Russia Attacks Ukraine - 23 Feb 2022 #11

'Putin is ready to halt the war in Ukraine with ceasefire

that recognises current battlefield lines -

but will fight on if the West does not respond."


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Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who is in custody on espionage charges, makes a heart-shaped gesture behind a glass wall of an enclosure for defendants as he attends a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, April 23, 2024. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva


I’m so relieved he is holding up, but on the other hand it frightens me because it’s so reminiscent of what Navalny used to do. :(
 
MAY 23, 2024
Ukraine and many of its supporters have called for the confiscation of $260 billion in Russian assets frozen outside the country after the Feb. 24, 2022, invasion.

But European officials have resisted, citing legal and financial stability concerns. Most of the frozen assets are located in Europe.

A European plan to merely use the interest on the Russian funds would provide only a trickle of money every year — about $2.5 billion-$3 billion at current interest rates, which would barely meet a month’s financing needs for the Ukrainian government.

At least 20 people were wounded as S-300 missiles struck the city of Kharkiv, regional Gov. Oleh Syniehubov said. Explosions reverberated around the city of some 1 million people.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the attack “extremely cruel” and expressed renewed frustration at not getting enough air defense systems from the country’s Western partners to prevent the barrages after more than two years on unrelenting war.

MAY 24, 2024
Authorities have evacuated more than 11,000 people from the Kharkiv region since Russia launched an offensive there on May 10, regional Gov. Oleh Syniehubov said. Officials on Friday announced the mandatory evacuation over the next 60 days of 123 orphans and children living without their parents in the area.

Russia’s Kharkiv push appears to be a coordinated new offensive that includes testing Ukrainian defenses in the Donetsk region further south, while also launching incursions in the northern Sumy and Chernihiv regions. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Kremlin’s army is attempting to create a “buffer zone” in the Kharkiv region to prevent Ukrainian cross-border attacks.
 
MAY 26, 2024
At least 16 people have been killed and dozens injured after a Russian strike hit a large hardware store in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, according to officials.

Among the dead is a 12-year-old girl, police said Sunday. The attack came as Russian forces continue to advance in northeastern Ukraine after crossing the border earlier this month and opening a new front in the two-year-old conflict.

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Officials have said there were nearly 200 people inside the building when the strike occurred.

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Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, noted that there is “not a single military object nearby” the site of the strike.

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“Russia continues its savage attacks on Kharkiv this week, striking a busy shopping center, a book publishing house and other civilian targets,” US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink said Saturday. “We condemn these attacks and commit to holding Russia accountable for its unprovoked war,” she added.

After Saturday’s attack, Zelensky reiterated that “if Ukraine had enough air defense systems and modern combat aircraft, such Russian strikes would have been impossible.”

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MAY 26, 2024
At least 16 people have been killed and dozens injured after a Russian strike hit a large hardware store in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, according to officials.

Among the dead is a 12-year-old girl, police said Sunday. The attack came as Russian forces continue to advance in northeastern Ukraine after crossing the border earlier this month and opening a new front in the two-year-old conflict.

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Officials have said there were nearly 200 people inside the building when the strike occurred.

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Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, noted that there is “not a single military object nearby” the site of the strike.

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“Russia continues its savage attacks on Kharkiv this week, striking a busy shopping center, a book publishing house and other civilian targets,” US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink said Saturday. “We condemn these attacks and commit to holding Russia accountable for its unprovoked war,” she added.

After Saturday’s attack, Zelensky reiterated that “if Ukraine had enough air defense systems and modern combat aircraft, such Russian strikes would have been impossible.”

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This article dated March 5, 2024

"Ukraine is set to receive U.S.-made F-16 fighter aircraft within months, an upgrade that Kyiv and its Western allies hope will help level the playing field with Russia’s formidable air force. But the F-16s will only have a meaningful impact on the war in Ukraine if Kyiv and its partners can build and maintain the extensive support and logistics infrastructure necessary to keep these world-class warplanes in the air."
"The F-16 Fighting Falcon (also known as the “Viper”) is a major upgrade from the Soviet-era fighters that Ukrainians currently fly."


IMO, this is a well written article explaining the importance of the F-16.

JMO
 
The Biden administration has quietly given Ukraine permission to strike inside Russia — solely near the area of Kharkiv — using U.S.-provided weapons, a U.S. official and two other people familiar with the move said Thursday, a major reversal that will help Ukraine to better defend its second-largest city.

“The president recently directed his team to ensure that Ukraine is able to use U.S. weapons for counter-fire purposes in Kharkiv so Ukraine can hit back at Russian forces hitting them or preparing to hit them,” a U.S. official confirmed, adding that the policy of allowing long-range strikes inside Russia “has not changed.”

 

Ukraine allowed to hit some targets in Russia with US weapons - reports​


16 minutes ago
US President Joe Biden has given Ukraine permission to use US-supplied weapons to strike targets in Russia, but only near the Kharkiv region, US media are quoting officials as saying.

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While the US policy of not allowing long-range strikes inside Russia has not changed, according to reports, Moscow will likely view the latest measure as an escalation.

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