War in Ukraine today: latest news, December 19, 2022 (photo)

It has been the 299th 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 launched 1 missile attack, and about 10 MLRS attacks from rocket salvo systems. 28 Iranian Shahed-136 assault UAVs were used, 23 of which being shot down by the Defense Forces of Ukraine. As a result of enemy strikes, civilian infrastructure was damaged and the civilian population suffered.

There were no significant changes towards Volyn and Polissia, and no signs of enemy offensive groups being formed were noticed.

Towards Sloboda, the enemy shelled our positions with artillery in the areas of Strilecha, Hlyboke, Vovchansk and Dvorichna of Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the enemy fired at Kotliarivka, Krokhmalne, and Berestove in Kharkiv oblast and Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, Ploshchanka, Chervonopopivka, and Dibrova in Luhansk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka, the enemy continues to conduct assaults, firing from tanks, mortars and rocket artillery at our positions in the areas of 25 settlements, namely Verkhnekamianske, Berestove, Yakovlivka, Soledar, Hryhorivka, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, Kurdyumivka, Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, and Novomykhailivka of Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the occupiers continue to shell Temyrivka, Chervone, Mali Shcherbaky and Plavna settlements of Zaporizhzhia oblast and the city of Kherson, where civil infrastructure and civilians were once again affected.

Due to significant losses of the invaders, hospitals in the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk oblast are transformed into military ones. Thus, the Luhansk Oblast Clinical Hospital, the Luhansk City Multidisciplinary Hospital No. 15 and the Railway Hospital were handed over to the russian occupation forces. The local population is refused service and had to go to other medical institutions.

In the previous days, in Berdiansk, Tokmak and Polohy of Zaporizhzhia oblast, an ammunition depot, about 15 units of military equipment of various types were destroyed and more than 150 servicemen of the russian occupation forces were injured.

Ukrainian aviation made 12 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel, equipment and weapons and 5 strikes on the positions of the invaders’ anti-aircraft missile systems.

Air defense forces shot down two enemy helicopters. Information about their type is currently being clarified.

Units of rocket troops and artillery of the Defense Forces of Ukraine hit an ammunition depot, 2 control points and 2 buildups of the enemy’s manpower.

 The press service of Energoatom informs that russia attacked Ukraine on the night of the 19th of March, and one of the drones flew near the nuclear plant of the Pivdennoukrainska nuclear power plant.  This is an absolutely unacceptable violation of nuclear and radioactive security. We appeal to the IAEA and the entire world nuclear community, informing about the fact of a drone strike over the nuclear power plant. We again ask you not to allow nuclear facilities to be at risk of attack by the russian army and endanger the nuclear and radioactive safety of Ukraine and the world.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that russia received a new batch of Iranian drones. “This night Ukraine was again attacked by 34 Iranian drones. These were new Shahed drones received by russia from Iran. in the amount of 250 pieces. The President informed the participants of the meeting of the leaders of the United Expeditionary Forces of the United States of America and the russian federation.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the enemy fired at Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, Strilecha and Hlyboke, Kharkiv oblast, Novomlynsk, Kupiansk region and other settlements. 

Head of the office of criminal investigations Serhii Bolvinov said that in Kharkiv oblast about bodies of 200 people murdered during occupation are still unidentified. The police receive DNA-expertise systems which should facilitate identification of the people killed.

In Tsyrkuny, the first 100 consumer were provided with power supply. Kharkivoblenerho informed the village was left without power supply since the first days of russian invasion. 

After the latest missile strikes power supply was fully restored in Kharkiv oblast. According to Oleh Syniehubov, the scheduled power outages are in place. Power is cut off for not more than 4-5 hours a day for every consumer. The work is underway to restore heating and electricity supply in the newly reclaimed territories.  

The non-residential building caught on fire at Shevchenko Street in Kharkiv yesterday. According to the local State Emergency Service, 90 firefighters and 18 vehicles were involved to put it out. It took them about 4 hours.  

The enemy is firing at the settlements of Kharkiv oblast located on the russian border and the front line. Kupiansk region is most affected. 

