23 February: China’s possible role in the war, a statement by Hungarian Foreign Ministry

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Thursday, February 23, 2023.
Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

The offensive actions of the Russian troops in the Kupiansk and Lyman directions near Stelmakhivka, Kreminna and Bilohorivka were unsuccessful.

The enemy also carried out artillery fire on the areas of the settlements of Nevske, Chervonopopivka, Kreminna, Kuzmine, Dibrova and Bilohorivka.

In the de-occupied territory near Novoselivske, a man came across an enemy mine, received an explosive injury, numerous shrapnel wounds.

The situation in the region remains tense.

Donetsk Region

This morning, there was shelling from the Hrad anti-aircraft missile system in the city of Avdiivka, hitting the old and central parts of the city. Information about the victims is being clarified.

Shelling continues along the entire front line.

Active fighting around Vuhledar, Bakhmut, Mariinka, Avdiivka. Under constant enemy fire Chasiv Yar.

Artillery shelling of the town of Yampil. A man born in 1957 was killed by direct entry into the house. and his wife, born in 1963, was wounded. 6 houses were damaged.

At night, 3 rockets were fired at the village of Bohatyr. A private house was destroyed, neighboring houses, farm buildings, and a power line were damaged.

Russian artillery damaged the village of Ivanopil, the building of a motor vehicle enterprise and two buses were damaged, 2 private residential buildings were damaged, a high-rise building in the city center, garages of a car company, and a gasoline truck was burned. 

In the Donetsk region, two civilians were injured in one day.

Sumy Region

At night – artillery shelling of the Esman community. Data on victims and destruction of infrastructure are being clarified.

Yesterday, during the day, the enemy shelled 6 territorial communities of the region: Esman, Bilopillia, Yunakiv, Krasnopillia, Nova Sloboda, Khotyn. More than 89 attacks were recorded: − 80 mortar attacks, 8 artillery attacks and 1 anti-tank guided missile attack.

Yesterday afternoon, as a result of an anti-tank guided missile hitting a civilian car carrying bread near the village of Vodolahy of the Khotyn community, the driver and a passenger were injured. They were given medical assistance.

As a result of mortar shelling of the Esman community yesterday afternoon, the road, the administration building of a private enterprise and 2 residential buildings in the village were damaged. Sopych

Bilopillia community: Several residential buildings were damaged in the village Ryzhyvka

Kharkiv Region

Yesterday morning, 4 S-300 air defense missiles were fired at Kharkiv. Hits were recorded on the territory of industrial enterprises. 2 civilians were lightly injured.

During the day, the enemy shelled the areas of more than 18 settlements near the contact line.

Yesterday afternoon, as a result of shelling in the town of Vovchansk, Chuhuiv district, 6 residential buildings, farm buildings, and a lyceum building were damaged.

As a result of the shelling of the village Nesterne of the Vovchansk community, farm buildings were damaged, and a warehouse was on fire.

In the village A 40-year-old civilian man was wounded in the foothills of the Kupiansk district as a result of shelling.

In Izyum, a 55-year-old civilian man, an employee of a forest farm, stepped on a «Petal» mine. Hospitalized with an explosive wound.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

The aggressor shelled the Nikopol district three times yesterday. With heavy artillery, he struck the communities of Marhanets and Myrove. There is destruction. There, enemy shells severed the power line that feeds the pumping station. 35 thousand families were left without water. At this hour, water supply has already been restored.

A dozen private houses and commercial buildings, a car, and a gas pipeline were also damaged.

Rescuers are still examining the rest of the affected areas and determining the consequences.

Zaporizhzhia Region

During the past day, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of the settlements of Gulyaipole, Shevchenko, Charivne, Gulyaipilske, Chervone, Novoandriivka, Novodanylivka, Olhivske, Mala Tokmachka, Bilohirya, Malynivka, Mali Shcherbaki, Kamianske.

12 reports were received about the destruction of houses (apartments) of citizens and infrastructure objects as a result of shelling.

Kherson Region

According to the information of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in the Kherson region, the settlements located on the right bank of the Dnipro River were damaged by the artillery fire of the Russian occupying forces. In particular, Tyahinka, Novotyahinka, Antonivka, Zelenivka, Chornobayivka and Kherson.

During the day, 2 people were killed in the Kherson region due to strikes by the Russian army.

99 people were evacuated from the de-occupied territories of the Kherson Region, 16 of them were children.

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Szijjártó made a scandalous statement about ending the war in Ukraine: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted to the «peace formula»

According to the Hungarian politician, negotiations on Ukraine are possible without Ukraine.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Peter Szijjártó, said that the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, and the dictator of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, should talk to each other in order to stop the war in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry responded to the diplomat’s statements.

This was reported by Magyar Hirlap.

According to Szijjártó, the presidents of the USA and Russia allegedly «could have done a much greater service to humanity if they had talked to each other yesterday.» He said, «if there is no immediate ceasefire and peace talks do not start immediately, huge problems may arise.»

The Hungarian minister also stated: calls warning of the danger of a nuclear catastrophe are proof of the correctness of Budapest’s argument that a ceasefire and peace talks in Ukraine are necessary as soon as possible.

«This war must end immediately. If there is no immediate ceasefire and no immediate start of peace talks, this could become a huge problem. It would be great if the Americans and the Russians would finally talk to each other and do everything possible to end this war as soon as possible.» – said the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine commented on Szijjártó statements. According to the spokesman Oleh Nikolenko, «the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs could do a much greater service to humanity if he stopped playing along with Russia.» In addition, Hungary is not in the position «to decide when peace negotiations should begin.»

«If Peter Szijjártó really cares so much about ending the war as soon as possible, we have a piece of advice: before his next visit to Moscow or Minsk, stop in Bratislava. In Slovakia, the current threats in Europe are well understood. We are sure that our Slovak colleagues would be able to give some wise advice,» – emphasized the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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