War in Ukraine today: latest news, February 20, 2024 (photo)

It has been the 727th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

What happened in Ukraine today:

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

The enemy continues to wage a war of aggression. Despite significant losses, it does not abandon its plans for the complete occupation of Ukraine, ignores the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, launches strikes, and attacks both military and civilian targets. The enemy is actively using aircraft and FPV quadcopters, conducting assault operations with the support of armored vehicles.

The operational situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains difficult.

During the day of February 20, there were 50x combat engagements. The enemy launched a total of 1x missile and 99x air strikes, carried out 82x MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, russian terrorist attacks resulted in killed and wounded civilians. Residential private and apartment buildings as well as other infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

Volyn and Polissya axes: no significant changes. No signs of formation of an offensive group. Certain units of the armed forces of belarus continue their missions in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: the adversary maintains its military presence in the areas of russia bordering Ukraine. The enemy continues its sabotage and reconnaissance activities, shelling Ukrainian settlements from the territory of russia and increases the density of minefields along the state border of Ukraine. The enemy launched air strikes in the vicinities of Hrachivka, Chuhunivka, Fedorivka, Katerynivka (Kharkiv oblast). More than 30x settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Khrinivka, Klyusy (Chernihiv oblast), Stara Huta, Kucherivka, Nova Sloboda, Volfyne, Myropillya, Stepok, Popivka (Sumy oblast), Udy, Kozacha Lopan’, Strilecha, Pletenivka, Budarky, Ambarne, Stroivka (Kharkiv oblast).

Kup’yans’k axis: the adversary made 2x unsuccessful assault attempts near Syn’kivka (Kharkiv oblast). The invaders launched air strikes in the vicinities of Shevchenkove, Ivanivka, Hlushkivka, Pishchane (Kharkiv oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 10x settlements, including Dvorichna, Masyutivka, Syn’kivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast).

Lyman axis: the Ukrainian defenders repelled 3x assaults near Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Terny, Vyimka (Donetsk oblast), where the adversary made attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The invaders launched air strikes in the vicinities of Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Vesele and Rozdolivka (Donetsk oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at more than 10x settlements, including Karmazynivka, Nevs’ke, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Terny, Tors’ke, Serebryanka, Verkhn’okam’yans’ke, Spirne (Donetsk oblast).

Bakhmut axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 2x attacks in the vicinity of Ivanivske (Donetsk oblast), where the occupiers made attempts to improve their tactical situation. Around 10x settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Vasyukivka, Virolyubivka, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Bila Hora, New York (Donetsk oblast).

Avdiivka axis: the Ukrainian defenders repelled 10x attacks in the vicinities of Stepove, Lastochkyne, Sjeverne, Nevel’s’ke (Donetsk oblast). The adversary launched air strikes near Oleksandropil’, Ocheretyne, Orlivka, Lastochkyne, Tonen’ke (Donetsk oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 15x settlements, including Ocheretyne, Novobakhmutivka, Tonen’ke, Karlivka, Netailove, Pervomais’ke, Nevel’s’ke (Donetsk oblast).

Mar’inka axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the invaders in the vicinities of Heorhiivka, Pobjeda, Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). In that area, the invaders, with air support, made 17x attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The settlements of Krasnohorivka, Kurakhove, Katerynivka, Yelyzavetivka were under artillery and mortar fire of the occupiers.

Novopavlivka axis: the occupiers made 6x unsuccessful attempts to improve their tactical situation south of Prechystivka and Zolota Nyva (Donetsk oblast). The adversary launched air strikes in the vicinities of Vodyane and Staromaiors’ke (Donetsk oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at around 10x settlements, including Vodyane, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Blahodatne, Staromaiors’ke, Rivnopil’ (Donetsk oblast).

Zaporizhzhia axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 2x attacks in the vicinities of Mala Tokmachka and Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast). The adversary launched air strikes in the vicinities of Mala Tokmachka and Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast). More than 20x settlements, including Levadne, Poltavka, Hulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Novoandriivka, Mali Shcherbaky (Zaporizhzhia oblast), were under artillery and mortar fire of the occupiers.

