War in Ukraine today: latest news, December 21, 2022 (photo)

It has been the 301st 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 3 missile and one air strike on civilian facilities in the Zaporizhzhia oblast. In the city of Huliaipole, russian aviation cynically struck the city hospital. Besides, the enemy launched more than 20 MLRS attacks.

The enemy continues to focus its efforts on conducting offensive actions towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka and tries to improve its tactical position towards Kupiansk and Lyman.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk, and Sloboda, the situation has not changed significantly, there are no signs of enemy offensive groups being formed. Certain units of the armed forces of the republic of belarus and the russian federation continue staying in the border areas with Ukraine.

Towards Sloboda, Chervona Zoria, Kozacha Lopan, Vesele, Varvarivka, Starytsa, Vovchansk, Vilcha, Cherniakiv, Chuhunivka and Ambarne settlements of Kharkiv oblast were subjected to tank, mortar and artillery shelling.

Towards Kupiansk, fire damage was recorded in the areas of Novomlynsk, Kupiansk, Kislivka, Kotliarivka, Krokhmalne and Berestove in Kharkiv oblast and Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka in Luhansk oblast.

Towards Lyman, the enemy does not stop shelling the areas of Makiivka, Ploshanka, Chervonopivka, and Dibrova in Luhansk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the areas of Verkhnokamianske, Spirne, Bilohorivka, Yakovlivka, Soledar, Pidhorodne, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, Oleksandro-Shultine, Kurdyumivka, Diliivka, Ozaryanivka, Druzhba, Severnye, Zalizne and Niu York of Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy shelled Vodiane, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Marinka and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Novopavlivka, the enemy fired tanks and artillery at the areas of Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Novoukrainka, and Velyka Novosilka of Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the settlement of Chervonohryhorivka of Dnipropetrovsk oblast, the suburbs and the city of Kherson, and the city of Ochakiv of Mykolaiv oblast were shelled by rocket and barrel artillery. There are casualties among civilians.

On December 15 and 16, enemy ammunition depots in Kadiivka, Luhansk oblast were damaged by fire. The detonation at these warehouses lasted more than 20 hours.

On December 20, the occupiers at the airfield in the Kakhovka region of the Kherson oblast suffered fire damage. There were about 30 units of artillery systems of various types, self-propelled guns and anti-aircraft guns, as well as ammunition and fuel and lubricants. Detailed information on the loss of equipment and personnel is being clarified.

The occupiers organized a field hospital in the village of Novobohdanivka, Zaporizhzhia oblast. In Novotroitske, Kherson oblast, the russian invaders used the local hospital to treat their wounded. Sick local residents were forcibly “discharged”. In this settlement, the occupiers intensified counter-intelligence measures. All this indicates significant losses of the enemy.

During the day, Ukrainian aviation carried out 9 strikes on buildups of personnel, weapons and military equipment. Also, our defenders shot down an enemy UAV of the “Forpost” type, which costs about 6 million US dollars.

Units of rocket forces and artillery of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, hit a command post and two buildups of the occupiers’ manpower.

The website of the Verkhovna Rada says that the President of Ukraine signed a law on the possibility of granting vacations to servicemen during martial law. Amendments to paragraph 18 of Article 10-1 of the Law “On Social and Legal Protection of Servicemen and Members of Their Families” provide for the possibility to take part of the annual basic leave, as well as leave for family reasons and for other valid reasons with wages preserved. A vacation can last no more than 10 calendar days, excluding the time required for travelling, but not more than two days at one end.

During a joint briefing with Deputy Prime Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko informs that 24.1 K applications were submitted for participation in the program of preferential mortgage lending eOselia. A positive decision was made on 7.1 K applications, another 8 K applications are being considered. So far, 277 loans have been issued under the eOselia program.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the invaders tried to attack near Masiutivka village of the Dvorichna community and in Krasne of the Lypetsk community, they used drones and aviation. Civilian infrastructure of Vovchansk suffered significant damage as a result of artillery strikes. In the afternoon, 16 settlements were under russian attacks.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that today (the office of) the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs was opened in Kharkiv. Since the beginning of December, its permanent representation has been working in Kharkiv. In the nearest future, an agreement will be made between the Department of Social Protection of the population of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration and the UN World Food Program on providing financial assistance to the affected population and other humanitarian programs.

