War in Ukraine today: latest news, February 24, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 366th 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 russian federation focuses its main efforts on the offensive towards Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Shakhtarske. The number of enemy personnel is increasing.

On February 24, the enemy launched 18 air strikes, 4 of them with Lancet loitering munitions. The invaders also launched more than 30 MLRS attacks. 

There remains a threat of russian missile attacks across Ukraine.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk, and Sloboda, there are no significant changes. No signs of enemy offensive groups formed were noticed. 

The enemy fired mortars and artillery at the settlements of Senkivka, Yeline, Leonivka (Chernihiv oblast), Iskryskivshchyna, Volfyne, Zapsilla, Miropilla (Sumy oblast) and shelled 18 settlements in Kharkiv oblast.  Among them are Lemishchyne, Oleksandrivka, Starytsa, Vovchansk, and Bolohivka. 

Towards Kup’yans’k and Lyman axes: the enemy conducted several unsuccessful offensives. In particular, the invaders attacked the vicinities of Serebryans’ke forestry and the settlements of Verkhn’yokam’yans’ke and Rozdolivka (Donetsk oblast). The adversary fired artillery at the vicinities of 14x settlements. These included Hryanykivka, Kup’yans’k, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast), Dibrova, and Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast). 

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy continues to attack the positions of Ukrainian troops, launching several unsuccessful attacks near the settlements of Dubovo-Vasylivka, Berkhivka, and Zaliznianske. The enemy is active in aerial reconnaissance to spot for artillery fire. 15 settlements came under fire, including Spirne, Vesele, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Berkhivka, Bakhmut, and Ozarianivka (Donetsk oblast). 

Towards Avdiivka and Shakhtarske, the enemy was on the offensive in the vicinities of Pervomaiske, Nevelske, and Marinka, yet to no success. Artillery attacks were reported near 16 settlements, including Avdiivka, Vodiane, Zolota Nyva, Marinka, Vuhledar, and Velyka Novosilka (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the enemy shelled 17 settlements. Among them are Vremivka, Novopil (Donetsk oblast), Olhivske, Huliaipole, Orikhiv, and Bilohiria (Zaporizhzhia oblast).

Towards Kherson, russian occupation forces fired artillery targeting 27 settlements of Kherson oblast located on the right bank of the Dnipro River, including Dudchany, Beryslav, Vesele, Tiahynka, Antonivka, and Kherson. 

In Chaplynka (Kherson oblast), the occupiers imposed a round-the-clock curfew from February 23 to February 25, 2023. The reason may be the transfer of military equipment from the temporarily occupied part of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to reinforce the defense line.

In the town of Nova Kakhovka (Kherson oblast), the enemy is conducting door-to-door rounds of the local residents’ homes. The invaders are checking the registration and documents confirming ownership for the housing. Whenever these are not found, the residents are evicted within a week, with the russian occupation troops moving in and quartered instead.

The Ukrainian Air Force launched 14 air strikes on buildups of personnel and military equipment of the occupiers. The Ukrainian Defense Forces also destroyed a Mi-24 attack helicopter and a Lancet UAV.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced that Poland handed over the first Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. “The first 4 Leopard 2 tanks provided by our partners were welcomed together with the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki,” he said.

Andriy Demchenko, Spokesman of the State Border Guard Service, said that  the situation at the border is under control. Defense forces are closely monitoring the enemy’s actions, but the situation is tense. For example, russian military units continue to be stationed in belarus. According to the update, there are about 9-10 K enemy servicemen. He also noted that this group is not sufficient to carry out an invasion.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to Head of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, Oleksandr Filchakov, over a year of full-scale war in Kharkiv oblast, more than 19,500 objects have been partially or completely destroyed. Among them: more than 4K apartment residential buildings, almost 6,800 private houses, 366 cultural institutions and 273 healthcare facilities.

Head of the regional police, Volodymyr Tymoshko, reported that 1311 people are listed as missing in the oblast.

Yesterday, the enemy massively shelled the border settlements in Kupiansk, Chuhuiv and Kharkiv regions.

Yesterday morning, the enemy attacked an administrative building in Dvorichna village of the Kupiansk region using S-300 air defense systems. A man and a woman were injured.

