Dispatches from Ukraine. Day 363.
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes gathers information and provides updates on the situation.
Kherson. Earlier today, the city of Kherson came under heavy shelling by the Russian army, resulting in the tragic loss of five civilian lives and leaving 16 others injured, the Kherson City Council said. Multiple locations, including residential areas, a high-rise building, and a public bus stop came under rocket fire. In response, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy issued a statement underscoring Russia’s brutal actions. “The world must not forget for a single moment that Russian cruelty and aggression know no bounds. The terrorist state will be held responsible for all its inhumane crimes against our people and Ukraine.”
The first Ukraine-EU-NATO high-level meeting yielded a decision to create a system for the trilateral coordination of production, purchase and delivery of ammunition and weapons to Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Ukraine announced on Feb. 21. “Russian savages shelled Kherson this the morning, leaving victims behind. This terror can only be stopped by force,” Kuleba continued. “By force of arms, by force of the international coalition supporting Ukraine. My primary goal at NATO headquarters today was to do whatever it takes for our defenders on the front lines to have all the weapons and ammunition they need as quickly as possible.” Kuleba also asked NATO partners to start training Ukrainian pilots as soon as possible within already established frameworks, as a decision to provide aircraft to Ukraine is “only a matter of time. We must expedite the moment Ukrainian pilots will be able to take the helm.”
The Administrative Court of Appeals banned the activities of the pro-Russia Party of Regions, upholding a lawsuit brought by the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU); it also ordered that its assets be nationalized. The court’s ruling applies to all assets and units across various regions of the party of the pro-Kremlin former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, who was ousted in 2014. “Even prior to the full-scale invasion, Party of Regions representatives vocally supported the Kremlin and publicly justified its seizure of the eastern part of Ukraine,” SSU said in a social media post. “Some members of this political faction are currently hiding from justice in Russia.”
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Feb. 20 that his government will provide Ukraine with $5.5 billion in financial aid to facilitate the swift reconstruction of its damaged infrastructure. Kishida also said he would invite Ukrainian President Zelensky to partake in an upcoming online summit of the G-7 (Group of Seven) major industrial nations, amid Japan’s efforts to bolster global support of Ukraine as Russia is said to be preparing for a new, large-scale spring offensive. PM Kishida, a vocal advocate for the war-torn state, has also expressed interest in visiting Kyiv. Such a trip would, however, be challenging to arrange due to security issues, a Japanese lawmaker said.
Upcoming Anti-War Events To Mark One Year Of Russia’s War In Ukraine.
This week a number of special events, rallies and gatherings commemorating Ukraine’s fight against Russian all-out war will take place globally. The events are meant to remind the world that a horrific unprovoked war has been going on for a year. Here are some highlights:
In New York, Razom for Ukraine, a Ukrainian-American human rights organization, together with other groups and teams, coordinates a number of gatherings and events.
February 23. Silent Candlelight Vigil at Russian consulate. February 23. 7p.m.
A gourmet tasting experience of traditional Ukrainian food hosted by Eat Offbeat. A pop-up dinner at 7 p.m.
February 24. Flag raising Ceremony at Bowling Green Park. Join the Ukrainian flag raising ceremony to give honor to the bravery of every Ukrainian. 8 a.m.
Protest at United Nations (Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, meeting near the UN during the Security Council). 3 P.M.
“Calendar of War Commemoration” gathering at Times Square. It will comprise 365+ people standing with posters and signs to represent different moments throughout the year of the war. 8 P.M.
On February 24 in New York Metropolitan Opera presents a concert for Ukraine, in association with Lincoln Center and the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations. Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, as well as the Ukrainian National Anthem and Valentin Silvestrov’s “Prayer for Ukraine.”
On February 24th a worldwide flash mob involving blue and yellow lights is planned in over 100 cities in various countries: #LightWillWinOverDarkness.
Candlelight Vigil at the Russian Embassy. We will hold a Candlelight Vigil at the gates of the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C to remember the lives lost in Russia’s brutal war of aggression, to stand in solidarity with Ukrainians; and to confront those responsible for this war, and the Russian Embassy staff who willingly represent these criminals. February 24, 7 p.m.
1 Year of War Mass Rally at Lincoln Memorial. On February 25, the Ukrainian community will meet at 2p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to hold a mass rally to mark the 1-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
On the West Coast, there is a number of events, Freedom On Fire film screening and a student rally at Stanford University, CA co-organized by NOVA Ukraine between February 24 and 26th.
In Sun Jose, CA a Ukrainian flag-raising ceremony will take place at City Hall on February 24th at 5:30 p.m. A Ukrainian flag will fly through the weekend; City Hall will be lit up in Ukrainian colors. The event, organized by Nova Ukraine will include a performance by Ukrainian artists Igor Osypov and Yakiv Tsvietinskyi at the sound-reactive Sonic Runway light installation at City Hall Plaza.
By Daria Dzysiuk, Karina L. Tahiliani
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