War in Ukraine today: latest news, 9 April, 2024 (photo)

It has been the 776th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 6 pm:   

On 9 April, there were 66 tactical engagements.

The russian army launched a total of 7 missiles and 73 air strikes, 81 MLRS attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks have killed and wounded civilians. Residential apartment blocks and private houses, as well as other infrastructure, got destroyed and damaged.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, there were no significant changes. No signs of formation of an offensive group were found.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian military maintains its presence in the russian areas bordering Ukraine. The enemy conducts subversion, continues shelling of Ukrainian settlements from the territory of russia and increases the concentration of mining operations along the state border of Ukraine. They launched airstrikes in the vicinity of Potykhonove (Kharkiv oblast) and the city of Kharkiv. Around 20 settlements, including Karpovychi, Semenivka, Yanzhulivka (Chernihiv oblast), Iskryskivshchyna, Fotovyzh, Bachivsk (Sumy oblast), Kozacha Lopan, Strilecha, and Lukiantsi (Kharkiv oblast) came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kupiansk, Ukrainian defenders repelled 2 attacks in the vicinities of Kyslivka (Kharkiv oblast) and Andriivka (Luhansk oblast). However, the enemy launched airstrikes in the vicinities of Ivanivka (Kharkiv oblast) and Novoselivske (Luhansk oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 15 settlements, including Synkivka, Petropavlivka, and Stepova Novoselivka (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Lyman, Ukrainian defenders repelled 3 assault in the vicinity of Terny (Donetsk oblast), where the enemy, using air attacks, attempted to breach Ukrainian defense. The adversary launched air strike in the vicinities of Tverdokhlibove (Luhansk oblast), Yampolivka, Torske (Donetsk oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at more than 10x settlements, including Nevske (Luhansk oblast), Yampolivka, Torske, Zarichne (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 25 attacks in the vicinities of Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Verkhnokamianske, Rozdolivka, Chasiv Yar, Novyi, Andriivka, and Klishchiivka (Donetsk oblast), where the enemy, using airstrikes, attempted to improve its tactical position. They launched air strikes in the vicinities of Spirne, Kostiantynivka, Bila Hora, and Druzhba (Donetsk oblast). More than 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Kalynivka, and Chasiv Yar (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 6 attacks in the vicinity of Umans’ke (Donetsk oblast), where the enemy made attempts to dislodge Ukrainian troops from their positions. The adversary launched air strikes in the vicinities of Kalynove, Semenivka, Novobakhmutivka, Berdychi, and Netailove (Donetsk oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 10 settlements, including Novokalynove, Novobakhmutivka, and Semenivka (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Novopavlivka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to block the enemy near Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Novomykhailivka, east of Vodiane, and Urozhaine, where the invaders, with air support, made 20 attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The enemy fired artillery and mortars at more than 10x settlements, including Heorhiivka, Paraskoviivka, Kostyantynivka, and Vuhledar (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Orikhiv, the enemy, with air support, launched 3 attacks on positions of Ukrainian defenders in the vicinities of Staromaiorske (Donetsk oblast) and Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast. Around 20 settlements, including Poltavka, Malynivka, Bilohiria, Novodanylivka, and Shcherbaky (Zaporizhzhia oblast), were under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kherson, the enemy does not abandon its intention to dislodge Ukrainian troops from their bridgeheads on the left bank of the Dnipro River. In particular during the day of April 9, the invaders launched 1 attack on positions of the Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of Krynky (Kherson oblast). The occupiers fired artillery and mortars at more than 15 settlements, including Beryslav, Ivanivka, Krynky, and Novotyahynka (Kherson oblast).

The Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes on 2 anti-aircraft missile systems, 15 buildups of troops, weapons and military equipment of the occupiers.

Ukrainian Rocket Forces hit 3 air defense system and 1 buildup of russian troops.

It has become known that russians have executed 54 Ukrainian prisoners of war since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. The Office of the Prosecutor General has 27 criminal proceedings on the execution of prisoners of war.

Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets informs that russia has also refused to exchange Catholic and Muslim prisoners as proposed by Ukraine. Ukraine offered the russian side a list for exchange, which included one Catholic and 146 Muslims, but Russia ignored it. 

Russia has changed its approach to attacks on the Ukrainian energy sector and is using precision-guided missiles in less protected areas. The damage from the attacks was greater than in the winter of 2022/23.  7 thermal power plants and 2 hydroelectric power plants were damaged. Some of them are completely destroyed.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that on 9 April, russians attacked from the air near Potykhonove, Ivanivka and Kharkiv. Two russian attacks were repelled by the Defence Forces towards Kupiansk, specifically near Kyslivka.

The President’s Office said that Zelenskyy visited Kharkiv oblast and saw the construction of defensive structures and fortifications near the border with russia.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the RMA, informed that the invaders attacked at least twice a civilian enterprise in Kharkiv, preliminarily, by KAB bombs. There was destruction and fire in the buildings. There are four victims, all of them are employees of the enterprise. A 31-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were hospitalised with shrapnel wounds and explosive injuries. A 55-year-old man received first aid at the scene. The rubble is still being cleared as people may be trapped.

About 20 settlements in Kharkiv oblast were under enemy artillery and mortar attack yesterday: Udy, Kozacha Lopan, Vovchansk and others. Petropavlivka, Nesterne, Lyptsi, Ternova and Malyi Burluk were hit by airstrikes.

At 11:30pm, a private household was damaged as a result of shelling in Vovchansk. There were no casualties.

At 4:20pm, a private house and a car were damaged during the shelling in Kucherivka village, Kupiansk region. There were no casualties.

At 2:56pm, an inactive warehouse was damaged during the KAB shelling of the storage facility in Slobozhanske village, Kharkiv region. There were no casualties.

At 2pm, a private house was damaged during the shelling of Vovchansk. A 64-year-old man was injured but not hospitalised.

At 12:05pm, Rubizhne village, Chuhuiv region, suffered an artillery attack. There was no information about casualties or destruction.

At 12pm, an open area was hit by an X-35 missile in Borova village, Izium region. There were no casualties.

At 11:30am, 2 private houses were damaged during the X-59 rocket attack in Chuhuiv. There were no casualties.

On 8 April at 11:30am, a 67-year-old man stepped on an unidentified explosive device while performing land works on the territory of a garden association in Borshchova village, Kharkiv region. He was hospitalised with severe injuries.

Yesterday the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions towards Kupiansk.

Combined teams of bomb experts cleared 142.23 hectares of territory and destroyed 695 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine informed that the Ukrainian military repelled 49 russian attacks on the frontlines of Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts on 8 April. The russian army attacked with the support of aviation towards Lyman, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka.

In Donetsk oblast, border guards of the Pomsta brigade shot down an RBK-250 cluster bomb. The bomb fell without detonating, so sappers destroyed the munition after examination.

Serhii Tsehotskyi, officer of the 59th separate motorised infantry brigade named after Yakiv Handziuk, reported that russian troops have been attacking near Krasnohorivka for the second day in a row, using armoured vehicles. In the morninh, Ukrainian troops destroyed about 7 vehicles and about 50 invaders.

Three people were injured in Sloviansk. The outskirts of the city were under attack this afternoon and as a result, three people aged 53, 64 and 66 were injured. All received the necessary medical care and refused to be hospitalised.

Kostiantynivka was hit by an airstrike and as a result, 1 person was killed and 2 injured. In addition, 2 more people may be trapped under the rubble of one of the buildings but a search operation is ongoing. In total, the bomb damaged 27 private houses, 3 apartment buildings, 2 infrastructure facilities and an administrative building.

One more person was injured in Sokil of Ocheretyne community and taken to hospital.

