War in Ukraine today: latest news, February 25, 2024 (photo)

It has been the 732rd 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:   

There were 81 combat engagements. 

The enemy launched a total of 4 missile and 73 air strikes, carried out 52 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. 

Towards Volyn and Polissia, there were no significant changes and signs of formation of an offensive group. Certain units of the armed forces of belarus continue their missions in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, they maintain its military presence in the areas of russia bordering Ukraine. They continue sabotage and reconnaissance activities, shelling Ukrainian settlements from the territory of russia and increasing the density of minefields along the state border of Ukraine. The enemy launched an airstrike in the vicinity of Yamne (Sumy oblast). Over 20 settlements were under the enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Mkhy, Buchky, Mykhalchyna Sloboda (Chernihiv oblast), Volfyne, Popivka (Sumy oblast), Kozacha Lopan, Strilecha, Hatysche (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Kupiansk, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 5 attacks near Tabaivka (Kharkiv oblast). The invaders fired from artillery and mortar at around 10 settlements, including Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Lyman, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 2 assaults near Terny (Donetsk oblast), where the enemy, with air support, made attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The invaders launched an airstrike in the vicinity of Vesele (Donetsk oblast). The enemy fired from artillery and mortar at over 10 settlements, including Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Terny, Yampolivka, Torske, Serebryanka and Rozdolivka (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 5 attacks in the vicinities of Ivanivske, Klischiivka (Donetsk oblast), where the occupiers made attempts to improve their tactical situation. The invaders launched air strikes near Kostyantynivka, Kurdiumivka, Maiorsk, Pivnichne and Zalizne (Donetsk oblast). More than 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Kurdyumivka, Klischiivka, New York and Chasiv Yar (Donetsk oblast). 

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 18 attacks in the vicinity of Stepove, Berdychi, Lastochkyne, Sieverne, Nevelske (Donetsk oblast). They launched air strikes near New York, Ocheretyne, Zhelanne, Berdychi, Lastochkyne, Yasnobrodivka, Netailove (Donetsk oblast). The invaders fired from artillery and mortar at around 25 settlements, including Novobakhmutivka, Ocheretyne, Pervomaiske, Nevelske (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Mariinka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the invaders in the vicinity of Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). In that area, the invaders made 18 attempts to break through the Ukrainian defense. On top of that, Ukrainian defenders repelled more than 10 attacks in the vicinity of Heorhiivka, Pobieda and Krasnohorivka (Donetsk oblast). They launched air strikes near Vodiane, Paraskoviivka, Novomykhailivka, Volodymyrivka (Donetsk oblast). The settlements of Novomykhailivka, Paraskoviivka, Kostiantynivka were under the occupiers’ artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Novopavlivka, the enemy conducted no offensives. The invaders launched air strikes in the vicinities of Urozhaine and Staromaiorske (Donetsk oblast). The enemy fired from artillery and mortar at around 10 settlements, including Prechystivka, Blahodatne, Urozhaine (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 6 attacks in the vicinity of Robotyne and 1 assault near Huliaipilske (Zaporizhzhia oblast). The enemy launched air strikes in the vicinity of Orikhiv, Mala Tokmachka, Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast). Around 10 settlements, including Novodarivka, Malynivka, Mala Tokmachka and Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast), were under the occupiers’ artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kherson, the occupiers do not abandon their intention to push Ukrainian units out of their footholds on the left bank of the Dnipro. The enemy made 4 attempts to assault positions of Ukrainian troops. Around 15 settlements, including Novotyahynka, Tyahynka, Krynky, Ivanivka, Tokarivka (Kherson oblast), and Ochakiv (Mykolaiv oblast) came under the occupiers’ artillery and mortar fire. 

The Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes on 7 buildups of enemy troops, 2 positions of the enemy air defense systems. 

The Ukrainian rocket troops and artillery hit 1 artillery position of the russian invaders.

Towards Bakhmut district, russians shot dead Ukrainian fighters who surrendered as prisoners. The exact number of those executed is unknown. There might have been at least 7 of them.

According to the President of Ukraine, 31K Ukrainian servicemen died in the war.  He also noted that the exact number of wounded will not be reported, because then russia will know how many fighters left the battlefield.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukraine has managed to shoot down 1,905 missiles of various types.  4,844 attack drones were also shot down.

