War in Ukraine today: latest news, December 24, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 669th 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. The enemy actively uses tactical aircraft and FPV quadcopters, conducts assault operations with the support of armored vehicles. They have increased the number of artillery shelling. Thus, the number of enemy artillery shelling in the operational area of the Khortytsia operational-strategic group exceeds 1,000x each day.

There were 48 combat engagements. The enemy launched 29 air strikes, launched 26 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 Polissis, 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. More than 20x settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Kliusy, Bleshnya, Leonivka (Chernihiv oblast), Seredyna-Buda, Prohres, Volfyne, Basivka, Myropillia (Sumy oblast), Huriv Kozachok, Veterynarne, Hatysche, Budarky, Topoli (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Kupuansk, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 15 attacks in the vicinities of Synkivka (Kharkiv oblast) and Stelmakhivka (Luhansk oblast). In that area, the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to break through the defenses of Ukrainian troops. The occupiers launched air strikes in the vicinity of Petropavlivka and Kyslivka (Kharkiv oblast). The invaders fired from artillery and mortar at around 10 settlements, including Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted no offensive. The invaders launched air strikes near Yampolivka and Torske (Donetsk oblast). The enemy fired from artillery and mortar at more than 10 settlements, including Nevske, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Torske, Serebryanka, Verkhniokamianske, Spirne, Rozdolivkaz Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 3 attacks near Bohdanivka, Klischiivka and Andriivka (Donetsk oblast). Around 10 settlements were shelled from artillery and mortar, including Vasyukivka, Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klischiivka, Andriivka, New York (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 10 enemy attacks east of Novobakhmutivka, Stepove, Avdiivka, and 15 more attacks in the vicinity of Pervomaiske and Nevelske (Donetsk oblast), where the enemy made failed attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. Also, the occupiers launched air strikes near Ocheretyne, Tonenke, Avdiivka (Donetsk oblast). The invaders fired from artillery and mortars at the settlements of Keramik, Ocheretyne, Stepove, Avdiivka, Karlivka, Netailove (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Mariinka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the enemy in the vicinity of Mariinka and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). In that area, the enemy, with air support, launched 3 unsuccessful attacks on the positions of Ukrainian defenders. The settlements of Oleksandropi, Krasnohorivka, Kurakhove, Mariinnka, Katerynivka, Yelyzavetivka were shelled from under artillery and mortar.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy conducted no offensives. The occupiers launched an airstrike in the vicinity of Staromaiorske (Donetsk oblast). The adversary fired artillery and mortars at around 10x settlements, including Vodyane, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Blahodatne, Urozhaine, Rivnopil.(Donetsk oblast).

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 3 adversary attacks near Robotyne and south of Huliaipolez Zaporizhzhia oblast. In that area, the adversary made failed attempts to push back Ukrainian troops from their positions. Around 20 settlements, including Levadne, Hulyaipole, Huliaipilske, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, Piatykhatky (Zaporizhzhia oblast), came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kherson, the enemy fired from artillery at the city of Kherson, the settlements of Tiahynka, Komyshany, Bilozerka (Kherson oblast) and Ochakiv (Mykolaiv oblast).

The enemy did not abandon his intention to drive our units from the left bank of the Dnipro, made 23x 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 Forces launched air strikes on 12 buildups of troops, weapons, and military equipment, 1 ammunition depot and 1 air defense system of the adversary.

The Ukrainian missile troops hit 2 artillery systems and 1 command post of the russian invaders

Russia is using chemical weapons on the left bank of Kherson oblast. The russian army drops K-51 grenades from drones on Ukrainian positions. These aerosol grenades are filled with the irritant CS gas, a type of tear gas (RSA).

We managed to return 3 more Ukrainian children from TOT. This was the end of the 14th rescue mission, during which 14 children were rescued, seven of whom were children deprived of parental care.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, toward Kupiansk, Ukrainian forces repelled 15 russian attacks in one day. On 23 December, russian troops launched airstrikes near Petropavlivka and Kyslivka.

