War in Ukraine today: latest news, February 14, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 356th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

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The Business Woman 2023 International Forum on women’s role during the war, sponsored by the USAID Competitive Economy of Ukraine Program, was held in Kyiv. Women, making a significant contribution to the future victory, were awarded the Woman 2022 title. The founder and head of the public organization Ukrainian Women’s Guard Olena Biletska was nominated in the category Defenders of Ukraine in the Real. The key goal and task of the UWG is to create a network of women’s resistance movements. Since 2014, the UWG has trained and educated over 50K women.

Nominees in the category Defenders of Ukraine in the rear. Photo from social networks

What happened in Ukraine today:

Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 6 pm:   

Despite significant losses, the enemy is trying to reach the administrative borders of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The invaders focus on the offensive operations on Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Shakhtarske. The enemy is actively employing aircraft.

Today, russian forces launched 2 missile strikes on the civilian infrastructure of Kostiantynivka and Kramatorsk, Donetsk oblast, that resulted in casualties among civilian population. The community center, where the humanitarian aid distribution hub is operating, has been damaged. The premises of a medical facility were also hit.

In addition, the enemy launched over 25 MLRS attacks at the civilian targets in Kherson, Ochakiv, and Beryslav. Enemy shells damaged private housing and high-rise buildings, wounding the residents. 

Ukraine is still under the threat of further russian air and missile strikes.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk, and Sloboda, no signs of forming enemy offensive groups were detected. The enemy is shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements from mortars and artillery near the front line. The vicinities of settlements of Yanzhulivka, Chernihiv oblast, Tovstodubove, Bilokopytove, Vovkivka, Volfyne, Basivka, Sumy oblast, as well as Veterynarne, Baranivka, Strilecha, Krasne, Ternova, Hlyboke, Vovchansk, Vovchanski Khutory, Chuhunivka, Krasne Pershe, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Kupiansk, and Ridkodub, Kharkiv oblast, were shelled by the enemy.

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the enemy employed tanks, mortars, and artillery to shell over 15 settlements, including Berestove, Vyshneve, Tabaivka, Kharkiv oblast, Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Chervonopopivka, Pishchane, Dibrova, Serebryanske forestry, Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, and Fedorivka, Donetsk oblast. The occupiers launched air strikes in the vicinities of Berestove, Zhytlivka, and Verkhniokamianske.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy fired from mortars and artillery targeting over 20 settlements, including Bilohorivka, Vesele, Paraskoviivka, Zaliznianske, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Chasiv Yar, Klischiivka, Zalizne, and New York, Donetsk oblast. The vicinities of Bakhmut, Ivanivske, and Kurdiumivka were hit by the enemy air strikes.

Towards Avdiivka and Shakhtarske, the vicinities of 22 settlements, including Vodyane, Nevelske, Vesele, Krasnohorivka, Marinka, Heorhiivka, Vuhledar, Velyka Novosilka, Vremivka, and Neskuchne, Donetsk oblast, were shelled with tanks, mortars, and artillery. The enemy also launched air strikes near Avdiivka and Vuhledar. Moreover, the occupiers used a UAV to drop K-51 non-lethal aerosol grenades on the positions of Ukrainian troops near Vodiane.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the enemy shelled the vicinities of over 20 settlements. Among them are Olhivske, Malynivka, Staroukrainka, Huliaipilske, Mala Tokmachka, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, and Stepove, Zaporizhzhia oblast. The enemy also launched air strikes near Malynivka and Novodanylivka.

Towards Kherson, the suburbs and the city of Kherson, as well as the vicinities of more than 25 settlements, including Zolota Balka, Havrylivka, Beryslav, Vesele, Inhulets, Antonivka, Zymivnyk, Bilozerka, Dniprovske, and Veletenske, Kherson oblast, were hit by enemy artillery fire.

To compensate for large-scale military losses sustained by russians in combat, approximately up to two brigades, manned by mobilized and “volunteers”, are being trained at the Kadamovsk (russia) training ground. Most of russian servicemen have a three-week training course. Certain groups take a two-week course.

It results in a low level of mission readiness. Since early 2023, there has been no training of Wagner PMC recruits at the training ground. Instructors of the training center are involved in training in the immediate combat zone.

