War in Ukraine today: latest news, April 27, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 428th 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 conducted 25 air strikes and fired more than 20 times from multiple rocket launchers at the positions of our troops and civilian homes. Also, at night, the enemy launched 5 missile attacks on Mykolaiv, causing civilian casualties, destroying and damaging private houses and other civilian infrastructure.

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

The enemy continues to focus its main efforts on conducting offensive actions against Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka. There were more than 35 attacks in the above-mentioned areas, but all of them were repelled by Ukrainian defense forces. Bakhmut and Marinka remain at the epicenter of the fighting, and our soldiers are bravely holding the line.

The situation towards Volyn and Polissia did not change significantly. No signs of enemy offensive groups were detected.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy’s military presence in the areas bordering Ukraine remains. During the day, the enemy conducted air strikes on the settlements of Seredyno-Buda and Chernatske. There was mortar and artillery shelling of the settlements of Novovasylivka, Ukrainske, Bachivsk and Kucherivka in Sumy oblast, as well as Basove, Buhaivka, Kozacha Lopan, Strilecha, Hlyboke, Hatyshche, Vovchansk, Boholohivka, Dvorichanske and Kolodyazne in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy did not conduct offensive actions, but used  UAVs to adjust artillery fire. Kamianka, Krasne Pershe, Fiholivka, Dvorichna, Zakhidne, Lyman Pershe, Berestove in Kharkiv oblast and Novoselivske in Luhansk oblast came under artillery and mortar fire. 

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives near Serebriany forestry. Makiivka, Nevske, Dibrova, Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Terny, Verkhnekamianske and Spirne in Donetsk oblast came under artillery fire.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy continues its offensive. Fighting continues in the town of Bakhmut. Moreover, during the day, the enemy conducted unsuccessful attacks towards Bohdanivka. Vasiukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Khromove, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Predtechine, Kostiantynivka, Pivnichne, Pivdenne, Nelipivka and Niu York in Donetsk oblast were affected by hostile shelling.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy conducted offensive actions in the vicinity of Sieverne and Pervomaiske in Donetsk oblast but was unsuccessful. Stepove, Berdychi, Lastochkine, Avdiivka, Sieverne, Vodiane, and Pervomaiske were attacked.

Towards Marinka, our troops repelled enemy attacks in the vicinity of Krasnohorivka and Marinka. At the same time, Heorhiivka, Paraskoviivka and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast also came under enemy fire.

The enemy did not conduct any offensive actions towards Shakhtarsk. There were air strikes on Vuhledar and Velyka Novosilka. The settlements of Bohoiavlenka, Novoukrainka, Zolota Nyva, Prechystivka and Vuhledar in Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy continues to conduct defensive actions. Settlements near the contact line were targeted. Among them are Vilne Pole and Novopil, Donetsk oblast; Olhivske, Huliaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast; Kherson and Beryslav in Kherson oblast. 

To replenish losses in manpower, the russian occupiers continue to actively recruit people with criminal records or those facing criminal charges, including terrorism. According to the available information, about 500 such invaders are being trained in one of the field camps deployed by the enemy in the temporarily occupied territory of Starobilsk region, Luhansk oblast. It is also known that instead of imprisonment, the convicts are offered a contract for military service with participation in hostilities in Ukraine for a period of six months.

Ukrainian aviation carried out 4 strikes on the occupiers’ buildups, as well as a strike on the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile system. 

Five enemy UAVs of various types were shot down. 

Rocket and artillery units hit 2 command posts, a buildup of enemy manpower, an air defense facility, an ammunition depot and 2 artillery units.

the Security Service of Ukraine reports that the russian military is once again violating the laws and customs of war. The SBU managed to intercept a conversation in which a russian soldier tells how they cut the throats of prisoners after interrogations. The SBU also notes that more than 35K criminal proceedings for violating the laws and customs of war are already under investigation.  

