Feb 17, 2024 - Day 724

724th day of active phase of the 9-year war. Such times when you are waiting for news, even not good, but at least not bad. Hang in there. Is everyone here?

Great news time!



❗️Official statement of the commander of the Third separate assault brigade.

Thank you to the fighters for the honorable battle they gave to the enemy in Avdiivka, in the conditions of total numerical superiority of the Russians in manpower, in equipment, in projectiles.

Made it all, and even more. Thank you for your perseverance.

We take up our prepared positions to return and strike even harder. Thank you to the command for the thoughtful decision. The battle continues," - Andriy Biletsky.

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Correct decision.



The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sіrsky confirmed the withdrawal of units from Avdiivka.

Based on the operational situation that has developed around Avdiivka, in order to avoid being surrounded and to preserve the lives and health of the military personnel, a decision was made to withdraw our units from the city and transition to defense on more advantageous positions, - said Syrskyi.



General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has published approximate losses of Russian occupants for the past day.

Judge Tandir, who in a drunken state ran over a National Guard member to death in Kyiv, received almost 400 thousand UAH in judicial reward from June to November of last year - Anti-Corruption Center.

Earlier, Tandir claimed in court that he does not receive payments. He lied, lies, and will continue to lie.

All this could have been solved by Russians in a year of successful application of weapons systems. The story with Shahedas is repeating: Ukraine, suffering from effective weapons used by Russians for over a year, cannot create a symmetric response on the proper scale. Although it has the resources, technologies, and people for it.

Ukraine possesses not only one ability - to organize all this under solving a specific, obvious task.

We cannot advance without UAVs. To destroy the deeply echeloned defense of the enemy, to destroy its powerful fortifications, we will not have enough tactical missiles or shells. The first are too expensive, the second are too weak. We need cheap and powerful - that's UAVs.

I repeat, everything is available for creating domestic guided aerial bombs. There is only a lack of will to create something new and necessary.

For some reason, the State Border Guard Service and the Security Service of Ukraine may get tense and produce a large quantity and good quality of maritime drones in order to multiply Russians at sea to zero. They can plan and carry out the destruction of Russian oil refineries.

Can we partially hand over the management of land operations to these departments? The capabilities are comparable to naval drones. Maybe we should ask them to come up with solutions for land drones? and also defend against enemy bombs?

Or will we finally create a circle of team army with appropriate powers, capable of solving such tasks? With real experts and managers, not imaginary?

Special forces, enough Avdiivkas and Bachmuts!».

Thanks for the reminder Paolo Lumiere. (c) Igor Lutsenko



🕯Every morning at 9:00 with a minute of silence, we honor the memory of those who died in Russia's brutal war against Ukraine.



In Russia, they announced the destruction and interception of 33 drones over five Russian regions.

Supposedly, four drones were shot down over the Belgorod and Voronezh regions, 18 drones were shot down over the Bryansk region, another six over the Kaluga region, and one over the Kursk region.

What spiritualized faces. In fact, there are none. This is a scrawny bastard who came to Ukraine to kill Ukrainians. Now they are captives and have become a bargaining chip, and their comrades have died. Not people, biomaterial.



In Poland, farmers continue to block traffic in six directions, with about 3.3 thousand trucks in line as of the morning of February 17, - State Border Guard Service.

The longest line at the Krakovets checkpoint- there are 1600 trucks standing there, as well as Yahodyn- over half a thousand.

This text was written exactly two years ago - a week before the full-scale invasion. But the authorities preferred to prepare not for war, but for shish kebabs..

I don't want to exacerbate anxious moods, but so far de-escalation on the border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation and Belarus is only in statements by the Russian authorities. Moreover, even more Russian soldiers have been deployed to the Ukrainian border. Polish medianiezalezna.plquotes the words of the American administration that rumors about a supposed Russian de-escalation and withdrawal of some forces from the border with Ukraine are false. After all, another 7000 Russian soldiers have arrived in border areas. Moreover, it became known that Russia secretly deployed a pontoon bridge in the Chernobyl zone. At the same time, the Kremlin is conducting an intensified disinformation campaign, leading to false statements in Russian media.

At the same time, a representative of the US administration emphasized that Russia may at any moment use a false pretext to resume the invasion of Ukraine, especially since, according to the White House, in recent days there has been an increase in the narrative of alleged threats and crimes against the population in Donbass. The official mentioned, in particular, false reports in Russian media about mass burials, activities of Western mercenaries, or plans to use biological weapons against the Russian-speaking population.