A 31-year-old rural paramedic received shrapnel wounds as a result of yesterday’s shelling f the village of Kivsharivka, Kupiansk region. He was hospitalized. Medics assess his condition as light. 

In the village of Dvorichna russians damaged the private house and other household premises. There were no casualties. 

De-mining is underway in the newly reclaimed settlements. Pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine neutralized 218 explosives. 

The state ecologic inspection in Kharkiv oblast reports that the ecological inspection assesses the environmental damage incurred by russia at Kharkiv biotechnology university. It exceeds 3.534 billion UAH.  

Donetsk oblast

Good deeds marathon was launched today for kids of internally displaced people of Donetsk oblast in Kyiv at St. Nicholas Day. About 1K kids from Kramatorsk, Sloviansk, Mariupol,  Druzhkivka, Avdiivka, Kurakhove and other settlement of the region visited it.

According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Ukrainian defenders from Chervony Tiulpan, Stuhna units destroyed 13 russian military equipment units in a week. 

Police dogs are involved in de-mining in Sviatohirsk and Lyman after their liberation. Hospitals, schools, kindergartens and houses are being inspected. Dogs detect bodies of russian soldiers mined by occupiers after their retreat. According to the head of police dog training center in Donetsk oblast lieutenant colonel Leonid Kotov, this year the dogs in Donetsk oblast found 16 weapon units, 28K 390 ammunitions, 1557 explosives, 4 kg 200 gr of explosives and 3 bodies. Dog training centers were destroyed in Mariupol, Bakhmut, Volnovakha and Sloviansk by occupiers. 

Search for hazardous items and substances. Photo: Police of Donetsk oblast 

Soldiers of the 10th mountain assault brigade brought gifts, sweets, toys and books to Bakhmut. They visited shelters where kids are living and were giving sweets to passersby and soldiers. 

According to volunteers “Rescue of animals in Kharkiv” volunteers evacuated 99 animals from Toretsk, Donetsk oblast located on the front line and took them to Dnipro.  

Russian soldiers fire at settlements in Donetsk oblast with S-300 anti-aircraft and anti-missile complex and artillery. 3 residential houses and a farm were damaged. 

Russians fire at the different parts of the front line from Vuhledar to Lyman. 

Towards Volnovakha, artillery strikes were launched on Vuhledar and its outskirts. There are no casualties. 

Mariinka and Kurakhivka were hit during the night. Avdiivka was under artillery hit in the morning. The information about  the casualties is being clarified. 

Towards Horlivka 2 people were killed and 3 injured in Bakhmut. 2 private houses were damaged in the city. In Siversk, the administrative building was damaged as a result of shelling. The private house was damaged in Paraskoviivka, Soledar community. 

Towards Lysychansk, 1 person was killed in Torsk, Lyman community. 

Head of Donetsk RMA Pavlo Kyrylenko reported that russians killed 3 civilians in Donetsk oblast: 2 in Bakhmut and 1 in Torsk. 4 people were wounded. 

Luhansk oblast

The General Staff of Ukraine reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled the attacks of occupiers in the area of settlements of Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, Chervonopopivka and Bilohorivka. Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka, Kupiansk region, were hit by russians. Towards Lyman, the enemy fired at Makiivka, Ploschanka, Chervonopopivka and Dibrova. 

Despite all damage to power grids, enemy workers control the situation. The stable frequency of 50 hdz is maintained at the system. It operates in sync with the European continental network. 

Issuing passports forcibly to civilians is more important for occupiers than living standards. According to Luhansk RMA, to update registration documents and change the vehicle plates, civilians have to show the passport of a russian citizen and the document granting permission to reside in russia. 

According to Serhii Haidai, head of Luhansk RMA, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have the advantage over russians who are on the defensive towards Svatove and Kreminna. In Bilohorivka, our soldiers are on the defensive, the enemy can’t advance. 

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

According to the report in Telegram of Oleksii Kuleba, Head of the Kyiv RMA, on December 19, russia attacked critical infrastructure facilities in Kyiv and Kyiv oblast with Iranian drones. Private houses were also destroyed. There are victims. Ukrainian Air Defense Forces destroyed 15 out of 20 Shahed drones that attacked Kyiv on Monday morning. 

