War in Ukraine today: latest news, April 12, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 413th 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:   

The enemy carried out 19 air strikes and fired more than 10 times from multiple launch rocket systems at the positions of our troops and civilian infrastructure. There are wounded among the civilian population.

There is still a high threat of launching of missile and air strikes throughout Ukraine.

Despite numerous losses in equipment and manpower, the enemy continues to focus its main efforts on conducting offensive operations towards Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka. There were 34 enemy attacks repelled over the past day. 

The operational situation towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk and Sloboda remained unchanged. Certain units of the territorial troops of the armed forces of the russian federation continue to be deployed on the territory of the republic of belarus. The combat readiness of the armed forces of the republic of belarus is being checked. Individual formations and units have been brought to the highest levels of combat readiness. The units involved in the inspection were manned by conscripting reserve servicemen. 

The enemy fired on the settlements of Halahanivka, Zaliznyi Mist, Arkhypivka in Chernihiv region; Mefodivka, Bilopillia, Volfine, Kindrativka, Varachyne, Basivka, Zapsil in Sumy oblast, as well as Veterynarne, Vovchansk, Varvarivka, Zemlianky, Komisarove and Kolodiazne in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupyansk, Topoli, Krasne Pershne, Dvorichna, Zakhidne and Kindrashivka in Kharkiv oblast came under enemy fire.

Towards Liman, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the area of Bilohorivka. Novoselivske, Nevske, Pishchane, Kuzmine and Bilohorivka near Luhansk oblast came under artillery fire.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy continues to conduct offensive actions, trying to take full control of the city of Bakhmut. Fierce fighting continues. During the day, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives in the area north of Khromove and near Bohdanivka.  Ukrainian defense forces repelled about 18 enemy attacks in this area.  In particular, Vasiukivka, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Kurdyumivka, Druzhba and Zalizne in Donetsk oblast suffered from enemy shelling.

Towards Avdiivka and Marinka, the enemy conducted offensive actions against Marinka, Pobieda and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast, but was unsuccessful. The fiercest fighting in this sector is taking place near Marinka, where 14 enemy attacks were repelled. At the same time, Keramik, Novokalynove, Krasnohorivka, Avdiivka, Vodiane, Netailove, Nevelske, Karlivka, Heorhiivka and Marinka in Donetsk oblast came under hostile fire. 

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions over the last day. It fired at the settlements of Novomykhailivka, Shakhterske, Novoukrainka, Velyka Novosilka, Vuhledar, Prechystivka in the Donetsk region.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, The enemy is defending itself in the  directions. In particular, they fired at Vremivka and Novopil in Donetsk region; Gulyaypole, Zaliznychne, Bilohirya, Mala Tokmachka, Kamianske in Zaporizhzhya region; Kachkarivka, Vesele, Antonivka, Inzhenerne, Zelenivka in Kherson region and the city of Kherson.

The russian occupiers continue to use educational institutions of the temporarily occupied territories for their own purposes, setting up their military facilities in them, hiding behind human shields – schoolchildren and teaching staff. 

For example, in recent days, units of the russian occupation forces from among the mobilized have arrived in the city of Skadovsk, Kherson oblast. The personnel are placed in the buildings of educational institutions. At the same time, the occupiers are forcing the teaching staff to continue the educational process with compulsory attendance of children. 

At the same time, a humanitarian crisis is brewing in Skadovsk, temporarily occupied by Russia, due to an increasing shortage of medicines. The russian occupation authorities have significantly restricted the supply of all types of medicines to pharmacies. 

Aviation of the Defense Forces carried out 6 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel and military equipment. One enemy Orlan-10 UAV was also shot down.

Rocket and artillery units struck 4 enemy buildups of manpower, weapons and military equipment, an ammunition depot, and a radar station.

The Ministry of IntegrationRussia is holding about a thousand civilians. About 950 civilians are kept in detention facilities in the temporarily occupied territories and in russia. 

Andriy Nebytov, Head of the Kyiv region police, during the year, 15 mass graves were discovered in Kyiv oblast. The people were violently killed including 38 children who died during active hostilities and occupation in Kyiv oblast, and 43 more injured. 

