In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on January 18, no violations of the ceasefire were recorded by the armed formations of the Russian Federation, - the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation reported. It was noted that the units of the Joint Forces control the situation and continue to perform tasks to repel and deter the armed aggression of the Russian Federation.
Serhiy and Dmytro Kharaberiush brothers, illegally detained by the authorities of the occupation administration of the Russian Federation in the Makiivka correctional facility No.32, are subjected to severe torture for their pro-Ukrainian position. This was reported by Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova, having called on the international organizations of the ICRC and the OSCE to urgently help the Ukrainians. She told that the brothers were detained on August 18, 2017 on their way to work – the Donetsk Metallurgical Plant. They were forcedly herd into a minibus and taken to the so-called "Ministry of State Security of the DNR". There, the brothers were beaten and tortured with electric shocks, were demanded a confession that they were relatives of Ukrainian counterintelligence officer Oleksandr Kharaberiush, who died in Mariupol in 2017. Subsequently, Serhiy and Dmytro were transferred to the "DNR Ministry of state Security's" Izolyatsia prison, where the torture continued, and on May 18, 2018, the Kharaberiush brothers were transferred to the pre-trial detention center in Donetsk. They were accused of espionage at the trial and each was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
289 cases of COVID-19 were detected in the occupied Donetsk region over the day, 18 more people died. This was reported by the so-called "Ministry of Health of the DNR". In total, 120 786 people have been "officially" infected with COVID-19 in CADO since the beginning of the pandemic. There are 9 422 deaths. 2 378 patients are undergoing treatment (inpatient and outpatient). 59 cases of "usual" pneumonia were also detected during the day, which is 25 more than in the past day. Of these, 42 people were hospitalized. 631 patients with pneumonia being treated, 399 of them are on oxygen support (+11 over the day).
The so-called "Minister of Housing and Public Utilities of the DNR" Sergey Naumets announced the "case of the purchase of garbage trucks" "fabricated" against him in CADO, which he did not want to buy because of "machinations". He wrote this on his page in a social network. "And now, in an artificially fabricated case, they are trying to accuse me and my employees of abusing of their powers in purchasing garbage trucks. The same garbage trucks that the ministry purchased from OOO Favorite, not new, but used. At the same time, taking into account certain circumstances (pressure from the deputy chairman of the government), we managed to insist on a two-year warranty service (which, by the way, was never carried out). But those who actively resisted the conclusion of this agreement were named guilty of "abusing their powers", - the so-called "minister" told. He also complained that the "ministry employees" are currently suspended from work, salaries are blocked by a "separate decree" and "employees were deprived of their means of subsistence". According to him, "the work of the ministry is completely paralyzed". "It seems that there is a slow squeezing out of the intractable and unconstructive persons, preventing them from "absorbing" Russian budgets", - the "accused Minister of Housing and Public Utilities of the DNR" believed.
More than a thousand households in the occupied Donetsk region were left without electricity due to the fall of tree branches on power lines. This was reported by Alexander Shatov, who calls himself the "head of administration" of Shakhtarsk. In particular, he wrote that residents of Shakhtarsk, as well as of the villages of Dmytrivka and Dibrivka, are without electricity. "There has been no electricity in the village of mine No.30 since 1:00. Now a repair team is working there, three transformer substations are de-energized. Tree branches collapsed there. There is also no electricity in part of the village of Dmytrivka for 320 subscribers, and for 90 subscribers in the village of Dibrivka. Both settlements are located near the border with Russia", - Shatov wrote. In total, another 760 subscribers were left without electricity in the village of mine No.30.
In occupied Donetsk, a guy stabbed a 15-year-old girl multiple times on the basis of unrequited feelings. This was reported by the fake "DNR MIA". The teenager was detained, he immediately confessed to his deed. "With a knife purchased in advance, the guy inflicted many stabs on the victim in the area of the torso, face and head", - the local "police" reported.