War in Ukraine today: latest news, December 17, 2022 (photo)

It has been the 297th 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 6pm:   

The enemy continues to focus its efforts on conducting offensive operations towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka. Towards Lyman, there are attempts to restore the lost position. In other areas, the enemy focuses its efforts on restraining the actions of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine.

The enemy launched 5 missile strikes, targeting civilian infrastructure in Druzhkivka and Kramatorsk of Donetsk oblast. Two Onyx-type missiles launched from the temporarily occupied Crimea in Odessa oblast were successfully destroyed by air defense forces. In addition, the occupiers carried out more than 10 strikes from the MLRS on the positions of our troops in various directions and civilian infrastructure of Kherson.

There is a constant threat of enemy air and missile strikes throughout Ukraine.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the situation has not changed significantly, there are no signs of enemy offensive groups being formed. 

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy carried out mortar and artillery shelling of the positions of our troops in the areas of Hai, Zernove, Yastrubyne and Kindrativka of Sumy oblast and Strelecha, Krasne, Starytsia, Zakharivka, MyTowardslove, Fyholivka, Novomlynsk and Zapadne in Kharkiv oblast.

In the Kupiansk, Kyslivka, Kotlyarivka and Tabaivka of Kharkiv oblast and Stelmakhivka and Nevske in Luhansk oblast were shelled from tanks and the entire spectrum of artillery.

Towards Lyman, the enemy shelled the positions of our troops from tanks, mortars, barreled and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Makiivka, Ploshchanka, Chervonopopivka, Dibrova, Luhansk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka, the enemy unsuccessfully continues to break through the defenses of our troops. He shelled areas of more than twenty settlements, namely Andriivka, Berestove, Blahodatne, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Chasiv Yar, Avdiivka, Vodiane, Karlivka, Marinka and Pervomaiske of Donetsk oblast.

Towards Novopavlivka, the enemy tried to hit the positions of our troops near Prechystivka, Vuhledar and Shakhtarske, Donetsk oblast. 

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy continues to shell our positions and civilian infrastructure of settlements along the right bank of the Dnipro River. 32 settlements were fired, namely Vremivka and Novopil of Donetsk oblast; Belohiria, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast and Kherson, Respublikanets, Novokairy, Charivne and Olhivka, Kherson oblast.

On December 15, in the areas of Tokmak and Polohy, the enemy lost more than 100 people wounded and an ammunition depot. Information on the liquidated occupiers is being clarified. 

Units of rocket forces and artillery of the Defense Forces of Ukraine hit five buildups of enemy personnel, a control point and three ammunition depots.

The Office of the Prosecutor General informs that as a result of russia’s full-scale aggression, more than 1313 children were injured, 450 children killed, more than 863 injured.

Representative of the press service of the Intelligence Directorate Andrii Yusov says that more than 1 million 200 thousand people applied for the  I Want to Live project. The majority of people are those on the territory of the so-called russian federation. These are not direct appeals yet, but these are people who are studying for themselves or for their relatives the opportunity to save lives in the bloody unjust war of putin’s occupiers against Ukraine.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, at least 11 settlements were under Russian shelling. 

Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that power supply in Kharkiv and the oblast has been restored after yesterday’s shelling. The inspection of networks continues, but the power system as a whole is restored. The situation remains difficult in a part of Kupiansk region, which is constantly shelled by the enemy.

Yesterday, Russian invaders launched a barrage of missiles on civilian and energy infrastructure of our country. They shelled Kharkiv oblast with 10 S-300 missiles, another 2 cruise missiles were shot down by air defense forces. 

The entire Kharkiv oblast and Kharkiv were de-energized. Currently, power supply has been restored throughout the oblast and the city. 

Kupiansk was shelled again. Berestove, Orlianka, Synkivka, Tabaivka and Vyshneve were attacked. In addition, the invaders targeted settlements of Chuhuiv and Kharkiv regions with artillery. 

