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Seven lifeless after drone strike hit gasoline depot inflicting enormous fireplace in Kharkiv

Ukrainian forces downed a Russian fighter jet and a dozen assault drones, Kyiv has claimed, as they repelled a number of assaults close to Avdiivka and additional south.

“I want to thank Air Force units for their successful combat work!” Mykola Oleshchuk wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

It was the fourth fighter jet in two days that Ukraine claimed to have shot down. More than 80 Russian fight plane have been confirmed as both destroyed or broken because the full-scale invasion, in accordance with conflict tracker Oryx.

This comes as Russia says its forces have taken full management of the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant, two days after Ukraine confirmed its withdrawal from the city.

Russia’s defence ministry mentioned yesterday that Ukrainian items have been nonetheless entrenched on the plant, which is on the northwestern fringe of Avdiivka.

A frontline metropolis, Avdiivka has been below intense assaults from three instructions from Russian forces since October final yr after Vladimir Putin’s troops launched a renewed offensive with contemporary stockpiles of ammunition.

The Biden administration has linked the lack of Avdiivka to Congressional inaction on $60bn in army support for Ukraine.

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Ukraine had a tricky option to make over troops in Avdiivka. The West can’t afford for that to maintain occurring

Saving lives was the precedence says Volodymyr Zelensky, as delays to army support from the US will solely add to pressures on the battlefield, writes Askold Krushelnycky in Kyiv

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Matt Mathers19 February 2024 05:00

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Russian forces ‘take full management of Avdiivka coke plant’

Russia says its forces have taken full management of the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant, two days after Ukraine confirmed its withdrawal from the city.

Russia’s defence ministry mentioned yesterday that Ukrainian items have been nonetheless entrenched on the plant, which is on the northwestern fringe of Avdiivka.

The sprawling plant advanced was an essential industrial asset earlier than the beginning of the conflict, and has been the positioning of intense preventing as each international locations battled for management of the strategically-placed city.

Ukrainian forces withdrew from the city on Saturday to guard its remaining troopers from being encircled, and after day by day Russian onslaughts from three instructions for the final 4 months.

Avdiivka has been a frontline metropolis ever since Russia first invaded Ukraine in 2014, and the fortified settlement with a maze of trenches and tunnels served to guard essential – and fewer simply defended – logistical hubs additional west.

Arpan Rai19 February 2024 04:31

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ICYMI: Generational divide over the threats dealing with Britain, new polling suggests

There is a stark generational divide between how the general public see the varied threats and the way they need to be handled – however the majority agree that the world is a much less protected place than 5 years in the past, new polling suggests.

Younger folks imagine that the conflict in Gaza must be the highest international coverage precedence for the federal government, whereas the remainder of the inhabitants imagine that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a very powerful situation to deal with.

Matt Mathers19 February 2024 04:00

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ICYMI: Russia, Ukraine and Gaza dominate as world leaders collect for Munich safety convention

Two main wars and the loss of life of Russian Putin critic Alexei Navalny cling heavy over the annual gathering, writes Bel Trew.

Matt Mathers19 February 2024 03:00

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ICYMI: Biden says Navalny loss of life is ‘proof of Putin’s brutality’

In remarks delivered from the White House earlier than he departed for an occasion in Ohio, Mr Biden mentioned he was “not surprised” and “outraged” by studies that Navalny had died.

Matt Mathers19 February 2024 02:00

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ICYMI: Polish prime minister says his nation and Finland need adjustments on EU border insurance policies on migration

Poland’s prime minister mentioned on Friday that his nation will improve the wall on its border with Belarus to higher insulate the frontier towards unauthorized migration.

Donald Tusk additionally mentioned that Poland and Finland each see the necessity for adjustments within the European Union’s asylum laws, which he referred to as “inadequate” within the face of the present migration challenges and threats posed by Russia‘s and Belarus’s insurance policies which can be pushing unauthorized migration into the EU.

Matt Mathers19 February 2024 01:00

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Two years of conflict in Ukraine: Sign as much as our unique knowledgeable panel occasion with Bel Trew

To mark the second anniversary of the conflict in Ukrainee, The Independent is bringing collectively a panel of consultants who’ve been on the forefront of overlaying the battle to debate the way it has unfolded and what would possibly occur subsequent.

Matt Mathers19 February 2024 00:01

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Editorial: Ukraine can nonetheless win this conflict – however it can want our assist

The international secretary’s shocking entreaty to the US Senate – that it shouldn’t present the type of weak spot displayed towards Hitler within the Nineteen Thirties – was as well timed because it was highly effective. The complacency many Western politicians have proven to Russia of late is astonishing: we can’t permit Putin to be appeased.

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Editorial: Ukraine can nonetheless win this conflict – however it can want our assist

Editorial: The international secretary’s shocking entreaty to the US Senate – that it shouldn’t present the type of weak spot displayed towards Hitler within the Nineteen Thirties – was as well timed because it was highly effective. The complacency many Western politicians have proven to Russia of late is astonishing: we can’t permit Putin to be appeased

Matt Mathers18 February 2024 23:00

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ICYMI: ‘Neutral’ Switzerland compelled to spice up defence spending

Switzerland, recognized for being impartial in wars, is planning to spice up its defence spending by as much as 19% over the following 4 years.

The Swiss authorities is citing an increase in international instability, together with wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, and gaps created when Swiss authorities cashed in on a peace dividend from the autumn of the Berlin Wall a long time in the past.

Matt Mathers18 February 2024 22:00

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Russia is not going to intimidate me, Estonia’s Kallas says after arrest warrant issued

Estonian prime minister Kaja Kallas on Sunday dismissed a warrant issued by Russia for her arrest, saying it was simply an try and intimidate her amid hypothesis she might get a prime European Union submit.

Once dominated by Moscow however now a member of each the European Union and NATO, Estonia has been a supporter of Kyiv and Kallas has been certainly one of Moscow’s most vocal critics because the Russian invasion of Ukraine practically two years in the past.

Russian police positioned her and a number of other different Baltic politicians on a wished record on Feb. 13 for destroying Soviet-era monuments.

“It is meant to intimidate and make me refrain from the decisions that I would otherwise make,” Kallas informed Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

“But it’s Russia’s playbook. It’s nothing surprising and we are not afraid.”

The Baltic politicians danger being arrested provided that they cross the Russian border, in any other case declaring them wished has no actual penalties.

Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas

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Matt Mathers18 February 2024 21:00

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