The Russo-Ukrainian War: List of major events, day 714 | News of the Russian-Ukrainian war

As the war enters its 714th day, these are the key developments.

This is the situation on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

fighting

  • Vadim Velashkin, governor of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, said that Russia is firing between 1,500 and 2,500 shells and missiles into the region every day, targeting vital infrastructure. Velashkin told Reuters news agency that Russia dropped 200 guided aerial bombs on the front-line town of Avdiivka over the past month and was “completely destroying” it.
  • Separately, Vitaly Barabash, head of the military administration in Avdiivka, said the situation there was “very difficult and critical in some places.” About 32,000 people lived in the town, which was home to the largest coke factory in Europe before the war. There are fewer than 1,000 left, according to officials.
  • A two-month-old baby boy was killed and his mother injured after two Russian S-300 missiles struck Zolochev in northeastern Ukraine, according to Kharkiv Region Governor Oleh Sinyhopov. The village is located 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from Ukraine’s border with Russia. Two other people were injured in the attack, which also caused damage to dozens of buildings.
  • Ukraine said a special forces unit blew up a drilling rig in the Black Sea that Russia was using to enhance the range of its drones. The equipment on the platform was used for drones participating in attacks on critical infrastructure in Ukraine and for controlling the northwestern part of the sea.
  • The Russian Defense Ministry said it thwarted an alleged attack carried out by seven Ukrainian drones on the Belgorod region. There were no reports of injuries. Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the region, said four houses were damaged.

Politics and diplomacy

  • The United States and Russia exchanged accusations during a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine called by Moscow. The United States accused Russia of firing at least nine North Korean-supplied missiles at Ukraine, and urged UN Security Council members to hold the two countries accountable for violating UN sanctions on Pyongyang. Meanwhile, Moscow accused Washington of being a “direct partner” in the attack Crashed last month Russian military transport plane in the Belgorod region. Moscow claimed that Kiev shot down the plane. Ukraine has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement and has called for an international investigation.
  • US President Joe Biden said that Congress would be in the Kremlin’s interest if it failed to pass a bill $118 billion bill ties aid to Ukraine Immigration restrictions demanded by right-wing Republicans. Biden said the “clock is ticking” for Ukraine and criticized former President and potential 2024 rival Donald Trump for dissuading lawmakers from passing the legislation.
  • EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visited Kiev on a trip to underscore the EU’s “steadfast support” for Ukraine.
  • Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, met with Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Haloshenko and other officials in Kiev before his visit to the Russian-occupied Zaporozhye nuclear power plant on Wednesday. Grossi noted that the number of employees at the factory decreased from 12,000 to 2,000 people.
  • A Moscow court has ordered the arrest of the best-selling Russian language writer Boris Akunin On charges of spreading “misinformation” about the Russian army. The 67-year-old was charged in December last year after he expressed support for Kiev in a phone call with Russian scammers posing as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Akunin has been living abroad since 2014.
  • Ukraine said it had arrested five former and current intelligence officers who it said were secretly working for Russia. The Ukrainian security service said the suspects were caught passing information to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) about Ukrainian military sites, their defensive fortifications, personal data and strategic energy facilities.
  • Norway has rejected the asylum application of Andrey Medvedev who claimed he abandoned the Russian Wagner mercenary group After fighting in Ukraine for four months. The 27-year-old requested asylum after fleeing to Norway in January 2023.
  • A senior Ukrainian intelligence agency official has been fired after revelations that investigative journalists, including the website Bihus.info, had been wiretapped, an agency source told AFP.

Weapons

  • Zelensky ordered the creation of a separate branch of the Ukrainian Armed Forces dedicated to drone warfare. In December, he said that Ukraine would produce one million drones in 2024.
  • Haluk Bayraktar, CEO of the Turkish Defense Company, said that the Turkish defense company Baykar has begun building a factory near Kiev to manufacture TB2 or TB3 drone models.

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