War in Ukraine today: latest news, December 18, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 663rd 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:

There were 92 combat engagements. The enemy launched 1 missile and 6 air strikes, 33 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. The russian terrorist attacks have killed and wounded civilians. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed or damaged.

The operational situation in the east and the south of Ukraine remains complicated.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, there were no significant changes and no signs of forming an offensive group. Certain units of the armed forces of belarus continue their missions in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy  maintains its military presence in the areas of russia bordering Ukraine. The enemy continues its sabotage and reconnaissance activities, shelling Ukrainian settlements from the territory of russia and increases the density of minefields along the state border of Ukraine. The enemy fired from artillery and mortar at over 35 settlements, including Volfyne, Yunakivka, Sadky, Myropilske, Sumy oblast, Bolohivka, Stroivka, Kamyanka, and Topoli, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 4 enemy attacks near Synkivka and east of Petropavlivka, Kharkiv oblast. The invaders fired from artillery and mortar at around 10 settlements, including Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Kovalivka, Ivanivka, and Berestove, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops. The Ukrainian defense forces repelled 10 enemy attacks in the vicinity of Makiivka, Luhansk oblast and east of Terny, Spirne, Donetsk oblast. The enemy fired from artillery and mortar at more than 10 settlements, including Nevske, Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, Torske, Serebryanka, Verkhniokamyianske, and Rozdolivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian troops repelled 17 attacks of the adversary near Bohdanivka, Klischiivka, and Andriivka, Donetsk oblast. Around 10 settlements were shelled from artillery and mortar, including Bohdanivka, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Klischiivka, Andriivka, and Kurdiumivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 9 enemy attacks in the vicinities of Avdiivka and 13 more attacks near Sieverne, south of Tonenke, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske, Donetsk oblast. The enemy fired from artillery and mortar at around 15 settlements, including Sukha Balka, Novobakhmutivka, Ocheretyne, Avdiivka, Berdychi, and Nevelske, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Mariinka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the enemy near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast. With the air support, the enemy launched 12 unsuccessful attacks. Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Mariinka, Pobieda, and Novomykhailivka were shelled from artillery and mortar by the occupiers.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy did not conduct any offensive (assault) operations. Around 10 settlements, including Bohoyavlenka, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Blahodatne, and Urozhaine, Donetsk oblast, came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 13 adversary attacks west of Novopokrovka and Robotyne, Zaporizhzhia oblast. Around 25 settlements, including Novodanylivka, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, Mali Shcherbaky, Pyatykhatky, and Plavni, Zaporizhzhia oblast, were shelled with enemy artillery and mortar.

Towards Kherson, the enemy shelled Chornobaivka, Kherson oblast, and civilian targets of the city of Kherson with artillery. 

The Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to hold positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River.

Also, the Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed 1 Kh-59 guided missile.

DTEK completed another overhaul and put into operation a power unit of one of the company’s thermal power plants into the power system. This is one of the blocks badly damaged by massive enemy attacks during the last heating season. The capacity added to the network is already functioning and carries the load, which is planned to be increased to 150 MW in the near future. As part of the annual planned repair campaign, DTEK has already carried out 24 repairs of power units at the company’s TPP. 

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that they had discovered wiretapping devices in the office of Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhnyy and staff members. They were found during a routine inspection of the premises.

Ukrainian cyber experts attacked 15 sites of russian enterprises. Military cybers continue their operations.  On the day of the russian strategic missile forces, 15 company websites were affected. They are involved in the engineering support of the russian army, the manufacture of buildings and the supply of wood.  The network and the website of the heating network of the city of Cheboksary, the capital of the Chuvash Republic, were also disabled.  

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Volodymyr Fito, Head of public relations service of the Ground Forces Command, informed that russia conducted 498 attacks on 17 December towards Lyman-Kupiansk alone. The enemy troops launched four air strikes and used 13 kamikaze drones in this area. 359 russian soldiers were eliminated during the day. Also russian losses in the east in the first half of December amounted up to 7,697 people and 485 pieces of equipment.

