War in Ukraine today: latest news, April 16, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 417th 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 russian federation continues to wage a war of aggression, completely disregarding international humanitarian law, continuing to strike at the territory of Ukraine with anti-aircraft guided missiles, and shelling non-military targets. 

The enemy launched 25 missile strikes from S-300 air defense systems at the peaceful cities of Zaporizhzhia, Komyshuvakha in Zaporizhzhia oblast and Snihurivka in Mykolaiv oblast, as well as 28 air strikes. There were 4 MLRS attacks at the positions of our troops and civilian infrastructure of the settlements. Civilians have been killed and injured, and multi-storey and private residential buildings, civilian educational institutions, hospitals, churches and other civilian infrastructure destroyed and damaged.

The russian aggressor continues to use terror tactics, and there is still a high threat of missile and air strikes throughout Ukraine.

The enemy suffers considerable losses, but does not abandon its plans to occupy our territory. It continues to focus its main efforts on conducting offensive operations towards Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka. It actively uses tactical and army aviation in these areas. Bakhmut and Marinka remain at the epicenter of the fighting. During the day, our defenders repelled more than 45 enemy attacks in the above-mentioned frontline areas. 

No signs of enemy offensive groups were detected towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk and Sloboda. A comprehensive inspection of the combat readiness of the armed forces of the republic of belarus is underway. Some units of the territorial troops of the armed forces of the russian federation continue to be stationed in this country.

In the areas bordering Ukraine, certain enemy units are held in Bryansk, Kursk and Belgorod oblasts.

During the day, the enemy fired at Svesa, Buniakyne, Iskryskivshchyna, Shpil, Volfyne, Yunakivka, Basivka in Sumy oblast, as well as Veterynarne, Neskuchne, Vovchansk, Bochkove, Mala Vovcha and Zemlianky in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy fired at Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zakhidne and Kindrashivka in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives in the area north of Hryhorivka and near Spirne. Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Ivanivka and Spirne in Donetsk oblast came under artillery fire.

The enemy continues to conduct offensive actions towards Bakhmut. 

Fighting for the city of Bakhmut continues. The enemy conducted attacks in the vicinity of Khromove and Ivanivske, but did not succeed. Vasiukivka, Minkivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Novodmytrivka and Pivnichne in Donetsk oblast were affected by hostile shelling.

Towards  Avdiivka, the enemy conducted offensive actions in the areas of Novokalynove, Sieverne, Vodiane and Pervomaiske in Donetsk oblast, but did not succeed. They shelled over 15 settlements near the contact line. These include Novokalynove, Avdiivka, Vodiane, Pervomaiske and Netailove in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Maryinka, our defenders repelled numerous enemy attacks in the vicinity of Mariinka. At the same time, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Heorhiivka, Maksymilianivka, Pobieda and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast were shelled by the enemy.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions yesterday. Settlements of Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Velyka Novosilka, Vremivka in Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy continues to conduct defensive actions. Vremivka and Novopil in Donetsk oblast; Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Bilohiria, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast; Dudchany, Beryslav, Vesele, Burhunka, Bilozirka, Dniprovske in Kherson oblast, as well as the city of Kherson were shelled.

russian occupation forces continue to suffer heavy losses. All medical facilities on the temporarily occupied territory are overcrowded with wounded invaders. As a result, the enemy uses civilian educational institutions in the temporarily occupied territories for its own purposes. For example, in the village of Vysoke, Zaporizhzhia oblast, the occupiers converted the gym of a local school into a military hospital. Medical services are provided exclusively to russian military personnel. As of April 15, about 100 russian occupiers with injuries of varying severity were being treated. 

russian invaders continue to rob civilians in Ukraine, appropriating the grain harvest. For example, in the city of Berdiansk, Zaporizhzhia oblast, the so-called russian occupation ‘authorities’ are trying to take away stolen corn by loading it onto barges.  

