War in Ukraine today: latest news, August 21, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 544 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:   

The russian army carried out 2 missile strikes and over 30 aviation strikes, conducting 35 shelling attacks with rocket systems on the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian areas. Due to the russian terrorist attacks, there are casualties and injuries among the civilian population. Residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure have suffered damage.

Ukraine is still under the threat of missile and aviation strikes. Over 20 clashes took place.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the operational situation did not change.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian army conducted mortar and artillery shelling on more than 20 populated areas, including Klyusy and Karpovychi in Chernihiv oblast; Sydorivka, Volfyne, and Hrabovske, Sumy oblast; and Chervona Zorya, Veterynarne, Kozacha Lopan, and Strilecha, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the populated areas of Dvorichna, Synkivka, Kyslivka, and Berestove, Kharkiv oblast were shellee with russian artillery and mortars.

Towards Lyman, the russian army carried out aviation strikes in the areas of Tverdokhlibove, Bilohorivka, and Serebrianske Lisnytstvo, Luhansk oblast. Around 15 populated areas experienced russian artillery shelling, including Karmazynivka, Nevske, Kreminna, and Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, as well as Rozdolivka and Spirne, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, russian troops conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the Klischiivka area, Donetsk oblast. An aviation strike was carried out in the area of Vesele in Donetsk oblast. Over 20 populated areas were affected by russian artillery shelling, including Pryvillia, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Markove, Bohdanivka, Chasiv Yar, and Klischiivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, the populated areas of Oleksandropil, Stepove, Avdiivka, Siverske, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske in Donetsk oblast were shelled with russian artillery shelling.

Towards Mariinka, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to hold back the advance of russian troops in the areas of Marinka and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast. The russian army carried out aviation strikes in the areas of Mariinka and Novomykhailivka. Populated areas such as Zhelanne Druhe, Krasnohorivka, Mariinka, Pobeda, Yelyzavetivka, and Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk oblast were shelled with artillery.

Towards Shakhtarsk, russian soldiers carried out an aviation strike in the area of Staromykhailivka in Donetsk oblast. Populated areas including Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Novoukrainka, Velyka Novosilka, Blahodatne, and Urozhaine in  Donetsk oblast were shelled with artillery.  

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the russian army conducted aviation strikes in the areas of Mala Tokmachka and Robotyne in  Zaporizhzhia oblast. Over 30 populated areas, including Hulyaypilske, Charivne, Yehorivka, Stepove, Lobkove, and Pyatyhatky in Zaporizhzhia oblast, we’re shelled with russian artillery.

Towards Kherson, the russian army carried out aviation strikes in the areas of Dacha and Zymivnyk in Kherson oblast. Over 20 populated areas, including Ponyativka, Kherson, Stanislav in the Kherson region, and Ochakiv and Solonchaky in Mykolaiv oblast, were shelled with russian artillery. 

Russian occupying troops persist in engaging in looting and mistreating the civilian population. For instance, a unit from the republic of buriatia of the russian federation has arrived in the settlement of Tokmak in Zaporizhzhia oblast. The personnel of this unit systematically check local residents for documents verifying their right to reside in their homes. In case of a lack of registration documents, they seize all property and housing under the pretext of “confiscation” and physically abuse dissatisfied local inhabitants.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces continue their offensive operation towards Melitopol, consolidating their positions at achieved lines, and conducting counter-battery measures.

The aviation of the Armed Forces conducted 6 strikes on the areas of russian manpower buildup. 

Units of missile troops and artillery struck 4 command points, 1 area of russian manpower buildup, armaments, and military equipment, as well as 3 artillery positions.

According to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, russia has launched over 10,000 missiles and drones on the territory of Ukraine. Most of them were aimed at civilians rather than military facilities.

Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Maliar reported that Ukrainian defenders liberated 3 km² towards Bakhmut last week. In total, 43 km² were liberated around Bakhmut or on its flanks.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

Hanna Maliar, Deputy Minister of Defence, said the situation towards Kupiansk is tense. However, according to her, during the week of 14-20 August, the number of attacks and engagements in both Kupiansk and Lyman slightly reduced, so now the enemy is forced to regroup and deploy new forces in these areas of the offensive.

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Kozacha Lopan, Dvorichna, Vetarynarne and at least 5 other settlements in Kharkiv oblast were shelled with mortars and artillery.

Abdrii Kanashevych, Head of Kupiansk Regional Military Administration, described the pace of the mandatory evacuation, which was announced for 53 settlements in Kupiansk region on 9 August, as unsatisfactory. According to him, about 11,500 people still have to be evacuated.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that heavy fighting continues towards Kupiansk. Yesterday russians once again tried to conduct an offensive near Synkivka but received a tough repel from the Armed Forces of Ukraine and returned to their previous positions.

At around 8 am, the enemy attacked Vovchanski Khutory village, Chuhuiv region. An educational institution was damaged. Information about the casualties is being established.

Yesterday the enemy was continuously shelling Kupiansk with artillery throughout the day. The invaders also targeted settlements of Kharkiv, Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions. As a result of the shelling of downtown Kupiansk, 11 civilians were injured. One of them was an ambulance paramedic who was helping the injured. Private buildings, business buildings, a Nova Poshta office, an educational institution and other civilian objects were damaged.

In Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, a 71-yeat-old man was killed as a result of hostile shelling. A private building, an apartment and a healthcare facility were damaged.

A private building and a gas pipeline were damaged as a result of shelling in Kolisnykivka village, Kupiansk region.  

A 51-year-old man stepped on a Petal mine on the territory of Druzhba cooperative in Borshchova village, Kharkiv region, at around 1:40 pm. He was hospitalised with an explosive wound of moderate severity.

According to the press service of Kharkiv State Emergency Service, on 20 August, rescuers extinguished seven fires caused by russian shelling: five in Kupiansk and two in Vovchansk. Rescuers did not extinguish another fire in Kupiansk because of the danger of shelling.

Almost 400 students agreed to attend classes at Karazin University in Kharkiv. Partial return of offline learning is planned for the medical, biological and physical and technical faculties. The rector of the university, Tetiana Kahanovska, says that the university has prepared several shelters, which are to be checked by rescuers. If they confirm that the premises meet the requirements, the academic year will start in a mixed format.

Donetsk oblast

Hanna Maliar, Deputy Minister of Defence, reported that Defence forces liberated 3 square kilometres near Bakhmut over the past week. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are advancing on the southern flank of Bakhmut.

Towards Bakhmut, Ukrainian soldiers destroyed russian heavy artillery, a Tulpan self-propelled mortar and a Pion self-propelled cannon, that were firing at Ukrainian positions. The enemy suffered losses.

Referring to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, towards Volnovakha, russians shelled Vuhledar 20 times and Novoukrainka twice with artillery. Burlatske and Shevchenko od Komar community were also under attack.

Towards Donetsk, 2 people were injured in Krasnohorivka of Marinka community.

Towards Horlivka, a person was injured and a building damaged in Petrivka of Toretsk community. In Chasiv Yar community, 4 private buildings, 1 apartment building and an industrial building were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, 2 buildings in Siversk and 2 buildings in Pereizne of Zvanivka community were damaged. Lyman community was shelled 11 times. 

In total, russians injured 7 civilians yesterday.

Kramatorsk City Council reported that 158 families, whose homes were damaged by russian aggression, were approved for state aid under the yeVidnovlennia programme. UAH 11 million 896 thousand was allocated from the state budget.

Petro Andriushchenko, Mariupol Mayor’s Councillor, informed that yesterday a russian warship entered Mariupol port and moored for the first time since the city was occupied. An hour earlier, four combat helicopters landed in the port.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Nevske and Bilohorivka were under attack again as russians are massively using cannon and rocket artillery along the entire frontline, shelling both the positions of our troops and residential areas. In response, the Defence Forces inflicted significant losses to the enemy. Even russian airborne units are forced to resupply with freshly mobilised soldiers due to a shortage of personnel.

