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New security commitments to Ukraine, Zelenskyy's press conference - Weekend brief

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On Saturday, February 24, Ukraine entered into security agreements with Italy and Canada. The next day Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held his second major press conference in two months.

For more details on the weekend events, check out RBC-Ukraine's coverage.

Russia's war against Ukraine

News for February 24:

News for February 25:

New security commitments

On Saturday, February 24, the President of Ukraine signed agreements on security commitments with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Italy - Justin Trudeau and Giorgia Meloni. These are the fifth and sixth countries to undertake similar commitments.

RBC-Ukraine reported on the contents of the documents signed with Italy and Canada.

President Zelenskyy's press conference

Zelenskyy held a major press conference on the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

He mentioned Ukrainian losses in the war and talked about plans for 2024, and how they might be affected.

Lukashenko gears up for Belarus presidential elections, threatening to hold onto power

Alexander Lukashenko announced that he would run for president of Belarus again, hinting that he would not share power.

"I will, I will, I will. Let them know (the Belarusian opposition - ed.) that I will run! And the more difficult the situation, the more they try to pressure you, me, and society, the sooner I will go to these elections. Don't worry, we will do what is necessary for Belarus," he said.

German Foreign Minister visits Odesa, announces conference on recovery

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock visited Odesa on February 24.

"The port of Odesa stands for the resilience of Ukraine. Because it is the lifeline of the world, we are securing the largest terminal operated in Ukraine with federal guarantees. Air defense also creates the space for investment - the success is evident," Baerbock said.

US National Guard Apache helicopter crashed, casualties reported

In the US, a National Guard AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed near Booneville, Mississippi. As a result, two pilots died, and there were also injuries

Iran responds for the first time to rumors about sending ballistic missiles to Russia

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations denies supplying its ballistic missiles to Russia.

Western media recently published information about Tehran's possible transfer of weapons to Moscow.