War in Ukraine today: latest news, December 20, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 665th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

What happened in Ukraine today:

Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 6 pm:   

The enemy continues to violate the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, launches strikes, and shells both military and civilian targets.

There were 89 combat engagements. The enemy launched 5 missiles and 31 air strikes, 53 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. The russian terrorist attacks have wounded civilians. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

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

Towards Volyn and Polissia, there were no significant changes and no signs of formation of 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. Around 20 settlements were shelled with artillery and mortar, including Karpovychi, Chernihiv oblast, Khotin, Kostiantynivka, Volfyne, Sumy oblast, Veterynarne, Vovchansk, Budarky, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk the Ukrainian defenders repelled 16 attacks in the vicinity of Synkivka east of Petropavlivka and Ivanivka, Kharkiv oblast). The enemy used air support in attempts to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 10 settlements, including Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Berestove, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, the Ukrainian soldiers repelled 12 enemy attacks in the vicinity of Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, east of Terny and Spirne, Donetsk oblast. The invaders launched an airstrike in the area of Serebrianske forestry, Luhansk oblast. The enemy fired artillery and mortars at more than 10 settlements, including Nevske, Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, Torske, Serebrianka, Verkhniokamianske, Rozdolivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 6 attacks near Bohdanivka, Klischiivka, and Andriivka, Donetsk oblast. Around 10 settlements were shelled with artillery and mortar, including Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klischiivka, Andriivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 13 enemy attacks east of Novobakhmutivka, Avdiivka, and 18 more attacks in the vicinities of Sjeverne, Pervomaiske and Nevelske, Donetsk oblast. The occupiers fired from artillery and mortar at around 10 settlements, including Novobakhmutivka, Berdychi, Avdiivka, Sieverne, Pervomaisk, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Mariinka, the Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to hold back the enemy in the vicinity of Mariinka, Pobieda, Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast. With air support, the enemy launched 9 unsuccessful attacks on the positions of Ukrainian defenders. The settlements of Heorhiivka, Mariinka, Novomykhailivka, Pobieda were shelled with artillery and mortar.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy did not launch any offensive (assault) operationes. They fired from artillery and mortar at around 10 settlements, including Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled 4 attacks west of Verbove and south of Robotyne, Zaporizhzhia oblast. The enemy made attempts to push back Ukrainian troops from their positions. Around 20 settlements, including Poltavka, Malynivka, Huliaipole, Huliaipilske, Kamianske, Zaporizhzhia oblast, were shelled with artillery and mortar.

Towards Kherson, they fired from artillery at the city of Kherson, Kherson oblast, and Dniprovske, Ochakiv, Mykolaiv oblast. The invaders launched an airstrike in the vicinity of Krynky, Kherson oblast.

The enemy did not abandon its intention to push back our units from the left bank of the Dnipro and launched 29 failed assaults. The attacks were repelled and the enemy retreated having suffered major losses. The Ukrainian troops are holding the line, continuing to retain their positions.

The Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes on 16 buildups of troops, weapons, and military equipment, and 1 strike on an air defense system of the enemy. The air defense forces shot down 1 Kh-59 guided missile.

The Ukrainian rocket troops and artillery hit 2 buildup of troops, weapons, and military equipment, 6 artillery systems of the russian invaders.

Here are the most important President’s statements from his final press conference: the US will not betray us, and what we agreed on, the US will fulfil in full.  No one knows if the war will end in 2024, and neither do the partners. The lack of aircraft from the Allies affected the course of the counteroffensive. Ukraine is working on additional military aid. The President did not discuss a ceasefire or dialogue with Putin or Orban. There was a conflict with Poland over grain. Ukraine lost hundreds of millions of dollars and part of the harvest. Ukraine cannot make compromises, it is a matter of survival. Ukraine will not change its strategy aimed at liberating the occupied territories and will not refuse to return to the borders of 1991. Ukraine is not invited to NATO, none of the member countries have done so. Signals regarding participation in the Alliance are delusional. The President has a working relationship with Zaluzhnyy who must be responsible for the results on the battlefield. The President is waiting for specific things on the battlefield. There is a strategy and he wants to see the details. The President will not sign the mobilization of women. Regarding lowering the mobilization age to 25 years, if there is justification, the President agrees with it. The process of exchanging prisoners has become more complicated, but the track will open. Many Ukrainians will return to Ukraine when there will be more reliable air defense, and also because Europe will reduce support programs. We will make a million drones next year.

