Russian Invasion: War against Ukraine: This is the situation

According to official information, several people have been killed and injured in new Russian attacks on Ukraine.

Russian Invasion: War against Ukraine: This is the situation

According to official information, several people have been killed and injured in new Russian attacks on Ukraine. At least three people were killed in drone strikes on the Black Sea city of Odessa, according to local authorities.

Destruction following a drone attack was also reported in the city of Dnipro this morning. The authorities there published pictures of a damaged high-rise building and eight people were injured. It was said that a search was underway for people buried under rubble.

This Saturday marks the second anniversary of the start of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, who ordered the invasion on February 24, 2022, congratulated Russian soldiers on the night of Defender of the Fatherland Day, one of Russia's most important national non-working holidays. The country repeatedly attacks Ukraine with drone and missile attacks.

According to Ukrainian air defense, a total of 23 of 31 Russian drone attacks were repelled during the night, nine of which were in Odessa alone. The leadership in Kiev is repeatedly calling for more support from the West in expanding air defense in order to be able to better protect the country's cities from attacks with rockets, cruise missiles and drones and thus save more lives.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyj announced in Kiev this morning that Ukraine was also waiting for the promised US F-16 fighter jets - for better protection of the airspace. The training of the Ukrainian pilots on the aircraft is ongoing.

The authorities had previously reported the death of one person after Russian attacks on the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. In addition, there were nine injured in the village of Kostiantynopilske, including four teenagers, as the military governor of the Donetsk region announced on Telegram. 13 enemy shells hit the area.

Borrell calls on EU states to provide more support

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called on EU member states to provide more ammunition for Ukraine. "The Ukrainian soldiers are determined to fight, but they need ammunition. Urgently and in large quantities," wrote the High Representative in a letter to the EU foreign and defense ministers, which was available to the German Press Agency.

Delays in the delivery of ammunition cost lives and weakened Ukraine's defense capability. “I therefore consider it my duty and responsibility to reach out to you again to see how we can provide even more support to Ukraine,” Borrell wrote.

Minister: Reconstruction should take up to ten years

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakow assumes that the reconstruction of his country could take up to ten years if the war were over now. "I think the most urgent damage could be repaired in two or three years. But overall it would take five to ten years," said the minister responsible for reconstruction in an interview with the German Press Agency. However, the prerequisite is that the financial means for this are available.

Putin praises Russian army on Defender of the Fatherland Day

Meanwhile, on the occasion of the military holiday, Kremlin chief Putin once again justified his war of aggression against Ukraine and praised his own soldiers, many of whom have lost their lives since the invasion began two years ago. “You are our true national heroes,” Putin said in a video message to the soldiers of the Russian armed forces that the Kremlin released overnight.

Defender of the Fatherland Day is traditionally celebrated in Russia on February 23rd. Referring to the Russian army, which has been bombing Ukrainian cities for almost two years, Putin claimed that it was fighting "for truth and justice" and was showing "courage in defending Russia."

Makeiev: Will discover more Russian atrocities

The Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin, Oleksii Makeiev, fears that his country will discover more atrocities. "The war actually lasts ten years. You can imagine what atrocities we will discover after we liberate the areas occupied by Russia and how many Butschas we still have to discover," he said on Deutschlandfunk. Ukraine has already registered more than 120,000 cases of suspected war crimes, which must now be investigated.

The ambassador emphasized that we are still in one of the most brutal wars that Russia has launched. "We are still in the phase in which unfortunately many, many soldiers sacrifice their lives every day - and in which unfortunately civilians are also killed."

EU states decide on new sanctions against Russia

The EU states have formally decided on new sanctions against Russia on the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine. The measures were directed against 106 people and 88 entities "responsible for actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine," said a statement from the EU Commission and the EU states on Friday . These include people involved in arms deliveries from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to Russia, as well as the North Korean defense minister.