18 February: Russia concentrates 10,000 troops near the border with Sumy region, Wagner group spotted in Melitopol

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Saturday, February 18, 2023.
Illustration Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

Illustration Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

Over the past day, our soldiers repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the districts of Stelmakhivka, Chervonopopivka, and Kreminna. On the Kupiansk and Lyman directions, the enemy shelled Nevske, Chervonopopivka, Kreminna, Kuzmine, Novoselivske, Dibrova, and Bilohorivka. The Russians also carried out airstrikes near Stelmakhivka, Dibrova, Serebryansk Forestry, and Bilohorivka. The situation in the region remains difficult.

Donetsk Region

In the morning, the old part of Avdiivka was shelled.

Ocheretyn administration: during the night shelling and fighting continued in the area of the villages of Pivnichne, Vodyane, and Pervomaiske.

The shelling from artillery and MLRS on the outskirts of Chasiv Yar did not stop all night.

Constant shelling of the settlements of Mariinka and Soledar communities.

Yesterday, about 15 private residential buildings and commercial buildings were damaged as a result of rocket fire in Ivanopil of the Kostiantynivka community, three cars were burned; the Inter-street gas line on the power grid is broken. One person died.

In the evening, the center of Pokrovsk was shelled (with the use of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles). The central square, buildings of two higher education institutions, a dormitory of one of them were damaged; gymnasium, high-rise buildings, destroyed and damaged private houses.

In the Donetsk region, three people died and five were injured in one day.

Sumy Region

Yesterday, three rockets were fired at the region from the territory of the Russian Federation. One of the missiles was destroyed by the anti-aircraft system. Two more S-300 type rockets hit Krasnopillia town. As a result of the said missile strike, windows in one of the buildings of the community were damaged.

Also yesterday, during the day, the enemy shelled seven territorial communities of the region: Esman, Yunakiv, Khotyn, Krasnopillia, Bilopillia, Hlukhiv, and Znob-Novhorod. More than 120 arrivals were recorded. Details regarding the consequences are being clarified.

Kharkiv Region

In the direction of Slobozhansk, the areas of settlements: Veterinarne, Hraniv, Kozacha Lopan, Strelecha, Krasne, Borysivka, Vesele, Staritsa, Krasne Pershe came under fire.

In the Kupiansk direction, the enemy shelled the settlements: Kucherivka, Krokhmalne, and Berestove. The enemy fired from barrel and rocket artillery, mortars, and tanks. An airstrike was carried out in the city of Vovchansk. As a result of yesterday’s morning shelling of Kupiansk, two fires broke out in the private residential sector. As a result of shelling, a private house was damaged and a fire broke out in the village of Dvorichna, Kupian district. A 68-year-old civilian died.

As a result of the shelling of the village A civilian man was injured on May Day in Kharkiv district. Help was provided on the spot. The house was damaged.

In Vovchansk, Chuhuiv District, the buildings of the Center for Primary Medical Care were damaged. Garages and 5 cars were also damaged.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

Yesterday, the enemy hit the Nikopol region four times – heavy artillery hit Nikopol itself, Chervonohryhorivka and Marhanets communities. A 76-year-old woman was injured and will be treated at home. As a result of shelling, 11 private houses and ten farm buildings were damaged, enemy shells cut off five power lines.

Zaporizhzhia Region

During the past day, the occupiers shelled the civilian infrastructure in the area of the settlements of Novodanilivka, Gulyaipole, Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Mala Tokmachka, Olhivske, Malynivka, Novoandriivka, Bilohirya, Charivne, Stepove, Mali Shcherbaki, Kamianske. There were 14 reports of destruction as a result of shelling. Details regarding the consequences are being clarified.

Kherson Region

According to the information of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the suburbs and the city of Kherson, as well as the districts of more than 25 settlements, in particular, Havrylivka, Dudchany, Beryslav, Vesele, Kozatske, Ivanivka, Inzhenerne, Dniprovske, Berehove and Veletenske, were affected by enemy artillery fire in the Kherson direction.

On the evening of February 17, the Russian army shelled the Kherson community 10 times. The micro-districts of Ostriv and Zhytloselishche, as well as the suburb of Kherson – Sadove, were under fire. One resident of Sadove was killed. The building of the Kherson faculty of the Odessa University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the building of the visa center was damaged. Private houses were also destroyed.

In the village of Oleksandrivka, Kherson district, a 31-year-old man blew himself up on a Russian mine. It happened on the shore of the pond. The victim lost his foot. In general, one person was killed and three were injured during the day due to Russian aggression in the Kherson region.

UKRAINE: The losses of the Russian army exceeded 142,000: in a day, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation eliminated more than a thousand soldiers – the General Staff

In Melitopol, buses with «Wagnerians» were recorded – the mayor of the Melitopol

The total losses of the «Wagnerians» in Ukraine amount to more than 30,000 people – the White House

Putin may seize Belarusian factories to strengthen the Russian army – ISW

WORLD: 10,000 Russian troops are concentrated near the border with Sumy region – The Times

Russian spy network collapsed: Putin tries to compensate for losses – The WP

What personnel changes in the Russian army indicate: the ISW explained

Biden to address Putin during his speech in Poland – the White House

Stoltenberg explained why NATO member states are in no hurry to provide Ukraine with modern fighter jets

The Secretary General of NATO said that the negotiations on the provision of modern aircraft to Ukraine have been ongoing since the beginning of the full-scale war with the Russian Federation.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained that there is now an urgent need to provide military support to Ukraine, and the supply of modern fighter jets will take time. However, he assured that consultations with NATO member countries regarding the aircraft are ongoing.

Stoltenberg told about this in an exclusive interview with TSN.

«In particular, we talk about this at consultations with NATO member countries. Such consultations – about what we should supply to Ukraine – have been going on since the war began. And what we see – the support provided by NATO members – has become much bigger as the war got bigger. Starting with javelins, anti-tank weapons, anti-aircraft artillery, then armored vehicles, heavy tanks, and now we’re discussing airplanes. Let me say that regardless of the decision on airplanes, I think we need to understand that there is an urgent need to provide support right now, and the delivery of aircraft will take time. Therefore, we must complete what the member states have already promised – regarding tanks, regarding air defense systems,» – he explained.

The second reason, as noted by the NATO Secretary General, is that it is now important to discuss what new types of weapons should be provided to Ukraine and whether they work effectively on the battlefield.

«But it is equally important to make sure that the weapons that Ukraine has already received work as they should. So we have to make sure that we deliver enough ammunition and spare parts to keep these weapons running, because otherwise Ukraine will not be able to win this war,» – he noted.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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