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Monday, February 6

10:09 am

Governor: One civilian killed by Russian shelling in Donetsk Oblast on Feb. 5.

One civilian was killed by Russian shelling in the town of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, on Feb 5, and another civilian was injured in the region, Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram. 

8:25 am

Russian occupying forces raid teachers' homes, confiscate electronics in Melitopol.

In Russian-occupied Melitopol in Ukraine's southern Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Russian forces have reportedly come to search teachers' homes and are taking away their electronic devices to prevent them from teaching remotely, Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov said on Feb. 5. 

7:25 am

First Leopard tank from Canada arrives in Poland.

Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand on Feb. 5 shared photos of the first Leopard 2 battle tank from Canada arriving in Poland, where Ukrainian soldiers will be trained on its use.

4:46 am

Mayor: Russian-occupied Enerhodar without heat, hot water.

There is currently no access to heat and hot water in Russian-occupied Enerhodar, built around Europe's largest nuclear power plant, with temperatures of 10-15 degrees celsius in residential buildings, Enerhodar Mayor Dmytro Orlov said on Feb. 5.

2:42 am

Reznikov refutes claim he was offered job as Minister for Strategic Industries.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, expected to soon be fired by President Volodymyr Zelensky, told Fakty news that neither the president nor the prime minister had offered him the job as Minister for Strategic Industries. Lawmaker David Arakhamia said earlier on Feb. 5 that Reznikov would remain in the government as the Minister for Strategic Industries.


Sunday, February 5

1:03 am

Ukraine sends letters to sponsors of Olympics over Russia participation.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the letters were sent to the "large international companies that are definitely interested in ensuring that their reputation and support are not used for war propaganda."



12:07 am

Zelensky: Russia plots revenge attack in February for last year's defeats.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on Feb. 5 that based on several reports, Russia is planning to do “something symbolic” in February to make up for its losses over the past year.


Ukraine war latest: Bakhmut ‘increasingly isolated’ as Russia appears to make progress on encircling the city

11:32 pmwar update

Ukraine war latest: Bakhmut ‘increasingly isolated’ as Russia appears to make progress on encircling the city

11:09 pm

Ukraine imposes sanctions against Russia’s nuclear industry.

The measures target 200 Russian entities and will remain in effect for 50 years.

Intelligence Chief Budanov to head Defense Ministry after upcoming reshuffle

10:47 pm

Intelligence Chief Budanov to head Defense Ministry after upcoming reshuffle
WSJ: Moscow, Tehran move forward with plans to build Iranian-designed drone plant in Russia

10:25 pm

WSJ: Moscow, Tehran move forward with plans to build Iranian-designed drone plant in Russia.

"The two countries are aiming to build a faster drone that could pose new challenges for Ukrainian air defenses," the Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 5, citing unnamed "officials from a country aligned with the U.S."

9:47 pm

Russian shelling of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast damages power lines on Feb. 5.

Mykola Lukashuk, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, reported on Feb. 5 that the Russian military had heavily shelled the oblast's Velykomykhailivska community with artillery.

Cleverly: Arming Ukraine is the fastest, and 'only path to peace'

9:31 pm

Cleverly: Arming Ukraine is the fastest, and 'only path to peace.'

“Giving the Ukrainians the tools they need to finish the job is the swiftest and indeed the only path to peace,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly wrote in his op-ed published by the Times of Malta on Feb. 5.

8:42 pm

Lithuanians raise 6 million euros to buy air defense radars for Ukraine.

“No sign of fatigue here. We will stand with Ukraine until victory is achieved,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis wrote on Twitter.

8:07 pm

Reznikov: Israel promised to provide Ukraine with missile and drone alert system.

Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov didn't provide further details on when the transfer could happen.

7:13 pm

General Staff: Russian missile strikes at Ukraine injure 9 civilians.

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that Russian forces launched four missile strikes at Ukraine. Two missiles hit civilian infrastructure in northeastern Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, injuring five people. A five-story university building was destroyed, according to the Ukrainian military.

6:39 pm

Ministry: Ukraine returns two children forcibly sent to Russia.

Ukraine returned two children illegally taken to Russia, the Reintegration Ministry reported on Feb. 5. According to the ministry, the 13-year-old and 15-year-old girls, together with their mother, were forcibly deported from the eastern Luhansk Oblast to Russia’s Ryazan region. In Russia, the mother died, and the children ended up in an orphanage.

Reznikov: Ukraine won’t strike inside Russia with new longer-range weapons

5:15 pm

Reznikov: Ukraine won’t strike inside Russia with new longer-range weapons.

Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the country wouldn't strike Russian territory with longer-range weapons pledged by the U.S. According to the minister, Ukraine will only target Russian units in the occupied Ukrainian territory.

