What has happened in the last hours
On the 364th day of the war started by Russia against Ukraine, these are the key data at 8:00 p.m. this Wednesday, February 22:
Biden leaves Poland after meeting with the countries on the eastern flank of NATO. The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has taken off today from Warsaw back to Washington, after a trip that took him secretly to Kiev on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the war and consolidate NATO unity around the conflict. In Warsaw, he met with President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday and delivered a speech in support of Ukraine in which he vowed that Russia would “never” win victory in the neighboring country. This Wednesday he met with the countries on the eastern flank of the Alliance, which he has described as the “front line” in the collective defense of NATO.
Ukraine admits that Russian forces broke through the Lugansk front on Tuesday, but guarantees that they were driven out. The governor of Lugansk, Serhiy Gaidai, admitted this Wednesday in an interview on Ukrainian television that Russian forces managed to break through the front in the town of Kreminna, last Tuesday. However, he has claimed that the Russians were driven out and that they lost some of their heavy equipment. Earlier, Gaidai had claimed that the attack had been repulsed, but he had not acknowledged a breakout front.
The Twenty-seven fail to agree on a new package of sanctions against Russia and will continue negotiating tomorrow, Thursday. The member countries of the European Union have failed this Wednesday in their attempt to agree on a new package of sanctions against Russia for the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, according to what diplomatic sources have explained to the news agency. Reuters news. The Twenty-seven will continue negotiating tomorrow, Thursday, to try to reach an agreement before Friday, when exactly one year has passed since the war began.
A new Russian bombardment kills two civilians in Kherson. Two civilians were killed this Wednesday in a Russian bombardment in Kherson (southern Ukraine), according to regional authorities. An 81-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man have lost their lives during the shelling of the town of Novothiahinka, some 40 kilometers from the city of Kherson, the capital of the province of the same name. In addition, Russian troops launched a new missile attack today on industrial facilities in the (northeast) city of Kharkiv, the second largest in Ukraine. The attack has injured at least two civilians.
Robles confirms in Congress that Spain will deliver six Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Forty-eight hours after the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Defense Minister Margarita Robles confirmed on Wednesday in plenary session of Congress that Spain will deliver six Leopard 2 A4 battle tanks to the Ukrainian Army. In response to a question from the PP deputy and retired general Fernando Gutiérrez Díaz de Otazu, Robles has confirmed that his department “is already repairing an advanced section of the Leopard 2 A4 made up of four cars plus two, six in total, to bring them up to date. ” and hand them over to the Ukrainian authorities.
The head of the Wagner mercenaries asks the Russians to put pressure on the “bastards” who deny him ammunition. The head of the Russian group of Wagner mercenaries, Yevgueni Prigozhin, on Wednesday urged Russian citizens to pressure the army to provide ammunition to its fighters, an unprecedented appeal that shows the tensions between the founder of this private militia and the State. Russian major. In addition, he openly calls those responsible for his men not being supplied “bastards” and “garbage”.
In the photo by Mandel Ngan, for AFP, US President Joe Biden boards the presidential Boeing 747 at Warsaw airport.