He also noted that at the meeting with the President of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, Mykola Polishchuk, and General Director of the National Committee of the Society, Maksym Dotsenko, they discussed further coordination to help the residents of the region.

The Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that after the exhumation from the mass grave in Izium, investigators handed over 456 DNA tests to identify the dead. Another 199 samples were taken from people who may be relatives of the victims. They managed to process a little more than a third of them – they received 5 matches.

The invaders continue shelling civilians in the frontline and border areas of Chuhuiv, Izium, Kharkiv and Kupiansk regions. Yesterday afternoon, a residential building was destroyed as a result of enemy shelling in Vovchansk. A 72-year-old woman was injured and hospitalised. Her condition is described as moderate.

A fire continues at a civilian industrial facility in the Izium region, which arose as a result of an enemy missile strike. The fire is localized. Firefighters continue to work at the site, doing everything possible to completely eliminate the fire.

The State Border Guard Service said that the russian federation attacked the Zolochiv community with unguided aircraft missiles on December 20.

Pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service defused 305 units of enemy mines, explosives and ammunition.

Kharkivoblenerho Spokesman, Volodymyr Skichko, claimed that less than 20% of the de-occupied territory of Kharkiv oblast remains without electricity. Power engineers consider Chuhuiv, Kupiansk, Vovchansk and Zolochiv communities to be the most difficult areas where power supply cannot be restored.

Donetsk oblast

The Ministry of Defense of Great Britain reported on Twitter that referring to the British intelligence data, russian infantry is likely to have gained a foothold in the eastern industrial areas and in some places advanced to residential areas of Bakhmut. Street fighting continues. The intelligence report also states that the invaders are badly prepared for long battles in settlements.

At around 11 am, russian servicemen attacked Kostiantynivka. There were no casualties as a result of the shelling.

At night Russians fired along the entire frontline from Vuhledar to Lyman.

Towards Volnovakha, 1 person was killed and 2 injured in Vuhledar. Bohoiavlenka also was under attack – there were no casualties.

Towards Donetsk, there were no casualties, but there was destruction. 4 buildings and an infrastructure facility in Kurakhove and 3 buildings and outbuildings in Kurakhivka were damaged. Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka and Marinka were also shelled at night and in the morning.

Towards Horlivka, russians launched a missile attack on Kostiantynivka yesterday afternoon, damaging a kindergarten and 2 buildings. In Bakhmut, 5 civilians were injured and 1 building damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, 1 person was killed in Torske of Lyman community. The extent of destruction in the community is being clarified.

Kurakhove yesterday. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that yesterday russians killed 2 civilians in Torske and Vuhledar. Another 8 people were injured. In addition, law enforcers found the bodies of 2 civilians killed during the occupation in Sviatohirsk.

Luhansk oblast

According to the General Staff, enemy ammunition depots near Kadiivka were hit on December 15 and 16. The detonation at these warehouses lasted more than 20 hours.

Yesterday the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled enemy attacks in Bilohorivka, Dibrova and Pidkuichansk. Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, russians targeted Chervonopopivka, Dibrova, Makiivka, Nevske, Ploshchanka and Stelmakhivka.

Based on the information provided by Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Ukrainian border guards’ aerial reconnaissance revealed the location of a russian tank unit. The invaders disguised themselves in a forest belt in Luhansk oblast where they made a dugout. Ukrainian cannon destroyed the camouflaged tank and the enemy’s hiding place. The invaders’ logisticians, who “just in time” arrived at the tankers to replenish supplies, also received a ‘warm’ welcome. 

Head of the Luhansk RMA Serhii Haidai says that in recent days, russians have been constantly shelling Nevske, just the streets where people remained. According to him, the mining of Luhansk oblast by the occupiers slows down the advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine towards Svativ and Kreminna.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

CEO YASNO Serhii Kovalenko announced that the energy system still has a significant capacity deficit, as well as limitations caused by damage to main networks by systematic missile and drone attacks.

