The Russo-Ukrainian War: List of major events, day 720 | News of the war between Russia and Ukraine
As the war enters its 720th day, these are the key developments.
This is the situation on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.
- The Norwegian intelligence service warned that Russia was “gaining the advantage” in the war in Ukraine due to the larger number of troops and equipment provided by Iran, China, North Korea and Belarus. Niels Andreas Stensons, head of the military intelligence unit, said Kiev would need “extensive” Western military assistance to turn the situation around.
- Researchers in Kiev said preliminary analysis concluded that Russia struck the Ukrainian capital last week with a hypersonic Zircon missile, the first use of the weapon in war. Zircon has a range of 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) and travels at nine times the speed of sound, according to Russia.
- The Ukrainian Air Force said that air defense systems destroyed 14 of 17 drones launched by Russia overnight and a Kh-59 cruise missile. Some buildings were damaged, including in the central city of Dnipro, but there were no reports of casualties.
- The Kremlin has denied Ukraine’s claims that its forces are using Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet system for military communications in parts of Ukraine it occupies. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the system had not been approved for use in Russia nor was it officially supplied, and therefore could not be used.
Politics and diplomacy
- The European Union has adopted a law to set aside windfall profits generated from the frozen assets of the Russian Central Bank, in the first concrete step towards the bloc’s goal of using the money to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine. About 300 billion euros ($323 billion) of the assets of the Russian Central Bank were frozen after the country launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago.
- Kristina Pozyreva, a Russian-Canadian woman, has pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to a money laundering conspiracy for her role in a multimillion-dollar scheme to send drone and missile components to Russia for military use against Ukraine, the U.S. Department of Justice said. She faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years
- Russia imposed Penalties 18 British citizens, including officials, historians and experts on Russian affairs, were accused of trying to distort Russia’s image. Moscow also claimed that the UK’s strategy in Ukraine led to further escalation and loss of life in the war.
- French agency Vigenome, which works to defend against foreign online threats, said it had discovered an “organized and coordinated” network of Russian websites designed to spread Kremlin propaganda in Europe and the United States.
- A Moscow court ordered the detention of Meta spokesman Andy Stone for two months pending trial on a number of terrorism-related charges. Meta’s main social media platforms – Facebook and Instagram – were banned shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Meta was subsequently found guilty of “extremist activities” in Russia. The stone is not in Moscow.
- Ukraine will produce thousands of long-range drones capable of deep strikes into Russia in 2024, and it already has up to 10 companies making drones with the ability to reach Moscow and St. Petersburg, Ukrainian Digital Minister Mykhailo Fedorov told the Reuters news agency.
- Authorities in Moldova said they destroyed about 50 kilograms of explosives found in part of a witness drone launched by Russia that fell on its territory near the southern town of Itolia, close to the border with Ukraine.
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