War in Ukraine today: latest news, August 2, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 525 th 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:   

During the day, the russian federation conducted another airstrike with Iranian Shahed-type strike UAVs in Ukraine. The Air Force and the air defense of other components of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, destroyed 23 strike UAVs. 

The enemy launched 5 missile and 86 air strikes and fired 36 times from multiple launch rocket systems at Ukrainian troops’ positions and settlements. Unfortunately, there are civilian casualties. 

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

There were 33 combat engagements over the day.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the situation remained unchanged. 

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy launched airstrikes near Kozacha Lopan in Kharkiv oblast. He fired mortar and artillery shells at more than 20 settlements, including Karpovychi and Novovasylivka in Chernihiv oblast; Volfyno, Krasnopillia, Rozhkovychi, Stara Huta in Sumy oblast and Tymofiivka, Vetarnye, Okhrimivka in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy launched airstrikes in the vicinity of Petropavlivka and Kyslivka. Kamianka, Dvorichna, Zakhidne, Kindrashivka, Krasne Pershe and Kupiansk in Kharkiv oblast came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted airstrikes near Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Serebryanka and Spirne in Donetsk oblast. The settlements of Nevske and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Verkhnekamianske, Spirne and Torske in Donetsk oblast were shelled with artillery.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to regain lost ground west of Kurdiumivka, south of Andriivka and west of Klishchiivka in Donetsk oblast. The occupiers conducted airstrikes near Druzhba and Niu York. More than 10 settlements suffered from enemy artillery shelling, including Vasiukivka, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Chasiv Yar, and Ivanivske in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy conducted an airstrike near Avdiivka. Novokalynove, Stepove, Berdychi, Avdiivka and Pervomaiske in Donetsk oblast came under artillery fire.

Towards Marinka, Ukrainian defense forces continue to hold back the russian offensive near the town of Marinka. The enemy fired at Krasnohorivka, Oleksandropil, Hostre, Marinka, Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy launched an airstrike near Staromaiorsk. He made unsuccessful attempts to regain his lost position west of Staromaiorsk and north of Urozhaine. More than 10 settlements came under artillery fire, including Vuhledar, Vodiane, Blahodatne, and Storozheve in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the enemy is focusing its main efforts on preventing further advance of our troops. The enemy launched air strikes near Mala Tokmachka and Piatikhatky in Zaporizhzhia oblast. More than 10 settlements came under artillery fire, including Novodarivka, Bilohiria, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Towards Kherson, the enemy launched an airstrike near Odradokamianka. More than 15 settlements came under artillery fire, including Vesele, Dudchany, Dniprovske, Tiahyntsi and the city of Kherson.

At the same time, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to conduct offensive operations towards Melitopol and Berdiansk, consolidating their positions and conducting counter-battery operations.

Aviation of the Defense Forces conducted 9 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel, weapons and military equipment and 1 strike on the occupiers’ anti-aircraft missile system. 

Rocket and artillery units destroyed 20 artillery pieces at firing positions, 1 radar station, 2 command posts, 1 area buildup of weapons and military equipment, 1 air defense facility, 1 buildup of personnel and 2 ammunition depots.

Mykola Kuleba, Executive Head of Save Ukraine and former Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights, informs that 10 more children returned from Russian deportation. A total of 141 children were returned in nine rescue missions.

According to UNESCO, since the start of the full-scale invasion, russia has damaged 274 cultural sites. These include 117 religious sites, 27 museums, 98 buildings of historical or artistic value, 19 monuments, 12 libraries, and 1 archive.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, russian troops conducted airstrikes near Kozacha Lopan, Petropavlivka and Kyslivka. At least 9 other settlements were under attack.

UNESCO has released a report on the website confirming that 274 cultural sites have been damaged in Ukraine since the start of russia’s full-scale invasion, 55 of them in Kharkiv oblast. Specifically, these include 19 churches and museums in Kupiansk, Verkhnii Saltiv, Skovorodynivka and Kharkiv.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, said that the machine for preparing soil for humanitarian demining, which was created by Kharkiv engineers, has received an approval certificate. Now they can start mass production. The advantages of the machine are simplicity of use and the possibility of maintenance and repair in Ukraine. It is capable of defusing both anti-tank and anti-personnel mines and even so-called “tripwires”. It is robotically controlled by an operator from a safe distance.

