Daily review of Ukrainian news.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 738: Ukraine uses surface-to-air missiles to shoot down another Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft
Ukrainian air defenders engaged two Russian aircraft in the east, downing one Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft, which raises reported recent Russian plane losses to 15.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 737: Netherlands signs decade-long security pact with Ukraine, allocates €2 billion million in military aid
The Netherlands pledges €2 billion in military aid to Ukraine for 2024 as part of a new security agreement signed in Kharkiv. Additionally, the Netherlands will contribute €250 million to a Czech initiative aimed at ordering 800,000 artillery shells for Ukraine in the short term.
Over the past day, Ukrainian forces shot down three more Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft in the Avdiivka and Mariupol directions. Ukrainian troops also conducted a missile strike on a concentration of Russian troops in Olenivka, Donetsk Oblast, resulting in the death of the deputy commander of a Russian military unit.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 735: EU approves multi-billion euro financial aid for Ukraine, Ukrainians liberate town in rapid counterattack
The Council of the European Union has finalized a four-year financial assistance plan for Ukraine worth 50 billion euros.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 734: Ukraine withdraws from two villages near Avdiivka, downs two Russian bombers
Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from the villages of Stepove and Severne near Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast. Russia has lost two more bombers, bringing the total to seven in February.
Ukraine has withdrawn its forces from the village of Lastochkyne near Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast, moving west to prepared defensive positions. Ukraine matches Russia in the production of Shahed drone analogs with capabilities similar to the Iranian-designed models.
As the Russian invasion hits two grim years, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has disclosed the war's steep toll: 31.000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since February 2022.
Foreign dignitaries converged to Kyiv in a show of support. Blaze engulfls metallurgical plant
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 730: Ukraine downs $350 million Russian radar plane; EU unlocks billions for Poland
Ukraine shot down another Russian A-50 radar plane valued at $350 million. Meanwhile, the EU has unlocked €137 billion for Poland, which includes support for farmers who have been blocking the Ukrainian border for four months.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 729: Denmark signs decade-long security pact with Ukraine, allocates $247 million in military aid
Denmark has signed a 10-year security pact with Ukraine, promising both military and civilian aid, and has announced a $247 million military assistance package to bolster Ukraine's air defense, drone capabilities, and artillery ammunition supply.
Donald Trump has named six possible vice presidential candidates, all of whom have either opposed, questioned, or reduced US aid to Ukraine.
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.