In Kyiv, almost the entire city was deprived of power supply over the past day – about 1.1 million consumers. The schedules will not be valid in the near future. Currently, the power is 50% less than required, yet it is steadily supplied to critical infrastructure, there is water and heating.

Since February 24, four energy workers have died at the workplace. Among them is Oleksandr Firov, who came under enemy shelling while repairing a critically important power supply line in Kyiv oblast.

The State Border Service reported that at the entrance to Kyiv, border guards detained a priest of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate who maintained contacts with russians. The priest was detained during an inspection of a bus heading to the capital from Kharkiv. Many russian phone numbers, correspondence with pro-russian content and propaganda materials were found in his phone.

The Ambassador of Israel to Ukraine Mykhailo Brodskyi said that the Embassy of Israel has opened a Centre of Invincibility in Kyiv near the metro station Palats Sportu. It will be possible to get basic communal services there, including electricity, mobile communication, Internet, heating and water.

Head of the Kyiv RMA Oleksiy Kuleba said that 4,652 objects were completely restored in the territory of the oblast after the de-occupation. These are educational and health care institutions, residential multi-apartment and private buildings, administrative and social facilities. In addition, almost 900 educational institutions of the Kyiv oblast have been provided with shelters.

All schools and kindergartens are equipped with shelters with powerful generators in the Bilohorodka community. Shelters are comfortable for children, they can be used for classes, and some have gymnasiums. The funds for the arrangement are allocated from the local budget and the remainder of the educational subsidy.

The first unified uniform for Ukrainian female defenders was presented in Kyiv. It was created by the Arm Women Now project. This is a uniform for different seasons, the set includes women’s bulletproof vests, and there is also ammunition for pregnant women. This uniform is currently undergoing official testing at the Ministry of Defense.

Zhytomyr oblast

Electricity consumption limits have been introduced in Zhytomyr oblast. The power deficit in the power system is due to regular enemy shelling of the power grid in the east and south of the state.

Vitalii Bunechko, Head of the Zhytomyr RMA, met with new Ambassadors of Zhytomyr oblast. These are Honored Artist of Ukraine Vasyl Kondratyuk, puppeteer Serhii Solovyov, local historian Hennadii Makhorin, singer Kateryna Bakalchuk, athlete Oleksandra Mohort and master of folk art Oleh Zemnukhov. Among the Ambassadors of the Zhytomyr oblast are volunteers who help the Armed Forces of Ukraine, others have joined the cultural front and support the spirit of Ukrainian defenders, migrants and residents of the oblast.

The head of Zhytomyr RMA Vitaly Bunechko honored the Ambassadors of Zhytomyr oblast. Photo: RMA

There are 194 employers in Zhytomyr oblast who employed Ukrainians displaced from dangerous regions and benefited from state financial support. Enterprises of the oblast employed 458 internally displaced people under the state program and received more than UAH 5.5 million in compensation.

115 “warmth packages” were handed over to UNICEF for families with many children and families of internally displaced persons in the oblast. The package includes duvets, pillows, blankets, towels and bedding sets.

Sumy oblast

The head of the Sumy RMA Dmytro Zhivytskyi reported that the enemy made 23 strikes on the border of the oblast. Russian troops hit the Seredino-Buda community with mortars, 3 explosions were recorded. The enemy shelled the Hlukhiv community with MLRS 20 times. 

Mayor Yuriy Bova says that the Trostyanets community received an ambulance from the Polish city of Jaslo, which is the regional center of the county of the same name. At the conference that the mayor had attended in the city of Tarnov, the head of the county promised help to the doctors of the Trostyanets community from their hospital. He kept his word.

According to the Sumy MRA, this year’s final  training on chemical preparedness and response for medical workers of the emergency care system took place in the city of Sumy. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 20 participants from the entire region took part in it. The event completed a series of exercises conducted with the technical and financial support of the Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Ukraine.

