Ukraine in brief: Latest regional news September 20, 2022 (photo)

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

It has been the 209th day of Ukraine’s resistance to the russian military invasion.

Ukraine briefly

Here is operational information from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as of 6pm:

The enemy continues to focus on trying to completely occupy Donetsk Oblast, organize the defensive, hold the occupied territories, and disrupt the advance of the Defense Forces in certain areas. It shells the positions of our troops along the contact line, takes measures to regroup its troops, and constantly conducts air reconnaissance.

The enemy continues to focus on trying to completely occupy Donetsk oblast, organize defense and maintain the occupied territories, as well as disrupt the active actions of the Defense Forces in certain areas. It shells the positions of our troops along the contact line, takes measures to redeploy, and constantly conducts aerial reconnaissance.

During the current day, russian occupiers have inflicted 7 missile and 20 air strikes, carried out more than 15 MLRS attacks on military and civilian targets on the territory of Ukraine, violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, laws and customs of warfare.

As a result of terrorist actions of the russian troops, the infrastructure of more than 20 settlements was damaged. Among them are Sloviansk, Seversk, Soledar, Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Stepne, Nikopol and Ochakiv. In the village of Pechenihy, the invaders tried to destroy the dam of the Pechenizhsky reservoir, but failed. There is a constant threat of air and missile strikes by the enemy throughout Ukraine.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the situation has not changed significantly.

In other directions, the enemy fired tanks, mortars and multi-caliber artillery, namely:

towards Siversk, Mikhailove and Huta Studenetska, Chernihiv Oblast, and Novovasylivka and Riasne, Sumy Oblast;

towards Sloboda region, Kozacha Lopan, Strelecha, Hlyboke, Derhachi, Fiholivka, Dvorichna, Shevchenkove, Kupiansk and Kamianka;

towards Kramatorsk, Yarova, Pryshyb, Donetske, Serebrianka, Shchurove, Raihorodok, Ozerne, Kryva Luka, Mykolaivka, Siversk, Ivano-Dariivka, Rozdolivka, Oleksandrivka and Hryhorivka;

towards Bakhmut, Verkhnekamianske, Vyimka, Spirne, Vesele, Bilohorivka, Yakovlivka, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Vesela Dolyna, Odradivka, Mykolaivka Druha, Zaitseve, Maiorsk and Niu York;

towards Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Marinka, Novomykhailivka, Pervomaiske;

towards Zaporizhzhia, Novosilka, Novopil, Vremivka, Velyka Novosilka, Vuhledar, Novomaiorske, Zaliznychne, Huliaipole, Malynivka, Chervone, Dorozhnianka, Mali Shcherbaky, Mala Tokmachka and Kamianske.

Towards the South Buh, over 25 settlements were shelled by the enemy.  In particular, Bilohirka, Blahodativka, Myroliubivka, Myrne, Novohryhorivka, Oleksandrivka, Pravdyne, Shyroke, Shevchenkove, Ternovi Pody, Vysokopollia, and Zoria.

As a result of successful actions of the Defense Forces towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka, the enemy continues to suffer significant losses. Medical institutions in Horlivka are overcrowded with severely injured servicemen of the occupying forces. Besides, two large-sized trucks with dead bodies of invaders from the 1st Army Corps of the rf armed forces came from Kherson Oblast to the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk Oblast. The number is being specified.

Due to failed covert mobilization measures, the military and political leadership of the russian federation decided to withdraw units of the 217th Parachute Regiment from the Syrian Arab Republic and prepare to be sent to Ukraine.

Units of the Defense Forces repulsed enemy attacks in the areas of Kurdiumivka, Marinka, Mykolaivka Druha, Maiorsk, Novomykhailivka, Pervomaiske, Vesele, and Zaitseve.

During the day, to support actions of ground groups, aircraft of the Defense Forces hit 12 buildups of enemy manpower and military equipment and one position of the anti-aircraft missile system. In addition, our air defense units destroyed one enemy UAV.

In particular, in 17 areas of concentration of personnel, weapons and military equipment, 10 areas of concentration of artillery, as well as 3 ammunition depots. The total losses of the enemy are being clarified.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announces that russian occupiers took at least 2.1 thousand Ukrainian children deprived of parental care to russia. She also adds that all information and facts regarding the abducted children are currently being checked, and the authorities are immediately appealing to the russian federation, which committed the crime. “We demand the return of our children, we appeal to the international community to do everything for russia to pay for this, that is, to strengthen sanctions, as today our children are illegally on the territory of the russian federation,” Vereshchuk concluded.