The defense sector will increase 6 times in 2024. In total, 500 military-industrial enterprises operate in Ukraine.  100 are state-owned, 400 are private.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that five russian assaults towards Kupiansk were repelled by the Defence Forces.

Kharkiv police confirmed that since the beginning of 2024, more children have been killed as a result of the war in Kharkiv oblast than in all of 2023. Thus, in 2023, 5 children have been killed as a result of russian aggression, and in less than two months of 2024, 7 were killed.

The State Emergency Service informed that at around 2:30 pm, russians hit Kurylivka, Kupiansk region. They hit a private sector, setting a garage and a car on fire in the yard. The fire, which covered an area of 20 square metres, was fully extinguished in more than an hour. According to rescuers, there were no injuries.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, said that two men were killed as a result of a mine explosion near Velyki Prokhody. The 19-year-old and 32-year-old victims were residents of Slatyne.

More than 15 settlements in Kharkiv oblast were hit by enemy artillery and mortar attacks, including Kozacha Lopan, Strilecha, Khatyshche, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka and others.

At 10 am, a private household was damaged in Kupiansk as a result of an MRL attack. There were no casualties.

At around 1 pm, a 44-year-old volunteer sustained shrapnel wounds and was hospitalised as a result of shelling in Petropavlivka village.

At 2:45 pm, the warehouses of a civilian enterprise were damaged in Prykolotne village as a result of shelling by two KAB bombs.

At around 3 pm, the invaders shelled Kozacha Lopan village, Kharkiv region. There were hits on the outskirts.

At 4:15 pm, a shop building was destroyed, 5 residential buildings, the former village council building, a kindergarten building and the Ukrposhta building damaged as a result of enemy shelling in Hryhorivka village of Velykyi Burluk community. There were no casualties.

At 5:22 pm, a pig farm outbuilding with an area of 600 sq m burned down in Lyman village of Vovchansk community as a result of hostile shelling from multiple rocket launchers. 23 animals were killed and 52 rescued.

During the day, combined teams of bomb experts cleared 5.98 hectares of territory and destroyed 290 explosive ordnance. Mine clearance is ongoing.

Donetsk oblast

The General Staff said that Ukrainian troops repelled 70 russian attacks towards Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Novopavlivka and Marinka on 24 February. Most of the attacks were towards Marinka.

Dmytro Lykhovii, Spokesman of Tavriia operational-strategic group, stated Suspilne Donbas that as of the morning, the defence forces withdrew to the western outskirts of Lastochkyne towards Avdiivka, where fierce fighting continues.

Anastaiia Miedviedieva, Spokeswoman of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office, reported that the russian military shelled Kurakhove and Maksymilianivka village, allegedly with artillery. As a result, a 55-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman were injured.

Donetsk police confirmed that the russian army destroyed the railway station building in Kostiantynivka with a KAB-250 guided missile at night. The shelling also damaged a church, 2 private and 12 apartment buildings, 21 shops, 19 trade pavilions, three educational institutions, 2 administrative buildings, a post office and a kiosk.

Railway station destroyed by an airstrike in Kostiantynivka. Photo: press service of Donetsk police

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, this week, communities in the oblast received over 898.9 tonnes of charitable aid. In total, since the beginning of the year, the communities have received over 7931.5 tonnes of various types of aid.

The regional police reported that in total, the invaders shelled 6 settlements of the oblast 7 times. The shelling damaged at least 64 civilian objects.

Towards Pokrovsk, Krasnohorivka, Kostiantynivka, Katerynivka and Maksymilianivka of Marinka community were shelled. In the middle of the night, russians shelled Selidove, damaging a coffee shop.

Towards Kramatorsk, a person was injured, 3 educational institutions, 2 administrative buildings, 12 apartment buildings, 2 private houses, 21 shops, 19 trade pavilions, a church and an infrastructure facility were damaged in Kostiantynivka. 3 houses were damaged in Zakitne of Lyman community.

Towards Bakhmut, 5 private houses, 2 apartment buildings and an industrial building were damaged in Chasiv Yar community. A house and an administrative building were damaged in Sviato-Pokrovske of Siversk community. Pereizne and Verkhnokamianske of Zvanivka community were shelled.

