Ukraine in brief: Latest regional news October 01, 2022 (photo)

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Nadiia Nazarova, Vita Petrenko

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos,  Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya 

Ukraine briefly

For 220 days, the Ukrainian people have resisted the russian military invasion.

Here is operational information from the General Staff of the Armed Forces as of 6 p.m.:

The enemy is attempting to fully occupy Donetsk oblast, hold captured territories and disrupt the active actions of the Defense Forces in certain areas. The enemy is shelling the positions of our troops along the contact line and conducting aerial reconnaissance. Attacks were made on civilian infrastructure and civilian housing which violates the norms of International Humanitarian Law, the laws and customs of war.  Ukraine is exposed to the threat of enemy air and missile strikes.

The occupiers launched 3 missiles and 5 air strikes, fired out more than 16 rocket launchers. In addition, they used unmanned aerial vehicles to attack infrastructure facilities.

Over 11 settlements were affected by enemy fire.  Among them are Bakhmut, Trudove, Bohoyavlenka, Novoukrainka, Zaliznychne, Illinka, Nikopol, Blagodativka, Mykolaiv, Ochakiv and Odesa.

The situation has not changed significantly in Volyn and Polissia directions.

In other directions, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars and barrel artillery:

  • towards Siversk – in the area of ​​the settlement of Fotovyzh, Sumy;
  • towards Sloboda – in the areas of settlements of Ohirtseve, Okhrimivka and Budarka of Kharkiv oblast;
  • towards Kramatorsk – in the areas of the settlements of Blakytni Ozera, Hryhorivka, Bilogorivka, Ivano-Daryivka, Zakitne, Rozdolivka, Vesele and Spirne;
  • towards Bakhmut – in the areas of Soledar, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Odradivka, Opytne, Zaytseve, Yakovlivka, Yuryivka, Mayorsk and New York;
  • towards Avdiivka – Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Opytne, Pervomaiske, Maryinka and Novomykhailivka;
  • towards Novopavlivsk – in the areas of settlements of Novoukrayinka, Paraskoviivka, Prechistivka, Pavlivka and Neskuchne.

The enemy did not conduct active offensive operations towards Zaporizhzhia. Sixteen settlements were under the enemy’s attack.  Among them are Orikhiv, Huliaipole, Zaporizhzhia and Matviivka.

In the South Buh region, areas of over twenty-five settlements near the contact line were shelled by tanks, mortars, and barrel artillery.

Russian forces continue to suffer losses in manpower, weapons and military equipment. Only as a result of fire damage to an enemy facility in Zolote, Luhansk oblast, the enemy lost about sixty people killed and wounded, as well as four units of military equipment.

The russian military leadership tries to carefully hide the losses of personnel in this war. They are searching for ways to replenish manpower losses, notably by legally involving prisoners. According to available information, a draft law on changes in the russian criminal code, which provides for serving punishment in the area of ​​hostilities, has been submitted to the russian state duma.

In the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, the russian authorities severely violate the rules of warfare and human rights by intensifying forced mobilization of the male population of conscription age to replenish the losses of russian military units. In order to timely implement mobilization measures and suppress the resistance of the local population, additional units of the russian guard arrived in the cities of Berdiansk and Melitopol.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled enemy attacks in the areas of Kozacha Lopan, Bakhmut, Vesela Dolyna, Zaitseve and Pervomaiske settlements.

To support the actions of the ground groups, the air defense forces carried out 21 strikes.

The enemy’s stronghold, 17 areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment, as well as 3 enemy anti-aircraft missile systems were hit.  In addition, our air defense units shot down one UAV.

Rocket troops and artillery hit 4 command posts, 4 areas of buildup of manpower, weapons and military equipment. Also, 2 warehouses with ammunition were affected.

Head of RMA Oleh Syniehubov reported that the occupiers attacked civilian vehicles trying to escape from shelling in Kupiansk. Law enforcement officers and experts went to the spot.  Investigative actions are being carried out. The details are being clarified.