During the rescue operations, the enemy shelled Dvorichna for the second time. The enemy fired at the rescuers. At least 4 vehicles of the State Emergency Service were damaged. Due to the risk to the lives of the rescuers, the rubble removal was suspended.

Throughout the day, the enemy massively shelled Kupiansk and the surrounding villages. 2 women aged 54 and 61 and a man aged 43 in Kupiansk and 4 men aged 49, 68, 72 and 73 in Kupiansk region were injured. All of them were hospitalised and are receiving medical assistance.

Also, 4 residential buildings were destroyed by shelling in Kupiansk. Buildings and outbuildings were damaged and fires broke out.

Destructions in Kharkiv oblast. Photo: telegram channel of Oleh Syniehubov/Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

Donetsk oblast

During the year of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 1384 people were killed and 3085  injured in Donetsk oblast. The exact number of dead and wounded in Volnovakha and Mariupol cannot be determined.

All major enterprises in Donetsk oblast have been shut down or relocated to safe regions, more than a third of the oblast’s residents have left the region, and more than fifty schools and medical facilities are beyond repair. “At the time of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 1, 670 K people were living in the oblast,” said Pavel Kirilenko, Head of the RMA. As of February 23, 2023, 520 K people live in the region. 86,870 residential buildings have been damaged or destroyed, most of them private: 81,475.

According to the head of the regional military administration, 450 kilometers of gas pipelines, 63 boiler houses of the largest utility company, Donetskteplocomunenergo, and 20 bridges were destroyed or damaged in the oblast due to the hostilities.

During the year, 720 educational institutions were damaged, of which 317 schools in the oblast were completely or partially destroyed, and 31 schools are beyond repair. It is also impossible to restore 8 universities, 4 vocational education institutions and 10 out-of-school institutions after the bombing and shelling by the russian army.

During the year of war, Russia destroyed or damaged 85 health care facilities in Donetsk oblast: 24 health care facilities were destroyed and 61 health care facilities damaged.

Head of the Slaviansk RMA Vadym Liakh reports that on the night of February 24, the Russian army shelled Sloviansk. The shelling damaged private houses. No civilians were killed or injured. 

The occupation forces struck 25 times in 15 localities in Donetsk oblast. They hit Sviatohirsk with a rocket, Karlivka with Uragan, and Avdiivka with aircraft and Grads.

At night, the russians struck Sloviansk and Sviatohirsk – there was damage, but no one was injured.

Towards Donetsk, there were no casualties. At night, intense shelling of the Marinka community continued, namely in Marinka, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka and Maksymilianivka, as well as Kurakhove and Kurakhivka.

Towards Horlivka, one person was killed and another one wounded in Ivanivske of the Bakhmut community; there was also a wounded man in Bakhmut. One person was wounded in Diliivka in the Kostiantynivka community. 4 houses were damaged in Mykolaivka. A house was damaged in Chasiv Yar. In the Soledar community, 2 houses in Fedorivka, 2 houses and 2 administrative buildings in Vasiukivka were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, Zvanivka and Siversk were fired upon – 1 person was wounded in Siversk.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration reports that russians killed 2 civilians in Donetsk oblast: in Yampil and Ivanivske. Another 7 people were wounded in the region.

Luhansk oblast

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives near Stelmakhivka, Dibrova, Bilohorivka and Serebrianske forestry. 

The russians shelled Chervonopopivka, Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Makivka, Nevske, Dibrova, Serebrianske forestry and Bilohorivka. They carried out air strikes near Serebrianske forestry and Bilohorivka.

Serhii Gaidai, Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, informs that on February 23, russians tried to attack in two directions in Luhansk oblast. As a result, they lost up to a company of soldiers and heavy equipment. Towards Kreminna, the National Guard eliminated about 70 russians. The situation in Bilohorivka is stable; it is more or less calm near Svatove after the recent unsuccessful russian attack.

The Luhansk Regional Military Administration reported that only holders of russian passports can apply for pension recalculation in the occupied territories, and russia has legalized the circulation of weapons in the occupied Luhansk oblast.

According to Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhii Haidai, Ukrainian troops repelled a tank attack by russian troops near the liberated Novoselivske in Luhansk oblast. He also released the video of the destruction of russian equipment.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

On the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine, a commemorative event took place in Kyiv on St. Sophia Square. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, and the military attended the event. Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented state awards and insignia to servicemen, volunteers, doctors, public figures, as well as to relatives and friends of the fallen heroes.

