War in Ukraine today: latest news, December 15, 2022 (photo)

It has been the 295th 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 continues to focus its efforts on conducting offensive actions towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka. They are trying to improve the tactical position towards Lyman. In Kupiansk and Zaporizhzhia, they are building up the troops. In other directions, the enemy is concentrating its efforts on restraining the actions of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, shelling the positions of our troops and civilian objects along the front line.

The russian occupiers launched 2 missile strikes and more than 5 MLRS attacks. The civil infrastructure of Nikopol and Kherson was damaged. There are casualties among civilians.

Ukraine is still under the threat of the enemy launching air and missile strikes on critical infrastructure facilities.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, and Siversk, the situation has not changed significantly. No signs of the formation of enemy offensive groups have been detected. The formation of the aviation group and units of the armed forces of the russian federation on the territory of the republic of belarus continues.

Towards Sloboda, the enemy carried out tank and artillery shelling in the areas of Vysoka Yaruha, Morokhovets, Starytsa, Dvorichna and Novomlynsk settlements, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the areas of the settlements of Vilshana, Kislivka, Kotliarivka, Berestove, Pershotravneve, Kharkiv oblast and Stelmakhivka and Myasozharivka, Luhansk oblast were shelled.

Towards Lyman, the enemy shelled Makiivka and Chervonopopivka, Luhansk oblast and Torske and Vedmezhe, Donetsk oblast with tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy shelled the areas of Verkhniokamianske, Spirne, Bilohorivka, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Andriivka, Kurdiumivka, Ozaryanivka, Severny and Opytne, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka direction, the occupiers tried to attack the positions of our troops near Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Heorhiivka, Maryinka, and Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy is shelling the positions of our troops and civil infrastructure along the right bank of the Dnipro River. The occupiers struck the settlements of Vremivka, Novopil, Donetsk oblast; Hulyaipole, Dorozhnianka, Hulyaipilske, Orihiv and Stepove, Zaporizhzhia oblast; Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast and Novotiahynka, Ivanivka, Tokarivka, Kherson, Inhulets and Bilozerka, Kherson oblast.

The enemy continues to suffer losses. On December 13, in the areas of Tokmak, Polohy and Berdiansk settlements, Zaporizhzhia oblast, the Defense Forces destroyed two enemy ammunition depots, two artillery systems with ammunition, as well as six units of military equipment of various types. More than 200 enemy servicemen were wounded.

Since medical facilities and morgues are overcrowded in the city of Melitopol, the russian invaders are transporting corpses and evacuating wounded servicemen to the temporarily occupied Crimea.

To replenish the current losses, the invaders are forced to supplement the operational-tactical command with retired officers, released to the reserve. They are sent to the area of hostilities.

Our aviation hit 11 areas of buildup of personnel, weapons and military equipment and 2 strikes on the positions of the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile systems.

Ukrainian rocket troops and artillery hit 2 control points, 4 areas of concentration of enemy personnel and a warehouse of fuel and lubricants.

According the EU parliament foreign affairs committee, the EU parliament has recognized 1932-1933 Holodomor the genocide of Ukrainians. The resolution was approved on Thursday. They stressed that justifying and glorifying the totalitarian Soviet regime of the Soviet dictator Yosip Stalin laid the foundation for today’s russia which is the state sponsor of terrorism.

The Ukrainian Prime Minister Reznikov reports that russia is preparing for a new large-scale offensive in February. “Conscripts are being prepared for at least three months. It means they are trying to launch a new offensive, most likely, in February like last year. This is their plan.”, he noted.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Chervona Zoria, Dvorichna, Krasne, Novomlynsk and Starytsia were shelled by russians. Towards Kupiansk, the invaders are gathering their troops.

Head of the police investigation department, Serhii Bolvinov, said the department that will investigate war crimes has been created in Kharkiv Regional police. Investigators in the newly created department will investigate murders, shelling of civilians, bodily injuries, thefts and cases of collaboration.

Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, informed that there were hits in Kholodna Hora region. Preliminary, the invaders used S-300 systems. The warehouses were damaged.