In just a day, russians shelled settlements in Donetsk oblast 7 times. 81 people, including 11 children, were evacuated from the oblast.

Vadym Filashkin, Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, said that russians injured one civilian in Kostiantynivka yesterday.

Luhansk oblast

Yesterday russians tried to advance south of Nevske, near Terny. Bilohorivka was under enemy artillery attack. Nadiia was hit from the air.

The invaders suffered significant losses, including towards Lyman-Kupiansk. When the enemy assault group tries to take a position, they lose about 60% of their equipment, not to mention their personnel. When these figures become critical for the enemy, it takes up to two to three days to regroup. As before, the enemy replenishes its reserves with deserters and former prisoners.

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, personnel departments of coal mining enterprises in the so-called “lpr” are cancelling reservations for miners. They demand that everyone submit the relevant documents “voluntarily”. It is also reported that in early March, medical commissions from russia will hold medical examinations at the mines. They will determine who will be mobilised first.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk Regional Military Administration, reported that the residents of Sievierodonetsk, who remained in the city, were promised heating in the autumn of 2022. In February 2024, the city began testing the boiler house for the first time.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of Kyiv RMA, reported that in the morning, the Kyiv oblast was attacked by strike drones. The air raid lasted for 2 hours. Thanks to the successful work of mobile firing groups, there were no hits to residential or critical infrastructure. The debris of the destroyed targets fell in an open area outside of populated areas.

The Ukraine.Year 2024 forum is taking place in Kyiv. The main topics of the forum include achieving Ukraine’s goals in the war, development of the Defence and Security Forces, the work of the Ukrainian defence industry, ensuring economic growth, security guarantees for Ukraine and protection of human life. The event format includes panel discussions and a press conference by the President of Ukraine.

According to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, at a press conference in Kyiv on February 24, the European Commission will present a new defence industry strategy in three weeks, which will include Ukraine’s integration. It is also planning to open an innovative defence office in Kyiv to strengthen cooperation. 

The historic house where film director Panas Saksahanskii lived, damaged by the russian attack, will be restored in Kyiv. The local historical monument will be restored for UAH 12 million. The restoration of the building was requested by the Museum of Prominent Figures of Ukrainian Culture.

A Ukrainian-made unmanned demining device was tested at a training ground in the Bucha community. During the tests, the device picked up an anti-tank mine buried 20 cm into the ground. The mine exploded without damaging the vehicle.

A demining machine, Kyiv oblast, February 22, 2024. Photo: Bucha City Council

In the Makariv community, Okhmatdyt doctors conducted the first on-site medical check-up in 2024, during which they consulted about 180 children of the community. In May 2022, Okhmatdyt launched the project Keeping Children Healthy in the Face of Military Aggression and has been conducting such on-site consultations regularly since the beginning of the de-occupation of Kyiv oblast and in a number of oblasts.

The Space of Opportunity NGO has started training for 100 family doctors in the oblast on the programme for the management of mental disorders for people who have suffered traumatic experiences. They will also be taught the basics of veteran policy and the rights of veterans.

The Kyiv History Museum presented the project M86. Chronicle of the Defence of Mariupol. It collected evidence of the city’s defence and its destruction by russian troops. Mariupol defenders took part in the creation of the chronicle.

Zhytomyr oblast

According to the State Ecological Inspectorate of Polissia Region, the total amount of damage caused by the russian army’s attack on the Zhytomyr in March 2022 has increased. The damage amounted to more than half a million UAH. 

In Zhytomyr, students of the lyceum raised money and bought a surveillance drone for the soldiers of the 66th separate mechanised brigade named after Prince Mstislav the Brave. This is the sixth UAV sent to Ukrainian soldiers by the lyceum’s students.

Sumy oblast

At night and in the morning, the russians fired 9 times at the border areas and settlements of Sumy oblast. There were 34 mortar attacks and a heavy machine gun attack. Bilopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Shalyhyne, Esman, Seredyna-Buda, Znob-Novhorodske communities were under enemy fire.