Chemical attack preparedness training for emergency medical workers. Photo: from social networks

Chernihiv oblast

The Chernihiv Regional Military Administration and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Ukraine have signed a memorandum of understanding and are strengthening cooperation for the rapid recovery of Chernihiv Oblast. During the communication with the delegation of the DRC Representation in Ukraine, the first deputy head of the RMA Kostyantyn Mehem talked about the damage caused by the enemy, the already rebuilt objects, and also thanked for the support during this difficult time. Director of the Representation of the Danish Council for Refugees in Ukraine, Julian Zakrzevski, spoke about his organization and its work in Ukraine. Among the main directions are demining of territories, psychological assistance to people, multi-purpose financial assistance, provision of food kits, as well as reconstruction of housing and schools.

On December 21, in Chernihiv oblast, Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Valdemaras Sarapinas took part in the ceremony of handing over humanitarian aid – transformers for the restoration of damaged energy infrastructure in Chernihiv region – to Chernihivoblenerho. This was announced on Twitter by the Embassy of Lithuania in Ukraine. In total, Lithuania plans to hand over 252 transformers to restore Ukraine’s energy system.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Head of the Regional Council, Mykola Lukashuk, overnight russians fired over 70  shells from heavy artillery and MRLS at the Nikopol region. Russian terrorists attacked three communities. The biggest damage was caused to the Chervonohryhorivka community: a dozen residential buildings were mutilated there, 5 outbuildings destroyed, and a car and a power line affected. Rescuers put out the fire caused by an enemy attack. The Marhanets community was attacked. A residential building, an outbuilding, and a gas pipeline were damaged. In the afternoon, in the Marganets community, Nikopol region, the russian occupation army struck local settlements with heavy artillery. As a result of the shelling, seven residential buildings were damaged. Two outbuildings and a gas pipeline were also mutilated.

Relying on the information provided by Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Valentyn Reznichenko, all the critical infrastructure of the oblast has been powered up, water pumps and boiler rooms connected and operating normally. Electricity is supplied. After severe power shutdowns, the oblast returns to usual schedules.

Vinnytsia oblast

As a sign of solidarity with Ukraine, the sister city of Vinnytsia Kielce will turn off Christmas illumination on Market Square today within the Hour for Ukraine campaign, initiated by the People’s Deputies of Ukraine and supported by European countries.

Director of the museum of the village of Tymanivka, Nina Vovk reported that the residents of the village make socks, bedclothes, and camouflage nets for the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in their spare time at the local museum and the House of Culture.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine awarded three volunteer schoolgirls from Vinnytsia, who had collected more than 200K hryvnias for the Armed Forces. Together with their mothers, the girls bake cookies and sweets, and the proceeds are donated to support the defenders.

Kirovohrad oblast

Despite the power outage, the sewing enterprise in Kropyvnytskyi does not stop working. Workers sew clothes for the military without delay.

Poltava oblast

In Poltava, gifts are collected for children from the liberated Kharkiv Oblast. Candшies, toys, and stationery will be sent to children from families in difficult life circumstances. The hospital in Kremenchuk received a new generator to provide continuous medical care to patients of the intensive care hospital in case of blackouts.

Cherkasy oblast

According to the Head of the Cherkasy State Administration, Ihor Taburets, the Novovorontsovka community in Kherson oblast received another cargo of support. More than 80 tons of food, drinking water, firewood, warm items, as well as delightful gifts from Cherkasy schoolchildren for their peers were delivered.

Help for Kherson oblast. Photo: Ihor Taburets, head of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration

The Safety Educator project was launched in Cherkasy oblast. The Bobrytsk community in the Kaniv region became one of the first places where such a specialist began working. According to the head of the local department of education, youth, and sports, Anna Babenko, the specialist will be responsible for the safety of schoolchildren and conduct educational meetings for them. Children will be reminded of traffic rules, given advice on what to do during an air raid, and how to deal with bullying.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The situation towards Zaporizhzhia has not undergone significant changes over the past day. The enemy concentrates its main efforts on holding the occupied positions.