Odesa operational-strategic group, Kherson axis: the occupiers do not abandon their intention to drive Ukrainian units out of their footholds on the left bank of the Dnipro. During the day, the enemy made 1x attempt to assault positions of Ukrainian troops. The city of Kherson, the settlements of Ponyativka, Bilozerka, Veletens’ke, Stanislav (Kherson oblast), and Ochakiv (Mykolaiv oblast) came under artillery and mortar fire of the occupiers.

During the day of February 20, the Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes on 10x concentrations of troops, 5x air defense systems of the occupiers.

The Ukrainian missile troops hit 9x concentrations of troops, weapons and military equipment, 10x artillery systems of the russian invaders.

Dmytro Lubinets, Ombudsman of Ukraine, reported that Ukraine returned eleven children from russia and temporarily occupied territories.

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson oblast, announced that five children were rescued from the occupied territory of Kherson oblast. The 14-year-old orphan girl lived with her grandmother-guardian and after the grandmother’s death, the child was left alone in the occupation. And two other families with four children.

As a result of the russian-Ukrainian international armed conflict, which has been going on for almost two years, 23K people are considered missing. The International Committee of the Red Cross is working to find out the fate of these people whose families have no news of them.

Oleksii Kuleba, Deputy chairman of the OP, announced that all regions of Ukraine are involved in the construction of fortifications. Brigades from rear oblasts help to build a defense line and military engineering and technical facilities, to equip barrier systems, etc. Kirovohrad and Zakarpattia oblasts help Zaporozhye oblast. Ternopil and Lviv oblasts help Sumy oblast. Brigades from Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, Cherkasy, Khmelnytskyi and Chernivtsi oblasts are building defenses in Donetsk oblast. 

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian soldiers repelled 51 russian attacks towards Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Novopavlivka and Marinka on 19 February. Most of the attacks were towards Marinka.

There were ten combat engagements towards Lyman-Kupiansk, during which the enemy lost 115 pieces of weapons and equipment, 373 soldiers got killed and injured. According to Illia Yevlash, Head of the press service of Khortytsia operational-strategic group, two tanks, six armoured personnel carriers, a Tulip self-propelled mortar and a number of other mortars were destroyed, which is very important.

Out of 642 attacks on our frontline, at least half of them were made with mortars.

In addition, the enemy is actively using UAVs like yesterday they attacked positions of Ukrainian defenders 25 times.

However, 75 enemy drones did not reach their target.

Currently, 122,000 russian troops are deployed towards Lyman-Kupiansk, specifically, 42,000 towards Kupiansk, 57,000 towards Lyman and 23,000 towards Siversk.

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff reported that Ukrainian troops repelled three russian attacks near Synkivka towards Kupiansk.

According to Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, about 25 settlements in Kharkiv oblast were under enemy artillery and mortar attack: Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Kyslivka and others. The enemy launched airstrikes on Staryi Saltiv, Chorne, Vilkhuvatka, Tabaivka, Pishchane, Synkivka, Kupiansk and Petropavlivka.

On 20 February, around 3 am, the enemy shelled Katerynivka village, Kupiansk region. The building of the house of culture, educational institution, cars and a cafe were damaged. There were no casualties.

At 9 pm, the enemy attacked Lyptsi village, Kharkiv region. A private two-storey residential building and a one-storey residential building on the opposite side were on fire.

At 6:45 pm, russian troops shelled the outskirts of Zolochiv with multiple rocket launchers. The shelling broke windows in a private house and windows in an outbuilding. There were no casualties.

At 6:40 pm, the enemy launched massive attacks with guided aerial bombs on Kupiansk. An apartment building and a private house were damaged. A woman was injured and hospitalised.

At 5:45 pm, the enemy shelled Vilkhuvatka village, Kupiansk region, with KAB bombs. A private house was hit. A 74-year-old woman was rescued from the rubble and provided with medical assistance in hospital. At 10:05 pm, the enemy shelled the house again. There were no casualties.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Oleh Syniehubov/Telegram

At 11:30 am, the invaders shelled Oleksandrivka village, Bohodukhiv region, with artillery. A farm and cars were damaged. There were no casualties.

At 10 am, a substation was damaged in Vilkhuvatka village, Kupiansk region. There is no electricity supply. There was neither fire nor casualties.