Defense Minister says he will step down if Zelensky orders his dismissal

4:42 pm

Defense Minister says he will step down if Zelensky orders his dismissal.

Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said during a briefing on Feb. 5 that he was ready to step down if President Volodymyr Zelenksy ordered his dismissal. In late January, the Defense Ministry was beset by a high-profile corruption scandal that led to the firing of several top officials.

3:56 pm

Fire broke out after Russia hit school in Kherson.

A fire broke out in the two-story school building in the southern city of Kherson due to Russian shelling on the morning of Feb. 5, according to Kherson Oblast Military Administration. There were no casualties reported. 

3:26 pm

Shmyhal: 280,000 people in Odesa still without power after fire at substation.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal reported that up to 40% of consumers in Odesa – about 280,000 people – are still left without electricity after a fire broke out the previous day at an overloaded substation. Emergency power outages are implemented in the southern port city.

2:20 pm

Ministry: Ukrainian grain exports fall by 1.3 million metric tons in January.

The Agriculture Ministry said on Feb. 5 that Ukraine exported 5.5 million metric tons of grain in January, a significant drop in volume compared to the previous month, due to the hold up and obstruction of the passage of outbound vessels' by Russia.

1:45 pm

Air Force: Ukrainian service members leave for training on French-Italian Mamba air defense system.

Training on the medium-range air defense systems is expected to be completed in spring, when the new Ukrainian operators "will return to Ukraine with the knowledge, skills, and the Mamba systems themselves,” Ukrainian Air Force commander Mykola Oleshchuk said.

Update: 5 injured in Russian strikes on Kharkiv, university severely damaged

1:20 pm

Update: 5 injured in Russian strikes on Kharkiv, university severely damaged.

The strike was carried out on the morning of Feb. 5 with two S-300 missiles, an air defense system frequently used by Russia in an inaccurate but devastating ground attack function.

12:57 pm

Ukrainian military: Russia burns Ukrainian books in occupied Luhansk Oblast.

Russian forces reportedly seized Ukrainian books from libraries and schools in the occupied eastern Luhansk Oblast and burned them in heating plants, according to the National Resistance Center, an organization run by Ukraine's Special Forces.

Media: Zelensky to dismiss Defense Minister Reznikov, intelligence chief seen as likely successor

11:40 am

Media: Zelensky to dismiss Defense Minister Reznikov, intelligence chief seen as likely successor
Officials: 5 killed in Russian attacks on 7 regions in Ukraine over Feb. 4

11:33 am

Officials: 5 killed in Russian attacks on 7 regions in Ukraine over Feb. 4.

In the eastern Donetsk Oblast, Russian forces killed four people on Feb. 4, including three in Bakhmut, and one in Yampil, the regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko reported.

10:22 am

UK Defense Ministry: Bakhmut "increasingly isolated" as key roads come under Russian fire control.

Russian troops have continued to make small advances in an attempt to encircle embattled Bakhmut in eastern Donetsk Oblast, the U.K. Defense Ministry reported on Feb. 4. According to the brief, the two main roads into Bakhmut are likely threatened by direct fire following the Russian advances.

9:50 am

Governor: 3 injured as Russian missiles hit downtown Kharkiv.

Russia struck downtown Kharkiv with at least two missiles in the morning of Feb. 5, injuring three people, according to the Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov. According to local authorities, two S-300 missiles in ground attack mode were used by Russia in the strike.

9:36 am

General Staff: Russia has lost 131,290 troops in Ukraine since Feb. 24.

Russia has also lost 3,220 tanks, 6,405 armored fighting vehicles, 5,091 vehicles and fuel tanks, 2,226 artillery systems, 460 multiple launch rocket systems, 227 air defense systems, 294 airplanes, 284 helicopters, 1,958 drones, and 18 boats, according to the report.

8:49 am

Governor: Russian forces strike central Kharkiv.

Russian forces struck central Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 5.

8:38 am

Governor: Russian forces kill 4 people in Donetsk Oblast.

Russian forces killed four people and injured 11 in Donetsk Oblast on Feb. 4, reported Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko. 

8:03 am

General Staff: Ukrainian forces repel Russian attacks near 9 settlements.

Ukrainian forces repelled Russian attacks near Kreminna and Shypylivka in Luhansk Oblast, and Verkhnokamianske, Blahodatne, Krasna Hora, Paraskoviivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, and Klishchiivka in Donetsk Oblast, the General Staff reported on Feb. 5.

6:43 am

Russian proxies discuss forcibly sending children in Luhansk Oblast to Republic of Karelia.