A commemorative event on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine, St. Sophia Square, Kyiv. Photo: from social networks

Mayor Vitalii Klitschko summarized the realities of Kyiv over the year of full-scale war since February 24, 2022:

  •       The air raid alarm sounded 680 times;
  •       More than 700 buildings were damaged, including 417 multi-story and 109 private homes, as well as 93 educational institutions;
  •       ‘The Kyiv Rescue Service’ eliminated the consequences of 48 missile strikes in the capital;
  •       Ambulance crews made 929 visits to the sites of missile and drone attacks, and treated 713 patients;
  •       More than 160 civilians were killed, including 5 children;
  •       More than 229 K internally displaced persons were registered, including 40K children;
  •       The Kyiv metro, as a shelter, accommodated up to 66,940 Kyiv residents simultaneously.

The Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Kyiv to lay a wreath at the Wall of Remembrance. He met with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. During a press conference with the president, Mateusz Morawiecki announced the transfer of the first four Polish Leopard 2 A4 tanks to Ukraine, as well as 60 post-Soviet tanks, including PT-91 Twardy.

Prime Ministers of Poland and Ukraine Mateusz Morawiecki and Denys Shmyhal handed over the first Leopards to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Photo: Denys Shmyhal / Telegram

Ukrainian architects from UVT Group have presented the concept and first renderings of the reconstruction of Borodianka in Kyiv oblast. The project was developed at the request of the Kyiv Regional State Administration and the Borodianka community. UTV Group notes that they plan to discuss the strategic development of Borodianka with the townspeople and finalize the project.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, as part of the “Honoring Memory. Light for Hope” art project, Swiss light artist Gerri Hofstetter illuminated buildings in Kyiv on February 23 to honour the memory of the victims of russian aggression. The solidarity event will last from February 22 to 27 all over Ukraine.

In London, a part of the street near the russian embassy will be renamed Kyiv Road to mark the first anniversary of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The new address will be given to a section of Bayswater Road, which stretches from Palace Court to Ossington Street and lies near the russian Embassy. According to the mayor’s office, there are currently 16K Ukrainian refugees living in London.

Zhytomyr oblast

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Zhytomyr oblast has been subjected to almost one and a half hundred attacks by enemy bombs, rocket attacks, and artillery. As a result of the armed aggression, 38 civilians were killed and 65 injured (including 3 killed and 12 wounded children).

The Zhytomyr Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that about 3K civilian infrastructure facilities have been damaged in the oblast, with more than 240 of them destroyed, including educational institutions, medical facilities, residential buildings, energy infrastructure, and oil depots.

Vitalii Bunechko, Head of the RMA, reports that in Zhytomyr oblast, 26 communities have received four dozen Starlink kits for Invincibility Centers. Thanks to Polish partners and philanthropists, the Invincibility Centers will be provided with a reliable and uninterrupted Internet connection.

Sumy oblast

Over the past 24 hours, the russians shelled 5 territorial communities in the oblast: Miropillia, Bilopillia, Khotyn, Nova Sloboda, and Krasnopillia. The Sumy Regional Military Administration reported that there were 93 explosions. The enemy used mortar fire (42 mortar bombs), artillery (7 shells), 4 WOGs dropped from a quadcopter, and grenade launchers (40 rockets).

The enemy fired an anti-tank guided missile from the territory of the russian federation at a ‘Ruta’ civilian minibus near the village of Vodolahy in the Khotyn community. As a result of the terrorist attack, four civilians were injured. The driver and three passengers were taken to the hospital.

According to the Sumy Regional Military Administration, since February 24, 2022, the following has been restored during the “Year of Resilience” in Sumy oblast: 1,561 infrastructure facilities (4,824 facilities were damaged), 237 high-rise buildings, 915 private sector houses, 38 schools, 14 kindergartens, 7 higher education institutions, 9 cultural and sports institutions, 24 healthcare buildings, 144 roads, and 9 of the 16 destroyed bridges.

During the year of war, 167 defense structures were built in educational institutions, warning systems upgraded in 6 communities, and 3 centers for internally displaced persons created.