Machine created in Kharkiv oblast to prepare the soil for humanitarian demining. Photo: telegram channel of Oleh Syniehubov/Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

Valerii Kharlan, Head of the Department of Technical Maintenance of Internal Household Systems, said that 19 buildings in Kharkiv have no water supply, almost all of them in Pivnichna Saltivka.

Press service of the Regional Rescue Department reported that on August 2, a remote-controlled tractor exploded near Yavirske, Izium region, while clearing a field of mines. There were no casualties from the explosion.

Yesterday the enemy continued shelling settlements in Bohodukhiv, Kharkiv, Chuhuiv, Izium and Kupiansk regions. As a result of a rocket attack on Pershotravneve village in Izium region, a shop and residential buildings were damaged. A 91-year-old woman was killed and a 40-year-old man injured and hospitalised. The injured man’s condition is critical.

In Petropavlivka village, Kupiansk region, 3 private buildings were damaged by a FAB-500 bomb and several large-scale fires broke out simultaneously.

In Baranivka village, Bohodukhiv region, a private building, a garage and an outbuilding burned down as a result of shelling.

In Kupiansk, the shelling damaged a private building and a car, causing fires to break out.

Mine clearance is ongoing. Yesterday pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 6 hectares of territory and defused 59 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian troops repelled russian attacks near Andriivka, south of Bakhmut, and near Avdiivka. 

Towards Bakhmut, the russian army has started more intensive shelling in Luhansk oblast, which has been the leader in artillery attacks in recent months. During the day, they fired almost 700 times at Ukrainian positions around Bakhmut.

Petro Andriushchenko, Mariupol Mayor’s Councillor, reported that in the temporarily occupied Mariupol, guerrillas poisoned russian officers. Two of them have already died in hospital. On Budivelnykiv Avenue, russian soldiers on a truck demolished and overturned a car. According to Mariupol City Council, over the past weekend, there were 5 road accidents with 6 victims, one person died. Eight buses with seriously wounded russian soldiers from Zaporizhzhia oblast were brought to the hospital in Mariupol. The hospital is overcrowded.

Donetsk Regional Military Administration reported that all educational institutions, including an inclusive resource centre and a sports school, were destroyed by russian invaders in Marinka community. Specifically, 7 kindergartens and 8 schools were hit.

The exhibition titled Bakhmut – Face of 1942/2022 Genocide was opened in Zhyva Pamiat (Living Memory) exhibition centre in Babyn Yar, which compares two genocides in history of Ukrainian Bakhmut: Nazu Germany against Jewish people in 1942 and russia against Ukrainians in 2022 and to this day. 

Donetsk RMA informed that yesterday the invaders dropped a half-tonne bomb on Velyka Novosilka and shelled Druzhkivka with MRLs. Enemy shelled 13 cities and villages.

At night, russians launched 5 missiles on Sloviansk community, there were no casualties and destruction.

Towards Donetsk, in Kurakhove 2 people were injured, 4 buildings and 1 two-storey building damage. 2 more buildings were damaged in Hirnyk. In Avdiivka, russians shelled Avdiivka Coke Plant and residential buildings, there were hits on 10 streets. In Marinka community, a building in Krasnohorivka and power lines in Ocheretyne were damaged. 

Towards Horlivka, an administrative building was damaged in Toretsk. The suburbs of New York came under two air strikes. Chasiv Yar, Rozdolivka and Vasyukivka in the Soledar community, came under fire.

Towards Lysychansk, there were five attacks on Lyman community.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the RMA, reported that russians injured 2 civilians: 2 in Kurakhove and 1 in Chasiv Yar.

Luhansk oblast

Nevske and the settlements around it suffer daily from russian artillery. The enemy is not stopped by the fact that civilians remain there. Bilohorivka also was targeted. Thanks to the coordinated actions of our soldiers, well-built defence and the work of our headquarters, the enemy didn’t achieve the desired result and began to lose more personnel and equipment. 