The russian military shelled more than 20 houses in Zaporizhzhia oblast: the police collected evidence of war crimes. On December 19 and 20, the largest number of attacks was recorded in the settlements of Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Shcherbaky, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Dorozhnianka, Zaliznychne, Olhivske, Chervone, Malynivka, Temyrivka, Bilohiria, Charivne, Mala Tokmachka, Stepnohirsk, Kamianske, Plavni, Stepove and Veselianka. The police registered 24 facts of destruction. A 34-year-old resident of Orikhiv was wounded during the shelling.

Consequences of enemy shelling in Zaporozhzhia oblast. Photo: National Police.

Since December 12, the russian occupying forces have been preparing for the forced evacuation of Ukrainian citizens living in Vasylivka and nearby settlements of the Vasylivka region.

Mykolaiv oblast

On the afternoon of December 21, russian troops shelled Ochakiv in Mykolaiv oblast. The army of the russian federation shelled the city with MLRS. Three people, including one child, were injured as a result of shelling.

Shelling of Ochakiv by russian troops. Photo from social networks.

On December 20, the enemy launched artillery strikes on the water area of the Ochakiv community. There are no casualties.

On December 20, air defense forces detected and shot down two russian UAVs in the southern direction. An operational-tactical drone was destroyed in Mykolayiv oblast, and an Orion strike-reconnaissance drone was destroyed in Kherson oblast.

Mykolaiv oblast received 3K sets of humanitarian children’s winter clothing for children from the de-occupied territories. These kits were handed over to the Snihurivka City Council, Horokhiv, Pryvilne, Inhulske, Shevchenkove, Shyroke village councils and Pervomaisk settlement council for further distribution.

Humanitarian aid for children from the liberated territories of Mykolaiv oblast. Photo: Mykolaiv RMA.

Odesa oblast

Odesa utility workers received new equipment from the sister city of Regensburg. Since the beginning of hostilities, Regensburg has provided temporary shelter to Odesa families with many children and humanitarian aid to Odesa: food, medicine, medical equipment, etc. According to Mayor of Odesa, Hennadii Trukhanov, the city has now received a garbage truck, a tower crane and two SUVs.

The photo exhibition by photo artist Oleksandr Iakymchuk THE WAR WILL BE OVER. AND THERE WILL BE SPRING opened in the “#ARTODESSA” gallery in the Summer Theater of the City Garden. The exposition presents photos of Odesa during the first months of the war, as well as over 200 portraits of Odesa residents and their thoughts recorded by them on these photos on the city streets.

Photo from the photo exhibition “WAR WILL BE OVER. AND THERE WILL BE SPRING …”. Photo from social networks.

Kherson oblast

The maneuvers of the russian military towards Kakhovka indicate preparation of various kinds of provocations. Head of the United Coordination Press Center of the Defense and Security Forces of the South, Natalia Humeniuk, told about this. According to her, the russian occupiers are withdrawing their weapons, equipment and units near Kakhovka, and firing from the right bank to give the impression that this was done by the Defense Forces of Ukraine. The occupiers want to establish control over the Dnipro delta. The head of the press center says that they had attempts similar to the amphibious landings that they used at the beginning of a full-scale invasion of the Black Sea coast.

Fire damage on the enemy manpower and equipment buildup in Vasylivka region on December 19 was confirmed. Up to 8 units of heavy military equipment of various types were destroyed. Information on casualties is being clarified.

Over the past day, December 20, the russian occupiers shelled the territory of Kherson oblast 71 times. The enemy once again shelled the residential quarters of Kherson. The occupiers hit the port, private and multi-apartment buildings. Yesterday, the russians killed 1 person, 6 people were injured.

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

Over the past day, the police opened 41 criminal proceedings on the facts of war crimes committed by the russian army in Kherson oblast. The police continue to receive complaints from residents of the occupied territories about looting by the russian military. Occupiers stole a car, belongings and a transformer substation from a local resident in Zaliznyi Port, Hola Prystan region. Local residents of the de-occupied settlements in Beryslav region report stealing hunting weapons, cars and looting of farms by the russian military. For example, the occupiers took tractors, cars and trucks from the territory of the farm in Blahodativka. Afterwards they destroyed hangars and warehouses.