In the first reading, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a bill to increase the border strip along the line of the state border with russia and belarus to 2 km. This was announced by Yaroslav Zhelezniak, a people’s deputy from the Holos party. This draft law also includes the procedure for involving units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to strengthen protection of the state border. In particular, it concerns the possibility of creating fire support outposts, artillery and aviation units, selecting biometrics from everyone who crosses the state border, checking them at checkpoints and recognizing faces.

Ukraine will not cease liberation of its territories, even in case of conducting pseudo-referendums. This was stated by Foreign Minister (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Dmytro Kuleba. He also added that even hybrid mobilization will not change anything.

Eastern regions

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on the contact line, the invaders are trying to gain a foothold and keep the remaining territories of Kharkiv oblast under their control. They shelled Derhachi city, Dvorichna, Kozacha Lopan, Shevchenkove settlements, Hlyboke, Kamianka, and Strilecha villages. The enemy attempted to destroy the dam at Pechenihy, but had no success.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that the establishment of more than 20 military administrations on the administrative border of the united communities of Kharkiv oblast was initiated. He noted that this primarily concerns communities where there are or were active military hostilities and de-occupied settlements.

This night, the enemy launched a missile attack on an infrastructure facility in the Chuhuiv district. No casualties.

The enemy continued shelling settlements in Kharkiv oblast along the border with russia and the contact line in Izium, Kharkiv, and Kupiansk districts.

According to the Emergency Medical Care Centre, 3 people were injured in Kupiansk district. In Kharkiv district, 2 men were injured due to a mine explosion.

The mine threat in the territories liberated from the enemy remains very high, although the State Emergency Service pyrotechnics do everything possible to clear our land from explosive devices.

1,110 munitions and explosives were defused. Among them were many Butterfly anti-infantry mines.

Two people were killed due to the shelling of Hrushivka village, Kupiansk district. Nine civilians, including four children, were injured. The injured were hospitalized, and medics assessed their condition as moderate. Information is being updated.

Donetsk oblast

Referring to the Donetsk Regional Press Service of Police, the invaders shelled settlements of Donetsk oblast with aviation and rocket artillery. There were casualties among civilians. The enemy launched nine fire attacks on Avdiivka. Bakhmut, Toretsk cities, Dorozhnie, Khromove, Yakovlivka, and Yelyzavetivka, were also hit. The shelling destroyed and damaged 10 civilian facilities, including 7 residential buildings, a coke plant workshop, and a railway station. In Chasiv Yar, shelling destroyed a school and two apartment buildings.

A Ukrainian flag was raised on the border between Donetsk and Kharkiv oblasts.

Raising the Ukrainian flag. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that the russians killed one civilian in Toretsk. Another 12 people were injured.

In Sviatohirsk direction, Ukrainian border guards destroyed a group of russian saboteurs who were trying to cross the Siverskyi Donets and enter the rear of Ukrainian troops.

This night, the russians continued actively firing in Donetsk and Horlivka directions.

Around 1 am, the enemy launched an airstrike on Bakhmut, hitting an apartment building. Three porches of the building collapsed. Two people may be under the rubble. Rescuers are working at the site. Also, in the community’s territory the night before, Khromove was under fire – one person was injured.

The night was loud in Siversk. At least two private houses were destroyed as a result of the shelling. There were no casualties.

The russians shelled the old part of Avdiivka at night and the central part by morning. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties.

At half past midnight, Bohoiavlenka, Vuhledar community, was shelled – the extent of the destruction is being established.

Mariupol Mayor’s Councillor, Petro Andriushchenko, reported that the invaders illegally deported 135 children from the occupied Donetsk oblast to the russian federation. A three-year-old girl from Mariupol is among them.

Luhansk oblast

According to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, in Bilohrovka, there were continuous heavy battles, but our troops cleared it from the enemy. Also there, the russians destroyed the entire infrastructure of the Popasna district water supply system, leaving about a million residents of Luhansk oblast without water supply. There is practically nothing left of this settlement, as well as Popasna, Novotoshkivske, and other villages of Hirske community.

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported that people will most likely need to be evacuated for the winter period from major cities in the region, where critical infrastructure was destroyed. People are ready to be evacuated for the winter if Lysychansk, Rubizhne, and Sievierodonetsk are de-occupied.

