Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 684

As the war enters its 684th day, these are the main developments.

A Ukrainian soldier in a trench on the front line petting a dog

The situation on the front line remained relatively stable, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy [Sofiia Gatilova/Reuters]

Here is the situation on Monday, January 8, 2024.


  • Ukraine’s Air Force said it shot down 21 out of 28 Russian drones aimed at the south and east of the country. Russia also launched three cruise missiles, the Air Force added, without offering further details.
  • Dnipropetrovsk regional authorities said 12 people were injured in a Russian drone attack on the city of Dnipro.
  • Local officials said two people were killed in the city of Kherson after Russian forces occupying the opposite bank of the Dnipro River hit the city with numerous shelling attacks. Roman Mrochko, the head of the Kherson city administration, said several people were also injured.
  • In the northeast, the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office said one man was killed and two other civilians, including a child, injured in Russian shelling of Kupiansk.
  • Russia’s Defence Ministry said soldiers fighting on the front line in Ukraine marked Orthodox Christmas with military priests leading prayer services.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, on an unannounced trip to Kyiv, promised $37m to NATO to help Ukraine avert Russian drone strikes. She also said Japan would donate five mobile gas turbine generators and seven transformers to maintain power supplies. Kamikawa was forced to hold her press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba underground after an air raid alert. “Japan is determined to continue to support Ukraine so that peace can return,” she said.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba guides Japan's Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa through an underground corridor. There are large pipes above them.
VIsiting Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa had to hold her press conference in a bomb shelter because of an air raid [Evgeniy Maloletka/AP]
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told a security conference in Sweden that the situation on the battlefield remained relatively stable and that Russia could be defeated.
  • Speaking at the same event, Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said the primary task of Sweden’s foreign policy in the coming years would be to support Ukraine.


  • Zelenskyy said the war in Ukraine had shown the need for Europe to develop joint weapons production to ensure it can “preserve itself” and defend its freedoms.



Al Jazeera and news agencies


  • The Russ­ian leader marked the eve of Or­tho­dox Christ­mas with a pledge to sup­port be­reaved fam­i­lies amid the in­va­sion.

    Putin smiling as he stands with the families of soldiers killed in Ukraine. A Russian Orthodox priest in white robes is kissing an icon in front of them.

  • Eight peo­ple were wound­ed af­ter Russ­ian forces hit the town of Pokrovsk with S-300 mis­siles, re­gion­al gov­er­nor said.

  • The Unit­ed States also ex­pressed con­cerns that Rus­sia is seek­ing close-range bal­lis­tic mis­siles from Iran.


  • More than 470 pris­on­ers of war re­turn home on both sides af­ter the swap deals stalled in the lat­ter half of 2023.

    Ukrainian prisoners of war (POWs)

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