According to Mayor of Kyiv Vitalii Klychko and the Kyiv City Administration, after the morning russian attacks on the capital and the damage to infrastructure facilities, utility workers managed to restore the operation of most boiler houses. About 3% of consumers remain without heating. The water supply system of the capital operates in a normal mode. There is an emergency blackout. Obolonskyi, Podilskyi and Desnianskyi districts suffer the most from the shortage of electricity supply in the capital. DTEK emphasizes that emergency blackouts are a necessary step to balance the power system and avoid equipment accidents. Energy workers of the country are doing everything possible to correct the situation.

The female personnel of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, territorial bodies of Kyiv oblast and Kyiv, quick response rescue team and medical center participated in the “Surviving in war conditions, emergencies and self-defense” training. The UWG instructors shared with those present  some theoretical and applied skills on how to survive in the city, make the survival plan, prepare an emergency kit (for kids and the whole family), basics of survival medicine, food essentials (preparing and storing). The shelters were also discussed, namely how to equip your house (light, heating, storing things) and tools to survive in the city, self-defense and survival skills. 

According to NetBlocks, monitoring cyber-security and Internet management, after a mass attack by kamikaze drones, there are some issues with the Internet in Kyiv.  According to the latest data, there were serious issues with Internet access on the afternoon of December 19.

On December 19, the country’s main Christmas tree was traditionally lit in Sofiivska Square. There has been a lot of debate this year on whether to put up Christmas trees when the country is at war and there are planned and emergency blackouts. However, the Christmas tree was decorated and lit at the expense of patrons. The mayor of the city, Vitalii Klychko, said: “I think we’ve made the right decision. There should be a Christmas tree! Our children should have a holiday despite all efforts of russian barbarians to deprive Ukrainians of the joy of Christmas and New Year.”

Zhytomyr oblast

Zhytomyr regional hospital and 3 other regional hospitals were equipped with Starlink terminals. High-speed and wireless Internet will help to receive calls from patients and be in constant contact with dispatch centers. All medical institutions providing inpatient care are equipped with generators in case of power outages.

According to Zhytomyr Mayor Serhii Sukhomlin, Zhytomyr received project documentation from the Italian Red Cross for installation of houses for IDPs. All communications are connected. They expect that they will be able to bring ready-made houses in spring. These are ready-made “turnkey” apartments. Many soldiers are now defending Ukraine, their families are in Zhytomyr, have the status of IDP families. So this is also an opportunity to provide military families with housing. The first batch, as promised by the Italians, is 40 houses. Although the number may increase.

Installation of houses for IDPs in Zhytomyr oblast continues. Photo from social networks

According to the Zhytomyr City Council, buses from Tallinn will run through the streets of Zhytomyr. The Estonian capital will send  twenty buses to Zhytomyr. 

Sumy oblast

According to Head of Sumy RMA, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, on December 18, the occupiers launched 26 strikes on the border of Sumy oblast. The communities of Hlukhiv and Shalyhino were shelled with mortars and self-propelled guns.

This morning, the russian military attacked the Znob-Novhorod community with mortars. Two hits were recorded.

According to Sumyoblenerho, in Sumy oblast, emergency blackout schedules +2/-4 were applied. This is a forced step due to the cold weather and issues with energy infrastructure as a result of the latest massive missile attack.

According to Mayor of Trostianets, Yurii Bova, the Trostianets community received an ambulance as a gift from the Polish city of Jaslo. 

A new stamp Separated by War was issued in Sumy oblast. The sketch was created by an 11th-grader from Mykolaiv, Valeria Mykhailova and selected during the voting in November. It tells a story about a girl and her beloved military man, who celebrate Christmas holidays apart.

Redemption of the new New Year’s stamp in Sumy Oblast: “Separated by War” Photo from social networks

In Okhtyrka, the event “Nikolai is Coming to Us!” was held for children with disabilities. Children from the Okhtyrka rehabilitation center celebrated St. Nicholas Day with an animator.