Olha Vasylevska-Smahliuk, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Finance, Taxation and Customs Policy, says that more than 4 K volunteers have already registered in Ukraine. Since the beginning of 2023, 1.6 K people have been registered, which is 37% of the total.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, russia is not conducting offensive actions towards Kupiansk, but is actively using drones to adjust artillery fire. At least 17 settlements in Kharkiv oblast came under fire.

The Prosecutor’s Office said that the case of the russian military who robbed Tsyrkuny during the occupation has been transferred to the Kharkiv Regional Court. The investigation found that the occupiers stole laptops, tablets, a game console, a TV, a washing machine, a smartwatch, mobile phones, bicycles and a car. The total value of the stolen goods is over UAH 1 million.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the Kharkiv RMA reported that as a result of the morning artillery strike on the village of Liptsi in Kharkiv oblast, several houses and an administrative building were damaged. There were no casualties.

The enemy shelled Tokarivka village in Kharkiv region. Employees of Kharkivoblenergo, who were restoring power lines, were injured. One person was killed and 4 others wounded.

On April 26, the russians massively shelled civilians and civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Kharkiv, Kupiansk and Chuhuiv regions.

In Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, the shelling damaged a private household, buildings of an oil production facility and the building of a fire and rescue unit.

In the villages of Ustymivka, Vilkhuvatka and Petropavlivka in Kupyansk region, private houses, outbuildings and a shop were damaged.

At least 3 private houses were destroyed in Podoly village of Kupyansk region. There were no casualties. 

Demining continues in the oblast. Over the past 24 hours, pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 14 hectares of territory and neutralized 181 ordnance.

Oleksandr Feldman, the owner of the Eco-Park, says that the demining of the Alpaca Valley, which is scheduled to open on June 1, has been officially completed. The territory is currently being prepared for visitors, and in a week, the animals will be brought in.

Donetsk oblast

Oleksiy Roslov, Head of the RMA reported, on April 27, at about 6 p.m., the russian military shelled Kostiantynivka in Donetsk oblast. The shelling damaged two administrative buildings. There were no casualties.

On April 26, russians launched 5 rocket attacks on Druzhkivka, damaging 5 private houses and a school. There were no casualties.

Towards Volnovakha, the russian military three times shelled Prechystivka with artillery and twice Novoukrainka with Grad multiple rocket launchers.

Towards Donetsk, 1 person was wounded and 10 houses damaged in Veselyi Hai of Kurakhove community. The russian army was firing from cannon artillery and Uragan multiple rocket launchers. Regular shelling took place in Marinka and Krasnohorivka. Avdiivka was shelled with Grads at night and there was an air strike in the morning.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was killed and 1 wounded in Kostiantynivka. In the town, 7 private houses and 3 multi-storey buildings were damaged. In Toretsk community, 9 houses and an infrastructure facility were damaged. Chasiv Yar and Soledar communities were shelled.

Towards Lysychansk, 1 person was killed in Zvanivka, and 3 houses were damaged in the village. In Yampol of Lyman community, 1 person was wounded and 8 houses damaged.

According to Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration,  over the past day, russians killed 3 residents of Donetsk oblast in Kostiantynivka, Diliivka and Zvanivka. Another 4 people were injured.

Luhansk oblast

Luhansk Military Administration reported that the absence of enemy attacks does not mean silence on the front line. As before, russians continue massive artillery shelling, hitting residential areas and positions of Ukrainian troops. However, this does not prevent our fighters from regularly destroying enemy armored vehicles. The enemy death toll increases.

Dibrova, Bilohorivka and Novoselivske came under artillery fire yesterday. It should be noted that towards Kupiansk, the enemy continues to fortify its positions.

Borivske has been suffering from flooding for about two months now, and more than a month has passed since the local occupation authorities announced that they would take appropriate measures.

Artem Lysohor, Head of the RMA announces that russian citizens are brought to Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk for fake repairs, they live in the apartments of Ukrainians, and all their property is taken out. russians are holding detained Ukrainian citizens on the territory of a former fur farm in Kreminna.

