War in Ukraine today: latest news, 16 May, 2024 (photo)

It has been the ___th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

What happened in Ukraine today:

Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 7:30 pm:   

The situation at the Ukrainian front is difficult, but under control. On 16 May, there were 87 combat clashes. The russian army uses its superiority in manpower and equipment to increase pressure on the positions of the Defense Forces. Ukrainian defenders repel the attacks of the occupiers, inflicting maximum losses on the enemy.  

Towards Kharkiv, the number of enemy attacks increased to 10. Basically, hostilities are taking place in the vicinity of Lyptsi and Vovchansk. Despite the loss of personnel and military equipment, the enemy, with the support of aviation, is trying to put pressure on Ukrainian defense. The occupiers carried out 32 airstrikes using 38 KABs and carried out 181 artillery attacks. Units of the Defense Forces are holding the blow and preventing the invaders from advancing deep into our territory. 

Towards Kupyansk, the russian occupation forces continue to attack in the vicinity of Synkivka, Ivanivka and Berestove. Another combat clash was added near Miasozharivka.

Towards Lyman, the occupiers tried eight times to break through the defenses of Ukrainian defenders. 

In the Siversk, the russian occupiers launched an airstrike near Spirne.

The situation is currently the hottest towards Pokrovsk. The number of combat clashes increased to 35. At the same time, Ukrainian soldiers continue to inflict losses on the occupying forces in manpower and equipment and restrain the enemy.

Towards Kurakhove, the Defense Forces successfully repelled 12 enemy attacks. The occupiers are concentrating their efforts in the vicinity of Heorhiivka, Novomykhailivka and Krasnohorivka. Yelyzavetivka was hit by enemy aircraft.

Towards Vremivka, the enemy has increased the number of combat clashes to eight. In particular, fighting took place near Staromaiorske, Mykilske and Urozhaine.  

Towards the Dnipro river, the aggressor also attacked Ukrainian defenders near Krynky 8 times today. It was unsuccessful, information about the losses of the occupiers is being clarified.

Towards Kramatorsk, Toretsk, Huliaipole and Orikhiv, there were no significant changes in the situation. 

Aviation and rocket forces of the Defense Forces inflicted damage on 12 buildups of personnel, 2 control points, 2 artillery weapons, and an enemy control point of UAVs.  

Ukrainian soldiers adequately respond to invaders’ actions, act decisively, and take necessary measures to stabilize the situation.

Dmytro Lubinets Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine states that there are 292 cases of sexual violence recorded by the occupiers as a result of the armed conflict. Most crimes were recorded in Kherson, Donetsk, Kyiv and Kharkiv oblasts. 

Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, informs that in the northern part of Vovchansk, where active hostilities are taking place, the russian military is taking civilians prisoner. It is also known about the first executions of civilians by the russian military.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the defence forces have repelled 13 russian attacks on the eastern front since the beginning of the day. Ukrainian troops did not suffer any losses of positions and fighting is still ongoing towards Siversk, Kramatorsk, Pokrovsk, Kurakhove and Vremivka.

Kharkiv oblast

The invaders barbarously attacked a village in Vovchansk community with cluster munitions. 6 people were injured, including two medics, two drivers, a resident of the community and the head of Vovchansk city military administration.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that at 8:03pm, russians attacked Kharkiv. The enemy rocket attack damaged a 5-storey building, 8 cars and many windows. 20 and 40 years old men were injured.

At 4:44am, russians shelled Bohuslavka village. As a result of the shelling, an outbuilding on the square was burning and a woman was injured.

From 12:29am till 12:48am, russians shelled Chuhuiv. As a result of the shelling, an outbuilding was on fire. A 69-year-old woman and an 81-year-old woman were injured.

At 11:30pm, russians attacked  Hrafske village, Chuhuiv region. As a result of hostile shelling, an 87-year-old woman was injured.

At 6:01pm, russians attacked Vovchansk. A 70-year-old man was injured as a result of the shelling.

At 5:30pm, russians attacked  Kolisnykivka, Kupiansk region. A 55-year-old woman was injured as a result of the shelling.

At 5pm, russians targeted field in Derhachi community. A 25-year-old tractor driver was injured when a Lancet hit a tractor.

At 4:50pm, a 50-year-old man was killed in Kupiansk as a result of an explosion of a munition.

At 10:25am, russians shelled Mala Danylivka community, Kharkiv region. The shelling damaged a dormitory building, a general practice outpatient clinic and a house. Four employees of the medical institution were injured.

