The Russo-Ukrainian War: List of major events, day 719 | News of the war between Russia and Ukraine

As the war enters its 719th day, these are the key developments.

This is the situation on Monday, February 12, 2024.

fighting

  • Seven people were killedAmong them are three young children, after a Russian drone attack on the northeastern city of Kharkiv on Saturday, hitting a gas station and burning down half of the entire street.
  • Russia launched drone attacks on Kiev and southern Ukraine, wounding at least one civilian and damaging a gas pipeline and residential buildings in the Mykolaiv River and port, the Ukrainian military said on Sunday. The Air Force said that air defense systems destroyed 40 out of 45 Shahed drones launched by Russia.
  • Ukrainian intelligence said it had evidence that Russian forces were using it Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service On the battlefield in the occupied areas in the east of the country. Musk said the system is not being sold to Russia.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced five senior military appointments after naming the colonel General Oleksandr Sirsky As the new commander of the armed forces earlier this week. Colonel Vadim Sukharevsky will be responsible for unmanned systems and the development of soldiers’ use of drones, while Colonel Andrei Lebedenko will focus on the army’s technological innovation and combat systems as Deputy Chief of Staff of Sersky, Zelensky said. Three generals have been appointed as deputies of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – Volodymyr Horbatyuk, who will manage operations and administration, Oleksiy Shevchenko, in charge of logistics, and Mykhailo Drabati on training.
Firefighters at the gas station were attacked by Russians.  There are towering orange flames
Firefighters work to extinguish the massive fire after the Russian attack on Kharkiv on Saturday (Yevhen Titov/AP)

Politics and diplomacy

  • The US Senate is narrowly divided Come closer The United States agreed to approve a $61 billion aid package for Ukraine, despite growing opposition from Republican hard-liners and former US President Donald Trump, who is running for election in November.
  • Trump told a campaign rally that if elected president, he would not protect NATO members who did not meet their financial obligations and would “embolden” Russia to attack them. The White House described the comments as “appalling and disturbing.” European Council President Charles Michel said the statements were “reckless,” while NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned against talk that “undermines security.”
  • It was Alexander Staub Election of a new president of Finland. The centre-right, pro-European Staub is considered a strong supporter of Ukraine and has taken a hard-line stance towards Russia.
  • Registration of candidates for the March presidential election has been closed, Russian news agency TASS said, and the final list includes President Vladimir Putin and three politicians who all support Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Anti-war candidate Boris Nadezhdin was not on the list.
  • Human rights group Memorial said that 71-year-old Ukrainian Viktor Demchenko died in a Russian prison while on trial for espionage. Demchenko was accused of espionage, participation in a terrorist group, and illegal possession of weapons. TASS later reported that Demchenko died on December 31 as a result of a stroke several days earlier.

Weapons

  • In an interview with German media, NATO coordinator Stoltenberg called on Europe to increase its arms production to support Ukraine and prevent “possible decades of confrontation” with Moscow.

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