Euromaidan Press Staff
Russian tank and infantry attacks on Ukrainian lines at Orikhiv and Avdiivka are unsuccessful, while Russian air attacks west of Avdiivka lead Russia to lose multiple aircraft.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 727: Polish farmers block Ukraine border, spill grain; Ukraine plans new Danube export route
Polish farmers escalated border protests over Ukrainian imports, completely blocking trucks at one checkpoint and spilling grain. Ukraine is planning a new route via the Danube River.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 726: Russian troops executed wounded Ukrainian soldiers in Avdiivka despite promise of evacuation
Russian forces executed wounded Ukrainian soldiers trapped at the encircled Zenit plant in Avdiivka, after promising evacuation and subsequent POWs exchanges, Ukraine’s 110th Separate Mechanized Brigade confirmed.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 725: Russia lost nearly 50,000 soldiers taking Avdiivka; Ukraine destroyed a Russian fighter jet and 12 drones overnight
Russia lost nearly 50,000 soldiers in the four-month battle to capture the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka, a Ukrainian commander said Saturday, as President Biden blamed a lack of ammunition for Ukraine's retreat from the city. In other developments, Denmark pledged to send all of its artillery to Ukraine while France plans to provide state-of-the-art suicide drones.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 724: Ukraine withdraws forces from Avdiivka after months of bloody Russian attacks
Ukraine finished a strategic withdrawal of troops from the city of Avdiivka after months of Russian attacks cut supply lines. The Netherlands plans to provide at least two dozen F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine's battered air force "as soon as possible." Meanwhile, CNN reports Russia is developing a nuclear space weapon capable of destroying satellites and disrupting global communications networks.
Fierce fighting continues in Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast, with Ukraine actively preparing new positions and fortifications for all possible scenarios, Commander Tarnavskyi reported. Meanwhile, Ukraine signed security agreement with Germany and France.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 722: Ukraine and NATO establish first-ever joint defense institution; Ukrainian vs Russian forces are 1:7 in Avdiivka
Ukraine and NATO establish joint center for defense analysis, training, and education. The situation in the Avdiivka direction is “very difficult,” with Ukrainian defenders facing a 1:7 ratio against Russian forces.
It is the fourth landing ship from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet that Ukraine's military has sunk since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 720: Ukraine shifts to defensive operation across frontline; encirclement of Avdiivka looms
Ukrainian troops have switched from offensive to defensive operations aiming to exhaust Russian troops, Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi said. Ukraine has transferred one of its best brigades to reinforce the besieged city of Avdiivka, yet the threat of encirclement is rising.
On 7 Feb, Russia deployed the 3M22 Zircon "hypersonic" anti-ship missile for the first time since the onset of the full-scale invasion, confirmed by Ukraine on 12 Feb. Meanwhile, the French agency Viginum exposed a network of propaganda websites spreading Russian lies about its invasion of Ukraine, aiming to weaken international support for Ukraine.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 718: US Senate readies Ukraine aid vote while Musk pressed on Russian Starlinks
As US Congress nears approval of aid for Ukraine, Elon Musk disputed allegations of selling tech to Russians. Ukrainian officials additionally confirmed the growing Russian reliance on Starlink gear.
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.
By the end of the interview, it became clear that the Russian dictator had no intention of ending a brutal war against Ukraine.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 715: President Zelenskyy appoints Syrskyi to lead Ukrainian army, replacing Zaluzhnyi
In a significant military leadership reshuffle, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi as the new Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, replacing General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi. Ukraine returns home 100 POWs in latest prisoner exchange with Russia.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 714: Russian missiles rain down on Kyiv, killing 4; US Senate block aid for Ukraine
A Russian missile strike on Kyiv early Tuesday killed 4 civilians and injured 40, hitting residential buildings. The attack came as US Senate Republicans obstructed crucial aid for Ukraine.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 713: Ukrainian special forces destroy Russian drone support facility in Black Sea
In the “Citadel” operation, Ukrainian Special Operations Forces captured crucial Russian equipment from Black Sea drilling platform and destroyed a mast along with its antenna. In a devastating attack on Kharkiv Oblast, Russian forces launched two missile strikes on the town of Zolochiv, killing a two-month-old baby.
Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren announced that the Netherlands is preparing to dispatch six more F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Lt-Gen Serhii Naiev reveals future defense aid packages for Ukraine will include missiles for F-16s capable of striking targets up to 500 km away.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 711: Ukraine selects Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil, with their song “Teresa & Maria” to represent the country at Eurovision 2024
The two performers were selected at a national contest that equally weighed professional jury and audience votes.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 710: Intelligence says TU-95 commander, involved in missile strikes on Ukraine, killed in Russia
Ukraine's intelligence reports suggest a Russian Tu-95 commander involved in attacks on Ukraine was killed in Russia.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 709: Ukraine’s artillery shortage hits twice as EU’s 1mn round pledge fails
Ukrainian troops are firing no more than 2,000 155mm shells a day, less than a third of the ammunition Russia uses, Ukrainian Defense Minister Umerov said. As Ukraine faces a shortage of artillery shells, the Czech Republic pushes the EU to procure ammunition from outside the bloc to meet its commitments to Ukraine.