Chernihiv oblast

According to spokeswoman of the Chernihiv border detachment, Halyna Shekhovtsova, on December 18, the village of Hremiach in  Novhorod-Siversk community was hit 12 times with mortars.

In the evening, there was an explosion in the Novhorod-Siverskyi community, probably from barrel artillery. Russians fired near the village of Hai.

According to the ‘North’ Operational Command, the border area of Chernihiv oblast was attacked. Semenivka community was shelled 8 times near Karpovychi and Tymonovychi probably with artillery.

Chernihiv volunteers congratulated the children from the infamous Chornobaivka on St. Nicholas Day. This was announced on the page of the Chornobaivka community. Representatives of the public organization Spark of Good brought gifts to the children.

In Chernihiv oblast, the Chernihiv Employment Center provided 71 employers with monetary compensation for employing 177 internally displaced persons. Compensation is UAH 6.5 thousand per person.

Foresters of Chernihiv oblast sent 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Kherson oblast. 5 forestry enterprises of Chernihiv region took part in the event. Kherson residents received food products and slate for rebuilding roofs.

A cat from Chernihiv that escaped from a bombarded home was found 70 km away. It went missing during the house bombing on March 4. For many months, the owners were looking for the pet, until they accidentally found it on the Internet in the village of Desna in the Kozelech region.

Cat Simona, after surviving the bombing and traveling 70 km, is at home again. Photo from social networks

The Baturyn City Council says that Baturyn community received a modern fire truck from Poland. 

In Nizhyn community, gingerbread was baked for the Armed Forces. Patriotic goodies were decorated at the Nizhyn city council. Festive pastries for the soldiers were prepared by students of the Nizhyn Professional Agrarian Lyceum.

Medical clinics of the city of Mena and the village of Birkivka in Chernihiv oblast received portable ultrasound systems from the International Charitable Foundation AISM Ukraine. The devices worth UAH 255,980 will be used by family doctors to examine patients.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Head of the Regional Council Mykola Lukashuk, the night in the region was tense, the invaders again attacked the peaceful communities of Dnipropetrovsk oblast. Air defense forces shot down two Shahed UAVs at night. Russian terrorists shelled Nikopol region 7 times during the night. They fired about 60 shells from heavy artillery and MRLS,

striking Marhanets, Nikopol, and Chervonohryhorivka communities. 

In Marhanets community, about two dozen residential and farm buildings, 3 schools, and an administrative building were shelled. The gas pipeline and the electricity grid were damaged. In Chervonohryhorivka community, 11 private houses, outbuildings, 3 cars, and power lines were mutilated. A woman injured during a missile attack on a residential building in Kryvyi Rih was operated in Dnipro hospital.

Vinnytsia oblast

The spokeswoman of the ‘South’ Operational Command, Natalia Humeniuk, reported that a kamikaze drone was shot down over Vinnytsia at night.

The Vinnytsia City Council reported that 300 boxes of tasty and healthy products, gifts from Poland, are being delivered to large families.

The Vinnytsia City Council reported that another humanitarian cargo was being sent from Vinnytsia to Balaklia, which local volunteers had gathered during the past month within the Together! project. Thanks to the Interregional Coordination Humanitarian Headquarters, hygiene products, warm clothes, blankets, Ukrainian-language books, musical instruments, and Boxes of Love for children were given to the people of Balaklia. In addition to humanitarian aid, the volunteers want to add cultural and educational events for Balaklia residents and conduct Ukrainian language lessons. 

Volunteers from Poland brought two tonnes of humanitarian cargo to Lyceum # 7 in Vinnytsia. The director of the educational institution, Hanna Romanova, says that the aid started to be distributed in March among the military and residents of the home for the elderly in Brailiv, which is under the care of the lyceum.

Kirovohrad oblast

Ukrenerho informed that the schedules of emergency power outages are introduced in Kirovohrad oblast. Critical infrastructure facilities were restored, but restoration of energy supply to household consumers may take a long time.

On St. Nicholas Day, in Kropyvnytskyi, festive illuminations were lit on 12 trees dedicated to hero cities, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and volunteers. According to the director of the enterprise, Dmytro Totok, all the garlands are connected to the generator.