Destroyed hangar building. Photo from social media 

The State Emergency Service reported that the invaders shelled the villages of Kupiansk region with artillery, in Podoly village a private house was on fire.

Yesterday, there were no attacks on Kharkiv. But the enemy continues intensive shelling in Kupiansk direction. The invaders struck at the positions of our troops near Chervona Zoria, Dvorichna, Krasne, Novomlynsk and Starytsia settlements.

According to the Regional Center for Emergency Medical Care, in Kivsharivka settlement, Kupiansk district, a 63-year-old woman received a shrapnel wound. She is hospitalized in average condition.

Yesterday at around 11.45 pm a critical infrastructure facility was damaged in Kupiansk as a result of shelling from an S-300 multiple rocket launcher. Moreover, a two-storey administrative building in Kupiansk region burned down due to hostile shelling. There were no casualties.

Humanitarian demining continues. Pyrotechnics defused 280 explosive ordnance.

Lviv volunteers brought 100 medical and 20 children’s body armor to Kharkiv. The production of personal protective equipment was launched at the Kharkiv plant, which moved to the west of Ukraine. Director of the plant, Yurii Fedorov, claimed that the first children’s body armor were created in early autumn.

Body armor for children and doctors in Kharkiv. Photo from social media

Donetsk oblast

According to the representative of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Brigadier General Oleksii Hromov, Ukrainian troops advanced by one and a half kilometers near Dibrova settlement on the border of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Deputy Head of Office of the President, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said that de-occupied settlements of Donetsk oblast are being brought back to life. Lyman and Sviatohirsk are already powered by electricity. Repair crews continue to work in other settlements. The work is complicated due to mines.

At night and in the morning russians were targeting different areas along the entire front line.

Towards Volnovakha, there were periodic shelling of Vuhledar, 3 buildings were damaged. There were no casualties.

Towards Donetsk, there were no casualties, but there were destructions. In Kurakhove community, Kurakhove, Trudove and Veselyi were under attack, 1 private building was damaged. In Avdiivka, there were two attacks on the old part of the city at night, and in the morning the residential area was shelled with Grad MRLs.

Towards Horlivka direction, the Soledar community suffered the most during the night. In Rozdolivka, 1 person was killed, 3 injured and 1 building damaged by a direct hit. In Paraskoviivka, 1 person was injured and 13 buildings were damaged. There was also shelling in Soledar. There were no casualties. 3 people were injured in Bakhmut yesterday. The building of an agricultural warehouse was damaged.

Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that yesterday russians killed 2 civilians in Bakhmut and Rozdolivka.

The city council reported that it is planned to rename 303 streets and lanes in Kramatorsk community. Among the “candidates” for the new street name are Tolstoi, Shyshkin, Dunaievska, Dostoevskyi and Pushkin Park of Culture and Recreation.

Luhansk oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, yesterday russians shelled Chervonopopivka, Dibrova, Makiivka, Nevske and Ploshchanka with tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery in Lyman direction. Towards Kupiansk, Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka were hit.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration said that almost all hospitals are already full. Therefore, the injured representatives of Wagner private military company in Luhansk are being treated at the city dermatological and venereological dispensary. In Sievierodonetsk, people are offered to survive the winter in the recently created temporary accommodation centers, which are allegedly designed for 2K people. Only those who have destroyed houses or buildings not intended for heating will be allowed there.

Head of Luhansk RMA, Serhii Haidai, reported that the occupation troops did not stop shelling liberated settlements. Russians are attacking with bombs and S-300 missiles. According to him, residents are provided with medicines and food, mobile communication has been restored, people are asked to evacuate. Militants are not able to break through our defenders near Bilohorivka.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The 112th Kyiv ground defense brigade reported that there are enough forces and means on the northern border to repulse the enemy. Colossal work has been carried out in the direction of Kyiv, engineering fortifications and mine barriers have been created.

The head of the police of the Kyiv oblast Andrii Nebytov announced that more than 300 citizens are considered missing since the full-scale war in Kyiv oblast began. According to him, the russians kidnap Ukrainian citizens for exchange, despite the prohibition of international conventions on the capture of civilians during war.