According to the website of the Verkhovna Rada, the President of Ukraine has signed Bill No. 9105. This law provides for an increase in spending on the security and defense sector in the amount of UAH 518.2 billion. In particular, UAH 477.2 billion will be allocated for salaries, UAH 30.2 billion for special equipment and machinery, and UAH 10.8 billion for other expenses.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, at least 11 settlements were under russian shelling.

Andrii Kanashevych, Acting Head of Kupiansk Regional Administration said that there are still 107 children living in Dvorichna, Vilkhuvatka and Petropavlivka communities of Kupiansk region, which are under russian shelling, and they will be evacuated to safe areas. Children have already been evacuated from Dvorichna and Zapadne village.

Oleh Syniehubov, head of Kharkiv RMA, as a result of a Russian drone crash near Shebelynky, Izium region, 10 hectares of a field caught on fire.

Russian invaders shelled Dvorichna village, Kupiansk region. The Kharkiv Regional police clarified that 71- and 75-year-old men were killed in the shelling and a 64-year-old woman injured.

Viktor Kovalenko, Head of Zolochiv Military Administration reported that at about 1 pm, from the direction of the border, russia launched mortar attacks at Ivashky. The shelling damaged the power grid and two residential buildings.

Yesterday russian invaders continued shelling border and frontline settlements in Kharkiv, Chuhuiv, Izium and Kupiansk regions.

The shelling of Vovchansk in Chuhuiv district damaged at least 4 residential buildings and a roadway. In Izium region, a Russian UAV crash caused a fire on an area of 10 hectares in an open field. A 62-year-old woman was injured as a result of shelling from an MRLs in Kindrashivka, Kupiansk region.

Mine danger remains high in the region. Yesterday near Spodobivka village, Kupiansk region, a 32-year-old man exploded on an unknown explosive object in a field. He sustained a contusion and was hospitalized.

In addition, in Rubizhne village, Chuhuiv region, a 48-year-old man stepped on a Russian mine in his own yard. He was hospitalized with a mine-blast injury.

Mine clearance is ongoing. Yesterday pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service defused 161 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Border guards killed 7 and wounded 12 mercenaries of the Wagner PMC in Bakhmut, Donetsk oblast. The rest of the russians fled. A group of russian soldiers tried to approach the positions of Ukrainian defenders unnoticed.

Towards Lyman and Kupiansk, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed a T-72 tank, an Orlan 10 UAV and a russian army Zhitel radar jamming station. The Ukrainian Armed Forces also eliminated 50 russian soldiers and wounded 108.

Vadym Liakh, Head of the RMA, informs that two people who were seriously wounded in the shelling of Sloviansk on 27 March and were in hospital have died.

The police evacuated two women and a 5-year-old girl from the frontline town of Siversk, Donetsk obalst. They were hiding from russian shelling in the basement of their private house and were taken to Sloviansk.

russians shelled Kurakhivka with Uragan cluster munitions – 1 person was wounded. The day before, the enemy launched a rocket attack on Druzhkivka, damaging a house.

Towards Donetsk, Mariinka, Krasnohorivka and Maksymilianivka were shelled overnight. Kurakhove came under artillery fire twice. In the morning, russian forces shelled Ocheretyne twice, damaging a shop.

Towards Horlivka, 2 residents of Bakhmut were reported wounded. The enemy has completely destroyed the town.Yesterday a kindergarten and an administrative building were destroyed. Another 2 people were wounded and 2 private houses damaged in Toretsk. Kostiantynivka came under shelling and a missile attack, damaging an office building. In Soledar community, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Fedorivka and Rozdolivka came under fire.

TOwards Lysychansk sporadic shelling of Zvanivka and Pereyizne was recorded, causing no casualties.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration reports that 1 resident of Donetsk region was reported killed in Vuhledar. In addition, 8 people in the oblast were injured. 

1000 Drones for Ukraine is an ambitious project launched this week by several volunteer foundations. It was presented in Kramatorsk by its participants. The first quadcopters, along with other aid, were handed over to the Ukrainian military.

Luhansk oblast

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions near Bilohorivka over.

Oleksii Smirnov, acting head of the Luhansk RMA, reports that Ukrainian troops are heroically repelling all russian attacks. They are trying their best to exhaust the enemy and reduce their morale while Ukrainian reserves are being prepared.  The enemy uses cannon and rocket artillery here more often than in near Bakhmut. This time, Novoselivske, Makiivka, Nevske and Bilohorivka came under enemy fire.

