Zelensky and Western leaders lay flowers in Kyiv in show of solidarity (2024)

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18 hr 32 min ago

Zelensky and Western leaders lay flowers in Kyiv in show of solidarity

From CNN's Julia Kesaieva in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Nathan Hodge in London

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The Ukrainian presidential office released video on Saturday of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laying flowers at the Wall of Memory at St. Michael’s Square in Kyiv, to mark the second anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Together with our partners, we honored our bravest people who fought for Ukraine and freedom and gave their lives so that Ukraine could live,” a statement accompanying the video read. “Eternal glory and gratitude to our heroes!”

The Western leaders also met Zelensky at the Hostomel airport, which had been seized by Russian helicopter-borne troops in the early hours of the invasion and the scene of fierce fighting. Russian troops abandoned the airport during their withdrawal from around Kyiv.

The Western show of solidarity with Kyiv comes amid concerns about waning support for Ukraine and the stalling in the US Congress of an aid package for Ukraine.

“The only way to win is to increase our military support,"De Croo said in a statement on X. “As President Zelensky says: ‘We will win this war together.’”
18 hr 22 min ago

Ukraine hit by wave of overnight missile and drone strikes

From CNN’s Maria Kostenko in Kyiv, Ukraine

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Russian forces struck targets across Ukraine overnight using missiles and drones, the Ukrainian military said in a statement on Saturday.

During the salvo, Ukrainian forces shot down two X-59 guided missiles and 12 drones flying over the Kirovohrad, Odesa and Mykolaiv regions.

One person was killed after a residential building was struck in Odesa, Ukrainian national police said. Three people were taken to the hospital, while one was rescued from the rubble.

In a separate statement, Mykola Oleshchuk, the commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, expressed gratitude to troops for their "excellent combat work” during the attacks.

18 hr 40 min ago

NATO chief promises more aid as he warns battlefield situation in Ukraine is "extremely serious"

From CNN’s Maria Kostenko in Kyiv

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the battlefield situation in Ukraine “remains extremely serious,” but underscored the commitment of allies to continue delivery of weapons and economic support for Kyiv in comments marking two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

“The situation on the battlefield remains extremely serious,” he said. “[Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin’s aim to dominate Ukraine has not changed.
"And there are no indications that he is preparing for peace. But we must not lose heart."

A counteroffensive last summer by Ukrainian forces stalled and Russian forces this month captured the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka and have gone on the attack at several points along the front lines.

UkrainianForeign Minister Dmytro Kuleba recently told CNN that Avdiivkawould not have been fallen if Ukraine “had received all the artillery ammunition that we needed to defend it,” particularly amid a hold-up of critical aid to Ukraine in the US Congress.

“Just in the past days and weeks, NATO Allies have announced new packages of aid worth billions of dollars,” Stoltenberg said.
“These cover key capabilities like artillery ammunition, air defense and combat boats. As well as F16 equipment and spare parts, drones and spare parts, drones and demining equipment. More support is on the way.”

Stoltenberg said Putin had miscalculated in his aim to keep Ukraine out of NATO, saying the Kremlin leader “has achieved the exact opposite: Ukraine is now closer to NATO than ever before ... Ukraine will join NATO. It is not a question of IF, but of WHEN.”

17 hr 43 min ago

"We will succeed," says Zelensky in speech marking second anniversary of war

From CNN's Yulia Kesaieva and Duarte Mendonca

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has insisted that Ukraine will succeed and urged his countrymen to remain hopeful of victory during in a speech marking thesecond anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

“Today, unfortunately, each of us has someone to keep a moment of silence and honour the memory of. Together we bow our heads. 730 days of pain. But at the same time, 730 days of hope,” Zelensky said in the video, which was recorded from the Hostomel airport.

The Ukrainian president went on to encourage his fellow countrymen by reminding them of what has been achieved over the past two years.

“Remembering what Ukrainians have already done, you know that we can definitely do it. We are capable. We will succeed. And here, in this place (Hostomel airport), you realize it in the best way possible: the metal may fail, but not the Ukrainians,” he said.

Zelensky praised his nation for surviving the beginning of the war and even thriving against all odds.

“A nation that survived the first three days. And did not fall on the fourth. And won on the fifth day. And then a month. And then - six months. And now - two years,” Zelensky said.

“We are fighting for it. For 730 days of our lives. And we will win. On the best day of our lives,” he concluded.
20 hr 27 min ago

Russian forces claim capturing "some 200" Ukrainian troops in Avdiivka

From CNN's Maria Kostenko

Russian forces claim that they have captured “some 200” Ukrainian troops during the fight for Avdiivka, the country’s defense ministry (MOD) said Saturday.

“We have already taken out some 200 prisoners after the clearing, and as per incoming reports, we plan to pull out about a 100 more in the coming days,” the MOD said quoting the commander of the grouping, Russian Colonel-General Andrei Mordvichev.

Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, who visited Russia’s Center military grouping of troops in the “special operation zone” on Saturday, emphasized on the humane treatment of the captured troops from the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU).

“You heard what the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces said – to treat them humanely, as it has always been," Shoigu said as per the MOD.

Russia advances: Hours after Russian troopsraised their flags over Avdiivka,reports emerged of several injured soldiers who failed to escape – and were later killed as Russian troops reached their position.