According to the Presidential Decree No. 678/2022, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, signed a decree cancelling the autumn draft in Ukraine and postponing the release of conscripts into the reserve. This decree excludes items 2-6 from the previous one, referring to the regular conscription of Ukrainian citizens for military service in October – December 2022. Release to the reserve of conscripts, which should have taken place in October-December 2022, from now on will take place “not prior to the announcement in the established order of demobilization”.

Eastern regions

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the settlements of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv and Kupiansk districts were hit by russian invaders in Sloboda direction. The military repelled the russian attack near Kozacha Lopan, but the enemy hit Budarky, Ohirtseve and Okhrimivka and  villages near Vovchansk.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that in Kupiansk district, a convoy of vehicles with civilians was shelled. At least seven civilian vehicles were shot and burnt. 24 people, among them a pregnant woman and 13 children, were killed as the aftermath of the invaders’ shelling of the convoy between Kurylivka and Pishchane settlements. This is the so-called “grey zone”. The russians closely fired at the civilians. According to the law enforcers of the Kharkiv Regional Main Directorate of National Police, the shelling happened on September 25 at around 9 am. Most of the people were in the van at the time of the russian shelling of the civilian convoy with the sign “Children”.

One of the fragments of the shelled convoy in Kharkiv oblast. Photo: telegram channel of Oleh Syniehubov/Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

The enemy continues to terrorize civilians near the border with russia and the contact line in Chuhuiv, Izium, Kharkiv and Kupiansk districts.

Dvorichna Kuchkivka, Okhrymivka, Ridkodub, Strilecha, Vilkhuvatka and other settlements were shelled. Fires broke out at an agricultural facility and an apartment building due to a munitions hit.

According to the Regional Centre for Emergency Medical Care, 2 people were hospitalized with injuries. A 53-year-old woman was injured in Izium district and a 39-year-old man blew up on a landmine in Kharkiv district.

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine informed that de-mining continues, pyrotechnic units of the State Emergency Situations Ministry defused 816 explosive objects. In Strilecha, a border village, three flats burned down as a result of russian shelling. Rescuers extinguished three fires.

A National Guard service dog found a shot-down russian drone. Barely unharmed drone was tracked down by a Zevs service dog. The UAV will be repaired for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The National Guard shot down a russian drone with small arms near Hoptivka on September 30.

The drone and the four-paws Zevs who found it. Photo: from social media

Donetsk oblast

Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that the russians killed 4 civilians: 1 in Bakhmut, 2 in Maksymilianivka and 1 in Sviatohirsk. Another 6 were injured.

A spokesman of the Eastern Group of Forces, Serhii Cherevatyi, said that Ukrainian troops liberated five settlements near Lyman. “Stabilization measures” continue there. He also said that the Armed Forces entered Lyman in Donetsk oblast, raising a Ukrainian flag at the entrance to the city. Battles continue to rage there now.

The russians shelled different parts of the front from Vuhledar to Soledar.

In Volnovakha direction, Vuhledar was under fire – one person was injured. The russians also shelled the outskirts of Bohoiavlenka, Pavlivka and Vodiane. There were no casualties.

In Donetsk direction, Berdychi in Ocheretyne community, Krasnohorivka in Marinka community and Avdiivka were hit. One person was injured in Berdychi.

In Horlivka direction, Bakhmutske and Paraskoviivka in Soledar community and Ivanivske in Bakhmut community were shelled. One person was injured in the last one.

Also the night before, the enemy shelled Kostiantynivka, a private house was destroyed without casualties.

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported that in Sviatohirsk direction, the invaders abandoned the military vehicles. These vehicles will be handed over to one of the repair and restoration enterprises. They will then be received by Ukrainian troops.

Luhansk oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the russian troops suffered losses in manpower, weapons and military equipment near Zolote.

The Armed Forces’ aviation launched eleven strikes. The enemy’s stronghold, six weapons and military equipment concentration areas, as well as four enemy anti-aircraft missile systems were hit. In addition, our air defense units shot down three UAVs and a Ka-52 helicopter.