Towards Lyman and Kupiansk, our defenders destroyed a T-72 tank, an Orlan-10 UAV and a Zhytel electronic warfare station. Over the past day, russians fired 414 times at Ukrainian military positions and localities in this area of the frontline using various artillery systems. Moreover, the enemy carried out 8 air strikes. According to Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesperson for the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, there were 9 firefights there. 50 occupiers were killed and another 108 wounded.

There are no fewer cases of out-of-zone arrests of adult civilians in the occupied territories. For example, the occupiers illegally deprived of liberty and are holding three residents of the Nyzhneduvanska community in Svativ region in a pre-trial detention centre in Luhansk.

The Luhansk Military Administration reported that the enemy continues to use medical facilities in the temporarily occupied territories for its own purposes. In particular, the building of the primary healthcare centre in Novopskov and the paramedic and obstetric station in Kriakivka.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Serhii Naiev, Commander of the United Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,  announced that the situation in the Northern Operational Zone allows servicemen not only to strengthen defenses, but also acquire military skills. According to him, department commanders acquire management skills and leadership qualities, and their subordinates practice running-in by tanks, deploying in combat formations, and overcoming various obstacles that simulate real combat operations.

Training of military personnel in the Northern operational zone. Photo: tg-channel Serhiy Naev

Kyiv oblast

There are 1,454 children living in Kyiv who have been granted the status of victims of hostilities and armed conflicts. As reported in the KCSA, these are internally displaced persons who suffered because of the war unleashed on our land by russia. Also, the number of orphans and children deprived of parental care is increasing due to the full-scale war – 2,336 orphans are registered in the capital.

Law enforcement officers continue to uncover evidence of russian war crimes in Kyiv oblast. Ammunition, equipment with documents and a russian military badge were found at the location of the russian invaders in the spring of 2022. Among the seized ammunition is a K-51 aerosol hand grenade, which is prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Geneva Protocol.

The Kyiv region police reported that a rocket-propelled anti-tank grenade and four TM-62M anti-tank mines were found in Vyshhorod region. A local resident who was walking along a forest road to a nearby village came across the explosive discovery. Explosive technicians of the oblast carried out a controlled disposal of the ammunition.

The construction of a kitchen factory has begun in Bucha, which will become part of the reform of school meals in Ukraine. The kitchen will cook 10 K lunches for schoolchildren in three communities of Kyiv oblast. The project is being implemented with the support of American businessman and philanthropist Howard Buffett. This project will be scaled to other regions of the country, in particular to Kharkiv oblast.

The dismantling of the 31st private house in Bucha, destroyed during the full-scale russian invasion was completed. As reported in the city council, work on dismantling damaged structures, disconnecting communications and clearing the territory lasted almost two months. The project was implemented with the support of the UNDP Development Program in Ukraine.

To maintain law and order during the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord in Kyiv, the National Police of Ukraine will deploy more than 1 K police officers and about 120 representatives of the VDF. They will patrol places of religious services and gatherings of believers. In addition, special temporary monitoring centers will operate, which will promptly monitor the situation in the capital to prevent crimes.

The 2022/2023 academic year for students of capital schools will end on June 30. According to the recommendations of the Department of Education and Science of the Kyiv City Council, June 16 should be the Day of the last bell, and documents about education should be issued to graduates between June 21 and 23. However, the final decisions regarding the start and end dates of vacations and studies are made by the administration of each school separately.

The children’s location Together from UNICEF has started working in the lobby of the Kyiv metro station Klovska. In the event of an air alarm, the space will operate 24 hours a day. There is everything you need for children’s entertainment and development, including children’s books and play sets. Professional teachers, doctors, animators and psychologists are involved.

Zhytomyr oblast

The Donetsk RMA reported that from April 18, residents of Donetsk oblast will be evacuated to the communities of Zhytomyr oblast free of charge. In order to evacuate, you need to submit an application and get to the meeting place, from where you will be given a ride to the evacuation train in Pokrovsk. The authorities undertake to provide internally displaced persons with free housing in communally owned institutions of Zhytomyr oblast, monthly payment of accommodation allowance, humanitarian, psychological and medical assistance.

Since September 2022, medical mobile teams of the Red Cross have been working in Zhytomyr oblast. Residents of 50 communities of the oblast have already visited the doctors. According to Andrii Kotvytskyi, the medical coordinator of the project, there are currently eight mobile teams working in the oblast, each of which includes a doctor, a nurse and a driver. Reception and dispensing of a certain amount of medicines are free of charge.