The russian occupiers continue forced passportization of residents in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. In particular, in the village of Tavriia, Kherson oblast, the invaders are conducting house-to-house visits to local residents to check for russian passports. Citizens of Ukraine who have not received a russian passport have been informed that if they do not obtain the documents by June 1, they will be deported with all their personal property confiscated. 

Aviation of the Defense Forces conducted 5 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel and the anti-aircraft missile system. 

Our defenders shot down 4 enemy UAVs (2 of the Orlan-10 type, 1 reconnaissance Eleron and 1 Lancet kamikaze drone).

Rocket and artillery units struck a control center, an anti-aircraft missile system, an enemy buildup of manpower, weapons and military equipment, a fuel and lubricant depot and 2 enemy ammunition depots.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of President, states that 130 Ukrainian servicemen returned home from captivity. Among them are 93 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 20 TrO fighters, 11 National Guardsmen, 3 border guards, 2 representatives of the Navy and the State Special Service. 

Oleksii Reznikov, Defense Minister of Ukraine, states that Ukraine lost fewer military personnel than the number of people killed in the earthquake in Turkey. “This means that our main goal is to save the lives of our soldiers, while russia uses them as cannon fodder. This is a meat grinder tactic. They don’t care. In Bakhmut alone, russia is losing 500 people killed and wounded every day,” he said. 

Energoatom reports that russians started taking children from Enerhodar to Crimea. The so-called ‘evacuation’ will last until April 20.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that towards Kupiansk, the russian army mined the territory near four settlements. The occupying army shelled at least 10 settlements in Kharkiv oblast.

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported that a russian Shahed drone was shot down in Kharkiv oblast by an automatic weapon.

Yesterday, the enemy fired at the border and frontline settlements of Kharkiv, Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions.

Kozacha Lopan, Kupyansk, Vovchansk, Hatyshche, Dvorichna and other settlements were under enemy fire.

In Petropavlivka village, Kupiansk region, two private houses were damaged by enemy fire, and a car and a tractor destroyed. Fortunately, there were no casualties.

Humanitarian demining continues in the oblast. Over the past day, pyrotechnic units of the State Emergency Service inspected 9.5 hectares of territory and defused 196 ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Rescue work on a five-storey building in Sloviansk is over. According to the updated data, 15 people were rescued from the rubble: 5 (including a 14-year-old girl) were saved, 10 (including a two-year-old boy) killed. On April 14, the russian invaders launched a massive missile attack on Sloviansk. 8 missiles were fired at the city from the S-300 system. The victims of this attack include 39 people: 15 of them were killed and 24 injured. The most extensive damage was done to a five-storey building in Parkovyi Lane. 

Ukrainian Armed Forces eliminated 250 russian soldiers towards Bakhmut, killing 121 russian servicemen and wounding 129. In addition, there were 265 attacks by the russian army and 31 engagements in this area.

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 3 T-72 tanks, 1 APC-80, an infantry fighting vehicle (BMP-2), a combat repair and evacuation vehicle (BREM-1) and shot down a Su-25 attack aircraft.

Towards Volnovakha, Vuhledar, Novoukrainka and Bohoiavlenka came under fire without casualties.

Towards Donetsk, Kurakhove came under artillery fire three times, no one was injured.

Towards Horlivka, 3 people were wounded in Kostiantynivka. Two high-rise buildings, a dormitory, a pharmacy, a shop and the territory of an enterprise were damaged. A house in Predtechynoe was also damaged in the community. Chasiv Yar and Soledar communities were shelled.

Towards Lysychansk, a residential building in Torske was destroyed and a house in Zarichne, Lyman community was damaged.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk regional military administration, informs that russian forces wounded 4 residents of Donetsk oblast.2 killed and 3 wounded were reported as a result of a rocket attack on Sloviansk. 

Petro Andriushchenko, Advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, says that in the occupied Mariupol, the russian occupation authorities began to settle russians and priests in dormitories. These dormitories were previously renovated, allegedly for the purpose of resettling the local citizens.