Pavlo Bozhko, Head of the village military administration, informs that there are 104 people left in the de-occupied part of Krasnorichenska community in Luhansk oblast.

Serhii Cherevaty, Spokesman of the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, says that the enemy has not conducted any attacks towards Lyman and Kupiansk for several days. Instead, these areas are the leaders in terms of the number of artillery attacks by the russians – the enemy fired at our positions 379 times and carried out three airstrikes yesterday. Ukrainian artillery, in turn, also retaliates. As a result, 25 occupiers were killed and 72 others wounded. In addition, a russian T-72 tank, BMP-2, Acacia self-propelled artillery system and Rapira anti-tank gun were hit in this area of the frontline.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

A rifleman of the 748th separate operational battalion of the National Guard of the russian federation, who abused residents of the village of Bohdanivka during the russian occupation, was served a notice of suspicion for violating the laws and customs of war. According to the National Police of Ukraine, the investigation has revealed that the man, together with other russian military personnel, searched the houses of local residents, threatened them with weapons, robbed them, drove people out of the basements where they were hiding and deprived them of their liberty.

In Kyiv oblast, 86 out of 450 business owners who applied for the eRobota project have received financial support – a microgrant to start or develop their own business. According to Kyiv Regional Military Administration, by doing so, 186 new jobs should be provided.

The first batch of subway cars provided by Poland will soon arrive in Kyiv from Warsaw. According to Vitalii Klychko, Mayor of Kyiv, 6 railway cars are almost ready for transportation. In total, it is planned to transfer 60 cars within this year. This is a significant help for the Kyiv Metro, as 80% of the rolling stock is soviet-made.

Dismantling of private houses destroyed as a result of russian invasion of Ukraine continues in Makariv community. According to Vadym Tokar, Head of the community, 62 houses have been dismantled in Andriivka village, and more than 60 houses in Makariv are planned to be dismantled. The demolition of uninhabitable buildings is being carried out with the support of the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine.

The information and awareness campaign “You are not alone! We are with you!” will be held in Kyiv by the Red Cross Society. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Hryshko National Botanical Garden. It is noted that the event is aimed at helping citizens in the war crisis. Everyone will be able to take part in a win-win lottery, donate money for the treatment of the wounded soldiers, learn how to provide first aid on dummies and find out interesting information from dog handlers.

“Bakhmut, Irpin is with you” – a mural dedicated to Artemsol, Bakhmut and Soledar is being created in Irpin. A work depicting salt by Ukrainian artist Ivan Shulhin. The operation of Artemsol has been suspended due to active hostilities and constant shelling by the russians.

Mural “Irpin and Bakhmut are cities of brave people” is being created in Irpin. Photo: telegram channel of Verkhovna Rada

Charity concerts of the famous Georgian singer Nino Katamadze, who stands against russia’s war in Ukraine, will be held in Kyiv on April 28 and 29. The charitable foundation that she created in Tbilisi provides care for refugees from Ukraine. Last year, Nino gave four charity concerts in Kyiv, Lviv, and Rivne.

Zhytomyr oblast

According to Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration, the third evacuation train with residents of Donetsk oblast arrived in Berdychiv. 13 IDPs from Bakhmut, Soledar, Toretsk, Lyman and other cities were met at the railway station by rescuers, volunteers, and representatives of the Regional Military Administration. They were provided with lunch, drinks and other necessary assistance. Internally displaced persons will be sheltered in Volytsia community.

Zhytomyr Regional Council has banned the activities of the UOC-moscow Patriarchate in the oblast. The decision was made at a session of the regional council. The statement says that the UOC (MP) has ecclesiastical and canonical ties with the russian Orthodox Church, is its structural unit and is in a relationship of subordination.