Rocket and artillery forces targeted eleven control posts of various levels and eight concentration areas of manpower, weapons and military equipment. Fourteen other enemy military targets, ammunition depots, anti-aircraft missile systems, crossings, electronic warfare and reconnaissance stations, were also hit.

Enemy attacks near New York, Soledar and Zaitseve were repelled.

The russians shelled the following settlements with various types of weapons:

  • in Bakhmut direction – Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Mykolaivka Druhe, New York, Paraskoviivka, Soledar, Spirne and Zaitseve;
  • in Kramatorsk direction – Bilohorivka, Blakytni Ozera, Hryhorivka, Ivano-Darivka, Rozdolivka, Spirne, Verkhnokamianske and Zakitne.

The invaders complain about shelling of their positions in Kreminna, Lantrativka, Lysychansk, Pryvillia, Rubizhne, Sievierodonetsk, Svatove, Vrubivka and Zolote settlements.

According to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the russian troops stationed in Lyman requested their leadership for withdrawal, but were refused. More than 5K russian military personnel are surrounded. They will try to break through or surrender, almost all escape or ammunition supply routes are blocked.

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported that among those killed in rocket attacks on a humanitarian convoy in Zaporizhzhia on September 30 were five residents of Luhansk oblast. Four people died on the spot, another woman died this morning in hospital. One person is in extremely serious condition.

Northern regions

Road builders are repairing 41 bridges and overpasses in the liberated territories of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Zhytomyr oblasts. This was announced by the Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov. He noted that 322 public bridges and overpasses have been destroyed since the full-scale invasion. To restore transport connections with liberated cities and towns 54 temporary crossings were constructed.

A total of 1 162 kilometers of different types of roads have been cleared in Kyiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv and Zhytomyr oblasts. Road workers continue to clean the roads from burnt vehicles and debris, as well as to help utility companies.

Road repair works on the territories liberated from the invaders. Photo: Facebook of Oleksandr Kubrakov

Kyiv oblast

Three russian torture houses were found in Kyiv oblast after the de-occupation of the territories. This was reported by the National Police of Kyiv oblast. They were located in the basement of the ‘Promenystyi’ children’s camp in Bucha, where 5 bodies were found; at the intersection of Yablunska and Sklozavodska streets in Bucha – 8 bodies; in the basement in Shevchenkove village, Brovary region, – 6 bodies. The pre-trial investigation is underway.

A rally was held on Maidan Nezalezhnosti square in Kyiv, which was attended by relatives of prisoners of war and missing persons. The participants called on the International Red Cross to form a mission and send a convoy with humanitarian aid to the places where prisoners are held.

Part of the house, which was hit by a shell destroying the top two floors, is being dismantled in Hostomel. Design is being developed, reconstruction documents are being prepared. By the end of this year the local “Veselka” kindergarten, damaged by shelling, should be reopened. Currently, the roof has been repaired, the heating and water supply systems are being replaced. The kindergarten will have a modern reliable shelter equipped according to the highest standards.

Demolition of a house in Hostomel. Photo: Oleksiy Kuleba’s Telegram channel

The Kyiv Regional Military Administration reported that it is planned to demolish a high-rise building in Dmytrivka community, shelled by russian tanks along with other residential buildings. In other houses, the repairs continue and windows are being replaced. By the end of the year, repairs and construction of a shelter are to be completed in the local educational institution.

UAH 118 million has been allocated for restoration of high-rise buildings in the village of Myla. Their reconstruction is to be completed by the end of the year.

In January, a new outpatient clinic in place of the one destroyed by the occupiers is planned to be opened in Lyubymivka. The foundation has already been laid and walls erected, the roof will be installed next week.

The regional military administration reported that Kyiv oblast is 98% prepared for the heating season. More than 1 350 boiler houses are ready for winter. Thorough preparations have been carried out in more than 7 150 residential buildings (roofs, heating, and cold-water supply systems have been repaired), over 1K schools and kindergartens, as well as in 1 015 health care facilities.