Referring to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, since August 1, the occupation authority of Rubizhne has been issuing 30-day passes to visit the city. Without them, people without current registrations are not allowed. Transporters faced this problem. Without a permit, they are stopped at the checkpoints at the entrance to the city. Passengers are forced to travel on foot. The same is true for the return trip.

From  July 1, 2024, so-called Donetsk People’s Republic threatens deportation in the absence of a russian passport according to kremlin laws.  However, in a number of settlements where people are dissatisfied with the pace of forced passportisation, the relevant lists will be created starting from 1 October and they promise to organize evictions six months earlier, precisely in January. Such actions were organized by the occupation administration of Miluvatka, Svativ region.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

At night, the enemy attacked the capital with Shahed-type barrage ammunition. Groups of drones entered simultaneously from several directions. Serhii Popko, Head of the KCMA,  said that more than 10 UAVs were detected and destroyed air defense. Falling debris was recorded in Solomyanskyi, Holosiivskyi and Svyatoshynskyi districts of the city. The administrative building was damaged by the debris, there is damage to non-residential premises and the road surface.

Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of Kyiv RMA, announced that a fire broke out in a private house in one of the settlements, and the roof of a shop was damaged by debris in another due to a night attack by enemy drones in Kyiv oblast. The air alert lasted more than 3 hours.

Administrative building was damaged by the russian Shahed drones. Photo from social networks

On August 1, Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine and Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister,  visited Irpin and Hostomel. They inspected the reconstruction of destroyed houses funded by UNITED24. Currently, work is ongoing at 13 facilities in Irpin, Hostomel, Borodyanka and the village of Mila. 18 apartment buildings, where 4.5 thousand people will live, are to be rebuilt at the first stage of the project.

Kyiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that a russian major will be tried for abusing civilian residents of the Kyiv oblast. In March 2022, in the occupied village of Bohdanivka, the suspect shot a man in the leg, threatened to kill him and put a weapon to his head. As the law enforcement officers found out, under the orders of the major, subordinate soldiers of the russian federation deprived the liberty of 8 civilian residents of the occupied village, conducted illegal interrogations of the men, beat and tortured them in order to obtain information about the Armed Forces of Ukraine. On the order of the accused, the occupiers shot 5 hostages.

Dutch citizen Boas Kragtwijk decided to run a distance of 2,500 km from Amsterdam to Kyiv to raise funds for an ambulance for Ukraine. He started on July 22 and plans to run about 50 km every day for 50 days. Kragtveik has already collected 22,000 euros on his GoFundMe page “Ultra4Ukraine” after 10 days and about 500 km of running. The man hopes to come to the Ukrainian capital in September.

The exhibition Bakhmut. The Face of Genocide 1942/2022 opened in the National Historical and Memorial Reserve “Babyn Yar” in Kyiv. The exposition draws parallels between the events of the Second World War, in particular the Holocaust of 1942, during which more than 3 K civilians were killed in Bakhmut, as well as the deliberate destruction of the city by the russian invaders in 2022-2023. The exhibition presents documents and photos that were once part of the evidence base at the Nuremberg Trials.

Zhytomyr oblast

Within the Side by Side project, restoration works are ongoing in the village of Trifonivka in Kherson oblast, the purpose of which is to repair buildings damaged by the russian invaders. Five Zhytomyr brigades are working on the restoration of houses. Roofing works have been fully completed on 28 objects, metal-plastic windows and doors have been restored on 48 objects, and work on brickwork, facade plastering, provision of building materials and additional inspections of buildings is also ongoing.

Residents of Horshchyk community collected funds and purchased a car for the needs of the Armed Forces. The collection was organized by a local woman for her husband and his brothers, who defend Ukraine from the invaders with weapons in their hands. The car has been delivered to the military.

Sumy oblast

On August 1, almost 200 explosions rang out in the border region of Sumy. 22 settlements in 7 territorial communities were shelled, namely Krasnopillia, Bilopillia, Khotyn, Esman, Znob-Novhorodske, Seredino-Buda, and Velika Pysarivka. As reported by Sumy RMA, as a result of the shelling of Krasnopillia, a house and a garage were completely burned down, 17 houses damaged, and power lines cut.