According to the Regional Center for Emergency Medical Care, a 19-year-old man received an explosive injury in Izium – he was dismantling a munition in his yard. He was hospitalised with shrapnel wounds. 

The process of de-mining continues. Pyrotechnic units defused 176 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

The representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, Andrii Yusov, reported on the air of FreeDom TV channel that russian servicemen are collecting fragments of western-type shells for the occupation authorities to shoot staged footage of so-called shelling of the occupied settlements of Donetsk oblast by Ukraine. According to him, the purpose of such provocations is to destroy confidence in Ukraine among the international partners and stop international, economic and defense assistance, “which stops the advance of russian troops and forces them to retreat”.

On the night of December 17, Russian troops shelled the Kurakhove community. There were no casualties as a result of the shelling. Five private buildings in Kurakhivka and power supply networks and a private building in Berestky were damaged.

At night russians did not stop shelling along the frontline and in the relative rear.

In the middle of the night, russians launched a missile attack on Kramatorsk – there were no casualties, only the road surface, an educational institution and some private houses were damaged.

Aftermath of the night missile attack on Kramatorsk. Photo from social media

Towards Volnovakha, there was periodic artillery shelling of Vuhledar and the outskirts of the city – no casualties.

Towards Donetsk, 5 buildings in Kurakhivka and 1 building in Berestky of the Kurakhove community were damaged. Marinka is also under constant artillery fire. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties.

Towards Horlivka, 3 people were injured in Bakhmut. An apartment and an administrative building were damaged. Moreover, there was shelling on the outskirts of the Soledar community: near Bakhmutske, Paraskoviivka, Rozdolivka and Yakovlivka.

Donetsk oblast. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko\Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that russians injured 3 civilians in Bakhmut.

Luhansk oblast

According to the General Staff, Defence Forces units repelled enemy attacks near Bilohorivka, Chervonopopivka and Ploshchanka. Towards Kupiansk, Stelmakhivka and Volodymyrivka were under russian attack. Towards Lyman, the enemy fired at the positions of our troops near Chervonopopivka, Dibrova, Makiivka and Ploshchanka.

A Ukrainian air assault brigade destroyed the russian military position in one of the regions of Luhansk oblast. Ukrainian troops hit the position of the invaders with a drone and then the air assault brigade destroyed the position of russian servicemen and their ammunition. The corresponding video was published by the public affairs service of the 80th separate air assault brigade of the Airborne Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Luhansk Regional Military Administration reported that the occupation authorities are pressuring entrepreneurs to re-register under the russian legislation and instead of compensation for destroyed houses in the territory of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic”, russians offered people mortgages. 

In the temporarily occupied Sievierodonetsk, the invaders are dismantling equipment from the Azot enterprise and taking it to russia. In summer, the occupation authorities reported about the restoration of the plant’s work and employment of 300 people. 

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are advancing towards Kreminna and Svatove. According to him, russians have gathered a huge number of personnel and equipment there, tried to make a counteroffensive but failed.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The head of the Kyiv RMA Oleksii Kuleba said that power supply restoration works are ongoing in Kyiv oblast, but this process is complicated by weather conditions. Emergency power outages continue in the oblast – about 50% of the region is currently without electricity.

Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klychko said that several critical infrastructure facilities were damaged by the terrorist country, which led to a shortage of electricity supply. Currently, water supply has been returned to all residents of the capital, 70% of Kyiv residents have heat supply, 2/3 have electricity supply.

Due to the missile attack of the russian federation, the energy facilities of DTEK “Kyivski Elektromerezhi” were damaged. They supply one of the water supply facilities and part of the Troieshchyna district. Energy workers restored damaged power facilities, which made it possible to return cold water supply to Kyiv and electricity in the homes of 16K residents of Troieshchyna.

The KCSA reported that Kyiv metro resumed work, after it was  stopped due to the lack of electricity generation. Trains currently run at a weekend interval of 10 minutes. During an air alert, underground stations work as shelters.