In addition, the official reported that Vice President Harris will give a speech at the upcoming Munich Security Conference. The speech will be dedicated to the current situation in Europe and the "extraordinary unity" of NATO countries in the face of Russian aggression.

And all this only speaks of the fact that celebrating the disappearance of the threat of a new stage of Russian invasion is extremely premature. It's not worth relaxing. The point is that the Kremlin is only simulating a decrease in confrontation. In fact, Putin continues to look for a pretext and opportunity for a direct invasion. Therefore, creating new holidays and a telethon of the "servants of the people" on all channels - of course, this is good for the president's PR and his entourage, but the authorities cannot calm themselves down and believe that the threat is in the past. It is necessary to seriously address the resolution of issues related to all elements of national security and redirect funds from the budget from various budgetary articles to the army in order to increase Ukraine's defense capabilities. Putin is a fanatic. He wants to restore the USSR and enter history with this option. And at the end of the year, it will be 100 years since the founding of the USSR. Knowing Putin's manic dedication to beautiful dates, he will try to implement his plans for Ukraine this year. That is why.#слугиAnd Volodymyr Zelensky should not relax, but realize the danger and focus on army and defense issues. Allies will continue to provide us with weapons that will help stop the armed forces of the Russian Federation. But only we ourselves can protect ourselves. And the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with quality support, will cope with this. It is necessary to ensure the army 100% with everything from fuel to ammunition. Therefore, the authorities need to work in this direction. And time will tell whether they will do this or try to quietly disappear into the forest.

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🇪🇺The EU will be able to produce up to 2 million artillery ammunition for Ukraine annually from 2025, announced the EU Commissioner for Finance Johannes Hahn.

According to him, European countries will be able to transfer up to half a million ammunition by March.

"We will be able to deliver 500,200 artillery shells by the scheduled date - March," the EU commissioner said.

Goya, which we deserve. Although she can go the way of Van Gogh and cut something off. Or internet cable, or language...



The drone coalition officially launched, said the head of the Ministry of Defense Umeryov.

This is a milestone on the way to achieving technological superiority over our enemy. Serial production and supply of UAVs significantly expand the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," Umierov said.

Except for Latvia, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, and the Netherlands have already joined the Coalition.

What??? Incurable. ((



Zelenskyinformed, that the decision to withdraw from Avdiivka is correct, as it will help avoid the encirclement of Ukrainian troops.

He explained that this decision does not mean losing control of the city, but only shifting to other frontlines. He called this step absolutely logical, fair, and professional, emphasizing that the main task is to save lives.

The President also noted that the Russian occupation actions in eastern Ukraine began in October 2023, after which they attacked Avdiivka with all their might. According to him, tens of thousands of Russian soldiers died in combat.



❗️Air alarm has been declared in Kyiv and a number of regions.

DW quotes a statement by Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas: "In Estonia, we have invested 3% of GDP in defense, and we wanted to produce 1 million rounds of ammunition, but we do not have production facilities. However, we have a tank production complex, and we are currently focusing on that."

I remember how Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky focused on Ukraine's tank and missile potential from 2019. How? One must remember his words that he said exactly 2 years ago: -We can increase the army two or three times, but then we won't be able to build roads.




Denmark wants to sign a security agreement with Ukraine next, said the head of the Danish government Mette Frederiksen.

She reported that Denmark has prepared a new package of weapons for transfer to Ukraine.



🇩🇪Scholz at the Munich Security Conference declared, that to provide the Taurus missiles to Ukraine, the "right moment" is needed.

After the Chancellor's speech, he was asked several times about the reasons why Germany does not supply long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine.

In response to these questions, Schultz noted that Germany spends the most in Europe on weapons for Ukraine after the USA. However, he emphasized the need to make the right decisions at the right time, and added that Germany continues to take steps towards making such decisions.

I have a tradition. Every arrival to Strasbourg, between meetings, I send greetings to the Yobani Empire. The empire is such greetings. Previously, someone would come out of there and curse something. And now they don't even show their noses outside. They closed up and sit like cockroaches.

By the way, here near the building of the red-haired embassy, supporters of Navalny honored his memory. And a redhead from the embassy windows silently watches this.

🔥In the morning of February 17, 2024, in the Eastern direction, three enemy aircraft were destroyed by the Air Force units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine - two Su-34 fighter-bombers and one Su-35 fighter!

🇺🇦Together - to victory!

Glory to Ukrainian soldiers!!!



Today, on the Eastern direction, three enemy aircraft were destroyed by Air Force units, Commander of the Air Force Olechuk reported.