Towards Kharkiv, Ukrainian troops successfully repelled four enemy attacks near Pylna – Lyptsi, Lukiantsi – Slobozhanske, Pylna – Slobozhanske, Murom – Starytsia since the beginning of the day.

Towards Kupiansk, Ukrainian troops repelled 20 enemy attacks. At the same time, fighting continues in Kyslivka – Ivanivka, Kotliarivka – Pishchane, Kuzemivka – Stelmakhivka, Kovalivka – Novoiehorivka. In some areas, as a result of intense enemy attacks, Ukrainian forces regrouped to more favourable positions.

So far, 2319 residents have been evacuated from Chuhuiv region, 3834 from Kharkiv region, 103 from Bohodukhiv region and 2533 people have been evacuated by volunteers. A total of 8779 people have been evacuated.

Maksym Stetsyna, Head of Vovchansk police department, informed that on 16 May, police received 35 requests for evacuation from Vovchansk and 17 from Vovchanski Khutory. The number of attacks has increased in the city. During the evacuation of Vovchansk the day before, a russian drone hit a police car, injuring three people.

Minister of Internal Affairs Ihor Klymenko said that in the northern part of Vovchansk, where active hostilities are ongoing, the russian military is not allowing  locals to evacuate, people have been abducted and forced into basements. The first civilians have been shot dead as the invaders killed a resident of Vovchansk who was trying to escape the city on foot.

Serhii Kryvetchenko, Deputy Head of Lyptsi Military Administration, reported that russians continue to shell the border and partially occupied Lyptsi community. There are 25 people left in Vesele village, 80 in Lyptsi and 30 in Slobozhanske. The evacuation is ongoing, but people are unwilling to evacuate and they are staying in basements, often with many animals they do not want to leave behind. 

Donetsk oblast

The press service of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that five people were injured at an enterprise in Mykhailivka. According to preliminary data, the russian army used Smerch MRLs. Three civilian women and two men were injured.  According to the Ministry of Energy, a state-owned coal mining enterprise was under attack. The ministry reports that six miners were injured and an administrative building damaged.

The press service of Donetsk police reported that the enemy made 2,206 attacks. The attacks were recorded in 6 settlements: Lyman, Chasiv Yar, Velyka Novosilka cities, Zhovte, Karlivka and Katerynivka villages. Twenty civilian objects were damaged, including 14 residential buildings and cars.

Two people were killed in Karlivka and a private house damaged as a result of hostile shelling.

The enemy dropped two KAB-250 bombs on Velyka Novosilka, destroying an apartment building.

Lyman was under attack and as a result, 9 private houses and cars were damaged.

Three houses were damaged by shelling of Katerynivka village.

Destruction as a result of russian shelling. Photo: National Police

Luhansk oblast

Russians continue to attack in three directions. Towards Kupiansk, Stelmakhivka, Novoiehorivka, Miasozharivka and Tverdokhlibove became the epicentres of fighting. Towards Siversk, the invaders attacked in Zolotarivka – Verkhnokamianske. Towards Lyman, they tried twice to improve the tactical situation without success.

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the enemy does not stop shelling the de-occupied settlements, firing from artillery and mortars, constantly using drones, specifically Stelmakhivka, Kuzemivka, Nevske and Novoliubivka. The local population remains in the last two villages. Several explosions occurred on the territory of Nevske the day before. Four houses were damaged. Several shells exploded on the outskirts of the settlement near the previously destroyed buildings. There were three explosions in the residential area of neighbouring Novoliubivka. The consequences are being established.

Despite the constant shelling and, consequently, destruction, the assistance to the residents of these villages continues. This includes partial reconstruction of their homes. They still refuse to evacuate, even when their homes are damaged, so the administration brings some materials and helps to restore their homes. A weekly supply of bread and hygiene kits were also delivered to Nevske and Novoliubivka.

In the towns and villages occupied in 2022 near the front line, russians have long since cut off mobile communications. The alternative is payphones, which they install on the streets of the settlements. The so-called “ministry of luhansk people’s republic” is responsible for these works. Specifically, 27 such devices have already started working in Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Kreminna and Syrotyne. One for every several thousand people. From these phones, you can call numbers within the same settlement and try to call emergency services.

Roman Vlasenko, Head of Sievierodonetsk Regional Military Administration, informed that the forests around Sievierodonetsk are burning again. For about a month now, the invaders have been unable to extinguish the fire.