According to Sumy RMA, the russian military launched 20 attacks. There were 197 explosions. The Khotin, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Myropil, Velyka Pysarivka, and Nova Sloboda communities were shelled. The enemy attacked with mortars and artillery, MLRS, AGS, and 2 FPV drones. 

The three fallen defenders were honoured in Sumy on February 23: Maksym Kolomayev, Ivan Zakharuk and Ernest Mytrovych. All the soldiers were intelligence officers and were killed in the Donetsk oblast. The fallen warriors were buried on the Alley of Glory at the Baranivka Cemetery in Sumy.

Chernihiv oblast

The State Border Guard Service reported that russian troops fired three times at the border of Chernihiv oblast. Two communities came under enemy fire: Semenivka – 4 mortar and cannon artillery attacks towards the villages of Mkhy and Karpovychi; Snovsk – 8 mortar attacks near the village of Kliusy.

Viacheslav Chaus, head of the RMA, reported Members of the British Parliament visited the oblast. They discussed security, education, recovery and the needs of the oblast. 

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk oblast Council reported that at night the Air Defence destroyed a Shahed in Novomoskovsk region. Also at night the occupiers launched another kamikaze drone at Nikopol. The hit damaged an outbuilding. A russian UAV killed a 57-year-old man in Nikopol. In total the area was hit by kamikaze drones and artillery fire throughout the day. The district center and Marhanets community were hit. An enterprise, two trucks, a bus, 14 houses, 4 outbuildings, solar panels, garages and power lines were damaged.

Consequences of the russian shelling. Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council 

In Dnipro the families of war prisoners  organized a rally to remind them of the military in russian captivity.

Kirovohrad oblast

The Operational Command South reported that last night the Air Defence Force destroyed 2 drone attacks in Kirovohrad region.

Andrii Raikovych, Head of the RMA reported that in the afternoon during an air raid in Kropyvnytskyi region explosions were heard.

Poltava oblast

More than 3,000 doctors in Poltava region have been trained by the WHO as part of ‘Are You OK?’ All-Ukrainian Mental Health Program Now family doctors can also provide psychological assistance to adults and children or refer them to a specialized specialist. Currently, such services are available in 41 medical institutions in the region.

In Poltava, schoolchildren are taught to fly quadcopters free of charge. A special club organizes training twice a week. Firstly, they practice on a simulator and then they fly real drones.

Cherkasy oblast

In Talne paid a tribute to Ukrainian defender Petro Koval. The soldier was killed in Luhansk region. He had been missing since May 18, 2022.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Ivan Fedorov, head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, reported that the russian army attacked the village of Shyroke in Zaporizhzhia region. One person was killed and three others were injured. 

The russian army carried out 263 strikes in 10 towns and villages in Zaporizhzhia oblast  on February 24. 60 drones attacked Vilnyansk, Huliaipole, Novoandriivka, Novodanilivka, Malynivka, Mala Tokmachka and Robotyne, and used MLRS, aircraft and artillery in other settlements.

According to General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, five attacks by the russian army near Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia oblast were repelled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 

Air Command ‘East” reported that in Zaporizhzhia oblast, air armed forces destroyed two russian Shahed-136/131 UAVs.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration said that on the night of  February 25, the russian army launched Shahed 131/136 drones at Mykolaiv oblast, three of which were hit by air defence systems and damaged a power line. In addition, on February  24 the russian army struck at Ochakiv, Kutsurub and Radsad communities. There were no casualties. This was reported by the.

Annalena Burbock, German Foreign Minister interrupted her visit to Mykolaiv oblast on Sunday because of the threat of a russian attack. During the visit to the frontline city, a russian reconnaissance drone was spotted following the minister’s armoured motorcade for some time, but eventually the drone turned around. Therefore, the German Foreign Ministry decided to leave immediately for security reasons. This was reported by AFP and Bild.

Ukrainian Armed Forces of South reported that during the week of 19-25 February 2024, demining units of the State Special Transport Service successfully discovered, removed and defused 777 explosive items, the According to the data provided, 696 explosive devices were found and neutralised in Kherson oblast, while the figure for Mykolaiv oblast is 81. In the South, the safe zones have also increased due to the demining of an area of 2,203.37 hectares. In Kherson, 1,862.62 hectares were cleared, and in Mykolaiv oblast, 340.75 hectares were cleared.