The police received information that the russian military took 1,100 tons of grain out of a warehouse in the Kakhovka region. Also they stole two tractors, cars and a loader.

A 40-year-old man was blown up by a mine in Novoberyslav village. He was hospitalized with a mine-explosive injury and a traumatic leg amputation. A 38-year-old man was killed by an explosion on a stretcher in the temporarily occupied territory of the Hola Prystan region.

Restoration works on the crossing over the Inhulets River connecting Zarichne village with Arkhangelsk in the Visokopillia community are being completed. The bridge over the Inhulets River was blown up by the russian invaders. 20 specialists and 15 pieces of equipment were involved in restoration. It will be possible to use the crossing in a week. The plan is to fully restore the bridge.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

In Volyn, the first safety classroom for teachers was opened at the Volyn Institute of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education. Specialists of the State Emergency Service, the National Police, medical workers, and pyrotechnicians will instruct how to behave in an emergency, provide first aid, talk about mine safety, etc.

The RMA reported that humanitarian aid, namely, food products, hygiene products, blankets, mattresses and clothes for adults and children, was sent from Volyn to Kherson.

Zakarpattia oblast

A delegation from Warsaw was in Uzhhorod on a working visit to discuss helping IDPs.

Within the  Energy Help initiative, entrepreneurs are compensated for the cost of generators and charging stations. The authorities invite entrepreneurs to a meeting where they will tell how to get compensation.

A humanitarian aid, namely, food, blankets, medical equipment (gowns, masks, protective shields), mattresses, animal feed, clothing, etc, was sent from Zakarpattia for the sister community of Kherson oblast.

In the Uzhhorod City Council, a meeting with the families of Uzhgorod defenders who fell fighting the russian invaders was held. In addition to Christmas gifts for children and women, presents and children’s clothes were handed over from benefactors. 

Zakarpattia received 4 ambulances from the international CF Yokhannit’s Aid Service. They will be sent for the needs of military medics and communities in the areas of hostilities.

In one of the communities of Khustshchyna a Center for social support of children and families Domashne Teplo was opened. There are 20 children living in the cell.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Prykarpattiaoblenerho informs that the limit for the oblast is within the limits of the previous day: night – 197.47 MW and daytime – 274 MW.

The RMA reported that social canteens for IDPs were opened in Kolomyia, Kalush and Bohorodchany, where they can have free lunch.

In the RMA, a meeting with heads of regional military administrations and heads of territorial communities was held. They discussed ensuring the educational process in educational institutions of the oblast.

Lviv oblast

The RMA reported that because of exceeded limits of electricity consumption by the oblast, the power distribution company Lvivoblenergo had to implement emergency power cuts.

In Lviv oblast, 1 001 generators will be collected and delivered to the places where there is the greatest need in one month. The record will be set by Razom for Ukraine and Nova Ukraine CF with support by the Lviv RMA and the International Headquarters for Aid to Ukrainians.

The Krakow ambulance service sent two ambulances filled with modern medical equipment to Lviv oblast. Cars will be used for the needs of the military.

The postal and logistics group Meest Group, together with its Greek partner Esperia Travel, made a gift for military brigades of Lviv oblast, which defend Ukraine on the front lines. Benefactors sent 22 tonnes of oranges to the soldiers.

The third batch of humanitarian aid collected for Ukraine within the German initiative Water4Ukraine arrived in Lviv. Employees of German water utilities brought five cars and technical equipment. Everything will be sent to water utilities of Ukraine affected by the war.

Thanks to the We Help Ukrainians foundation, M. and D. Hart, an angiographer appeared in the First Medical Association of Lviv. Artis Zee from Siemens is a high-class device created for interventional interventions with high-quality visualization.

In the shelter of the Children’s Service of the Lviv RMA, the facade was insulated and the roof repaired thanks to assistance from the Lviv City Lions Club CF.

Rivne oblast

Head of the Rivne RMA, Vitalii Koval, reported that the Government has planned to allocate funds for Rivne oblast to compensate for the difference in tariffs for heat supply and heat generating facilities, centralized water supply and drainage facilities.