From 1 to 16 December, the invaders lost 7,697 troops and 485 pieces of equipment, including 67 tanks, 99 armoured combat vehicles, 77 cannons and mortars, in the area of responsibility of Khortytsia operational-strategic group.

Kharkiv oblast

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that over 20 settlements in Kharkiv oblast were under enemy artillery and mortar attacks, including: Vovchansk, Vovchanski Khutory of Chuhuiv region, Topoli, Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka of Kupiansk region. Petropavlivka, Kupiansk region, was under air strikes.

A building of an agricultural enterprise was damaged as a result of hostile shelling in Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region. There were no casualties.

A man born in 1994 exploded on an unknown explosive device in his own yard in Hlushkivka village, Kupiansk region, at around 2:30 pm. The victim was taken to hospital with an acubar trauma and wounds to both hands. He is in moderate condition.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 9 enemy attacks near Synkivka and east of Petropavlivka of Kupiansk region. 

Since the start of the full-scale invasion, combined pyrotechnic units in Kharkiv oblast have surveyed more than 8,600 hectares of territory. They have defused 145,186 explosive ordnance. 

Andrii Demchenko, Spokesman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, informed that border guard units detected and repelled two russian subversive and reconnaissance groups from the state border near Kharkiv oblast.

On 5 October, the largest instantaneous death toll in Kharkiv oblast during the full-scale war occurred in Hroza village: russian missile killed visitors to a local cafe who had come to the wake of the fallen soldier Andrii Kozyr. In Hroza, 59 people were killed. Almost every house in the village lost someone close to them. A special photo project has been created in memory of those killed in Hroza. 

Photo project about the victims of the attack on Hroza. Photo: Tetiana Dzhafarova

Donetsk oblast

Police recorded 10 hits on civilians. 7 residential buildings and 4 private buildings were damaged. Avdiivka, Kurakhove, Chasiv Yar cities, Bohdanivka, Novobakhmutivka, Orlivka and Prohres villages were under attack. Orlivka suffered missile shelling and as a result, a building was destroyed.

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, towards Volnovakha, Vuhledar community faced chaotic shelling.

Towards Donetsk, 1 person was injured as a result of the attack in Avdiivka. Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka, Yelyzavetivka and Pobieda of Marinka community were shelled.

Towards Horlivka, a building and industrial estate were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, a building was damaged in Serebrianka of Siversk community. Lyman community suffered 9 attacks.

Destruction as a result of russian shelling. Photo: National Police

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, russian army assaulted Makiivka. There was severe fighting near Terny, Donetsk oblast, which is a little bit more south from Krasnorichensk community, Luhansk oblast. The invaders launched 534 shells at positions of the Defence Forces and territories of liberated settlements. Bilohorivka was under heavy shelling. The enemy is suffering losses but is not reducing attacking pressure.

Even though there is neither mobile nor wired connection, some residents of Rubizhne still receive the news. For instance, russian traveling contractor, who recently came to the city, are looting houses which they promised to repair.

In the so-called “lpr” fight against high prices was announced for the second time in two months as the previous October order of “ministry of industry and trade” changed nothing. They tried to set the prices on food at cost price, specifically with 5% margin. Also they did a few demonstrative checks which did not bothered russian trade networks. Now the promise is repeated as there will be elections in russia in March. 

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Kyiv RMA reported that the oblast  is one of the regions on whose territory the largest number of medical facilities damaged by the russian army have been restored. In total, 850 medical facilities were fully or partially restored on the territory of Ukraine during almost 22 months of full-scale war.

Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn said that major repairs of two more high-rise buildings in the city will soon begin. It is about the houses on Myr and Kotlyarevskyi streets damaged due to the russian invasion. Funds for the restoration were allocated by the Fund for the Elimination of the Consequences of Armed Aggression.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian Women’s Guard conducted the training “Education on the risks associated with explosive objects” in Kyiv. At the training at the Obolonskyi Vcentry HUB, women received basic knowledge of the rules of safe behavior that save life and health. The purpose of the event is social cohesion of Ukrainians, support and assistance during the war.

