Ukraine War

Ukraine War Update as of February 24: Another Russian A-50 AWACS Aircraft Shot Down

As of February 24, the conflict in Ukraine intensifies with significant developments on various fronts. Ukrainian Armed Forces achieved a notable feat by shooting down another Russian A-50 AWACS Radar aircraft, this time over the Azov Sea. Valued at over $300 million, the A-50 is a rare and expensive plane, marking the second such incident in the year.

Russian channels report ongoing attacks on Krasnohorivka, with claimed advancements by Russian units into the settlement. In the Bakhmut front, heavy battles unfold south of the Popovsky forest and in the eastern part of Ivanovsky, creating a dynamic and evolving situation.

In Avdiivka front Russian forces managed to advance into Stepove, or what is left of it. Geolocated footage of M1A1 Abrams tanks firing at Russian occupied positions in the remains of the village confirm.

In the Yuzhnodonetsk sector, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) counterattack proves successful, pushing back Russian troops from multiple positions south of Novomikhailovka in an area up to 1.9 km wide.

General Updates:

  • Russian production of 2 million 122mm and 152mm shells in the previous year is set to increase to 2.7 million this year, according to Major General Vadym Skibitskyi, Deputy Head of GUR (Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine).
  • A significant diplomatic development unfolds as President Zelenskyi and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sign an agreement in the field of security and long-term support between Ukraine and Denmark.
  • Italian PM Giorgia Meloni arrives in Kyiv on the 2nd anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The situation on the ground remains fluid, with both Ukrainian and Russian forces engaged in intense battles across various fronts. The downing of the A-50 aircraft adds another layer of complexity to the evolving conflict, highlighting the high stakes and escalating tensions in the region.

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