In Donetsk oblast, farmers continue to work despite active fighting on the frontline. A third of the planned grain crops have already been sown. This year, the area of winter crops has almost halved.

Luhansk oblast

Stelmakhivka, Nevske and Bilohorivka came under artillery fire from the russian side.

According to Artem Lysohir, Head of Luhansk RMA, the enemy was again advancing Bilohorivka and Dibrova. These attempts were repelled. The enemy tries to attack, but retreats, suffering significant losses when Ukrainian soldiers respond with artillery and mortar fire.

Once again, a modern russian T-90 Proryv tank and other enemy equipment were destroyed.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration reported that the so-called ‘LPR’ has announced a draft of 18-year-old boys. In Sievierodonetsk the occupier’s contractors do not pay local workers.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The Easter service of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was held for the first time at the Assumption Cathedral of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. For the first time in 300 years, the service at the cathedral was held in Ukrainian. It should be noted that the Dormition Cathedral of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and the Tabernacle Church returned to the state from the use of the UOC (MP) in January 2023.

On Mykhailivska Square, until May 1, a free exhibition of  Easter eggs “Easter Eggs. Renaissance”, which was moved to the territory of St. Michael’s Golden-Top Monastery, continues. These easter eggs first appeared in 2016, when artists from different parts of Ukraine created Easter one-meter canvases in the shape of eggs. During the occupation, russian troops destroyed most of the art objects that were on display at the Dobropark in Makariv region at the time – only 120 of the 800 Easter eggs survived.

Exhibition of rescued Easter eggs on Mykhailivska Square in Kyiv. Photo from social networks

The Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine reported that a military memorial cemetery will be opened in Kyiv at the end of autumn for the burials of fallen Defenders of Ukraine. The memorial cemetery will be built on Brovarsky Avenue in Dniprovskyi district. After the commissioning of the first stage of construction, the Ministry of Veterans Affairs will ensure the design and construction of a complete complex of the National Military Memorial Cemetery.

In Kyiv oblast, a memorial plaque was installed to Oleh Ratushynskyi, who was killed on April 15, 2022. The fighter of the Azov regiment under the pseudonym “Dym” flew to surrounded Mariupol by helicopter to stand side by side with his comrades against the russian invaders. The memorial plaque was installed in the village of Fursy, Bila Tserkva region, where he lived with his wife and two children.

On Easter, on the United24 platform, it was possible to join the collection for reconnaissance drones and receive Easter eggs made from shot shell casings, which were created by artists from the Ponad creative association. Ukrainian artists have transformed 5 types of Easter eggs, each of which represents a temporarily occupied oblast of Ukraine: Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson regions and Crimea.

Zhytomyr oblast

During March and the first days of April 2023, the units of the employment service in Zhytomyr oblast received 49 applications from citizens who decided to use the right to receive a voucher to pay for their education in relevant professions and specialties in selected institutions. 38 residents have already received vouchers for retraining or advanced training in nine labour professions and nursing.

The project of a mobile platform for carrying out geodetic and ecological water quality studies was developed by Nikita Nevyedrov, third-year student of Zhytomyr Polytechnic University. Thanks to the invention, you can quickly learn about the water quality in a reservoir. The platform can measure temperature, acidity and depth at a specific point in the reservoir. All indicators can be recorded on an SD card and all data can be processed and visualized on a computer using special programs.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that the russian military shelled Bilopillia, Velika Pysarivka and Yunakivka communities. There were 158 hits from mortars, AGS, artillery. The enemy shelled Yunakivka community with three unguided air missiles fired from a helicopter

On the eve of Easter, the russian army struck from the air along the border of Sumy oblast once again. At around 10:40 pm, an airstrike by a guided bomb was recorded on a utility facility in Shostka region. A civilian was injured.

As a result of a nighttime airstrike carried out by russian terrorists on a village in Shostka region, the building of a psycho-neurological boarding school suffered significant damage. As reported by the Regional State Emergency Service, 167 patients, together with the staff of the institution, were evacuated by rescuers from the place of shelling and transported to a safe place. According to the head of the village, two women were injured.

