Russo-Ukrainian War: List of main events, day 705 | News of war between Russia and Ukraine

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As the war enters its 705th day, these are the key developments.

Here is the situation on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

Fighting

  • Russia said it took control of Tabaivka, a front-line village in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region. Ukraine denied the accusation and said fighting would continue.
  • Alexei Kulemzin, the Russian mayor of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, blamed Ukraine for a rocket attack that killed at least three people and wounded three others.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Hungary indicated its willingness to negotiate a 50 billion euro ($54bn) aid package from the European Union for Ukraine. Balazs Orban, a key supporter of Prime Minister Victor Orban, said that Budapest had sent a proposal to Brussels on Saturday showing that it was open to using the EU budget for the aid package and issuing the common EU debt for its funding, while there were other “horrors”. added. The EU is expected to hold an emergency summit on the budget on Thursday.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said they prepared the ground for a meeting of their leaders during talks in western Ukraine, and also agreed to to work together on the divisive issue of Hungarian minority rights in Ukraine.
  • United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that all progress in Ukraine would be “at risk” if Congress did not approve new aid to Kyiv. Republicans are blocking a $61bn aid package and want it tied to tougher immigration policies.
  • NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg met with top US officials, including Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. Stoltenberg is in Washington, DC to rally support for a deal with Ukraine and is expected to meet with members of Congress involved in the aid debate on Tuesday.
  • United Kingdom Foreign Secretary David Cameron called on Moscow to reveal the whereabouts of Vladimir Kara-Murza, after his wife said he had been moved from a Siberian penal colony to an unknown location. Kara-Murza, who holds Russian and British citizenship, was jailed for 25 years last April for treason and spreading “false information” about Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto honoring fallen Ukrainian soldiers.  They carry small lanterns with candles inside
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto (left) held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (right) and presidential aide Andriy Yermak in western Ukraine [Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary/Handout via Reuters]
  • Members of the Russian rock group Bi-2, who have criticized the war in Ukraine, face deportation to Russia after being arrested in Thailand for working without permission. Russian authorities have labeled the band’s lead singer, Igor Bortnick, a “foreign agent” after he criticized President Vladimir Putin online.
  • A Russian court has sentenced a 72-year-old woman to five and a half years in prison after she shared two posts online about Russian military casualties in Ukraine. Rights groups said Yevgeniya Maiboroda from the southern Rostov region was accused of spreading “false information” about the armed forces.

Armament

  • US sales of military equipment to foreign governments rose 16 per cent in 2023 to a record $238bn, according to the US State Department, as countries sought to contain arsenals sent to the Ukraine replenished and prepared for major conflicts. Among the sales during the year were Air-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) to Ukraine, as well as weapons to Poland and Germany.
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