Seaport in Mariupol being turned into military base.
The port in the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, is being turned into a military base and in the spring, the Russians can arrange the delivery of military equipment by sea.
The occupiers are gradually turning the seaport into a military base. In late December, all residents of Mariupol were fired from the port (except for individual experts-collaborators) and workers were brought in from Moscow.
Work has begun on dividing berths into conventionally civilian and conventionally military ones. Due to the silting of the channel, only the vessels with small equipment, such as river-sea vessel RS3, can enter the port harbour area. However, this is not an obstacle to establishing the supply of military equipment in the spring shipping period.
For the time being, we are recording individual non-systematic entries into the port of RS3 [cargo vessel RM-3 – ed.] with building materials and containers with unknown content inside.
Russia waiting for new drones and preparing missiles for next attack.
The Chief Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine states that Russia is having problems replenishing its stocks of high-precision missiles, is still waiting for the next batch of drones from Iran, and will continue to combine means for attacks on infrastructure facilities in Ukraine.
Russians will now try to use new approaches. If they do not have enough missiles for a large-scale attack, they will combine high-precision missiles, X-22 and S-300 [missiles], especially in front-line areas, and kamikaze drones. You see how the Russians actively used them for two days in a row.
Now they are preparing missiles for the next large-scale attack.
That is, they will combine means to maintain the pace of strikes on our civilian infrastructure facilities.
Russians keep advancing on three difficult fronts – General Staff report.
Russian forces are focusing their efforts on conducting offensive operations on the Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdiivka fronts as of the evening of 4 January.
Russians keeps transferring manpower, weapons, military equipment and munitions to the areas of combat actions. Apart from railways, they [the Russians - ed.] are using military transport and civil aircraft…
They are focusing its efforts on conducting offensive actions on the Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdiivka fronts, as well as trying to improve its tactical position on the Kupiansk front. They are on the defensive on the Novopavlivka, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson fronts. They are also carrying out engineering equipment work at the positions and placing mines along the left (east) bank of the Dnipro River.