At night and in the morning, the russian military shelled the communities of Bilopillia, Mykolaivka, Seredino-Buda, and Velyka Pysarivka. There were 49 hits from mortars, artillery and grenade launchers. As a result of shelling, houses were damaged, one of which caught fire. A warehouse of a private enterprise and a tractor were destroyed.

Sumy RMA reported that the Air Defense Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down an enemy Shakhed drone over the oblast at night. 

A local woman suffered a heart attack during russian shelling and died on the way to the hospital in Okhtyrka region. Before her eyes, an enemy shell hit the garage in the yard and damaged the car.

Sumy RMA reported that pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service neutralized a grenade launcher shot, 2 hand grenades and an explosive device in Shostka and Okhtyrka regions. 

Chernihiv oblast

During the past day, Novhorod-Siverskyi, Semenivka, Snovsk and Horodnyanka communities were shelled. As reported by the SBGS, the russians shelled the border of Chernihiv oblast eight times from their territory. There were 67 hits from barrel artillery and mortars.

Viacheslav Chaus, Head of Chernihiv RMA, announced that attempts by russian sabotage and reconnaissance groups (SRG) to enter the borders of the oblast have become more frequent compared to last year, but the defense forces are opposing them. He also confirmed information about the July 14 shooting by the russian SRG of a civilian bus in the border city of Mykolaivka and their mining the body of a killed civilian.

Currently, approximately 14 K local residents remain in the border areas of Chernihiv oblast, which are subject to constant enemy shelling. The largest number of them is in Semenivka – about 7 K residents. Almost 1,5 K people have left the border villages and towns.

In Chernihiv oblast, the process of arranging and equipping shelters in educational institutions continues. Viacheslav Chaus, Head of the RMA, said that the 2023-2024 academic year will begin in improved security conditions compared to the previous year. At the same time, the new academic year for educational institutions located in the 20-kilometer border zone will be online.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the regional council, russians shelled Nikopol region with heavy artillery three times overnight. They fired 15 shells at Nikopol and Pokrovsk community. In the afternoon, Nikopol region was shelled, including Nikopol city and Marhanets community with heavy artillery.  The shelling damaged 2 private houses in the region centre. Power lines were damaged. The building of one of the institutions was also hit.

Consequences of russian shelling. Photo: Mykola Lukashuk

Vinnytsia oblast

​​ A specialized medical facility in Vinnytsia has set up a space for rehabilitation of veterans with prosthetics. Walking paths and slides, horizontal bars, and outdoor strength training equipment were installed to help the military recover effectively and adapt more quickly.

The campers of the YaMariupol – Rodyna children’s camp visited the Dinopark and Podolsk Zoo. The leisure time was organized by the Youth Policy Department together with the VinSmart Centre. More than 100 children participated in the excursion.

Kirovohrad oblast

A space for emotional distress was established in Kropyvnytskyi by students of the Professional Lyceum for Services and Trade as part of the UPSHIFT project with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Teachers from Kropyvnytskyi Central Ukrainian Technical University assisted in assessing the damage to houses in Kherson so that people could receive financial compensation.

Poltava oblast

Vira and Kyrylo from Kremenchuk  raised money and bought a uniform and a bulletproof vest for Oleksandr Holub, a soldier with the 116th Brigade, 145th Battalion. They raised money selling their own drawings and bracelets and plan to continue volunteering. 

The military received 8 vehicles, quadcopters, optical devices, weather stations, and power tools from Poltava oblast. The equipment was purchased with money from the community budget, particularly, from the Poltava Resistance programme.

Cherkasy oblast

A rehabilitation centre for the military is being set up in Cherkasy oblast. The centre will host a physical therapy room equipped to improve patients’ muscle tone. In one room, special hanging devices will be installed in the ceiling to stabilize the patient and guide his or her gait.