Sumy oblast

According to Sumy RMA, on April 26, The russian military shelled 5 border communities in the oblast. Around 100 shells were fired. Bilopillia, Esman, Yunakivka, Shalyhine, and Seredyno-Buda communities came under fire. The enemy used mortars, artillery, AGS and launched air strikes with unguided missiles. Two residents of Yunakivka community were taken to hospital due to injuries sustained. 4 residential buildings were damaged by unguided missiles in Seredyno-Buda; one building was damaged by a mortar bomb in Esman community, and two houses damaged by artillery shelling in Shalyhine community. Two russian missiles that fell in Seredyno-Buda got stuck in the soil and did not detonate – they were removed and disposed of by EOD specialists.

According to the police of Sumy oblast, yesterday, a tractor exploded on an anti-tank mine in Yunakivska community. The explosion, which occurred on the territory of the forest, damaged the vehicle and broke windows. The tractor driver was not injured.

According to Sumy RMA, since nightfall till 9 a.m., the enemy shelled the border of the oblast 10 times, targeting 6 communities. In total, there were 52 strikes. As a result of the sheling, a civilian was injured, an educational institution and residents’ homes damaged.

The russian army fired two missiles from an aircraft at Hlukhiv community, and the same number of missiles at Shalyhine region. The enemy fired 10 rounds from an automatic grenade launcher and 6 bombs from a mortar on the territory of Znob-Novhorodske community.

As a result of an air strike launched on the village of Chernatske in Seredino-Buda community, a lyceum was damaged – a computer room, a physics classroom, a library, and a sports ground were destroyed, and the second floor collapsed. Also, two residential buildings were damaged. On the same morning, the enemy fired 4 artillery shells at Seredyno-Buda community and launched 18 shells fired from MLRS. A 72-year-old resident was wounded by shelling from a multiple rocket launcher system.

Consequences of the shelling of Seredyna-Buda community with Grad MLRS. Photo: the page of the Sumy Regional Prosecutor’s Office

The occupiers dropped 57 mortar bombs on the territory of Esman region. Two more mortar bombs dropped on Svesa community.

According to the ‘North’ Operational Command, the russian military attacked the village of Nova Huta, Shostka region. There were 13 shells, probably fired from mortars.

According to Sumy RMA, three of the defenders returned on April 26 are residents of Sumy oblast. Among the 44 Ukrainians released from captivity were Oleksandr Chertenko and Viacheslav Kramarenko from Hlukhiv and Denys Maholenets from Krasnopillia. 

Chernihiv oblast

The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that the enemy fired around 90 shells on the territory of Chernihiv oblast. Novhorod-Siversk, Semenivka, Snovsk, and Komarivsk communities came under fire from mortars and barrel artillery. The most massive shelling took place near the village of Hremyach in Novhorod-Siversk community. There were 36 explosions

37 schools in Chernihiv oblast received aid from Finland to equip shelters. The equipment was supplied by Finn Church Aid, an international non-governmental organization, as part of the EU-funded Safe Return to School project.

Chernihiv received the Flag of Honour from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Established in 1955 for European cities, the award recognises positive changes made by Chernihiv, which demonstrate the values it shares with Europe. Also, this flag is a recognition of the heroic resistance to the russian aggressor.

Flag of Honour awarded to Chernihiv by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Photo social media

According to the Security Service of Ukraine in Chernihiv oblast, two more russian servicemen, who committed war crimes in Chernihiv oblast, were identified. A commander of the mortar team of the 2nd mortar platoon of the 55th separate motorised rifle brigade, Junior Sergeant Magaval Burun-Chyrgal, was sentenced to 12 years in absentia for criminal acts during the occupation against civilians, including robbery. Another invader is suspected of shooting at civilians with an assault rifle. The perpetrator is a soldier of the 74th separate motorised rifle brigade.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to the RMA, the frontline communities of Dnipropetrovsk oblast will receive assistance from the U-LEAD with Europe Programme to restore the destroyed infrastructure. Transport, tools and building materials will be provided.

The press service of the city council reported that Dnipro received six special vehicles from the Japanese partner city of Osaka. These are trucks with cranes, ambulances, and a bus with rescue equipment.