Poltava oblast

Oleh Liednik, Head of the Kremenchuk district military administration, reported that the air defense forces shot down a Shahed-136 kamikaze drone at night.

Cherkasy oblast

More than fifty gingerbreads for the military were painted by the fourth-graders of Cherkasy School # 30. The campaign was dedicated to St. Nicholas’ Day.

A New Year’s stamp called Separated by War from Ukrposhta was presented in Cherkasy. 

According to General Director of Ukrposhta Ihor Smilianskyi, the design was chosen by the national vote. The author of the winning stamp was 11th-grader Valeriia Mykhailova from Mykolaiv, who was forced to flee abroad.

Separated by war” stamp. Photo from social networks

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The Regional Military Administration informed that the situation towards Zaporizhzhia has not changed significantly over the last day. The enemy focuses its main efforts on holding the occupied positions. According to the police, the occupiers fired at civilian infrastructure in 15 settlements. There were 12 reports of the destruction of civilian houses and infrastructure as a result of shelling by the russian military. The enemy continues to use educational institutions on the temporarily occupied territory to station their units. Thus, in some settlements of the Vasylivka region, the occupiers deployed their personnel in schools of Zaporizhzhia oblast. At the same time, the educational process continues and children attend classes.

Civilians were evacuated from the temporarily occupied territory. Head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Starukh said that the russian occupiers complicated the exit through Vasylivka so much that now this way is inaccessible, only one person was able to leave yesterday. 300 thousand people have left through this corridor, so it was working at full capacity. Now there is no such possibility. Unfortunately, yesterday only one person was able to leave, but it was restricted so that no one had driven along this road in the previous days. 

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces informs that the number of invaders has increased in the settlements of the Melitopol region. In addition, russian occupiers are considering the possibility of involving former policemen who defected to the enemy in combat operations. According to the report, the invaders continue to inspect the residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. Particular attention is paid to mobile phones and smartphones.

Mykolaiv oblast

Vitalii Kim, Head of the Regional Military Administration, said that the russians shelled the water area of the Ochakiv community with MLRS. The Enerhoatom press office also reported that a Shahed-136 kamikaze drone flew over the site of the Uzhnoukrainska Nuclear Power Plant at night, very close to the nuclear facility. “This is an absolutely unacceptable violation of nuclear and radiation safety. We appeal to the IAEA and the entire world nuclear community, informing them about the fact of the attack drone flying over the site of the nuclear power plant. Once again, we urge preventing nuclear facilities from being exposed to the risk of attack by the russian army and posing a threat to nuclear and radiation safety of Ukraine and the world”, Enerhoatom said.

In Mykolaiv hospitals, there are 143 wounded who suffered from the attacks of the russian occupiers. Six more received outpatient treatment,  said Head of the Mykolaiv Regional Council, Hanna Zamazeyeva./

According to the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration, works to restore gas and electricity supply in the settlements affected by the war continue. As of today, 5,996 consumers are without a gas supply. Electricity and water supply are cut off in 75 settlements.

According to Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych, people are queuing for drinking water like in Mykolaiv during World War II, the situation remains critical. The russians bombed the water intake station after the retreat, and even after reconstructing the pipes connecting the Dnipro River and Mykolaiv, it is impossible to supply drinking water to the city today. As it has been repeatedly reported, in the spring, as a result of hostilities, the water pipeline that supplied water from the Dnipro River to the city was damaged. The mayor also said that wells continue to be drilled in Mykolaiv to connect the city water supply to them.

Odesa oblast

According to Spokesman of the Odesa regional military administration Serhii Bratchuk, the day passed without air raid alerts in Odesa oblast, but the threat of missile strikes and kamikaze drone attacks by russians for Odesa oblast remains high. At night, russian occupational forces attacked Ukraine with Iranian-made Shahed-136 kamikaze drones. 30 of 35 attack drones launched from the eastern coast of the Sea of Azov were destroyed. In the southern direction, the forces and means of the ‘South’ Air Defense Command destroyed 10 Shaheds. In the Black Sea, 8 russian ships were on combat duty, among which no missile carriers were spotted. 

