This Tuesday marks 370 days since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The situation around the eastern city of bakhmutin the Ukrainian region of Donetskis becoming more complicated by the intensification of Russian assaults, admits kyiv, which also insists on receiving from the West modern fighter jets to better protect their skies after the Russian attack with 14 Iranian drones the day before. On the other hand, the absence of bureaucratic obstacles facilitates the arrival in the European Union of millions of Ukrainians who are fleeing the Russian invasion and who, despite the trauma, feel mostly optimistic, although many doubt whether to return home and have economic problems in host countries.
Two deputies force the postponement of the vote on Finland’s entry into NATO
He eduskunta (Finnish Parliament) has been forced to postpone until Wednesday the decisive vote on the entry of the Nordic country into NATO -in the framework of the war in Ukraine-, after two deputies of the Government itself will present a motion to reject the bill of accession.
The two deputies members of the Left Alliance (one of the five parties in the governing coalition), called for a provision to be included in the law ban the stationing of nuclear weapons and the establishment of permanent NATO bases in Finland.
This initiative contravenes the official line of the Government led by the Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, who on several occasions has stated that she is not in favor of including preconditions in the accession protocol so as not to limit the room for maneuver in the future.
Russia denounces a drone attack against gas facilities near Moscow
A military drone has tried to hit some gas installations in the Moscow regionaccording to an officer of the Russian Armed Forces whom he quotes Guardian. From the photos of the damage caused, from Moscow they assert that it is a Ukrainian projectile – something unusual given the distance between the Russian border with Ukraine and the point of impact.
This would be one of the latest attacks on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in at least four Russian regions. The governor of the Moscow region, Andrei Vorobyov, confirmed the impact of a UAV attack in the town of Gubastovo, near the capital, which he says was intended to attack civilian infrastructure.
Putin signs the suspension of the START treaty for the reduction of nuclear weapons with the US
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putinhas signed this Tuesday the official suspension of Russian collaboration with the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the last pact signed with the United States for the reduction and control of nuclear weapons.
The president has signed an official document in which it is decreed to “suspend the application of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons”
The second article of the document, collected in the Russian Legal Information office, clarifies that, in the event of a possible return to the framework of the agreement with the United States, this will be a decision that must be made by the Russian president.
Moscow creates agitation and propaganda brigades to raise the spirits of the troops
He Ministry of Culture of Russia has announced the creation of agitation and propaganda brigades in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense to raise the spirits of the troops in the midst of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
“In some places you have to visit the boys during rehabilitationn, in others it is about big concerts, giving speeches in squares or traveling to the regions,” explained Olga Liubímova, Minister of Culture, on public television.
Liubímova stressed that the artists that will form these brigades will come from different regions, artistic genres and ages, although she did not mention specific names. She stressed that Russian artists themselves turn to the ministry to “participate and contribute to the cause with what they know best and like to do”.
Russia calls for strengthening border control with Ukraine
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putinhas urged on Tuesday the Federal Security Service (FSB) to strengthen control and security on the border with Ukraine as the invasion in the neighboring country progresses.
“The Russian-Ukrainian section of the state border must be under special control of the FSB Border Guard,” Putin clarified during a meeting with senior Russian intelligence officials, according to information from the TASS news agency.
In this regard, it has urged maintaining the highest level of vigilance and “constantly monitor facilities and infrastructure of vital importance, especially those that are industrial and energy.”
Thus, it has asked to take measures to deal with “acts of sabotage” in the border area and thus be able to “frustrate the actions of these groups” before they carry out their activities.
Ukraine says Ukrainian missile reserves are “almost zero”
The Ukrainian Intelligence service, in view of the latest attacks against its country, asserts that the missile reserves of the Russian Armed Forces are “almost zero”. The head of said service, Kirilo Budanov, has pointed this out to the station Voice of Americasince the Russian attacks They are more and more spaced and with fewer projectiles.
On the other hand, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Mikola Oleschuk, has informed the Ukrinform news agency that the Army has destroyed more than 650 Russian missiles since last September.
In this context, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has confirmed having indications that Russia may be carrying out a “change of tactics” in the use of missiles in the framework of war.
