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Ukraine Breaking News Today Live on 02-19-2024

Stay on top of Russia-Ukraine war 02-19-2024 developments on the ground with KyivPost fact-based news, exclusive video footage, photos and updated war maps.

Ukraine Breaking News Today Live on 02-19-2024

Russian Defector Helicopter Pilot Shot Dead in Spain

Russian Defector Helicopter Pilot Shot Dead in Spain
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28-year-old Captain Maxim Kuzminov seized control of a Russian armored combat Mi-8 helicopter and brought it safely to an airbase in the Kharkiv region in August of 2023.

Munich Contemplates the ‘End of Peaceful Times’

Munich Contemplates the ‘End of Peaceful Times’
A Russian missile S-400 Triumf system vehicle moves along the Garden Ring road in front of a huge Z letter, a tactical insignia of Russian troops in Ukraine, towards Red Square for a rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 4, 2023. Russia will celebrate the 78th anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
Beyond doubt, the core question remained whether current Ukraine support hiccups are fixable – the answer was mainly yes, but only if the West has the political will to act accordingly.

Washington Insider: New Poll Shows US Support for Ukraine Is Strong

Washington Insider: New Poll Shows US Support for Ukraine Is Strong
People attend a press conference on "Start Of Ukrainian Week 2024: Bridging Nations, Fostering Collaboration" outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2024. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)
Despite congressional inaction to send much-needed military support to Ukraine, 73 percent of Americans say the war in Ukraine is important to American interests.

Russia Launches Ground Assaults in a New Sector, Recovers Ground Lost to Ukraine’s Summer Offensive

Russia Launches Ground Assaults in a New Sector, Recovers Ground Lost to Ukraine’s Summer Offensive
Kremlin paratroopers and tanks over the weekend grabbed back part of the minimal gains managed by the Ukrainian army during its unsuccessful 2023 summer offensive.

Ukraine Probes Videos of Russian Troops Executing POWs in Avdiivka and Near Soledar

Ukraine Probes Videos of Russian Troops Executing POWs in Avdiivka and Near Soledar
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The Prosecutor General’s Office is investigating the shooting by Russian troops of captured POWs, including six Ukrainian soldiers in Avdiivka and two near Soledar.

Japan to Be Part of Ukraine’s Post-War ‘Economic Miracle,’ Ukrainian PM Says

Japan to Be Part of Ukraine’s Post-War ‘Economic Miracle,’ Ukrainian PM Says
Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (L) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after their joint press briefing as a part of the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction at Kishida's official residence in Tokyo on February 19, 2024.(Photo by ISSEI KATO / POOL / AFP)
Japan will be able to gain benefits in the next few years that “you would not believe,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal told a conference of some 300 government and business leaders.

‘20 Days in Mariupol’ Wins BAFTA Awards

‘20 Days in Mariupol’ Wins BAFTA Awards
Ukrainian photojournalist Mstyslav Chernov, US film and documentary producer Raney Aronson Rath and US film and documentary producer Michelle Mizner pose with the award for Best documentary for "20 days in Mariupol" during the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centrer, in London, on February 18, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
A powerful documentary film chronicling the first month of the Mariupol siege wins the British Film Academy Awards. Kyiv Post spoke to its director, Mstyslav Chernov.

Ukrainian Air Force Downs Two More Russian Fighter-Bombers, Bringing Total to 6 in 72 Hours

Ukrainian Air Force Downs Two More Russian Fighter-Bombers, Bringing Total to 6 in 72 Hours
Russian Sukhoi Su-35S fighter aircrafts, Su-34 military fighter jets and Su-30SM jet fighters fly in formation over central Moscow during the Victory Day military parade on May 9, 2021. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
The Armed Forces of Ukraine claim to have shot down six Russian fighter aircraft in less than 72 hours.

Beyond Avdiivka, Ukrainians Fear Their Town Could Be Next

Beyond Avdiivka, Ukrainians Fear Their Town Could Be Next
This photograph shows a hospital destroyed by a Russian missile attack in the town of Selydove, Donetsk region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 16, 2024. (Photo by Anatolii STEPANOV / AFP)
Apart from capturing Avdiivka, the advances have renewed an agonising choice for Ukrainians in places like Selydove that could be next: flee now or hope their struggling army can save them.

‘Ask Yourself: Why Is Putin Still Able to Continue?’ – War in Ukraine Update for Feb 19

‘Ask Yourself: Why Is Putin Still Able to Continue?’ – War in Ukraine Update for Feb 19
(FILES) A view of the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant in the frontline town of Avdiivka on Oct. 18, 2023, amid the ongoing Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine withdrew troops from the besieged eastern stronghold of Avdiivka to save the lives of its soldiers, President Zelensky said on Feb. 17, 2024, handing Russia its biggest symbolic victory since last May. The pullback comes after Russian forces stepped up efforts to capture the eastern industrial hub in October, leading to mass casualties and destruction. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)
Avdiivka falls to Kremlin’s Forces; Ukraine downs six Russian Military Jets in 72 hours; the Heavenly Hundred remembered on 10th anniversary; Zelensky addresses Munich conference.

China Tells Ukraine it 'Does Not Sell Lethal Weapons' to Russia

China Tells Ukraine it 'Does Not Sell Lethal Weapons' to Russia
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a press conference with the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs following their meeting, in the Mudejar Courtyard of the Alcazar in Cordoba, on February 18, 2024. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)
Beijing has faced accusations that it is supplying lethal arms to Russia, charges it has always denied.

Russian Troops Pushing Forward Beyond Avdiivka, Ukraine Warns

Russian Troops Pushing Forward Beyond Avdiivka, Ukraine Warns
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Due to shortages in manpower and ammunition, Ukraine had to retreat from the industrial center in the Donetsk region, giving Moscow its first significant territorial gain since May 2023.

ISW Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, February 18, 2024

ISW Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, February 18, 2024
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