The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reported that 7 more vessels with agricultural products left the ports of Odesa oblast over the past two days. They are heading to the countries of Africa, Asia, and Europe. On board the vessels that left the ports of Odesa, there are 182 K tonnes of products. Now 24 ships are under processing in the ports. They load 973 K tonnes of Ukrainian agricultural products. 5 vessels are moving along the “grain corridor” to load more than 104 tonnes of agricultural products. In total, since August 1, 565 vessels have left Odesa ports, exporting 14.2 million tonnes of Ukrainian food to Asia, Europe, and Africa. Almost 100 vessels are standing in the Bosporus Strait due to the delay of registration by russia.

Generators will be set up in schools and full-day kindergartens. They will provide power to illuminate shelters during air raids. This was announced by the Mayor of Odesa, Hennadii Trukhanov. He thanked the International Charitable Foundation Your City and all its donors from Germany, the USA, and Ukraine for the assistance, as well as for the provided medicines.

Generators received by Odesa oblast from the Foundation. Photo: “Odesa. Officially”

Kherson oblast

Yaroslav Yanushevych, Head of the RMA, informed that the russian occupiers shelled the territory of Kherson region 69 times. The enemy fired at peaceful settlements of the region from artillery, MLRS, mortars, and tanks. The invaders continue to attack residential areas of Kherson. They hit an educational institution, a hotel, and private and apartment buildings. Yesterday, 6 people were injured of varying severity due to russian shelling. 

Consequences of a russian missile hitting a civilian building. Photo: RMA

Residents of Kherson oblast are provided with humanitarian aid. Thanks to the cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Muzykivka community received necessary things for the residents. Volunteers brought warm blankets, mattresses, lanterns, sets of dishes, and water containers. The international organization Médecins Sans Frontières delivered  a modular platform to Arkhangelsk where medical workers of the Arkhangelsk outpatient clinic will be based. The building of the outpatient clinic was destroyed as a result of enemy shelling. 

Unloading humanitarian aid in Kherson oblast. Photo: RMA

Head of Kherson city military administration, Halina Luhova, during a briefing, reported that 80% of Kherson residents are provided with water supply, 75% – heating, and 90% – electricity. According to Luhova, due to numerous attacks, 80% of the city is currently supplied with water. By means of generators, the services are trying to pump water from artesian wells, but the situation is tense. “Utility crews repair the infrastructure, and then there is another hit. During these 8 months of occupation, the enemy has studied critical infrastructure very well, they know where and what is located, how to act, and how to hit,” noted Luhova.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The 100th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade reported that the defenders of the belarusian border ask the residents of Polissia not to neglect safety and go into the forest to cut down Christmas trees. It is especially dangerous to enter the five-kilometer strip along the Ukrainian-belarusian border.

In Lutsk, the race of St. Nicholas Run Mykolaichyky was held. The charity competition was organized by the Port City shopping center. All funds collected during registration will be donated to the Armed forces of Ukraine.

Zakarpattia oblast

In Zakarpattia, the bakery industry suffers due to the lack of normal electricity supply. A large volume of future bakery products spoils at the stage of preparation due to interruptions of the process.

A minibus from Hungary arrived at the Berehiv humanitarian center with gifts for children of Kharkiv and Kyiv oblasts. Named gifts were sent by employees of the Budapest company Schneider Electric. Thus, they joined the Christmas campaign of the international organization Voice of Children.

On the initiative of the activists of the Voices of Children charitable foundation, a solemn meeting of St. Nicholas with the children of IDPs was held in the volunteer center of the city of Berehiv.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Ukrenerho reduced the power limit for the oblast to 250.13 MW. This is 9% less than the previous day’s limit.

Thanks to the volunteers from Poland and Great Britain, disabled children living in orphanages in the oblast received gifts and humanitarian aid, namely, generators, carts for people with disabilities, warm things, food (sweets, cereals, cookies, baby food, etc.), hygiene products and household appliances.

Lviv oblast

In Lviv oblast, a dormitory was converted into housing for displaced persons. In the two-storey building, windows and doors were replaced, bathrooms, showers and kitchens installed. In total, there are 11 rooms for 66 places. Funds for repairs were taken from the regional budget and Polish partners.