Aftermath of the shelling. Photo: telegram of Vadym Filashkin/ Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration

The operational situation in the oblast as of the morning of 9 April is as follows:

Towards Pokrovsk, 5 people were injured, 3 apartment buildings, an administrative building and a shop damaged in Selydove. A private house was damaged in Kurakhove.

Towards Kramatorsk, 3 private houses were damaged in Lyman. 9 private houses, 2 cars and 2 infrastructure facilities were damaged in Kostiantynivka. Mykolaivka and Viroliubivka were also shelled. 5 houses and 3 administrative buildings were damaged in Druzhkivka.

Towards Bakhmut, 5 houses were damaged in Toretsk. 14 private houses, an apartment building and an infrastructure facility were damaged in Chasiv Yar community. Another building was damaged in Siversk.

Aftermath of the shelling. Photo: telegram of Vadym Filashkin/Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration

In just one day, russians shelled settlements in Donetsk oblast 10 times. 520 people, including 29 children, were evacuated from the frontline.

Vadym Filashkin, Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, reported that yesterday russians killed 1 civilian in Chasiv Yar. Another 5 people were injured in the oblast over the day.

Luhansk oblast

The invaders launched airstrikes on Stelmakhivka, Makiivka and Serebrianka forest. In addition, they shelled Makiivka by cannon artillery and Nevske by mortars. Novoliubivka suffered from shelling from a multiple rocket launcher system. There is still a local population in these three villages.

Recently, russians have paused their offensive towards Kupiansk. However, the enemy is not reducing the pressure on Bilohorivka, attacking this area every day.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk Regional Military Administration, said that as early as 5 October 2022, russians announced the cancellation of customs control between the so-called “lpr” and the territory of the russian federation. But during this time, there were numerous complaints about the long queues that formed at the state border due to increased checks. That is, there has been no simplification. A recent example is the inspection of two families planning to travel to rostov. They were checked throughout the day, their luggage searched and questioned until they were detained. The first of them was released after 10 days without being allowed to enter the territory of the russian federation. The second family stopped contacting after the detention.

According to the RMA, more than 2,500 employees of state-financed institutions subordinated to the Antratsyt district of the so-called “lpr” have accumulated multimillion-dollar salary arrears. The first non-payments occurred back in 2022. And local collaborators still cannot close these gaps due to, as they say, “lack of funding”.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Kyiv RMA informed that specialists of the State Emergency Service will carry out explosive ordnance disposal in the Vyshgorod district. The sounds of explosions may be heard in the communities of the region, so residents were urged to remain calm.

Kyiv City State Administration reported that 3,222 servicemen underwent inpatient medical rehabilitation in 2023. Kyiv City Clinical Hospital for War Veterans received the largest number of patients – 2,265 defenders were treated there. In total, rehabilitation services are available in 17 institutions in Kyiv, and 34 more medical institutions provide rehabilitation services for adults and children on an outpatient basis.

Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn informed about the construction of the private sector previously destroyed during the fighting. The contractors, local authorities and residents discussed the urgent problems during the construction of the private sector on Bahirova Street and Hostomel Highway where 42 private houses are constructed.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, the exhibition “Defending the City” was opened in Kontraktova Square. The project dedicated to the second anniversary of the Battle of Kyiv and the de-occupation of Kyiv oblast tells about the defence of Kyiv during the times of Kyivan Rus, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Ukrainian Cossack state, the Ukrainian People’s Republic and during the large-scale invasion of russian troops in 2022.

Bucha City Council announced that residents of the village of Blystavytsia, Bucha region, wove 300 sq m of camouflage nets. The nets will be handed over to the Armed Forces of Ukraine defending our borders in Kherson oblast.

Zhytomyr oblast

Experts of the State Environmental Inspectorate of the Polissia region are recording the damage caused by russia’s UAV attack on the Zviahel community infrastructure facility on 8 April. Results on air pollution will be available in two days, and soil samples will be analysed within five days.

The RMA announced the creation of 12 Psychological Support Spaces in Zhytomyr community to provide psychological assistance and support to the population affected by armed aggression. The network will operate in Olevsk, Slovechne and Narodychi communities.