Luhansk Regional Children’s Home №2 is now operating in Zakarpattia. The orphanage provides medical and social protection for orphans, children deprived of parental care and children with developmental disabilities from birth to 4 years old. It is designed for 28 children, and currently accommodates 10 children.

Luhansk Regional Orphanage No. 2 in Zakarpattia. Photo: Luhansk Regional Military Administration

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Territorial recruitment and social support centres in Kyiv accept approximately 50-70 people per day. The ministry notes that TSCs capacity depends on the city and the number of employees. Starting 18 May, all Ukrainians liable for military service must update their credentials through the recruitment centres, administrative service centres or an electronic cabinet. According to the law, they have 60 days to do so.

Emergency power cuts were introduced in Kyiv and the oblast as a necessary measure to stabilise the country’s power grid. Schedules of power outages have been drawn up for all regions and can be found on DTEK’s website Kyiv Regional Power Grids.

According to Kyiv City State Administration, Kyiv residents can use Invincibility cetres during long-term power outages. They will operate twenty-four hours a day for temporary accommodation in the case of prolonged power outages. There are about a thousand centres in Kyiv, and information on their locations can be obtained from district administrations, local governments or through an interactive map in the Diia app.

Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of Kyiv RMA, informs that a school for 700 students will be built in Tarasivka thanks to the support from American philanthropist Dell Loy Hansen. The new educational institution will start operating on 1 September 2025. It will be built on the territory of Hansen’s Town, a residential complex that the philanthropist is building for IDPs. There are also plans to build a fourth line of housing, a kindergarten, a library, a swimming pool, and a community centre.

By the warning from the district state administration in Darnytsia district of Kyiv, only 30 out of 62 kindergartens are fully operational and have shelters. In 8 kindergartens, work on expanding basement areas is at the final stage, some are already ready and are being equipped with furniture and equipment. Another 19 kindergartens are scheduled to open by the start of the school year. All schools in the district operate in a full-time mode.

Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn reported that 56-year-old soldier Vitalii Dymarchuk from Kyiv oblast was killed in mortar shelling at the frontline. The soldier will be buried on the Alley of Memory of the Defenders of Ukraine in Irpin. During active hostilities, Vitaliy Dymarchuk stayed in Irpin, helping to extinguish burning houses and feeding lost animals. The Irpin resident was mobilised in March to serve as an electrician driver, and on 8 May he was killed in Donetsk oblast.

In Kyiv oblast, volunteers of the Wildlife Rescue Centre are nursing a newborn elk calf whose mother was blown up by a mine in the Chornobyl exclusion zone. The baby was found and sheltered by the military servicepeople who asked zoologists to save the animal.

Bucha City Council announced that the communities of Kyiv oblast continue to help the AFU military. In particular, they buy and send necessary items to the front line, weave and send camouflage nets. Residents also donate blood, which medics use during surgeries to help Ukrainian soldiers. They noted that everyone can now join the Blystavytski Teneta club and help weave camouflage nets or help with materials for this purpose. 

Zhytomyr oblast

Zhytomyroblenerho reported that schedules of hourly emergency power outages have been introduced in Zhytomyr oblast since 16 May. The maximum duration of the power outage is expected to be 6 hours.

According to the RMA, an Invincibility Centre was opened in Zhytomyr on 15 May. The centre will host various activities and training sessions on a regular basis, aiming at psychological recovery and social adaptation of veterans, military personnel and their families, IDPs, and families with children.

Sumy oblast

 At night and in the morning, russians shelled the border areas and settlements of Sumy oblast six times. There were 36 mortar and cannon artillery attacks. Bilopillia, Myropillia, Esman, Seredyna-Buda communities were shelled.

The RMA reported that over the past day, the russian military fired 37 times in Sumy oblast, with a total of 183 attacks recorded. The enemy used mortars, cannon and rocket artillery, FPV drones, and dropped explosives from UAVs. 10 communities  were shelled: Khotin, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Nova Sloboda, Esman, Shalyhyne, Druzhbivka, Seredyna-Buda, and Znob-Novhorodske. 

A civilian woman of 1964 year of birth died as a result of hostile shelling from Esman community. In Druzhbivka community, one person was injured, and a residential building caught fire in the community.

The regional police reported that over the past 24 hours, on 15 May, the russian army damaged an administrative building, eight private houses and one apartment building due to shelling in Sumy oblast.