Two Russian Sukhoi Su-34 bombers and one Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet shot down.



🇺🇦Soldiers of the 44th Separate Assault Battalion need help purchasing radios 📡

Fighters of the 44th separate rifle battalion, working on the Donetsk direction of the front, urgently need assistance in purchasing communication tools that will greatly facilitate the performance of combat missions.

🎯 Goal: funds for 10 Motorola radios

🔗 Link to the bank


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We call on everyone who cares to join the collection and contribute to the defense of the country!💙💛



The operation to withdraw troops from Avdiivka is ongoing, Deputy Commander of the 3rd OSBr Zhoryn reported.

The departure from Avdiivka was the right and logical decision. But extremely difficult to implement. The situation as a whole in this direction is difficult, very difficult battles await us ahead, - he said.



Part of the Ukrainian soldiers captured when exiting Avdiivka.reportedCommander of the Tavrian direction Tarnavsky.

Ukraine will appeal to international organizations and mediators to ensure humane treatment of prisoners of war and their return home.



❗️Residents of Kharkiv and the region: stay in shelters - UA.

Russians are striking the city.



The pilots of Russian Su-34 and Su-35 tried to eject after their planes were shot down, their fate will be known later.

Planes were shot down. According to intelligence, parachutes were flying. Whether the pilots survived, we will also find out, even from their public pages. Soon this will be known, - announced the Air Force spokesman Ignat on a telethon.

He added that it was evident that the catapults on these planes had worked.

Powerful! Bright! Thorough! ))

And if without jokes, then it happens to everyone.

Nothing unusual. Just Ukrainian media offers not quite a scientific approach to answering the question of Navalny's murder based on a universal tool that can explain everything. But people love it.



With each week of our anticipation, more and more people are being killed on the battlefield in Ukraine, - Stoltenberg.

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg called on the US Congress to approve additional funding for Ukraine as soon as possible, emphasizing that the military support of other Alliance allies already exceeds the American one, according to "EP".

He added that the absence of a decision by the US Congress regarding the aid package to Ukraine directly affects the battlefield.

It is not just a matter of making the right decisions, but making them in advance and as quickly as possible. Because it is urgent. With each week of our waiting, more and more people are being killed on the battlefield in Ukraine," Stoltenberg stressed.



At present, there are no necessary conditions for Ukraine to be accepted into NATO, stated the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Rutte.

As long as Ukraine is involved in military operations, it cannot be accepted into NATO," said the head of the Dutch government, speaking at the Munich Security Conference.

The dismissal of Valeriy Zaluzhny and the appointment of Oleksandr Syrsky in his place. What caused the change of the Chief Commander? Why was Zaluzhny fired at first, and then rewarded? What requirements will the Office of the President have for the new Chief Syrsky? What will change on the front line with the change of command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine? Ukrainian politician, statesman, and military serviceman, former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko answered these questions in a conversation with Boryslav Bereza.




The Russian Armed Forces shelled Kherson around 14:00, a man was injured, he was hospitalized with multiple wounds, - head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Mr. Mrochko.

The victim received a mine-blast injury and multiple injuries to the hands and legs.



The commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Olechuk told the Russians where to look for the downed Su-34 and Su-35 aircraft that landed with the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In the photo - four Cospas-Sarsat beacons activated (dots on the map) - look for the brothers in these areas! Don't mention it!

Nothing unusual. Everything as usual. Zaluzhny proposed back in December to withdraw the military from Avdiivka. But Zelensky, as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, did the opposite. Then he removed Zaluzhny. And withdrew the military. But after 2 months. Did anyone think about the losses on Bankova?

"If Trump comes to Ukraine, I am ready to go with him to the front," - Volodymyr Zelensky.

New noisy statement from the author: "If I were president then, we would all have died in Crimea, but the 'green men' wouldn't have let me in." He understands well that Trump won't come. So he makes loud and pompous statements. Why?



Wow, Zelensky at the Munich Security Conference. In person. So, no danger for him there...

That is, for Zelensky, Poroshenko is traditionally a danger.

How wild it all is. Instead of using all the resources, experience, contacts of Poroshenko to get help, support, understanding for Ukraine, to understand how bad the situation on the front line is, Zelensky blocks the departure of Petro Poroshenko to Munich, removes Colonel Roman Kostenko from the train, does not sign business trips NOT AT STATE EXPENSE for EU deputies...

📝 Sofia Fedina

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The number of injured as a result of Russian shelling in Kupiansk has increased to five, - regional prosecutor's office.

It became known about a 69-year-old injured man.