The Kyiv RMA reported that stabilizing blackouts are based on the updated schedules. On the territory of the Kyiv oblast the schedules of stabilization shutdowns are not in effect. Emergency blackouts are used in the region to balance the power system and avoid equipment breakdowns.

The Main Department of the State Emergency Service of the Kyiv oblast reported that 44 people, including 10 children, have been hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning in Kyiv oblast since the beginning of November. At the beginning of December, 10 citizens were poisoned by combustion products, including two children. The number of fires also increased. Rescuers remind residents of the region that alternative sources of heat and electricity must be used safely.

The EU representation in Ukraine reported that Northern Environmental Finance Corporation (Nefco), which belongs to five Scandinavian countries, will help the restoration of Kyiv oblast. As part of the agreement, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland allocated 50 million euros, which will be allocated to the repair and reconstruction of critical infrastructure facilities in the oblast, which suffered from russian aggression. It is planned to restore heating, water and electricity supply, sewage disposal and waste management in settlements.

Children play football near a building damaged by the russian attack in Borodianka. Photo: Associated Press

Kyiv mayor Vitalii Klychko said that the capital received from the US government more than 130 generators for operation at boiler and heat supply stations. According to him, thanks to this help, it will be possible to reduce interruptions in the supply of heat to Kyiv residents in case of accidents. Kyivteploenergo also received four JCB backhoe loaders from USAID, which will help emergency workers to repair damage to heating networks.

Bergamo, Italy, which is Bucci’s sister city, together with the Italian humanitarian organization CESVI, will fund 11 invincibility centers. This was announced on Twitter by the Italian Embassy in Ukraine.

American writer, TV presenter and heiress of the Sheraton hotel chain, Mitzi Perdue, handed over 8 cars to the police of Kyiv oblast. To purchase these cars, Purdue auctioned off her emerald engagement ring. The stone is 400 years old, it was found on a sunken ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

American writer Mitzi Perdue and Chief of the Kyiv oblast Police Andrii Nebytov. Photo: the Kyiv oblast police

On December 16, free training on first aid will be held at 20 stations of the Kyiv metro. They will teach how to assess the condition of the victim, stop massive bleeding and help in case of airway obstruction. 

Zhytomyr oblast

After another exchange of prisoners, two defenders from Zhytomyr oblast were able to return home Volodymyr Tysyachnyi from the Dubrivka community and Yaroslav Shkad from the Yarun community in the Novohrad-Volynskyi region. Both were considered missing for a long time. Thanks to the exchange on December 14, 64 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who fought in Donetsk and Luhansk directions were released from russian captivity.

64 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were released from russian captivity. Photo from social networks

The Zhytomyr RMA reported that due to the shortage of electricity, “Ukrenergo” introduced emergency shutdowns in the territory of the oblast.

14 social institutions of Zhytomyr oblast received high-power generators that will ensure uninterrupted provision of services to their wards, even in the event of a blackout. This became possible thanks to the close cooperation of the Ukrainian and French governments, Credit Agricole Bank representatives and Ukrainian benefactors. Etienne de Ponsin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine, visited the Radomyshl Boarding School to hand over the generators to regional institutions.

The Malyn city council reported that educational and preschool institutions of the community are equipped with generators of various capacities. 19 generators for kindergartens and schools were purchased using the community budget funds.

The Zhytomyr Regional Center of Social Services reported that specialists of social services of Zhytomyr oblast continue to provide the necessary assistance to citizens under the conditions of war. There are 8 social service centers in the oblast.

They plan to provide Zhytomyr students with reflective tapes. 320K hryvnias will be allocated from the city budget for sewing of ribbons.

The staff of the Zhytomyr Agricultural Technical College handed over a bus to the defenders of Ukraine. Along with the bus, the soldiers received goodies from the college chefs, fruits grown in the institution’s gardens, vegetables and trench candles. The students also handed the defenders a thank-you letter with words of support and sincere gratitude for the opportunity to study.

Sumy oblast

The head of the Sumy RMA Dmytro Zhivytskyi reports that the enemy shelled two communities in Sumy oblast. In the morning, the Seredina-Buda community was shelled with mortars. In the afternoon, the occupiers attacked Putivl the same way. A total of 17 hits were recorded.