This year, 89 unemployed people have already participated in socially useful works as part of the Recovery Army project in Zhytomyr oblast. After the completion of the works, they will be paid wages in the total amount of over UAH 828 K, financed from the state unemployment insurance fund.

Sumy oblast

During the past day, russian forces shelled 9 border communities – Bilopillia, Nova Sloboda, Seredina-Buda, Myropillia, Khotyn, Yunakivka, Znob-Novhorodske, Shalyhine and Esman. As reported by Sumy RMA, a total of 91 hits from mortars, artillery and the dropping of explosive devices of the VOG type from UAVs were recorded. As a result of mortar attacks, the warehouse of a local agricultural company and 3 private houses were damaged.

The State Emergency Service of Sumy oblast reported that on April 11, a fire broke out in a private house in one of the border settlements of Bilopillia region due to russian shelling. The rescuers, who went to extinguish the fire, came under repeated enemy shelling.

In the morning, the enemy shelled Bilopillia community. As reported by Sumy RMA, there were 30 mortar hits recorded.

The Red Cross of Ukraine handed over a generator to Sumy Correctional Colony No. 116. The generator will be used to protect the perimeter of the institution and organize uninterrupted meals for the inmates of the institution.

The people of Sumy are invited to the charity fair “Easter Light Leads to Victory”, which will be held on Thursday at Cathedral Square. Visitors can expect a festive concert program, a fair, master classes and entertainment.

Chernihiv oblast

The SBGS reported that Semenivka community of Chernihiv oblast came under enemy shelling. The shelling was carried out from the russian side with 120 mm mortars. There were 2 explosions recorded.

The ‘North’ Operational Command  reported that in the morning, there were 5 shots from barrel artillery in the area between the villages of Halahanivka and Zaliznyi Mist.

A mobilization support point has opened in Chernihiv, where citizens can apply for legal assistance, social guarantees, support and deferrals from mobilization. The point was opened by the Chernihiv Territorial Center for Staffing and Social Support.

Chernihiv oblast ranks third among the regions where medical facilities have suffered the most as a result of the full-scale war. According to the WHO, the damage caused in the oblast is estimated at 259 million dollars. In total, as a result of the aggression of the russian federation, at least 978 medical institutions were destroyed or damaged in the regions, 650 emergency vehicles and 596 pharmacies destroyed.

The Chernihiv City Council reported that demining of the Yatsevo cemetery has been completed in Chernihiv. The cemetery was opened for visits by relatives and friends of those buried there.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Serhii Lysak, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, the russian army attacked Nikopol in the afternoon. Rescuers pulled out a 72-year-old man and woman from the rubble of a house and hospitalized them. An 87-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman were also injured and would be treated at home. In the city, 13 private houses, two outbuildings and a car were damaged.

Consequences of enemy shelling. Photo: Serhii Lysak, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration

Serhii Lysak, Head of the Dnipro Regional Animal Protection Agency, Another enterprise has been evacuated to Dnipro oblast – a dairy farm near Bakhmut. Farm animals are scared and exhausted from the journey, yet safe now. They are being taken care of by farm workers and veterinarians. This was reported by the.

In Dnipro, in Pysarzhevsky Park, members of youth organizations and internally displaced students planted a flower bed in the shape of a trident. It is made up of 280 viola bushes and measures 3 m by 4 m.

Vinnytsia oblast

A street action named “Who will punish the criminals?” took place on European Square in Vinnytsia. The author of the idea is Vinnytsia artist Volodymyr Kozyuk. The performance targeted the global community to draw attention to russia’s war crimes in Ukraine.

Kirovohrad oblast

56 tablets and the same number of chromebooks were provided by UNICEF to secondary schools in Oleksandria. The gadgets will be used by schoolchildren from among the internally displaced persons. 

Poltava oblast

According to Dmytro Lunin, Head of the Poltava Regional Military Administration, the oblast has hosted more than 200 K internally displaced persons since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 

The Centre for Culture and Leisure reports that the third workshop was held in Poltava as part of the #SuperpowerfulEaster charity project by the Centre for Culture and Leisure in cooperation with UNICEF Poltava. At the event, children and their parents made amulets for the military together with craftswoman Sonia Chubarenko.