At least 11 villages in the border communities of Kharkiv oblast have become “ghosts” due to the war and shelling. Oleksandr Kulik, Spokesman of Derhachi City Military Administration, said that as of December 2023, 5 settlements of Derhachi community have no residents: Nove, Pytomnyk, Dementiivka, Hraniv and Shevchenka. In Vilkhuvatka community, there are also 5 settlements without any residents: Ozerne, Kreidianka, Potykhonove, Mykolaivka and Kupine. In Lypetsk community, there are no residents in Zelene village.

Вestroyed building in Dementiivka village, Kharkiv oblast. Photo: Oleksandr StavytskyiThe press service of the Ministry of Energy reported that 202 customers in five settlements remain without power due to bad weather in Kharkiv oblast. According to the data, as a result of the war in the region, 16,289 metering points are without power and 293 customers lost power due to shelling over the day.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, informed that more than 20 settlements in Kharkiv oblast were under enemy artillery and mortar attacks, including: Kozacha Lopan of Kharkiv oblast, Izbytske of Chuhuiv region, Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Berestove, Velykyi Burluk, Stroivka, Bolohivka of Kupiansk region.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 17 enemy attacks near Synkivka, Kupiansk region.

The enemy shelled Pidserednie village, Kupiansk region, at about 2:40 am. Two men aged 34 and 65 were injured. The victims were hospitalised with shrapnel wounds: the father sustained a mine-blast injury, the son received a shrapnel wound and was taken to a hospital in Kharkiv. His condition is moderate.

As a result of hostile shelling of Kozacha Lopan village, Kharkiv region, 4 private buildings and a gas pipeline were damaged at 2:50 pm. There were no casualties.

At 4:15 pm, the invaders shelled Kupiansk. A private building was on fire. There were no casualties.

Yesterday pyrothecnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 1.8 hectares of territory in Kharkiv, Izium, Bohodukhiv, Kupiansk and Chuhuiv regions. They defused 38 explosive devices. Mine clearance is ongoing.

Destruction. Photo: telegram of Oleh Syniehubov/Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

Donetsk oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, russian troops concentrated their attacks on three areas of the eastern front, where they conducted in total 68 assaults on 23 December.

Vitalii Barabash, Head of Avdiivka Regional Military Administration, informed that the invaders are trying to compensate the failures in the assaults with massive shelling of Avdiivka community and air strikes on the city.

“Due to regular Russian shelling with multiple rocket launchers and artillery in Kurakhove, humanitarian aid is suspended. “There are 13,000 people left in Kurakhove,” said Roman Padun, head of the Kurakhove MCA.

Donetsk police said that the invaders hit private buildings in Niu-York and shelled Toretsk. Yesterday russian troops attacked civilians 13 times.

Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office stated that on 24 December, russian army launched guided missiles at Ocheretyne and Niu-York. A 62-year-old man driving a car on a street sustained a hip injury and a mine-blast trauma during an air strike in Ocheretyne. In Niu-York, a 68-year-old man and his 64-year-old wife were in their yard when an aerial bomb exploded near them. The explosions also damaged and destroyed residential buildings, fences and outbuildings.

Aftermath of the shelling. Photo: Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office

Towards Volnovakha, a building was damaged in Novoukrainka of Vuhledar community.

Towards Donetsk, 1 person was injured in Heorhiivka of Marinka community. 5 people were injured in Kurakhove. Avdiivka suffered isolated attacks.

Towards Horlivka, 4 buildings were damaged in Toretsk community. In Chasiv Yar community, 3 private buildings and 1 apartment building were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, Torske and Zarichne of Lyman community and Siversk were shelled.

Ihor Moroz, Acting Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, reported that yesterday russians injured 6 civilians: 5 in Kurakhove and 1 in Heorhiivka. In addition, information about 1 person injured earlier in Kurakhove has been established.