Despite the fact that the residents of Sievierodonetsk sometimes persuade the repairmen not to touch the surviving buildings in order not to cause damage but they still start dismantling them. Like what is happening in one of the nine-storey buildings in the new neighbourhoods. The so-called specialists dismantled windows, water supply and heating systems. However, they did not receive the promised money in time and abandoned the project. On the eve of autumn, only bare walls remained of the building. Many people complain that their plastic windows were forcibly removed and replaced with new ones but installed in such a way that they cannot be opened.

The cities of the occupied Luhansk oblast are on the verge of an environmental disaster. The situation in the settlements occupied last year can at least be explained by the fighting and significant destruction. Meanwhile, the towns occupied in 2014 have come to this state on their own. The problem with household waste removal from yards is acute for both residents of Sievierodonetsk region and residents of Khrustalne, which has been under occupation for 9 years. In response to numerous requests, on the eve of the so-called “first elections” in russia, it was decided to send four garbage trucks to the “LPR” for the entire region to resolve the issue.

Roman Vlasenko, Head of Sievierodonetsk Regional Military Administration, said that active hostilities are ongoing in Bilohorivka and in Serebrianka forestry. All the activities of the occupation authorities are aimed at promises before the so-called ‘first elections’ to be held in September. The gauleiters of Kreminna, Rubizhne and Svatove, fearing breakthroughs, visit these settlements only on a regular basis. The main work of the clandestine activity is to inform about the places of russian personnel concentration, the location of russian equipment and ammunition warehouses.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

In Bucha region, 7,266 objects have already been restored with the preservation of essential services, including 6,352 residential buildings. According to the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, restoration work began immediately after de-occupation. In total, more than 18,000 objects were damaged in Bucha region, of which more than 16,000 were residential buildings.

An exhibition of destroyed russian vehicles will be held in Kyiv. About 20 pieces of trophy equipment have already been brought to the main street of the capital, including tanks, self-propelled howitzers, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, armored personnel carriers, BMDs and the remains of downed missiles.

Children of fallen defenders who lived in Kyiv are paid UAH 14,165 per month by the city authorities, with 500 children receiving such assistance this year, totaling more than UAH 45 million. Family members of defenders who died as a result of injuries during the russo-Ukrainian war receive UAH 30,000 annually – in 2023, about 1,800 family members received such assistance from the city, totaling more than UAH 53 million.

The final stage of the Kyiv Unbreakable sports competition took place in Kyiv. The event was organized as part of a rehabilitation program for military personnel and veterans. According to the Kyiv City State Administration, nearly 250 participants competed in shot put, strength exercises, athletics, rowing, and archery in the fourth stage. Wounded soldiers, including those with amputations, injuries and concussions, and athletes in wheelchairs, also joined the sporting event.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced that since the beginning of the large-scale war, Kyiv has received 47 modern ambulances, 41 fire trucks and 82 city buses from European partners and donors.

30 children from Kyiv oblast returned from a tourist trip to Azerbaijan, where they spent 14 days sightseeing in the country’s historical, cultural and entertainment centers. These are the children of fallen soldiers, prisoners of war, missing persons, and servicemen serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.  

Zhytomyr oblast

Since the start of the Recovery Army project in Zhytomyr oblast, 828 job referrals have been issued to the unemployed. 34 territorial communities in the oblast needed to organize socially useful work, including assistance to victims of hostilities and vulnerable populations, construction and repair of protective structures, weaving camouflage nets, and harvesting firewood for the military.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that over the past day, the russians fired 14 times at the border areas and settlements of Sumy oblast. Overall, there were 56 explosions. The enemy used artillery and mortars, fired grenade launchers, and launched 4 unguided aerial missiles from a helicopter. Velyka Pysarivka, Bilopillia, Esman, Svesa, Znob-Novgorodske, Krasnopillia and Khotyn communities were under enemy fire.