Next year, Ukraine plans to produce 1 million FPV drones, over 10,000 mid-range strike drones, and over  1,000 drones with a range of 1,000 km or more.  

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

The General Staff reported that on 19 December, Ukrainian troops repelled 69 russian attacks in the eastern part of the frontline. 6 russian tanks were destroyed.

The enemy attacked three times towards Kupiansk and six times towards Lyman. There were 205 artillery attacks, two air strikes on our positions and russians used 19 kamikaze drones. 247 invaders were eliminated and 43 units of their military equipment destroyed. Specifically, six tanks and seven armoured personnel carriers.

Volodymyr Fito, Head of public relations of the Ground Forces Command, confirmed that on the eastern front, russians have a specific plan to advance near Bakhmut and Kupiansk and are in a hurry to carry it out. The fighting is going on around the clock. Towards Bakhmut, russians are trying to advance towards Chasiv Yar and towards Kupiansk are trying to capture Synkivka.

Kharkiv oblast

According to Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, the invaders launched 2 attacks on Saltivskyi district of Kharkiv with S-300 missiles at night. At 1 am an enemy ammunition hit a residential building. At 1:07 am, the territory of a civilian transport enterprise was hit. The police reported that a crater 9 metres in diameter and 3.5 metres deep had formed at the site of the hit. Vladyslav Pryimak, Director of Saltivka Tram Depot, stated that the depot in Saltivka, which was hit by russian missiles at night, is not working, they are storing vehicles that are no longer in use.

Aftermath of russian missiles. Photo from social media

About 20 settlements were under enemy artillery and mortar attack, specifically: Huriv Kozachok of Bohodukhiv region, Vetetrynarne of Kharkiv region, Starytsia, Vovchansk, Budarky of Chuhuiv region, Synkivka, Dvorichna, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Berestove of Kupiansk region. Synkivka suffered from air strikes.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 9 enemy attacks near Synkivka, Kupiansk region.

At 1 am, the enemy attacked Odradne village, Kupiansk region, with two S-300 missiles. There were no casualties.

At 3:10 am, the enemy shelled Kurylivka village, Kupiansk region. A private building was damaged.

At 11:36 am, a 55-year-old civilian woman sustained injuries as a result of hostile shelling in Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi. She was hospitalised in moderate condition. The building was damaged.

At 11:41 am, a private building and outbuildings were destroyed as a result of shelling in Podoly village, Kupiansk region.

At 12:07 pm, a private building was damaged as a result of hostile shelling in Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi village, Kupiansk region. There were no casualties.

As a result of the bad weather, 1469 consumers in the region are without electricity. Repair crews continue to work to restore power supply in Blyzniuky, Barvinkove, Vovchansk and Kupiansk communities.  

Pyrothecnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 2.7 hectares of territory and defused 56 explosive ordnance.

Kharkiv Ordzhonikidzevskyi District Court will hear the case of a 26-year-old russian man who, during the occupation of Kupiansk, demanded to sell him a three-year-old girl for RUB 200,000, and when the father refused, he and other invaders beat the man and imitated the execution.

Donetsk oblast

The press service of Donetsk police reported that yesterday russian army attacked civilians 13 times. The enemy used Grad multiple rocket launchers, artillery and tanks. 8 settlements were under attack: Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Kurakhove, Chasiv Yar cities, Ocheretyne, Berdychi, Bohdanivka and Novoselivka Persha settlements. 4 civilian objects were damaged, such as, 2 residential buildings, a school and a railway track.

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, towards Donetsk, a person was injured and a building damaged in Krasnohorivka of Marinka community, Novomykhailivka and Paraskoviivka shelled. An industrial area was hit in Kurakhove community.

Towards Horlivka, 4 private buildings, 1 apartment building and 1 industrial building were damaged in Chasiv Yar community. Rozdolivka and Minkivka of Soledar community were shelled.

