Russo-Ukraine War: List of main events, day 720 | News of war between Russia and Ukraine
As the war enters its 720th day, these are the key developments.
Here is the situation on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.
- The Norwegian intelligence service warned that Russia was “getting the upper hand” in the war in Ukraine due to the increased number of troops and supplies provided by Iran, China, North Korea and Belarus. Nils Andreas Stensones, head of the military’s intelligence unit, said Kyiv would need “extensive” military support from the West to turn the situation around.
- Researchers in Kyiv said a preliminary analysis concluded that Russia struck the Ukrainian capital last week with a Zircon hypersonic missile, marking the first use of the weapon in war. The Zircon has a range of 1,000km (625 miles) and travels at nine times the speed of sound, according to Russia.
- The Ukrainian Air Force said air defense systems destroyed 14 out of 17 drones launched by Russia overnight and one Kh-59 cruise missile. Some buildings were damaged, including in the city center of Dnipro, but there were no reports of casualties.
- The Kremlin denied Ukraine’s claim that its troops were using Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system for military communications in parts of Ukraine where it lives. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the system had not been certified for use in Russia, or officially provided, and therefore could not be used.
Politics and diplomacy
- The European Union passed a law to set aside windfall profits made on frozen Russian central bank assets, in a strong first step towards the bloc’s goal of using the money to re- to finance the construction of Ukraine. About 300 billion euros ($323 billion) of Russian central bank assets were frozen after the country launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago.
- Kristina Puzyreva, a Canadian-Russian woman, pleaded guilty in a US court to money laundering conspiracy for her role in a multi-million dollar scheme to send drone and missile components to Russia for use military against Ukraine, the US Department of Justice said. She faces up to 20 years in prison
- Russia has imposed sanctions on 18 UK citizens including Russian officials, historians and experts accusing them of trying to demonize Russia. Moscow also said that the United Kingdom’s strategy in Ukraine had led to further escalation and loss of life in the war.
- France’s Viginum agency, which works to protect against foreign online threats, said it had discovered a “structured and coordinated” network of Russian websites designed to spread Kremlin propaganda in Europe and the US.
- A Moscow court ordered Meta spokesman Andy Stone to be detained for two months pending trial on several terrorism-related counts. Meta’s main social platforms – Facebook and Instagram – were banned shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, and Meta was later found guilty of “extremist activity” in Russia. There is no stone in Moscow.
- Digital Minister of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov told Reuters news agency that Ukraine would produce thousands of long-range drones capable of deep strikes into Russia in 2024, and already up to 10 companies making drones capable of reaching Moscow and St. Petersburg.
- Authorities in Moldova said they destroyed around 50kg of explosives found in a part of a Russian-launched Shahed drone that crashed on its territory near the southern town of Etulia , near the border with Ukraine.