On February 13, 2024, Russia launched an attack on the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, targeting a thermoelectric power plant operated by Dtek, Ukraine’s leading energy operator. The attack caused severe damage to the power plant, resulting in its complete shutdown and causing interruptions in electricity and water supplies in various parts of the city.
This was the first time Russia used a Zircon hypersonic missile in Ukraine, according to Oleksandr Ruvin, director of the Scientific Research Institute for Forensic Examinations in Kiev. Analyzing the fragments from a previous attack on Kyiv on February 7 revealed that they had characteristics of the Zircon 3M22 missile.
In addition to military actions, the Russian Interior Ministry has placed Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Undersecretary of State Taimar Peterkop on its wanted list. The action was reportedly taken in connection with their statements regarding a Soviet-era monument in Narva.
Meanwhile, in the USA, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson announced that Republicans will not vote on the foreign aid package prepared by the Senate, which included further financial support for Ukraine. Johnson cited national security concerns and stated that the House will work independently on important issues according to its own will.