Within the ‘Affordable Loans 5-7-9%’ state compensation program, entrepreneurs of the oblast have been granted loans in the amount of more than UAH 8 million. Kyiv oblast ranks 6th among the regions of Ukraine by this indicator. The majority of loans were granted to businesses in agriculture, trade and industrial sectors.

11 buses, donated by Riga to Kyiv as humanitarian aid, have started operating in the capital. 17 buses, sent by German partners, will be put on the routes in two weeks after all the necessary registration procedures.

11 buses, donated by Riga to Kyiv are ready to work. Photo: Kyiv City State Administration

Safety training from rescuers, police and the Red Cross Society are being held in Kyiv. At various training locations, children and adults receive essential knowledge in a playful way, as well as positive emotions and prizes.

A “Flower decorations” charity workshop was held in Hostomel for schoolchildren affected by the russian aggression. According to the organizers of the event, creativity is the best tool for social and rehabilitation support for children who survived stressful situations during the occupation.

The participants of the “Flower decorations” workshop. Photo: Ukrinform

Zhytomyr oblast

According to the Regional Military Administration, Zhytomyr oblast has hosted more than 100K IDPs since the beginning of the war. Currently, more than 73K internally displaced persons still live in the oblast. Among them are 268 people with disabilities, who reside in 6 boarding facilities of the region. 10K places are reserved in the oblast to accommodate people from the territories where active hostilities are taking place.

According to the city mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn, in 2015-2021 natural gas consumption for heating was reduced by one third in Zhytomyr. He reported that this year 4 boiler houses using alternative fuel will be opened in the city. These boiler houses will save money and become a backup option in case of gas shortage. Due to garbage recycling generated by the city, Zhytomyr will be able to replace 20 million cubic meters of gas annually.

Foresters of Zhytomyr oblast are actively helping communities of different regions affected by the war, said Vitaliy Bunechko, Head of the Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration. According to him, Zhytomyr oblast has provided other oblasts with timber and lumber in the amount of almost 14,000 cubic meters since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion. Also, forestry constantly provides wood for the needs of the military.

The State Forestry Agency has announced a new online public resource for the sale of firewood to the public. This online resource is called DrovaE. Soon it will provide an easy and convenient way for customers to order firewood similar to a typical online store.

Winners of the first stage of the literary marathon “russia’s war against Ukraine. Fighting back” have been awarded. The creative team of the theater aims to create a full-fledged play about the reality of the Ukrainian-russian war. Small performances and artistic readings (for instance, with the destroyed facilities of Zhytomyr oblast in the background) will be staged. The tour as part of the ‘Theater during the war’ project is also planned.

Charity race “Polissia Autumn” took place in Zhytomyr to raise money for warm clothes for the military. 300 participants took part in the event.

The race “Polissia Autumn” in Zhytomyr. Photo: from social networks

Sumy oblast

According to the State Border Guard Service, Velyka Pysarivska, Esman and Bilopillia communities were under enemy fire over the past day. The enemy inflicted fire damage using small arms, mortars, and rocket artillery

The enemy continued shelling the border areas of Sumy oblast. Esman community was attacked with barrel artillery. There were 6 strikes. The North Operational Command reported about 4 attacks with barrel artillery near the village of Seredyno-Buda.

The aftermath of enemy shelling. Photo: Northern border. State border guard service of  Ukraine

According to Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, head of Sumy Regional Military Administration, the bridge in Okhtyrka region destroyed by the russian army has been restored: a new support was installed, new floor slabs were laid, waterproofing and asphalt concrete pavement was provided. The work continues to arrange access roads and roadsides.

The restored bridge in Okhtyrka. Photo: the Sumy Regional Military Administration

Emergency first aid courses for civilians will continue in Sumy. This is an 8-hour long training during which students learn how to save and stabilize the casualties before medics arrive. The training is held with the assistance of the Sumy Regional Center for Emergency Medical Care and Medical Disasters, as well as with the charitable foundation “The Austere Medical Relief Group”. All funds raised by donations from the participants will be used to purchase quality first aid kit items for the military.

