War in Ukraine today: latest news, 19 April, 2024 (photo)

It has been the 786th 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 6 pm:   

On 19 April, there were 79 tactical clashes.

The russian army launched a total of 25 missile, 52 air strikes, 42 MLRS attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks wounded civilians. Apartment buildings and private houses, as well as other infrastructure targets were destroyed or damaged.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, there were no significant changes. No signs of the offensive groups formed of the enemy were found.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian forces maintain their military presence in territories bordering Ukraine, conduct subversive and reconnaissance activities, shell various settlements from the territory of russia, increase the density of minefields along the state border of Ukraine. The invaders launched an airstrike in the vicinity of Volfyne (Sumy oblast). More than 10 settlements were shelled, causing civilian casualties.

Towards Kupiansk, there were no offensive (assault) actions. The enemy fired artillery and mortars at around 15 settlements, including Synkivka, Petropavlivka, and Stepova Novoselivka (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Lyman, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 9 attacks in the vicinities of Teverdokhlibove, Kreminna (Luhansk oblast), and Terny (Donetsk oblast). The enemy attempted to breach Ukrainian defense in that area. The russian army also launched air strikes in the vicinities of Ivanivka, Yampolivka, and Torske (Donetsk oblast). More than 10x settlements, including Makiivka, Nevske (Luhansk oblast), Terny, and Torske (Donetsk oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian troops repelled 15 attacks in the vicinities of Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Verkhnokamianske, Spirne, Chasiv Yar, and Klishchiivka (Donetsk oblast). With the air support, the enemy attempted to improve its tactical position in that area. The enemy also launched air strikes in the vicinities of Druzhba, Ivanivske, and Niu-York (Donetsk oblast). More than 10 settlements, including Hryhorivka, Kalynivka, and Chasiv Yar (Donetsk oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 26 attacks in the vicinities of Novokalynove, Ocheretyne, Berdychi, Umanske, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske (Donetsk oblast). The enemy attempted to dislodge Ukrainian troops from their positions in that area. Also, the enemy launched airstrikes in the vicinities of Yurivka and Novopokrovske (Donetsk oblast). Around 10 settlements, specifically Ocheretyne, Novobakhmutivka, and Umanske (Donetsk oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Novopavlivka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the enemy in the vicinities of Novomykhailivka and Pobjeda (Donetsk oblast). With the air support, the enemy launched 16x attempts to breach Ukrainian defense in that area. Also, the adversary launched air strikes in the vicinities of Krasnohorivka, Urozhaine, Vodyane, and Vuhledar (Donetsk oblast). More than 10 settlements, including Krasnohorivka, Paraskoviivka, and Kostiantynivka (Donetsk oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Orikhiv, with the air support, the enemy launched 4 attacks on the positions of Ukrainian defenders in the vicinity of Staromaiorske (Donetsk oblast) and northwest of Verbove (Zaporizhzhia oblast). The invaders launched air strikes in the vicinities of Staromaiorske (Donetsk oblast) and Mala Tokmachka (Zaporizhzhia oblast). Around 20 settlements, specifically Chervone, Bilohiria, Shcherbaky, and Piatykhatky (Zaporizhzhia oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kherson, the enemy has not abandoned its intention to dislodge Ukrainian troops from their bridgeheads on the left bank of the Dnipro River. For instance, on April 19, the invaders used air support as they enjoyed 6 unsuccessful attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of Krynky (Kherson oblast). The adversary launched air strikes in the vicinity of Ivanivka (Kherson oblast). Around 20 settlements, specifically Tiahynka, Ivanivka, Novotiahynka, and Poniativka (Kherson oblast) were shelled.

The Ukrainian Air Force launched airstrikes on 6 buildups of troops and 1 command post of the russian invaders.

Power shortages remain in the Ukrainian power system. From 6pm to 10pm, power restriction schedules may be applied to business and industries (except for critical infrastructure facilities). Restrictions are also in force for household consumers in Kharkiv. 

The Defence Intelligence of Ukraine reported that Ukraine has shot down a russian Tu-22M3 for the first time at a distance of 300km from the Ukrainian border. It was shot down as a result of a special operation by the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine in cooperation with the Air Force. 

Serhii Lysak, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, confirmed that as a result of a russian strike on Dnipro, 7 people, including 2 children, were killed. Another 35 people suffered injuries of different severity.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The regional power company said that additional power supply restrictions have been introduced in Kharkiv and the oblast. They say this is due to an emergency outage in the united power system of Ukraine. In addition to hourly schedules, there are emergency power outages

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that there were no attacks on Kharkiv over the day.

