Russians intensify the use of tactical aircraft in the east, striking Kharkiv with S-300 missiles.
Flights of Russian tactical aircraft became more frequent on the eastern front on Wednesday, 22 February. Enemy aircraft activity was observed on the contact line, including fighters, attack aircraft, and attack helicopters supporting the assault actions of the ground-occupying forces in certain areas on 22 February.
However, according to Colonel Yurii Ihnat, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force,, this fact is not something extraordinary: the war is ongoing, and the Russians have long been actively using available air forces to support the actions of the ground occupying forces in eastern Ukraine. The day before, Russian aircraft activity was less significant, possibly due to bad weather.
Regarding the current attacks on Kharkiv, the Air Force spokesman clarified that Russian troops are firing their S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems.
Russians have hit critical infrastructure facilities 255 times.
Russian missiles have hit 112 critical civil infrastructure facilities in Ukraine 255 times. Since 10 October, the enemy has been purposefully destroying necessary civilian infrastructure facilities, particularly energy ones. A total of 255 strikes have been conducted on 112 targets. So that everyone understands, these are the strikes that hit their targets—the period from October to February accounted for 77% of such strikes, namely 197 recorded cases.
More than 81,000 civilian facilities have been destroyed or damaged since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia in Ukraine, including 62,000 residential buildings, more than 2,300 educational institutions and kindergartens, and more than 450 medical institutions.
The first results of ICC's investigation into crimes in Ukraine will be in 2023.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Andrii Kostin has said that he is confident the first results of the investigation into Russia's war crimes in Ukraine, conducted by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), will be announced this year.
Kostin, at a press conference on Wednesday, 22 February, dedicated to the anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion, reported: "We approach every proceeding that will be further considered by the ICC carefully, in cooperation with the prosecutors of the ICC. You will certainly see the result of our work this year. I cannot reveal more detail yet, but you will see the result this year. I hope that it will happen sooner. A lot of people are working on it."
He clarified that the majority of war crimes committed by Russians in Ukraine, "approximately 99%", will be examined in Ukrainian courts, and international institutions will play "the complementary role for which they were created."
In addition, Kostin announced that a branch of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court would be opened in Kyiv within a few weeks. A little later, departments will be opened in cities closer to the contact line.