The oblast has developed a Strategy for the Recovery and Development of the Economy of Sumy oblast for 2022-2024. The oblast is a leader in community service initiatives (763 people from 29 communities are involved in the work). Agrarians of Sumy oblast conducted a sowing campaign under martial law and sowed 93% of the area compared to last year. Financial assistance in the amount of UAH 6.9 million was paid to 92 entrepreneurs.

Performers of the Sumy Philharmonic will give a concert “Invincible Ukraine” dedicated to the anniversary of the russian invasion. The program will be broadcast online on February 24 on the Philharmonic’s Facebook page and website. This is a new poetic and musical performance on the theme of love for the native land and confidence in our victory. In March, after the beginning of the full-scale war, the performers returned to work, preparing new programs and raising money to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Over the year, the artists of the Philharmonic performed 137 concerts, some of them in hospitals and military positions.

Chernihiv oblast

The State Border Guard Service reported that on February 23, Novhorod-Siverskyi, Snovsk, Horodnya, and Semenivka communities of Chernihiv oblast came under enemy fire. The enemy shelled the border of the Novgorod-Siverskyi community with self-propelled artillery and mortars. There were 20 explosions. The Snovsk community was under mortar fire; 9 mortar bombs were fired.

According to the Department of Civil Protection and Defense, two power supply lines were partially damaged as a result of the shelling, leaving 165 consumers in the Koriukivka region without electricity. 

The enemy continues shelling the border settlements of Chernihiv oblast. The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that there were 3 mortar strikes in the area of Mykhalchyna-Sloboda – Hremyach road junction.

In Chernihiv oblast, 11,881 facilities have been damaged by shelling and bombardment since the beginning of the full-scale war, 75% of which are residential infrastructure. According to the Chernihiv Regional Military Administration, 2,667 residential (1,850 private and 817 multi-storey) buildings  have been restored as of now. About 2 K houses are still being restored.

During the active hostilities, 35 bridges and crossings were destroyed in the oblast, and more than 1,100 km of highways damaged. Currently, 773 kilometers of road surface have been renovated, and road traffic restored across almost all destroyed bridges.

Recovery from russian shelling in the village of Yahidne. Photo: Chernihiv Regional Military Administration

The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine reported that russian serviceman will be put on trial in Chernihiv oblast. As law enforcement officers found out, in early March 2022, an armed Russian serviceman, together with other russian military personnel, entered a private house in the village of Yahidne, where a couple with a young child lived. The family was taken to the yard, where the russian opened fire with a Kalashnikov at the woman’s feet, imitating her execution in front of her son and husband. Later, the family was taken to the basement of the school and left there with other villagers as a human shield.

Olena Buturlym, Head of Ichniansk community, signed a Memorandum of sisterhood and cooperation with the French cities of Avranches and Plomers. The French delegation visited the largest food and agricultural enterprises, the eco-center, the Ichnia National Nature Park, and the pearl of green tourism – the family farm “Zelena Svitlytsia”.

Emergency medical substations inNovhorod-Siverskyi and Snovsk will soon receive vehicles capable of operating in difficult conditions in areas with destroyed infrastructure. According to the Regional Military Administration, one of the ambulances was provided by the Ukrainian-Swiss Association “Free Ukraine”, the other – by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

 According to Head of the regional council Mykola Lukashuk, the night in the Nikopol region was restless. The enemy shelled Marhanets, Myrove and Chervonohryhorivka communities in the Nikopol region  from heavy artillery and Grad MRLSs. In Nikopol, 8 private houses, half a dozen farm buildings, 2 shops, and a cafe were damaged.

Consequences of enemy shelling. Photo: Mykola Lukashuk

A year has passed since the day of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. During this time, the russian army has fired more than 330 missiles at Dnipropetrovsk oblast. More than 200 residents have been killed, and over 5 K houses destroyed and damaged.

Vinnytsia oblast

Viacheslav Danyliuk, a resident of Vinnytsia, has written more than 370 poetic works dedicated to the Ukrainian people’s struggle for freedom and independence and their resistance to the russian invasion. The man comes from the Orativ community. According to him, the idea of writing poems every day arose spontaneously. Then, after documenting the war crimes in Borodianka, Kyiv oblast, he decided to continue “writing the annals of the war.”