Almost 700 households in Sumy oblast were left without power due to accidents on overhead power lines. This is almost 17% of all consumers of the oblast.

The Migration Service of Sumy oblast issued a certificate for returning to Ukraine for the first time. The document was issued as part of an experimental project that was introduced in October this year. “This is a way to help those compatriots who, as a result of a full-scale invasion, for one reason or another were left without documents and were forcibly deported by representatives of the aggressor country to the territory of russia,” the Migration Service of Sumy oblast noted.

The Czech city of Ostrava handed over 7 comfortable buses to Konotop. The transport, with the help of which residents will be able to reach the most remote corners of the Konotop region, has arrived in the city with medical equipment, medicines and hygiene items.

Trostianets community currently has 70 generators to get through the heating season in wartime conditions. The equipment is installed in boiler houses heating kindergartens and schools, medical institutions and other objects of critical infrastructure.

The exhibition of Ukrainian artist Ani Chernenko “With Ukraine in the Heart” has been opened in the Sumy City Gallery. The artworks drawn with acrylic and watercolor paints are made in the genre of illustrative graphics. Most of them were created this year.

Exhibition of art works by Ukrainian artist Ani Chernenko in the Sumy City Gallery. Photo from social networks

Chernihiv oblast

The ”North” OC reported that the russian military shelled the border areas of Chernihiv oblast once again. The occupiers shelled Semenivka and Snovsk communities with mortars, releasing 35 mines on their territories.

In the afternoon, in Chernihiv region, on the territory of the settlement of Hasychivka, an enemy drone was recorded opening fire.

The head of Chernihiv RMA Viacheslav Chaus announced that a logistics driver blew up on a forest road in the direction of Verbivka-Olexandrivka in Chernihiv oblast. According to the report, the driver drove off the dirt road while driving around a puddle. The man received a closed craniocerebral injury, damaged an eye, received cuts and hematomas.

On December 15 and 16, the liquidation of explosive objects is planned near the village of Shestovytsa in Chernihiv oblast. This was reported in the Department of Civil Protection and Defense Work of Chernihiv oblast. Residents can hear the explosions.

103 residents of Chernihiv, whose homes were damaged due to the war, will receive one-time financial assistance. The amount of payments depends on the degree of destruction ranging from 10K and 40K hryvnias. A total of 2,783 houses in the private sector were damaged, 530 of which were completely destroyed.

The Chernihiv City Council reported that the German city of Aachen concluded a partnership agreement with Chernihiv. A working group has been created to study the possibilities of assistance that Aachen will provide to Chernihiv.

A charity event “Children of Nizhyn – for the children of Kherson” was held in the educational institutions of Nizhyn. It was initiated by the Department of Education. Children, parents and teachers collected office supplies, cereals, vegetables and fruits, canned goods, hygiene products, and gifts for small residents of Kherson and their families.

The children of Nizhyn together with their parents and teachers collected gifts for the children of Kherson. Photo from social networks

The Korop city council reported that a master class on baking honey cookies was held in the village of Korop, on the basis of the “Malyatko” children’s studio. The participants of the event decided to hand over the cookies to the defenders. Little students of the studio took part in the event together with their mothers.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Valentyn Reznichenko, the russian occupiers repeatedly shelled the Nikopol region with heavy artillery, Hrad and Hurricane at night and in the morning. The enemy fired at least 40 shells at Nikopol and Marhanets communities, hitting houses of local residents.

Private housing and farm buildings were destroyed, gas pipelines and power lines damaged in the Marganets community. Two people were injured. A 66-year-old man is hospitalized. A 67-year-old woman is being treated at home. In the afternoon, the russian army again shelled the area from heavy artillery from temporarily occupied Enerhodar, taking cover of the nuclear power plant. A 65-year-old man was killed in Marhanets. At least three people were injured: a 16-year-old girl, a 38-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man. They are hospitalized. Houses, shops, a school and a college were damaged in the city.

Vinnytsia oblast

Eleven children are participating in the psychological support project for internally displaced persons. Its coordinator Svitlana Dubyna says that such an event was initiated to provide free psychological consultations, group therapy and creativity classes to children and adults affected by the russian-Ukrainian war.