A puppet theatre visited school students in the frontline Drobysheve of Lyman community. Actors from Kharkiv brought a performance of Ivasyk-Telesyk for the children.  The performance was held in the premises of the educational and consulting centre as there is no school in the village, it was destroyed by russian troops.

Luhansk oblast

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk Regional Military Administration, reported that the enemy is again actively using aircraft and drones to attack our positions, specifically, the territory of Serebrianka forest, where they cannot succeed on the ground, was hit by air strikes. In total, the invaders shelled Ukrainian defenders and liberated villages more than 150 times, launching 569 shells. Bilohorivka and Nevske were hit.

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the need to increase the number of youth mentors was also noted. During patriotic education, the focus will be on modern history.

In Starobilsk, the occupation authorities began forcibly issuing documents of foreign citizens or stateless persons to locals who have not received russian passports. These documents are valid for a year and supposedly postpone the deportation, which is due to begin on 1 July 2024. In reality, they simply systematise the data on the number of the non-passported population.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, said that going back to the USSR, in the temporarily occupied Luhansk oblast, russians are going to introduce Soviet practices in schools, specifically, to increase the number of mentors, change the approach to “patriotic education” and introduce names for school students of different age groups.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Rescuers of the “Kyiv Rescue Service” communal emergency and rescue service (CERS) dismantled emergency structures in a multi-story residential building in Solomyansky district, which was hit by fragments of a russian UAV on the night of December 22. Rescuers dismantled emergency brick and concrete elements on the roof and technical floor of the 26-story building, removed damaged window and balcony structures in residents’ apartments.

Elimination of the consequences of the impact of fragments of a russian drone into a residential building in Kyiv, December 22, 2023. Photo: CERS “Kyiv Rescue Service”

KCSA reported that since the beginning of the war, 931 workers of Kyiv’s housing and communal services have stood up to defend the country, mobilizing to the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and territorial defense units. Despite the additional workload and the acute shortage of workers, especially welders and workers of emergency teams, the team of the capital’s utilities works in an intensified mode for a stable passage of the heating season.

“Ukrainian Women’s Guard” conducted mine safety training for women in the city of Kyiv. The participants received information about potentially contaminated areas, the risks posed by explosive objects, the rules and actions that will help protect against these risks, and how to protect their relatives.

Next year, Irpin will allocate UAH 15 million for the purchase of drones, means of communication, vehicles and other things necessary for Ukrainian defenders. These funds are included in the budget approved by the deputies of the Irpin City Council. Also, local deputies supported the program, which provides for the employment of veterans in municipal enterprises of the city and in private companies.

On December 23, the closing of the photo exhibition of captured servicemen and the action of their relatives took place on Sofia Square in Kyiv. Portraits of 80 captured soldiers who defended Mariupol were presented at the exhibition. The photo exhibition lasted a year – it was exhibited in twelve cities of Ukraine, but it began and ended in Kyiv.

The regional SES reported that 70 safety classes have already been opened in the Kyiv oblast. Two classes were opened this week – in Kotsiubynske and Baryshivka communities. In the spacious classrooms, there are training areas for the rules of fire safety, anti-mine safety, pre-medical training, safety rules at home, in everyday life and on the street. In particular, in the schools of the Kyiv region, children are taught how to behave correctly when detecting explosive objects.

Zhytomyr oblast

Bishop Paisiy of Zhytomyr and Ovruch, who is in charge of the Zhytomyr-Ovruch Diocese of the OCU announced that the religious community of the village of Stryeva, Zvyagel region, decided at a general meeting to withdraw from the Moscow Patriarchate without a previous abbot. The abbot did not support the decision of his congregation to switch to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

The education department of the Zhytomyr City Council reported that several hundred sets of thermal clothing were handed over to the military of the 95th Separate Assault Polesian Brigade. The transfer took place as part of the annual charity event “Warm a defender”, which was held by the city’s educational institutions. Each set of thermals includes a letter of support for the military, written by children.