At 10 am, a private house was damaged in Kupiansk as a result of shelling. There were no casualties.  

At 9:30 am, the enemy shelled Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, with artillery. An enterprise was damaged. Two civilian security guards were injured: men aged 37 and 35.

During the day, the enemy carried out 4 offensive actions near Synkivka.

Combined groups of bomb experts demined 13.75 hectares of the territory and destroyed 236 explosive ordnance.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Oleh Syniehubov/Telegram

The invaders intensify shelling of the border areas of the oblast. The enemy is using all types of weapons: KAB bombs, artillery, MRLs and drones.

Towards Lyman-Kupiansk, russian troops continue to storm the positions of the Ukrainian military, trying to take advantage of favourable heights. Kupiansk remains an important logistical target for them.  

In order to eliminate the aftermath of the russian strike on 9 February, 250 metres of concrete barriers were installed in Nemyshlianskyi district and special sorbent is being used in certain areas. The oil slick was prevented from spreading from Uda River into Siverskyi Donets River.

The press service of Kharkiv Regional Council announced that residents of Kharkiv oblast, who were taken prisoner as a result of armed aggression against Ukraine, will receive a one-time payment of UAH 50,000.

Donetsk oblast

Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, Commander of Tavriia operational-stragetic group, reported that the russian military have started using poisonous substances again. Specifically, on 19 February, the invaders launched four grenades with a chemical agent of tear and suffocation effect towards Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia.

The press service of Donetsk police informed that the invaders attacked Hostre settlement, Ivanopillia, Illinivka, Keramik and Mykolaivka villages. 16 civilian objects were damaged, such as 12 residential buildings, an outbuilding, tractors and power grids.

According to Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, towards Pokrovsk, Krasnohorivka, Kostiantynivka and Katerynivka of Marinka community were under attack. 

Towards Bakhmut, 8 private houses and 2 industrial buildings were damaged in Chasiv Yar community. In Siversk community, a house was destroyed in Riznykivka was destroyed and a house  damaged in Siversk.

In just a day, russians attacked settlements in Donetsk oblast 5 times. 117 people, including 17 children, were evacuated from the frontline.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Donetsk Regional Military Administration 

Before, power engineers restored electricity to damaged settlements with 1152 families.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Nevske and Bilohorivka, which the enemy has been storming for many months, were shelled yesterday. The enemy is using all available weapons and UAVs. Yesterday the positions of the Defence Forces were attacked by 21 drones.

About six thousand residents of Bile settlement, near Lutuhyne, have been suffering from flooding for almost a month. Some streets began to receive water as early as 24 January. All this time, the locals have been appealing to the occupation authorities about the emergency, but there was no result. People are forced to live in attics.

In Sievierodonetsk, russians have not restored centralised heating so people have to keep warm with electric appliances. Tariffs are overpriced and there are no discounts for electric heating. People receive bills ranging from RUB 6,000 to RUB 9,000 a month, depending on the size of their apartment.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Commemorative events are taking place in the center of Kyiv to honor the fallen participants of the Revolution of Dignity. We will remind, 10 years ago, more than a hundred people gave their lives in the struggle for the democratic choice of Ukraine and its European future, they were called the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred. On February 20, 2014, the largest number of Euromaidan protesters died in Kyiv – 48.

Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred and participants of the Revolution of Dignity are commemorated in Kyiv, February 20, 2024. Photo from social networks

Former President of Switzerland, candidate for the position of Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Alain Berse, arrived in Kyiv. The Swiss embassy reported that the main focus will be on the role of the Council of Europe in supporting Ukraine against russian aggression and ensuring accountability and justice.

Bucha City Council reported that a ground shelter for children and teachers is being installed at Blystavytsya School No. 6, the. The funds for the construction were allocated by the Italian charitable foundation CESVI. With the help of the Italians, shelters have already been erected in the Vorzel kindergarten “Berizka” and the Babyntsi school No. 13. In addition, the foundation restored the “Veselka” kindergarten in Havrylivka.

The capital hospital presented a new medical development for rescuing wounded soldiers – mobile stabilization containers STABNET, equipped with modern technologies. French volunteers helped to purchase the necessary medical equipment. According to the head of the engineering department of the project Mykhailo Khomovskyi, the development will still be improved, in accordance with the requirements of the front.