According to Ihor Taburets, Head of the Cherkasy State Administration, 41 houses have been rebuilt in Kherson oblast due to the oblast budget. 11 more are under construction.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

On August 1, russian military conducted 97 attacks on 20 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Russian forces carried out 14 airstrikes on Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Mala Tokmachka, and Preobrazhenka, as well as 74 artillery strikes on Huliaipole, Novodarivka, Malynivka, Chervone, Zaliznychne, Novoandriivka, Levadne, Bilohiria, Olhivske, Charivne, Stepnohirsk, Kamianske, Stepove, Mali Shcherbaky, Pavlivka, and Lobkove. There were 6 missile strikes from MLRS on Verkhnia Tersa, Novodarivka, and Temyrivka, 2 enemy UAV attacks on Huliaipole and Mali Shcherbaky, as well as a rocket strike on Tavriiske. During the aerial attack on Orikhiv, a 42-year-old man was injured and promptly taken to hospital. There were 34 reports of destruction of residential buildings and infrastructure objects.

Consequences of the russian attack, Orikhiv. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

A social bus operates in Preobrazhenka community. It has been running twice a week since the beginning of June from Novomykolaivka to Omelnyk. There are six such social buses available free of charge in Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Mykolaiv oblast

On August 1, at 09:13, 12:55, 16:53, 17:50, 19:14, 19:50, and on the morning of August 2, at 04:56, the enemy carried out artillery attacks from the waters of Ochakiv community. Additionally, on August 1, at 09:17 and 11:54, enemy shelled the coast of Ochakiv. On August 1, at 18:15, and on August 2, at 05:45, Kutsurub community was shelled. As informed by Mykolaiv RMA, there were no casualties reported.

There is a rehabilitation center in Mykolaiv, operating in one of the city hospitals, providing assistance, including to those affected by military actions. During the recent session of the city council, over UAH 32.4 million was reallocated for the needs of the healthcare sector in Mykolaiv, with more than UAH 4 million allocated for equipping the rehabilitation center with modern medical equipment. The purchase of advanced medical equipment for the city’s healthcare institutions has been planned.

Odesa oblast

During the night of August 2, Odesa oblast came were attacked by Shahed-136 drones launched from the Black Sea through the Azov Sea. The anti-aircraft defense forces worked for 3 consecutive hours and managed to shoot down most of the launched kamikaze drones. However, some of them targeted the port infrastructure of the region. The attack resulted in fires breaking out in industrial and port facilities, as well as damage to an elevator. The enemy’s attacks destroyed buildings in the Izmail port and halted ships that were preparing to arrive there for loading Ukrainian grain. Fire broke out. Elevators, grain warehouses, and production and storage facilities have suffered significant damage. Almost 40 K tons of grain, expected by African, Chinese, and Israeli countries, were damaged in the attacked warehouses and elevators in Izmail.

The city authorities of Odesa together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) continue a project to establish reserve power generation in the city. According to the plan, four power plants with a total capacity of 29.7 MW will be installed to meet the electricity needs of seven Odesa boiler houses. This project is being implemented jointly by the government, city administration, donors, and aims to secure Ukrainian cities from potential blackouts caused by enemy attacks.

UNESCO’s mission has been working for the fifth consecutive day in Odesa, evaluating the scale of destruction caused by russian shelling. The experts continue technical examination of objects, recording damages for further assessment.

Kherson oblast

At about 03:20, the occupiers targeted a residential area in Kherson. Fires broke out at the impact sites, which were promptly extinguished by firefighters. Two people were injured in the attack. In the morning, shelling continued. The occupiers struck a bank building and the home of a 78-year-old woman.The woman was not injured.

Yesterday, the enemy conducted 74 attacks, firing 441 shells from mortars, artillery, Grad rocket launchers, tanks, UAVs, and aircraft. The enemy launched airstrikes on the village of Odradokamianka, resulting in damage to a lyceum building, two houses, and roads. In the city of Kherson, 31 shells were fired. The russian terrorist army deliberately shelled a medical facility in the center of Kherson, killing a 25-year-old doctor, and injuring 5 medical workers. The hospital suffered damage to two floors and medical equipment was destroyed. Significant damage to residential buildings, offices, shops, and bank branches was also recorded in the central part of the city. Due to the russian aggression, one person was killed, and eight others injured.