At night and in the morning, russians fired three times at the border. There were 11 mortar attacks and 28 explosions from grenade launchers. Krasnopillia, Esman and Khotyn communities were under fire.

Two school teams from Sumy oblast received UAH 100 thousand each to create youth spaces in their communities. The NGO Ukrainian Antiquity selected the projects of the teams from Svesa and Trostyanets from among fifteen applicants. In Svesa, which is located in the combat zone, the youth center “Start” has already been opened, where young people can watch movies, hold entertainment and educational events, and volunteer.

Chernihiv oblast

Over the past 24 hours, the russian military shelled the border of Chernihiv oblast six times from its territory. According to the State Border Guard Service, a total of 48 mortar attacks were launched at the territories of Novhorod-Siverskyi, Snovsk and Semenivka communities.

The main impact of Russia’s missile strike on Chernihiv on August 19 was not on the drama theater building, but on people,” said Yuriy Belousov, head of the OGP’s Department for Combating Crimes Committed in the Context of Armed Conflict. According to him, Russia used an Iskander-M missile, which was set up to detonate in the air. Such a strike increases the maximum damage to personnel in the open.

Dmytro Bryzhynskyi, head of Chernihiv City Military Administration reported that russian terrorist attack on the downtown area of Chernihiv on August 19 resulted in 181 casualties, of which seven were killed. 41 people are in hospital, four of them in serious condition, and 16 others have undergone surgery.

The missile strike damaged 66 residential buildings, 10 administrative buildings and 67 vehicles. Commissions are working at the scene. According to the president’s office, people whose homes were damaged by the explosion will be compensated as soon as possible.

A single center for assistance to victims of a russian missile strike has been opened in Chernihiv, the city council said. Chernihiv residents affected by the strike can receive assistance from Ukrainian and international organizations. The types of assistance include light and medium repairs (replacement of windows and doors), household kits, and financial support.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the regional council, russians attacked Nikopol region twice over the day. They shelled Nikopol and Marhanets community with artillery. 

The Ministry of Infrastructure reported that the first section of the water supply system built after the destruction of Kakhovka hydroelectric power station has started operating in Dnipropetrovsk oblast. The ‘Ingulets – Kriazheve’ section consists of four lines. The remaining three lines of the first section are scheduled to be launched at the beginning of autumn.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​Three thousand hryvnias were raised in Vinnytsia during the charity “Race of the Independent”. Ruslan Kobialko, the organiser of the event, said that the money will be used to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The event was dedicated to the 32nd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.

Kirovohrad oblast

The city of Haivoron, Holovanivsk region, Kirovograd region, hosted a cultural event called “Steam trains rush to Victory” to preserve and promote the history of Ukrainian railways. Six trains, excursions, photo zones, masterclasses, and a charity fair were prepared for the guests. The fair raised UAH 73,655 for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Poltava oblast

According to Dmytro Lunin, Head of Poltava Regional Military Administration, the fifth rotation of Poltava architects and builders has returned home from Kherson. They documented the consequences of flooding in the city due to the occupiers’ blowing up Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. In total, more than 60 specialists from our region have already operated in the regions of Kherson. They inspected more than 200 objects and created about 190 relevant reports.

Cherkasy oblast

According to Ihor Taburets, Head of Cherkasy RMA, several dozen houses have already been restored in the village of Novopetrivka in Kherson oblast with the help of Cherkasy. In total, the Russians destroyed 168 houses in this village. 

In Cherkasy, a shelter for IDPs is being renovated to create more comfortable living conditions. A children’s playground is being installed for the 57 children sheltered there. Currently, 225 people from the hotspots of Ukraine live in the shelter.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Our units achieved success towards southeast of Robotyne and south of Mala Tokmachka in Zaporizhzhia oblast. The enemy attempted to regain the lost positions east of Robotyne. However, their efforts were unsuccessful. Planned combat operations are currently ongoing in Robotyne.