An exhibition dedicated to women whose husbands were killed in the war was opened in Dnipro on Troitska Square. The author of the photos is a Lviv-based photographer Kateryna Moskaliuk. The photo project tells the stories of five women from different cities of Ukraine, who are wives of fallen soldiers. According to Natalia Kulidi, a representative of the platform in Dnipro, the Memorial has documented more than 2,700 stories of war victims in Ukraine.

Angelina Popsui, wife of the deceased soldier. Photo from social media

Vinnytsia oblast

​​ Vinnytsia RMA reported that they are working with international partners to create new places of compact residence with comfortable conditions for IDPs in Vinnytsia Oblast. During the meeting, the participants identified the main goals of the project, aimed at improving the living conditions of IDPs and supporting their self-reliance.

Kirovohrad oblast

The Kropyvnytskyi City Council held a roundtable meeting to discuss the draft Comprehensive Programme for Social Support, Adaptation and Integration of Internally Displaced Persons in Kropyvnytskyi City Territorial Community for 2023-2025. The number of internally displaced persons currently registered in Kropyvnytskyi is 25980.

Poltava oblast

 Luhansk RMA reported that psychologists from the Proliska NGO will be hosting IDPs at Poltava Humanitarian Hub of the Mountainous Community on 28 April. During the meeting, visitors will receive recommendations for overcoming stress, increased anxiety, reactions to loud noises, and sleep disturbances.

Cherkasy oblast

The city council has decided to allocate UAH 20.4 million to purchase drones for the military. Tetiana Kharenko, Director of the Department of Finance, said that the funds will be used to purchase unmanned aerial vehicles and communications equipment for the Armed Forces.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

the Zaporizhzhia regional police reports that on April 27, two civilians were killed in Orikhiv by russian shelling. 

According to the Zaporizhzhia RMA, there were 83 attacks on the towns and villages of Zaporizhzhia oblast, namely 7 air, 5 UAV, 2 MLRS and 69 artillery attacks. So far, 26 objects were damaged. Under chaotic shelling were Orikhiv, Preobrazhenka and Novodanylivka. Two men were killed. Aviation attacked Huliaipole community: residential buildings in Uspenivka were damaged, without casualties.

The British Ministry of Defense reported that russian invaders are preparing to defend the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Satellite photos show that by March 2023, russian troops had established combat positions with sandbags on the roofs of several reactor buildings of the ZNPP. The agency reports that this is the first sign that reactor buildings are being taken into account in tactical defense planning. The russians probably built these positions because they are increasingly concerned about the prospects of a major Ukrainian offensive.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration reported that at night, russian troops attacked Mykolaiv with Kalibr missiles. According to preliminary reports, one person was killed and 23 injured, including two children. Dozens of private houses were destroyed and severely damaged, including the Admiralty building, the construction college, the building of the court and administration of the Central District. Search and rescue operations are underway at the hit sites, rescuers and utility services are working, and law enforcement officers are recording the consequences of the shelling.

Aftermath of the missile attack on Mykolaiv by russian occupation forces. Photo: from social media

The bodies of two older men, victims of Russian aggression have been found on the liberated territory of Mykolaiv oblast again. A pre-trial investigation has been launched.

Mykolaivvodokanal received modern equipment from German partners. A Terex TW 110 wheeled excavator and a Mustang HM 702 excavator hummer were donated as humanitarian technical assistance within the Stabilization Platform project of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Odesa oblast

 The South Operational Command reported that in Odesa oblast, the night of 26-27 April was relatively calm: no air raid warnings and, fortunately, no shelling. However, the security situation remains unchanged for Odesa oblast: the threat of enemy missile strikes and kamikaze drone attacks is at a fairly high level. In particular, the Black Sea is the front line for Odesa oblast. At night, the russian naval grouping included fourteen units here, but the number of missile launchers was reduced. The submarines returned to their home bases to replenish their supplies after a long deployment. Two surface missile carriers were on standby with a total armament of up to sixteen Kalibr missiles.

