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Russo-Ukraine War - February 2023

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On 24 February 2022, Ukraine was suddenly and deliberately attacked by land, naval and air forces of Russia, igniting the largest European war since the Great Patriotic War. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" (SVO - spetsialnaya voennaya operatsiya) in Ukraine in response to the appeal of the leaders of the "Donbass republics" for help. That attack is a blatant violation of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Putin stressed that Moscow's goal is the demilitarization and denazification of the country. The military buildup in preceeding months makes it obvious that the unprovoked and dastardly Russian attack was deliberately planned long in advance. During the intervening time, the Russian government had deliberately sought to deceive the world by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

"To initiate a war of aggression... is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." [Judgment of the International Military Tribunal]


Thanks to a relatively warm winter, the energy situation for ordinary Ukrainians improved in February 2023. In most regions, shutting off of electricity has diminished and hot water supply has reappeared.

In February, fighting in and around the small cities of Artemovsk (called ‘Bakhmut’ in Ukraine, pre-war population of 70,000, located some 70 km north of Donetsk city), Kremennaya (pop. 18,000) and Ugledar (pop. 14,000) continued. The Russian army was gradually moving forward, but at a slow pace to avoid heavy losses of life and property damage in street-by-street or house-to-house fighting.

The offensive by Russia continued, but Ukraine officials are dismissing its significance. According to the deputy chief of the Ukrainian military intelligence service, Vadim Skibitsky, Russia had no strategic vision. He said, “Indeed, they [the Russian offensives] have no strategic nature. There are at least four or five directions in their active military operations in the Lugansk, Donetsk and Zaporozhye regions.” But the Russian army is using the strategy of “a thousand small cuts” in order to exhaust the AFU. This is why there are no grand, visible advances.

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