Avdiivka has been on the front lines since pro-Moscow separatists seized large portions of the Donbas region, including the nearby city of Donetsk,in 2014.

The town is Russia's most significant victory since it capturedBakhmutlast year.

17 hr 37 min ago

Kyiv mayor urges continued US support as aid hangs in balance

From CNN’s Akanksha Sharma

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Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko called for continued US support as Ukraine enters the third year of war against the Russian invasion.

In an interview with CNN on Saturday, Klitschko addressed US lawmakers, saying, “We are fighting for our democratic future, if you have the same values please still support us.”
He added that the choice was simple. “Today's world is black and white, you are for the war or you are against the war, you [are] for democracy or for dictatorship,” Klitschko said.

Thanking the US for its financial and military support, Klitschko said that while the country is better protected than before receiving the anti-missile system from the US, “we still need much more protection” because “no one feels safe in Ukraine.”

Kyiv citizens, including children, have suffered over the past two years of war, Klitschko said and alleged that Russia stands in clear violation of the rules of warfare that call for sparing civilian women and children.

Remember: A constant drip feed of aid from Western countries, particularly the US, as well as the provision of modern weaponry,has proved a vital lifeline for Ukraine in its war.

But in early 2024, a US aid package for Ukraine stalled. The US Senate passed with bipartisanbacking a$95.3 billion foreign aid bill, which includes $60 billion to support Ukraine. However, Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson hasresisted moves for a quick vote, which wouldlikely facearevolt from members of his own party.

20 hr 56 min ago

"No one believed that we could stand," says Ukraine's army chief on second anniversary of war

From CNN's Maria Kostenko

Ukraine’s army chiefOleksandr Syrskyisaid on Saturday that “no one in the world believed that we would stand” in an emotional post markingthe second anniversary of Russian’swar onUkraine.

“When thousands of columns of Russian invaders moved from all directions into Ukraine, when thousands of rockets and bombs fell on our land, no one in the world believed that we would stand,” Syrskyi said.

In the post, Syrskyireiterated his praise for the thousands of Ukrainians who volunteered to help the military, many taking up weapons and serving in the frontlines.

Syrskyilisteda series of highlights of the two yearsof the war, such as the battle for Kyiv andthe liberation of Kherson.
“Today, we continue to fight the enemy along the entire front line. We pay the highest price for our freedom so that every Ukrainian city or village does not become another Bucha, Bakhmut or Avdiivka,” he said.

Syrskyialso paid tribute to those who lost their lives for Ukraine, vowing to “take revenge” and commended volunteers working closely with the emergency services for their work in bringing “victory closer.”

“Today, more than ever, we need unity. I am convinced that unity is our victory. And it will definitely be. Because light always defeats darkness!” Syrskyiadded.

Russia’s war in Ukraine hasso far cost the lives of over 10,300 civilians, according to the United Nations.

21 hr 11 min ago

Ukraine’s First Lady highlights abduction of Ukrainian children on war anniversary

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Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska has highlighted the illegal abduction of Ukrainian children by Russia in comments marking two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement posted on X on Saturday, she wrote: “Two years. For children, this is like a whole eternity that should have been full of discoveries, laughter in the school corridors, and happy moments with loved ones.
"Instead, it became a tragedy. Russia killed 528 Ukrainian children, wounded more than 1,230, abducted more than 19,000, and forced more than 2 million to leave their homes.”
Russia, Zelenska added, “is deliberately targeting our children. For two years now, Ukraine has been rescuing and returning its children, giving them families and new homes. We will not allow their future to be ruined.”

The International Criminal Court last year issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian official Maria Lvova-Belovafor an alleged scheme to deport Ukrainian children to Russia.

The Russian government has defended the practice, saying they are saving the children and deny that the deportations are forced. The Kremlin has labeled the ICC’s actions as “outrageous and unacceptable.”

In July 2023, Ukrainian prosecutors said Ukraine has opened more than 3,000 criminal cases over Russia’s alleged crimes against children in the country, including dozens of torture cases.

21 hr 36 min ago

Ukraine says it was behind drone attack on major Russian metal plant

From CNN’s Victoria Butenko and Nathan Hodge

Ukrainian security services were behind an overnight drone strike that caused a fire at a major metal plant in south-central Russia, a Ukrainian source said.

According to the source, a drone strike on the Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant was organized by two Ukrainian intelligence services, the Security Service of Ukraine and Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.

"This is one of the largest metallurgical plants in Russia," the source said.
"The plant operates for the Russian military-industrial sector and executes a large number of government orders. Its raw materials are used to manufacture Russian missiles, artillery, drones, etc. Therefore, it is a legitimate target for Ukraine."

Video that surfaced on social media appeared to show a fire at the plant. According to the Ukrainian security services, drones hit the facilities intended for primary cooling of untreated co*ke oven gas.

Russian state news agencies quoted the governor of the Lipetsk region as saying that fire broke out in one of the plant's workshops and had been extinguished with no casualties. There was no threat of release of hazardous substances, the governor added, according to RIA-Novosti.

The governor cited preliminary information from Russian intelligence services saying the fall of an aircraft caused the fire, and said information and videos posted on social networks were being verified, RIA reported.

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