Odesa oblast

Ukrainian Armed Forces of South reported on 25 February that at night, two missiles were fired at Odesa oblast from russian tactical aircraft from the Black Sea. The air armed forces destroyed them. 

Annalena Burbock, German Foreign Minister visited Odesa, accompanied by Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister. At a briefing on the second anniversary of the russian invasion, international partners once again condemned russia’s actions. Annalena Burbock supported the Ukrainians and said that Germany would try to do everything it could.

According to the press service of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, on the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion, Odesa issued its own postage stamp, “Shahedi Hunters,” dedicated to the border guards of the south. The stamp was issued at the initiative of the border guards of the Odesa detachment, the famous Odesa photographer Borys Bukhman and Ukrposhta. Border guards presented the stamp “Shahedi Hunters” at the opening of Boris Bukhman’s photo exhibition entitled “731 Days and 8 Years of War”. At the same event, another stamp titled “Odesa Sea Port” was cancelled. The stamps featured images of Ukrainian border guards. 

Kherson oblast

A local resident exploded on a russian mine in Beryslav region. The 34-year-old man was hospitalised with numerous injuries.

Ministry of Energy reported that as a result of russian army shelling in Kherson, 12,600 metering points are without electricity. 45 settlements in oblast are without electricity. 

On February 24, on the left bank of the Kherson oblast, the Armed Forces destroyed three cannons, a grenade launcher, a mortar, a Zala reconnaissance UAV, a boat, an electronic warfare station, three vehicles, and four observation posts with fortifications of the russian army. 64 russian servicemen were killed.

On February 24, russian troops shelled Bilozerka, Shlyakhove, Novoberislav, Havrylivka, Sadove, Stanislav, Osokorivka and Kherson in Kherson oblast. The shells damaged two multi-storey buildings and seven private houses. One person was killed and six were injured.

The Armed Forces of the South reported that on February 24 the russian army attacked the Kherson oblast with 29 FPV drones and three Lancet attack drones. It also dropped 15 fragmentation munitions from UAVs of other modifications on the region’s settlements. This was reported by the Southern Defence Forces.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Lutsk City Council sent 2 Mavic 3T and 3 Mavic 3 to the 63th separate mechanized brigades.

Representatives of Lutsk City Council visited and handed over aid to the military in Kupiansk region. The 115th separate mechanized brigade received 2 Mavic 3T.

Zakarpattia oblast

Czech partners donated laptops, textbooks and school furniture to the Czech language multimedia room, which was inaugurated at the Masaryk School (Svaliavsk).

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Ruslan Martsinkiv, Head of Ivano-Frankivsk City Council, announced that on the facade of Lyceum named after Ivan Pulyuy, Ivano-Frankivsk City Council opened commemorative plaques to graduates of the institution Hnat Tarasiuk, Pavlo Panfilov, and Volodymyr Tretiak.

Lviv oblast

Residents of Strii region collected over UAH 5 mln for the Armed Forces at a charity auction. The event took place within the framework of the Birds of Victory charity project. It was timed to the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion, and an auction was held with the support of Skolivska, Slavska and Kozivska communities.

The Protection of Ukraine and Pre-Medical Care classroom was opened in Yavoriv region. Such an office was set up in Novoyavoriv interschool resource center. Here, students of 10-11 grades will be taught defense of the Motherland and first aid.

The exhibition Don’t Be Misfortunate… opened in Lviv. These are unique posters created by students from Kharkiv. They are exhibited in Lviv Museum of the History of Religion. On the canvases, the authors expressed all their rage and contempt for the enemy.

“Do not be a disaster…”. Photo: Lviv RMA

Rivne oblast

In the 23rd Engineering and Position Regiment, the Command of the Support Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine initiated its handover to replenish the hospital blood bank. Many military personnel have recently returned from the front lines, so they know firsthand the importance and need for blood donation. In total, over 18 liters were collected, and there is a rare group. Among the over 40 soldiers, there are donors with experience and those who donated blood for the first time.

In Rivne oblast, 28 coaches conduct free sports rehabilitation for veterans. The first classes on sports rehabilitation of veterans took place in the region. Such training takes place for free through the TrenVet app. The first joint training has already taken place in Rivne. Veterans applied for and chose individual training from 10 adaptive sports through the app.