At least four civilians killed in Russian attacks on the Kherson region
At least four people have died and another five have been injured for a series of attacks attributed to the Russian Armed Forces in the Kherson region of eastern Ukraine, according to local authorities, who have identified these victims as civilians.
The regional administration has also confirmed in its Telegram account home damage, some of which have collapsed as a result of the attacks. The emergency services have recovered a woman from the rubble of one of these houses.
Kherson is one of four Ukrainian regions where Russia held referendums in 2022 to justify its annexation, even though the territory is divided and Russian forces do not even fully control it. The area is key to connecting Donbas with the Crimean peninsula.
Stoltenberg points out that Ukraine’s entry into NATO is “for the long term”
The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, pointed out on Tuesday that Ukraine’s entry into the Atlantic Alliance it is “for the long term” and now the priority is to help the country prevail as a “sovereign and independent nation” in the face of the Russian invasion ordered by Vladimir Putin a year ago. “NATO allies agreed that Ukraine will become a member of our alliance, but at the same time that this is a long-term perspective,” Jens Stoltenberg explained in statements from Finland, where he has met with the Finnish authorities to discuss their adherence to the military alliance.
Map of the situation in Ukraine from British Intelligence
The illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is continuing.
The map below is the latest Defense Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 28 February 2023.
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A new victim in Kherson by a Russian attack on a residential building
A Russian attack on a residential building in the city of Kherson, in the southern Ukraine, has left a fatality on Tuesday and extensive material damage, as reported by Andriy Yermak, head of the Office of the Ukrainian President, on his Telegram account. Russian troops have attacked eleven regions of Ukraine in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Ukrainian regional military administrations.
Data update of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
“There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.”
Total combat losses of the enemy from February 24, 2022 to February 28, 2023: pic.twitter.com/ihYT2oVUQc
— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) February 28, 2023
Ukraine says it has shot down 650 Russian missiles since last September
Ukraine has shot down since last September, when the Russian bombardment began on the country infrastructure, a total of 650 Russian missiles and as many Iranian-made kamikaze drones, according to what the spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Yuriy Ignat, assured on Tuesday. Quoted by the local news agency Ukrinform, Yuriy Ignat has said that “since September 11, when they began to attack the infrastructure, the Russian Federation has lost around 650 cruise missiles and around 650 Iranian kamikaze drones, which They were shot down.” In addition, he has added that he was referring to high-precision weapons (Iskander, Kalibr and Kh-101) and that although the Russians can produce more missiles “the volume of production cannot cover the costs”. The military spokesman has affirmed that the Russians also have old Soviet S-300 missiles, but that these may not reach their objectives “because of their malfunction”, although he has warned that the areas that are on the front line may be affected by this type of weapon.
London assures that the alleged damage to a Russian plane in Belarus “will further limit” its air operations
The UK intelligence has indicated this Tuesday that the damage allegedly suffered by a Russian military plane that remained parked in Belarus “will further limit” Russian air operations in the framework of the invasion of Ukraine. “The claim of authorship and damages have not been officially corroborated. However, the loss of a A-50 Mainstay would be significant, as it is crucial for Russian air operations to give an aerial picture of the battlefield. This will probably leave six A-50 operational, which will further limit Russian air operations,” British Intelligence has pointed out, before stressing that the device serves as a “control platform” and “early warning”. Thus, it has explained that “His role is to create a recognizable aerial image and provide coordination for attached combat aircraft.”
Latest Defense Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 28 February 2023
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Zelensky admits that the situation in Bakhmut is “increasingly difficult”
The President of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelensky, has acknowledged that the situation in Bakhmut, a strategic town in the Donestk region surrounded by the Russians for weeks, “is becoming increasingly difficult.” In his usual late-night speech, the Ukrainian president has said that he was “constantly in contact” with his military commanders in the area. “In the Bakhmut direction the situation is becoming more and more difficult. The enemy is constantly destroying everything that can be used to protect our positions, to gain a foothold and secure the defense. Our warriors defending the Bakhmut sector are true heroes.”added the ruler in his speech, in which he was also “grateful to each and every one of the people who heroically support this direction and other directions in Donbas.”