Kirovohrad oblast

The general director of the Kirovohrad regional “Dnipro-Kirovohrad” enterprise Oleksandr Pisnyi said that the Red Cross handed over three water trucks for the enterprise. They will be used  in Kropyvnytskyi, Oleksandria and Svitlovodsk to deliver drinking water to city dwellers during water supply outages.

Water carrier from the Red Cross. Photo from social networks

Poltava oblast

Dmytro Lunin, the head of the Poltava Regional State Administration, announced that six cars were handed over to soldiers from the 116th Territorial Defense Brigade. Four trucks, each with a lifting capacity of 12 tons. Another car is equipped with a mobile kitchen. The equipment was manufactured by a local enterprise. It won the tender purchase. Cars were bought using the regional budget funds.

Cars for the military. Photo: Dmytro Lunin, head of the Poltava Regional State Administration

Dmytro Lunin, the head of the Poltava Regional State Administration, announced that the educational institutions of the Poltava region received 200 Wi-Fi routers thanks to the cooperation with the “HUMAN School” organization. It is expected to solve the issue of connecting schools to educational process management systems to fully use electronic journals and diaries.

Oksana Deinega, the director of  Poltava Center for Culture and Leisure, told about almost 1,800 items sewn and handed over to the military by the employees Volunteering at the institution is combined with the main job. Now they started sewing winter clothes for the military.

Cherkasy oblast

The press service of the Cherkasy City Council reported that additional places for internally displaced persons will be prepared in Cherkasy. They are also provided with one-time assistance and plan to create a mobile assistance team. A volunteer from the Talne community delivers gifts from the Finnish community to military children. As Aliona Melnyk, a volunteer from Cherkasy region, said, this is not the first time they have received help from Finland. This time, they received gift sets from the Finnish community in Turku. The gifts were given on St. Nicholas Day to the children of soldiers who defending the country from the enemy and those who died in the war. 

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

As a result of the impact of two rockets fired from an airplane, 2 employees of Vodokanal utility service in Orihiv were wounded, one received severe injuries. This was reported by the head of Zaporizhzhia RMA, Oleksandr Starukh.

As a result of shelling on December 14, two civilians were killed in Vasylivkai and Polohy regions. A woman was wounded by shrapnel. The occupiers shelled the civil infrastructure of 15 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Devastation was recorded in Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Novodanylivka, Dorozhnianka, Malynivka, Bilohiria, Mala Tokmachka, Olhivske, Temyrivka, Charivne, Stepnohirsk, Mali Shcherbaky, Stepove, Kamianske.

On December 12, the occupiers’ buildup near Verbove, Zaporizhzhia oblast, was damaged by fire. Up to 10 units of weapons and military equipment were destroyed, losses among enemy servicemen are being specified.

According to the General Staff, on December 13, the Defense Forces destroyed two enemy ammunition depots, two artillery systems with ammunition, as well as six units of military equipment of various types near Tokmak, Polohy and Berdiansk. More than 200 enemy servicemen were wounded.

The russian invaders are transporting corpses and evacuating wounded servicemen to the temporarily occupied Crimea because medical facilities and morgues in Melitopol are overcrowded. The invaders are forced to supplement the operational-tactical command with retired officers, released to the reserve to replenish the current losses. They are sent to the area of hostilities.

Mykolaiv oblast

According to the information of the regional military administrations, Mykolaiv region was subject to massive artillery strikes at 06:00 and 07:05. Infrastructure objects were destroyed and damaged. There are no victims. The consequences are being clarified.

The Chornomorske community was shelled by the enemy starting from 06:00. The infrastructure facility was damaged. There are no casualties.

According to Serhii Shaikhet, the head of the National Police in the Mykolaiv region, reported that on December 15, a man found two anti-personnel mines left behind by the russian military in one of the villages of Snihurivka region. The shells detonated and the 26-year-old man died on the spot. 