Kirovohrad oblast

On the Alleys of Honorable Burials of the Rivnianske and Dalekoskhidne cemeteries in Kropyvnytskyi, a tribute was paid to the soldiers who died for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine since 2014 and during the last year of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Poltava oblast

The Poltava Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that more than 30 war crimes are being investigated in Poltava oblast. 24 people have been killed and 119 injured. 

250 trench candles, made by students and teachers from Pischane, will be sent to the defenders on the front line.

Cherkasy oblast

Head of the Cherkasy RMA, Ihor Taburets, announced another rotation of pyrotechnicians, who continue to clear the south of the country from explosive objects.

Head of the Cherkasy Oblast, Ihor Taburets, announced that during the year of russia’s full-scale invasion, 218 facilities were damaged by russian missiles and drones in Cherkasy, 24 of them being completely restored.

Pixels on the background of yellow and blue canvases: an exhibition dedicated to the resistance opened in Cherkasy. The exhibition includes 82 designer posters, and copies of military sketches of Cherkasy sculptors. There are also artworks of a graphic artist from Cherkasy, Dmytro Buryan, who is currently defending the country in the ranks of the Armed Forces.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The occupiers shelled the village of Tavriiske, Zaporizhzhia oblast. All the details of the attack are being clarified.

Consequences of enemy shelling, Tavriiske village, February 24, 2023. Photo: Zaporizhzhia RMA

On 23 February, the enemy launched 132 attacks on the positions of Ukrainian defenders, using tank weapons, rocket and barrel artillery along the entire line of contact. The occupiers shelled the civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Mala Tokmachka, Malynivka, Huliaipole, Charivne, Bilohiria, Novodanylivka, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, Olhivske, Poltavka, Pavlivka, Zaliznychne, Temyrivka, Kamianske, Stepove, Stepnohirsk, Mali Shcherbaky, Novoiakovlivka, and Komyshuvakha. 17 reports about the destruction of houses (apartments) and infrastructure objects caused by russian shelling were received.

The swearing-in ceremony for the National Movement of Young Army Cadets will be held assertedly on a “voluntary basis” in a local school in Melitotopol for children from all over the city. Also, it is planned to form the so-called “all-Russian rescue corps” on the basis of this educational institution.

Mykolaiv oblast

The Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration reported that russian troops launched MLRS attacks on the village of the Kutsurub community the previous night. The hit was recorded in the open area. There were no casualties.

New warm and comfortable clothes were sent to Mykolaiv oblast by philanthropists from Europe. According to the Humanitarian Headquarters at the RMA, a much-needed aid from charitable organizations from Italy and France has recently arrived in the oblast. The items have already been sent to students of vocational lyceums in Mykolaiv oblast – in Arbuzynka, Voznesensk, Kazanka, Nova Odesa and Mykolaiv itself.

Residents of Ochakiv received humanitarian aid from Mykolaiv police and volunteers. Thanks to the established cooperation of the Human Rights Compliance Department with the territorial bodies of the National Police of Mykolaiv Oblast, financial support from the World European Aid in London and the NGO “Care for the Elderly”, residents of the Ochakiv community, who are currently under daily hostile shelling by russian troops, received blankets, flashlights and medicines.

A new tradition was born in Mykolaiv. On the first anniversary of russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine, patriots gathered near the building of the Mykolaiv Regional Council, destroyed by an enemy missile. This place was not chosen by chance. Here is the memorial to ATO soldiers “Strings of Memory” and it was here that 37 people were killed on March 29, 2022, as a result of a russian missile. The action was attended by representatives of patriotic organizations and concerned citizens of Mykolaiv. Participants of the action observed a minute of silence in memory of those who died for Ukraine’s independence.

On the anniversary of the war, patriots gathered near the building of the Mykolaiv Regional Council, destroyed by a rushist missile. Photo from social media

A ceremony of special cancellation of Ukrposhta stamps dedicated to the anniversary of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine took place in Mykolaiv. This was a charity event. The name of the stamp sheet is “PTN PNKh (f**k you, putin)”. The stamps depict a drawing by British artist Banksy, which the artist painted on a wall in the village of Borodianka, Kyiv region, in the fall of 2022. There are 250 sheets, with a total of 1.5 million stamps. The proceeds from the sale of these stamps will be used to renovate Ukrainian educational institutions.