Underground stations also work as shelters during air alerts. Photo: UNIAN

Head of the regional police Andrii Nebytov reported that eight locations of downed rockets were discovered after the mass attack on December 16 in Kyiv oblast. All crash sites have been inspected by the police, and the search for wreckage is ongoing.

Head of the police of the Kyiv oblast Andrii Nebytov announced that video surveillance devices are installed in the zone of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. They record all movements in the border areas even at night. Currently, work is underway to install special cameras and sound sensors at power plants that will notify the air defense of  drones or missiles approaching. The regional council also supported the program to install video surveillance cameras with facial recognition technology in public places of Kyiv oblast.

Additional benefits and social guarantees will be provided to Kyiv citizens (and their family members), who defend Ukraine. This also applies to the families of the fallen defenders who gave their lives defending the territorial integrity of the country in the war with russia. The decision was made by Kyiv Council deputies.

The Kyiv City Council reported that the number of defenders in Kyiv has increased to 100 K. Before the start of the full-scale invasion, there were more than 31K veterans and about 400 dead combatants in the capital.

Kyiv Council deputies decided to provide educators and civil servants who help ensure operation of heating centres in the capital with a bonus. Most of the heating centres are located in schools and institutions of social infrastructure.

The second I-Mariupol Center was opened in Kyiv on the left bank of the city. This is the largest of 17 centers throughout Ukraine and has the widest range of services – from a dentist to a hairdresser. They provide legal, humanitarian and psychological services, and help people find a job.

The mayor of Pereiaslav, Kyiv oblast announced that a Town of Invincibility is being created in the center of the city, which will function during a long-term power outage. Houses will differ from stationary heating points by the availability of autonomous power supply, heat, water and communication. Also in the town, there will be a children’s room, a medical center and a police station.

“Town of Invincibility” in Pereyaslav will be served by a powerful generator. Photo: Vyacheslav Saulko / Facebook

The book entitled They won by Anastasia Fedchenko with the stories of 11 defenders was presented in Kyiv. These are the stories about the military who defended Ukraine in the war with russia long before the full-scale invasion. According to the author, all the characters of the book continue to work for the victory of Ukraine, except for two fighters (one was killed near Izyum and there is no reliable information about the other – he is either captured or missing).

Zhytomyr oblast

A civilian infrastructure object in the Korosten region was damaged due a missile attack by russian troops on December 16. After the attack, a fire broke out and the equipment was destroyed, which led to the blackout of the houses of the residents of the Korosten region. The regional prosecutor’s office reported that law enforcement officers of Zhytomyr oblast have started an investigation. Inspection of the scene and documentation of the war crime are ongoing.

Zhytomyroblenerho reported that stabilization schedules are applied in Zhytomyr oblast due a sharp decrease in the available generating capacity and repair works. In case of deterioration of the situation, emergency shutdowns may begin.

81 unemployed people have been involved in the Recovery Army in Zhytomyr oblast. Workers prepare protective structures, collect firewood, equip and maintain heating points, carry out repair and restoration work.

Recovery Army is involved in works in Zhytomyr oblast. Photo: from social networks

Head of the Radomyshl community Volodymyr Teterskyi announced that residents of the German town of Lindlar sent humanitarian aid. With the donations of their citizens, they bought and handed over a bus, a minibus with humanitarian cargo, generators and bicycles.

Sumy oblast

Head of Sumy RMA, Dmytro Zhivytskyi, said that the communities of Bilopillia, Esman, Mykolayivka, Seredina-Buda, and Khotyn were under enemy attack. The russians launched 79 strikes along the border of Sumy oblast, using artillery, mortars and grenade launchers. The enemy also dropped two explosives from a drone on the territory of the Khotyn community.

The Sumy RMA reported that modernized protective containers were handed over to the battle lines.  These are railway containers converted into insulated mini-houses that have an autonomous power source, heating and ventilation. They save from debris and a direct hit of a number of ammunition and can be installed even in a trench.