Bridget A. Brink, US Ambassador to Ukraine visited the Danube ports of Reni and Izmail in Odesa oblast to underscore the US government’s support for Ukrainian grain exports during the full-scale war.

Odesa oblast continues to receive humanitarian aid from foreign friends and partners. This time, it is a charitable cargo from France, Normandy region, which includes modern electric functional beds, orthopaedic and anti-decubitus mattresses, medical furniture, rehabilitation equipment, textiles for hospitals and a lot of medicines.

Kherson oblast

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson RMA, reported that the russian army shelled Kherson, killing a 42-year-old man. russian aviation dropped five guided bombs on Kizomys,  Belozersk community. Rescue services are working at the scene, information about the destruction and casualties is being clarified.

According to Kherson RMA, on April 24, russian occupiers fired  at civilian settlements in Kherson oblast 65 times. They fired 386 shells from artillery, multiple rocket launchers, mortars, tanks, ATGMs, drones and aircraft. Beryslav, Kozatske, Tokarivka, Antonivka, Bilozerka, and Berehove came under attack by the russian army. The russians attacked Kherson 10 times, firing 37 shells at the city. In Beryslav, the enemy hit a critical infrastructure facility. The shelling of Stanislav damaged an administrative building, a post office, and a pharmacy. One person was killed and three others sustained injuries of varying severity.

Serhiy Khlan, Deputy of Kherson Regional Council, reported that russians are cutting down Oleshky forest to equip their defense lines for covered trenches. The trees are being transported to Melitopol. The occupiers are destroying unique plantations, causing environmental damage. 

In the village of Velyka Oleksandrivka in Kherson oblast, a temporary bridge over the Ingulets River (towards Bila Krynytsia) has been completed.

Power companies have started supplying electricity to two more settlements in the liberated Kherson oblast. Today, Chkalove of Velyka Oleksandrivka community and Mykilske of Darivka community have been partially connected to the grid.

In Beryslav region, 21 water pumps were delivered to supply water to the settlements, as well as 300 laptops and 260 printers for local authorities. The assistance was provided as part of the Building Public Trust project supported by the United States Agency for International Development.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

As of the morning of April 27, the situation on the Volyn-belarus border remains calm. The borders are securely protected.

Representatives of the German Society for International Cooperation GIZ visited Novovolynsk. They inspected the new solid fuel boiler houses, a joint project of the city, Novovolynskteplocomunenergo and German partners. The work on energy efficiency in the community does not stop there. 

Representatives of a charitable religious organization from Cologne, Germany, delivered an ambulance purchased with charitable funds to Volyn for one of the units of the Volyn 14th Separate Mechanized Brigade stationed in Kupiansk region. The vehicle will transport the wounded from the stabilization center to hospitals, where they will receive qualified care.

The mobile team of social and psychological assistance was given a car to respond quickly to requests from community members. This was made possible through cooperation with the USAID Office of Humanitarian Assistance, as well as with the assistance of the Office of the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Ministry of Social Policy.

Novovolynsk hospital received another aid from Polish partners. The AIDUA charitable organization, together with the Fundacja Rozwoju Regionów Foundation, donated 70 beds and 95 mattresses to the hospital.

Shatsk community collected and sent aid for soldiers, volunteers and residents of the de-occupied territories of our country at the request of activists of the International Charitable Foundation Detachment of the Caring. Residents of the community’s settlements responded to a request to help fellow citizens who were urgently evacuated from the war zone to the village of Mezhova, Dnipropetrovsk oblast, volunteer hospitalists, volunteers who carry out exhumations; searchers, deminers; and medical institutions with food and hygiene products.

Zakarpattia oblast

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Ukraine arrived in Uzhhorod. Together with the head of the Regional Administration, they discussed cooperation in educational, humanitarian and economic spheres.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The Czech ambassador to the European Parliament visited Kolomyia. The official visited several regions of Ukraine to see firsthand how volunteer organizations, like Caritas Kolomyia, work in the western region. 