Consequences of the russian airstrike on Svesa psychoneurological boarding school, Shostka region of Sumy oblast. Photo from social networks

Shostka Regional Military Administration reported that in Seredyno-Buda community, new modern batteries were installed to ensure long-term uninterrupted mobile communication during power outages. Seredyno-Buda will be provided with an automatic diesel generator station that will ensure operation of mobile communications in case of a complete blackout.

Okhtyrka City Council reported that 875 households of the private sector, whose housing was damaged or destroyed due to hostilities, will receive vegetable seeds from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Chernihiv oblast

On the eve of Easter, the russian army struck from the air along the border of Chernihiv oblast once again. Around 11:30 pm, an airstrike was recorded on an enterprise in the city of Semenivka. As a result, a fire broke out in the building. According to Serhii Dedenko, Head of the community, a workshop and agricultural machinery were damaged due to the shelling.

Residents of the village of Lukashivka in Chernihiv oblast came to celebrate Easter at the church destroyed by the war. In the Ascension Church during the occupation, the russians set up a headquarters and an ammunition depot. After the liberation of the village at the end of March, the bodies of shot people were found in the church. In July, the community voted for the transition of the church to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Consecration of Easter cakes in the village of Lukashivka in the Chernihiv oblast, near the church damaged by the war. Photo: Reuters

Mykhailo Vorushilo, resident of Chernihiv, opened his own workshop together with his friends and began assembling power banks and drones for the Armed Forces. Before the full-scale invasion, he worked as an electrician and serviced stores. Volunteers started assembling FPV impact drones four months ago, when they felt the need for them and saw their massive use in the army.

On the eve of Easter, 2,300 Easter cakes were baked and distributed to families affected by the war by representatives of the Chernihiv Semargl organization. First of all, they were given to the families of the fallen servicemen and the families who lost their homes as a result of russian aggression. Employees of Chernihiv bakery No. 2 baked Easter cakes on the order of the charity fund.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Serhii Lysak, Head of Dnipropetrovsk RMA, informs that the russian military fired at a church in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast. 2 people were wounded. The shelling also damaged five residential buildings, two cars, several power lines, mutilated four farm buildings, and destroyed one more. According to Lysak, the consequences of the russian shelling are still being clarified.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration reported that more than a thousand residents of Luhansk oblast,  living now in Dnipro, were provided with dishes, bed linen, and blankets in the Kreminske Humanitarian Center for the Support of Internally Displaced Persons during the month. The hub finished issuing aid from the International Organization for Migration, which arrived at the end of March. In particular, from March 23 to April 14, the IDPs received 1180 sets of bed linen (with thermal blankets, pillows and towels), 610 sets of dishes and 705 canisters.

Vinnytsia oblast

Vinnytsia Mayor Serhii Morhunov said that 8 of the 130 defenders who returned from captivity on Easter, April 16, are from Vinnytsia. 

During the last few days, it became known about the death of six defenders from Vinnytsia: Serhii Minkivskyi, Vitalii Konienkov, Anatolii Nikitiuk, Vasyl Kravchuk, Anatolii Bohachuk, and Viktor Oliinyk.

Kirovohrad oblast

The servicemen of the 121st separate territorial defense brigade from Kirovohrad oblast contributed to restoration of areas affected by war. On Environment Day, seedlings were planted in one of the front-line settlements in the south of Ukraine. It was initiated by officers from Odesa operational-strategic group of troops,  Kherson operational group of troops and the 121st separate brigade of territorial defense.

Poltava oblast

The daughter and the mother of Ukrainian defenders from Poltava oblast received their awards. Oleksandr Veprynskyi and Viacheslav Kushch, who were killed during the defense of Kharkiv oblast, were awarded with the For Courage awards.

14 generators for Poltava oblast were handed over by ADRA Ukraine to places of residence of displaced persons and Invincibility Centres, and 9 were handed over by UNICEF for schools.