On February 12, the Ukrainian Air Force launched 8 air strikes on buildups of occupiers’ personnel and military equipment. Missile and artillery units hit 1 buildup of manpower, 3 ammunition depots, and 2 electronic warfare stations of the enemy.

The ninth Rammstein meeting was held in Belgium on February 14. Following the meeting, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that Italy and France announced supplying air defense systems to Ukraine. France, together with Australia, will develop production of 155 mm ammunition. Norway allocated $7 billion (75 billion NOK) for various forms of support to Ukraine.

Ukrenergo reported that the Ukrainian energy system has no shortage for the third day in a row. Hence, almost the entire state now has the electricity supply as a result of increased operation of hydroelectric power stations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that following the earthquake that occurred in Turkey, five Ukrainian citizens have been killed, including a family from Zaporizhzhia. Seven Ukrainian citizens are considered missing and are being sought. In total, Ukrainian diplomats managed to find 136 citizens and evacuate 37. 

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the occupiers unsuccessfully tried to attack the Ukrainian military in the area of ​​the village of Hrianivika and shelled at least 17 settlements in the Chuhuiv, Kupiansk and Kharkiv regions of Kharkiv oblast.

At night, the occupiers shelled the village of Monachynivka in Kupiansk region. The village club building was damaged. There were no casualties.

The city of Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, suffers from shelling the most. At least 6 residential buildings, storefronts of trade pavilions and shops, buildings of a civil industry facility, and the administration building of “Ukrtelecom” were damaged there.

Head of Kharkiv RMA Oleh Syniehubov reported that private and multi-apartment residential buildings and commercial buildings were damaged in Kupiansk, Dvorichna and surrounding villages.

Donetsk oblast

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Ukrainian military repelled the occupiers’ attacks near Nevske, Kreminna, Kuzmyne, Shypylivka, and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast, and Fedorivka, Paraskoviivka, Bakhmut, Vodianyi, Mariinka, and Pobieda in Donetsk oblast.

The russian occupiers hit Kostiantynivka and Kramatorsk with two missiles.  According to preliminary operational data, a civilian was injured and the Palace of Culture, in which the center for issuing humanitarian aid currently operates, was damaged in Kostiantynivka.

According to Oleksandr Honcharenko, head of Kramatorsk military administration, the premises of the medical institution was struck. As a result of shelling, private residential buildings were damaged in Kramatorsk.

Towards Volnovakha, 1 person was wounded in Vuhledar, Novoukrainka and Bohoiavlenka were shelled.

Towards Donetsk, the night was relatively calm. Avdiivka, Mariinka and the village of Kostiantynivka were shelled. The industrial zone in Kurakhivka and the warehouse area in Hirnyk were struck in Kurakhivka community.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was injured in Scherbynivka, 2 houses damaged in Vasiukivka of Soledar community, as well as a high-rise building in Bakhmut.

Head of Donetsk RMA Pavlo Kyrylenko informed that 1 person was killed in Stavky of Lyman community towards  Lysychansk. In Lyman, 1 person was injured, 3 houses damaged. The night was tense in Siversk and on the outskirts of the community.

Consequences of missile attack. Photo: Telegram channel of the head of Donetsk RMA Pavlo Kyrylenko

Luhansk oblast

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled invaders’ attacks in the areas of the settlements of Nevske, Kreminna, Kuzmyne, Shypylivka, and Bilohorivka.

Ukrainian aviation made 15 strikes on areas of occupiers’ buildup and shot down two enemy planes Su-24M and Su-25.

Units of missile forces and artillery hit the command post, 7 areas of concentration of manpower, and 2 EW stations, as well as the ammunition depot of the russian occupiers.

According to Head of the Luhansk RMA, Serhii Haydai, the enemy is actively attempting to break the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Svatovo to Kreminna. They are expected to launch the offensive since no one in the Kremlin canceled the order to reach the administrative borders of Luhansk oblast. They consider this task the easiest, which is why they are preparing a massive offensive so that they could announce victory in case of their success. 

127 educational institutions, being under the occupation, were transferred to the remote learning mode since military personnel are housed on the premises.