Odesa oblast

Heroes don’t die: Odesa honors the memory of Ukraine’s defenders. The city held a joint prayer for the fallen soldiers. A memorial service for the victims of russian aggression was held at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine on Pastera Street in Odesa. Many people came to pray and honor the memory of the fallen soldiers. Among them are the veteran community, representatives of all the defense forces stationed in southern Ukraine, including law enforcement, the National Guard, the Navy, and the families of the defenders.  

A new project has been launched in Odesa supported by the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine and implemented jointly with the Israeli Coalition for Trauma. Four teams of doctors and practical psychologists from educational and social institutions of the city will undergo advanced training in coping with psychological trauma in children and temporarily displaced persons.

Odesa teachers and students cooked over 8 K pancakes for the military as part of the Shrovetide Unites charity event. The tasty treats and other goodies were sent to the military undergoing treatment in medical institutions, as well as to those defending the territory of our country. The children created their own amulets, gifts, letters of support and drawings, which they also handed over to the Ukrainian military with words of gratitude.

“The Way to Victory”, the photo exhibition about the year of war opened in Odesa. The photos by Boris Bukhman were taken in Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Kherson oblasts. These photographs which have appeared on the covers of European magazines can be viewed for free.

Kherson oblast

This afternoon, the russian occupiers shelled a kindergarten in the Korabelnyi district of Kherson. A fire broke out due to an enemy projectile.

On February 24, the russian military shelled the Kherson community 14 times. The occupiers attacked Tavriiskyi, Ostriv, Center and Antonivka neighborhoods. The maternity, reception and oncology departments were damaged due to enemy shelling. The fence was destroyed. Doctors and about 120 patients were in the hospital during the russian attack. There are no casualties or injuries.

Consequences of enemy shelling in Kherson. Photo: Kherson City Council

On February 23, the russian invaders attacked peaceful settlements in Kherson oblast 73 times. The russian army shelled Kherson 7 times. Enemy shells hit critical infrastructure and residential buildings. Four fires broke out as a result of russian shelling. 1 person was killed, another 3 injured of varying degrees of severity. 

On February 23, shelling damaged Khrerson’s heating network. The city’s heat supply was disrupted. Restoration work is currently underway. If the tests are successful, the heat supply will be restored on February 26.

Fuel briquettes will be provided to residents Rakivka village, Beryslav region. 20 tons of briquettes were delivered to the community due to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine and the support of the “We from Ukraine” International Charitable Foundation.

Occupiers imposed a 24-hour curfew from February 23 to 25 in Chaplynka, Kherson oblast. It may be associated with the transfer of military equipment from the temporarily occupied part of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to strengthen the defense line.

The enemy is conducting a round-up of the homes of local residents in Nova Kakhovka.The registration and housing ownership documents are verified during the inspection. In case of their absence, residents are evicted within a week, and servicemen of the russian occupation forces are quartered there.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

In Lutsk, the cancellation of the postage stamp “PTN PNH! (f**k you, putin)” was dedicated to the anniversary of russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine. The postage stamp is charitable: from the sale of one sheet of stamps, UAH 42 will be donated to a charitable fund for the reconstruction of damaged Ukrainian educational institutions.

New postage stamp. Photo from social networks

Zakarpattia oblast

The health care department of the RMA reported that  the second evacuation bus with three wounded defenders arrived in Uzhgorod for treatment and rehabilitation.

Evacuation bus. Photo: Zakarpattia RMA

Social institutions of the oblast and IDP accommodation centers will receive 59 boilers and 165 heaters from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Hungarian Hospitallers sent UAH 2 million worth of equipment to the regional children’s hospital. Among the equipment is an electroencephalograph, an ultrasound diagnostic device and a defibrillator.

The RMA representatives visited fellow countrymen – fighters of the unit Carpathian Sich, which are now on the front line. They also handed over reconnaissance equipment, a Matrice 300 drone, a thermal sight for a machine gun and a car.