Lyudmyla Biriukova, Head of the community, said that Okhtyrka is receiving IDPs from Velyka Pysarivka community – people are being transported by a school bus accompanied by police. In three days, 21 people have left the community.

Consequences of russian shelling in Sumy oblast. Velyka Pysarivka, April 2024. Photo from social media

The Norwegian Refugee Council intends to open an office in the northern part of Sumy oblast. The regional military administration reported that this matter was considered during an online meeting with Caroline Devast, Programme Manager of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Northern Office. They discussed the possibility of providing support and assistance to residents of the region who have suffered from the actions of the aggressor country. 

Chernihiv oblast

According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, russian troops made 97 attacks on the border of Chernihiv oblast using various weapon types over the past day. Four oblast communities were under enemy fire: Novhorod-Siverskyi – 47 attacks from mortars and FPV drones; Semenivka – 6 mortar attacks, Snovsk – 3 attacks from cannon artillery; Horodnia – 45 attacks from cannon and rocket artillery, and FPV drones. As a result of the shelling, two households caught fire.

The RMA announced that four ambulances were received from the Korean government for medical institutions in Chernihiv oblast. Three KIA cars and one Hyundai Staria went to Chernihiv Regional Centre for Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Horodnia, Bakhmach city hospitals and Snovsk central regional hospital.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of RMA, reported that the occupiers shelled Nikopol region with artillery. About half a dozen shells hit one of the villages of the Marhanets community. During the day, the occupiers attacked Nikopol region about a dozen times. They used kamikaze drones and artillery. Nikopol, Marhanets, Pokrovsk and Myrove communities suffered from shelling. Three private houses, two outbuildings, infrastructure facilities and power lines were damaged. 

Vinnytsia oblast

​​Vinnytsia City Council reported that Tetyana Maiboroda’s book dedicated to the life and combat path of her son, Hero of Ukraine Dmytro Maiboroda, was presented in Vinnytsia. 

150 people joined the “I Love the Armed Forces” event in Vinnytsia. On European Square, participants formed an abbreviation of the Armed Forces and a heart.

A charity fair was held at Vinnytsia Lyceum #29, raising over UAH 200,000 for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The funds will be used to purchase a Mavic 3T drone for the 59th Motorized Infantry Brigade named after Yakiv Handziuk.

Poltava oblast

Filip Pronin, Head of Poltava RMA, reported that the enemy attacked Poltava oblast again in the afternoon. The sounds of an explosion were heard in Myrhorod region.

Cherkasy oblast

In Cherkasy, civilians were trained on what to do in an emergency without a first aid kit. In particular, they learned  how to control bleeding under the “Stop the bleed” program.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The South Operational Command  reports that on 16 May, there were 23 enemy assaults towards Orikhiv. Occupiers launched 14 attacks towards Robotyne. Ukrainian defenders repelled 7 assaults on the left bank of Kherson oblast. 76 enemy reconnaissance drones were detected flying.

According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, the soldiers of Kabul 9 Special Forces Unit continue to destroy enemy equipment. Using FPV drones, the defenders disrupted the occupiers’ morale in Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Over 2 days of operation, the damaged and destroyed enemy targets include: 2 Ural trucks; 2 Bukhanka UAZs; 1 APC; 1 buggy; and 1 ammunition depot. Also, there were strikes made against buildups of enemy personnel.

Mykolaiv oblast

According to Mykolaiv RMA, on 15 May, Kutsurub community in Mykolaiv oblast was under enemy artillery attack. The attacks took place at 11:43am and 11:45am. There were no casualties reported.

The charitable project Behind Blue Eyes released a podcast featuring conversations with children from frontline and de-occupied villages of Ukraine about their daily lives and dreams. The protagonists of 2 episodes were children aged 10-13 from villages in Mykolaiv oblast. The podcast was recorded in various locations and under different conditions: in the van, at the home of one of the project’s heroes, at a school without electricity due to blackouts, and so on. In Snihurivka, most of the conversations were recorded in the school shelter, as a missile threat was announced immediately after the meeting with the children. The episodes from Mykolaiv oblast stand out among the others with themes about their native language and home.

Odesa oblast

The Korean Red Cross has provided Ukraine with 40 ambulances to deliver urgent medical assistance during the war. These vehicles will be allocated to healthcare facilities in various oblasts, including Odesa oblast.

