Russia hit kyiv with what was likely a Zircon hypersonic missile, its first use in the war which has lasted for almost two years, said a Ukrainian research institute. Zircon has a range of 1,000 km (625 miles) and travels at nine times the speed of sound, according to Russia. The Kiev Scientific Research Institute for Forensic Examinations said debris matching Zircon components was found after a Feb. 7 strike.
Russia said it completed testing of the Zircon missile in June 2022, and Vladimir Putin described it as part of a new generation of unrivaled weapon systems. Russia also attacked Ukraine with the Kinzhal hypersonic missile – which turned out to be a ballistic missile launched from the ground and dropped from an aircraft. It was supposedly unstoppable, but Ukrainian troops regularly shot them down with Patriot missiles.
The Ukrainian Air Force said Russia launched a missile and drone attack on the central city of Dnipro on Monday and the mayor said infrastructure had been affected. Suspilne public television quoted water authorities as saying that power cuts had led to the closure of a pumping station and that supplies to some districts had been interrupted.
A major online network based in Moscow was spreading pro-Russian war propaganda and disinformation in Ukraine in Western Europe, say French military and cybersecurity experts. The French agency Vignium, which fights against foreign entities trying to influence public opinion, says the network, called Portal Kombat, operates at least 193 sites disseminating pro-Russian propaganda defending the invasion of Ukraine and criticizing the Kiev government.
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of a family of five, including three young children, burned to death in Russian drone attack in the city of Kharkiv, in the northeast of Ukraine. Russian drones struck a fuel depot on Friday evening, sparking fires that ravaged an entire street, including the house where the Putyatina family lived. An elderly couple died on the same street. More than 50 people were injured and 15 houses were burned.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, is considering a tour of Western European capitals to lobby for aid for Ukraine around the Munich security conference this week, Bloomberg News reported.
The EU has passed a law to set aside windfall profits from around 300 billion euros of frozen assets of the Russian central bank, in a first concrete step towards using this money to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine. The EU and G7 have been debating for more than a year whether and how the funds can be used.
After Vladimir Putin gave American interviewer Tucker Carlson his exhaustive version of Russia’s historic glory, a Mongolian leader trolled Vladimir Putin on the size of defunct Eurasian empires. “After Putin’s speech. I found a Mongolian historical map. Don’t worry. We are a peaceful and free nation,” Tsakhia Elbegdorj, former Mongolian president, wrote on Twitter/X. Elbegdorj, who previously also served as Prime Minister of Mongolia, is an international figure and was one of the leaders of Monglia’s democratic revolution in 1990, ending communist rule.