Chernihiv oblast

There were military drills of the Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine aimed at preparing for possible attacks from Belarus in the northern regions of Ukraine as part of the joint exercises “Northern Storm”. The participants trained to carry out tasks jointly at the positions and checkpoints prepared in advance, to take up defense, and to arrange checkpoints in the designated area.

“Northern Storm” military drills. Photo: The “North” operational command

According to the Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov, 27 artificial structures were destroyed in Chernihiv oblast. 19 temporary passages have been arranged. Road workers are restoring three bridges: two over the Desna on the Kyiv Chernihiv Novi Yarylovychi highway and a bridge over the Seim river on the Kipti-Hlukhiv-Bachivsk road near Baturyn.

“eRobota” initiative is available in Chernihiv oblast. According to the regional military administration, 21 out of 299 applications for microgrants have already been approved. This should create 74 job spaces. The total amount of grant funds is over UAH 5 million.

Pylypenko family, who lost their homes because of the war, will live in an individual modular house built at the expense of a British family in Ivanivka. The project was implemented by the social startup Tera Monada in cooperation with the Family Garden NGO. The cost of the house is 20 thousand dollars. Overall, 147 more families in the community need temporary housing.

Pylypenko family receives the keys to the modular house. Photo: Chernihiv Regional Military Administration

Central regions

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

The enemy repeatedly fired at Dnipropetrovsk oblast during the night from Grad MRLS and heavy artillery.

The occupiers hit Nikopol twice. There, a hotel building, a cafe, three private houses and an outbuilding were affected. Noone was hurt.

Head of the regional council Mykola Lukashuk, in Chervonohryhorivka and Marhanets communities, there were no victims. Velikomykhailivka community of Synelnykovo district was also shelled, but there was no damage.

Consequences of an enemy strike in Dnipropetrovsk region. Photo: Mykola Lukashuk

In Dnipro, a rally was held in support of captured Ukrainians at the Wharf Festival. Relatives of servicemen came from different cities to remind about the soldiers who have not yet been returned home. Relatives of missing soldiers were also present at the event.

Vinnytsia oblast

The youngest chess players of Vinnytsia collected over 2 thousand hryvnias for the defenders in three hours. They arranged chess matches with passers-by in the open air. Their coach told them about it. The sports event was held for the sixth time. During the previous five, about 10K hryvnias were collected and used to buy portable gas burners for front-line fighters.

Kirovohrad oblast

Kirovohrad region continues to receive evacuation trains from Donetsk region. More than a hundred internally displaced persons (IDPs) were welcomed today. 28 of them are children. All were sheltered by the Dobrovelychkiv community. Since the beginning of the mandatory evacuation of the population of the region, almost 3 500 IDPs have been placed in the community. This was announced by the head of the Kirovohrad Regional State Administration Andriy Raikovich.

Poltava oblast

Dmytro Lunin, the head of the Poltava Regional State Administration, announced that defenders were provided with a computerized telescope serving as additional “eyes” for the military. The telescope allows them to observe the enemy with high precision, detect their movements better and record video. 

Computerized telescope for defenders. Photo: Dmytro Lunin, head of the Poltava Regional State Administration

A charity clothing show in support of the military took place in Poltava. The presentation of the “Podium of National Fashion ” project was organized to raise money for the military. The  project co-organizer Olga Ageeva said that a  total of  UAH 22 650 was collected. The funds will be spent on equipment for the military.

Cherkasy oblast 

An autumn holiday, initiated by beneficators for children with disabilities and internally displaced children, was held in the regional library for youth named after Vasyl Simonenko.

In Cherkasy, the evacuees gathered in Sosnovy Bir park to plant trees on the avenue in order  to leave some memory of themselves.