At the same time, the occupation administration faces issues with resettlement of the newly arriving occupiers, so they found a solution for the long-term accommodation of the military.

Luhansk RMA reported that the maternity hospital in Luhansk has been used for several months for the treatment of wounded russian servicemen due to a significant number of sanitary casualties among the invaders.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The capital has been living without power blackouts for more than two days now. Nevertheless, the system is not operating at full capacity, so local blackouts may still be applied according to the schedule. According to YASNO CEO Serhiy Kovalenko, Ukrenergo’s networks damaged by shelling are not yet capable of transmitting sufficient electricity to provide all Kyiv residents with electricity.

The Kyiv Regional Military Administration and the Ukrainian Red Cross Society have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. According to the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, its main goal is to join forces to help residents of the region who have suffered as a result of the hostilities. It is about restoring houses destroyed by russian troops, improving living conditions of IDPs and promoting the activities of Invincibility Centers.

The Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories reported that Ukrtelecom has launched a network of free Wi-Fi zones in Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv. In total, about 700 public Wi-Fi zones have been installed and marked on the map with appropriate stickers.

Doctors of the Dobrobut clinics will provide online medical consultations for the military free of charge. The program involves 40 doctors, including general practitioners, family doctors, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, neurologists, gynecologists, otorhinolaryngologists, and other specialists.

Kyiv City Council reported that service dogs in the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been provided with special veterinary first aid kits. The idea belongs to the animal protection charity organization Khvostata Banda. The first aid kits are stocked with all the necessary supplies, from bandages to hemostatic agents, and their great advantage is that most of the medications are versatile and can be used by the military if necessary.

A Valentine’s Day concert was held in Kyiv for displaced people from Mariupol. The Department of Culture of Mariupol, working in Kyiv for six months, has initiated this idea. They noted that 17,000 internally displaced people from Mariupol live in the capital. 

Zhytomyr oblast

There are 3,350 properties damaged as a result of russian armed aggression in Zhytomyr oblast. Residential housing suffered the most – 87%, according to the Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration. Various degrees of destruction have been caused to 193 high-rise buildings and 2,671 private households. 153 residential buildings were completely destroyed, 3 of which were apartment buildings.

Communities in Zhytomyr oblast and 6 other oblasts of Ukraine have received 20 universal backhoe loaders thanks to the USAID GOVERLA project. The excavators will be used by utility companies to restore heating and other communications during the reconstruction and recovery process.

Sumy oblast

The russians attacked eight communities in the oblast. In total, there were about 100 shells fired on the territories of Bilopillia, Yunakivka, Myropillia, Esman, Krasnopillia, Hlukhiv, Velyka Pysarivka, and Shalyhine communities. The russians used mortars and dropped explosive devices from UAVs. Sumy Regional Military Administration reported that there were no casualties or damage.

Sumyoblenergo received switchgears, relay protection and automation devices from Siemens Company, Germany. This equipment is designed for substations with a voltage of 110 kV and above, where the equipment has been completely or partially destroyed.

Humanitarian aid for Sumyoblenergo from the German company Siemens. Photo from social networks

The President honored the border guards of Sumy oblast “For Courage and Bravery”. Specifically, the President’s decree states: “To honor the courage and heroism demonstrated when defending state sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, I hereby award the 5th Border Guard Detachment of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine with the honorary award “For Courage and Bravery”. Units of the 2nd Shostka Regiment took an active part in repelling a full-scale russian offensive and defending Shostka. One division of the regiment under the enemy’s pressure retreated towards Konotop-Chernihiv, while the other division, being part of sabotage and reconnaissance groups, attempted to halt the movement of enemy convoys into the depths of Ukrainian territory.

Chernihiv oblast

The enemy conducted 2 missiles and 32 air strikes and fired 55 shells using MLRS systems. Chernihiv Regional Military Administration reported that areas near Yanzhulivka came under enemy fire.

The russians once again shelled the border areas of Chernihiv oblast. According to the information received, there were 4 shells fired from 120mm mortar in the area of Tymonovychi (Novhorod-Siverskyi district). According to the “North” Operational Command, there were no losses among military personnel or equipment.