Equipped protective container for the military, installed in a trench. Photo: Sumy RMA

Sumioblenerho reported that hourly power shutdown schedules have been returned in the +4/-2 mode in Sumy oblast. Simultaneously, the schedules of emergency shutdowns are applied.

Scouts of Plast delivered the Bethlehem flame of peace to Sumy oblast. As Dmytro Zhivytskyi, Head of RMA, said, it will be transferred to all communities of the oblast. He noted that this tradition is more than 30 years old, but today it has a special meaning – Ukraine is fighting for victory to protect freedom and peace in the whole world.

Chernihiv oblast

The enemy continues to shell the border areas of Chernihiv oblast. As reported by the State Border Service, the Novhorod-Siverskyi community was under enemy attack twice. 6 hits from barrel artillery and 2 from grenade launchers were recorded.

The Chernihiv RMA reported that 650 civilians were killed and 1,112 were wounded in oblast due the russian military aggression in February-March. The list of victims today is far from complete due to the high probability of still unknown graves, as well as places where the victims, whom the russians tried to hide purposefully during the occupation, may be buried.

Chernihivoblenerho reported that in order to stabilize Ukraine’s energy system and prevent system accidents, special emergency shutdown schedules were introduced in several regions of Chernihiv oblast. Currently, the oblast is returning to usual power outage schedules – power supply is available for three hours, after which it is limited for six hours.

Major construction repairs are being completed on a building in Chernihiv, which was shelled by russian troops in the spring. In total, 190 apartments, 72 balconies were restored, more than 400 window and balcony glass units were inserted.

The charity event Visit to St. Nicholas will take place in Pryluky. As reported by the city council, all collected funds will be directed to help the Armed Forces. Guests are invited to Theater Square, where there are live Christmas trees decorated by the little ones. The topic of Christmas tree decorations is contemporary events in Ukraine.

Christmas trees decorated by children in Pryluky. Photo: from social networks

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Head of the Regional Council Mykola Lukashuk, the number of victims of yesterday’s rocket attack on a residential building in Kryvyi Rih has increased to 4: rescuers found the body of a boy under the rubble at night, which they had been looking for since yesterday morning. The child was only one and a half years old.

The situation in the Nikopol region is still tense – the occupiers again shelled the area with heavy artillery. During the night, they struck Marganets and Chervonohryhorivka communities. Several houses and power lines were damaged.

During the day, the russian occupation forces struck the Marganets community in Nikopol region.

Most of the communities of Dnipropetrovsk region are still partially or completely without electricity. Currently, energy repair crews are gradually restoring power at critical infrastructure facilities.

One of the injured by yesterday’s missile attack on Kryvyi Rih died in hospital. The man was taken to the operating room, but despite the efforts of the doctors, he died. Another injured person is in the polytrauma department in a moderate condition. Two women are in the maxillofacial surgery department. All of them were operated on.

Vinnytsia oblast

The Vinnytsia Regional Museum of Local History obtained new exhibits – an R-159 radio station and a MON-90 mine case. They were handed over by residents of Vinnytsia, who are fighting as part of the 15th separate mountain assault Sevastopol battalion of the 128th separate mountain assault brigade. “Exhibits” were found by the military after the liberation of settlements in the Kherson oblast in autumn.

Kirovohrad oblast

In Kropyvnytskyi, representatives of the public organization Mobile Volunteer Group organize training on pre-medical assistance. They teach how to act in case of loss of consciousness, determine the presence of breathing and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

In Kropyvnytskyi, internally displaced persons, children, military personnel, representatives of local authorities and all those willing decorate 12 pine trees in the central square. 10 trees were dedicated to hero cities that were destroyed by russian troops, the other two – the Armed Forces and volunteers.

Poltava oblast

Five defenders from Poltava oblast were released from captivity. All of them  were considered missing since October 2022.

In Poltava Oblast, rooms are being repaired and equipment provided in three institutions where internally displaced persons are staying. This is done within the framework of the Modernization of Collective Centers project initiated by the Caritas Poltava charitable foundation.