Over 20 settlements in Kharkiv oblast were hit by enemy artillery and mortar attacks yesterday: Veterynarne, Kozacha Lopan, Hatyshche and others. Vovchansk, Strilecha and Borova were hit by airstrikes.

At 6:41pm, a two-storey apartment building, the roof of a two-storey building and an outbuilding were on fire as a result of the shelling in Vovchansk of Chuhuiv region.

At 5:51pm, Vovchansk of Chuhuiv region was shelled. As a result of the shelling, the structural elements of the dome of the building of the religious organisation of the Holy Myrrhbearers of Izium Diocese of the UOC were burning.

At 5:33pm, Vovchansk of Chuhuiv region was on fire. As a result of shelling, the roof of a two-storey cafe building was burning.

At 3:10pm, 8 private houses and 2 outbuildings were damaged by shelling in Vovchansk. A 52-year-old man sustained shrapnel wounds.

At 2pm, the enemy launched seven KAB bombs on Vovchansk. 7 private houses, one building and a car were damaged.

At 12:20pm, Sorokivka village of Kharkiv region was shelled. The house of culture and a shop were partially damaged by the S-300. A 45-year-old civilian was injured.

On 18 April at 12:15pm, there was a mortar shelling of Vovchansk. 3 civilian buildings were damaged.

The enemy did not conduct any offensive actions towards Kupiansk yesterday.

Combined teams of bomb experts cleared approximately 32 hectares of mines and destroyed 348 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian troops repelled over 65 attacks at the frontline in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The russian army continues to put the greatest pressure on Bakhmut axis, where it aims to capture Chasiv Yar. The invaders have tried to break through the defences 25 times but had no success.

The press service of Donetsk police informed that in the evening, the russian army shelled Ukrainsk, damaging more than 10 houses. According to preliminary data, there were no casualties.

The operational situation in the oblast as of the morning of 19 April is as follows:

Towards Pokrovsk, 4 people were killed in the southern part of the region: 2 in Krasnohorivka, 1 in Ocheretyne and 1 in Selydove. 12 houses were damaged in Ukrainsk. Hostre of  Kurakhove community was shelled.

Towards Kramatorsk, in Lyman community, a house was damaged in Zarichne, while Torske, Terny and Yampolivka shelled. An outbuilding was damaged in Bilokuzmynivka of Kostiantynivka community.

Towards Bakhmut, a house was damaged in Pivnichne of Toretsk community. 3 private houses and an industrial building were damaged in Chasiv Yar community. A house and 11 non-residential buildings were damaged in Siversk.

In total, russians attacked settlements in Donetsk oblast 18 times over the day. 121 people, including 15 children, were evacuated from the frontline.

Vadym Filashkin, Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, reported that yesterday russians killed 4 civilians: 2 in Krasnohorivka, 1 in Selydove and Ocheretyne

Luhansk oblast

A house was destroyed in Nevske by a guided aerial bomb yesterday morning. Fortunately, there were no casualties. The village was attacked upon from all available weapons. The invaders shelled Hrekivka by artillery. Neighbouring Makiivka was shelled by mortars and another enemy attack was repelled by our defenders in Bilohorivka.

Yesterday, thanks to the police, fresh bread was delivered to Makiivka from Krasnorichensk community.

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, russians will allocate rub 160m for the design of Luhansk waste recycling complex, which is planned to be located near Rodakove. The project documentation is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. However, the actual construction is expected to last until 2030. According to the plan, 350,000 tonnes of waste will be transported there annually.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, reported that the enemy is constantly trying to advance near Bilohorivka, Nevske and Terny. He also noted that russians targeted Nevske by two guided aerial bombs yesterday. The territory of Serebrianka forest is under constant russian attack.

Lists of graduates of schools and colleges in the so-called “lpr” are immediately transferred to the military commissariat. Even the previously reserved engineering staff is being taken away from the mines of the occupied Luhansk oblast.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

In Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck to discuss Ukraine’s needs for air defence systems, joint defence projects, and preparations for a conference in Germany. While on a visit to the capital, Robert Habeck had to go down to a hotel shelter on Friday night due to the threat of a russian attack.

Ruslan Kravchenko, Рead of Kyiv RMA, met with representatives of MITS, an international defence accelerator actively seeking companies able to invest in the Ukrainian defence industry. The parties agreed on strategic coordination in supporting and strengthening the national defence sector through investment in specialised start-ups in Kyiv oblast.

