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New military leadership, Putin-Carlson interview, murderous attack on Kharkiv

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, February 12, 2024.

●       Zelenskyy appoints new top ranked military commanders
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appointed new commanders of the Land Forces, the Joint Forces, the Air Assault Forces, and the Territorial Defense Forces, said a press release on his website on Feb. 11.

●       Prominent Ukrainians honor departing army chief with photos, praise him as having a historic legacy
Writer Serhiy Zhadan, rapper and soldier Yarmak, singer Ruslana Lyzhychko, and other famous Ukrainians reacted emotionally to the news that Valerii Zaluzhnyi was leaving the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

●       Syrskyi makes his first statement as the Commander of the Armed Forces, main tasks outlined
Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi made his first statement as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, listing his priority tasks and publishing a farewell as the former Commander of the Ground Forces.

●       Zelenskyy's pivotal decision: swapping top generals in Ukraine's quest for victory
General Valerii Zaluzhnyi’s resignation as Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief signifies a critical and decisive stage in the conflict, posing risks for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, wrote The Economist on Feb. 8.

●       Head of the Ukrainian Center for Security and Cooperation discusses reasons for Syrsky appointment
Head of the Ukrainian Center for Security and Cooperation Serhiy Kuzan said that new tasks facing Ukraine and the frontline in 2024 led to the appointment of Oleksandr Syrskyi as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Radio NV on Feb. 9.

●       Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin echos propaganda of past Moscow fellow-travelers
With United States aid to Ukraine stranded in a political no-man's-land by the far-right wing of the Republican Party, their biggest news media celebrity was dispatched to Russia to make the case for why American conservatives should support the invader.

●       Ukraine faces air defense crisis as systems take heavy toll fending off Russian missiles – NYT
Without a resupply, Ukraine's air defense system will last only until next month, The New York Times reported on Feb. 9, citing U.S. officials.

 

●       Trump will 'encourage' Russia to attack NATO allies not meeting financial obligations
Donald Trump said he would “encourage” Russia to attack any NATO member that fails to meet the Alliance’s financial obligations. The 45th US President, who is seeking a second term, made the statement during a campaign rally in South Carolina on Feb. 10, ahead of the state’s Republican primary.

●       If Ukraine collapses, millions of refugees will flee to Europe, according to German government's worst-case scenario
Berlin warns that Europe could see an influx of 10 million more Ukrainian refugees if Russia wins the war, Welt am Sonntag reported on Feb. 10, citing security officials and informed parliamentarians.

●       HUR confirms ‘systematic’ use of Starlink terminals by Russian military in occupied territories
The use of Starlink terminals by the Russian military in the temporarily occupied territories was confirmed by the Ukrainian Defense Intelligence (HUR) spokesman Andriy Yusov in the comment to the RBC-Ukraine news agency on Feb. 10.

●       Russian drone attack on Kharkiv leaves 5 dead including children, levels gas station, destroys homes
The Russian military attacked Kharkiv with kamikaze drones overnight, killing at least five people and destroying 15 houses, regional governor Oleh Synehubov reported on Feb. 10.

●       Stand-alone drone corps to bolster Ukraine military with battlefield data, supply chain agility
Creating a separate type of drone force will bring together people with experience in using drones, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said on national television on Feb. 9.

●       ‘We do it for the soldiers’ – UA’s national hockey team dedicates Olympic qualifier success to army
Ukraine’s national hockey team can close out a remarkably successful Olympic qualification tournament with a win against Estonia – and they’re dedicating their success to those fighting on the frontlines.

●       Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States warns that Ukraine is critically short on military equipment, running out of missiles
Oksana Markarova said that Ukrainian Armed Forces are facing a "critical shortage" of military equipment, but she hopes that US lawmakers will break the Senate deadlock and provide assistance, reported Bloomberg on Feb. 9.

●       If Ukraine collapses, millions of refugees will flee to Europe, according to German government's worst-case scenario
Berlin warns that Europe could see an influx of 10 million more Ukrainian refugees if Russia wins the war, Welt am Sonntag reported on Feb. 10, citing security officials and informed parliamentarians.

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