Zhytomyr Regional Oncology Center received a Mercedes Benz equipped with modern equipment as an emergency vehicle from the Dutch Foundation for Aid to Eastern Europe.

Sumy oblast

The RMA reported that russians shelled Bilopillia and Shalyhine communities three times with recorded 52 attacks from artillery, MLRS and AGS until morning.

In total, russians shelled Sumy oblast 38 times, with 170 explosions recorded. 10 communities were shelled: Sumy, Khotyn, Myropillia, Bilopollia, Krasnopil, Velyka Pysarivka, Shalyhine, Esman, Znob-Novhorodske and Seredyna-Buda. 

On 8 April, the enemy carried out artillery shelling (19 explosions), FPV shelling with an explosive ordnance disposal drone (1 explosion) and an airstrike (4 explosions) on the territory of Bilopillia community. Also russian troops struck three times with aerial bombs in the central part of Bilopillia, killing a woman and injuring 3 other residents. Commercial establishments and the city council were damaged, vehicles destroyed.

As a result of an air strike on the Sumy community carried out by russians after 3pm on 8 April, three people were injured of varying severity and promptly provided with the necessary medical care. The administrative building of the enterprise was damaged. The fire caused by dry vegetation ignition on an area of 150 sq m was extinguished.

Sumy RMA added that on 8 April, the enemy launched an airstrike with a SHOAB cluster munition on the territory of Esman community. The community also suffered from mortar fire (21 explosions), artillery shelling (5 explosions) and MLRS shelling (5 explosions).

Consequences of the russian airstrike on the centre of Bilopillia. Sumy oblast, 8 April, 2024. Photo: National Police

The environmental inspectorate of Sumy oblast has recorded 200 cases of environmental damage caused by the russian federation shelling since the beginning of the full-scale war. The total amount of damage reaches almost UAH 3bn including contamination/pollution of land, air, and water, and damage to forests and nature reserves.

Residents of Sumy found a 9n235 submunition launched from the Uragan multiple rocket launcher system not far from the city. Police sappers neutralised the submunition and brought it to a landfill for destruction. According to the regional police, such munitions are usually stuffed with hundreds of metal rollers that have a powerful penetrating force within a radius of up to 100m after exploding. Before the explosion, this munition bounces above the ground to maximise the striking elements spreading. 

Chernihiv oblast

Viacheslav Chaus, Head of Chernihiv RMA, reported that russian troops shelled the town of Semenivka by artillery and MLRS once again. A woman was killed in the shelling.

On 8 April, russian troops shelled the border of Chernihiv oblast 8 times. According to the State Border Guard Service, a total of 42 explosions were recorded. Mortar attacks damaged Novhorod-Siverskyi community (3 strikes) and Semenivka community (38 strikes). The enemy also struck the territory of Semenivka community with an unguided aerial missile from a helicopter.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

At night, the Air Defence Forces destroyed 5 enemy Shaheds over Kamianske, Kryvyi Rih and Dnipro regions. In the evening, they launched a kamikaze drone at the region’s centre and shelled Pokrovsk community by artillery. There were no casualties or damage. 

The occupiers launched more than a dozen shells on Nikopol region, attacking by drones and artillery. Nikopol itself, Marhanets, Myrove and Chervonohryhorivka communities were hit. Infrastructure facilities, a transport company, an agricultural company, a private house and a car were damaged. The enemy attacked one of Zelenodolsk community’s settlements in Kryvyi Rih by a drone. 2 cars and a non-residential building were damaged. There were no casualties.

Vinnytsia oblast

According to the RMA, on the night of 9 April, an enemy UAV was shot down over Vinnytsia oblast. There were no casualties or damage.

Kirovohrad oblast

Andrii Khvorost, Head of the Regional Union of Artists, reported that almost 2 years after the russian missile strike, the broken windows in the House of Artists in Kropyvnytskyi were replaced. They were installed with the American organisation Global Empowerment Mission support in partnership with the Howard Buffett Foundation.