The funeral service for Pavlo Petrychenko, activist and sergeant of the 59th Brigade,  took place in Kyiv. The soldier will be buried at Askold’s grave. The news of Petrychenko’s death became known on the evening of 15 April – the soldier was killed in Donetsk oblast during a combat mission. Before the full-scale war, Pavlo was a project manager and a participant in public initiatives. Back in March 2022, he was involved in the development of a volunteer centre, and in April he joined the Armed Forces.

Kyiv City State Administration reported that 47 municipal rehabilitation institutions are currently being monitored for physical, informational, and digital accessibility. During the year, the physical accessibility to the buildings and shelters is planned to be ensured. Kyiv Military Hub Centre for Comprehensive Support for Combatants will become a flagship project in the social sphere in the area of barrier-free accessibility.

Specialists and consultants from Superhumans, a modern rehabilitation and prosthetics centre for war-affected people, will be involved in all stages of reconstructing local parks and squares. In 2024, Kyiv will reconstruct green areas to meet all barrier-free requirements. The priority will be given to facilities near medical institutions.

The Ministry of Reintegration informed that the Polish delegation visited Borodianka, where they plan to establish a Ukrainian-Polish prosthetics centre. Among them were representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, prosthesis manufacturer EnForce Medical Technologies, and the Siepomaga Charitable Foundation. 

Zhytomyr oblast

The RMA reported that since the beginning of the war, 3,255 objects have been restored in Zhytomyr oblast. In total, there are 4,830 objects in the region damaged as a result of the russian aggression, including 4,172 buildings (86%) of the residential infrastructure. As of March 2024, 13 housing certificates have been used to purchase houses for a total of UAH 19.1 million.

Volunteers of Zhytomyr Humanitarian Hub collected almost 4 tonnes of essential medicines for almost UAH 12 million. The aid will be delivered in parts to hospitals in the frontline areas of Sumy oblast. The first part of the aid was delivered by Nova Poshta, while volunteers will take the second part personally to 12 hospitals in Konotop, Shostka, and Sumy communities.

On 17 April, in Zhytomyr, trainers, psychologists, and law enforcement officers taught students laser weapons shooting, self-defense techniques, and mine safety. The event was held as part of the All-Ukrainian Mental Health Programme at the Avangard Children’s and Youth Sports School.

Sumy oblast

According to the RMA report, at night the russians shelled the Krasnopillia community with 1 artillery explosion recorded.

During the day, the russian military attacked Sumy oblast 14 times with 82 various types of weapons. Yunakivka, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Nova Sloboda, and Svesa communities were shelled. The enemy bombarded the territory of Bilopillia community with cannon artillery (8 explosions), FPV-type kamikaze drones (3 explosions), carried out 7 attacks with NAR missiles launched from a helicopter, attacks with AGS (21 explosions) and LPG (7 explosions), mortar attacks (22 explosions). 

The Sumy prosecutor’s office further informed that on 19 April, around 12:00, using methods of warfare prohibited by international law, the russian military shelled the center of Bilopillya with artillery. A 51-year-old man was seriously injured and died in hospital, and another man and two women were also wounded as a result of the attack. A high-rise building, cars, shops, and a pharmacy were damaged in the city.

The RMA announced that the implementation of recovery projects launched in 2024 is ongoing. The state has provided funding to continue developing significant infrastructure projects. Last year, 25 out of 60 projects were completed for a total of UAH 386m.

According to the Sumy RMA, two family-type homes in the Sumy oblast received minibusses from international partners. The keys to the cars were handed over to the Kolontaievsky and Stroy families, who have a total of 14 children.

Chernihiv oblast

According to the State Border Guard Service, russians shelled Semenivka and Snovsk territorial communities with a total of 21 mortar and cannon artillery attacks recorded.

6 communities in Chernihiv oblast received modern equipment for clearing rubble and recycling demolition waste, as well as for transporting and collecting solid waste. The donations included modern forklifts, excavators, dump trucks, and garbage trucks. This assistance came from the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) with financial support from the Government of Japan and the European Union.

Oleksandr Lomako, Acting Mayor of Chernihiv informed that there are plans to allocate a land plot for temporary storage of waste due to the destruction caused by active hostilities. According to the mayor, the land plot with a total area of more than 4 hectares will be used to dismantle destroyed schools in Podusivka, as well as apartment and private houses in the framework of a joint project with the UNDP.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council reported that at night, 11 missiles were shot down over Dnipro oblast. The top 2 floors of a 5-story building were partially destroyed and 2 infrastructure facilities damaged. A fire broke out in a house of culture in Synelnykove region, damaging 8 private houses and destroying 4 buildings. An enterprise in Pavlohrad was damaged. Attacks on Nikopol region continued. In the evening, the enemy shelled Nikopol with artillery and later at night Marhanets community. 2 private houses were damaged.