Another bridge, provided by French partners, has been commissioned. A 42-meter metal structure was erected in Staryi Bilous. The structure can withstand vehicles weighing up to 18 tons. This is a temporary measure until a new permanent bridge will be constructed. In total, French partners provided Chernihiv oblast with 6 prefabricated structures, the first of which is already serving the residents of Novyi Bilous.

“Safety tutor” position is being introduced in Chernihiv oblast communities. Police officers, rescuers, government officials and teachers join forces to make children feel protected. A safety tutor can be assigned to no more than four educational institutions. Currently, Nizhyn and Koriukiv territorial communities have such specialists. Each specialist is assigned to three educational institutions.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to the head of Dnipropetrovsk RMA Serhii Lysak, the Association of relatives of missing persons “HOPE” is an organization connecting families of missing persons from all over Ukraine. Their goal is to find, return, and rehabilitate their relatives. They launched the first website in Ukraine to search for missing servicemen and civilians.

The first safety classroom was opened in Kryvyi Rih region. It was arranged in one of the educational institutions of Karpivka community. It is well equipped to learn first aid and emergency response. Employees of the State Emergency Service and the police will teach students.

Security class. Photo from social networks

Vinnytsia oblast

​​Valentines for the military: children of internally displaced persons and families from Vinnytsia, who found themselves in difficult life circumstances, joined the creation of bright protective amulets. The Vinnytsia City Center of Social Services together with the “Spilno” children’s center conducted the master class. 

Kirovohrad oblast

According to head of the Kirovohrad Regional State Administration Andrii Raikovych, the RMA volunteer team, together with Act and Save Ukrainians charitable foundations, delivered another humanitarian cargo to Kharkiv region. Residents of Izium received the most necessary things, generators, heaters, power banks, food, and water.

A multidisciplinary team of family doctors from the Kramatorsk Center for Family Medicine # 1 provides medical and psychological assistance to internally displaced persons from Donetsk oblast and others in need of their help in the region.

Poltava oblast

“Sewing Company” team of the Poltava Lyceum makes clothes for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They sew adaptive pants, underwear with velcro for wounded soldiers, warm clothes, care bags, yellow and blue valentines, in the premises of the 17th Poltava Lyceum after the lessons and at weekends.

Schools in Karlivka, Novi Sanzhary, and Kobeliaky are setting up places for internally displaced persons from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. They received 100 orthopedic mattresses from American benefactors.

Cherkasy oblast

In Cherkasy, the public organization “Aidar 95” organized a free education for the civilian population. 50 people joined the training.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the situation has not significantly changed. The enemy concentrates its main efforts on holding the occupied positions. The enemy fired 117 attacks on the positions of Ukrainian defenders, using tank weapons, rocket and barrel artillery along the entire front line.

According to the National Security Service in Zaporizhzhia oblast, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in Malynivka, Novodanylivka, Lukianivka, Olhivske, Orikhiv, Chervona Krynytsia, Poltavka, Zaporozhets, Huliaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Charivne, Novoandriivka, Bilohiria, Chervone, Staroukrainka, Stepnohirsk, Stepove, and Kamianske.

15  reports were received about destruction of  houses (apartments) of citizens and infrastructure objects as a result of shelling by russian military personnel.                                         

The police recorded 75 strikes on the territory of Zaporizhzhia oblast. As a result of shelling by the occupying forces, houses and outbuildings of Polohy and Vasylivka regions were destroyed. Residential sectors of Huliaipole and Orikhiv communities suffered significant damage. 

Ivan Fedorov, mayor of Melitopol, says that in 2022, the russians took out about a million tons of grain from Zaporizhzhia oblast with railway cars and hundreds of trucks. The invaders brought 3.5 tonnes of grain and the same amount of sugar to the bakery of the Vasylivka region to manufacture ‘social’ bread. 

Dmytro Orlov, mayor of Enerhodar, informs that The Impuls Information Center temporarily turned into an art gallery. The jury reviewed almost 40 works to select the best drawings presented for the competition “Enerhodar is Ukraine”. Among the authors are both children and adults, amateurs and professionals. The project aims to support employees of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, who are currently under occupation. 