Cherkasy oblast

Ihor Taburets, Head of the Cherkasy Regional Military Administration, says that Cherkasy oblast sent 6 four-wheel drive vehicles, 2 satellite communication systems, a Mavic 3 quadcopter, construction materials and equipment to the defenders of Ukraine. Volunteers also delivered Easter gifts for the soldiers as part of the annual For the Brave from the Brave campaign. 

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

On April 11, the enemy carried out 41 attacks, namely 2 air strikes, 1 drone attack, two missile strikes, and 36 artillery attacks. Adverse weather conditions were a probable cause for the temporary decrease in the intensity of attacks. The attacks affected Komyshuvakha, Kamianske, Mala Tokmachka, Zaliznychne, Malynivka, and 12 other settlements. A total of 25 destroyed objects were recorded by law enforcement.

The enemy attacked Orikhiv and Huiai Pole, causing damage to the infrastructure of enterprises and the private sector.

Students from IDP’s families and those in difficult circumstances received tablets for distance learning from the United Nations Children’s Fund. With the support of the European Union and the Republic of Korea, 800 technical devices were purchased and delivered.

Zaporizhzhia educators received modern equipment that will help organize a high quality and safe educational process. With the assistance of the Olena Zelenska Foundation, 5194 laptops were handed over to the oblast.

A family shelter was set up for internally displaced persons in Zaporizhzhia. It is a joint project of the city government and one of the public organizations to provide a place for families. The family shelter is designed for 80 people and includes rooms for living, studying, recreation, a psychologist’s room, and a shelter.

Mykolaiv oblast

During the night, the occupiers carried out a massive artillery attack on Ochakiv. Residential buildings, transportation, gas and electricity networks were destroyed and damaged as a result of the shelling. According to Mykolaiv RMA, there are no casualties.

Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Ukraine, visited Mykolaiv. He met with Oleksandr Senkevych, Mayor of the city,  and visited the objects that Denmark will help restore. The parties agreed upon cooperation between Mykolaiv and Denmark during the heating season and the restoration of water supply, and discussed the next steps in the reconstruction of the city.

Voznesensk community received a modular solid fuel boiler house with a thermal capacity of 1000 kW. The help was provided by UNICEF Ukraine partners, who constantly support the community.

Odesa oblast

The night from April 11 to April 12 passed relatively calmly in Odessa oblast: there were no air raid signals or shelling. However, the threat of enemy missile and Shahid attacks remain relevant. Overnight, the occupiers doubled the number of missile carriers in the Black Sea. Currently, a surface frigate and a submarine are on combat duty in the sea. According to the South Operational Command a total salvo is of up to twelve Kalibrs.

Eight new C-type ambulances  equipped with defibrillators, electrocardiographs, pulse oximeters, infusion pumps, glucometers, stationary oxygen cylinders, and portable lung ventilation machines were handed over to the medical staff of the Odesa Regional Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine Center. The ambulances will be distributed among the settlements of Odesa oblast.

Medical workers in Odesa oblast received 8 new resuscitation vehicles. Photo from social media

The women’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church monastery in Odesa produced 15 K Paskas (easter bread) for the defenders of Ukraine. The first batch of Paskas has been sent to the front. This was reported by the mother superior of the Odesa Holy Archangel Michael Women’s Monastery, Mother Seraphima. During the Easter days, the bread made with the prayer of the nuns will be enjoyed by the refugees who have found shelter in the monastery’s House of Mercy.

Kherson oblast

In the morning, enemy artillery struck residential buildings in the village of Vysuntsi in the Muzykivka community. Windows were knocked out, roofs were damaged, greenhouses and solar panels were destroyed due to the shelling.

On April 11, russian occupiers shelled peaceful settlements in Kherson oblast 35 times. They fired 170 shells from heavy artillery and aviation. The russian army attacked the residential areas of Kherson city 5 times, targeting a church, power lines, and the territory of the port. As a result of the russian shelling, one resident of Kherson oblast was killed.

Yesterday evening, the russians launched an airstrike on one of the enterprises in Beryslav. A fire broke out as a result of the shelling. The building of the enterprise suffered serious damage.

Consequences of the war attack on Beryslav. Photo: Kherson RMA

The police received a report that a 70-year-old fisherman was killed in the village of Olhivka as a result of shelling by russian military. The man went out on a boat to fish and was hit in the thigh, leading to his death from blood loss.

