War in Ukraine live Biden rules out delivery of F16

War in Ukraine, live: Biden rules out delivery of F16 to Ukraine “for the time being”.

Cover photo: Polish pro-Ukraine protesters call on Joe Biden to supply F16s to Kiev during the U.S. President’s visit to Warsaw, Poland, February 22, 2023. ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL / Portal

  • Exactly one year to the day after the Russian army began invading Ukraine, Ukrainian troops continue to offer fierce resistance. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday that a victory against Russia is “inevitable” provided its Western partners “keep their word and respect the deadlines” on promised military aid. “I really want (to win) this year,” he told a press conference.
  • In the morning, President Zelenskyy also paid tribute to the Ukrainian soldiers at the front and those who died in combat, during a ceremony on the forecourt of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev. Other commemorations were held at the site, notably at Boutcha, the site of a massacre of civilians attributed to Russian troops.
  • visit to Kyiv, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced the arrival of the first four Leopard 2 main battle tanks, and that other tanks would arrive “in a few days”. He also said Poland is “ready” to train Ukrainian pilots on American F16s, planes Ukraine has been asking for for months.
  • The heads of state and government of the G7 countries – Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom – Countries that continue to help Russia circumvent sanctions face “heavy costs.” imposed for his invasion of Ukraine.
  • The United States, along with its G7 allies and the EU, announced a new volley of sanctions against Russia. Washington is targeting Russian companies and individuals in the metallurgical, mining, military equipment, and semiconductor sectors, among others. In particular, the EU will target technologies and equipment with dual civil and military uses, as well as means of propaganda and disinformation.
  • China calls for Russian-Ukrainian peace talks, which evokes respect for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and Russian security claims. A hitherto unsolvable equation. Westerners largely swept aside this initiative, but Mr Zelensky felt it was “necessary” to “work” with Beijing. On his side, Moscow said it “appreciated” China’s efforts to end the warhowever, insisted on the need to recognize Moscow’s claimed annexation of four Ukrainian territories.
  • Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a “just peace”. during a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart.
  • Russian diplomacy accused Kiev of wanting to attack neighboring Transnistria militarily, pro-Russian separatist area of ​​Moldova, where Moscow has a contingent. The pro-Western-led Moldovan government has denied these allegations.

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