Russia-Ukraine war: key events on day 865 | News

As the war enters its 865th day, here are some major developments:

Here’s what’s happening on Tuesday, July 9, 2024:


  • Russian missiles rained down on Kiev and other cities across Ukraine, damaging the country’s largest children’s hospital, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 150.
  • It was Russia’s heaviest bombing of the Ukrainian capital in nearly four months, with seven of the city’s 10 districts hit. Kiev authorities said at least 27 people were killed in the city, including three children.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy promised retaliation, writing on the Telegram app that “Russian terrorists must be held accountable for this” and urged Kiev’s Western allies to respond firmly.
  • The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces had attacked Ukrainian defense industrial facilities and an air base.
  • In Russia, a fire broke out at an electricity substation in the Rostov region after Ukraine launched “dozens” of drones overnight, according to Vasily Golubev, the governor of Russia’s southern border region with Ukraine.
  • The governor of Belgorod region said Ukrainian artillery shells hit the village, killing three Russian civilians and wounding several others.
  • Ukrainian navy commander Vice Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa told Reuters that Russia’s Black Sea fleet had been forced to move almost all of its combat-ready warships from occupied Crimea to other locations, with Kiev’s attack leaving its main naval base non-functional.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Diplomats said the U.N. Security Council would meet on Tuesday at the request of Britain, France, Ecuador, Slovenia and the United States.
  • US President Joe Biden said Moscow’s deadly missile attacks on Ukraine, including on a children’s hospital in Kiev, were “a horrifying reminder of Russian brutality”, adding that Washington and its NATO allies plan to announce new measures at an upcoming summit to bolster Ukraine’s air defences.
  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk condemned the Russian attack, saying “among the victims were some of Ukraine’s sickest children.”
  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing to discuss a possible Ukraine peace deal. The visit was part of what Orbán called the third phase of a “peace mission” that he undertook without the support of the European Commission or Ukraine.


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