Sumy oblast

  The day before, rescuers had to eliminate the consequences of an enemy attack on one of the settlements of the Sumy region. A fire broke out in the residential sector due to the impact of the projectiles. The fire engulfed the structure, the flames could spread to the adjacent building. The state fire-rescue unit managed to eliminate the epicenter of the fire in time.

 The “North” Operational Command reported that the russians carried out 2 mortar attacks on the border areas and settlements of Sumy oblast. Seredina-Buda (3 explosions) and Velykka Pysarivka (3 explosions) communities were shelled.

 Over the past day, 2 russian munitions were destroyed by pyrotechnicians of the State Emergency Service in the Sumy and Konotop regions.

In the Sumy region, the population of 19 settlements was completely evacuated. They are located in Nova Sloboda, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Shalyhine and Esman communities. In general, residents of the settlements of the 5-kilometer zone of four regions – 15 communities of Sumy oblast – are subject to evacuation. The total number of people is 12,689, including 712 children. As of the beginning of December 2023, the number of evacuated population is 3,679 people, including 679 children, who left for other communities of the Sumy oblast.

 On Saturday, December 23, 2023, the “Fashionable Nativity Scene” took place in Sumy – a charity Christmas project based on the motives of the Ukrainian ethnic group. Its main goal was to collect funds for the treatment of a defender who was seriously injured in the war. Everyone who joined the charity project could make their contribution by providing financial assistance or by purchasing a hand-made item at the fair.

Charity Christmas project. Photo: from social networksThe director of the school community of Trostyanets ZZSO No. 5 Iryna Bondarenko, announced on social networks that the educational institution gifted a drone to our defenders for Christmas.

Chernihiv oblast

In Semenivska community, Bleshnya was hit by 4 incidents, possibly by cannon artillery, Leonivka – 4 incidents, possibly by helicopter-launched MLRS, Kostobobriv – 5 incidents, possibly by 120mm mortar, and Hremyachka – 7 incidents, possibly by 120mm mortar. In Novhorod-Siversk community, Hremyach – 2 parishes, probably FPV drones, and Chervonyi Khutir – 8 parishes, probably NAR from a helicopter.

The National Police of Ukraine reported that during the distribution of bread in a border village in Chernihiv oblast russians attacked civilians. The civilians were fired upon from a drone when they came to the centre of the village to get bread. The people were not injured. Shrapnel hit a car with bread.

Chernihiv oblast is among the oblasts that have suffered the most destruction since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the russian occupiers. According to the data documented by the NGO MART in cooperation with the NGO Educational House of Human Rights in Chernihiv, as part of the global initiative “Putin’s Tribunal”, more than 5,000 civilian infrastructure objects in Chernihiv and Chernihiv oblast were destroyed and damaged as a result of mostly rocket and artillery strikes. Residential buildings suffered the most damage – more than 3,500 of them. 

A charity fair in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was held in a community in Chernihiv oblasr. All the money raised will be used to buy cars for our defenders.

Korop Village Council said that in Chernihiv oblast in Atyusha (Koropska Hromada), memorial plaques in honour of Pavlo Medved and Vasyl Kovtun, the fallen defenders of Ukraine,  were installed on the facade of the school . 

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Near the railway station in Dnipro relatives of war prisoners from Azov are holding a Second Christmas in captivity. Do not be silent! Captivity kills! demonstration.

Vinnytsia oblast

According to Lyudmyla Chervonetska, Head of Trostianets Settlement Council UAV wreckage fell on Trostianets community territory in Vinnytsia region, the residential buildings and commercial premises are damaged.

Vinnytsia City Council reports that heating equipment and reconnaissance – another batch of aid was sent to Vinnytsia military. The cargo includes two thousand chemical heaters and one radio-controlled complex for the effective performance of combat tasks by our defenders. The complex that they received is made in Ukraine. 

