Ukraine War

Ukraine War Update as of February 29: AFU Retakes Contested Positions in Robotyne

As of February 29, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have successfully reclaimed positions south of Robotyne, previously considered contested and partially under Russian control. Another Russian mechanized attack south of Robotyne faced a robust defense by Ukrainian forces, resulting in significant losses for the aggressors.

On the Krasnohorivka front, Russian forces attempted to advance south of the settlement, aiming for the dacha area. Initial reports suggested that Russians gained a foothold, but subsequent updates from AFU indicated a successful expulsion of Russian forces. The situation in the gray zone remains uncertain.

In the Avdiivka front, the status of Orlivka and Tonen’ke is unclear, with reported Russian advances in the vicinity. Claims of Russian forces entering Orlivka are currently unconfirmed, and reports suggesting AFU withdrawal from Berdychi are likely false, according to preliminary assessments.

The russians are trying to seize two villages Ivanovske and Bohdanivka in the Bakhmut direction. This was announced by the head of the press service of the Khortytsia military group, Ilia Yevlash.

General Updates:

Pentagon Considers $4 Billion Military Aid: The Pentagon is contemplating the use of the last remaining funding source, approximately $4 billion in presidential drawdown authority, to provide military aid in support of Ukraine. This authority enables the Pentagon to utilize its stockpiles for furnishing military equipment to Ukraine.

International Aid: Ukraine receives a significant boost with a $760 million grant from Japan and Norway through the World Bank’s PEACE in Ukraine mechanism. These funds will cover priority state budget expenditures, as reported by Prime Minister Shmyhal.

Military Support from Allies: The Netherlands places an order for nine state-of-the-art DITA self-propelled artillery installations from the Czech Republic to bolster Ukraine’s defense capabilities. The DITA self-propelled howitzer is renowned for its modern fire system capable of hitting distant targets.

Belgium Allocates Funds: President Zelenskyi confirms Belgium’s allocation of funds to procure additional artillery shells for Ukraine. This move is likely linked to the recent discovery of weapon stocks by the Czech Republic in various parts of the world.

The ongoing developments underscore the international community’s commitment to supporting Ukraine’s defense efforts against Russian aggression.

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