A car with two civilians was blown up on a russian mine near Tiahynka. One man was killed, and the other sustained serious injuries.

The russian military is using educational institutions to house their personnel in Skadovsk, and they are forcing teachers to continue the educational process with mandatory attendance by children. The city is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis due to the increasing shortage of medicines. The russian occupiers have significantly restricted the supply of all types of medicines to pharmacies.

Police and volunteers jointly evacuated all the children from Kozatske. Today, the last child, a 17-year-old boy, was evacuated. The police will continue to evacuate citizens, especially children, from the combat zone.

Another humanitarian aid shipment arrived in Biliaivka of Nova Oleksandrivka community. The assistance from UNHCR Ukraine – the UN Refugee Agency in Ukraine – included beds with mattresses, bedding, solar-powered lamps, hygiene kits, towels, making over 450 items in total.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Well-known women of Lutsk community united to bake 300 traditional and European cakes for the Ukrainian military at the front and for those who are in Lutsk hospitals. The charity event was organized by the Department of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth together with the Only Together Foundation.

Zakarpattia oblast

Zakarpattia joins the cross-border cooperation program Interreg Next Poland-Ukraine. Thanks to the initiative, public organizations, medical institutions and other potential beneficiaries will be able to submit project applications and receive funds from the EU.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the World Health Organization. They discussed urgent needs for providing health care facilities, rehabilitation centers of the oblast with the necessary medical equipment.

Over 7K cubic meters of wood were sent from foresters of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast to the needs of the army free of charge. Wood and other forest products were delivered to the front line to construct defense structures and shelters, as well as for firewood.

A New Testament saved the life of a soldier of the 102nd brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces. 35-year-old Stepan was given the New Testament by a priest when he was still at school. For 17 years he carried the book with him. It protected him from death during the explosion that happened 10 meters away from him. The fighter was in Zaporizhzhia oblast. On April 2, after being wounded, he was brought to the stabilization point. When medics opened the bandage and performed an ultrasound scan, there was no debris in the stomach. It turned out that only the New Testament, which was in the soldier’s waist bag, was damaged. The soldier received only lacerations, and internal organs of the abdominal cavity were not affected. The fighter is currently in a hospital in Kyiv, feeling well.

New Testament saved lives. Photo: Ivano-Frankivsk RMA

Lviv oblast

The Lviv RMAand the NGO Children’s Dream of Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to support the realization of rights and social guarantees of the children of fallen military personnel, families with children who suffered as a result of the military aggression of the russian federation.

The first 10 drones that Lviv oblast sent within the scope of the 1K_drones_for_Ukraine project, to Lviv scouts in Donetsk oblast. In addition, another 52 drones were distributed among various military units of Ukraine, which are currently performing their mission in Donetsk and Kharkiv oblasts.

About 230 packages with products for the Easter holidays were given to IDPs in Buska community. The aid was handed over by representatives of the Lviv office of the French humanitarian organization Solidarites International.

In Pustomytiv community, IDPs families with elderly and disabled persons and IDPs families with many children received 45 food kits from Rokada CF.

In  Strii region, 34 IDPs from vulnerable categories of the population receive hygiene products, kitchenware, shoes, and toys from the NEEKA CF.

In Chervonohrad School of Arts, the furniture in six classrooms was renewed thanks to German benefactors, including the Rosinen Initiative organization.

A charity auction was held in the Lviv Museum of the History of Religion. The lots are used ammunition and military ammunition, transformed into art objects. In total, UAH 113 700 were raised during the auction to purchase a quadcopter with a thermal imaging camera for the assault company of the T0910 military unit.

Richard Branson visited the Superhumans Center and got to know the Ukrainian defenders who are undergoing prosthetics and rehabilitation there, and the medical team that helps them.

Rivne oblast

Serhii Hemberg, deputy head of Rivne RMA, is on a working visit to the US. As part of the USAID program “Competitive Economy of Ukraine”, he represents the oblast and the Rivne IT cluster as part of the Ukrainian delegation of startups.

In Rivne oblast, a project to support victims of sexual violence during the full-scale war Let’s Stand Together was presented. It covers all of Ukraine with a focus on 14 oblasts and will last until March next year. The initiative aims to improve the system of support for victims, as well as to develop and work out a mechanism of interaction based on international standards and best practices.