🔥Wow!!! Czech Republic was able to find 800,000 shells for supply to Ukraine.

It's about 500,000 shells of caliber 155 mm, and 300,000 shells of caliber 122 mm, that can be delivered to us in the next few weeks. However, the Czech Republic needs funding for this. But this is really great news!!!



The team of the Association of Young NGOs initiated a collective appeal from dozens of civil organizations to the Prime Minister of Ukraine regarding the possibility of continuing payments to NGOs📥

"We suggest that all internally displaced persons who received assistance before February 1 continue to receive payments until the end of martial law." - Head of the Association Arkadiy Petrosyan"Hundreds of thousands of people have left their homes in Mariupol, Bakhmut, Kherson and other cities. And they need constant support. Starting a new life is difficult, so in our opinion, the state needs to take care of them so that IDPs stay in the country and develop it," - comments a resettler from Mariupol, Deputy Head of the Association Alina Kozitska



Rheinmetall plans to build a factory for the production of 155mm artillery shells in Ukraine.

As stated by the company, it plans to produce a six-figure quantity of 155mm caliber shells per year, including powder charges.

What's wrong with Ukrainian journalism? Are journalists lacking empathy? What do they write about the death of Navalny in Ukraine? Why did the SBU monitor Bigus' team? What happened at the congress in Severodonetsk during the Orange Revolution? Are the people who created the DPR still in power in Ukraine? What's the point of this farce with the draft law on mobilization? Ukrainian journalist Yevhen Spirin answered questions in a conversation with Borislav Bereza.

Interview with Yevhen Spilrin at 00:00

1:21 War of politicians with journalists

7:20 Journalists about Navalny

25:10 What's wrong with Ukrainian journalism?

33:20 About Bigus's case

39:32 Investigation Schemes

45:27 Fars with a bill on mobilization




🎥 One of the representatives of the European Solidarity faction at the Munich Conference Oleksiy Honcharenko commented on the ban on President Poroshenko's travel abroad.

The MP also told how the security conference is going and how much Ukraine has lost due to the absence of Petro Poroshenko.

Every time I hear President Zelensky's promises, I immediately remember this speech of his. And everything falls into place right away. And the weight of his words and promises becomes clear right away.



❗️Combat report of the Third Assault.

Since the relocationThird separate assault brigadeOur units in Avdiivka dealt significant losses to the key striking force of the Russian army.

Despite the significant superiority in artillery, strike drones, and regular use of up to a hundred UAVs per day, the enemy suffered:

- over 1500 deaths;

- over 3500 injured;

- and more than 20 armored vehicles.

Until the fighters of the Third Assault did not allow the enemy to completely surround the positions.

The brigade has moved to prepared positions on the outskirts of Avdiivka and leveled the front line. Currently, the Russians are not slowing down their offensive. We continue to hold the defense on the Avdiivka direction.

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First, it is beautiful. And secondly, the first is enough. And also it is the expected end for any occupant.

Together they are strong! Iron General and his Iron Lady!



In Dnipro and in Kirovohrad region they report about explosions!

Air alert continues in the areas!



The RF troops struck in Bilozirka, Kherson region, - OWA.

Two local residents were hospitalized with explosive injuries, concussion and shrapnel wounds to the limbs. Another man was treated on the spot.



We have gathered the most important things for you that you might have missed by February 17th:

🔹Sirs' decision onwithdrawal of Ukrainian forcesfrom Avdiivka

🔹Ukrainian militaryshot down three Russian aircraft.

🔹Great Britain and allies planarm UkraineThousands of drones from ISI.

🔹The IMF and Ukraine have started negotiations onnext credit tranche

🔹Currently Polish farmersblock six checkpointson the border with Ukraine

🔹 Czech Republic found about800 thousand rounds of ammunition for Ukraine.

First, it's beautiful. And secondly, the first one is enough. And it's also the expected outcome for any occupier.

Drone operator from the 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade. One of those who writes contemporary history.



The body of the deceased woman was extracted from the rubble in Kramatorsk, - OWA.

The rescue operation is ongoing. There may be two more people under the rubble at the site of the landing.

A minute of pessimism. Honestly, I can't imagine how we will dig out of this shit. It has always been like this when the subordinate is smarter than the leader. But responsibility for people's lives should bring an understanding of the processes and not interfere with them. No. Nothing teaches. Tragedy. (c) Stanislav Chepurko



💥Videos of the fall of one of the shot down Russian planes are spreading on social networks.

🎥: Denis Kazansky

This is the only way a Ukrainian can hug a Russian.

Peaceful night 🌙 to all good people