The village of Myrnye, Shevchenkove community, on the border of Mykolaiv and Kherson oblasts, was destroyed by russian troops. The occupiers were stationed near Myrne for eight months. There are no surviving buildings left in the settlement – houses, a kindergarten, a school, and shops were destroyed. There is no electricity, water, or gas. As of December 15, about 20 people live in Mirne. The village population was approximately 800 people before the full-scale war began.

Unexploded shell near a residential building, December 15, 2022. Photo: Elyzaveta Krotyk

Volunteers organized an interactive holiday for children on St. Nicholas Day in Mykolaiv with An aqua grim artist, an actor in the role of Santa Claus, and live music. Canadian volunteer Steve, who has been in Ukraine on a humanitarian mission for more than eight months, organized the event for children.

According to the spokesperson of the Department of Housing and Utility Services of Mykolaiv City Council, Ihor Filippov, USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, purchased an excavator and diesel generators for Mykolaiv. The equipment will be handed over to city utilities. The spokesperson of the Department of Housing and Utility Services of Mykolaiv City Council, Ihor Filippov, announced this.

Odesa oblast

Another sea mine was carried by the stormy Black Sea into the mouth of the Danube. Maritime border guards discovered it and, together with Homeland Defence forces, organized surveillance, preventing the population from approaching the dangerous area. Specialists of the State Emergency Service carried out a controlled detonation.

During the week, from December 5 to 11, the volume of food exports from the ports of the Odesa oblast through the “grain corridor” decreased by 22%. During the 19th week of “grain corridor” operation, more than 657,000 tons of agricultural products were exported from the country. It is 22% less than the week before. The number of ships also decreased by 4: 19 of them left the ports of Odesa in a week.

Odesa oblast received three powerful generators from the Government of Japan, which decided to provide Ukraine with grant aid in the form of generators. The program is implemented through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Generator from Japan. Photo: Odesa RMA

Kherson oblast

The enemy is attacking downtown Kherson for the second day in a row. In the morning, the occupiers hit a critical infrastructure facility. 9 residents of the region were injured. Fragments of enemy shells took the lives of two people. A volunteer and a member of the rapid response unit of an international organization is among the killed. 

Consequences of shelling in Kherson. Photo: Police of Kherson oblast

On December 14, the russian occupiers shelled the territory of Kherson oblast 86 times. The enemy attacked the peaceful settlements of the region with artillery, MLRS, tanks, mortars and UAVs. Residential quarters of Kherson once again were under massive enemy attack. The invaders targeted a shipbuilding plant, an educational institution, warehouses, a newspaper publishing house, a school, a shop, a building of the Kherson Regional State Administration, private and apartment buildings.

3 people were killed due to russian shelling, 13 more residents of Kherson oblast were injured. An 8-year-old boy was killed. According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, a total of 72 children are known to have been injured in Kherson oblast since the russian full-scale invasion began.

The police processed 513 statements and reports from citizens about criminal offenses and other events. 38 criminal proceedings have been opened based on the facts of war crimes committed by the russian army. Policemen continue receiving reports from residents of the temporarily occupied territories about the crimes of the russian military, most of all about the facts of looting and appropriation of local cars. The russian military stole wagons for vacationers in the village of Lazurne, Skadovsk region, and transported them to their place of deployment and settled there.

Security Service cyber specialists have collected indisputable evidence of the guilt of 15 members of the L/DPR terrorist groups that stormed Ukrainian cities in the south and east of Ukraine. They looted local elevators and illegally exported Ukrainian grain from the temporarily captured Black Sea regions of Ukraine to the russian federation. The militants were captured by Ukrainian defenders during the counteroffensive on the southern and eastern fronts. According to the collected materials, the court sentenced them to 15 years in prison.

Food kits and fresh bread are delivered to the communities of Kherson oblast every day. This week, more than 124,000 food kits were distributed, 51,750 of them in Kherson, and 72,800 in populated areas of the region.

An image of a stolen raccoon appeared in one of the underground passages in Kherson. The raccoon and other animals from the Kherson zoo were transported by the occupiers before retreating from the right bank.

Image of a stolen raccoon. Photo from social networks

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Olha Valianik, a volunteer of the Lutsk HQ Angar, received awards from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi and from the commander of the 14th separate mechanized brigade named after Prince Roman the Great, Colonel Oleksandr Okhrimenko.

