Ukraine Weekly Update | February 23rd, 2024

Significant Events and Developments

  • Fall of Avdeevka: Avdeevka, a key Ukrainian stronghold in Donetsk, has fallen to Russian forces. This marks a significant advance in the Russian campaign to capture the Donetsk region and represents a major strategic defeat for Ukraine.
  • US Vetoes Resolution on Israeli Massacre in Gaza: The United States used its veto power at the UN Security Council to block a resolution condemning the Israeli military's indiscriminate slaughter of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. This action has been widely criticized for shielding Israel from accountability and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
  • Trucker Boycott of New York: The Trucker Movement, inspired by Donald Trump, has launched a boycott campaign against New York City, causing shortages and disruptions in the supply chain. The move underscores the rising influence of populist forces in the United States.
  • Putin and Trump: President Putin test-flew a strategic bomber, while footage surfaced of President Trump struggling to board Air Force One, further highlighting the contrasting fates of the two presidents.

Ukrainian Concerns

  • Declining Trust in Leaders: A recent poll has shown that trust in General Syrsky, the new commander of the Ukrainian armed forces, has declined significantly since the departure of General Zaluzhny.
  • Macron's Military Deal with Ukraine: Emmanuel Macron has promised military aid and cooperation to Ukraine, but there has been no formal military alliance between France and Ukraine.
  • Justice Minister's Suggestion: The Ukrainian Justice Minister has suggested releasing convicted criminals to assist in the war efforts by digging defense works, citing concerns about giving them weapons.
  • Ukrainian Terror Attacks: Multiple reports of Ukrainian attacks on Russian civilian areas, including the use of US-supplied chemical weapons, cluster munitions, and artillery.

Russian Concerns

  • Russian Deportation in Latvia: Russians residing in Latvia risk deportation if they fail to pass a language exam, highlighting tensions among ethnic Russians in the region.
  • Death of Russian Dissident Navalny: The death of Russian dissident Alexey Navalny while in custody has sparked allegations of murder and calls for an international investigation.
  • Forgetting History: The tenth anniversary of the Maidan coup was commemorated, while the second anniversary of the Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine will be commemorated tomorrow.
  • Fall of Donetsk: The fall of Avdeevka is a significant setback for Ukraine, as it has been a key stronghold in the Donetsk region.

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