Southern regions

Zaporizhzhia oblast

A day of mourning has passed in Zaporizhzhia region. The citizens honored the memory of the victims of the convoy from cars on September 30 killed by the morning rocket attack. As a result of the tragedy, 30 people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

A long-range anti-aircraft missile, not intended for ground targets, was probably used to fire at the humanitarian convoy in Zaporizhzhia. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain, citing intelligence data.

Along with the regional center, the occupiers shelled the village of Mykolaivka of the Zaporizhzhia district the previous day: an infrastructure object and an educational institution were damaged.

The occupiers shelled the village of Matviivka, Zaporizhzhia district. Photo: from the Telegram channel of the National Police of Ukraine

Russian military abducted Ihor Murashov, general director of the Zaporizhzhia NPP. This was announced by Petro Kotin, president of Enerhoatom State Enterprise. Around 4:00 p.m., Murashov’s car was stopped by an occupation patrol on the way to Enerhodar, the man was blindfolded and taken to an unknown direction.

The IAEA contacted the russian authorities and demanded an explanation regarding the detention of the general director of the Zaporizhzhia NPP. In response, the russian federation informed the IAEA that Murashov was detained temporarily.

In the occupied Berdiansk, the occupiers kidnapped and beat a 16-year-old teenager. This was reported by the head of the Berdiansk Military Administration Viktoriia Galitsyna. The boy was accused of being a correctioner of the Armed Forces.

The russians require Zaporizhzhia NPP workers to sign contracts with Rosatom, only on this condition will they be able to keep their jobs. This was stated by the permanent representative of Ukraine to international organizations Yevhen Tsimbalyuk. At the meeting of the IAEA on September 29, he noted that russia had sent Rosatom officials to the ZNPP in order to change the subordination of the power plant, namely to appropriate it.

The occupiers are trying to mobilize 3K people in Zaporozhzhia oblast by October 10. Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov reports this. According to him, if a person wants to avoid forced mobilization, they should find a replacement, bring one or two “volunteers”.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv RMA reported that the russian armed forces fired four S-300 anti-aircraft missiles and six kamikaze drones at Mykolaiv on the night of October 1.

One of the shells hit a five-story building in the city center. Apartments on two floors were destroyed, cars parked near the house were damaged. Many neighboring houses had their windows blown out.

A house in Mykolaiv after the russian S-300 missile strike. Photo: from social networks

Rockets also hit residential buildings in another part of the city: walls and roofs were destroyed, windows in apartments were broken. Private enterprises suffered damage. A garage in Inhul district caught on fire from ammunition debris.

During the attack on a residential quarter, a shell hit the top floor of a ten-story building. One of the residents of the house could not get out, because her legs were clamped by metal structures. The woman spent almost three hours under the rubble, until the emergency services managed to free her.

A house in the center of Mykolaiv and an infrastructure facility in the region were damaged by the drone attack.

A 29-year-old woman was killed during the night atack, her body was pulled out from under the rubble of one of the buildings. There are wounded, a mother with a three-month-old baby among them.

Mykolaiv policemen brought gifts to the children of IDPs. Employees of juvenile prevention of the Mykolaiv district police department of the National State Police in the Mykolaiv region visited one of the facilities where displaced families with children are staying. The policemen brought the children balls, jump ropes and games.

Street lighting was partially turned on in Mykolaiv. This was reported by the city mayor Oleksandr Sienkievych. According to him, there is light only on the streets allowed by the military.  Lighting, like traffic lights, will work until 10:00 p.m.

Odesa oblast

Before dawn on October 1, russian troops launched a missile attack on one of the infrastructure facilities in Odesa. The power station and several surrounding buildings were damaged. A fire, which had broken out in one of the private garages, was promptly extinguished.  There were no injuries from the impact.  This was announced by Maksym Marchenko, the head of Odesa RMA, in his Telegram channel.

Yesterday evening, the enemy tried to conduct reconnaissance using an operational-tactical drone, most likely Orlan-10. The “South” Operational Command reports the russian drone was shot down by the forces and means of air defense of Odesa.