Dmytro Lunin, Head of the Poltava Regional State Administration, reported on the generators received from the UNHCR. One, with a capacity of 80 kW, will provide electricity at the Invincibility Centre. The other was transferred to the Poltava State Medical University. The power of this generator is 150 kW. It will  provide electricity to the boiler room, the main buildings of the Poltava State Medical University, and the Centre of Invincibility located there.

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

Cherkasy oblast

 The employees of the Cherkasy National University named after Bohdan Khmelnytskyi purchased 3  “Starlinks”, chainsaws, gas canisters and thermal insoles at the request of the “Karpatska Sich” battalion

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The military administration reported that the situation towards Zaporizhzhia has not changed significantly over the last day. The enemy focuses its main efforts on holding the occupied borders. According to the police, russian occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of 17 settlements. There were 18 reports about the destruction of houses, apartments and infrastructure as a result of shelling by the russian military.

Remains of a Russian missile. Photo: Main Department of the National Police of Zaporizhzhia oblast

First Deputy Mayor of Zaporizhzhia Oleksandr Vlasiuk stated that russians fired missiles at the Dnipro hydroelectric power station. Currently, the authorities are working on its restoration. According to the official, the power system has withstood the blow, but needs to be restored. All emergency services are working in an enhanced mode. All boiler houses and pumping stations in Zaporizhzhia are connected to the backup power supply and work on generators. Head of Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration Oleksandr Starukh noted that power supply in the city is unstable. Currently, all critical facilities are functioning, but with some disruptions. There are areas where hostilities are taking place, and there is no electricity at all. For example, the Stepnohirsk community has been under constant shelling for two days and emergency crews cannot work there.

Mykolaiv oblast

Another 75 settlements in Mykolaiv oblast remain without water, gas, and electricity due to russian shelling. As reported in the media with reference to the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration, currently 6 033 consumers remain without gas supply. 

For the first time in Ukraine, an independent report on assessing the damage and losses caused to Mykolaiv by russian troops has been presented. The Mykolaiv City Council reports that the project was implemented due to the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative and the Danish government.

According to Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych, the project experts are studying information about the consequences of russian shelling and comparing it with satellite images, other visual data, and data from relevant ministries. They are also assessing the extent of damage and the potential cost of damage to Mykolaiv. Head of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative Allan Pag Christensen noted that Mykolaiv has been closely cooperating with the leading anti-corruption support program in Ukraine for several months. The Danish government also provides Mykolaiv with materials for construction and repair of water supply networks, and more. Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Ukraine Ole Egberg Mikkelsen visited the city.

Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych reported that according to preliminary data, since the beginning of the full-scale war, the russian armed forces have caused at least 852 million euros of damage to Mykolaiv. Data on the scale of the damage was collected using a geographic information system. 

According to the mayor, the geographic information system is a map of the city with high detail, on which experts overlay information about certain objects. For example, the condition and age of communications, buildings, mobile communication towers, etc. The information about the scale of destruction in Mykolaiv was collected and added to the map by representatives of the russia Will Pay project of the Kyiv School of Economics. The work was funded by the Danish government.

Odesa oblast

Head of the RMA Maksym Marchenko said that in the morning, air defense shot down two missiles that tried to attack Odesa oblast. According to the ‘South’ Operational Command, the Onyx missiles were launched from the coastal missile complex in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

The press service of the Cabinet of Ministers reported that In the Bosporus Strait, 92 ships are in line for inspection due to russia’s artificial barriers. Of the 65 declared vessels, the russian side has registered only three over the past day. According to the Cabinet of Ministers, this leads to restrictions on the work of Ukrainian ports and the non-delivery of exports of at least three million tons per month.

In two days, four vessels with 145 K tonnes of wheat for Asia left the ports of Odesa. Currently, 23 vessels are in the ports. They are loading 734K tonnes of Ukrainian agricultural products. Three vessels are heading to Ukrainian ports to load 166 K tonnes of agricultural products.

