February 8, 2024

Armed conflicts and attacks

Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismisses Valerii Zaluzhnyi from the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, following months of rumors about a disagreement between Zelenskyy and Zaluzhnyi. Ground Forces commander Oleksandr Syrskyi is appointed Commander-in-Chief to replace Zaluzhnyi. (BBC News)

Disasters and accidents

The death toll from a landslide in Baghdati, Imereti, Georgia, increases to nine, following the conclusion of search operations. (RFE/RL) (

Five U.S. Marines are confirmed dead after a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, which crashed yesterday in San Diego County, California, United States, is located. (NBC News)

2023–2024 Sundhnúkur eruptions

Icelandic officials declare a state of emergency after a new volcanic eruption cuts off hot water for approximately 20,000 people south of Reykjavík. (NU)