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UKRAINE WAR BULLETIN - February 25, 2022 - 8 p.m. EST
Embassy of Ukraine in the USA
President of Ukraine
During his latest video address to the nation, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has informed about his telephone calls with President of France Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, President of the European Commission Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen, and President of the United States Joe Biden, to whom he expressed special thanks for his support. The President informed Western allies about Ukraine’s assistance needs.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted the most atrocious war crimes committed by the Russian army in the last two days: “In Vorzel, Kyiv region, the Russian army used the BM-21 ‘Grad’ rocket launchers against an orphanage. Okhtyrka, in the Sumy region, was targeted with the BM-27 ‘Uragan’ rocket launcher systems. Residential areas, shelters, and kindergartens were under fire. Why is Russia fighting a war against Ukrainian children at a kindergarten? Are they also ‘neo-Nazi’? Or, are they the NATO soldiers who were ‘threatening’ Russia? Killed and wounded children are the final verdict on the nature of the invasion.”
The President reminded that numerous cities are under shelling attacks: Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, but emphasized that special attention is now paid to Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. Zelenskyy warned Ukraine’s citizens about activities of saboteurs and encouraged to obstruct them in all possible ways.
At 10 pm Kyiv time President Zelenskyy’s press secretary refuted rumors that Ukraine refused to participate in peace negotiations with Russian Federation. “Ukraine remains committed to ceasefire and peace. It is our unwavering position. We positively responded to President Putin’s proposal. As of now the sides are consulting on the place and time of these talks. The sooner these talks begin, the better chances there would be to return to normal life.”
General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Our Air Defense Forces shot down an IL-76 with an enemy landing near Vasylkiv. This is revenge for Luhansk 2014.
Regular troops of the Armed Forces of the RF are conducting offensive operations in all areas of concentration. Ukraine's defense forces are holding back the Russian invasion. As of now, the enemy has not achieved the previously set strategic goals. Lacking sufficient forces, he was forced to prematurely bring into battle additional units of the second echelon and reserves.
The enemy does not stop trying to surround the capital of Ukraine. The Kyiv City Defense Forces are holding their ground.
The National Guard of Ukraine protects and defends the Vyshhorod hydroelectric power station, airports and other important infrastructure. In addition, all bridges, central heating networks and other critical infrastructure facilities have been taken under heightened protection in the city itself, and checkpoints have been set up on the roads.
The enemy is getting weaker every day, with every fight! On the contrary, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are becoming stronger every minute! Volunteers, reservists, participants of the territorial defense, everyone who took up arms, gives more strength to the Ukrainian army in the noble mission of protecting the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine.
Regular troops of the RF Armed Forces are conducting offensive operations. Ukraine's defense forces are holding back the Russian invasion.
The enemy has not achieved the previously set strategic goals. Lacking sufficient forces, the enemy was forced to prematurely bring into battle additional units of the second echelon and reserves.
The enemy does not stop trying to surround the capital of Ukraine. The Kyiv City Defense Forces are holding their ground. The National Guard of Ukraine protects and defends the Vyshhorod hydroelectric power station, airports and other important infrastructure.
In addition, checkpoints have been set up on the roads in the city itself, all bridges, central heating networks and other critical infrastructure facilities have been taken under heightened protection.
MFA Crisis Center
The town of Shchastya (Luhansk region) underwent a severe attack, as a result of which 80 percent of its infrastructure was destroyed. Shelling continues. Residents evacuated the town.
The Russian Armed Forces continue attacking Ukraine’s airbases. The military airport in Starokostyantyniv (Khelmnytsk region) sustained heavy shelling.
The local authorities confirmed that the city of Chernihiv remains under control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Tank columns of the occupiers headed towards Zaporizhzhya on February 25.
There are reports the Russian aggressors cannot move forward due to shortage of fuel and food supplies.
The enemy attempts to encircle the city of Melitopol (Zaporizhzhya oblast). Heavy battles are taking place, as control over Melitopol is split between the Ukrainian and Russian forces.