Ternopil oblast

The 105 separate territorial defense brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received another humanitarian aid, namely, drones, generators, film and staples for equipping dugouts, building materials for fortifications, and Easter meals, from Ternopil oblast.

Vadym Shumenko, military officer, who served in the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and heroically defended Mariupol, was awarded with the 3th Order For Courage (posthumously). The award was presented to the relatives of the fallen defender.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the office of the United Nations Children’s Fund Unicef ​​Ukraine in Khmelnytskyi oblast. The working meeting took place in the format of a report on the work of the fund in the oblast during 2022-2023.

Chernivtsi oblast

The community of Warsaw sent four generators to Chernivtsi. They were distributed among the town hall, the art museum, the theater and the philharmonic hall.

The Chernivtsi regional perinatal center received a Denyo Isuzu 36kW electric generator from the Office of the President of Ukraine, the State Property Fund of Ukraine, 280 DAYS CF, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAIM Humanitarian Fund CF.

Family-type houses received 2.5 kW inverter generators from the Bread of Life CF.

IDPs who are currently in the Novoselytsk community received charitable assistance, namely, bed linen, blankets, pillows and thermal socks from the GO The right to protection, within the framework of the Help Age project.

In Khotyn region, hygiene kits were issued for vulnerable categories of the population from among the IDPs from the NGO Good People of Bukovyna within the project “Razom z Ukrainoiu – initiative di emergenza a sostegno della popolazione Ukraina nelle regioni di Ivano Frankivska, Chernivetska e Odessa”.

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

According to IMF estimates, if кussia’s war against Ukraine ends by mid-2024, Ukraine’s need for external financing will amount to $115 billion. However, if the war continues until the end of 2025, the need will increase to $140 billion.

The World Bank estimates the cost of post-war reconstruction of Ukraine at $411 billion.

Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, and Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, updated the Free Trade Agreement.

Canada announced a new package of military aid, which includes 21K assault rifles, 38 machine guns and over 2.4 million rounds of ammunition.

Britain introduced sanctions against persons who helped hide the assets of russian oligarchs Abramovich and Usmanov.

Canada introduced another package of restrictions against 34 russian legal entities and 14 individuals. In particular, the AN-124 aircraft, which was blocked in Canada, was sanctioned.

Joe Biden arrived in Northern Ireland to discuss the war in Ukraine with Rishi Sunak.

In Canada, Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, held meetings with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Khrysta Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister, heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense, representatives of business circles and pension funds.

The command of the US Air Force in Europe announced that Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense, plans to lead an in-person meeting of the Defense Contact Group of Ukraine at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, on April 21, 2023.

Energoatom and the Canadian company signed an agreement on the use of Ukrainian uranium. This was the last necessary stage for the implementation of the program to produce nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants of Ukraine.

Artur Sobon, Deputy Head of the Polish Ministry of Finance, announced that the country plans to become a financial hub for collecting funds for the recovery of Ukraine.

After meeting with Kamala Harris, US Vice President, Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish Prime Minister, said that the US will carry out additional supplies of weapons to Ukraine, in particular, Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles.

Antonio Tajani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, announced that at the end of April, the country will present a plan for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

russian ombudsman tetiana moskalkova was expelled from the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions. 25 people voted for exclusion, four abstained, and no one was against. This is the first time in the association’s history that one of its members has been expelled.

Maria Peychynovych-Burych, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, which includes 46 countries, condemned the execution of Ukrainian soldiers by the russians. “Horrified by the video circulating on the Internet, in which russian troops behead a Ukrainian prisoner of war. This is not humane, and I strongly condemn it,” said Pejchynovych-Burych. She also added that the guilty should be brought to justice.

“One of the videos shows the brutal execution of a man, presumably a Ukrainian prisoner of war, and the other shows the mutilated bodies of presumably Ukrainian servicemen. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case,” the UN statement emphasized. In recent reports, the Mission has documented a number of serious violations of international humanitarian law, including those committed against prisoners of war.

The #HelpUkraineSong flash mob started in Liverpool and will end on the last day of the Eurovision. The slogan of this year’s music competition is United by Music, and the flash mob aims to express solidarity with Ukraine and to call on citizens to donate to the War Child fund, the only specialized charity for children affected by the war.

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аnna Efremova, Halyna Vaskiv

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

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