Yesterday, the enemy launched 92 strikes on 23 cities and villages in Zaporizhzhia oblast. 85 artillery shelling incidents targeted areas including Orikhiv, Huliaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Olhivske, Malynivka, Bilohiria, Levadne, Stepnohirske, Piatykhatky, Plavni, Lukianivske, and other towns near the front line. Additionally, the occupiers conducted three UAV attacks on Pavlivka and Charivne, and shelled Shyroke, Chervone, Novodarivka, and Kamianske with MLRS. As a result of the shelling in Shyroke, Polohy region, a 61-year-old man was killed. A 77-year-old resident of Shyroke, as well as a 58-year-old resident of Mala Tokmachka, sustained injuries. There were 6 reports of residential buildings being damaged due to shelling by russian military personnel.

Consequences of the enemy attack in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Photo: Zaporizhzhia RMA

It is reported that russian occupiers are searching for vacant apartments in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia oblast that haven’t been occupied by russian military or collaborators yet. The russians demand that residents of buildings provide them with lists of vacant apartments in the temporarily occupied part of the Zaporizhzhia oblast. Additionally, the occuppiers visit apartments with outstanding utility bills to check for residents. Subsequently, these apartments are populated by russians or collaborators in exchange for services. In doing so, they are given “ownership rights,” as the russians “nationalize” the property of those who fled the occupation.

Mykolaiv oblast

During the night of August 21, russian forces once again shelled the communities of Ochakiv and Kutsurub. As a result of the shelling, a fire broke out in a utility building on the premises of a company, covering an area of 200 square meters. There are no reported injuries or casualties. This information was reported by Vitalii Kim, the head of Mykolaiv RMA.

The Kazakhstani company BI Group went beyond just restoring the building of the emergency medical care station in Mykolaiv. The partners also purchased and sent medical equipment and gear for the hospital staff, with a value of about 200K euros. The delivery of the cargo is planned in the near future. This was announced by the PR Director of the BI Group holding, Nurken Khalikbergen.

On August 20, a charity initiative called “Feeding the Country” took place in the center of Mykolaiv. The organizers were the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea and the “Foundation for the National Welfare of Crimea,” with the support of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and the city authorities of Mykolaiv. Sponsors from Turkey gifted a large 20-ton truck equipped with a kitchen and everything necessary for preparing food to the Foundation. Now, Crimean volunteers travel to Ukrainian cities most affected by russian aggression, providing assistance to people to the best of their abilities and sharing their warmth and love.

A mural is being created in Iuzhnoukrainsk depicting defender Oleksandr Huzovskyi and all the soldiers who continue to protect us in the skies. Huzovsky defended his homeland as part of the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after Grand Duke Vitovt. He died on June 6, 2022, in the Izium district. Oleksandr Huzovskyi was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage of the III degree. The creation of the mural project was initiated by the sister and mother of the fallen hero, who are funding it themselves and will take care of its maintenance. The creative group Kailas-V is responsible for designing and applying the image. They have created over 70 murals in Ukraine and beyond since 2002. The completion is planned for August 22, as it would have been Oleksandr’s 23rd birthday.

Mural in honor of the fallen defender in Iuzhnoukrainsk. Photo from social networks

Odesa oblast

The leading insurance company Lloyd’s of London will participate in the insurance coverage of grain-carrying vessels entering and leaving Black Sea ports. Ukraine is finalizing negotiations with global insurers regarding the insurance of grain-carrying vessels coming from Black Sea ports. The agreement is currently being processed and actively discussed between relevant ministries, local banks, and international insurance groups. This agreement could be put into effect as early as next month and could involve anywhere from 5 to 30 vessels. Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine, Oleksandr Hryban, announced this in an interview with the Financial Times, as reported by the Ukrainian Information Service.