The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reports that a new grain caravan left the Odesa ports, carrying 217.6 thousand tons of agricultural products.  A total of 252 ships with agricultural products destined for the countries of Asia, Europe and Africa left Ukrainian ports during the “grain agreement”. 

The International Scientific and Practical Conference “Ukrainian-Bulgarian Relations: Current Challenges and Prospects for Development” dedicated to the 114th anniversary of Bulgaria’s declaration of independence was held in Izmail on the basis of the State Humanitarian University.  The event was held under the patronage of the Executive Director of the Executive Directorate Abroad (at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria), Raina Mandjukova.  During the conference, effective ways of activating the socio-economic, educational and cultural development of the Bulgarian communities of Ukraine were discussed.  In his address, the head of the Izmail Bulgarian Society “Saint Sophia” Mykola Ivanov emphasized the importance of social and economic aspects of the modern development of the Bulgarian community, and also emphasized the significant role of national and cultural communities in preserving the ethnic identity of Bulgarians in Ukraine.

70 children of internally displaced persons from two villages, Safyani and Bagate, took part in the event, which took place at the eco-farm “Snails of Bessarabia” on the initiative of the public organization April 10, a partner of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  In the near future, meetings with various activities, games with a psychologist will be held in other villages of the Safyaniv Regional Territorial Community. With every hour of the session, the children begin to smile, take an interest in communicating with each other, and in the end, seem to forget about their worries.

Meeting for children of  IDPs  in Odesa.  Photo: from social networks 

Kateryna Kutynets, a 10-year-old girl from the city of Yuzhne, Odesa region, collected more than UAH 30K for the military. She suggested that people play a game with her called “Quiz on the contrary” and test her knowledge of geography.  Katya received money for each correct answer.  She managed to collect UAH 31 thousand, transferred to the Serhiy Prytula charity fund.  The girl also played a game with Serhii.  The girl’s next goal is to collect 50K hryvnias.

A ten-year-old girl from Odesa donated more than thirty thousand hryvnias to the Serhiy Prytula Foundation for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.  Photo: from social networks

Kherson oblast

The situation in Kherson oblast remains extremely difficult, active hostilities continue. At night, the enemy shelled 5 settlements, Visokopylla, Myrolyubivka, Zarichne, Osokorivka, and Novovoznesensk. Civilian infrastructure is destroyed and local residents are injured.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces informs that over 25 settlements along the contact line were shelled from tanks, mortars and barrel artillery. Among them are Stepova Dolyna, Myrne, Sukhy Stavok, Holgyne and Arkhangelsk.

The police recorded 25 war crimes committed by the russian army in Kherson oblast.

Destruction in Kherson oblast. Photo: Kherson City Council

Minister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, Iryna Vereshchuk, held a meeting of the coordination staff on issues of liberated territories.

Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk, together with first deputy Head of the Kherson RMA Vadym Gulko, visited Visokopill, Zagradivka and Kochubeivka. These settlements were liberated by the Armed Forces from the russian invaders. They met with residents of liberated settlements.

Iryna Vereshchuk. Photo: Kherson RMA

Western regions

Volyn oblast

The TNMK band held a concert in Lutsk. Its purpose is to raise funds to help Ukraine in the war against russia.

Zakarpattia oblast

Head of the RMA, Viktor Mykyta, visited the Rakhiv region on a working trip, where he inspected the works on the capital repair of a part of the premises of the city hospital for the temporary residence of IDPs.

Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, the leader of the Ocean Elza band, gave a concert for servicemen of the 128th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade of Zakarpattia.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The aid was sent to one of the battalions of the Kharkiv National Guard from Ivano-Frankivsk. They sent sleeping bags, boxes with warm clothes, medical supplies, personal hygiene items, etc.

In Ivano-Frankivsk, a charity auction in support of Carpathian soldiers was held. 53 lots were presented at the auction. Over UAH 3 180K raised will be used to support the Armed Forces.

Lviv oblast

In the Drohobytsk Action Center, the forum Tourism during the war and after the victory was held. Its purpose is to support the tourism sphere and identify common vectors for the development of tourism in war and post-war conditions.

