As the war enters its 715th day, here are the main developments.
Here is the situation as of Thursday February 8, 2024.
- At least five people were killed and 50 others injured after Russia fired a wave of Shahed missiles and drones at six regions of Ukraine, including the capital kyiv. The Ukrainian military said it had intercepted 44 of 64 drones and missiles launched by Russia. Around 20,000 homes were left without electricity in kyiv. Moscow said it was targeting Ukrainian arms factories.
- A preliminary assessment of the Russian attacks concluded that two of the five missiles that targeted Kharkiv, in northeastern Ukraine, were made in North Korea, said Serhii Bolvinov, head of the investigative unit of the national police in the region.
- Russia said its air defense systems intercepted two separate Ukrainian air attacks, destroying 12 rockets and drones over the southwestern Belgorod region. Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said two people were injured.
- The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said the number of civilian casualties in the war had started to rise again after falling last year. Last month, it recorded 158 civilian deaths and 483 injuries, an increase of 37 percent compared to last November. So far, the conflict has killed more than 10,000 civilians and injured nearly 20,000 others, according to the UN.
- Rafael Grossi, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, visited the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. He welcomed the reduction in shelling around Zaporizhzhia, but said security remained fragile.
Politics and diplomacy
- Sweden has dropped its investigation into the 2022 explosions that crippled Nord Stream pipelines carrying Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Russia, Ukraine and Western countries blame each other for this incident. Sweden said it had passed the collected evidence to Germany.
- An amended bill aimed at lowering the military conscription age and making military service harder to avoid has passed a first reading in Ukraine's parliament. Further revisions are expected and it is not expected to become law for weeks.
- Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said he hoped China would “give us a helping hand” in Ukraine peace talks which it agreed to host at the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy . Ukraine said it had invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the summit of world leaders. A the date and location have not yet been set.
- Russian courts have jailed two Russians in separate cases for treason over their support for Ukraine, according to state news agencies.
- After a brief discussion, Russia's upper house of parliament unanimously backed a bill allowing authorities to confiscate money, valuables and other property from people found guilty of spreading “deliberately false information” on the country's army.
- The Ukrainian Olympic Committee has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to investigate the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Paris Olympics following alleged neutrality violations.
- The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an interview to right-wing American television host Tucker Carlson, who worked for Fox News.
- Zelensky urged Ukraine's Western allies to speed up and increase their deliveries of artillery shells while offering condolences to the families of victims of Wednesday's Russian attack. Zelenskyy met earlier with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to discuss arms deliveries and other aid. Borell said the EU must provide Ukraine with “whatever it takes” to defeat Russia.
- US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the United States “can and will” provide additional military aid to Ukraine, with NATO chief Jen Stoltenberg emphasizing that such support was “vital”. The two men made the comments after a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels.