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Victorious news of 733rd day of war: Zelenskyy signs law on demobilization of conscripts, rallies in support of Ukraine held in 150 cities

26 February, 2024 Monday
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In more than 150 cities around the world, Ukrainians took to the streets in support of their country, and meanwhile, Ukraine has caught up with Russia in the production of 'kamikaze' drones

Ukrainians around the world rally to support Ukraine

On the weekend of February 24 and 25, Ukrainians in more than 150 cities around the world held rallies in support of Ukraine on the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion.

This is stated in the press release of the Communities of the Army of Ukraine.

The main message of the campaign is "Believe in Ukraine! Act for Democracy!" and its goal is to emphasize the importance of not losing faith in Ukraine, the need to strengthen its support, including military and technical support, strengthening sanctions against Russia, confiscating its frozen assets and transferring them to support Ukraine.

The rallies were held in the following countries and cities:

  • Australia - Sydney, Canberra, February 24;
  • Austria - Vienna, Salzburg, February 24; 
  • Belgium - Brussels, February 24;
  • Croatia - Zagreb, February 25;
  • Cyprus - Limassol, Larnaca, Nicosia, February 24
  • Czech Republic - Brno, Prague, February 24;
  • Denmark - Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg, Vejle, Viborg on February 24;
  • Finland - Helsinki, Pori on February 24;
  • France - Dijon, Grenoble, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, Saint-Raphaël, Saint-Nazaire, Strasbourg, Rouen, Valence - February 24; Cogolen - February 25;
  • Georgia - Batumi, Tbilisi, February 24; 
  • Germany - Aachen, Augsburg, Dortmund, Freiburg, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Hamburg, Halberstadt, Heilbronn, Jena, Konstanz, Leipzig, Mannheim, Münster, Munich, Nuremberg, Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Regensburg, Stuttgart, February 24;
  • Greece - Athens, Thessaloniki, February 24;
  • Hungary - Budapest, Zalaegerszeg, Békéscsaba, Nyíregyháza on February 24;
  • Ireland - Dublin, Athlone on February 24
  • Italy - Brescia, Milan, Turin, Rome, Cosenza, Pavia - February 24; Venice - February 25; 
  • Lithuania - Vilnius, Siauliai, February 24;
  • Mexico - Mexico City, February 24;
  • Norway - Oslo - February 24;
  • Poland - Kraków, Lublin, Rzeszów, Ełk - February 24;
  • Portugal - Lisbon, Coimbra on February 24;
  • Romania - Bucharest, February 24;
  • Slovakia - Bratislava, February 24;
  • Slovenia - Ljubljana, February 24;
  • Spain - Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia, February 24;
  • Sweden - Lund, Linköping, Stockholm, February 24;
  • Switzerland - Bern, Geneva, Zurich, Winterthur on February 24;
  • Turkey - Istanbul, February 24;
  • United Kingdom - London, February 24;
  • USA - more than 50 cities from February 22-24;
  • Montenegro - Cetinje - February 24.

Ukrainian documentary Intercepted wins the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Berlinale 2024

A documentary by Ukrainian filmmaker Oksana Karpovych, Intercepted, received a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury in the Forum section at the Berlin Film Festival.

The list of winners was published on the festival's website.

The 74th Berlin Film Festival has announced its winners. The co-production of Ukraine, Canada and France, Intercepted, presented in the Forum section, received a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury. The film, directed by Oksana Karpovych, had its world premiere at the Berlinale.

According to the website, the film is an attempt to find an answer by showing two parallel worlds.

90% of Ukrainian enterprises have reached pre-war capacities, PM says

Denys Shmyhal said this at the Made in Ukraine forum, Ukrinform reports.

"Today, more than 90% of Ukrainian enterprises have resumed their work and are returning to pre-war capacities," Shmyhal said.

He noted that after Russia's full-scale aggression, the Ukrainian economy fell by 30%. The Prime Minister also emphasized that many experts believed that the country would face an economic catastrophe, but "just as experts underestimated the Ukrainian army on the battlefield, they underestimated Ukrainian entrepreneurs in the rear."

Shmyhal spoke about the industries that are showing the fastest recovery, namely construction, agriculture, domestic trade and manufacturing.

Ukraine catches up with Russia in 'kamikaze' drones production

Minister of Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshin said that this year, Ukraine has managed to catch up with Russia in terms of production of 'kamikaze' drones, which are similar to Iranian Shahed-131 and Shahed-136.

He said this during the telethon.

"As of this year, our capabilities to produce such drones are in no way inferior to Russia's," Kamyshin assured.

He emphasized that Ukraine is succeeding not only in producing Shahed analogs, but also in producing other attack UAVs.

"Everything that explodes in Russia is ours," the minister said.

Zelenskyy signs law on demobilization of conscripts

On February 26, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a law on the demobilization of conscripts that the parliament passed last week.

This is evidenced by information on the Ukrainian parliament’s website.

The document was returned with the president's signature.

The law will come into force the day after it is signed.

On February 23, the Ukrainian parliament supported the draft law on the demobilization of conscripts introduced by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, MP Yaroslav Zhelezniak said.

"The parliament approved draft law No.11035 on conscripts. It was adopted as a basis and in general. We give the president the right to dismiss them (conscripts - ed.)," he wrote.

The bill was voted in favor by 319 MPs.

Ukrainian aviation launches 9 strikes on Russian manpower concentration areas

The Ukrainian Armed Forces’ General Staff reported this.

During the day, Ukrainian aviation struck 9 manpower concentration areas.

Missile troops struck 2 Russian military positions, 1 control point, 1 ground control station of UAVs.

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