The Lviv National Academic Men’s Choral Chapel Dudaryk went on a concert charity tour of European countries. The choristers will tour in the cities of Poland, Germany and Austria.

As part of the Prostheses for the Unbreakable charity project, Ukrainians transfer their daily earnings to prostheses for Ukrainian soldiers and civilians who lost limbs in the war. The campaign is implemented together with the charity platform The promotion is valid until the Day for the Indomitable, until October 19.

The Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Lyubomyr Zubach, announced that a European-style shooting range is planned to be built near Lviv. The official added that this initiative is supported by sports federations of Lviv oblast. The city council is preparing relevant documentation.

Rivne oblast

The RMA reported that in Rivne oblast, 94% of municipal special equipment is ready for winter season.

The RMA reported that 225 employers in Rivne oblast received compensation for hiring 481 displaced people. The total amount of payments is over UAH 4 million.

In Rivne, a rally in support of Ukrainian defenders, who became prisoners of war, was held.

Support rally. Photo: from social networks

Ternopil oblast

Humanitarian aid was brought to Ternopil oblast from France. Hospital beds, wheelchairs and rehabilitation equipment were donated from the city of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Representatives of a religious charitable organization from the US visited RMA. They discussed providing humanitarian aid to IDPs.

A master class on Samchykiv painting took place in Shepetivka. The goal is psychological rehabilitation with the help of art therapy.

At the Khmelnytskyi NPP, production of furnaces for the Armed Forces began. The first 20 furnaces are already at the final stage of production and will soon be sent to the military.

Furnaces. Photo: from social networks

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi will become a shelter for orphans from Odesa. The patrolmen met 43 children together with their teachers from the train, escorted the buses to the “Place of Kindness” and helped the children settle into their new home.

Meeting of children. Photo: Patrol police of Chernivtsi oblast 

International support

The Head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, stated that the US law on Lend-Lease for Ukraine entered into force.

Statement by Ruslan Stefanchuk. Photo: from social networks

Ukraine will receive $530 million in assistance from the World Bank. The package of financial assistance will be provided to Ukraine under the credit guarantees of Great Britain and Denmark.

The EU sent UMS-425 CC patrol boats to Ukrainian border guards. The boats were received as part of the project Together with the EU for border security. The project, implemented by IOM Ukraine, is financed by the European Union.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida. They discussed illegal “referendums” held by russia.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a phone conversation with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen. They discussed bilateral defense cooperation.

50 countries simultaneously called on the russian federation to stop nuclear blackmail. This happened during the General Conference of the IAEA. The signatories of the joint statement emphasized that the seizure of ZNPP by russian troops is the root cause of threats to nuclear safety.

Canada extended the sanctions against the russian federation by adding 43 new surnames to the lists.

The US introduced new sanctions against 14 people from the military-industrial complex of the russian federation, as well as 278 members of the state duma and the federation council.

The UK expanded the list of anti-russian sanctions.

The EU strongly condemned russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories.

Moldova condemned russia’s annexation of several Ukrainian regions.

Jens Stoltenberg stated that the member states of the Alliance support Ukraine’s choice to apply for NATO membership.

The Pentagon announced that Iranian drones did not become a technological breakthrough for the russian federation in the war against Ukraine.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Melanie Joly, said that for Canada the entire territory of Ukraine will remain the territory of Ukraine.

The heads of foreign affairs of the Baltic countries stated that their states support Ukraine joining the North Atlantic Alliance as soon as possible.

The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken commented on Ukraine’s intentions to join NATO under an accelerated procedure declaring the Alliance’s unchanging open-door policy.

Boris Johnson declared that putin’s speech was a fraud and a disgrace.

Statement by Boris Johnson. Photo: from social networks

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey announced that Turkey considers the annexation of Ukrainian territories by russia a gross violation of established principles of international law and condemns it.

General director of the company, Halyuk Bayraktar, stated that one of the future models of Bayraktar drones may receive a Ukrainian name.

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