Serhii Lysak, Head of Dnipropetrovsk RMA reported that the russian attack killed 7 people, including a 14-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. In total, 35 people were injured in the oblast.

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Council informed that the shelling also left a little 6-year-old boy on his own as his entire family was killed. A russian missile in Synelnykove region killed his mother, grandmother, older sister of 14 years and 8-year-old brother. The father was killed a year ago. The child is now in the oblast’s hospital. He has shrapnel wounds to the jaw, burns and a concussion.

The enemy was terrorizing Nikopol region all day long, launching 17 drones of various types and firing 3 times from artillery. In the region’s center, 14 private houses, 11 outbuildings, a greenhouse, an administrative building, and a power line were damaged. 30,000 families were left without electricity. In the afternoon, the russians launched a drone at a fire truck. A gymnasium and a power line were damaged in Marhanets community. In Myrove, a utility company and 2 cars were destroyed. Pokrovsk community was also hit. 

Vinnytsia oblast

Vinnytsia will receive UAH 6 million from foreign partners to modernize its heating system. The money is grant funding from international partners for purchasing energy-efficient equipment.

According to Vinnytsia City Council, its community donated 5 thermal imagers to the soldiers of the Liut Assault Brigade. The community currently supports more than 30 military units and formations. 

Poltava oblast

Filip Pronin, Head of Poltava RMA, reported that the President of Ukraine posthumously awarded 7 National Guardsmen from Poltava oblast with state awards. The Orders For Courage of the 3rd degree and the medal For Military Service to Ukraine were presented to the fallen defenders’ families. 

Cherkasy oblast

Ihor Taburets, Head of Cherkasy Regional Military Administration, informs that one of the units received drones from Cherkasy oblast.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

On 18 April, the occupiers launched 442 strikes on 8 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. The enemy carried out a missile strike on Zaporizhzhia oblast and struck Mala Tokmachka and Robotyne with guided aviation bombs. 142 UAVs attacked Huliaipole, Levadne, Novoandriivka, Robotyne, Mala Tokmachka, and Malynivka. 6 MLRS shelling attacks hit Huliaipole, Levadne, and Robotyne. There were 291 artillery strikes on the territory of Huliaipole, Novoandriivka, Verbove, Robotyne, Mala Tokmachka, Malynivka, and Levadne. 16 reports of residential destruction were received. Civilians were not affected.

It is reported that the occupiers carried out 4 assaults towards Orikhiv. Three of them were near Staromaiorske, and 1 near Robotyne. The attempts were not successful.

On 18 April, 2 fires broke out as a result of enemy shelling. Local firefighters extinguished a fire in dry grass in an open area covering 20 square meters in one of the villages of Zaporizhzhia oblast. Rescuers extinguished a fire in a residential building covering an area of ​​30 square meters in Huliaipole.

Yevhen Myronenko, Deputy Head of Zaporizhzhia RMA, says that currently, there are 228,500 internally displaced persons in Zaporizhzhia oblast mostly from Donetsk, including from the city of Mariupol, and from Kherson and Kharkiv oblasts. 

Mykolaiv oblast

The russian forces shelled the village of Solonchaky in Kutsurub community with artillery. An elderly woman was killed, and her husband injured as a result of the shelling. Also, a 14-year-old boy was wounded.

Mykolaiv RMA reports that on 18 April, at 10:05, the enemy struck Kutsurub community with a Lancet UAV. Economic structures was damaged. Also, at 12:15, the enemy shelled the waters in Ochakiv community. 

Odesa oblast

In the morning, the enemy attacked Odesa oblast with missiles and strike drones. russian terrorists targeted critical infrastructure of the region. 

At around 2pm, the enemy attacked Odesa oblast again. There were three explosions in the city of Odesa. According to Oleh Kiper, Head of Odesa RMA, there is damage to the port infrastructure. Currently, one person is known to be injured.

The South Air Command reported that soldiers of the anti-aircraft missile brigade of Odesa destroyed 4 russian reconnaissance Orlan-10 UAVs  in Odessa oblast.

