukrainian officials nevertheless said that Russia provided no evidence that these prisoners were on the crashed plane.

Ukraine downs Russian Su-34 jet over Luhansk Oblast

Ukrainian air defenses reportedly shot down a Russian Su-34 jet over Luhansk Oblast on Jan. 29, said Andrii Kovalev, a spokesperson for the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces, on national television on Jan. 30.

The downing of the jet brings the total of Russian military aircraft lost since the beginning of the full-scale invasion to an estimated total of 332 as of Jan. 30.

The destruction of the Su-34 jet is the latest in a recent uptick of downed Russian planes, including a Beriev A-50 military observation plane earlier in January, which reportedly cost $330 million to produce.

An Ilyushin Il-22 plane that operates as an airborne command post was also reportedly damaged on the same day in January.

There are signs that the uptick in aircraft losses has caused Russia to change its aerial strategy, reducing the number of sorties flown by Russia's Air Force, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in December 2023.

Russian aircraft hits invincibility center in Kherson Oblast

Russian aircraft attacked two settlements in the Beryslav district in Kherson Oblast, targeting the building of an invincibility centre on the afternoon of 30 January [an invincibility centre is aa heated premises stocked with food and power banks to assist residents facing hardships due to power cuts – ed.].