Oleh Kiper, Head of Odesa RMA, announced that Odesa has received 7 electric cars for primary medical care. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine, in cooperation with the World Bank, facilitated the transfer of these vehicles. They will serve family doctors and specialised medical personnel attending to patients in towns, villages and remote communities in the oblast.

The municipal enterprise Odesa City Heating plans to purchase 14 modules of rapidly deployable protective structures for shelter construction. A corresponding tender appeared on the Prozorro state procurement website on 10 May. The tender documentation specifies that each shelter should accommodate 13-17 people. These shelters will have insulated doors with recessed locks. Walls and coverings will have additional bullet-resistant reinforcement on the inner side of the protective layer of concrete at a depth of 25 mm.

Renowned Odesa sculptor Kyrylo Maksymenko, the author of the composition Jobs’ Hand, is currently serving in a military unit conducting search and rescue operations under the Regional Directorate of the Territorial Defence Forces South based on the public organisation Military-Historical Center Memory and Glory. Fundraising for sapper equipment is launched in the de-occupied territories as part of the humanitarian project of the Armed Forces of Ukraine On the Shield. All donors will participate in a draw for a unique coffee table made by Kyrylo from the remains of a rocket from the Hurricane (Urahan) projectile.

Kherson oblast

According to Odesa RMA, on 16 May, the enemy forces shelled Korabelnyi district of Kherson, injuring a woman and a man. The woman sustained a concussion, explosive and cranial injuries. Emergency medical services provided assistance to the injured woman on-site. Later, it was reported that a man with explosive injuries was hospitalised.

The prosecutor’s office of Kherson oblast reported that around 4:10pm, the enemy army shelled another settlement in Kherson oblast. As a result of the explosions, one man was killed and another wounded.

Also, Kherson RMA clarified that the enemy conducted an airstrike on Vysokе village in Beryslav region. As a result, 5 people were injured, a store building, 2 private houses damaged and a car destroyed.

On 15 May, Mykhailivka, Antonivka and Stanislav in Kherson oblast were under enemy attack. The russian military targeted residential areas of the settlements, damaging 12 high-rise buildings and 11 private houses. There were hits on educational and medical facilities, including a kindergarten and an administrative building. Also, agricultural structures and 9 private cars were damaged and 19 people injured.

The Southern Air Command reported that on 15 May, 2 russian ZALA and Supercam reconnaissance UAVs were destroyed in Kherson oblast. 

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson RMA, announced that municipal workers in Kherson oblast had received 14 mini-tractors with attached equipment for emergency restoration work from South Korea.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Lutsk City Council sent an EcoFlow Delta Max charging station, 3 Motorola charging stations and 30 Motorola walkie-talkie batteries to the A 4940 Military Unit and 2 Mavic 3 and Mavik 3T quadcopters to the A 3821 Military Unit. Also, they sent 3 Mavic 3 quadcopters to the A 4898 Military Unit.

Zakarpattia oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Farhad Farkhadov, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs. They discussed the development of the veteran policy in Zakarpattia.

Brigadier General Ihor Yatsenko, Deputy Director of the State Border Protection Department of the State Security Service, is in Zakarpattia on a working visit. On the agenda is the support of units of the State Border Service, which are currently performing combat tasks on the line of contact with the enemy and guarding the state border within the oblast. They also discussed cooperation with border guards within the security and defense sector of Zakarpattia.

Uzhhorod community sent a car, special equipment for controlling drones, a bath and laundry complex, a generator, welding machines, and tools for repairing vehicles to the soldiers of the 2nd Rifle and 15th Mountain Assault Battalions of the 128th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade of the Zakarpattia thanks to patrons, deputies and leadership of Uzhhorod City Council.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The oblast sent 11 kamikaze drones, medicines and T-shirts worth over UAH 160,000 to the 10th Separate Mountain Assault Brigades Edelveis thanks to the own expense of employees of the Department of Social Policy of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast.

Ivano-Frankivsk Zonal Department of the Military Service of Law and Order receives computer equipment worth almost UAH 100,000 thanks to the regional budget.

Lviv oblast

The Doskich family CF sent a tractor, a trailer and an ambulance, equipped with everything necessary, to the medical center of the National Guard of Ukraine in Kharkiv oblast. Specialists of Lviv Regional Center of Emergency Medical Aid and Disaster Medicine helped to convert this ambulance car to the required parameters.