Towards Lysychansk, three streets in Serebrianka of Siversk community, Pereizne of Zvanivka community and Torske and Zarichne of Lyman community were shelled.

Yurii Fedorenko, Commander of the Achilles UAV company, informed that russian military near Bakhmut have a large advantage in numbers, so the most important task is to prevent direct firefights, in which russians can push the defence line through with their numbers.

Petro Andriushchenko, Mariupol Mayor’s Councillor, said on Mariupol.Sprotyv Telegram channel that russian invaders in Mariupol are strengthening the security of their military bases, installing cameras and observation points. In this way, they are trying to protect military facilities from attacks by Ukrainian army missiles and drones.

A soldier of the 1st Omega Special Forces detachment, call sign Zyhzah, stated that there are no problems with the supply of ammunition to Ukrainian troops towards Avdiivka.

There are currently six people over the age of 100 living in Sloviansk. The City Military Administration reported that these are five women and one man.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, yesterday the invaders attacked Nevske and Novoliubivka. There were two explosions in each of the settlements. In addition, the enemy launched an air strike on Novoliubivka. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties. The enemy also fired at Bilohorivka and attacked Serebrianka forest, but all their attempts were stopped by the Defence Forces.

Residents of the occupied Sukhodolsk expressed their dissatisfaction with the inactivity of the local authorities at a rally. Back on 11 December, they lost power due to bad weather. Almost immediately, water supply and centralised heating were cut off. A week later, many of them had to defrost their indoor systems. The leadership of the city, which was occupied by russia in 2014, replied that no restoration work would be carried out in December.

As soon as the new garbage containers provided by russian federation under the programme were installed in Perevalsk, they disappeared. And russian garbage trucks that were supposed to serve the city also disappeared.

The invaders promised to completely rebuild the cities they destroyed during 2022-2023. Now they have offered a 12-year plan. It provides only about 10% of the facilities to be restored. Specifically, in Lysychansk, they are going to repair only 20 apartment blocks during this time. Many collaborators of “russian world” could not stand such living conditions and fled the occupied Luhansk oblast to russia.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The “Poruch” volunteer union provided “warm help” to temporary migrants in Kyiv. The participants organized it with the help of partners from the UN Refugee Agency. Most of the members of the union are themselves displaced persons from the war zone or occupation zone.

A new department of medical and psychological rehabilitation was opened in the regional center of mental health in the restored premises, which was the most affected by the actions of the occupiers. During the year, it was intensively rebuilt. International and public organizations helped a lot. The department is designed for 25 beds. There are 3 rehabilitation rooms where more than 20 different services are provided. Military and civilians will be received here.

Kyiv Regional Center for Emergency Medical Aid and Disaster Medicine reported on Facebook that American singer and actress Barbra Streisand donated the fourth ambulance to the Vyshhorod emergency medical aid station in the Kyiv oblast.

In the exhibition halls of the National Museum “Kyiv Art Gallery” the personal exhibition of the artist Hanna Kryvolap “Pulse of Love” is ongoing. The artistic project included fragments of two painting series: “Warriors” and “Ribbons”, which unexpectedly and naturally united in one artistic project, creating a single and organic exposition. Artists who went to the front with the beginning of the war became the heroes of Hanna Kryvolp’s paintings.

Our defenders, in particular, actor Oleksandr Pecheritsa and doctor Inna Chernenko. Photo: Tatyana Asadcheva

The exhibition “Fragility” has been announced, which will open in Kyiv this Saturday, December 23. This exhibition is dedicated to prisoners of war and those who are waiting for relatives and friends from captivity. To draw attention to them and support their families, paintings, sculptures and digital works by more than 20 contemporary foreign and Ukrainian artists will be displayed in the protest art gallery of the Maidan Museum.

Documentary short films “Life in the occupation” and “Heroes of the occupation” are presented in Kyiv – stories of the survival and struggle of ordinary people during the occupation of the right-bank part of the Kherson oblast. The films were produced by the “Historical Truth” team with the support of the AMES Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Students of Volodymyr Melnyk Obukhiv Academic Lyceum in Kyiv oblast held a charity fair and collected funds for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Schoolchildren held a fair to purchase a drone for the 5th assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which is currently fighting heavy battles in the Klishchiivka region of the Donetsk oblast.

