Every day, Midi Libre takes stock of the situation in Ukraine. This Saturday, February 10, 2024, discover the latest news around this conflict.
7 dead including 3 children in Kharkiv after Russian drone attack
Seven Ukrainian civilians, including a couple and their three children, died in an overnight Russian drone attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, the region’s governor, Oleh Synehoubov, said on Saturday. The governor indicated Friday evening that Iranian-designed Shahed drones had targeted civilian infrastructure in and around Kharkiv.
He said on Saturday that at least fifteen houses had been destroyed by fires in a district in the east of the city, after a strike on a fuel depot. The victims are a prosecutor from the local jurisdiction, Olha Poutyatina, her husband and their children Oleksiy, 7 years old, Mykhaïlo, 3 years old (properly: 3), and Pavlo, ten months old, specifies the regional prosecutor’s office.
Olha Poutyatina, 35, was on maternity leave and had worked for the Kharkiv jurisdiction since June 2012, the office added on Telegram messaging. “The family was trapped by the fire that broke out in their house”it is indicated.
An elderly couple living on the same street were also killed and three other people were injured. The Ukrainian Air Force said it shot down 23 of 31 Shahed drones launched overnight against the Kharkiv and Odessa regions in the south of the country.
Exchange between Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky
This Saturday, February 10, 2024, Presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Emmanuel Macron met to discuss the situation of the conflict but also the needs in terms of armaments, reports Le Figaro.
This exchange between the head of state and his Ukrainian counterpart took place by telephone. In a publication on X, Volodymyr Zelensky first wanted to thank the “unfailing support” of his ally and the French.
I spoke with @EmmanuelMacron and thanked him and the French people for their unwavering support.
A very positive and focused call, which is exactly what is required right now.
We talked about the battlefield situation and Ukraine’s defense needs, which include drones, artillery… pic.twitter.com/KfnAdNsoXH
— Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 10, 2024
He then discussed the subjects to know “the battlefield situation and defense needs of Ukraine, which include drones, artillery and munitions, electronic warfare and air defense systems ranging from man-portable to long-range”he indicated.
Volodymyr Zelensky then spoke of joint agreements on security based on the G7 Vilnius Declaration.
The Ukrainian president also highlighted the character “very positive and focused” of the call, and that the exchange fully corresponded to expectations and met the needs.
Volodymyr Zelensky completes the Ukrainian general staff
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced this Saturday the appointment of five officers to complete the revamped combined arms staff of the Ukrainian army, after the appointment of General Oleksandr Syrskyi as its head.
In his daily address, the Ukrainian president specified that seasoned commanders would take up new functions, as Ukraine enters its third year of war against Russia on February 24. Colonel Vadym Soukharevsky will be deputy chief of staff for unmanned aerial vehicles, and has been tasked with developing the use of drones for military use.
Colonel Andriy Lebedenko will be deputy chief of staff for combat systems and technological innovation. Also promoted: brigadier generals Volodymyr Horbatiouk (operations and administration), Oleksiy Chevchenko (logistics), and Mykhaïlo Drapaty (training).
General Oleksandr Syrskyi, who until now was chief of staff of the army, was named commander-in-chief of the 800,000 Ukrainian military on Thursday.