The Ministry of Health reported that blood centers in Kyiv and seven other cities of Ukraine need blood of all groups and rhesus. The need for donated blood remains consistently high across the country and changes daily depending on circumstances.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy opened a plaque with the name of American businessman and philanthropist Howard Buffett on the Alley of Courage in Kyiv. The philanthropist, who has repeatedly visited Ukraine and provided support to Ukrainians was present at the opening of the plaque himself. The plaque bears the date of his first visit after the start of the full-scale russian invasion.

On December 18, the premiere of the social charity project – the musical FAME Jr. will take place at the Podil Theater in the capital. from the children’s music and theater studio Broadway Kids Studio. The main mission of the charity project is to support young people who remain living in Ukraine during a full-scale war.

Zhytomyr oblast

In Zhytomyr oblast, the Comprehensive Program for Social Support of Internally Displaced Persons for 2024 has been approved. As reported in RMA, more than 119,000 forced migrants have found shelter in the oblast since the beginning of the full-scale war. At the moment, almost 63,000 migrants actually live on its territory, 17,600 of which are children, 3,000 people with disabilities and 491 large families.

The representative of the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting in Zhytomyr oblast, Ivan Natykach reported that five digital TV signal transmitters of the multi-channel network MH-7 are already working in the oblast. The meter range of this network makes it possible to expand access to television broadcasting in the communities of the country, which increases the coverage of the territory of the state with a digital television signal.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that the night in the oblast passed without shelling. Yesterday, during the day, the enemy carried out 23 shellings of the border territories and settlements of the Sumy oblast, 61 explosions were recorded. Yunakivka, Myropillia, Krasnopillia, Bilopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Esman, Seredina-Buda, Znob-Novhorodske communities came under shelling.

The Ministry of Energy informs that 67 settlements – 3.9 thousand subscribers – remain without voltage due to the hostilities.

Ukrzaliznytsia has launched a ticket ordering service for the military. Now servicemen can purchase a travel document for the train, even if the tickets are already sold out. This is stated in a message on the official website of Ukrzaliznytsia. Servicemen can book tickets online on a special portal. To do this, you need to leave an application on the portal no later than 6 hours before the departure of the train and buy a ticket at the ticket office no later than 1 hour before its departure. Special order tickets are available for 17 trains, which are the most popular among military personnel.

A Christmas and New Year holiday was held in Sumy oblast for children of the region whose parents died (missing) as a result of hostilities, children of armed forces servicemen, participants in hostilities, internally displaced children, orphans and children deprived of parental care.

A holiday for children from vulnerable categories of the population. Photo: tg-channel of Sumy RMA

The Sumy waterworks participated in the discussion of the “Standards for the Modernization of Water Management Infrastructure” project, which was attended by 11 Ukrainian waterworks and 18 experts from relevant institutions of Ukraine and Slovakia. Slovakia experts emphasized the importance of developing standards in advance, because the presence of an officially approved strategic document will be a necessary basis for the implementation of the sectoral plan for the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. Thanks to the implementation of the project, Ukraine will receive national standards (DSTU-N) for water supply and drainage.

Chernihiv oblast

The spokeswoman of the Chernihiv border detachment, Galina Shekhovtsova reported that the russians shelled two border communities of Chernihiv oblast, Snovsk and Semenivka: the most explosions were in the direction of the village of Klyusy.

During the week, the enemy fired 23 times on 9 border settlements of the Chernihiv region. 179 explosions were recorded. As a result, critical infrastructure in one of the communities was damaged. At the same time, mobile fire groups of the “North” OK of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit 3 strike UAVs of the “Shahid” type (“Geran-2”) on the territory of the region. There was no information about the presence of victims and damage caused by the fall of UAV debris.

Vyacheslav Chaus, head of Chernihiv RMA, announced that three “Shaheed” strike UAVs were shot down in the sky over Chernihiv oblast during the week from December 11 to 17. According to him, drones were shot down by mobile fire groups of the “North” operational command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Chernihiv RMA reported that as a result of enemy shelling last week, a critical infrastructure facility in one of the border communities of the oblast was damaged. Therefore, there are interruptions with water supply. In general, about half a thousand subscribers remain without stable electricity supply in the border area.