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported that throughout Ukraine, Uber decided to support Ukrainian medics and launched a three-month initiative to make medics’ trips to and from work free. Currently, the initiative covers 14 Ukrainian cities, including Rivne.

Ternopil oblast

The budget of the Ternopil community for 2023 was adopted. It provides funds for the military, arrangement of temporary heating points and aid to the socially vulnerable residents of the city.

At an extraordinary meeting, the City Council of Ternopil decided that local entrepreneurs will now be fined for illumination after 7 p.m. Salutes and fireworks were banned in Ternopil until the end of the war.

A car purchased by employees of the Ternopil City Council  was sent from Ternopil for the military.

The first batch of 1 260 sleeping bags to accommodate people in blackout conditions arrived in Ternopil. In total, 4 500 of them should be delivered to Ternopil.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

St. Nicholas visited 1 200 children from Daryiv and Muzykiv communities (Kherson oblast) and brought them gifts as part of the Power of Love action, initiated by the Khmelnytskyi RMA and the Protect Khmelnytskyi CF.

Chernivtsi oblast

The first blocks of modular houses from the Czech Republic arrived in Chernivtsi. They are being installed at the moment. The modules are equipped with everything necessary, namely, refrigerators, panels for cooking and washing machines.

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

As of February 24, Ukraine received over $30 billion in direct budget support from partners. A third is provided by the USA and another third – by the EU countries.

The World Bank agreed to allocate $610 million to Ukraine. The money will be used to “help and restore Ukraine in the conditions of the ongoing war.”

Emmanuel Macron announced that France sent Crotale air defense systems to Ukraine. He promised that at the beginning of 2023, the country will send more weapons for Ukraine’s needs, in particular Caesar self-propelled guns.

The US will transfer Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine in the next package of military aid.

President of Finland Sauli Niiniste approved the eleventh package of military aid for Ukraine worth  €28.8 million.

Israel sent 17 generators to Kherson oblast. In total, the Ministry of Energy will send 21 generators and 24 transformers received from international partners.

Britain sent  900 generators and thousands of sets of winter uniforms for the Ukrainian military.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF Ukraine) delivered 190K doses of the vaccine against tuberculosis, 60K doses of the combined vaccine to prevent whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B and hemophilic infection. Ukraine currently receives vaccines purchased by UNICEF with donor funds.

The EU reduced gas consumption by 20% over the past 4 months. In August-November in 18 countries, consumption decreased significantly – in Finland (-52.7%), Latvia (-43.2%) and Lithuania (-41.6%).

The US plans to declare russia an “aggressor country”. The corresponding bill was prepared by the White House together with the Congress

Head of the EU foreign policy department, Josep Borrell condemned Iran’s support for russia in its war against Ukraine and the ongoing repression of the opposition in the country.

19 Ukrainian women released from captivity underwent a rehabilitation course in Poland. The recreation and rehabilitation trip for the former captives was organized by the Foundation named after the Blessed Holy Martyr Klimentii Sheptytskyi.

In Krakow, Poland, from December 21 to January 1, the lighting of six city monuments will be turned off for one minute as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine, which is suffering from power shortages. On the website of Krakow, it is specified that the initiative takes place within the Light for Ukraine campaign, aimed to draw attention to the situation in Ukraine, where the war is ongoing.

On the darkest day of the year, December 21, the Ukrainian initiative Light for Ukraine was supported by Paris, New York, Sydney, Warsaw, Prague, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Reykjavik, Sofia, Ottawa, Helsinki and other cities of the world. The action was initiated by President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Velby, and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Ukraine became the Country of the Year according to The Economist. “For the first time since we started naming countries of the year in 2013, the choice is obvious. It can be only Ukraine,” the editorial office of the magazine noted.

The Economist. Photo from social networks

Presidents of Latvia Ehils Levits, Lithuania Hitanas Nauseda and Estonia Alar Karis took part in production of trench candles for the Armed Forces.

Making candles for Ukrainians. 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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