Month: February 2023
Volodymyr Zelensky: We are preparing the return of our warriors to actions for the liberation of our land
Today is the day when, in various formats, we worked for justice for Ukraine and Ukrainians in one way or another.
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan is on a visit to Ukraine. These are an institution and a person who undoubtedly play a historic role in bringing Russian criminals to justice.
Russia’s genocidal policy against our people will definitely have inevitable legal consequences for all those who conceived, approved and implement such a policy. And I want to emphasize: this isn’t only about the executors, but also about the top political and military leadership of the terrorist state. Today we discussed this with Karim Khan during a meeting in Kyiv.
Of course, this is not an easy job. But responding to Russian crimes in the face of this aggression exactly in terms of the rule of law and exactly with the power of an international court is what will serve as one of the guarantees of the long-term future security of both Ukrainians and other nations. We will ensure this.
We are approaching the opening of the Ukrainian office of the International Criminal Court. There is already effective cooperation in Ukraine between the International Criminal Court and the Office of the Prosecutor General. We pay special attention to such Russian crimes as the deportation of our people and the deportation of Ukrainian children. We will dismantle this entire Russian genocidal system, from the cogs to the architects, and bring them to legal verdicts.
Today, I held a regular meeting of the Staff. Again in an expanded format. The Main Intelligence Directorate, the Ministry of Defense, the Commander-in-Chief, and the commanders of directions delivered reports. We are dealing in detail with the situation on each of the frontline directions.
The most difficult situation is still Bakhmut and the battles that are important for the defense of the city.
I’ll give you just one example. Nowadays, the meetings of the Staff are held quite often – at least twice a week. The last meeting was on Thursday. And today, General Syrskyi reported that since the last meeting, about 800 enemies have been killed in his direction alone.
Russia does not count people at all, sending them to constantly storm our positions. The intensity of fighting is only increasing.
I thank all Ukrainian warriors who, despite this insane pressure from the occupier, are defending our positions and destroying the Russian army! I thank each and every one who supports our warriors!
Of course, we also considered other areas in Donbas, as well as the areas of responsibility of the Tavria and Odesa groups. General Moskalyov reported on the situation around Kherson and the region. This day there were more than 30 Russian shelling occasions in the Kherson region! They were shelling just streets, just people. My condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones. Today we have already lost four people. We will do everything to suppress the terrorists.
General Nayev reported on the situation in the north and along the border – our forces are in control of the situation.
As always, we reviewed in detail the logistics for the frontline and the coverage of deficits.
We are preparing for the return of our warriors to actions for the liberation of our land. We keep in mind this just goal of ours, and every day we are getting closer to its fulfillment. Ukraine will be free. All of Ukraine.
Today I met with the Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This is one of the most powerful global organizations that brings together the world’s leading countries. Those countries where people really want to live.
Our goal is for Ukraine to fully join the organization and to use the OECD experience to modernize our country. Tomorrow we are opening the OECD Office in Kyiv.
Today we talked, in particular, about a fair tax system for Ukrainians – transparent, simple, and one that will strike a balance between stimulating business and economic growth and ensuring social justice.
I also offered the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to join the work on directing Russia’s assets to compensate for the damage caused by Russian aggression.
If someone thinks that this is an unrealistic task, today, on February 28, we have very concrete evidence that there are no unrealistic tasks for Ukraine.
A year ago, on the fifth day of the full-scale invasion, Ukraine applied to join the European Union. This was the first step in obtaining the candidacy. We have done a tremendous and tremendously fast job and have secured candidate status for Ukraine. This year, we should reach a decision on membership negotiations for Ukraine.
Another example. Today, there was no shortage in our energy system. There were no power outages across the country. Thousands of people have been working every day to achieve this result. They restored what could be restored after the Russian strikes. They protected the energy system. They helped cities, communities, and people.
Of course, the threat still remains. Of course, we will fight and defend ourselves. We will definitely endure, no matter what the enemy does.
I thank each and every one who contributed to this task!
One more thing.
Today is the Day of Air Navigation Service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is the day of those specialists of our defense forces on whom the effectiveness of Ukrainian combat aviation directly depends. Thousands of successful sorties and successful air strikes on enemy positions are their merit, the merit of our navigators.
I congratulate you, warriors, on your holiday, and wish you complete dominance of the Ukrainian Air Force in the Ukrainian sky! Absolutely fair dominance.
Glory to each and every one who is now fighting for Ukraine!
Thank you to everyone who helps!
Glory to Ukraine!