The mayor of Irpin Oleksandr Markushyn reported that a batch of FPV drones and an SUV for the 3rd assault company of the 1st separate assault battalion “Vovky Da Vinci“ were handed over from the city to the front on Kupiansk direction.

In Hostomel, the registration of displaced persons for the payment of financial aid from the “Right to Protection” charitable foundation has begun. As reported in the village military administration, vulnerable forcibly displaced citizens, victims of military actions in certain regions, as well as those who have returned to their permanent place of residence, can apply.

The exhibition “Kyiv 2014. Return” opened on Kontraktova Square in Kyiv on the day of commemoration of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred. It presents the works of the Belgian photographer Jim Sumkai, who captured the events of the Revolution of Dignity in the capital ten years ago. The photos show participants of the Revolution of Dignity, a tent city in the city center, tragic moments of farewell to the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred. The exposition will also be presented in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Zhytomyr oblast

A new volunteer project “Polissya birds” in the production of FPV drones started in Zhytomyr. Serhii Khomenko, the founder of the initiative from Zhytomyr said that the first drone assembled by the project participants is already undergoing testing. In the next week, they plan to produce 11 more drones.

In the regional center, 1,612 internally displaced persons will be automatically extended the monthly allowance for the next six months. According to the social policy department of the Zhytomyr City Council, as of February 1, 11,197 displaced persons are registered in the territory of the community, 5,592 of which receive housing assistance.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that on the morning of February 20, the russian military carried out an air and artillery attack on the Nova Sloboda community. A family of five people died as a result of a russian attack with the “Lancet” type UAV, hitting a residential building. The fire caused by shelling was contained.

At night and in the morning, the russians carried out 8 shellings of the border territories of Sumy oblast, 39 strikes were recorded – from mortars, artillery, IFV and an airstrike by a UAV. The communities of Bilopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Nova Sloboda, Shalyhine and Seredina-Buda came under shelling.

Sumy RMA reported that during the previous day, February 19, the russians carried out 54 shellings. A total of 252 explosions were recorded – mortars, artillery, MLRS, AGS, SPG, fire from IFVs and tanks, dropping explosive devices from UAVs, an attack by an enemy FPV drone. In addition, 6 unguided missiles were launched from the plane over the territory of the Esman community. Khotyn, Yunakivka, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Nova Sloboda, Shalyhine, Esman, Seredina-Buda, Znob-Novhorodske communities were under enemy shelling. As a result of the shelling of the Nova Sloboda community, 4 civilians were injured and hospitalized in a medical facility.

The police of Sumy oblast reported that as a result of an enemy attack on the civilian infrastructure of the Velyka Pysarivka community of the Okhtyrka region, farm property – agricultural machinery and a car – was damaged. Also, on February 19, as a result of russian shelling of border communities, 2 private houses were damaged.

Consequences of an enemy drone strike on a residential building. Sumy oblast, Nova Sloboda community, February 20, 2024. Photo: Sumy RMA

The Institute of Mass Information reported that as a result of enemy shelling of the village of Velyka Pysarivka on February 16, the editorial office of the newspaper “Vorskla” was damaged. In the evening, the occupiers hit the center of the settlement with “Hrad” MLRS, damaging houses, buildings and cars of civilians. Two years ago, the editorial building already came under russian shelling, but this time it suffered more.

Chernihiv oblast

The State Border Service of Ukraine reported that during the past day, the russian troops carried out 17 shellings of the border region with various types of weapons.

Novhorod-Siverskyi community: 18 hits from a mortar, FPV-drone and barrel artillery in the direction of Hremyach, Kamin and Pushkari.

Semenivka hromada: 74 hits from mortars, MLRS, barrel artillery and explosive devices, which the enemy dropped from UAVs, in the direction of Karpovychi, Leonivka, Tymonovychi, Arkhipivka and Zarichchya.

Snovska hromada: 25 mortar strikes in the region of Klyusy and Hrynivka.

Horodnya community: 32 mortar strikes in the region of Senkivka.

The National Police of Chernihiv oblast reported that law enforcement officers helped the family evacuate from the border of the oblast. The couple and their 90-year-old mother left Leonivka, which is constantly under shelling. Police officers helped people load their belongings onto a truck and escorted the pensioners to their new accommodation.