Poltava oblast

In the evening, the russian army launched a missile attack on Suprunivka village of Poltava community, hitting an apartment building with about 30 people. Most likely it was an X-59 or X-35. 16 people were injured, including 4 children aged 5 to 11. One person was killed. Kateryna Yamshchykova, Secretary of the City Council, reported that all those who suffered as a result of the missile attack will receive first aid. They will receive UAH 10,000 each from the community’s budget.

According to Filip Pronin, Head of the RMA at night, the enemy attacked the oblast by an UAV. Mobile firing teams shot down 2 drones within Poltava community. Fortunately, there were no casualties.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

On 9 April, on Facebook page of Berdiansk border detachment announced that border guards in Zaporizhzhia oblast, using an anti-drone rifle, destroyed 6 FPV drones and grounded one with explosives without detonation.

According to the Southern Defense Forces of Ukraine, on 8 April, the Armed Forces of Ukraine eliminated 114 russian military personnel and destroyed 63 units of weaponry and military vehicles, on Orikhiv and Kherson axises. Also, 4 observation posts and a field supply point for the occupation forces were destroyed.

Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that a drone attacked the training centre of Zaporizhzhia NPP, located in the vicinity of the NPP. However, there is currently no direct threat to nuclear safety.

ALso russians at occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP lack staff, so they are recruiting new employees through social media. There are Ukrainian employees at Zaporizhzhia NPP who have not signed new contracts with the occupiers, and russians are trying to persuade them to cooperate. Since the number of personnel at the NPP has decreased, occupiers are looking for new recruits within russia. The professional level required for new workers has been significantly lowered. This also creates additional threats to Zaporizhzhia NPP operation.

y.balytskyi, haulayter of the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia oblast, reported on the expansion of the scope of activities of the so-called “people’s militia” – a ruscists voluntary formation that was created in Berdiansk in 2023. Now, according to the haulayter statements, it will operate throughout the occupied region. Traitors will commit acts of lawlessness in Melitopol, Energodar, Berdiansk, Dniprorudne, Yakymivka, Kamianka-Dniprovska, Kuibysheve. The list of settlements is expanding. The occupational authorities have assigned the “volunteers”, the functions of guards, militants, as well as propagandists, drivers and utility workers. The list of duties for the “militants” includes patrolling public places, eliminating “ammunition depots”, and detecting “sabotage groups”. Also, traitors will be engaged in patriotic education of youth, delivering humanitarian aid to occupiers at the frontline and improving the territory infrastructure.

Mykolaiv oblast

According to Mykolaiv RMA, at 4:30am, russian forces shelled Ochakiv by artillery, damaging a residential building and a car by the shockwave and debris. There were no casualties or injuries among the population. Also, at 3:35am and 3:38am, Kutsurub community came under attack by russian artillery. There were no casualties reported.

Additionally, during the night of 9 April, the Air Defence Forces in Mykolaiv oblast destroyed 3 Shahed 131/136 UAVs.

On 8 April, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) team visited Mykolaiv. Audrey Lecomte, Head of Odesa office of UNICEF in Ukraine, and Volodymyr Tsololo, Program Manager of Odesa office of UNICEF in Ukraine, visited the city as part of their business visit. They discussed the establishment of a youth center in Mykolaiv. It is worth noting that the project is being implemented in cooperation with the city authorities, the NGO Potribni Tut (Needed Here), and UNICEF financial support. During the full-scale invasion, Mykolaiv received crucial assistance thanks to cooperation with the Fund. This included equipment for water supply, and modern technology currently used by Mykolaivvodokanal to maintain the networks. UNICEF also funded repairs to shelters in educational institutions in the city.

Odesa oblast

According to the Southern Defence Forces, on 9 April, russian military launched a missile strike on Odesa oblast by Iskander-M missiles. The consequences of the strike are currently being clarified.

