Zelensky discussed Ukraine's defense needs with Macron
President Volodymyr Zelensky announced a "very positive and focused call" with French President Emmanuel Macron on February 10, where they discussed Ukraine's defense needs and the current situation along the front line. Zelensky highlighted specific requirements such as drones, artillery, ammunition, electronic warfare capabilities, and a spectrum of air defense systems. The leaders also explored the development of a bilateral document outlining security commitments, drawing on the principles outlined in the G7 Vilnius Declaration presented at the July NATO summit. This declaration emphasizes long-term bilateral cooperation to strengthen Ukraine's military capabilities, defend the country, and deter future Russian aggression.
The collaboration includes providing modern military equipment, training, intelligence sharing, resistance to cyber and hybrid threats, support for Ukraine's defense industry, and interoperability with NATO forces. Zelensky emphasized that such security agreements demonstrate Europe's leadership, boost Ukrainian morale, and send a strong signal of unwavering European support for Ukraine.
Russian drone attacked in Odesa Oblast
Consecutive waves of Russian Shahed-type drones targeted Odesa Oblast overnight, with Ukrainian air defenses successfully intercepting and shooting down at least 21 drones. However, despite these defensive efforts, shrapnel and debris from the downed drones resulted in injuries to four individuals, according to Governor Oleh Kiper on February 10. One of the injured is reportedly in serious condition. The first wave of attacks involved nine drones, all of which were successfully intercepted, followed by 12 more drones in the second and third waves. The injured individuals were employees of port facilities, and all have been hospitalized. Additionally, the attacks caused damage to Danube River port facilities and other civilian infrastructure in and around the port city of Izmail.
Russian attack on Kharkiv causes mass fire, killing at least 7
A Russian drone attack targeted a gas station in Kharkiv, resulting in a massive fire that engulfed 15 residential homes and claimed the lives of at least seven people, including three children, according to local authorities on February 10. Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov had earlier reported that the fire had covered an area of about 3,700 square meters. The Kharkiv Oblast's prosecutor's office confirmed the discovery of six bodies just before 10:30 a.m. local time, while Governor Oleh Syniehubov later announced over Telegram that seven people, including three children, had lost their lives in the fires.
The victims included a seven-year-old, a four-year-old, and a six-month-old baby. Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko provided updates, stating that more than fifty people had been rescued, but over a dozen private homes were destroyed. Despite the efforts of emergency services to contain the fires in the residential quarter, casualties occurred. The bodies of five people, including the three children, were found in one of the burned homes, while two more people perished in a different building. A 45-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman were hospitalized with burns and carbon monoxide inhalation, respectively. The regional prosecutor's office revealed that Russian military launched Shahed drones from the Belgorod region, hitting the Nemyshlyanskyi district of Kharkiv and causing the destruction of critical infrastructure with a large amount of fuel, intensifying the severity of the fire. The ongoing attacks on Kharkiv and its oblast by the Russian military have escalated in recent weeks.