Award. Photo from social networks

10 cars for the military were purchased using the funds of Lutsk council employees, most of them are off-road vehicles, there is also a minibus among them. The cars will be sent for the needs of the 14th and 65th brigades, the 32nd rocket artillery regiment, the 100th territorial defense brigade, the Right Sector volunteer Ukrainian corps, the Liubart special unit and the Sonechko battalion.

In Lutsk, Christmas and New Year decorations for main Christmas trees and the Street of Christmas Angels art project are made in national colors. The creative process in the art school continues even when the lights are turned off, with candles and a generator.

A man, native of Volyn, who lives in Vienna, decided to donate the bus to the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Volunteers promise to prepare the car and send it to soldiers on the front.

Zakarpattia oblast

The Zakarpattia Regional Council decided to allocate hostels in Khust and Berehove for the needs of IDPs. The buildings will be renovated by the International Organization for Migration.

Zakarpattia children and teams from the frontline regions performed a festive program for the Ukrainian community in the Hungarian Parliament. The event took place within the framework of the Christmas Together With Ukraine project.

Internally displaced people from Kharkiv are invited to a meeting with the Mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov. The meeting will take place on December 17 in Uzhhorod.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

As part of another exchange of prisoners, a serviceman of the 10th separate mountain assault brigade, junior sergeant Yurii Kuziv, returned home. The fighter undergoes a full medical examination, and in the future rehabilitation.

In the RMA, a meeting with servicemen who returned home on vacation, and families of soldiers who are waiting for their relatives from the front line was held. They were presented with regional awards, medals For Services to Prykarpattia.

The city council of Ivano-Frankivsk reported that in the city, a field kitchen has started working in Ivano-Frankivsk. It will be open every day in different neighborhoods of the city.

Aid, namely blankets, socks, medicine, flashlights, batteries and food, was sent from Ivano-Frankivsk to soldiers from the A2600 military unit.

An interesting and educational tour was organized in the scientific town New Energy for the children of the fallen Heroes from Kalus. After the excursion, the children were given sweets and stationery.

In Dusseldorf (Germany), the famous Ukrainian poet, prose writer and translator, a native of Prykarpattia Yurii Andrukhovych, was awarded the 2022 Heinrich Heine Preis.

The Starlink bus in Ivano-Frankivsk will work as a heating point. Everyone can warm up, drink tea, eat cookies and recharge gadgets in this bus.

Lviv oblast

Mayor of Lviv Andrii Sadovyi met with Daniel Bushe, regional director of GIZ in Ukraine. They discussed cooperation in ensuring the operation of the city’s critical infrastructure facilities and in the field of health care.

The Lviv City Council signed a memorandum of cooperation between the First Medical Association of Lviv and the Zaporuka CF. The cooperation is based on the support of the UNBROKEN National Rehabilitation Center of the First Medical Association of Lviv, where Ukrainians affected by the war are treated, prosthetics and rehabilitated.

The Lviv Defense Cluster visited Kharkiv oblast. The team brought sets of bulletproof vests for local medics.

As part of the Program for the Implementation of Priority Infrastructure Projects in Lviv oblast, additional 66 places for IDPs in the dormitory building of the Uhnivsk Agrarian and Construction Lyceum were constructed. UAH 2.8 million have been allocated to repair works from the regional budget and with the support of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship of the Republic of Poland.

8 generators provided by the International Medical Corps were handed over to IDP shelters in Drohobych region.

Polish organization Olkusz pomaga Ukrainie sent household appliances and a generator for the Zhuravne Institution. Children from the Zaporizhzhia Regional Specialized Children’s Home were evacuated to the institution.

The organization Save the Children conducted a training called Psychosocial Support and Psychological First Aid. Welfare. Social and Emotional Learning. Employees of the Department of Education and Science of Lviv oblast, social workers and psychologists of the oblast took part in the event.

Rivne oblast

In Rivne oblast, 800 mobile base stations are being equipped with generators. Head of the Rivne RMA, Vitalii Koval, noted that in the event of a power outage, base mobile stations switch to a backup power source.