The RMA representatives visited the positions of soldiers of the 15th separate mountain assault battalion of the 128th brigade, who are currently performing combat tasks in Donetsk oblast. They handed over two Matrix 300 long-range reconnaissance drones in a set, 30 Mavic tactical quadcopters and night vision devices.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Thanks to the Department of the Security Service of Ukraine in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast and the procedural management of the regional prosecutor’s office, the property of Medvedchuk’s wife worth over UAH 5.6 billion was seized. According to documents of the Security Service, the court seized the property of Oksana Marchenko, who is suspected of financing russian occupation forces.

The RMA reported that Ivano-Frankivsk oblast sent generators, boilers, computer equipment with networking devices, and various building materials totaling over UAH 2 million to the Ukrainian military.

Lviv oblast

Since February 24, 2022, sirens in Lviv oblast have been used 564 times to warn the residents of the danger and that it had passed. At the same time, the total duration of air warnings is 316 hours and 42 minutes (average duration is over an hour).

In one of the medical institutions of Lviv oblast, where soldiers and civilians, injured by russian terrorists are treated and rehabilitated, a new emergency department (the medical and diagnostic unit) was opened. UAH 15.22 million was allocated from the regional budget to repair the premises.

The International Medical Corps sent four generators with a capacity of 100 and 20 kW to the Pidbuzk hospital and IDPs shelters of the Drohobych region.

The RMA reported that developments for the Ukrainian military were presented in Lviv oblast. These are UAVs, robot sappers, transporters and kamikazes that have already been tested, and some are helping the military on the front lines.

200 trench candles were sent from the Yavoriv region to soldiers of the 24th brigade named after King Danylo. The candles were made by employees of the Yavoriv District Military Administration after the working day.

The memory of the fallen defenders of Ukraine was commemorated in Lviv. Rays of light were launched into the sky above the graves of the soldiers at the Lychakiv cemetery.

Lychakiv cemetery. Photo from social networks

Rivne oblast

In Rivne oblast, over 40 displaced people were settled in the newly created town for IDPs. It is located on the territory of the Radyvyliv Territorial Community. Representatives of the Rivne RMA handed over the keys to 12 modular houses.

The city of Rivne signed a tripartite cooperation agreement with the cities of Zabrze (Poland) and Essen (Germany). This agreement is valid until the end of the war and for 5 years after the end of the war. After that, the three cities will jointly determine the form and duration of further cooperation.

Ternopil oblast

The city council reported that a delegation from France and Mayor of Cannes David Lisnar visited Ternopil. The partners brought two powerful generators (30 kV and 80 kV).

The Ternopil City Council held a video conference with the Polish city of Suwalki. Together with President of Suwalka, Czeslaw Renkiewicz, they discussed cooperation during the war and plans for the future.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The Committee of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has approved financing for the public transport modernization project in Khmelnytskyi. It is planned to buy up to 45 new low-floor modern trolleybuses. For this purpose, the city plans to attract credit funds of EUR 10.6 million.

The RMA hosted a volunteer breakfast meeting, which brought together philanthropists, businessmen, ex-soldiers, activists and caring people. The meeting was dedicated to the anniversary of the russian federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The RMA reported that the Kytaihorod boarding house received a Volkswagen Caddy car, fully loaded with food and various household items, provided by benefactors.

Chernivtsi oblast

Head of Chernivtsi, Roman Klichuk, announced that the city council allocated funds to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Currently, it is almost UAH 92 million, which is more than for the whole of last year. They also sent 4 cars to the frontlines.

The Khotyn community sent aid items such as a charging station, a laser range finder, heated insoles, to the military at the front thanks to the Khotyn primary medical care center.

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

The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution proposed by Ukraine on the anniversary of the russian invasion. The resolution demands from russia the complete withdrawal of its troops from Ukraine and the cessation of hostilities, and also establishes the main provisions of the Ukrainian “peace formula”. 141 out of 193 member states voted for the resolution. 7 countries voted against it, namely, russia, belarus, Syria, North Korea, Eritrea, Nicaragua and Mali.

Voting. Photo from social networks

Minister of Defense of Poland, Mariusz Blaszczak, announced that Polish Leopard tanks have arrived in Ukraine.

G7 finance ministers stated that G7 countries have increased their financial support obligations to Ukraine for 2023. If in December they amounted to $32 billion, now it is already $39 billion.