The volunteer association Lenta za Lenta sent 6 camouflage nets to the defenders, which is over 130 sq.m. Volunteers from the villages of Zhovtanets community were weaving nets in 7 locations of the community. Camouflage nets enable Ukrainian units to remain unnoticed from the sky and save their lives and equipment.

5 more orphans and children deprived of parental care as well as their companions were evacuated to Lviv oblast due to military operations. As Volodymyr Lys, Head of the Children’s Service of Lviv RMA, said, the children from 5 to 15 years old were evacuated from Zaporizhzhia oblast. They were accommodated in one of the oblast institutions for children.

As of today, 203 evacuated children are temporarily staying in the oblast, including 142 orphans, and children deprived of parental care (as part of evacuated institutions). They are placed in 16 institutions of Lviv oblast.

A pre-premiere screening of the film Da Vinci. You Have To Fight For Your Freedom. The film tells about the life path and exploits of Dmytro Kotsiubailo. The documentary film consists of interviews of his relatives – family, beloved, friends, brothers with whom he fought side by side against the armed aggression of russia since 2014.

Rivne oblast

The RMA held a meeting with mobile operators of Rivne oblast. They discussed the provision of mobile communication stations with electricity and their readiness for blackouts.

Ternopil oblast

A house for accommodating IDPs was opened in the village of Kozivka of Veliks Hai community. The two-story building has 16 rooms that can accommodate about 50 people. The facility is equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. 

Ternopil City Council reported that the community sent 5 DJI Mavic 3 quadcopters to the 78th Separate Assault Regiment.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Khmelnytskyi City Council reported that the community sent 250 FPV drones worth over UAH 4m to the military. Since the beginning of the year, the community has sent 2,300 FPV drones and over 230 quadcopters of the more expensive segment to the military.

Chernivtsi oblast

The Ministry of Health reported that Chernivtsi oblast is among the top 5 oblasts of Ukraine in terms of providing rehabilitation assistance. Currently, 20 medical facilities have been contracted in Bukovina under the 54 package of primary medical care within the framework of the Rehabilitation Care In Outpatient Conditions program.

International support of Ukraine in the russian-Ukrainian war (russia’s invasion of Ukraine)

Karin Jean-Pierre, Spokeswoman of the White House, stated that the White House is already preparing a new aid package for Ukraine. According to her, the USA expects increased pressure from the russian occupiers in Kharkiv oblast trying to expand the so-called buffer zone. To prevent this, Washington holds constant consultations with Kyiv and tries to strengthen the capabilities of the Defense Forces. Jean-Pierre did not specify what exactly will be included in the new aid package.

The US President signed a law banning the import of russian uranium. Specifically, the law will block the kremlin’s supply of fuel for reactors.

Margus Tsahkna, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, announced that the Parliament adopted a law on the use of russian assets for the benefit of Ukraine. He emphasized that he hoped for the quick support of the law by the president.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, held phone conversations with Salome Zurabishvili, President of Georgia, Daniel Risch, Prime Minister of Liechtenstein, and Lazarus Chakwera, President of Malawi. Leaders confirmed their participation in the Peace Summit.

The international working group on sanctions against russia, headed by Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President, and Michael McFaul, Director of the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, Ambassador, presented a new action plan for further increasing sanctions pressure on russia – Action Plan 3.0. The document contains specific steps that can significantly undermine the economic and military potential of the russian federation for a faster end to its aggression in Ukraine.

It is reported that the russian delegation blocked the meeting of the OSCE Security Cooperation Forum. Croatia, which chairs the OSCE FBS, nevertheless held the event in an alternative format. During consultations, the OSCE participating countries strongly condemned the russian aggression and expressed their readiness to provide support to Ukraine as much as necessary.

Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State, states that it is Ukraine will decide independently whether to hit the territory of the russian federation with American missiles. He also added that the US could sign a bilateral security agreement with Ukraine within a few weeks.

Grant Shapps, Minister of Defense, states that the United Kingdom is not going to put pressure on Ukraine to give up part of the territories and sign a “peace agreement” with russia. 

According to Anna Kist-Butler, Head of the Center for Governmental Communication in Britain, her office believes that moscow wants to go further than just attacks in cyberspace. Her communications agency is increasingly concerned about growing ties between russian intelligence services and proxy groups for cyberattacks, surveillance and sabotage operations.

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Ioanna Kryvenko, Аnna Efremova, Albahachiieva Helena

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Yana Hushchyna, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Zhanna Anshukova, Litrovnyk Alla, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova


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