He added that holding ‘pseudo-referendums’ was a step to declare mobilization in russia. But the forced mobilization in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic now looks more like repression: men are captured in the streets. Very few male workers are left at communal enterprises in the occupied Luhansk oblast, while most of them are already at the front line.

Northern regions

Kyiv oblast

The bodies of more two men tortured by the russians were found in Kyiv oblast. According to Head of the police of Kyiv oblast, Andrii Nebytov, the burial was in a forest strip near the village of Myrotske, the Bucha district, where 18 civilians killed by the russians were recently found at the positions of the russian army.

In Bucha, 372 private houses and two high-rise buildings, which suffered significant destruction as a result of russian military aggression and are not subject to restoration, will be demolished.

Mayor of Bucha, Anatolii Fedoruk announces that 2,882 damaged buildings are being repaired. In addition, construction of 12 residential buildings is planned to begin on Vokzalna Street, which has undergone significant destruction.

Consequences of russian military aggression in Bucha.  Photo: Oleksiy Mandziy

In Kyiv oblast, 326 entrepreneurs receive monthly financial assistance from the state for employing internally displaced persons. Most of them work in the processing industry, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, wholesale and retail trade.

For children from the village of the Velyka Dymerka community, an educational space is being set up in the local cultural center.  Senior and elementary school students will be able to study there, and they will also have access to distance learning.  The occupiers blew up the village’s school and kindergarten while retreating from Kyiv oblast and 500 children were left without access to education.  The only surviving bus now takes the little ones 22 kilometers to the nearest school, while the older ones study only online.

 School in the village of Velyka Dymerka destroyed by the russian military.  Photo: from social networks

In honor of the heroes of Azovstal, a military memorial cemetery on the Singing Field in Kyiv is planned to be  established. The visualization of the future memorial was developed by an architect who served in Azov. The project is currently under consideration by the Kyiv MRA.

Citizens will be taught the basics of first aid at fifteen subway stations in Kyiv.  On September 23 and 24, doctors of the Center for Emergency Medical Aid and Disaster Medicine will conduct training for all those who wish to do so.

The Kharkiv MeetDocs film festival will be held in Kyiv this year for security reasons. This festival contributes to cultural integration of artists from different regions of Ukraine, in particular eastern regions, which suffered significantly as a result of russian aggression.  The festival program will include a national feature and documentary film competition, special screenings and national premieres, as well as an industrial section consisting of workshops, master classes and creative meetings.

An exhibition of paintings by Ukrainian artist Stas Zhalobniuk entitled Potentially (Un)acceptable Content will open in Kyiv at the Gallery of Protest Art.  The artist has been creating paintings since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine. The works, made mainly in mixed media (collage), are sometimes shocking.  The author reveals the true face of the occupiers and seeks to destroy the reputation of russian culture and myths about its greatness.

Artist Stas Zhalobnyuk.  Photo: Museum of the Revolution of Dignity

Residents of the village of Makariv talk about evacuation of the population from under shelling, delivery of humanitarian aid to the locals and liberation from the russian military in the second series of the War Diaries project, which was announced by Head of the Kyiv MRA, Oleksii Kuleba, on his Telegram-channel.

Zhytomyr oblast

Issues of informing the population about mine danger were discussed at a working meeting with the delegation of the Danish Council for Refugees in Ukraine. This was reported by the Zhytomyr MRA. The possibility of providing assistance to persons affected by mines and explosive remnants of war was also discussed.  With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and Denmark, the Representation has the resources and the ability to provide medical and psychological assistance, prosthetics, physiological rehabilitation, financial and other assistance to families whose relatives were killed by explosive objects.

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, pyrotechnicians of Zhytomyr Oblast have made 238 trips, surveyed 309 hectares of territory and neutralized 2,552 explosive objects as reported by the regional emergency department.  As a result of hostilities and shelling by the occupying forces of the russian federation, about 750 km² of territory in the northern region were polluted by explosive objects.  In particular, these are the territories of a number of communities of the Korosten district.

Heating to Zhytomyr medical facilities is planned to be provided before the official start of the heating season.  This was reported in the KP Zhytomyr Heat Komunal Energy.

The humanitarian headquarters of the Zhytomyr regional military administration sent more than 40 tons of humanitarian goods to the de-occupied communities of Kharkiv Oblast. It included food kits, which are in dire need of residents of liberated villages and towns.