Hero of Ukraine Oleksandr Matsievskyi from Chernihiv oblast was posthumously awarded the Rainer Hildebrandt Medal. The mother of the fighter Paraska Demchuk received the award. She, in turn, presented to the Berlin Wall Museum “Checkpoint Charlie” a statuette of her son, which the authors of the monument to Matsievsky in Kyiv made for her in a single copy. Ms. Paraska also appealed to German politicians to help Ukraine win this war.

Chernihiv RMA reported that the Federal Technical Assistance Agency of Germany, Technisches Hilfswerk, handed over a new excavator to the KP “Dobryi gospodar” of the Malodivych settlement council. This technique will help to perform, in particular, urgent emergency repair work on water supply networks. Also, 23 generators were delivered to educational institutions of the oblast from Swedish partners.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

At night the enemy fired artillery at Nikopol. There were no casualties or damage.

Air Command East report that The Air Defense Forces shot down an Kh-59 missile in the sky over Kryvyi Rih district.

According to the head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, Mykola Lukashuk, 850 stoves for Defenders were sent to military units. The stoves were purchased with regional budget funds as part of the Defense Forces support programs.

Vinnytsia oblast

Coordinators of the Interregional Coordination Humanitarian Headquarters, Antonina Ivashchuk and Dmytro Naumenko announced that Vinnytsia sent to the frontline three radio-controlled complexes for the military, necessary for territory’s reconnaissance. This is already the second batch of aid to one of the brigades where Vinnytsia residents serve. UAVs will help defenders to work more effectively in Kherson direction.

According to City Council in Vinnytsia training for the second course veterans’ assistants has ended. They received the certificates. 27 people graduated, 19 of them from Vinnytsia community. During three weeks the participants mastered legal training, studied the legislative framework that concerns veterans and their family members, considered issues of social adaptation, professional and psychological training.

Kirovohrad oblast

Andrii Raikovych, Head of RMA reported that the 121st Territorial Defense brigade is exactly one year old. A year of formation and trials. A year on combat positions. A year of protection from the enemy.

Poltava oblast

A memorial service was held for the fallen defenders. Fighters Vitalii Khots and Viacheslav Tatarchenko lived in Poltava.

Soldier Vitalii Khots was 46 years old, he was a tank gunner during the war. Was killed in action on July 26 near Robotyne village, Zaporizhzhia region. 

Sergeant Viacheslav Tatarchenko was seriously injured during a combat mission. He was treated for six months. The fighter died on December 14. Viacheslav was 54 years old.

In Sakhnivshchyna village of Mashiv community paid tribute to soldier Mykola Tishchenko who was killed in the war. He was a gunner of the mechanized company department of the 110th brigade mechanized battalion. He was considered missing since March 19, 2023, after the assault by the enemy near Kamianka village in Donetsk region. The defender was 25 years old.

Cherkasy oblast

The AFU received a new tranche of aid from Cherkasy. Large-scale, technological, of various directions. For units where Cherkasy resident serve. These are 73 drones of high quality with thermal equipment to see the enemy in the darkness. Folding beds, batteries, HTs, tactical headphones, searchlights, tablets, cables – to form a control and communication system. Ihor Taburets, Head of RMA announced that with Kamianka and Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi help the unit covering the sky over Cherkasy was reinforced and 3 pickup trucks were purchased.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

On December 16 the russian army conducted 118 attacks on towns and villages in Zaporizhzhia oblast. They shelled Gulyaypole, Charivne, Bilohirya, Preobrazhenka, Luhivske, Poltavka, Verkhnya Tersa, Stepnohirsk, Kamianske, Pyatikhatki, and Plavni with artillery.

The General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that four attacks by the russian military west of Verbove and Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia oblast were repelled by the Armed Forces yesterday, on December 17. 

Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol, said that in the temporarily occupied territory of Zaporizhzhia oblast, the occupiers eavesdrop on citizens’ conversations and then come to their homes to conduct searches. 

According to Yuriy Malashko, Head of Zaporizhzhya Regional Military Administration, 411 residents of Zaporizhzhia oblast have received over UAH 22 million in compensation for the repair of damaged housing under the eRestoration programme. 

