14 February: Russia plans to advance on Donbas, the US called a turning point in the war

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Tuesday, February 14, 2023.
Illustration Photo / Photo: Associated Press

Illustration Photo / Photo: Associated Press

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

In the Luhansk region, Ukrainian defenders repelled attacks by Russian troops in the districts of Nevske, Kreminna, Kuzmino, Shipylivka, and Bilohorivka. 

In the Kupiansk and Lyman directions, the enemy shelled Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, Ploshanka, Nevske, Dibrova, and Bilohorivka with tanks, mortars, and artillery. The situation in the region remains difficult.

Donetsk Region

The Russians shelled 17 settlements in a day. The invaders used Smerch and Hrad rocket systems for shelling, artillery, mortars and a tank, and also carried out an air strike with unguided rockets.

The following were under enemy fire: Avdiivka (housing sector, private joint-stock company «AKHZ»), Lyman (housing sector), Kurakhove (surroundings), Bakhmut (housing sector), Vuhledar (housing sector); Chasiv Yar (residential sector), Velyka Novosilka (residential sector), Shcherbynivka (near the railway crossing), Kamianka (residential sector), Zoryanye (residential sector), Stavky (residential sector), Tonenke (residential sector), Predtechino (surroundings)), Karlivka (Karliv reservoir, surroundings), Pervomaiske (residential sector), Kostyantynivka (residential sector) and Novosilka (residential sector).

Russian troops killed one civilian and injured three civilians in the Donetsk region during the day.

Sumy Region

During the day, the Russians shelled eight territorial communities: Bilopillia, Yunakiv, Myropillia, Esman, Krasnopillia, Hlukhiv, Velyka Pysarivka, and Shalyhyne. In total, about 100 mortar hits were recorded. In addition, the enemy dropped two explosive devices from drones on the territory of the region. It passed without consequences.

Kharkiv Region

In the Kharkiv region, in the Slobozhansk direction, the areas of Veterynarne, Krasne, Vovchansk and Dvorichna settlements were subjected to enemy shelling. In the Kupiansk direction, the enemy used tanks, mortars, and artillery in the areas of Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Masyutivka, Synkivka, Kupiansk, Stepove, Kislivka, Tabaivka, Krokhmalne, Berestove, Pischane, Vyshneve, and Cherneshchyna.

At night, as a result of an attack by Russian troops on the village of Monachynivka, Kupiansk district, the building of the village club was damaged. As a result of yesterday’s morning attack by the invaders on Kupiansk, at least seven residential buildings and commercial buildings were damaged.

In Vovchansk, around 15:00, enemy fire damaged six residential buildings, shop windows of trade pavilions, windows of a manufacturing enterprise and administrative buildings. In the village of Synelnykove, Vovchansk community, at least three residential buildings and a power line were damaged.

Yesterday afternoon, a 46-year-old employee of «Kharkivoblenergo» was blown up by an anti-personnel mine «Peliustka» near the village of Nova Husarivka. The victim is hospitalized in serious condition.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

In the Dnipropetrovsk region, a 68-year-old man was wounded as a result of yesterday’s morning heavy artillery attack on Nikopol. The victim was given medical assistance and will be treated at home. Two private enterprises were damaged by enemy fire in the city, several houses, farm buildings and a car were mutilated, and two power lines were severed.

Zaporizhzhia Region

Russian troops shelled civilian infrastructure in the past 24 hours in the areas of Malynivka, Novodanylivka, Lukianivka, Olhivske, Orikhiv, Chervona Krynytsia, Poltavka, Zaporozhets, Gulyaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Charivne, Novoandriivka, Bilohirya, Chervone, Staroukrainka, Stepnohirsk, Stepove and Kamianske.

As a result of enemy strikes in the region, there is destruction of houses (apartments) of citizens and infrastructure facilities – 15 reports have been received. Details are being clarified.

Kherson Region

In the Kherson region, Russian troops continue to shell settlements located along the right bank of the Dnipro River. The Russians once again covered Kherson with artillery fire – the shells completely destroyed the building of the production base of one of the local enterprises. A base guard died under the rubble.

As a result of an enemy attack on the village of Ingulets, a woman died, another local resident was hospitalized with a mine-explosive injury and a shrapnel wound to the back. In total, two people were killed and three more were injured in the Kherson region due to Russian aggression.

Another 43 citizens, including two children, were evacuated by motor vehicles from the liberated territories of the Kherson region. Delivery of humanitarian aid to residents of the liberated territories of the region continues.

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The occupiers received an order to attack Donbas: British intelligence assessed the capabilities of the Russians

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There is no shortage of capacity in the energy system – Ukrenergo

WORLD: Stoltenberg said that NATO should have helped Ukraine more before the start of the war

NATO is developing secret instructions in the event of the bloc’s participation in the conflict – Bloomberg

The US is likely to transfer F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine or allow re-exports – Financial Times

Iran takes a direct part in the attacks of the Russian Federation on Ukraine: ISW pointed out the facts

Why are Putin and Shoigu lying about the catastrophic losses of the Russian Federation near Vuhledar: ISW analysts explained

The White House reacted to statements about the Russian plan to destabilize Moldova

The US warns Ukraine about a turning point in the war – The Washington Post

The US government is ready to support Ukraine as long as possible.

The White House believes that the turning point in Ukraine’s war with the aggressor Russia will come in the spring of 2023. Then they wait for the invaders to attack, and the Ukrainian forces will counterattack.

This was reported by The Washington Post with reference to sources from the administration of US President Joe Biden.

It is emphasized that American officials are increasingly telling Kyiv that a decisive moment is approaching in a full-scale war. In turn, the Armed Forces of Ukraine should achieve as much success as possible during the battles, while receiving a lot of help from the Western countries.

American military analysts believe that it will be difficult for Ukrainian troops to simultaneously defend Bakhmut in Donetsk region, for which fighting has been going on for many months, and launch a spring counteroffensive to retake the territory.

According to the publication, the administration of the US leader is also working with Congress to approve another $10 billion in budget aid to Ukraine. It is expected that another aid to Kyiv will be announced next week.

The US government says it is ready to support Ukraine as long as possible. Washington also warns that Kyiv will exhaust the current package of American aid by the summer, after which it will be difficult to resolve the conflict politically.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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