The SUV worth UAH 150K was handed over to the Ukrainian military by representatives of the Zhytomyr Regional Union of Azerbaijanis.  As the organizers informed, the money for the car was collected during the week, and the initiators of the fund collection were Azerbaijani youth.

Sumy oblast

The SBGS reported that the enemy shelled the border areas of Sumy oblast and Chernihiv oblast with MLRS, self-propelled guns and mortars. Over the past day, the communities of Znob-Novhorodske and Krasnopillia came under enemy fire. In total, more than 60 explosions were recorded. In the village of Slavhorod, as a result of the direct hits into a residential building, a pensioner couple was injured and sent to hospital. In addition, about a dozen private houses were damaged and destroyed.

The Sumy RMA reported that more than 10 enemy strikes were recorded in the village of Yunakivka. Shells exploded in gardens of local residents, the local dispensary, residential infrastructure and power lines were damaged.

Also, the russian military conducted a mortar attack on the village of Obody in the Bilopillia community. 10 explosions were recorded, as a result of which at least 5 houses of civilians were damaged.

Consequences of enemy shelling of the Krasnopillia community. Photo: SBGS

20 territorial communities of Sumy oblast are participating in the state program to restore houses, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and roads destroyed by the enemy. The Sumy RMA reported that more than UAH 135 million has been allocated for the purchase of construction materials from the state budget for Sumy oblast. The UN Refugee Agency in Ukraine plans to rebuild 1K houses destroyed by the war in Sumy oblast.

The State Emergency Service reported that a tornado damaged 273 buildings (118 of them are residential ones) in Buryn on September 18. The village of Shiriaive was the most affected in the Nova Sloboda community 20 houses were damaged. There is also destruction in the Khmeliv community. Restoration of houses and utility buildings, power and gas supply is ongoing.

Consequences of the storm in Sumy oblast. Photo: Sumy RMA

Chernihiv oblast

The SBGS reported that over the past day, the communities of Semenivka and Snovsk came under enemy fire. The enemy fired 120 mm mortars on the territory of the Snovsk community, 5 explosions were recorded. Artillery strikes were carried out on the territory of the Semenivka community. 12 explosions were recorded.

The Pryluky police informed about the suspicion of a russian soldier for shooting a car with civilians. Investigators established questionnaire data and collected evidence that testifies to his involvement in shooting and killing civilians at the end of February in the territory of the Ichnia community. Preparation of materials for declaring the suspect on the international wanted list continues.

Three soldiers of the russian federation who brutally treated civilians during the occupation of the village of Yahidne in Chernihiv oblast will be judged. The investigation was carried out by the SSU Department in the Chernihiv oblast. According to the investigation, the russian military broke into the houses of civilians and shot at the premises where people were hiding; local residents were taken outside in sub-zero temperatures and forced to undress in the presence of women and children; used physical violence against the victims for no reason, inflicting beatings with automatic weapons; illegally deprived local residents of their freedom, locking them in the cellar of their own home for three days, limiting their access to water, food and fresh air.

The city council reported that educational institutions in Chernihiv are now equipped with generators. The city received 31 diesel generators thanks to the USAID Energy Security Project. The equipment will be used in the event of a power outage to the buildings, which will help ensure a stable heating season.

In Chernihiv, a campaign to collect motivational literature for Ukrainian defenders Ukrainian Warrior’s Library is underway. Its goal is to collect books for Ukrainian defenders, in particular for military personnel from Chernihiv oblast. The books are mainly patriotic historical novels, short stories and poetry.

Central regions

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

An air alert signal lasted for almost 9 hours  in the Nikopol community this night. The occupying forces of the rf repeatedly shelled the Nikopol district during the night. They hit the Chervonohryhorivka community twice from Hrad MRLSs and four times Nikopol itself. In addition, the Russian occupiers attacked the Marganets community. This was announced by Head of the regional council Mykola Lukashuk.

Vinnytsia oblast

In the Vinnytsia community, kits with humanitarian aid continue to be issued to citizens. Residents of Vinnytsia from socially vulnerable population groups have already received 2,059 food packages under the UNICEF program. In addition, aid continues to be provided to the families of the fallen combatants from the Polish Fundacja Biedronki thanks to the cooperation of the Podilska hromada Community Foundation with the СF Impuls of the State Service of Ukraine for Emergency Situations. So far, 136 families have received food and hygiene kits. This was reported by the Vinnytsia City Council.

