Russia-Ukraine War: List of Key Events, Day 708 | Russia-Ukraine War

As the war enters its 708th day, here are the main developments.

Here is the situation as of Thursday February 1, 2024.

Struggle

  • A Russian bomb hit a hospital in northeastern Ukraine, forcing the evacuation of dozens of patients, shattering windows and damaging equipment. Volodymyr Tymoshko, head of the Kharkiv regional branch of the national police, said the bomb directly hit the hospital in the town of Velykyi Burluk, northeast of Kharkiv, and that a second bomb landed nearby . Four people were slightly injured.
  • Ukrainian air defenses shot down 14 of 20 drones launched by Russia in an overnight attack that injured one person and damaged commercial buildings. The Air Force said the Shahed drones and three Iranian-made Iskander missiles targeted five Ukrainian regions in the south and east.
  • Russia said it destroyed 20 missiles launched by Ukraine over the Black Sea and the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow invaded in 2014 and then annexed.
  • Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk said his forces struck the Belbek military airfield in Crimea. He did not go into detail.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Russia and Ukraine exchange hundreds of prisoners of war. The Russian Defense Ministry said 195 of its soldiers had been released, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 207 people, including civilians, had been sent back to Ukraine.
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told his country’s parliament that he would rally his European partners to provide Ukraine with support “so enormous” that it would weigh on Russian President Vladimir Putin. His comments come on the eve of a key European Union summit over 50 billion euros ($54 billion) of funding for Ukraine blocked by Hungary.
  • Acting US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland visited Kiev and said she was encouraged by Ukraine’s strengthening defenses and that Moscow should expect “surprises” on the battlefield . A US military aid program for Ukraine is blocked in Congress by Republicans who want to link it to policy changes at the US border. Nuland said she was confident she would be adopted.
  • The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected It is largely a complaint filed by Ukraine that accused Russia of funding separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine a decade ago, saying only that Moscow failed to investigate on the alleged violations.
  • Boris Nadezhdine submitted his candidacy for the Russian presidency in the March elections after collecting 105,000 signatures in support of his campaign at the Central Election Commission (CEC). The 60-year-old has become a prominent critic of the Kremlin and has promised to end the war in Ukraine.

Weapons

  • EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell admitted that the EU’s promise to supply Ukraine with a million artillery shells by March would fall short, and that Just over half of that number is expected to be delivered by that date. The remaining 155mm artillery shells are expected to be delivered by the end of the year, Borrell said.
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