Bucha City Council announced that unique embroidered towels and ancient women’s shirts were donated to the Museum of History and Culture “Uvarovskyi Dim” in Vorzel. The embroidered works were donated by a resident of Bucha, Yevdokia Kobyshcha.

Bucha City Council reported that for the first time, a Liturgy was held in the Ukrainian language in the Bucha church.

Zhytomyr oblast

In Zhytomyr, rescuers teach mine safety. On December 20, specialists of the State Emergency Service held a training seminar, where they talked in detail about ammunition, their explosive properties, and demonstrated the peculiarities of their identification on 3D models.

The relatives of the fallen soldiers from Berdychiv helped the military hospital. They were able to hand over 150 kilograms of fruit to the defenders who are undergoing rehabilitation: oranges, persimmons, apples, bananas, tangerines, 110 liters of water and honey. But the main gift was a laptop for the opening of a new rehabilitation department, the devices of which need software.

In Zhytomyr oblast, there are 4 more recipients of grants for the development of veteran business. Among the grant recipients are three combatants and a veteran’s wife. Residents of Zhytomyr oblast submitted a total of 28 applications for “veteran” grants, 11 of which received positive decisions.

Another train from Donetsk oblast arrived to Berdychiv in Zhytomyr oblast with 6 evacuees, including two people with disabilities. Rescue workers, police officers, representatives of the authorities, the charitable organization “Caritas of Ukraine” and the Red Cross Society of Ukraine met the forcibly displaced people at the station.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that during the past day, the enemy carried out 10 shellings of the border territories and settlements of the oblast. 100 explosions were recorded. Krasnopillia, Bilopillia, Nova Sloboda, Esman, Seredina-Buda communities came under shelling. On the night and morning of December 20, the russians carried out 7 shellings of the border territories and settlements of the Sumy oblast. 26 explosions were recorded. Khotyn, Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Seredina-Buda, and Svesa communities came under shelling.

Vasyl Lavrynenko, deputy head of the Krasnopillia community said that russians attacked Krasnopillia in the Sumy oblast in the evening of December 19, one person was injured, she was hospitalized. According to him, loses from damage to administrative buildings and private houses amount to hundreds of thousands of hryvnias.

In Seredyna-Buda, a private house caught fire, the district court building was damaged, and two more apartment buildings were mutilated due to shelling by the russian army.

Fire in a private house due to russian shelling. Photo: The Police of Sumy oblast

In Esman, a person was injured and a railway track was damaged in the direction of “Khutir Mykhailivskyi”.

The police of Sumy Oblast informed that a power line was damaged in Svesa.

The Ministry of Energy reported that 2.8 thousand subscribers of Sumy oblast were left without electricity due to hostilities in the region.

The Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine conducted the All-Ukrainian selection for the national team of Ukraine for participation in the international competition “United States Air Force Trials”. In total, about 170 war veterans and active servicemen joined the sports competitions, which lasted from December 12 to 14. Of these, 30 participants will represent the Ukrainian veteran and military community on the international stage in the United States of America already this spring.

All-Ukrainian selection of veterans and servicemen. Photo: tg-channel of Sumy RMA

Sumy city council reported that the eighth humanitarian cargo from the partner city of Celle (Germany) arrived to the city. The residents of Sumy received diapers, baby food, first aid kits, bed linen, sports equipment for educational institutions, as well as gifts from the children of Celle to the young residents of Sumy. The partners also received a properly equipped manipulator, which will be used during works on the improvement of the city.

Chernihiv oblast

The spokeswoman of the Chernihiv border detachment, Galina Shekhovtsova reported that during the past day, the russian army shelled the Semenivka community on the border of Chernihiv oblast with infantry fighting vehicle guns and mortars.

Police volunteers and veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine were awarded the award “For the Defense of Chernihiv”. 48 volunteers were awarded, two of them posthumously.

The deputy mayor of Koryukivka Oleksandr Bykov announced that the border villages of the Koryukivka community of the Chernihiv oblast, which suffer from a poor television signal and lack of Internet access, have not yet received the Starlink terminals promised by the government. According to him, repair crews are fixing the wire connection from Ukrtelecom, but the constant shelling nullifies this work.