One of the medical institutions of Lviv oblast, where soldiers and civilians who were injured by russian terrorists are treated and rehabilitated, received humanitarian aid. The 320 kW generator was provided by the Malta Emergency Services.

RMA representatives met with Voivode of Podkarpackie (the Republic of Poland) Eva Leniart and Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv Eliza Dzvonkevych. They discussed humanitarian aid.

The Polish delegation handed over humanitarian aid, namely, sets of warm winter clothes and food for long-term storage for the needs of residents and IDPs of Yavorsk region.

Zaporizhzhia medics received 100 bulletproof vests from the Lviv Defense Cluster. In total, within the project, medics working in the combat zone and near-front areas will receive 3K specialized bulletproof vests for free.

In Lviv, a stylized anti-tank hedgehog made by Lvivelectrotrans was attached to the top of the Christmas tree. The weight of the “decoration” is 1.3 kg, the size is 1.2 m. This year’s tree lighting will consume 1 kW per hour and will be turned on from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. In the event of a power outage on Freedom Avenue, the Christmas tree will not be illuminated separately.

Symbolic Christmas tree. Photo: from social networks

Thanks to the Norwegian Council for Refugees in Ukraine – Legal Aid, a charity event for St. Nicholas Day for approximately 150 children and their parents was held. The celebration took place in the shelter, but after the alarm period was over, the guests returned to the assembly hall.

Rivne oblast

In Rivne oblast, electricity limits were reduced by 20% compared to the previous week.

The city polyclinic in Rivne will install heat pumps with a total cost of EUR 100K. The building of critical infrastructure will be warmed autonomously. The project is financed by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Rivne became a participant in the project Promoting Development of Social Infrastructure of the Ukrainian Social Investment Fund. Thanks to the project, one of the buildings will be turned into furnished apartments for displaced people. Donors are ready to invest about EUR 2 million in such social housing.

Since September, sappers of the Rivne State Emergency Service surveyed 78 hectares of territory in Donetsk oblast. 1 071 munitions were found and destroyed.

Ternopil oblast

The Borsukiv territorial community reported that thanks to the US diaspora, defenders from Ternopil oblast received cars.

The Museum of the Red Cross of Ukraine was opened in Zbarazh. The organizers have also created a public space where volunteers will conduct training sessions and other activities for those willing, including teaching first aid and providing psychosocial support.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Thanks to the Children of War partnership project, 82 children from the liberated territories are being rehabilitated in the Kamianets region. The key goal of the project is psychological rehabilitation of children from the frontline areas.

On the initiative of the RMA and the Protect Khmelnytskyi CF, the action Power of Love was held. In Khmelnytskyi, Kamianets-Podilskyi and Shepetivka, people collect warm things, toys, sweets and letters with greetings for children. Then these gifts will be sent to the children of Kherson oblast.

Chernivtsi oblast

The operation of 100 stationary and mobile Invincibility Centers is provided in the oblast. Another 200 were initiated by private companies. In general, 2,6K people have visited Invincibility Centers since their work began.

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

The United Kingdom will transfer hundreds of thousands of artillery ammunition to Ukraine next year for a total of about 250 million pounds.

The Netherlands provided military aid to Ukraine for almost 1 billion euros. At the same time, the country contributes EUR 25 million to the NATO fund for military support of Ukraine. This fund is intended for payments for fuel, clothing and medicine.

Latvia will allocate EUR 560K to purchase generators for Ukrainian media.

In Berlin, EUR 24 million was collected for children’s aid during the evening. The majority of the funds will be sent to Ukraine. The charity event was organized by the German Hearts for Children foundation.

Norway stopped issuing visas to russians. They are not given even if they are invited to the country by Norwegian organizations.

The Ministry of Defense of Great Britain showed photos from the training of the Ukrainian military in the north of England.

Photos of the training. Photo from social networks

The cover of the Polish weekly Wprost.

Wprost. Photo from social networks

De-energized Ukraine from space. Photo by NASA. The shot was taken on December 17 after a missile attack by russia.

Ukraine from space. 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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