Mykolaiv oblast

Vitaliy Kim, Head of the Mykolaiv RMA, reported that on 17 December, one russian Shahed-131/136 drone was shot down in Mykolaiv oblast. Additionally, russian military forces targeted the coastal line of Ochakiv, a part of Ochakiv community, and the village of Dniprovske in Kutsurub community. No injuries were reported.

Ivan Kukhta, Head of the city’s military administration, informed that on December 17, two men sustained injuries due to the detonation of an anti-personnel mine in city of Snihurivka in Mykolaiv oblast.

In Mykolaiv, a youth hub is set to be unveiled in spring 2024. This hub will serve as a platform for implementing projects and exchanging experiences among young people from various regions of Ukraine and Denmark. Julie Arnfred Bojesen, director of the Ukrainian-Danish Youth House in Kyiv, credited the opening of this branch to a 5 million Danish kroner grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Odesa oblast

The UMIT_G cargo ship, flying the Turkish flag, has reached Odesa via the “grain corridor”. This is not the first time that this ship has been involved in transporting goods across the Black Sea amidst the ongoing full-scale war. Notably, the cargo ship was one of the ships detained by russians in the Black Sea in 2015. The conflict between russia and Turkey escalated following the downing of a russian fighter jet by Turkish military forces in Syria. Subsequently, russians detained or arrested eight civilian vessels under the Turkish flag in their ports.

Odesa General National Police (GNP) informed that French law enforcement conducted a training session on cybersecurity and criminal analysis for Ukrainian police officers. This week-long training involved personnel from various law enforcement agencies, including the National Police’s Department of Criminal Analysis and the Cyberpolice Department. The training aimed to enhance their expertise in criminal analysis, focusing on advanced methodologies and tools for information gathering, processing, organization, and analysis to prevent and combat crime. The training initiative received support from the Embassy of the French Republic in Ukraine.

Odesa City Council announced that buildings of the Odesa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater and the Odesa Regional Philharmonic named after David Oistrakh have been accorded UNESCO International List of Cultural Properties under Temporary Enhanced Protection.

Kherson oblast

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Regional Military Administration, reported that in Kherson, the russian army shelled a private enterprise. A 40-year-old security guard who was at his workplace was killed.  

Kherson regional police reported that the number of injured police officers injured in the russian shelling of Dariivka on 17 December has risen to nine, but their lives are not in danger. The shells damaged two police cars, seven residential buildings and an administrative building, the 

Ukrainian Armed Forces of South of Ukraine said that on December 17, Ukrainian troops destroyed a Russian Murom video surveillance complex, three observation posts and a fuel depot. A Buratino flamethrower system, two tanks, a grenade launcher, six cannons, a drone, 16 armoured vehicles and 13 russian soldiers were eliminated. 

On December 17, russian troops attacked Kherson oblast 80 times. They fired 374 shells from various types of weapons. One person was killed.

Activists of the Ukrainian resistance movement Yellow Ribbon continue to resist the occupation in Skadovsk, Kherson oblast. Despite the danger and the increase in russian patrols, they once again distributed patriotic ribbons and posters.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Members of the executive committee agreed on the project of the Economic and Social Development Program of Lutsk City Territorial Community for 2024. Key tasks under martial law conditions in 2024 remain assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and territorial defense units.

Zakarpattia oblast

The Regional Council reported that the Proliska non-governmental organization provided assistance to the displaced persons in Zakarpattia in the amount of UAH 8.5 mln.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Defenders who defended the integrity of Ukraine at the cost of their lives were honored in Solotvyn Community. In the village of Rakovets, annotated plaques commemorating the fallen Heroes were opened and consecrated. Regional awards were also presented to relatives of fallen servicemen from Solotvyn community.

Lviv oblast

Ivan Dzyunyk, adefender from Strii region, was posthumously awarded with the 3rd degree “For Courage” Order . The warrior was killed in battle near Bakhmut.