During six book auctions, Vinnytsia residents Oleksandr Hnatiuk and Serhii Filippov collected one million and 100 thousand hryvnias for the army. With this money, they bought ammunition for defenders and thermal imaging cameras.

Kirovohrad oblast

The SSU in Kirovohrad Oblast reports that an ex-railway operator and a lustrated tax official are suspected of having created bot farms to support russia. During the search of the suspect’s house, a computer with the evidence was seized.

Poltava оblast

Dmytro Lunin, Head of the Poltava Regional State Administration, announced that the military received four more cars in Poltava Oblast from volunteers and business representatives. Periscopes, rangefinders and walkie-talkies were also handed over. 

Aid for the military. Photo: Dmytro Lunin, head of the Poltava Regional State Administration

Southern regions

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The situation towards Zaporizhzhia has not undergone significant changes over the past day. The enemy concentrates its main efforts on holding the occupied borders.

In the evening, the russian military launched rocket attacks on the villages of the Zaporizhzhia region. According to preliminary information, S-300 missiles were used. Information about the injured and destruction is being clarified.

As a result of enemy shelling, local residents of Stepnohirsk a husband and a wife received shrapnel wounds.

The police received 54 reports about the destruction of civil infrastructure objects as a result of shelling by the russian occupying forces. The regional center, as well as settlements of Polohy, Vasylivka, and Zaporizhzhia regions were attacked by the enemy. As a result of the armed aggression, there are wounded and killed citizens.

On September 19, during the day, the occupying forces carried out nine fire attacks on Zaporozhia. Another rocket hit the village of Pryvitne. The strikes caused damage to residential and critical infrastructure in the region, as well as citizens’ vehicles.

In addition, shelling was recorded in Orikhiv, Chervona Krynytsia, Huliaipole, Novoselivka, Uspenivka, Dobropillia, Rivnopillia, Prymorske.

This week, the IAEA will hold high-level consultations on creating a nuclear safety and protection zone around the ZNPP.

At the so-called ‘national congress of citizens of Zaporizhzhia Oblast’, the occupiers agreed to hold a ‘referendum’ on the accession of Zaporizhzhia oblast to Russia. It should take place from September 23 to 27.

The russian occupiers reported on the removal of Ukrainian books from the libraries of the Melitopol district. In particular, it is about children’s literature in the Ukrainian language.

The Zaporizhzhia Coordination Center of the Commissioner for Issues of Persons Disappeared Under Special Circumstances Office has started operating in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Specialists of the center process search applications, maintain contact with relatives. This was reported by the Zaporizhzhia Regional Council.

Over the past day, 946 people, including 166 children, were evacuated from the temporarily occupied territory.

Mykolaiv oblast

During the day, the enemy directed two attack drones at the Ochakiv port infrastructure. One drone attacked the coastal zone, the second one was destroyed on approach. People were not injured.

The enemy fired at Bereznehuvate using Smerch MRL. An elevator was hit and partially destroyed, 3 workers were injured, several buildings were damaged in the village center, including the professional lyceum. Without human losses.

In the evening, the enemy fired rockets from the Smerch MRL and later also from S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems at the Bashtanka district. Open areas were hit.

The Security Service of Ukraine detained a russian agent who adjusted enemy missile strikes to disrupt the heating season in southern Ukraine. He was informed of the suspicion of treason committed under martial law. A pre-trial investigation is ongoing.

After yesterday’s rocket attacks on Mykolaiv, Yuzhnoukrainsk and Nova Odesa, the police documented four damaged multi-apartment and 15 private residential buildings, the premises of two shops, a restaurant, a bus station, a garage and 11 objects of street furniture. A 60-year-old Zaporizhzhia resident was injured.

Consequences of enemy shelling. Photo: National Police

Vitalii Kim, Head of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, said that Ukrainian troops are advancing towards Kherson, so there is a need to build new fortifications closer to the city. 

Mykolaiv City Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych informed that as of September 20, 135 people, including one child, were killed in Mykolaiv as a result of russian shelling. 665 city residents were seriously injured, including nine children.

The labor market in Mykolaiv oblast has undergone significant changes since February 2022. Demand for labor has halved, and unemployment rates have increased by ten percent. Since the start of the full-scale invasion, 6K unemployed people have been able to find work with the help of the employment service. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, 6 thousand unemployed were able to find work with the assistance of the employment service. As of September 19, 15K people are looking for work through the center, 477 vacancies are available.