Cherkasy oblast

On the eve of the Easter holidays, the military of a volunteer formation from Cherkasy and the oblast swore allegiance to their brothers, the Ukrainian people and the state. They solemnly read the sacred words, which they have no right to violate.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

On April 15, the enemy launched 101 strikes on villages and towns in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Civilian objects were destroyed in Stepnohirsk, Orikhiv, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, and 15 other settlements.

At night, the russian army struck the green zone in one of the districts in Zaporizhzhia: parked cars, communications, and structures were damaged. Two more rockets hit the open territory near a hotel and entertainment complex, causing minor damage to nearby residential buildings.

A fuel briquette warehouse was damaged as a result of a night attack in Komyshuvakha. Another rocket hit near the local church, damaging buildings and residential houses around it. Two residents were injured: a man received help on the spot, while a woman was hospitalized.

Church in Komyshuvakha that suffered damage due to a rocket attack on April 16, 2023. Photo from social media

The russians have begun to remove property from schools and kindergartens in the temporarily occupied city of Enerhodar. According to Dmytro Orlov, Mayor, the russians recently took out some of the beds, mattresses, and other property from Kindergarten No. 3, while they started to remove desks, cabinets, shelves, and other items from Gymnasium No. 2.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolayiv RMA reported that the russian occupiers intensified shelling of Mykolaiv oblast on Easter night. At 2:20 am, Snihurivka community was attacked, previously by S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems. A 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old girl were killed in one of the settlements of the community as a result of shelling. A basket with Easter cakes and eggs was found next to their bodies.

As a result of russian airstrike, two young people were killed in Snihurivka community, Mykolayiv Oblast. Photo: Mykolaiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office

Swiss benefactors purchased a CT scanner for a Mykolaiv medical facility. This is one of the most precise and high-quality modern X-ray machines, which significantly expands diagnostic capabilities.

Bomb shelters are being repaired in educational institutions of Mykolaiv, helping to solve the problem of safety in the educational process.

Odesa oblast

A special Easter tree, the Peace Tree, appeared in the center of Odesa. Representatives of the high school Parliament, students of schools and out-of-school education institutions decorated the tree with Easter eggs.

The Odesa Film Studio hosted the premiere of the film “Mariupol Defender”, a short documentary about the events of the current war: the first days of the invasion in the city of Mariupol, and the stories of people who met the enemy there. The film about the Ukrainian defender was shown in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and Israel, receiving numerous awards at international film festivals.

In Ovidiopol, church bells were rung for the first time in the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. With the help of Father Andrii Liashyk, chaplain of the Odesa border guard detachment, five church bells made of 155-caliber shells from Bakhmut were installed in the church. The unusual bells call on Ukrainians to attend services, do good deeds, pray for the victory of our country and remember moment by moment what sacrifices have been made to win peace.

Volunteers from Odesa oblast sent Easter gifts to the defenders – sweets, cards and other necessities.

Kherson oblast

On April 15t, russian occupiers shelled populated areas of Kherson oblast 70 times, firing 419 shells from heavy artillery, drones, and aircraft. The russian army attacked residential areas of Kherson 5 times, targeting the territory of a school and a government institution. Two people were killed and two others injured.

According to the ‘South’ Operational Command, the enemy attacked Beryslav region three times using bombs and anti-radar missiles, continuing to destroy industrial facilities and agricultural land of the region. 

According to Nataliia Humeniuk, Head of the Joint Coordination Press Center of the Defense and Security Forces of the South, the russian army is attempting to attack objects considered to be potential of the region. russian military personnel shell industrial facilities, agricultural land, and mined territories, where there may be further detonations caussing maximum damage.

The Ukrainian Air Force launched two air strikes on enemy forces and equipment buildups in Kahovka and Skadovsk regions in Kherson oblast. Missile and artillery units destroyed 10 occupiers, 13 units of weapons and equipment, and one enemy observation post on the islands.