A 41-year-old tractor driver hit an explosive device while performing agricultural work in the field near the village of Chkalove, Velyka Oleksandrivka community. As a result of the explosion, the vehicle was damaged. The driver was diagnosed with blast trauma, penetrating chest injuries, and multiple fragment fractures. In total, over the past day, the police initiated 29 criminal proceedings regarding war crimes committed by the russian military in Kherson oblast.

On the morning of August 2, rescue workers freed a mobility-impaired woman trapped in a building after a russian shelling in Kherson. The body of a deceased woman was found under the rubble of a house in Beryslav region.

The occupying forces, using special equipment, tried to identify local residents of Kakhovka, who were cooperating with the Ukrainian Defense Forces. They disseminated information that the army would withdraw from the mentioned area the next day. From 01:00, mobile communication and fixed internet were disabled. Between 01:00 and 04:00, trucks and cars moved through the streets, giving the appearance that vehicles were moving in large numbers. At the same time, special vehicles equipped with radio direction finders appeared in the city streets.

The russian occupiers are preparing for fake elections on the left bank of Kherson oblast scheduled on September 10. For this purpose, they have started visiting people’s homes again to identify those who refuse to obtain russian passports, threatening them with deportation sanctioned by the russian state duma.

The occupation authorities formed a fake body without authority, a so called ‘local public chamber’ in the temporarily occupied territories of Kherson oblast. It is supposed to imitate civil society in russia, issuing ‘public figure certificates’ and assessing ‘legislative initiatives’. ‘Certified’ public figures will perform as observers in the elections.

The regional theater will present a premiere performance in Kherson on September 8, the day of the opening of the Melpomena Tavrii festival. Oleksandr Knyha, General and Artistic Director of Kherson Regional Academic Theater named after Kulish, announced this.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Volyn RMA reported that a training exercise was conducted to simulate a radiation accident at the Rivne NPP. as close as possible to the actual situation was recreated. During the training, the rescuers tested special equipment purchased with the regional budget. In particular, a quadcopter with a thermal imager.

Volyn RMA reported that a car was sent to the front thanks to the We Believe in Ukraine CF.

Zakarpattia oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Iryna Kostiuk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Cuba. They discussed cooperation between local businesses and entrepreneurs from Latin American countries, new markets for Zakarpattia companies, and psycho-emotional rehabilitation of Ukrainian children.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The RMA Coordinating Council held a meeting with representatives of international and national organizations regarding the resolution of problems of IDPs living in Prykarpattia. This online event was attended by representatives of over 15 international, humanitarian, and charitable organizations, as well as managers and specialists of RMA structural departments.

Ivano-Frankivsk City Council held a meeting with volunteers Daniel Brian Perez, Head of the New Lenox Gospel Hall International NGO, and Mariia Hutsol, Head of the board of the Mercy and Health Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Foundation. Humanitarian aid was discussed.

The RMA reported that communities of Ivano-Frankivsk received material and technical equipment from UNDP in Ukraine.

A shelter was set up in Bodnarovo for 23 IDPs. The facility is equipped with heating, furniture, living rooms, kitchen, household appliances, showers and bathrooms. Residents of the shelter will live for free.

Lviv oblast

The West Air Command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received equipment worth UAH 1 mln from Lviv IT Cluster within the framework of the SKY project. Since May last year, equipment and other assistance worth UAH 17 mln  have been donated.

The European Investment Bank will allocate EUR 4 mln 200 K for the completion of the elementary school in the village of Solonka. The total cost of the construction is over UAH 190 mln.

Sambir Central Hospital received a portable charging station of 3.5 kW with three solar batteries from the International Organization for Migration. It will be used as an additional autonomous power source in the operating room.

Czech specialists in reconstructive and plastic surgery came to Lviv. During the week at the UNBROKEN National Rehabilitation Center, they will operate on patients affected by the war. This is the first time that Czech medics have visited Ukraine as part of the Medevac program.

The RMA reported that soldiers Mykhailo Melnyk on the pseudo Marabu from Morshyn and Valerii Retota from the village of Lysovych were awarded with the Golden Cross badge of Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In Sambir region, 29 out of 43 communist-era objects were dismantled and 4 more were partially dismantled. By the end of August, all objects of soviet propaganda will be dismantled. 