Kherson oblast

Russian occupiers shelled the territory of Kherson oblast 27 times. Yaroslav Yanushevych, Head of the Regional Military Administration, said that they fired from artillery, MLRS and mortars. Residential areas of Kherson once again came under fire. Russians hit a school, an enterprise, power lines, private and apartment buildings. Due to russian shelling 1 person was killed, 3 residents were wounded of varying severity. Later in the morning, the invaders shelled Kherson again with MLRS and artillery, and two more people were injured. A 36-year-old man who was in the car died on the spot. A 70-year-old woman with a wound was taken to hospital. She is currently receiving the necessary medical care.

According to the first deputy head of Kherson regional council Yurii Sobolevsky, the Russian armed forces are shelling the de-occupied Kherson with anti-personnel munitions in order to hit as many civilians as possible. “To minimize the risks, it is necessary to stay in the open space for as little time as possible. Because the main elements that hit are fragments from munitions. Russian troops often use anti-personnel munitions to cover as many people as possible,” he said. Shrapnel from anti-personnel munitions is the most injurious and in some cases fatal.

Blood at the scene of the russian shell hit on the village of Stepanivka. Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko

For more than a month, the staff of the State Migration Service of Ukraine in Kherson region has been working to bring the city back to life after a difficult and brutal occupation. The SMS of Ukraine reports that during this time, despite the shelling, lack of light, and heat in the city and the region, the service was able to start providing administrative services to the population. Since November 17, they have issued 50 passports of a citizen of Ukraine, 170 passports for traveling abroad, conducted almost a thousand consultations in administrative buildings and received about 100 daily calls to the hotline. Migration officials write that they have established cooperation with representatives of the Red Cross Society of Ukraine – paramedics applied for registration of lost passport documents for people who belong to vulnerable categories of the population and still live in Kherson and the oblast, and are unable to get to the service premises for consultation.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

An international training was held in Volyn. The management staff of the State Fire Protection Department of the Lublin Voivodeship of the Republic of Poland took part in the event. They informed about a defined procedure for providing assistance to citizens of Ukraine on the territory of the Republic of Poland.

The Lutsk Art Museum launched the Museum Meets Heroes campaign. Museum workers have begun taking photos of military personnel visiting the museum, as well as collecting exhibits related to the full-scale war in Ukraine. They also plan to record the stories of soldiers, their personal impressions, experienced in combat positions.

In Lutsk, on Teatralny Square, Christmas trees are decorated with patriotic toys made by children. Due to the war, illumination in Lutsk will be minimal.

Zakarpattia oblast

In Uzhgorod, the Humanitarian Aid Center Owl’s Nest received sets for IDPs registered in the city. The aid included bed linen, packages with necessary things for children under 3 years old, a hundred kits with hygiene products, 100 food kits. In addition, it was possible to choose clothes that are freely available.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

A delegation from the Czech Republic, headed by Hetman of the Pilsen region, Rudolf Shpotak, visited Prykarpattia for the third time. They discussed humanitarian support.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast received humanitarian aid, namely, 6 generators of different capacities, first-aid kits, medicines, carcases and many other necessary things, from the Czech Republic.

The Czech delegation brought the Czech comics the Phenomenon of Fast Arrows translated into Ukrainian for Ukrainian children. They were published in 1938 and have gained wide popularity.

Lviv oblast

One of the most influential Anglican clergymen of South Africa, Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of South Africa Tabo Makhoba visited Lviv. He discussed with the City Council of Lviv the situation in Ukraine and possible ways of supporting the state by residents of the South African Republic.

In the Lesia Theater a charity auction was held to raise funds for two drones. The collected UAH 61 864 will be used to purchase two DJI Mavic 3 drones for the Special Operations Forces operating towards Bakhmut.

Rivne oblast

Today, 37 515 IDPs live in Rivne oblast. There are officially registered IDPs in each of the 64 communities of Rivne oblast.

About 4K IDPs, including those of vulnerable categories, received aid from the organization Man in Need. UAH 2,2K can be received within three months. 