Russian proxies in Luhansk Oblast discussed sending Ukrainian children to the Republic of Karelia in Russia, the National Resistance Center, an organization operated by Ukraine’s Special Forces, reported on Feb. 4.

6:18 am

ISW: Russia fails to sustain ‘major offensive operations’ required to take Zaporizhzhia.

Russia has “not shown the capacity to sustain the multiple major offensive operations that would be necessary to simultaneously reach the Donetsk Oblast administrative borders and take Zaporizhzhia,” the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported on Feb. 4.

4:39 am

Russia renames 86 streets named after Ukrainian figures in occupied Melitopol.

Russian forces in occupied Melitopol have renamed 86 streets named after Ukrainian figures, Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov said on Feb. 4. 

2:30 am

Russian forces shell 4 communities in Sumy Oblast.

Russian troops fired on the communities of Bilopillia, Novoslobidske, Velyka Pysarivka, and Krasnopillia with mortars, the Sumy Oblast military administration reported on Feb. 4. No casualties were reported.

Saturday, February 4

1:03 am

Zelensky representative: Military installations in Russia are legitimate targets.

"Russia attacks peaceful Ukrainian cities from its territory, just like from Belarus," Venislavsky, a member of parliament's security and defense committee, told Bild, a German newspaper. "Are the places where Russia stores its missiles legitimate military targets? Of course, without question.”

12:58 am

Official: Russian forces attack Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

Russian troops shelled the communities of Marhanets and Chervonohryhorivka in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast's Nikopolskyi District on Feb. 4, Yevhen Yevtushenko, the head of the Nikopolskyi District administration, reported.

11:26 pm

Zelensky says situation on frontline is tough.

“During 346 days of the war, I have often had to say that the situation on the frontline was fierce. Now again is the time when the occupiers are throwing more and more of their forces to break through our defense,” Zelensky said. “It is tough in Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Lyman, and other directions at the moment." 

10:09 pm

First Leopard tank leaves Canada on its way to Ukraine.

“Canada stands with the people of Ukraine – and we’ll continue to provide Ukraine’s Armed Forces with the equipment that they need to win,” Anand said on Twitter. “Canada’s support for Ukraine is unwavering."

9:11 pm

Sunak says he's focused on sending UK weapons to Ukraine as quickly as possible.

On Jan. 14, Sunak announced the delivery of 14 Challenger 2 tanks as part of a major new military aid package for Ukraine.

7:51 pm

Official: Russia ‘threw its full strength’ into encircling Bakhmut.

Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said on Feb. 4 that, over the past week, Russian forces had thrown all their strength into “breaking our defense and encircling Bakhmut and launched a severe offensive near Lyman." 

6:35 pm

General Staff: Russians regroup, conduct offensives in several directions.

Russian troops are regrouping and concentrating on conducting offensives in the direction of Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Novopavlivka in Donetsk Oblast, the General Staff reported.


6:25 pm

Ukraine to introduce Delta situational awareness system for military.

The government officially green-lighted the implementation of Delta platform, the first Ukrainian military-tech situational awareness system developed in accordance with NATO standards, in Ukraine's defense on Feb. 4.

6:10 pm

German top official says no evidence of Russian sabotage of Nord Stream pipeline.

German investigators currently have no evidence that Russia is behind the explosions on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, German Attorney General Peter Frank told Die Welt. Frank said Russian involvement couldn’t be proven "at the moment" as the investigations are ongoing. 

4:32 pm

WSJ: China helps Russia's war in Ukraine, trade data shows.

China is allegedly providing Russia’s army with military means despite sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal reported. Chinese state-owned companies provide Moscow with navigation equipment, jamming technology, and fighter-jet parts, customs records show. 

3:37 pm

Border Guard: Ukrainian troops stop Russian reconnaissance group near Siversk in Donetsk Oblast.

Russian forces shelled the Ukrainian defense garrison near Siversk, a city north of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, with artillery and mortars overnight on Feb. 3, the State Border Guard service reported.

2:39 pm

Media: Portugal to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

Portugal confirmed it would send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, Prime Minister Antonio Costa told Diario de Noticias on Feb. 4. The country is reportedly preparing to give Ukraine four Leopard 2 tanks, media reported on Jan. 25, citing unnamed government sources.

2:02 pm

Media: Germany has evidence of Russia’s war crimes cases 'in three-digit range.'

German Prosecutor General Peter Frank said that they “are not yet investigating specific people, but rather collecting information and evidence,” also questioning Ukrainian refugees who “may have knowledge of war crimes in Ukraine.” “Currently, for example, we are focusing on the mass killings in Bucha or attacks against Ukrainian civilian infrastructure,” he said.

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