Kherson oblast

On 18 April, the enemy shelled Antonivka, Inzhenerne, Sadove, Bilozirka, Poniativka, Ivanivka, Beryslav, Kachkarivka, Zmiiivka, Mylove, Mykhailivka, Odradokamianka, Tiahynka, Lvove, Shliakhove, and the city of Kherson. Five high-rise buildings, 8 private houses, a medical facility, an administrative building, a heat pipeline, and a gas pipeline were damaged. Gas leakage was stopped, and there are no fires or threats. 3 people were injured.

It is reported that the enemy carried out 11 assaults towards the stronghold near Krynyky on the left bank of the Dnipro River, in the temporarily occupied territory of Kherson oblast. After suffering losses, they retreated to their original positions.

The regional commission for technogenic and ecological safety and emergencies in Kherson prohibited traffic on the HBC-Tavriiskyi overpass. During the commission meeting, it was concluded that part of the unfinished construction object was heavily damaged due to russian shelling, making further use of the overpass unsafe for drivers.

A project to improve water supply will be launched in Kherson oblast with the support of the Netherlands. The project will be implemented in the communities of Vysokopillia, Novovorontsovka, Kherson, and Chornobaivka. It will cover priority infrastructure solutions in the water supply sector, including the restoration of materials and equipment for water supply systems, measures to improve the quality of drinking water, and the establishment of sustainable water supply sources. This project will be implemented from April 2024 to July 2025, with a cost of approximately 3 million euros.

The municipal enterprise Kinovideoprokat joined the National Tour Cinema for Victory! Every week, a free cinema club for children operates in safe spaces. The young audience watched the film “Mavka. The Forest Song”.

Children watching a movie as part of the National Tour “Cinema for Victory!” Photo: Kherson Regional Military Administration

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Lutsk City Council reported that they sent 2 portable radio-electronic countermeasures against Qwertus AD G-6+ unmanned aerial vehicles to the military unit A0693.

Zakarpattia oblast

The EU will finance 6 projects from Zakarpattia under the direction of”Environment. Vasyl Ivancho, Deputy Head of the RMA, reported on results of the work of the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg NEXT Poland-Ukraine 2021-2027 cross-border program. According to him, €4.5m will be allocated to the implementation of these initiatives in the oblast.

This week, the Owl’s Nest Humanitarian Aid Center provided IDPs registered in Uzhgorod with 25 packages with necessary things for children under 1 year old and 55 bags with grocery sets. During the week, volunteers distributed clothes, shoes, bed linen and dishes (2,200 items) from the PDUM Partnerschaft Deutschland-Ukraine/Moldova e. V., Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. and other benefactors.

Zakarpattia Regional Council and the Suchasna Ukraine CF signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. The document envisages joint work on providing humanitarian and charitable aid to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, promoting physical and mental recovery, psychological rehabilitation and social integration of children who suffered as a result of the russian military aggression and women who lost husbands in the war, organisation and holding of conferences, seminars, training sessions and other activities.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The RMA sent 12 refrigerators and freezers and 6 tires, worth over UAH 308,000, to the Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Battalion. Employees of Ivano-Frankivsk RMA constantly communicate with military units in order to promptly respond to their requests.

4 families of fallen defenders went on vacation to the Carpathians within the framework of the Care for the Hero’s Family project. Currently, 79 relatives of fallen soldiers, including 51 children, have been given rest and recovery.

Lviv oblast

Another pro-russian political party, the social patriotic assembly of slavs (spas), has been banned in Ukraine. Such a decision was made by the court of Lviv. The security service believes that the party is engaged in subversive activities for the benefit of russia, and its representatives dispersed almost throughout the temporarily captured Ukrainian territory after the full-scale invasion.

Lviv RMA directed another UAH 40m to the needs of defenders. This is funds for construction, as well as for the purchase of military and engineering equipment. The funds will be used for the purchase of equipment and military equipment for the 80 Separate Amphibious Assault Brigades and the 12th Special Purpose AZOV Brigades of the National Guard of Ukraine. The State Special Transport Service financed the purchase of special equipment for the 1st Galicia-Volyn Radio Engineering Brigade and the 710 Security Brigade. Thus, since the beginning of the year, Lviv RMA has financed the requests of military units for over UAH 242m. All funds are allocated within the framework of the Safe Lviv Oblast program.

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the British company Oliver Wyman, which is part of the world’s leading insurance, risk management and reinsurance brokerage firm Marsh McLennan. They discussed the possibility of strengthening the economic recovery of Lviv oblast.