Exhibition dedicated to Enerhodar. Photo from social networks

Mykolaiv oblast

The Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Mykolaiv oblast reports that russian troops shelled the city of Ochakiv. As a result of the hit of ammunition and their wreckage, two fires broke out on the territory of two private households. In addition, several administrative buildings were damaged. According to preliminary information, there are no victims. 

Consequences of enemy shelling. Photo: Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine

Head of the Mykolaiv RMA Vitalii Kim informs that on February 13 the enemy fired on the waters of the Ochakiv community. There are no casualties.

Odesa oblast

The Odesa RMA states that in the Black Sea there is a high probability of sea mines breaking from anchors and nailing to the shore.

Kherson oblast

The Kherson RMA informs that in the morning russian troops shelled a medical facility in Kherson at the time when doctors were receiving patients, so it was quite crowded. Yet there were no casualties. The second medical facility shelled by the occupiers is an ambulance station in Beryslav. Due to the russian attack, the station’s premises and medical vehicles were damaged. The driver of the ambulance was slightly injured. 

Russian invaders shelled peaceful settlements of Kherson oblast 54 times from MLRS, mortars, artillery and tanks.

The russian army attacked Kherson 13 times. Enemy shells hit the railway track of passenger traffic and residential buildings.

According to the Kherson RMA, on February 13, 2 people were killed and another 3 received injuries of various severity.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

A meeting on strengthening the checkpoint system was held in Kovel. They determined how to improve the condition of service places and placement of personnel at checkpoints.

Zakarpattia oblast

The RMA reported that 14 social protection institutions have received over 20 generators of different capacity since the energy crisis began.

The RMA reported that last year the Zakarpattia People’s Choir held 94 concerts and collected UAH 200K for the military.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

A meeting with the famous French virtuoso pianist Maxim Zecchini and the photographer Julien Crespa was held in the RMA. They discussed how to support Ukrainians.

The RMA informed that a private entrepreneur from Verkhovyna purchased and sent to the front line a modern Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 thermal imager worth over UAH 95K at the request of the soldiers of the 34th separate rifle battalion, Ivano-Frankivsk, currently being in the combat zone.

Lviv oblast

Mayor of Lviv, Andrii Sadovyi, almost all electrical substations have been destroyed in Lviv and region. According to the mayor, many other critical infrastructure facilities were destroyed in the city and region. Most of them cannot be restored, so they will be rebuilt.

The RMA reported that the German non-governmental organization German Association of People’s Universities in Ukraine, the Public Union Ukrainian Adult Education Association and the Lviv RMA signed the Memorandum of Cooperation.

The German city of Alzenau, a partner city of Kamianka-Buzka, sent a bus, generators, medicine and uniform for the community. The funds for its purchase were donated by the city’s residents during various charity events. The bus was sent to the department of education, 10 generators with a capacity of 5.4 kW – to communal institutions.

In the Sokal district hospital, a shelter for 300 places was repaired using the funds of the community budget and the National Health Service of Ukraine. In case of an emergency power outage, the hospital has a powerful 160 kW generator, purchased from the city budget funds (UAH 1.2 million).

Rivne oblast

UAH 300 million was allocated from the city budget to support the military at the session of the Rivne City Council. UAH 150 million will be donated as a subsidy to the Rivne RMA. Another UAH 50 million have been allocated to city programs to purchase attack drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, security systems for military units and rehabilitation of the military. The remaining UAH 100 million will be used to purchase military bonds.

Ternopil oblast

Even preschoolers support the Ukrainian army. Five-year-old Makar from Ternopil sculpts patriotic figures from plasticine and sells them. The boy, with the help of his mother, donated funds to the needs of the military.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

A meeting with 40 largest volunteer organizations of the community was held in the Khmelnytskyi City Council. The project of the program for support and development of volunteer organizations was discussed. 

Chernivtsi oblast

The RMA reported that communities of Bukovyna have 775 generators to ensure uninterrupted power supply. 432 of them are received from international partners, local volunteers, ministries, and others. Other 344 generators were financed from local budgets.

The region received  64 generators worth $1.5 million from the CF Scheherazade and the Consul General of Romania in Chernivtsi, Grampet Group and business representatives. They will be sent to local primary care centers and outpatient clinics.