Chernihiv RMA reported that four border communities each received a Chernihiv-made school bus. Transport for the educational institutions of Horodnya, Dobryanka, Semenivka and Snovsk communities was purchased with the funds of the charity organization “Fund for the Reconstruction of Ukraine”.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

2 enemy Shaheds were destroyed by the Air Defence Force in Dnipro and Synelnykove regions at night. The falling debris damaged country houses and cars. In the evening the occupiers fired artillery at Nikopol region. Marhanets community came under attack. There was no damage or casualties. In the morning they attacked Myrove community. An agricultural enterprise was damaged.

19 attacks on Nikopol region. They launched 14 kamikaze drones and fired artillery 5 times. 3 people were wounded. An 87-year-old woman was hospitalized in serious condition, a 41-year-old man was taken to the hospital in moderate condition and a 59-year-old man will be treated on an outpatient basis. In Nikopol, Marhanets and Chervonohryhorivka communities a dozen private houses, as many outbuildings, 6 cars, a bus, agricultural machinery, gas pipelines and power lines were damaged during the day.

Vinnytsia oblast

The staff of Misksvitlo municipal unitary enterprise collected one day’s salary to purchase equipment and tools for mobilized workers who are now on the frontline. For 2 electricians and a driver who have been defending the country since the first days of the full-scale invasion. They bought thermal underwear, warm socks, tactical boots, fleece gloves, a large set of tools and more. In addition, financial support was provided to the defenders’ families.

Kirovohrad oblast

Andrii Raikovych, Head of the RMA reported that entrepreneurs from Popelnaste and Pryiutivka communities donated 2 vehicles for mobile fire teams. 

According to the Operational Command South at night in Kirovohrad region the Air Defence Force shot down 2 Shahed-131/136 strike UAVs.

Poltava oblast

At night enemy UAVs attacked Poltava region. Explosions were heard in Kremenchuk region. An industrial facility was hit. This caused a fire. The firefighters used 18 units of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine equipment and 85 people to eliminate the consequences. Philip Pronin, Head of the RMA reported that there were no casualties or injuries.

Cherkasy oblast

Shpola community transfers money to the Wings charity fund every month to support the military from the community. This time the raised funds were used to purchase an engine for a truck and sent it to Oleksandr Chip, a defender from Iskrene village who serves in the 110th Separate Mechanized Brigade.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The regional State Emergency Service reported that fires occurred in Orikhiv and Prymorske due to the russian shelling. There were no casualties or injuries reported. In Orikhiv, firefighters managed to extinguish a fire in a residential building covering an area of 60 square meters, while in Prymorske, they responded to a fire in a private residence covering an area of 50 square meters.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that on February 19, the Defense Forces repelled 11 attacks by the russian military near Malynivka and Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia oblast.

According to the Zaporizhzhia RMA, on February 19, the russian military conducted 453 strikes on 19 cities and villages in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Hulyaipole, Orikhiv, Rivnopillia, Levadne, Pyatykhatky, Plavne, and Prymorske were targeted 314 times with artillery, while drones and MRLS were used against other frontline settlements.

Mykolaiv oblast

According to the Mykolaiv RMA, on February 19, the russian military launched artillery attacks twice on the settlement of Kutsurub community. There were no casualties reported. Additionally, artillery shelling was reported in water area and Ochakiv city in Ochakiv community, with no casualties or injuries. Moreover, during the night of February 20, Air Defense Forces shot down a russian “Shahed 131/136”  drone over the region.

In Mykolaiv, a personal photo exhibition titled “Under Our Sky” by Ukrainian Armed Forces serviceman Pavlo Saenko was inaugurated to commemorate the anniversary of a full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine. The exhibition features 22 photographs capturing the beauty of the southern sunset. The author skillfully conveys feelings of peace, tranquility, and serenity that are currently greatly missed by everyone. Since the first days of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Pavlo Saenko has been defending the country as part of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Odesa oblast

The latest development from the Odesa volunteer engineering group “Technari”, which actively contributes to improving the efficiency of the region’s air defense, is the “Chaika” (Seagull) – a virtual reality device that allows defenders to practice shooting down enemy targets in conditions as close to reality as possible. Recently, Hennadii Suldin, one of the co-founders of “Technari”,  shared that after 6 weeks of regular training, the effectiveness of machine gunners and shooters with the “Igla” MANPADS against “Shahed” drones and cruise missiles increased by more than three times. Additionally, Suldin announced that three more “Chaika” simulators have been provided to three Southern Air Defense Forces.

