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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 717: Russia drone strike kills 7 in Kharkiv while Ukraine air defense missile stock runs dry

Just as Russia sustains bloody bombardments in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s last air defense missiles may launch by March if Congress keeps blocking $61 billion in urgent military funding requested for Kyiv.

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Military

Mother of 3 killed in Russian attack on Kharkiv was a prosecutor on maternity leave. In a fire after Russian drones struck Kharkiv, seven people were killed, including a family with three children.

Russia attack kills family of 5 in Kharkiv, mother holding sons until end. Russian forces continued their bombardment of Ukrainian cities overnight, killing 7 civilians in fires from an oil depot leak Russia sparked in Kharkiv.

Russian Shakhed drones’ attack kills seven, including two children and an infant in Kharkiv (updated). The drones hit an oil depot. Fourteen houses burned down due to a large fire.

Frontline report: Russian forces have started fighting through Avdiivka block-by-block. Ukraine’s new Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi has been handed to solve a very difficult problem in Avdiivka, where Russians recently penetrated the Ukrainian defense and entered the town from the north.

UK Intel confirms: Ukraine struck Russian radar in occupied Crimea. This happened as a result of the Ukrainian missile strike on Belbek airbase in occupied Crimea on 31 January.

As of 10 Feb 2024, the approximate losses of weapons and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces from the beginning of the invasion to the present day:

      • Personnel: 394270 (+980)
      • Tanks: 6394 (+9)
      • APV: 11942 (+21)
      • Artillery systems: 9459 (+24)
      • MLRS: 981
      • Anti-aircraft systems: 666
      • Aircraft: 332
      • Helicopters: 325
      • UAV: 7235 (+26)
      • Cruise missiles : 1881
      • Warships/boats: 24
      • Submarines: 1
      • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 12579 (+28)

Intelligence and technology

Storage bases remain the primary source filling the Russian army’s needs — report. The report suggests Russia’s military-industrial complex showed only modest real growth in 2023, with much of so-called “production” being, in fact, the cannibalizing of systems in storage with certain limits.

Russian armed forces use Starlink terminals in Ukraine, sources say. Elon Musk’s company once hailed for aiding Ukraine, now allegedly helps Russian invaders as well.

International

US Senate moves one step closer to passing Ukraine funding. The Senate voted on 9 February 2024 to push a $95.3 billion funding package for Ukraine, Israel and other security priorities closer to passing the upper chamber.

Top Ukrainian and German military commanders discuss military aid and cooperation. This became the first international meeting of Ukraine’s newly appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi.

Humanitarian and social impact

Mother of 3 killed in Russian attack on Kharkiv was a prosecutor on maternity leave. In a fire after Russian drones struck Kharkiv, seven people were killed, including a family with three children.

Russia attack kills family of 5 in Kharkiv, mother holding sons until end. Russian forces continued their bombardment of Ukrainian cities overnight, killing 7 civilians in fires from an oil depot leak Russia sparked in Kharkiv.

Russian Shakhed drones’ attack kills seven, including two children and an infant in Kharkiv (updated). The drones hit an oil depot. Fourteen houses burned down due to a large fire.

NYT: Ukraine air defense missile stock could be gone by March without US resupply. Ukraine is facing a shortage of air defense missiles and could exhaust its stockpiles next month, according to unnamed American officials cited by The New York Times.

Top German General: Germany must prep for potential war in 5 years. Bundeswehr Inspector General Carsten Breuer believes Putin wants to expand the war in Ukraine.

Stoltenberg warns NATO: brace for decades-long Russia standoff. Stoltenberg said this on the eve of an important NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels and the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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