Odesa oblast

The enemy naval group of 11 ships and boats continues to maneuver in the Black Sea, hiding behind Crimea. There are 3 surface missile carriers with 24 Kalibr missiles and 3 large amphibious ships on combat duty.

The ‘South’ Operational Command warns that the storm may bring mines to the coastal strip.

The ‘South’ Air Command reported that Odesa anti-aircraft missile brigade fighters shot down a russian Su-25 attack aircraft in the Beryslav district, Kherson oblast. 

On September 20, eight ships with 195.7K tons of agricultural products on board left the ports “Odesa” and “Chornomorsk” as part of the “grain initiative”.

The volunteer group Let There Be Happiness resumed the distribution of food kits from the United Nations. Immigrants, people with disabilities, large families and single parents will be able to receive the kits. A set of products is issued once a month, subject to the availability of documents confirming the status.

Kherson oblast

The enemy tried to carry out assault operations towards Davydiv Brid Bilohirka in order to gain a foothold. The forces of the motorized rifle platoon were detected in time and stopped by artillery fire. The enemy retreated with losses.

Ukrainian defenders hit a barge loaded with weapons, equipment and personnel. Thus, the enemy’s attempt to set up alternative crossings across the Dnipro in the area of Nova Kakhovka and Kozatske was unsuccessful.

During the combat day, the enemy also continued shelling our positions along the front line, on adjacent territorial communities, having launched 3 air strikes and 3 missile strikes.

Ukrainian aviation launched 15 air strikes against the enemy. 2 unmanned scouts of operational-tactical level “Orlan-10” and “Orlan-30” were destroyed.

Missile and artillery units performed more than 260 fire missions, targeting 4 buildups of enemy manpower reserves and equipment in Beryslav, Henichesk, Kakhovka and Kherson districts, on bridges and alternative crossings – pontoons and barges.

The enemy confirmed losses are 90 occupiers, 3 tanks, 8 units of other armored vehicles, 3 howitzers “Msta-B” and “Msta-S”, 4 self-propelled 152 mm “Acacias”, 2 self-propelled guns “Hyacinth-S”, 6 “Grad” multiple launch rocket systems and the warehouse of enemy ammunition in Pravdyne.

Over the past day, the police opened 20 criminal proceedings regarding war crimes committed by russian servicemen in Kherson oblast. The russian army massively shelled six populated areas in the region: Novovoznesensk, Myroliubivka, Olhyne, Arkhangelsk, Kamiane and Novopetrivka. There are injured people. houses, administrative buildings, shops and warehouses were destroyed. There are facts of abduction of residents of Kherson oblast and looting in the temporarily occupied territories.

The so-called ‘public council’ of Kherson oblast appealed to Gauleiter ‘leader’ Saldo and to the ‘head’ of the fake government Yeliseev with a request to urgently hold a referendum on recognition of Kherson oblast as part of russia. It was decided to hold a referendum from September 23 to 27. In his address, Saldo also spoke about the mobilization on the territory of Kherson oblast to participate in the Special Military Operation of the russian armed forces.

Kherson residents and local activists oppose the referendum.


Poster “Stop referendum” movement. Photo: “Yellow Ribbon” Telegram channel

Western regions

Volyn oblast

Head of the Lutskteplo utility company Anton Beznosykov reported that as of September 19, 43 pumping units have been replaced at Lutsk boiler houses. The new equipment should reduce power consumption.

In Volyn, Red Cross teams go to remote villages where there are no dispensaries. The team includes a doctor, a nurse, a Red Cross volunteer and a driver. Vulnerable categories of Volyn residents and forcibly displaced people are a priority for providing medical assistance.

Zakarpattia oblast

The RMA reported that 163 schools of the region were equipped with high-speed Internet under the project Wi-Fi in shelters of the Ministry of Digital.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Humanitarian aid was sent from Ivano-Frankivsk to Mykolaiv. 22 tons of special cargo was sent thanks to the Maltese Relief Service of Ivano-Frankivsk.

The Kolomyia district state administration reported that a car for the Ukrainian military was sent from the Pidhaichykiv community.

Lviv oblast

Since the war began, over 35K internally displaced persons have arrived in the Drohobych district, including over 11K children.

The Lviv defense cluster sent 300 bulletproof vests to volunteer formations of territorial communities of the oblast.