Rural hospitals in Kherson oblast received modern medical vehicles provided by UNICEF. The  Primary Medical and Sanitary Aid Center in Velyka Oleksandrivka received two fully-equipped Dacia Duster vehicles, and another one was received by the Novovorontsovka Center. Three more medical vehicles will soon arrive in the region, equipped with everything necessary for evacuation and rescue of patients.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

On April 17, the Palace of Culture of Lutsk will host an artistic charity event “With Faith in the Easter Miracle of Victory!” within the framework of the charity project “Spring which Brings Victory Closer!”. During the day, everyone can join the charity Easter collection of products for military personnel “Easter Basket for a Soldier“.

Charity event poster. Photo: Lutsk City Council

Zakarpattia oblast

Representatives of the Uzhhorod City Council visited the wounded soldiers who are currently undergoing treatment and rehabilitation in the city’s city medical facilities. The defenders were given Easter food packages, each of which contained an Easter cake.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Easter of Victory!” appeared in the center of Ivano-Frankivsk on an anti-tank hedgehog, as a personification of the struggle of Ukrainians against the moscow aggressor. The idea of ​​the Easter egg belongs to the Service for Children, and it was created and implemented at the Locomotive Repair Plant. The Easter egg weighs over 1 ton, and its height is over 2 meters.

Easter of Victory! Photo from social networks

Lviv oblast

The RMA reported that 20 people from various oblasts arrived in Lviv oblast by evacuation train from Zaporizhzhia.  Dozens more residents of Ukraine who were forced to leave their homes due to constant shelling arrived during the day.

Residents of Sikhiv celebrated Easter and gathered for a festive breakfast. An Easter feast was prepared for Ukrainians who have been displaced from their homes because of the war and are living in shelters in the city.

Rivne oblast

In Rivne, a master class on painting Easter eggs was organized for children and their mothers and grandmothers from Donetsk oblast. The master class was conducted by Viktoriya Stepaniuk, Ukraine’s honored master of folk art.

Ternopil oblast

In the oblast, 13 contracts for 45 jobs in the Recovery Army were concluded. People who lost their jobs for various reasons can join the Recovery Army of Ukraine through participation in work of socially useful and defensive nature, like eliminating the effects of man-made, natural and military emergencies.

Olha Homa, Director of the regional department of education, reported that schools may be closed in Ternopil oblast, because almost 10K students are abroad.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

RMA representatives visited defenders undergoing treatment and rehabilitation in hospitals of Khmelnytskyi oblast and gave them gifts, blessed Easter cakes and said words of support and thanks.

Chernivtsi oblast

Vasyl Hasynets, military chaplain from Chernivtsi, consecrated the Easter cakes on the front line. The corresponding photos appeared on the military chaplain’s Facebook page. On the eve of his trip to the front, Bukovy residents gave him festive food for Ukrainian defenders.

Military chaplain on the front lines. Photo from social networks

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

Robert Habek, Minister of Economy and Climate Protection of Germany, announced that the government will allocate EUR 1 million for green restoration projects in Ukraine.

Italy transferred about 30 M109L self-propelled artillery guns to Ukraine. A train carrying them passed through the railroad station in the Italian city of Udine on Saturday.

Colonel Oleksii Tereshchuk, Head of the military chaplaincy service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that military chaplains of Ukraine will be trained in the US, Great Britain and South Korea.

Picetto Fratin, Minister of Energy and Environment of Italy, announced that dependence on moscow was overcome by agreements on African gas. “If earlier 40% of our gas needs were met by russia, today we get a little more than 10%,” he said.

The European Commission condemned the ban on the import of Ukrainian grain adopted by Hungary and Poland. “Trade policy is within the exclusive competence of the EU, therefore unilateral actions are unacceptable. It is necessary to coordinate and agree all decisions within the bloc, especially at such a difficult time,” the European Commission said in a statement.

After meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Richard Branson, British billionaire businessman and United24 ambassador, called on the West to strengthen its support for Ukraine. Recalling his recent trip to Ukraine, he said he met people who ‘have to fight with their hands behind their backs’ because of a lack of support.

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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