The Northern Ecological Financial Corporation and grant funds from the European Union enable completely modernizing three kindergartens in Rivne. EUR 1.56 million is allocated for internal repairs and purchasing medical and educational equipment for children with special educational needs.

Students in one of the Invincibility Centers in Varasha made patriotic Christmas ginger cookies. The master class was arranged by the teachers of the local lyceum during scheduled power outages.

Ternopil oblast

In Ternopil, on the basis of the Caritas Charitable Foundation, a prayer meeting for the families of fallen soldiers was held followed up by talking with Head of the Ternopil RMA Volodymyr Trush.

Humanitarian aid, namely, instant soups, breakfasts that can be poured with milk, cereals, flour, preserves, coffee and drinking water, was sent from Ternopil oblast to Kherson.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The Village Council of Letychev, reported that in the village, the territorial center of social services for the population created a Clothing Bank, where IDPs and socially vulnerable categories of the population can get free clothes and shoes of various sizes.

The Slavutsk community decided to decorate a special Christmas tree this year for the Christmas and New Year holidays – Christmas Tree of Invincibility. The tree grows in the central part of the city and is decorated with the toys made by local people.

Chernivtsi oblast

Bukovyna pyrotechnics continue to work in the liberated territories, namely in Donetsk oblast. Pyrotechnicians examine the liberated settlements in order to detect explosive objects and destroy them.

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

US Ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, reported that the first American shipment of emergency repair equipment has arrived in Ukraine.

The US announced a new $858 million aid package to Ukraine, which will include additional air defense equipment.

The Parliament of Bulgaria approved the agreement on supplying weapons to Ukraine. However, the list of weapons planned is classified.

Minister of Defense of Greece, Nikolaos Panaiotopoulos, said that Athens can send Greek S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine if the US deploys its Patriot air defense systems in Crete instead.

Cambodia will send expert sappers to Europe to train Ukrainians.

The EU will provide €100 million to restore schools in Ukraine.

The German Embassy in Ukraine stated that Germany will allocate €130 million to the Energy Support Fund of Ukraine by the end of the year.

Vice Chancellor of Austria, Verner Kohler, announced that Austria will replenish the Energy Support Fund of Ukraine by €5 million.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved a grant of €4.5 million to support access to the Internet through Ukrposhta offices. It is planned to purchase equipment for 1,7K post offices in over 450 cities.

Georgia allocated 1.5 million lari (approximately $562K) for generators of various types for Ukraine.

France will provide Ukraine with railway rails and prefabricated bridges worth over €60 million.

The Biden administration asked Congress to provide Ukraine with an additional $38 billion.

According to the new American law On the Prevention of War Crimes and Responsibility for Crimes Committed During the Invasion of Ukraine, the US administration will submit a report to Congress with data on atrocities committed by the russian army on the territory of Ukraine.

The EU expanded the list of dual purpose goods that will be banned for sale in russia. Products that can technologically improve the russian defense sector are added to the list.

Another 168 russian companies related to the defense industry have come under EU sanctions.

The EU extends the ban on the supply of aircraft engines and their parts, including engines for drones, to russia.

The EU freezes the assets of two russian banks.

The broadcasting of five russian TV channels will be banned in the EU, namely, ntv, ntv mir, russia1, ren tv and the first channel.

Switzerland adopted synchronous EU sanctions against russia and introduced its own sanctions against two Iranian citizens and two Iranian companies for supplying russia with drones.

Hungary froze russian assets worth €870 million.

In Moldova, the broadcasting of the russian TV channels, namely, first in Moldova, rtr-Moldova, ntv-Moldova, as well as two local Orhei-TV and Accent-TV will stop functioning.

After the russian missile strike, Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu, called for providing Ukraine with more weapons.

The people of Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy became laureates of the Charlemagne International Prize.

In Berlin a mural about Ukrainians who lost their loved ones in the war was created. The picture was called Absent.

Mural in Germany. Photo from social networks

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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