Rivne oblast

The RMA held a meeting with heads of the security and defense sector of the oblast. The force bloc of the oblast reported on the counter-sabotage struggle, and the continuation of the construction of platoon base points and changes in the regional defense plan were discussed.

The RMA held a meeting with Gaga Nikabadze, Director of Programs in Ukraine, representative of the International Orthodox Christian Charities of the US. They discussed provision of assistance to IDPs.

The RMA held a meeting with Ainars Mezhulis, Head of the Representative Office of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency in Ukraine. They discussed humanitarian aid, setting up mobile towns, water treatment, as well as the export of raw materials and finished products from Rivne oblast.

Thanks to the state eVidnovlennia (Recovery) program, UAH 200K will be paid to the first family from Rivne oblast. These funds can be used to repair houses damaged by russian missiles. To date, residents of Rivne oblast have submitted 84 reports of property damage and 6 applications for compensation to the Register of Damaged and Destroyed Property. As a reminder, 202 civil and critical infrastructure objects have been damaged in the oblast as a result of the armed aggression of the russian federation.

Ternopil oblast

25 children of military servicemen and fallen Heroes from Ternopil went on vacation to Zakarpattia thanks to the Children of Heroes of Ternopil City Territorial Community program. 

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Oleksandr Simchyshyn, Mayor of Khmelnytskyi, announced that 2 Dji Mavic 3 Pro were sent for the combat units of the special operations forces and the rifle battalion.

Chernivtsi oblast

Pyrotechnicians of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Chernivtsi oblast continue demining of the liberated territory of Donetsk oblast. They examine the area searching for explosive objects and destroy them.

The Business Consulting Center Circle of Women’s Energy was opened at the Synergia Center  in Bukovyna. The Center is to provide informational and consulting support to awaken the potential and strengthen the economic capacity of women.

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

Ludovit Odor, Prime Minister of Slovakia, reported that Ukraine received the first howitzers Zuzana 2, produced at the expense of Germany, Denmark and Norway. A total of 16 155-mm self-propelled guns should be produced. Production will cost EUR 92 mln.

The Financial Times informed that the US concluded an agreement with Bulgaria and South Korea on the supply of 155-mm ammunition to Ukraine and are already conducting similar negotiations with Japan. They note that in this way the USA wants to increase the supply of 155-mm ammunition to Ukraine, which is used in howitzers along the entire front line.

Petr Pavel, Czech President, allowed 14 citizens to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine to fight against the russian federation. Currently, 146 Czechs have the permission, including 132 from former President Milos Zeman. The legislation prohibits Czechs from serving in foreign armed forces without the permission of the president.

28-year-old Dutch marathon runner Boas Krachtwijk plans to run 2,5K km in 50 days. He left Amsterdam on July 22 and plans to arrive in Kyiv on September 10. During the race, called Ultra4Ukraine, Krachtwijk wants to collect donations for the Stichting Linien van Vrijheid Dutch CF, which supplies ambulances and medicines to Ukraine.

Iceland was the first European country to close its embassy in russia. They note that the reason for closing the embassy in the russian federation was that relations between the two countries fell to a “historic low”. Therefore, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, the work of the diplomatic mission in the russian federation is no longer justified.

As of February 24, 2022, UNESCO has identified damage to 274 objects, including 117 religious objects, 27 museums, 98 buildings of historical and/or artistic value, 19 monuments, 12 libraries, and 1 archive. Experts are currently collating damage reports from several reliable sources and conducting a preliminary assessment of cultural property damage.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis condemns russian attacks on infrastructure in southern Ukraine. “russia’s continued attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure on the Danube, in close proximity to Romania, are unacceptable. These are war crimes, and they also affect Ukraine’s ability to deliver its food to those in need around the world,” the president wrote on Twitter.

The exhibition “War Diaries: Unheard Voices of Ukrainian Children” will open in Amsterdam. 14 Ukrainian teenagers who kept a diary about the war will share their memories, experiences and drawings.

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

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

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