Mykola Oleshchuk, Commander of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that today, military personnel from Kherson and Odesa Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigades shot down a reconnaissance russian Orlan-10 drone designed for surveillance of extensive and remote objects in rugged terrain. As a result of the drone’s debris falling, private property was damaged, and a power supply line severed.

Kherson oblast

On 8 April, russian forces attacked 15 settlements in Kherson oblast, including Bilozirka, Antonivka, Sadove, Stanislav, Daryivka, Naddniprianske, Zelenivka, Mykilske, Havrylivka, Beryslav, Novoberyslav, Tiahynka, Kachkarivka, Monastyrske and Kherson, hitting residential districts. The occupiers dropped an explosive from a drone on a 63-year-old man in Beryslav. He suffered explosive trauma, a concussion, and wounds to his arms and legs. A 60-year-old man was injured in Bilozirka due to a drone attack. He was diagnosed with explosive trauma and was hospitalised in critical condition.

During the russian attack by kamikaze drones, Air Defence Forces shot down 2 Shahed-131/136 drones in Kherson oblast.

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson RMA, reported that a 15-year-old orphan boy and his grandmother-guardian have been returned from the temporarily occupied left bank of Kherson oblast to the territory controlled by Ukraine. The return was facilitated by the organisation Save Ukraine, guardianship authorities, and child welfare services. Currently, the child and his grandmother are in a safe place, receiving support from psychologists and medical professionals.

volodymyr saldo, the occupation “governor” of Kherson oblast, announced the replacement of another 80 road signs in the Ukrainian language in the occupied territories of Kherson oblast. This year, 1584 Ukrainian road signs without inscriptions are planned to be dismantled in the oblast. They will be replaced with road signs according to russian standards.

Kherson oblast is sending more than 150 generators to Kharkiv oblast. There have been problems with electricity due to russian terror in the oblast, so the Kherson residents decided to support the people of Kharkiv residents, who helped them in difficult times.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Volyn became a partner region of the Swiss-Ukrainian UCORD project. The Regional Development Agency of Volyn will receive from UCORD: support in the implementation of flagship projects in water supply, drainage, waste management, as well as innovative projects in the field of culture and cultural industries; completion of educational programs, interregional and international exchanges of experience; technical support for the development of a communication strategy for the development of APP; advisory support for implementation and coordination of recovery planning processes; basic institutional financing of the ADR for three years. The Cohesion and Regional Development of Ukraine Swiss-Ukrainian project, UCORD, is implemented with the support of Switzerland Swiss Development & Cooperation by NIRAS Sweden AB.

Zakarpattia oblast

Over 14,000 students plan to improve their health in Zakarpattia this year. Rest for children, including IDP, is organised on the basis of certified residential and pre-school day camps. Oleksandr Patskan, Deputy Head of the RMA, noted that UAH 14.7m have already been allocated for the summer health campaign from the regional and local budgets.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

43 children from Donetsk oblast, accompanied by adults, arrived in Prykarpattia for recovery. Today, over 300 children from front-line regions are recovering in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast. Up to half a hundred children from Kherson oblast are also expected to be accepted this week.

Ivano-Frankivsk City Council reported that the Volunteers of Logistics Center took away 50 drones and products for the 56th brigades.

Lviv oblast

Air defence forces and mobile fire groups shot down all drones that entered the airspace of Lviv oblast. Their debris damaged the critical infrastructure facility. There was a fire. It was promptly extinguished. There were no casualties or damage. All life support systems of the oblast are working normally.

The Way of the Cross Thorny Path of My Ukraine was held in Murovan community. All parish communities were invited to participate. Military personnel and their families were direct participants, reading the Stations of the Cross. After the Way of the Cross participants raised over UAH 40,000 for the defenders.

Over 200 servicemen from Lviv oblast participated in the 2nd Muzhnih Games. The tournament was held in Starii Sambor on 6 April. Note that the Games of the Brave are competitions held among teams of military formations and educational institutions of a military profile and also national teams of defenders from communities of Lviv oblast.

