Update 43: Russia's War with Ukraine

12 February 2023

Russia launched more than 100 missiles and staged 12 air and 20 artillery attacks on various targets across Ukraine on 10 February, striking several cities including Kyiv. Ukraine’s armed forces reportedly destroyed 61 cruise missiles. Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said 10 Russian missiles had been shot down over the capital in the first attack on it in two weeks. Energy minister German Galushchenko said Russia had hit power facilities in six regions with missiles and drones, causing blackouts across most of Ukraine. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine was without 44% of nuclear generation and 75% of thermal power capacity. The attacks came a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ended a tour of European allies to lobby leaders for long-range weapons and combat aircraft. 

Meanwhile, Russia has reportedly launched a major offensive in eastern Ukraine and is trying to break through defences near the town of Kreminna in the Luhansk region. The Institute for the Study of War confirmed a “marked increase” in operations in the area over the past week. In addition, a series of Russian drone and missile attacks in the south and east of Ukraine were reported on 9 February.

Read more in the attached pdf on: Zelensky’s trip to London, Paris and Brussels; alleged violations of Moldovan and Romanian airspace, the stalled diplomacy; military and financial assistance to Ukraine and Russia; the humanitarian consequences of the armed conflict; concerns about Ukrainian nuclear facilities; the risk of nuclear weapon use; investigations into alleged war crimes; sanctions against Russia; energy security in Europe; and developments in Ukraine, Russia and NATO, including tensions between Turkey and Sweden over the latter’s stalled NATO accession.

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