The City Council of Rivne reported that 100 generators were purchased in the city to shelter educational institutions. Now the work on arranging special sites for them and connecting them is being completed.

RANPP employees bought three cars for the military worth 500K UAH. These are the funds that nuclear workers deducted in the amount of 3% of their wages for October. In general, the monthly amount was UAH 1,7 million.

The Veliko Omelyansk Territorial Community collected over 3 tonnes of humanitarian aid, namely, food, vegetables, hygiene products, etc. for the Lyman community.

Ternopil oblast

The Ternopil City Council reported that their website was subjected to a powerful DDoS attack from russian IP addresses. The attack has been repulsed, but recovery will take time, so the City Council website will be down for some time.

5 trucks with humanitarian aid, namely breakfast cereals, fast food, semi-finished products, flour and water, will be sent from Ternopil oblast to Kherson oblast. The aid was provided by the Pokrova CF.

Ternopil oblast received laptops for educational institutions. 534 chromebooks were handed over to educational institutions of Chortkiv region.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The Khmelnytskyi Regional Hospital received an ambulance from a UkrainasFrihetshjelp.no CF. This is a Norwegian charitable organization that was founded in the first days of the war.

A lecture on the history and customs of celebrating this holiday and a screening of a Ukrainian film were arranged for St. Nicholas Day in the WoodMall Cinema for children from families of IDPs living in the oblast.

In Khmelnytskyi oblast, the campaign The Road of Good was launched to support the children of Kherson oblast. Anyone can take part in the campaign. To this end, everyone brings toys, warm things or something that will cheer up the child.

The road of good. Photo: Khmelnytska RMA

Chernivtsi oblast

The second innovation and investment forum Invest Forum Chernivtsi 2022 was held in Chernivtsi. The key goal is the socio-economic development of the oblast.

Soldiers from Chernivtsi oblast were awarded (posthumously) with the Order For Courage of the III degree. Chief sergeant Vasyl Hnachuk and Leonid Kondratiuk received the awards.

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

The Council of Europe approved the Action Plan for Ukraine for 2023-2026 with funding of EUR 50 million.

Ukraine will receive $17 million to restore the public health system from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The German government will allocate a new package of military aid to Ukraine. The new package will include missiles for the IRIS-T, 2 units of Bergepanzer 2, 30K shells for 40 mm grenade launchers, 5K 155 mm artillery ammunition, 4 ambulances and 18 8X8 trucks with a special loading system (Wechselladesystem).

Ambassador of France to Ukraine, Etiene de Ponsen, stated that France and Italy will send SAMP-T air defense systems to Ukraine.

The US President Joe Biden approved broadening the scope of Ukrainian military training at the American base in Grafenwehr (Germany).

A factory for production of ammunition, which Ukraine required, is being built in Germany. The production line of medium-caliber ammunition should be ready in January.

Deputy Minister of Defense Tomash Kopechnyi, who has been coordinating the supply of weapons to Ukraine since the beginning of the russian invasion, announced that the Czech Republic will start producing weapons for Ukraine in large quantities.

The European Parliament recognized the Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people.

The Polish governmental Sejm recognized russia as a sponsor of terrorism.

The Czech Republic recognized the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people.

The US Congress will consider the resolution on excluding the russian federation from the UN Security Council.

During a speech in the German parliament, Chancellor Olaf Schols said that he wants to continue to support Ukraine in the fight against russia’s war of aggression. According to him, the support should be continued “as long as it is necessary.”

Sweden called the military support of Ukraine one of the priorities of the EU presidency. Sweden emphasized that the russian invasion of Ukraine threatens European security and harms the economy, while Ukraine is fighting for survival.

During the weekly general audience, Pope Francis called for a modest Christmas and  transfer the savings to Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy entered the list of the most influential people in the world for achievements in 2022 according to the Bloomberg 50 agency.

Ukraine took the 2nd place in the Open Data Maturity 2022 rating among 35 countries. In 2021, Ukraine took sixth place, and in 2020 – 17th. This year, the maturity level of open data in Ukraine is 97%. While the average figure in Europe is 82%. 

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аngelina Lopatina

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



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