Malyar: Reinforcements were sent to the Ukrainian military in Bakhmut
Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar said that reinforcements were sent to the Ukrainian military, who have been holding the defense of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region for several months. The Bakhmut direction remains the hottest section of the front.
“Commander of the Ground Forces Olexander Syrskyi, during a recent trip to the city, decided to move additional units,” she said on the telethon air.
According to Malyar, the situation in Bakhmut is complicated and tense. The Russian occupation troops concentrated their main efforts there. They want to try to capture the Donetsk region completely.
At the same time, the Deputy Minister of Defense stressed that the decision to keep Bakhmut is military, not political.
“Decisions are made by the military, which are not guided by political motives,” Malyar said.
At the same time, Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar stressed that in the Bakhmut area, the occupiers were forced to replace the “Wagnerites” with Russian army soldiers. The enemy suffers huge losses. Most of the Wagner units were destroyed by Ukrainian defenders.
Curfew from March 1 will be reduced in the Odessa region
In the Odessa region, from March 1, 2023, the duration of the curfew will be changed. This was announced by the head of the Odesa Regional Military Administration, Maxym Marchenko.
“From March 1, 2023, a curfew was introduced on the territory of Odessa and the Odessa region from 00.00 to 05.00 in the morning,” the message says.
The Odesa Regional Military Administration added that during the curfew, people are forbidden to stay on the streets and in other public places without specially issued passes and certificates.
Now in Odessa and the Odessa region, the curfew lasts from 23.00 to 5.00.
Wizz Air to stop flights to Chisinau due to “high risk” due to “recent events”
One of the largest low-cost airlines in Europe, the Hungarian company Wizz Air will suspend flights to and from Moldova from March 14. The Civil Aviation Authority of Moldova reported this, and later confirmed by the carrier itself. The press service of the RBC company said that this is a “difficult but responsible decision”, which is connected with the “recent events” in Moldova and with “although not one hundred percent, but a high risk in the country’s airspace.” What events and risks in question are not specified. After the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine, fragments of rockets were repeatedly found on the territory of Moldova.
Earlier, on February 27, the press secretary of the operational command “South” of the Ukrainian army, Natalia Humenyuk, spoke about the possibility of a Russian landing in Transnistria. She stated this was impossible: “After all, it is necessary to cross the airspace of either NATO countries or Ukraine directly. Well, who will allow them! The Ukrainian forces concentrated on the border between Ukraine and Moldova, in part controlled by the Transnistrian authorities, “are adequate to the threat that is hypothetically possible,” added Humenyuk. The probability that Russia will open a second front from the side of Transnistria, she called low.
Andriy Demchenko, a representative of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, said on February 24 that units of border guards, the army and the National Guard of Ukraine reinforced the Ukrainian-Moldovan section of the border in the Transnistrian region. Kyiv, since the beginning of a full-scale war, has been paying the same attention to it as to the borders with Belarus and Russia, since it does not exclude that it can be used to attack Ukrainian territory, Demchenko added.
Finland began to construct a fence on the border with Russia
In Finland began the construction of a fence on the border with Russia. According to YLE, citing the border service, a test fence will be erected first.
Its construction began on Monday, February 27, with the cutting of trees on both sides of the border crossing on the Finnish side of Imatra.
In March, they will start building the road, and subsequently, they will install a technical control system. The fence will be erected by the end of June 2023. This will be a three-kilometer test variant.
It will then be tested to see if it can withstand frost, snow, and a theoretical influx of people from the East. It should be noted that the Imatra checkpoint is one of the southernmost on the border of Finland and the Russian Federation – it leads to the Russian city of Svetogorsk.
In general, the construction will cost 6 million euros. It also includes compensation to landowners on whose territories the Russian wall-building scheme is taking place.
The test fence will be three meters high and will have barbed wire on top. It will also be equipped with a CCTV camera with night vision, lighting and dynamics in critical areas.
METRO Ukraine urges METRO headquarters to close business in Russia
The METRO Ukraine team categorically condemns the criminal aggression of Russia against Ukraine – this was stated at the company’s office in Kyiv.
“From the first days of a full-scale invasion, we have repeatedly appealed to the METRO headquarters in Düsseldorf demanding the immediate closure of business on the territory of the aggressor state. Unfortunately, METRO AG still remains in Russia. At the same time, the position of the Ukrainian team is and will remain unchanged “METRO must leave the Russian market. We continue to fight and try to convince the headquarters in every possible way,” the Kyiv office of METRO Ukraine explained.
They recalled that the METRO Ukraine team is working to ensure the state’s food security and supports the operation of its shopping centers where possible – in all regions of Ukraine, except for the temporarily occupied territories.