In Drohobych region, a memorial plaque was installed on the facade of Boryslavsky school №7 in memory of the fallen serviceman Oleksii Demian, senior lieutenant in the 15th Mobile Border Detachment. He was killed on 3 November, 2023.

Rivne oblast

An evacuation train has arrived in Rivne oblast. 31 IDPs arrived, including 7 children. The evacuees received the stipulated payments, first medical and psychological aid. All people will be settled in communities of Duben region. This is already the 3rd evacuated train from Donetsk oblast this year. In total, the oblast received 127 people in March-April.

Rokytniv community sent 25 FPV drones, a repaired car, bakery products from the charity bakery Palianytsia, staples and trench candles, energy supplies and detergents to the military. In total, community volunteers visited 7 military units on the front line.

Ternopil oblast

The RMA reported that Ternopil community sent DJI Mavic 3T DJI Mavic 3 quadcopters to the 16th Separate Rifle Battalion thanks to the budget funds.

Over 170 defenders received free dental care on the front lines in Donetsk and Kharkiv oblasts. Since the beginning of mobile dentistry in Ternopil, over 2,470 defenders have been treated. In general, this is the 17th trip of the mobile dental office to the front.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Another rotation of the monitoring mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency took place at Khmelnytskyi NPP. A group of international experts arrived at the NPP, where they met with management, NPP employees and their colleagues from the previous rotation. Those present discussed issues of monitoring nuclear and radiation safety and security at Khmelnytskyi NPP. The experts will work at the NPP for three weeks.

Chernivtsi oblast

An inpatient rehabilitation department was opened in the Khotyn Multidisciplinary Hospital. Here, comfortable conditions for the stay of patients and barrier-free access for groups of the population with limited mobility are provided, there is the necessary equipment and specialists-rehabilitators.

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

Ukraine will receive another 20 Marder BMPs from Germany. These will be BMP 1A3 modifications with built-in laser rangefinders for effective and accurate targeting. Delivery of this batch is scheduled for 2024, Rheinmetall said. Ukraine received the first such machines back in March 2023. Then there were several more parties.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark reported that the country allocated $5.8m for the restoration of the Ukrainian energy system.

The EU agreed to the conditions for the continuation of free trade with Ukraine with restrictions. The Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament agreed on new terms of preferential trade with Ukraine. Now they still have to be voted on separately by European parliamentarians. They provide for the continuation of duty-free imports of Ukrainian agricultural goods, but limit them for poultry meat, eggs, sugar, corn, cereals and honey to the level of average volumes observed in the period from mid-2021 to the end of 2023.

Ukraine and Hungary have agreed to changes to the Agreement, which provides for the opening of the Velika Palad – Nodgodosh checkpoint for passenger transport, as well as the movement of empty trucks weighing over 7.5 tonnes through the Luzhanka – Beregshuran checkpoint. They are also considering the possibility of building a new cargo crossing point Diyda – Beregdarots in order to increase the carrying capacity of the Ukrainian-Hungarian border.

Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Office of the President, met with Davide La Cecilia, Ambassador on Special Assignments of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commissioner for the Preparation of the Conference on Reconstruction of Ukraine. They discussed the preparation of this year’s Berlin Conference on the restoration of Ukraine and the next such Conference, which will be held in Italy.

The EU said that the increase in the brutality of Russian attacks on Ukraine, including attacks on dams and power plants, is Putin’s response to those who still believe in the possibility of peace with him. According to Peter Stano, Spokesperson of the EU Foreign Policy Service, the EU is closely monitoring the continuation and intensification of russian aggression against Ukraine in recent days, when the russian federation continued to terrorise the Ukrainian people, carrying out large-scale attacks using hundreds of missiles and drones against peaceful cities and, increasingly, against critical energy infrastructure.

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

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Yana Hushchyna, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Viktoriia Yurchenko, Zhanna Anshukova, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova

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