The RMA reported that the IOM Ukraine provided humanitarian aid, namely 400 solar lamps, 1 090 folding chairs, 336 20-liter plastic canisters, 270 mattresses, 1 290 blankets, 452 sleeping sets, for equipping Invincibility Centers in Chernivtsi oblast.

The Chernivtsi Regional Medical Center for Socially Significant Diseases (former AIDS Center) purchased and installed a 15-kilowatt hybrid solar station with batteries using the funds earned thanks to cooperation with the National Health Service of Ukraine.

The Khotyn community received the school bus from the Polish city of Zhagan and the German city of Teltov. Benefactors sent generators and garbage containers for the needs of the Khotynblahoustrii company.

International support of Ukraine in the russian-Ukrainian war (russia’s invasion of Ukraine)

Here is the outcome of the Ramstein contact group meeting: Italy and France will provide SAMP/T air defense systems to Ukraine; 11 countries promised to supply Ukraine with tanks, 15 – artillery, and another 9 – air defense equipment. Partners also discussed the speed of delivery and additional obligations to provide Ukraine with ammunition and air defense equipment.

The Ministry of Defence of Norway reported that the country will send 8 Leopard II tanks and up to 4 special purpose tanks to Ukraine. Norway will also allocate 250 million kroner to the European Peace Facility fund to buy spare parts and ammunition for the Leopard II.

Ukraine received diesel fuel produced by the US. This is the first case of import of American oil products in the history of the Ukrainian market.

Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki announced that the country sent 250 T-72 tanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and plans to send 60 more. Ukraine will also receive 14 German Leopard tanks. He emphasized that Poland will continue to actively support Ukraine.

Germany started military tank training of Ukrainian soldiers on Leopard tanks. It should be completed by the end of the first quarter so that the transfer of tanks is “synchronized” with it. The federal government promised to send 14 Leopard 2A6 to Ukraine.

President of Poland Andrzej Duda and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak visited the Ukrainian defenders being trained to operate Leopard 2 tanks and their instructors  at one of the Polish training grounds.

The President of Poland visited Ukrainian defenders. Photo from social networks

Germany will resume the production of ammunition for Gepard anti-aircraft guns, which were sent to Ukraine. The German government signed a corresponding contract with the Rheinmetall concern.

The IMF is exploring the possibility of giving Ukraine a multi-year aid package totaling $16 billion to cover the country’s needs and help increase other international funding while Kyiv tries to repel russian forces.

Minister of Defense of Estonia, Hanno Pevkur, stated that in 2023, Ukraine’s Western allies must provide a total of EUR 100 billion in military and related aid.

Before the ninth meeting of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged not to allow russia to seize the initiative on the battlefield. Stoltenberg said that “putin is not preparing for peace. He is launching a new offensive.”

The head of the Munich Security Conference does not reject supplying fighter jets to Ukraine. Christoph Heusgen spoke out against drawing red lines in providing military aid to Ukraine.

Japan declared its concerns to the threat of using nuclear weapons by the russian federation. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Takeo Mori, noted that now it is important to resolutely support Ukraine, and it is also necessary to introduce tougher sanctions against the russian federation.

Norwegian intelligence announced that russian ships for the first time in 30 years started going to the sea with tactical nuclear weapons on board. The report notes that during soviet times warships of the Northern Fleet regularly went to sea with tactical nuclear weapons, but since the Cold War, such cases have not been registered.

The Industry Minister Adolfo Urso announced that Italy plans to get rid of dependence on russian gas by the end of the year.

Foreign ministers of France, Canada, the US and Germany called on their citizens to leave belarus as soon as possible due to the risk of arbitrary application of local laws and the war in Ukraine.

The key sports match of the year, the Super Bowl, was held in the US. Before the game, Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech was broadcast at the stadium.

Video appeal of the President of Ukraine. Photo from social networks

The Polish weekly Wprost devoted the cover of its latest issue to Joe Biden’s visit to Warsaw scheduled for February 20-22.

Cover of the Polish weekly Wprost. Photo from social networks

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аnna Efremova

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya

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