State awards were presented to the families of the fallen defenders from Zolochiv region. 3rd degree “For Courage” orders were awarded to relatives of soldiers Andrii Koval and Serhii Basyura, as well as sergeant Oleh Romanyuk. Defenders were killed on different front lines.

A memorial plaque to Bohdan Murin, graduate of the school, was unveiled on the facade of Pidhaychykivskyi school. The hero defended Kharkiv oblast and was killed in August 2022 from wounds received in battle. In Pustomytiv Lyceum #1, a memorial plaque was opened to 13 fallen soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who were students and parents of students of this educational institution.

Rivne oblast

Bereziv community of the Sarna region sent firewood to the front. Workers of the settlement council of Rokytnivska community of Sarna region bought a gasoline generator for the armed forces. It was purchased for monthly contributions to the Armed Forces. The Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 night vision monocular was received by the military from Kostopil City Council. Shovels, axes and picks for the National Guard unit were sent from Sarnen City Council. Loknytsia Village Council sent 60 periscopes and 5 1260 Wh/1800 W charging stations to the military unit.

Ternopil oblast

Ternopil City Council reported that a Renault truck was sent to the defenders of the 105th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade. The car will be sent to combat positions and will be used for cargo transportation.

20 portable BLUETTI charging stations were sent from Ternopil at the request of the commander of the military unit thanks to the local budget.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

At night, during the air alarm signal, the air defense forces neutralized 1 UAV of the Shahed type within the area. There was no information about the injured or the destruction.

Ukraine and the American Westinghouse signed an agreement on the purchase of equipment for power unit #5 of Khmelnytskyi NPP. Petro Kotin, President of Energoatom, said that the reactor will be built using AR1000 technology – it is the first non-Soviet reactor to be built in Ukraine.

Chernivtsi oblast

Representatives of the RMA and Katarina Haberkorn, Swabia-Bukovina partnership coordinator of the European Bureau of the General Council of Deputies of the District of Swabia, visited the facility where the defenders undergo rehabilitation. According to the program of medical guarantees, in 2023 the institution concluded an agreement on Rehabilitation Assistance for Adults and Children in Inpatient Conditions in the amount of UAH 9 275 568 and in outpatient conditions – UAH 1 298 400.

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

Bridget Brink, US Ambassador to Ukraine, reported that James O’Brien, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, arrived in Kyiv.

Latvia will train over 1,5K soldiers of the Armed Forces. The country trains the Ukrainian military in such areas as basic combined military training, training of an “officer-sergeant” leader, sapper, gunner, and others.

Ukraine and the American Westinghouse signed an agreement on the purchase of equipment for power unit #5 of Khmelnytskyi NPP. Petro Kotin, President of Energoatom, said that the reactor will be built using AR1000 technology – it is the first non-Soviet reactor to be built in Ukraine.

Last week, Ukraine was visited for the first time by a trade mission of the United Kingdom, which included representatives of the government and the defense industry, and a series of agreements were signed as a result of the meetings. The mission took place under the auspices of the Ministry of Business Affairs and the Ministry of Defense on December 13-14 and was a continuation of discussions within the defense industry exhibition DSEI in London regarding a possible partnership between British and Ukrainian companies.

The Babcock British company received a three-year contract from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for the maintenance of Cherkasy and Chernigiv mine countermeasures vessels, which were previously handed over by Britain. Before that, the company’s office was created in Ukraine.

The BAE Systems and the AMS Integrated Solutions Ltd signed an agreement that will enable direct specialized support for Ukrainian artillery systems on the territory of Ukraine. In particular, the artillery transferred by Britain will be repaired and serviced in AMS centers on the territory of Ukraine, where Ukrainian specialists work.

The Thales British company signed a memorandum with the Ukrainian company for the development of drones Aerodrone “to provide new capabilities for the Armed Forces”.

Hanno Pevkur, Minister of Defense of Estonia, announced that Estonia‘s military support to Ukraine will amount to 0.25% of GDP each year.

The Central Criminal Police of Finland demands the arrest of the russian Voyislav Torden aka Jan Slavyan (Petrovsky) on suspicion of committing war crimes in Ukraine in 2014-2015.

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

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


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