Fornthe 42nd Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 50 Starlink stations were purchased to help the military use the Internet in war conditions. Funds in the amount of UAH 1.5 million were allocated from the regional budget at the initiative of the Platform of Communities in the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council.

In Ivano-Frankivsk, for the first time in Ukraine, a facial nerve transplant was performed on a serviceman. The surgery was performed at the Center for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine at Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Clinical Hospital. Over three hundred military personnel have recently undergone inpatient treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation at this facility.

Lviv oblast

The recently opened rehabilitation center “Unbreakable” operates in Lviv. Recently, it has tried a new type of physical and psychological rehabilitation for patients – bowling. According to experts, bowling helps to restore coordination, develop muscles, improve balance, and control the body.

Rehabilitation of wounded soldiers through bowling. Photo from social networks

Rivne oblast

Oleksii Honcharenko, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, People’s Deputy, reported that Rivne has received The Plaque of Honour award from PACE. The award is given on a competitive basis to municipalities of the Council of Europe member states for active cooperation with foreign cities and sustainable development of relations with European partners. Ivano-Frankivsk and Kharkiv have already received such awards.

The Regional State Administration reported that the  Employment Centre provides unemployed people with vouchers for acquiring a new profession. This document allows them to master a trade or profession in educational institutions or with an employer. This year, 55 people have already received such vouchers in Rivne oblast, including 3 internally displaced persons.

Ternopil oblast

The state award, the Order for Courage, III degree, was given to the family of Vitalii Stadnyk, who was killed while performing a combat mission in Kherson oblast.

A working group at the Ternopil Regional Council is collecting evidence that will help terminate the lease agreement with the moscow patriarchate for the Pochaiv Lavra.

Drone operators will be trained in Zbarazh. The first training centre with simulators and different types of drones has been opened there.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Khmelnytsky Regional Military Administration reported that 2 defenders from the Khmelnytsky oblast were released from russian captivity. According to Netishyn City Council, one of the released defenders is a 31-year-old paramedic from Netishyn, Orest Hrytsiuk.

On 26 April 2023, a meeting was held in the village of Rozhny of Letychiv community to discuss the transfer of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the UOC (Moscow Patriarchate) to the OCU. The 53 villagers who joined the meeting voted unanimously in support of the decision.

In the village of Stara Ushytsia, Khmelnytskyi oblast, the first mural by Odesa-based artists known for their series of patriotic cats created in the de-occupied territories to boost the morale of our citizens during the war appeared.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi voted to ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate from using community land. This concerns 22 plots where churches are located.

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

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has recognised deportation and forced transfer of Ukrainian children to the territory of the Rrussian federation as genocide and called on the ICC to consider prosecuting this crime. The resolution was adopted at the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Oleksii Kuleba met with the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. The parties discussed the possibilities of providing technical support to promote food exports from Ukraine and support the humanitarian programme “Grain from Ukraine”. 

“Ukraine has received more than 98% of the promised military equipment from allied countries,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels during a press conference following a meeting with Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. This includes more than 1,550 armoured vehicles, 230 tanks and other equipment, including a large amount of ammunition.

Andriy Pyshnyi, Head of the National Bank of Ukraine, says that the NBU expects that the volume of international aid this year may exceed USD 42 billion, which will help increase international reserves to USD 35 billion. 

The Ministry of Internal Affairs joined the eighth meeting of the EU-Ukraine Human Rights Dialogue. EU representatives assured further support for Ukraine and expressed readiness to provide expert support in adapting national legislation.

Andrew Merrison, Junior Secretary of the British Ministry of Defence, reported that 14K Ukrainian servicemen returned to Ukraine after training in the UK. He also added that the UK will continue to support Ukraine as long as necessary.  

Cafe in Canada. Photo from social media

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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