The US announced a new package of military supplies to Ukraine worth $2 billion. The package will include HIMARS ammunition, 155-mm cartridges, CyberLux K8, Switchblade 600, Altius-600 and Jump 20 drones. The equipment will not be delivered from Pentagon warehouses directly, but ordered from manufacturers.

Minister of Defense of Australia, Richard Marles, announced that the country will send drones to Ukraine for $33 million. Australia introduces additional sanctions against russia. 40 organizations and 90 individuals involved in the war against Ukraine were sanctioned.

The US State Department announced the allocation of $7 million to protect Ukraine’s cultural heritage. 

New Zealand introduced new sanctions against russia. The list includes 87 people, in particular, political figures who are “strategically important for russia and close to putin.”

The United Kingdom announced a new package of sanctions against the russian federation. The list includes heads of gazprom and aeroflot and citizens associated with rosatom. In addition, from February 24, 2023, russia will not be able to import from Great Britain any goods that it previously used on the battlefield.

Sweden announced its desire to participate in the European support of Ukraine with tanks and supply ten Type 2A6 and 2A5 Leopard tanks to equip two tank battalions.

The Administration of State Material Reserves of the Czech Republic sent 14 metal structures (bridges) to Ukraine.

A Czech company makes M142 HIMARS and M270 inflatable models for Ukraine. Its current facilities allow producing up to 35 models per month. They not only confuse the enemy, but also make them waste missiles worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Inflatable models. Photo from social networks

The Working Group on Ukraine of the EU Advisory Committee of the Regions is meeting in Gdansk. The key goals are to provide assistance to Ukraine and organize the Committee’s second visit to Ukraine.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Kyiv. The Prime Minister of Poland met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting with a delegation of the global parliamentary network United for Ukraine. The representatives of the parliaments of 13 European countries and the European Parliament discussed support to Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a phone conversation with President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. They discussed enhancement of food security and cooperation in opening food hubs in Africa by Ukraine.

Defense Minister Wallace stated that the United Kingdom is ready to replace the stocks of fighters to those European countries that will send the MiG-29 or Su-24 that they have to Kyiv.

Acting Minister of Defense of Denmark Troels Lund Poulsen stated that the country is open to discussions regarding the supply of fighter jets to Ukraine.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s request for NATO fighter jets is completely legitimate, so Spanish officials will consider it.

The European judicial body Eurojust announced the creation of a center in the Hague to investigate russia’s crimes against Ukraine. The new center will be ready for launch this summer.

Elton John will allocate $125K for Ukraine through the UNITED24 platform. “The promise I made from the Kyiv stage remains unchanged: I will support the people of Ukraine like never before,” the musician said.

Joe Biden expressed support for Ukraine. “Ukraine will never be a victory for russia. Never,” said the US president.

Words of support from the US president. Photo from social networks

The King of Great Britain, Charles III, addressed the Ukrainians and assured them that the United Kingdom and its allies are doing everything possible to help them.

EU buildings were lit up in the colors of the Ukrainian flag to mark the anniversary of the full-scale invasion. “On this night, our buildings are decorated in the colors of Ukraine. We honor the bravery of the people of Ukraine. The memory of the fallen. The strength of the spirit of the whole country in its support. Let this illumination be a reminder that together we can overcome even the darkest times”, said President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

European Parliament in Brussels. Photo from social networks

France is with you. For solidarity, victory and peace,” Emmanuel Macron addressed Ukrainians on the anniversary of the full-scale war. The President of France published a post on Twitter in Ukrainian.

Address of the President of France. Photo from social networks

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower was lit up in the colors of the Ukrainian flag for the anniversary of the invasion.

Eiffel Tower. Photo from social networks

Ambassador of Great Britain to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, informed that the national anthem of Ukraine was played in British embassies around the world.

A russian tank knocked out in Bucha was displayed near the russian embassy in the capital of Germany. The Berlin authorities were against such an idea last year, but the Berlin Story Bunker museum managed to defend the initiative in court and show the brutality of the war.

In Warsaw, activists woke up russian diplomats at 6 a.m. with the sounds of explosions and sirens.

In Minsk, activists raised the flag of Ukraine as a sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

Ukrainian flag in Minsk. 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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