On February 20, in Odesa, on Shevchenko Avenue, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the monument to the Heavenly Hundred Heroes. City residents and government representatives gathered to honor the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Ukraine. The ceremonial event was in a warm atmosphere, allowing everyone to express their gratitude and pay tribute to the fallen. The occasion served as a symbol of remembrance and community unity in the spirit of patriotism and faith in the future.

Kherson oblast

The Southern Defense Forces reported that during another russian drone attack, Air Defense Units shot down a “Shahed-131” drone in Kherson oblast.

Kherson RMA reported that on the night of February 20, the russian military launched MRLS strikes on Bilozerka. A kindergarten and a school were damaged. Additionally, russian forces shelled a kindergarten in Tyahynska community with mortars.

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of the Kherson RMA, reported that on February 19, russian forces targeted Kherson oblast 43 times with artillery, mortars, MRLS, tanks, and drones. They shelled residential areas and hit a Point of invincibility in Beryslav district, injuring two people.

A russian drone attacked a mobile medical unit in Stanislav community in Kherson oblast. The shell damaged a generator and destroyed an air conditioner. There were no casualties reported.

Dmytro Lubinets, Ombudsman of Ukraine, announced the return of 11 Ukrainian children who were in temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine or in russia. Among them are 6 girls, including 2-year-old twins, and 5 boys. The youngest child is two years old, the oldest is 16.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Lutsk community sent a Volkswagen Transporter T4 minibus to the military unit A 4100. From Lutsk, it will go to Kherson oblast, where it will strengthen mobile fire groups.

Zakarpattia oblast

In the Owl’s Nest Humanitarian Aid Center, IDPs registered in Uzhhorod received: 35 packages with necessary things for children under 1 year old; 50 packages with sets for children born in 2013-2017; 50 packages with hygiene kits, clothes, shoes, bed linen and dishes (1,2K items) thanks to. PDUM Partnerschaft Deutschland-Ukraine/Moldova e. V., Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help eV. and other benefactors.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Ivano-Frankivsk City Council reported that the community sent 100 FPV drones for the United Assault Brigade of the National Police of Ukraine Liut.

Lviv oblast

The border guards of Lviv oblast received two portable radio-electronic devices that will help in the fight against enemy UAVs thanks to Lviv IT Cluster, the Guardian project and the Victory Projects initiative. The Border Service will later send these assets to assist the military in destroying the enemy.

During the choreographic festival held in Sokilnyk, over UAH 105K were collected to purchase thermal imagers for soldiers on the front lines.

The RMA reported that Lviv Sports Department together with its partners are launching free training for servicemen who were injured or wounded during or as a result of their duties in the combat zone.

A Safety and Protection of Ukraine classroom was opened in Velyklyubinsk school. Here, children and young people will be taught the rules of fire safety, mine safety, providing first aid and how to act in emergency situations.

Rivne oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Steve Petterson, Mayor of Athens (Ohio, the US). They discussed possibilities of expanding cooperation, in particular at the state-region level.

Valentina Osadchuk, mother of a fallen soldier from the village of Voskodava, Hoshchansk community, purchased three FPV drones for the fighters of Donetsk border detachment. Her son, senior soldier Petro Osadchuk, served as a machine gunner in the border detachment First with Honor. The fighter was killed during the defense of Soledar on January 9 last year.

22 war veterans from Rivne oblast are learning a new profession. Among them are 20 combatants and two people with disabilities. This is an experimental project implemented in Rivne center of vocational and technical education.

Ternopil oblast

Edmunds Valantis, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Latvia the Ambassador Extraordinary, Ilgvars Klyava, Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Ukraine, and high-ranking officials of the Republic of Latvia came to Ternopil oblast on an official visit. The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the Latvian delegation. The key purpose of the visit is to establish Ukrainian-Latvian interregional and economic cooperation.