Ternopil oblast

The New Life humanitarian hub was launched in Ternopil thanks to representatives of the Future of Ukraine Rubizhne public organization. Here, all those in need will be able to receive humanitarian, informational, counseling, medical and psychological assistance.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

In the morning, the enemy struck Khmelnytskyi once again. Air defense forces were working. At the same time, as a result of the attack, the infrastructure facility was damaged. There was no information about the victims or the damage to the housing stock.

Chernivtsi oblast

The State Archive of Chernivtsi oblast presented an exhibition dedicated to the second anniversary of the beginning of the full-scale invasion. From February 24, 2024, the documentary-themed exhibition 730 Days of Invincibility is available on the archive’s official website under the heading Online Documentary Exhibitions.

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

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, announced that the country will allocate about $130 mln to Ukraine for reconstruction.

Oleksandr Kamyshyn, Minister of Strategic Industries, and Gundbert Scherf, CEO of Helsing GmbH, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of security and defense. According to the document, AI will be built into Ukrainian-made drones.

Lithuanians raised over €8 mln for equipment for the Ukrainian military. With the funds donated by Lithuanian citizens, enterprises and organizations, 1,115 kits for Ukrainian soldiers will be purchased and delivered to Ukraine. The kits, worth EUR 7,5K, each consisting of a night vision monocular, a laser sight and an individual anti-drone complex, are designed to help Ukrainian soldiers be better protected in the fight against russian invaders.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met with Paul Jonsonoi, Minister of Defense of Sweden. They discussed the possibility of joint production of weapons and future bilateral negotiations on signing an agreement on security guarantees.

The G7 promise to block russian assets until the end of the war and strengthen sanctions. Leaders of the Group of Seven states emphasized that russia “does not have the right to decide whether and when it will pay for the damages caused to it in Ukraine.”

Von der Leyen said that the EU will conduct a screening of Ukrainian legislation by mid-March. According to the President of the European Commission, the screening process has already begun. This screening is an important process of assessing Ukrainian legislation for compliance with EU law, which precedes the official start of accession negotiations.

Annalena Burbok, German Foreign Minister, came to Odesa on the anniversary of the full-scale war. This is her 6th trip to Ukraine since the beginning of full-scale russian aggression.

Members of the band Imagine Dragons, leader of U2 Bono, Lauri Julyonen and musicians Brad Paisley, Oliver Sykes addressed the Ukrainians with words of support; actresses Catherine Vynnik, Ivanna Sahno, Gabriel Carteris, Catherine Deneuve, Hilary Swank, Emma Thompson and actors Misha Collins, Robert De Niro, Mark Strong, Kevin Bacon, Pierre Richard, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber, Mark Hamill, Jared Padalecki, Stephen Fry.

Pavlo Grod, Ukrainian World Congress President ,noted that on February 24, the 2nd anniversary of the full-scale invasion, Ukrainian communities on 7 continents held over 1K actions in support of Ukraine. “We tried to unite over 400 cities, and today there are 750 such cities. Over 1K actions have been held on 7 continents, and almost 70 countries of the world are participating in the international action of support for Ukraine called Stand with Ukraine. This shows the unity that Ukrainians and their friends do not give up to the whole world, they continue to stand with Ukraine and show that it must be helped even today,” Pavlo Grod noted.

Several hundred Ukrainians gathered in the center of Leipzig, Germany in support of Ukraine on the 2nd anniversary of the full-scale russian invasion. Also, on February 24, the city launched a streetcar with the inscription Kyiv – Leipzig. 62 Years of Partnership.

Streetcar in Germany. Photo: UWG

A march of thousands took place in Krakow dedicated to the second anniversary of the invasion of the russian federation. During the march, the participants chanted slogans in support of Ukraine and words of gratitude to the Poles. They also called on the international community to resolutely support Ukraine on its way to victory. Also opposite the consulate of the russian federation in Poland, an installation of children’s toys and clothes covered in blood Shooted Childhood was placed. It symbolizes the war crimes of the russian federation, crimes against humanity and thousands of murdered and kidnapped Ukrainian children.

Krakow. 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 Pushyna, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalaya 

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