“METRO employees work in difficult conditions so that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians and professional clients receive food and other goods daily,” the Ukrainian company said.
Also, the local team of METRO Ukraine actively carries out a humanitarian mission, daily transferring tens of thousands of units of goods in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Territorial Defense Forces, hospitals, and volunteer organizations.
“The inventory of our temporarily closed shopping centers in Mariupol and Mykolaiv was transferred to the needs of the Ukrainian army and local communities. We work for the well-being of Ukrainians and make many efforts to be heard at the headquarters,” METRO Ukraine said.
During the year of the war, METRO Ukraine sent more than UAH 40 million worth of goods to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and migrants. – including 613 tons of food, 34 tons of non-food, 65 tons of household chemicals, and hygiene products. In total, 227 military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, territorial defense units, 34 hospitals, and 197 charitable organizations received assistance.
Operational information on 28.02.2023
The three hundred and seventieth day of the large-scale Russian invasion continues.
The Russian Federation continues to focus its main efforts on offensive actions in the Kupyansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiiv, and Shakhtarsk directions.
The enemy continues to violate the norms of international humanitarian law, strike, carry out artillery attacks on civilian objects and houses of the civilian population, and try to destroy our state’s critical infrastructure.
During the day, the enemy launched a missile and 2 air strikes. He carried out more than 20 attacks from rocket salvo systems. The threat of missile strikes remains high throughout the territory of Ukraine.
The operational situation has not changed significantly on the Volyn, Polissya, Siversk and Slobozhansk directions. The enemy keeps its units near the state border of Ukraine, but the formation of offensive groups has not been detected. During the day, the enemy carried out mortar and artillery attacks on the settlements of Yeline, Baranivka, Chernihiv region; Rozhkovichi, Bachivsk, Hirky, Atynske, Stukalyvka, Budky, Volfyne of the Sumy region; Gatishche, Veterinarne, Strelecha, Lukyantsi, Ternova, Vovchansk, Potikhonov, Komisarov, Tykh, Ustinivka and Aniskine of the Kharkiv region.
On the Kupyansk and Lymansk directions, the enemy carried out offensive actions in the areas of Makiivka, Nevske, and Bilogorivka settlements of the Luhansk region. There was no success. He carried out artillery shelling of the areas of Dvorichna, Hryanikyvka, Zapadne, Liman Pershiy, Pishchane, Kislivka, and Tabaivka settlements of the Kharkiv region; Nevske, Chervonopivka, Dibrova, Belogorivka of the Luhansk Region and Spirne, Fedorivka of the Donetsk Region.
The enemy continues to advance in the direction of Bakhmut. He does not stop storming the city of Bakhmut. Our defenders repelled attacks in the areas of Dubovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, and Bila Gora settlements of the Donetsk region. Areas of the settlements of Orihovo-Vasylivka, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Kurdyumivka, Mayorsk and Zalizne came under enemy shelling.
The enemy continues to attack the positions of our troops in the Avdiyiv and Shakhtar directions. He carried out unsuccessful offensive actions in the direction of the settlements of Kamianka, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Maryinka and Pobeda of the Donetsk region. The areas of the settlements of Vesele, Avdiyivka, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Pobyeda, Vugledar, Prechistivka, Neskuchne and Velika Novosilka, Donetsk region, were shelled.
In the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions, the enemy is defending, and in some areas it is trying to create conditions for the transition to the offensive. Conducts artillery shelling of populated areas near the contact line. In particular, Vremivka, Zelene Pole, and Novopil of the Donetsk region were affected; Olhivske, Hulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Charivne, Novodanilivka, Orihiv and Novoandriivka in Zaporizhzhia, as well as Zelenivka in the Kherson region and the city of Kherson.
In Energodar, Zaporizhzhia region, the Russian occupiers continue to put pressure on the civilian population, in particular, by restricting the supply of heat and hot water to homes. After mass layoffs, there is a shortage of specialists at the nuclear power plant, due to which the invaders are forced to hire people without education and experience.
Recently, the Russian occupiers have become more active in looting in the temporarily captured territory of the Kherson region, particularly in the city of Oleshki. Vehicles are a special object of attention of invaders.
During the day, the aviation of the Defense Forces of Ukraine made 3 strikes on areas where the occupiers were concentrated. Units of missile troops and artillery, in turn, struck the area of concentration of manpower and the area of concentration of weapons and military equipment of the enemy, as well as 2 positions of anti-aircraft missile complexes of the occupiers.
Glory to Ukraine