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

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

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

Fighting

  • Seven people were killed, including three small children, after a Russian drone attack on the northeastern city of Kharkiv on Saturday burned half the street to the ground at a petrol station.
  • Russia launched drone attacks on Kyiv and southern Ukraine, injuring at least one civilian and damaging a gas pipeline and residential buildings in the Mykolaiv river and seaport, the military said. Ukraine Sunday. The Air Force said air defense systems destroyed 40 out of 45 Shahed drones launched in Russia.
  • Ukrainian intelligence said it had evidence that Russian forces were using Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service on the battlefield in residential areas in the east of the country. Musk said the system was not being sold to Russia.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced five senior military posts after naming Colonel General Oleksandr Syrsky as the new head of the Armed Forces earlier this week. Colonel Vadym Sukharevskyi would be in charge of unmanned systems and the development of the use of drones by soldiers, while Colonel Andriy Lebedenko would focus on technological innovation in military and combat systems as deputy chiefs of staff in Syrsky, said Zelenskyy. Three brigadier generals were appointed as deputies of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – Volodymyr Horbatyuk, who would run operations and management, Oleksiy Shevchenko, in charge of logistics, and Mykhailo Drapatyi on training.
Firefighters at the petrol station thst in a Russian attack.  It has high orange flames
Firefighters work to put out the massive fire following a Russian attack on Kharkiv on Saturday [Yevhen Titov/AP]

Politics and diplomacy

  • A narrowly divided US Senate moved closer to passing a $61bn aid package for Ukraine, despite growing opposition from Republican hardliners 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 had defaulted on their financial obligations and would “encourage” Russia to attack them. The White House said that The comments were “horrendous and unrelenting”. Council of Europe President Charles Michel called the comments “irresponsible”, while NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned against talk that “undermines security “.
  • Alexander Stubb was elected as the new president of Finland. The centre-right, pro-European Stubb strongly supports Ukraine and has taken a tough stance towards Russia.
  • Russian state news agency TASS reported that registration of candidates for the March presidential election had closed, with the final list including President Vladimir Putin and three politicians who all support for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Antiwar candidate Boris Nadezhdin was not on the list.
  • The human rights group Memorial said Viktor Demchenko, who was 71, had died in a Russian prison while on trial for treason. Demchenko had been charged with treason, participation in a terrorist organization and illegal possession of weapons. TASS later reported that Demchenko died on December 31 as a result of a stroke several days earlier.

Armament

  • In an interview with German media, NATO’s Stoltenberg asked Europe to increase arms production to support Ukraine and prevent “potential decades of conflict” with Moscow.
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