21 February: Shelling of Kherson and Ochakiv during Putin’s speech, China worried about war in Ukraine

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Tuesday, February 21, 2023.
Photo by Reuters/Lisi Niesner

Photo by Reuters/Lisi Niesner

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

The enemy is concentrating its main efforts on conducting offensive operations in the Kupiansk and Lyman directions, in particular, in the Nevske district.

The enemy shelled Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Ploshanka, Dibrova, Chervonopopivka and Bilohorivka. Launched an airstrike on Bilohorivka. Ukrainian passports are confiscated in the occupied territories under various pretexts. The situation in the region remains difficult.

Donetsk Region

During the past day, there were 40 shellings. The enemy used the S-300 air defense system, Smerch, Hrad, and artillery. Shot at: Avdiivka (housing sector, «Miko-food» LLC, bus depot, kindergarten, utility company); Bakhmut (housing sector); Kurakhove (surroundings); Toretsk (housing sector, school, concentration factory); Chasiv Yar (housing sector); with. Karlivka (reservoir area and the outskirts of the village); residential sectors of Velyka Novosilka township, Gostre township, Arkhanhelske village, Berdychi village, Vesele village, Dubovo-Vasylivka village, Elizavetivka village, Zoryane village, Ivanopillia village, Katerynivka village, Kleban-Byk village, Krasnohorivka, Lastochkine village, Maksimilianivka village, Novyi Komar village, Novobakhmutivka village, Novopokrovske village.

Numerous damages to civil and economic objects. In the Donetsk region, three people were killed and 5 civilians were injured in one day.

Sumy Region

Yesterday, during the day, the enemy shelled 4 communities of the region: Esman, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Yunakiv. Fortunately, without loss or damage.

Also, late in the evening, a mortar shelling of the Esman territorial community was carried out from the territory of the Russian Federation. Information about victims and destruction is being clarified.

Kharkiv Region

This morning in the village of Rubizhne, Chuhuiv district, a man blew himself up with an unknown explosive device. Medics went to the scene. The information is being clarified.

In the Slobozhansk and Kupiansk directions, more than 25 areas of settlements were subjected to enemy shelling. Among them are Strelecha, Krasne, Zelene, Ternova, Bochkove, Mala Vovcha, Ozerne, Hryhorivka, Dvorichna, Kupiansk, Hryanikyvka, Pischane, Krokhmalne and Pershotravneve. In addition, the enemy launched an airstrike on the settlement of Hraniv.

Yesterday, as a result of the shelling of the village of Novoosynove, Kupiansk district, a private residential building and farm buildings were damaged, and fires broke out.

As a result of shelling, a private residential building was damaged in Vovchansk, Chuhuiv district. In the afternoon in the village Two-year-old Kupiansk district damaged 3 residential buildings.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

In the past day, the Russian army of occupation struck the Nikopol district three times. Shells from the enemy’s heavy artillery hit Marhanets and Chervonohryhorivka communities. Rescue workers are working at the sites of shelling. The consequences are still being clarified.

Zaporizhzhia Region

Over the past day, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of Balabyne, Gulyaipole, Olhivske, Charivne, Chervone, Stepnohirsk, Stepove, Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Novodanylivka, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Malinivka, Shcherbaki, Temyrivka, Pavlivka, Mahdalinivka. There were 40 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, more than 35 settlements were affected by enemy artillery fire in the Kherson direction. Among them are Zolota Balka, Dudchany, Kachkarivka, Zmiivka, Beryslav, Kozatske, Mykolaivka, Antonivka, Vesele, Burgunka, Ivanivka, Inzhenerne, Kherson, Bilozerka, Dniprovske, Berehove and Veletenske.

The occupiers continue shelling civilian objects in individual settlements of the Kakhovka and Hola Prystan districts of the Kherson region.

As a result of the attack on the village of Antonivka, two people were killed. Two more people were injured in the Kherson region. 43 people were evacuated from the de-occupied territories of the Kherson region, three of them children.

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China declared that the war in Ukraine could «get out of control»

China has declared that it is deeply concerned about the «escalation of the conflict» in Ukraine.

China has declared that it is deeply concerned about the «escalation of the conflict» ongoing in Ukraine and the possibility of the situation getting out of control.

This was announced on Monday, February 20, by Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, delivering a keynote speech at the opening of the Lanting Security Conference in Beijing. According to CNN, the statement of the top Chinese diplomat was made against the background of his visit to Moscow this week.

«China is deeply concerned about the escalation of the ongoing conflict and the possibility of the situation getting out of control. We call on the relevant countries to immediately stop fanning the flames, blaming China and spreading the rhetoric of ‘today Ukraine, tomorrow Taiwan,’» said the Chinese diplomat.

China’s position on the war in Ukraine

On Sunday evening, February 19, Wang Yi, the head of the Foreign Affairs Office of the CPC Central Committee, China’s highest-ranking diplomat, arrived in Moscow for a visit. Russia became the final point of his European tour.

At the same time, the US is noticing negative trends regarding China’s support for Russian forces. In particular, citing its own intelligence, the US warns that Beijing is seriously approaching the limit of providing lethal military aid to Moscow. In particular, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned allies and Ukraine about this at the Munich Security Conference, where he had a meeting with both the chief Chinese diplomat Wang Yi and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

On Sunday, February 19, the US permanent representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that China would cross a «red line» if it dared to provide weapons to the Russian Federation.

In turn, China responded to the US call not to supply weapons to the Russian Federation. Wang Wenbin, an official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, said on February 20 that the United States of America «does not have the right to lecture» China regarding the supply of arms to Russia.

If China entered into an alliance with Russia and supported Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, a world war would begin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said, and called on Beijing to support the Ukrainian peace formula and influence the Russian Federation in matters of nuclear security.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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