Creative collectives from the injured communities of Chernihiv oblast: Kiyinka community, Lashukiv region and the city of Chernihiv restored the ancient Ukrainian traditions of Christmas Eve and Christmas carols. The other day, they presented their estates, filled with embroidered towels and Ukrainian dishes, in the Nezlamnosti hub of the Blue Bird Chernihiv Charitable Foundation.

A traveling exhibition “On the Break” took place in Pryluky. It consists of 18 stands, each of which is dedicated to one of the problems – “ruptures”: social phenomena that affected Ukrainian society during the war.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

At night the enemy Shahed was shot down over Kryvyi Rih district by Air Force troops.

Military of Air Command East shot down an enemy missile over Dniprovskyi district of the region.

During the day the enemy used 11 kamikaze drones and shelled Nikopol district 5 times. In Nikopol 11 residential buildings and 8 farm buildings, a bus stop, a car, a power line and fences were damaged. They hit Marhanets, Pokrovsk and Myrivsk communities. In Myrivsk community an outbuilding and 2 cars were damaged.

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council announced that the region received 21 generators for water and heat supply facilities with a capacity of 16 to 36 kW from partners from Poland.

Vinnytsia oblast

Vinnytsia students have created a mobile platform for defenders that looks like a minitank, has metal tracks for higher mobility of the device. The battery operated platform has a range of up to 30 km. The maximum weight of cargo is up to 200 kilograms. The cost of such a platform is over UAH 200 K. The platform is planned to be sent to the frontline in the spring of 2024 and in the meantime they will work on its improvement.

Kirovohrad oblast

Andrii Raikovych, Head of RMA announced that at night in Kirovohrad oblast the Air Defense Forces worked. There were no casualties or damage.

Poltava oblast

Tetiana Bardina, deputy mayor of the city, reported that from January 1, 2024 they plan to start the Veteran Center project in Poltava. There veterans will be provided with legal and psychological services, their social integration will be promoted. UAH 793 K from participation in the competition for the Council of Europe representation in Ukraine will be directed to create such a center.

Cherkasy oblast

Ihor Taburets, Head of RMA announced that in Cherkasy region there are almost 90 safety classes in schools. Four were opened since the beginning of December: in Kanivsk, Moshnivsk, Shevchenko and Rotmystrivsk communities. Another 7 will be operational by the end of the year. Each class has 4 safety zones: mine and fire zone, traffic rules and first aid.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yesterday, the enemy launched 190 strikes on 21 populated areas in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Occupiers executed 44 UAV attacks on Huliaipole, Novodarivka, Novoandriivka, Chervone, Mala Tokmachka, Robotyne, Poltavka, Levadne, and Novodanylivka, as well as 5 MLRS shellings on Mala Tokmachka, and an airstrike on Orikhiv. 140 artillery strikes targeted the territories of Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Charivne, Bilohiria, Poltavka, Huliaipilske, Preobrazhenka, Plavni, Lobkove, Piatyhatky, Kamianske, and other towns and villages along the front line. Two reports were received regarding damage to residential buildings and economic structures.

Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled 12 enemy attacks west of Novopokrovka and Robotyne towards Zaporizhzhia. Meanwhile, our troops continue active operations towards Melitopol inflicting losses on occupation forces in personnel and equipment, wearing down the enemy along the entire front line.

During the past day, the enemy conducted 5 air strikes, engaged in 60 combat clashes, and carried out 981 artillery shelling in the operational zone of Tavria operational-strategic group. The total losses of enemy personnel amounted to 461 individuals. 25 units of military equipment were destroyed, including 4 tanks, 13 armored vehicles, 2 artillery systems, and 4 vehicles. Additionally, 10 units of enemy equipment were damaged.

Throughout the year, specialists from the Zaporizhzhia Employment Service provided various services and material support for almost 3K Internally Displaced Persons. Jobs were found for over 700 workers in various fields thanks to the employer compensation program for employment.

Mykolaiv oblast

Today, during the night of December 20, at 00:19, the enemy conducted artillery shelling on the city of Ochakiv. No casualties were reported. This information was provided by Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration.

