Ukraine War

Ukraine War Update as of February 26: AFU Stand Firm Amidst Heavy Russian Onslaught

As the conflict in Ukraine continues, the latest developments on February 26 provide a mixed picture of successes and challenges for the Ukrainian forces.

Robotyne Front: Repelling Russian Attacks

In the Robotyne front, Ukrainian forces successfully repelled several small and larger Russian attacks, primarily originating from the west of Robotyne. Notably, an attack involving Russian infantry landing in the settlement resulted in the destruction of an entire Russian platoon along with all accompanying BMPs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles).

Bakhmut Front: Intense Combat in Ivanivske

Unfortunately, in the Bakhmut front, Russian forces managed to break into Ivanivske, penetrating the first streets. Heavy combat is ongoing in the area, with Russian advances reported both north and east of the settlement. Tragically, north of Ivanivske, Russians committed a war crime by killing at least 7 Ukrainian POWs who had surrendered with their hands up and were unarmed.

AFU Withdrawal from Lastochkyne

Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from Lastochkyne west of Avdiivka, Dmytro Lykhovy, spokesperson for the Operational-Strategic Group of Forces Tavriya confirmed. Additional reports of Russian advances towards Tonen’ke, and the probable retreat from Sjeverne are reported.

Captured Russian Soldiers in Krynky

Despite Russian claims of taking Krynky, Ukrainian Marines have presented footage showcasing recently captured Russian soldiers, challenging the narrative put forth by the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

General Updates: Ukraine Year 2024 Forum

Yesterday, the Ukraine Year 2024 forum took place. Defense Minister Umerov expressed determination, stating that every effort is being made, including the seemingly impossible, to achieve a breakthrough. Minister of Digital Transformation Mykahilo Fedorov shared a significant technological advancement, revealing that Ukrainian troops can now remotely control drones not only near the front but also from the rear.

International Support: Seizing Frozen Russian Assets

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged support by backing plans to send billions to Ukraine from interest earned on frozen Russian assets. Sunak expressed a desire to take bolder actions, potentially seizing the assets themselves.

Diplomatic Visits: German Foreign Minister in Mykolaiv

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock visited Mykolaiv, following a prior visit to Odesa accompanied by Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba. These visits highlight the international community’s engagement and support for Ukraine in these challenging times.

As the conflict unfolds, the world watches closely, with the hope for a peaceful resolution and an end to the suffering endured by the people of Ukraine.

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