In the Lviv City Hall, a meeting with Head of the Italian Cultural Institute in Ukraine, Edoardo Crisafulli, was held. They discussed joint Ukrainian-Italian artistic and cultural projects.

The Lviv Defense Cluster manufactures children’s bulletproof vests. Soon, 30 bulletproof vests will be sent to Donetsk oblast for evacuation of children.

Children’s bulletproof vests. Photo: from social networks

Rivne oblast

In the Varas district, the algorithm of actions in emergency situations at the Rivne NPP was worked out. Actions were practiced during the evacuation of the civilian population, demining, fire suppression and mine protection in border areas.

Preschoolers and students in Rivne institutions of general secondary education, whose parents are fighting, will be provided with free meals. Such a decision was taken by the Rivne executive committee. There are about 1 300 children.

The Varas community sent 6 SUVs to the front. Cars were filled with everything necessary for the military binoculars, starlinks, camouflage nets, food, warm clothes, etc.

Ternopil oblast

In Ternopil oblast, 68.5 cubic meters of firewood were prepared for the heating season. This is 2K cubic meters more than last year.

In the RMA a meeting with heads of territorial communities of the oblast and heads of structural subdivisions was held. They discussed preparation for the heating season, functioning of educational and medical institutions.

In the Ternopil city council, a meeting with heads of the board of condominiums and managers of service enterprises was held. They discussed algorithms for actions in case of lack of heat, water, light, gas.

The Coordinating Center for the Issues of Missing Persons has become operational in Ternopil oblast.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Khmelnytskyi health care institutions received humanitarian aid. Medicines costing 30K euros were provided by the charitable organization Stiftung Mainzer Herz and the clinic Universitätsmedizin Mainz from Germany.

Chernivtsi oblast

The Department of education and science of the Chernivtsi RMA reported that in Bukovyna, out of 343 schools in the oblast, 153 work face-to-face, 177 in a mixed format, and 13 distantly. Out of 387 kindergartens in the oblast, 293 work in a regular mode, 47 in a mixed format, and 22 distantly.

Form of work of schools and kindergartens. Photo: Department of Education and Science of Chernivtsi Oblast

The Health Department of Chernivtsi oblast reported that a humanitarian cargo was transferred from Bukovyna to the East. The help was given to the military medics. These are warm winter clothes and shoes, medicines, small stoves, etc.

The Faculty of Economics of the Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University informs that the recruitment of students for the free program Entrepreneurship and Organization of One’s Own Business has begun. The course is designed for military personnel and their family members within the framework of the Norway-Ukraine project.


International support

On the website of the European Council it is reported that the Council of the EU approved the allocation of 5 billion euros of additional macro-financial assistance for Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany reported that Germany supplied Ukraine with two Mars II MLRS and 50 Dingo armored vehicles.

The German Ministry of Defense announced that the German government will hand over four Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery units to Ukraine.

Germany and Slovenia agreed to the transfer 28 tanksM-55S to Ukraine.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) delivered 400K doses of the mRNA vaccine against COVID-19 Comirnaty produced by Pfizer-BioNTech to Ukraine within the framework of the COVAX international initiative.

Commander of the US Air Force in Europe and Africa, General James Hacker, said that Ukraine will receive F-16 aircraft in two to three years after the relevant political decision is made. Hacker explained that such terms are related to issues of pilot training and logistics.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and CEO of the world’s largest investment company BlackRock Larry Fink held a meeting via video conference. They discussed possibilities of attracting public and private investments to Ukraine.

The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell stated that events in Ukraine will be a key topic of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York, as the war and its consequences affect the whole world.

President of Turkey Erdogan stated that the invasion of the russian federation into Ukraine has nothing to do with its justification.

Isbank, the largest private Turkish bank, stopped serving russian “mir” cards.

Delegation of the Association of Defenders’ Families Azovstal and AZOV regiment held a meeting with representatives of the International Committee Of the Red Cross in Washington. They discussed visits by the Red Cross mission to military detention facilities, the investigation of the terrorist attack in Olenivka, and the return of the bodies of those killed in the tragedy.

UAF President Andriy Pavelko reported that UEFA decided to exclude the russian national team from the Euro 2024 draw, which will take place on October 9.

17% of Ukrainians who left their homes because of the war have already returned from abroad. The percentage of those who want to stay abroad has also decreased. At the end of August, there were 27% of them, and now only 10%. This is evidenced by Gradus Research.

Gradus Research. Photo: from social networks

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