In the night of December 20, the russian army once again attacked Ukraine with drones. Border guards in Mykolaiv oblast shot down an enemy FPV drone without causing a damage to the drone, so it would be possible to reuse it. This was reported by the Southern Regional Directorate of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

As of December 20, locally developed improved “buzhuika” devices (mobile stoves) are being manufactured in the Vesniane community. The cost of materials does not exceed 500 hryvnias. The innovation lies in the fact that it can be used with all types of trench candles. This was shared by the Vesniane village head, Leonid Mukharskyi.

Eugene Pronin, the head of the Civil Protection Department of Mykolaiv RMA, reported on the demining status of territories and objects in the region throughout 2023. Currently, 111,648 hectares of agricultural land, 1,062 km of power lines, 566 km of railway tracks, 379 km of roads, 74 km of gas pipelines, 481 km of irrigation canals, 25 hectares of water bodies, 633 critical infrastructure objects, and 685 households have been surveyed. A total of 37,841 explosive items have been removed, including 64 aerial bombs.

Odesa oblast

An air alarm in the region sounded on December 19 at 18:56. At the same time, the Air Force reported the movement of UAVs of the “Shahed” type from the Black Sea waters towards Chornomorsk and Odesa. Later, warnings were issued about the threat of UAV attacks for the southern part of Odesa oblast. Another air alarm occurred on December 20 at 1:02. During the night from December 19 to 20, the air defense forces destroyed four UAVs of the “Shahed-131/136” type over Odesa oblast. This information was provided by the ‘South” Operational Command.

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan of Odesa and Izmail Agafangel, the head of the department for cooperation between Odesa Eparchy and Armed Forces of Ukraine, Archpriest Illia Manita, along with parishioners of the Cathedral of the Presentation, visited and greeted soldiers undergoing treatment in hospitals in Odesa. Gifts, treats, warm greetings for the holiday, and wishes for a speedy recovery were presented. Part of the treats, medications, trench candles, warmers, coffee, bacon, and life jackets, along with greetings, were sent to the front line for our military. This information was reported by the eparchial press service.

Currently, nearly 6,66K wagons with grain, which is almost 1K wagons more than a week ago, are heading to the ports of Odesa. Over the week, the daily unloading volume of grain wagons at the ports of Odesa has fluctuated between 900 and 1050 wagons per day. The average daily figure is 923 wagons. Over the past week, it has increased by 18 units. These data were released by the Deputy Director of the Commercial Operations Department at Ukrzaliznytsia, Valerii Tkachov.

Kherson oblast

On the morning of December 20, russian military forces again shelled Kherson, as reported by Iurii Sobolevskyi, the First Deputy Chairman of the Regional Council. One person is known to have been injured, and further information is being clarified.

Yesterday, the russian army shelled Kherson oblast 82 times, firing 356 projectiles from mortars, artillery, “Grads,” tanks, UAVs, and aviation. The city of Kherson was shelled with 36 projectiles. Due to russian aggression, 16 people sustained injuries, including 4 children.

During the previous day, the enemy shelled Kherson, Sadove, Antonivka, Prydniprovske, Zelenivka, Komyshany, Blahovishchenske, Beryslav, and Tiahynka. At least 25 objects were damaged, including 3 educational institutions, a kindergarten, 5 multi-story and 7 private houses, several civilian and 2 police service vehicles, a medical facility, a post office, an administrative building, critical infrastructure objects, and entire neighborhoods were left without electricity. The police initiated 15 criminal investigations into war crimes committed by russian military forces in Kherson oblast.

The consequences of russian attacks. Photo: Police of Kherson oblast

During a recent night drone attack, the enemy deployed UAVs of the “Shahed-131/136” type from the southern direction, from the annexed Crimea. Six drones were destroyed in the sky over Kherson oblast.

Ukrainian Armed Forces continue measures to expand the foothold on the left bank of the Dnieper River in Kherson oblast in the operational zone of Odesa operational-strategic group. Despite setbacks, the enemy did not abandon the intention to displace Ukrainian forces from their positions. During the last day, russian occupiers launched 8 assault attacks on our troops’ positions. The enemy faced a worthy counterattack and withdrew with losses.

