Aftermath of a Russian strike on Beryslav in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine (File)

Friday’s Coverage: Breakthrough on Long-Term EU Aid to Kyiv

Map: Institute for the Study of War


Germany’s parliament has authorized €7.6 billion ($8.2 billion) of military aid to Ukraine in the Government’s budget for this year.

The proposal passed 388-279 in the Bundestag, the lower chamber of the parliament. The upper chamber, the Bundesrat, then gave its approval.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed gratitude.


The Ukraine Air Force says air defenses downed 9 of 14 Iran-made drones launched by Russia overnight.

For the second night in a row, the Russians attacked the city of Kryvyi Rih in south-central Ukraine, targeting energy infrastructure.

Mayor Oleksandr Vilkul, said damage to energy facilities were hit caused blackouts for thousands of people and disrupted water and heating in some districts amid freezing temperatures.


Two Ukrainian drones have hit the Lukoil refinery in Volgograd in southwestern Russia.

The operation was overseen by Ukraine’s State security service SBU.

Russian Telegram channels confirmed the strike and the fire at the refinery, about 350 km (217 miles) from the Ukraine border.

Governor Andrei Bocharov later posted:

Last night, air defense and electronic jamming repelled an attack by drones in the Volgograd region’s Kalachyovsky and Zakanalye districts.

A fire started at the Volgograd refinery after one of the downed drones fell.

He said the blaze was under control by the morning.


Ukraine and Canada have launched an international coalition for the return of Ukrainian children seized by invading Russian forces.

The Coalition was announced, with presentation of its Framework Document, as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hosted Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly in Kyiv.

Ukrainian officials say they have confirmed the deportation of almost 20,000 children to Russia or Russian-occupied areas. The actual number is likely much higher, given lack of access to territory seized by the Russians.

Last March the International Court of Justice issued arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and Russia’s “Children’s Rights” Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova over the deportations.

ORIGINAL ENTRY: A Russian airstrike on southern Ukraine has killed two French aid workers.

The men were murdered by a drone assault on Beryslav in the Kherson region on Thursday.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron confirmed the killings in a “cowardly” and “outrageous” attack. Prosecutors of Paris’ Anti-Terrorism Office will open a war crimes investigation.

“My solidarity goes out to all the volunteers who are committed to helping people,” Macron said.

The victims worked for Switzerland’s non-governmental organisation HEKS/EPER, who posted about “the tragic loss of two dear colleagues and injuries to others”.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy responded, “The brave French aid workers assisted people and we will always be grateful for their humanity. My condolences go out to their loved ones.”