Lviv oblast will receive over €15m in grant aid for the implementation of environmental projects. Among the oblasts in western Ukraine, Lviv oblast will implement the most projects under the Interreg NEXT Poland – Ukraine 2021-2027 Program in the Environment priority. 45% of the grant funds that our state will receive will go specifically to Lviv oblast. This decision was made during a meeting in Krosno, Poland. It is about 16 projects submitted by communities and institutions of the oblast together with partners.

Over UAH 3m was raised at a charity auction in Lviv oblast. The event took place within the framework of the Birds of Victory project. During the event, 26 unique lots were sold, including postage stamps, flags with military signatures, tridents made of shell casings, embroidered shirts, etc. This made it possible to raise UAH 3,1m for the purchase of quadcopters for the Armed Forces.

Rivne oblast

Oleksandr Koval, Head of Rivne RMA reported that 7 projects  will be financed by international partners in Rivne oblast. This is the best result for all years of the oblast’s participation in the cross-border cooperation program Interreg NEXT Poland – Ukraine 2021-2027. 10 Rivne partners of the Program, among which the vast majority are local self-government bodies, will receive funding of €5.2m.

In Rivne oblast, the number of shelters is constantly increasing. This year, in the first quarter, specialists checked 2,309 objects of the fund of protective structures, while 54 more basic storage facilities were added to it.

Ternopil oblast

Communities of Ternopil oblast will receive funding as part of the Interreg NEXT Poland – Ukraine 2021-2027 cross-border cooperation program. As of today, 6 projects from recipients of Ternopil oblast have been assessed by the Joint Secretariat of the Program and proposed for signing agreements and financing within the framework of the project. The oblast will receive almost €5.5m to implement projects in the field of environmental protection, in particular in management of water resources, nature protection and biodiversity.

Ternopil City Council donated over UAH 1.6m worth of advanced equipment for defenders. At the request of the commander of the military unit, the city council sent 20 multi-channel fast charging units Bandera Power 225S and 8 iBoard iB S-50 interactive tables.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Another meeting of the executive committee was held in Khmelnytskyi, at which almost UAH 2m was allocated to 21 people, whose homes were damaged by the russian terrorist attack.

Chernivtsi oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Harsh Kumar Jain, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Ukraine. They discussed cooperation between India and Ukraine, humanitarian projects and opportunities for cooperation in various fields. Attraction of Indian investments in housing for IDPs, development of the IT industry, and cooperation in the field of education were discussed.

The RMA reported that schools of Chernivtsi community received 45 monitors thanks to the Blau-Gelbes Kreuz German-Ukrainian organisation and Chernivtsi Business Group GBG NGO.

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

Switzerland will allocate ₣5bn for the reconstruction of Ukraine until 2036. Funds will be allocated in stages. In particular, it is planned to provide ₣1.5bn from the international cooperation budget by 2028.

This year, Ukraine will receive €560m from the European Investment Bank for projects in energy, transport infrastructure and housing reconstruction. The funds will also go to projects that will support economic recovery and Ukrainian business.

Denmark will be the first country to purchase weapons for the Armed Forces from Ukrainian manufacturers. The country decided on a new aid package for Ukraine, which in particular provides for the allocation of $28.5m for the purchase of weapons and military equipment for the Armed Forces from Ukrainian manufacturers. This is the first such decision in history.

The United Kingdom allocated £150m to strengthen Ukraine’s energy sector. Neil Holland, British Permanent Representative to the OSCE, emphasised that Britain will continue to work with G7+ partners to help Ukraine restore, protect and develop its energy system.

A German manufacturer of drones opened a factory in Ukraine. The Quantum-Systems GmbH plant became the company’s second facility in Ukraine. Last year in June, the company announced the opening of a maintenance and logistics centre in Ukraine with 25 jobs. The company is now launching a plant with the capacity to build up to 1,000 drones each year, including the production of spare parts. Quantum Systems Vector reconnaissance drones have been in operation in Ukraine since May 2022.

Britain provided Ukraine with 187 laptops, 187 scanners and 187 printers to improve the work of Territorial Picking Centers thanks to the program of support from the Special Adviser on Defence, funded by the UK Government.

Ukraine and the Czech Republic have started preparing a bilateral security agreement. Negotiations have already started.

Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, met with Antonio Tajani, Italian Foreign Minister. They discussed strengthening Ukrainian air defence and preparations for the 1st Global Peace Summit.

The occupied ZNPP was again attacked by a drone. As reported by the IAEA, there were no damages or casualties.

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, Zhanna Anshukova, Litrovnyk Alla, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova


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