Experts have recorded around a thousand dead dolphins in the Black Sea. Their bodies were found along the coasts of Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Turkey. The exact number of deceased dolphins is unknown as bodies can drift at sea. Causes of their death might include russian ships using acoustic signals from sonars, which can interfere with the dolphins’ navigation, and numerous mines that are present throughout the Black Sea waters. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine reported this on August 20.

An event dedicated to World Humanitarian Day took place in Odesa, featuring programs for both children and adults. Additionally, a charitable auction of paintings was held to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine (ZSU). The event was part of the artistic initiative “With a Song to Victory!” within the military-patriotic project “Support Your Own.” This information was shared by Odesa City Council.

Kherson oblast

Today, the occuppiers launched an attack on a resident of Zolota Balka using a drone. Around 12:00, the russians dropped an explosive device on a 43-year-old man. As a result of the attack, he sustained multiple shrapnel wounds to his chest, abdomen, and legs.

Yesterday the enemy carried out 78 shelling incidents, firing 377 shells from mortars, artillery, tanks, “Grad” MLRS, UAVs, and aviation. The enemy fired 47 shells at the city of Kherson. russian military targeted residential quarters of towns in the region, critical infrastructure objects, and the territory of a plant in Kherson. Due to russian aggression, 2 people were killed, and 3 more were injured. The police recorded 13 war crimes committed by russians against the civilian population.

Our farmers have carried out sowing and continue to harvest despite extensive mine contamination of fields, looting of agricultural equipment by the occuppiers, constant shelling, and water terrorism by the russians. 57 thousand tons of grain crops, 4.4 thousand tons of rapeseed, 16 thousand tons of potatoes, 11.5 thousand tons of vegetables, and 300 tons of garden produce have been already harvested. Even tomatoes have been successfully grown.

Hydraulic rotary grader attachments were provided to Kherson oblast. This equipment allows for faster and safer debris clearance after shelling. It also increases the chances of saving people who are trapped under debris. This was announced by the Executive Director of the Network for the Protection of National Interests “ANTS,” policy and advocacy expert Vasyl Sehin.

Six mobile shelters have been installed in settlements in Kherson oblast located on the front line. One was set up in Burhunka, Zolota Balka, Novokairy, Zmiika, Havrylivla, and Lvove. These villages are situated along the Dnipro River, and therefore they are regularly shelled by the russian army.

20 computers, a multifunctional device, a printer, cartridges, and projectors were provided to a school in Orlivtsi for remote learning. This equipment will be used for online lessons and later on, students will be able to use these computers for computer science classes.

The public space “MoloDizhka”, Kherson, has been hosting drawing classes for half a year. Participants learn various graphic techniques. The goal is to bring together people with common interests and creative potential. While the space is designed for youth, people of all ages from Kherson can join.

Participants of the drawing lessons in the public space “MoloDizhka,” Kherson. Photo from social networks

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The RMA reported that the BiForUkraine Belgian CF and the Mercy and Health CF purchased a car for the On the Shield humanitarian mission.

A seminar on orientation to service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine was held in Lutsk. Representatives of Lutsk United City Territorial Center for Staffing and Social Support of the Volyn Regional Employment Center took part in the event. The discussed military service under a contract and training in educational institutions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with prospects for further service.

Zakarpattia oblast

5 trains arrived in the region, bringing 440 children from Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Kyiv oblasts. The children immediately left Zakarpattia for summer vacation in Hungary, where they are already waiting for them and have prepared the necessary conditions and program for their stay.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

This week, the “air alarm” signal sounded 8 times in the region and lasted a total of 8 hours and 36 minutes. Since the full-scale war in Prykarpattia, the siren has sounded 385 times.

The RMA reported that over 200 children of fallen defenders have been rehabilitated thanks to the Care for the Hero’s Family project. Most of the children rested with their mothers, 78 children were accepted by the camps and other 6 children from Verkhovyna region were sent on vacation under the Rehabilitation Program for Children of Fallen Heroes 2023.

Lviv oblast

Zolochiv RMA reported that over 80% of monuments of the communist past were dismantled in Zolochiv region, and in total 9 of them remained in the area.

