- Russia-Ukraine: Dozens of patients had to be evacuated from a hospital in northeastern Ukraine after a Russian bomb damaged equipment and smashed windows. The hospital in the northeastern Ukrainian town of Velykyi Burluk was directly hit by a bomb, according to Volodymyr Tymoshenko, the head of the national police’s Kharkiv regional branch, and another bomb detonated close by. There were four minor injuries.
- 14 of the 20 Russian drones were shot down by Ukraine’s air defenses during an overnight attack that resulted in one person being hurt and commercial buildings being damaged. According to the air force, five areas of Ukraine in the east and south were targeted by three Iskander missiles and Shahid drones manufactured in Iran.
- Moscow claimed to have shot down twenty missiles fired by Ukraine over the Black Sea and the Crimean peninsula, which it had invaded and annexed in 2014.
- According to Mykola Oleshchuk, commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, their forces attacked the Belbek military airfield in Crimea. He omitted any specifics.
Politics and diplomacy
- Hundreds of prisoners of war were exchanged between Russia and Ukraine. While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that 207 people, including some civilians, had been returned to Ukraine, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported that 195 of its soldiers had been freed.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared before his nation’s legislature that he would mobilize fellow Europeans to provide Ukraine with a level of support that was “so huge” that it would affect Russian President Vladimir Putin. His remarks preceded a crucial summit of the European Union concerning 50 billion euros ($54 billion) in funding for Ukraine, which Hungary is obstructing.
- During her visit to Kyiv, acting US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland expressed her encouragement at Ukraine’s bolstering defenses and warned Moscow to expect some “surprises” on the battlefield. Republicans in Congress are stalling a US military aid package for Ukraine because they want to tie it to changes in border policies. Nuland expressed her confidence that it would be approved.
- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) merely stated that Moscow had neglected to look into claimed violations in rejecting a case brought by Ukraine, which claimed that Russia had been funding separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine for ten years.
- After submitting 105,000 signatures in support of his campaign to the Central Election Commission (CEC), Boris Nadezhdin announced his intention to run for president of Russia in the upcoming election in March. The 60-year-old has become a well-known opponent of the Kremlin and has pledged to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine.
- The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell admitted that the EU’s promise to supply Ukraine with one million artillery shells by March would fall short, with just over half that number expected to be delivered by that deadline. The remaining 155-mm artillery shells are likely to be delivered by the end of the year, Borrell said.
- A Russian bomb damaged equipment and windows in a hospital in northeastern Ukraine, causing dozens of patients to be evacuated.
- 14 out of 20 Russian drones were shot down by Ukraine’s air defenses, causing one person to be hurt and commercial buildings to be damaged.
- Moscow claimed to have shot down twenty missiles fired by Ukraine over the Black Sea and the Crimean peninsula.
- Ukrainian Air Force commander, Mykola Oleshchuk, reported an attack on the Belbek military airfield in Crimea.
- Hundreds of prisoners of war were exchanged between Russia and Ukraine.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged to mobilize Europeans to provide Ukraine with significant support, affecting Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland encouraged Ukraine’s defenses and warned Moscow of potential battlefield surprises.
- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) stated Moscow had neglected to investigate claims of Russia funding separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.
- Boris Nadezhdin announced his intention to run for president of Russia in the upcoming election.
- The EU’s promise to supply Ukraine with one million artillery shells by March will fall short.