Ternopil City Council continues to support defenders at the front. As of February 19, procurement procedures for the total amount of UAH 12 mln 507K are ongoing. In particular, they purchase quadcopters, charging stations, signal link kits, thermal imagers, an interactive table complete with a transport case and a JCB 3CX excavator.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Khmelnytskyi sent 10 Autel EVO MAX 4 Thermal quadcopters worth UAH 2,3 mln to the Defense Forces. Since the beginning of 2024, the city has sent 98 expensive quadcopters (almost UAH 22 mln) and 820 FPV drones (UAH 11,5 mln). Over UAH 33 mln have already been allocated from the city budget for quadcopters and FPV.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi RMA, Chernivtsi Regional Council and the RECOVERY project of Viktor and Olena Pinchuk signed a joint Memorandum, which provides for the creation of an innovative rehabilitation center with 60 beds for wounded defenders of Ukraine on the basis of the regional hospital for war veterans. The rehabilitation center will provide a full range of medical services for wounded soldiers, psychological support, comfortable conditions will be created for patients, medics and visitors in compliance with the principles of barrier-free accessibility for the needs of people with reduced mobility. The premises will be equipped with the latest medical equipment, simulators, devices and equipment for various types of therapy and recovery.

A regional forum “Promoting the cohesion of affected communities, where inclusive housing solutions are implemented” was held in Bukovyna. Chernivtsi oblast is one of the six participating in this project. It is implemented by the International Organization for Migration with funding from the Government of the Republic of Korea to support cooperation, build capacity, and promote community cohesion.

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

Sweden announced the largest package of military aid to Ukraine for $650 mln, includes: 10 fast amphibious assault boats of the CB90 class; 20 landing craft; underwater weapons (mines and torpedoes); artillery ammunition compatible with Archer self-propelled guns; MANPADS RBS 70 with a fire range of up to 9 km; Carl Gustaf anti-tank grenade launchers and missiles for them, hand grenades, etc.; medical equipment and medical vehicles. $190 mln will go towards the purchase of Swedish CV90 BMPs and other military equipment for Ukraine.

Fumio Kishido, Prime Minister, announced that Japan will provide $12.1 bln in aid to Ukraine. The aid package will include, in particular, a grant worth $4.7 bln, which Ukraine will receive by the end of this month. Fumio Kishida emphasized that Japan’s position in support of Ukraine remains steadfast.

Bill Blair, Canadian Defense Minister, announced that they sent over 800 SkyRanger R70 multi-purpose unmanned aerial vehicles to Ukraine. Deliveries will begin in the spring. According to him, these drones are among the best in the world in their class.

Kaisa Ollongren, Minister of Defense of the Netherlands, announced that the Netherlands, which recently joined the drone coalition, have already started delivering drones to Ukraine.

The European Union extended the sanctions against the russian federation for another year. Therefore, the restrictive measures contained in the Decision of February 23, 2022 should be extended for another 12 months, until February 24, 2025.

Peter Sijarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, stated that the country will not block the 13th package of sanctions against the russian federation.

Ukraine held another round of negotiations with Denmark regarding the conclusion of a bilateral security agreement. They discussed the specific thematic blocks of the bilateral document and coordinated the final steps in the preparation of the relevant agreement with the aim of signing it as soon as possible.

Meetings of the General Assembly and the UN Security Council will be held in Ukraine by the anniversary of the war. With the support of Slovenia, which is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council, Ukraine made a request for a meeting of the Security Council. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, is expected to make a speech.

The Council of Europe opened a photo exhibition about the children of Ukraine during the war. The series of photos was created by Yurii Bilak, French photographer of Ukrainian origin, who has been photographing Ukraine since 2014. After the start of the full-scale invasion of the russian federation, Yurii Bilak created a project about children in the war zone. He filmed children from Bucha, Irpen, Hostomel, Borodyanka, Chernihiv, Novoselivka, Yahidnyi, Lukashivka, Mariupol and Vinnytsia. Each photo is accompanied by a story about the child depicted in it.

Сhild near her destroyed house. Photo from social networks

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Аnna Efremova, Albahachiieva Helena

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Yana Hushchyna, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Viktoriia Yurchenko, Zhanna Anshukova, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova

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