Lviv oblast is 60% ready for the new heating season. There are 1 682 boiler houses in the oblast. As of today, 1 026 of them are ready for work in the autumn-winter period. A stock of coal, wood and pallets was created at the boiler houses of communal and departmental property. In the event of a power outage, health care and social protection institutions were 100% equipped with generators.

Rivne oblast

From October 1, Centers of Invincibility will resume their work in Rivne oblast. Currently, their inventory is being conducted in the oblast. In particular, regarding the provision of generators, fuel and starlinks. Everyone can warm up, charge your gadgets or use the Internet at Centers of Invincibility. During the last heating season, assistance was provided there for over 43,5K residents of Rivne oblast.

The RMA reported that power engineers from Rivne oblast are helping to restore electricity accounting in Kherson oblast. Power engineers of the Khersonoblenerho JSC appealed to Rivneoblenerho with a request for professional assistance.

Ternopil oblast

Ternopil oblast is preparing for the new heating season. The following are ready for the heating season: 712 boiler houses of all forms of ownership, 2 308 residential buildings, over 700 objects of social and cultural purpose. 19.1 km of water supply networks, 3.6 km of sewage networks and 1.72 km of heat networks were repaired. In order to quickly restore the operation of boiler houses, in case of damage, a reserve stock of priority materials has been created in the region, namely: pipes, connections, taps, couplings, fittings, insulators. If necessary, fuel and necessary equipment will be purchased.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The shooting range on the basis of the educational and training center of Khmelnytskyi City Council has been operating since September. The shooting range has halls of 60 meters, 25 meters and a multimedia laser training complex for shooting classes. In particular, the multimedia laser training complex can use 14 different types of weapons, namely, pistols, assault rifles, grenade launchers, anti-tank complexes such as NLAW, Javelin, etc..

Chernivtsi oblast

The RMA reported that Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, awarded Ivan Romanka, soldier from the village of Kyseliv, with the Golden Cross badge for successful performance of combat missions.

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

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, announced that Denmark and the Netherlands will transfer 61 F-16 aircraft to Ukraine. The first 6 planes will be in Ukraine by the new year. Ukrainian pilots and engineers have already started training in Denmark.

Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defense, announced that previously, the new meeting of Ramstein will be held from September 17 to 24 in an offline format. According to him, the key issues at Ramstein will not change significantly. In particular, strengthening Ukraine’s air defense will remain the number one priority.

Ireland will send 30 instructors to train Ukrainians in fire training. The exercise was initially expected to include demining, combat medicine and other non-lethal support, but the country’s defense ministry has now said troops will also be involved in live-fire training.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met with Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark. They agreed on the transfer of 19 F-16 fighters by Denmark. The meeting also discussed the expansion of training missions. The infrastructure is already being prepared for this.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, visited the Royal Danish Air Force Fighter Wing Skrydstrup airbase. Accompanied by Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and the command of the Royal Air Force, the Head of State familiarized himself with the technical features of the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters and the training program for Ukrainian pilots on these aircraft.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Leaders discussed the further strengthening of Ukraine’s air defense with modern anti-aircraft missile systems.

Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine, and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess of Denmark Mary took part in the church service in the cathedral of Gaderslev. The service was held as a sign of support for the Ukrainian people. He was joined by forced migrants from Ukraine who found refuge in Denmark.

Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine, visited the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht (Netherlands), the largest pediatric oncology center in Europe. During the visit, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Princess Maxima Children’s Oncology Center, and the Western Ukrainian Specialized Children’s Medical Center, with the support of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

Kosovo joined the G7 declaration on providing security guarantees to Ukraine. Albin Kurti, Prime Minister of the country, noted that “ensuring the victory of Ukraine and bringing russian leaders to justice for their crimes are important for preserving peace and democracy.” The independence of Kosovo is recognized by half of the UN member states, including the US and most of the EU and NATO countries. At the same time, Ukraine does not recognize Kosovo’s independence.

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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