The defense forces in the south continue to fulfill their fire tasks. Yesterday, the enemy lost 22 occuppiers, 2 cannons, 7 units of armored vehicles, a “Grad” multiple launch rocket system, a mortar, a radio-electronic warfare station, a Murom-M video surveillance system. Seven observation posts and a field supply point were destroyed.

Activists of the “Yellow Ribbon” movement report that the occupiers have intensified counterintelligence measures in Henichesk. There were searches at night to identify pro-Ukrainian oriented residents. People found with books by Ukrainian writers were detained.

Kherson RMA reported an increase in the number of mobile fire groups to destroy russian drones and missiles. Today, units of territorial defense, border guards, and the National Guard of Ukraine defending Kherson received 22 off-road vehicles. Each pickup truck is equipped with tablets, binoculars, thermal weapon sights, charging stations, laser pointers, and powerful spotlights.

Last week, doctors from the public organization “Casers” visited the villages of Maksym Horkyi, Charivne, Tverdomedove, Bobrovyi Kut, Chkalove, and Vysoke. The teams, consisting of a family doctor, a psychologist, a neurologist, and a gynecologist, conducted examinations and consultations for 125 local residents.

Over a hundred residents of Limanets received humanitarian aid. Volunteers distributed 60 building kits for repairing damaged homes, including plastic wrap, OSB sheets, tarpaulins, boards, mounting foam, and other materials.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Forum of volunteer initiatives was held in Lutsk. They discussed problems, challenges and success stories in the field of volunteerism; cooperation between government and business, civil society bodies and the public in the face of real threats.

Lutsk City Council sent 2 DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo quadcopters, 3 uninterruptible power supplies, a charging station and 2 multifunctional printers to the A4935 military unit.

Volyn received 262 Wi-Fi routers from the EGAP program implemented by the Eastern Europe Foundation. TP-Link Archer C80 routers will be installed in protective buildings of schools and kindergartens. The purpose is to provide communication during an air alert.

Zakarpattia oblast

19 children of military personnel from Zakarpattia and other categories will spend almost a month of winter vacation in Italy. An unforgettable vacation, joint excursions, acquaintance and communication with local students await them. Children from Zakarpattia will be able to learn a lot of interesting things about the culture and traditions of this country, as well as talk about Ukraine. This is the first group of children from the oblast who, within the framework of a joint initiative of the leadership of the RMA and the Let’s Help them Live Italian foundation, went on such a vacation.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Ivano-Frankivsk City Council reported that the city sent DJI Mavic 3T quadcopters to the A4447 military unit.

Another Safety Classroom was opened at Mykytinets Lyceum. This is already the 6th such class in lyceums of Ivano-Frankivsk community.

Lviv oblast

​​Lviv RMA and the Government of the province of Alberta in Canada signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. In this way, they renewed the cooperation agreements that Lviv oblast and the Canadian province signed earlier.

Businessmen of Brodiv community sent cars to the military of mobile fire groups to shoot down drones. Drohobych RMA and the KOLO CF donated an SUV to the Air Defense Forces thanks to the Firma T.S.B. LLC in the Netherlands.

Sudovyshnya community received medical aid from the Premier Urzhans French charity foundation. 25 people from among IDPs and local residents underwent medical examination and received free medicines from benefactors. Over the course of the year, over a thousand people in Yavoriv region benefited from free help from the charity fund.

The new anti-aircraft unit, which was created in Lviv oblast, received 15 SUVs from communities and businesses. Vehicles will serve as part of mobile fire groups. Of them, 4 pickup trucks were sent from Zolochiv, 1 from Chervonogrhad, and another 10 from a socially responsible business. In order to complete this transport in accordance with the requests of the military, UAH 18 mln were allocated from the regional budget.

Lviv sent 2 cars, 2 Starlinks, 2 Mara UAVs, 11 Autels 4T, 2 car walkie-talkies, 2 generators, 6 MATRICE 30T quadcopters, 20 Mavic 3 drones, 10 Mavic 3T drones, 6 Mavic 3E drones and batteries, total worth almost UAH 13 mln to the military from Lviv.

Lviv Prosthetics, Reconstructive Surgery and Rehabilitation Center Superhumans Center received a 325 KVA mobile power plant from the Swedish Aid Center CF and philanthropists from Sweden.

Rivne oblast

In Rivne oblast, command and staff trainings were held, where situations under martial law were simulated. According to legend, numerous accidents occurred on power lines and roads due to worsening weather. Next, a boiler house was destroyed in the city as a result of a rocket attack. According to the scenario, both conditional emergency situations happened alternately, there are casualties.

Ternopil oblast

The RMA reported that in Ternopil oblast, command and staff exercises are being held to prepare management bodies, forces and means of Ternopil Territorial Subsystem of the Unified State Civil Defense System to respond to possible threats.

Ternopil City Council handed over valuable equipment to support defense capability to eight military units based in Ternopil. Material assets in the amount of UAH 5 543 363 include: 6 DJI Mavic 3 quadcopters, 9 DJI Mavic 3T quadcopters, 4 GAZ-66 tires and four Rosava all-season tires, DJI Matrice 30T quadcopter, DJI Matrice 3 quadcopter, 3 Autel Evo Max 4T, 5 tracking complexes SpaceRay TM2000.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

At night, during the air alarm signal, the air defense forces neutralized 2 UAVs of the Shahed type within the area. According to available information, the civilian population, property and objects of critical infrastructure were not affected.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi and Izmir (Turkey) signed the Twinning Agreement. This will strengthen interstate cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey at the inter-municipal level. On the occasion of the signing of the twinning agreement, a new Ukrainian park named after Agathangel of Crimea, who was a Crimean Tatar and was murdered by the russian-Soviet empire for Ukrainian nationalism, was opened in Izmir.

Roman Klichuk, Mayor of Chernivtsi, met with representatives of Turkish business. They discussed attracting investments to Chernivtsi, including for the development of an industrial park. Together with the Bukovyna Entrepreneurs’ Club, they planned to organize an investment forum to help businesses make connections.

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

Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, announced that the updated resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly condemns russia’s serious human rights violations regarding the deportation of Ukrainian children and the return of civilian hostages.

Ukraine received field equipment and dry rations for the Armed Forces from Lithuania. Last week, Lithuania sent Ukraine several million rounds of ammunition and several thousand cartridges for short-range portable anti-tank grenade launchers. In addition to the constant transfer of military equipment and equipment, Lithuania also actively trains the Ukrainian military, provides treatment and rehabilitation to Ukrainians, prepares expert consultations, and allocates funds to international funds to support Ukraine.

The Italian government has approved the continuation of military aid to Ukraine until the end of 2024. Now it is necessary for the parliament to confirm the resolution.

In early 2024, France will join the training of Ukrainian fighter pilots. “The first pilots will arrive in early 2024. After initial training in France, they will continue their training on fighter jets at courses organized by our partners,” the report says.

Another round of consultations was held with Great Britain and the Netherlands regarding the conclusion of a bilateral agreement on the provision of security guarantees, as provided for in the Joint Declaration on Support for Ukraine.

Vitaly Koval, Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine, met with representatives of the CEMARK company, which is part of CRH, a leading supplier of solutions for construction materials in Europe and North America. They discussed the possibility of CEMARK’s participation in attracting investments in the field of construction and restoration of infrastructure through privatization.

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office of Germany plans to confiscate €720 mln of frozen assets of the russian federation. It is noted that Peter Frank, the federal prosecutor, filed a petition with the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt am Main to confiscate €720 mln, which were previously frozen as russian assets, for the benefit of the state budget. If the Federal Prosecutor’s Office is satisfied with its application, over €700 mln will go to the federal budget. The funds from the National Settlement Depository of the Moscow Exchange, which was authorized by the EU in June 2022.

Yaroslav Huzy, new ambassador of Poland to Ukraine, arrived in Kyiv and has already handed over copies of credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Kyiv Regional Center for Emergency Medical Aid and Disaster Medicine reported that Barbara Streisand, Hollywood actress, sent the fourth ambulance to the Vyshhorod emergency medical aid station in Kyiv oblast.

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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