Kirovohrad oblast

Andrii Raikovych, Head of RMA announced that this night defenders in Kirovohrad destroyed a Shahed.

The Our Home – Ukraine project was presented at the Kropyvnytskyi Museum of Art. These are 244 military trophies transformed into works of art. The idea belongs to a couple from Kryvyi Rih that have been helping the military since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion.

Cherkasy oblast

On the Christmas Eve the Second Christmas in captivity demonstration took place in Cherkasy. Concerned locals decorated the Christmas tree with symbolic toys before the rally. Among those are the relatives of the captured and soldiers who died in captivity.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yesterday, occupiers launched 158 strikes on 23 populated areas in Zaporizhzhia oblast. The enemy targeted Mala Tokmachka with MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) and attacked Shyroke, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Novodarivka, Novoandriivka, Novodanylivka, Malynivka, Huliaipilske, Robotyne, Charivne, Poltavka, and Mali Shcherbaky with 43 UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Additionally, 114 artillery strikes hit the territories of Orikhiv, Levadne, Robotyne, Bilohiria, Malynivka, Preobrazhenka, Piatyhatky, Plavni, Kamianske, Stepove, and other towns and villages near the front line. There have been 6 reports of residential buildings and infrastructure being destroyed.

Yesterday, on December 23, a fire occurred in Polohy region sd a result of russian shelling. According to rescuers, an outbuilding was on fire, covering an area of 40 square meters. Emergency services managed to extinguish the fire.

Today, on December 24, a car rally took place in Zaporizhzhia in support of the captured defenders of Mariupol – “Don’t be silent! Captivity kills! Second Christmas in captivity!” In this way, the participants of the car rally seek to draw attention to the fate of all military captives. The participants formed a convoy of 30 cars, drove along the Embankment Highway, and moved to different areas of the city.

Mykolaiv oblast

During December 23, russian forces struck the city of Ochakiv and Ochakiv community’s waters three times with artillery fire. The village of Solonchaky in Kutsurub community were slelled three times. There were no reported injuries or fatalities. In the night of December 24, anti-aircraft defense forces destroyed four “Shahed 131/136” drones in Mykolaiv obblast by, as reported by Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration.

The military of the Mykolaiv 10th Naval Aviation Brigade received eight new all-wheel-drive pickups from the “Come Back Alive” Foundation. The procurement cost amounted to 7,987,642.7 hryvnias, as announced by the foundation on its Facebook page

As of December 2023, 30% of the territory in Mykolaiv oblast, totaling 754K hectares of land, is contaminated with explosive objects. This includes mined settlements that were under russian occupation, areas where hostilities took place, roads, and water bodies. This information was shared by Heorhii Reshetilov, the first deputy chief of Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration.

Odesa oblast

There are no russian ships at the moment in the Black Sea due to a powerful storm. This information was reported on December 24 by the “South” Operational Command Telegram channel.

This morning, volunteers from Odesa and Kyiv were involved in a severe accident on the Odesa- Mykolaiv highway. The driver of a truck swerved onto the oncoming lane instead of pulling onto the shoulder, nearly colliding head-on with a minibus carrying humanitarian aid for the military and civilians. The minibus driver, in an attempt to avoid the collision, steered the vehicle to the right, partially softening the impact. Everyone survived, but the volunteers (driver and passenger) sustained injuries of varying severity and are currently in the hospital.

Participants of the “Red Rock” choir in Odesa sang songs, distributed sweets, and collected money for the Armed Forces of Ukraine on December 24 before Christmas. They walked through the city center in traditional costumes to sing carols and promote Ukrainian culture.

Kherson oblast

Over the past day, the enemy conducted 88 shelling attacks, releasing 425 projectiles from mortars, artillery, “Grad” MLRS, tanks, ZU-23-2, UAVs, and aviation, including 2 missiles. The enemy launched 71 projectiles atthe city of Kherson. Due to russian aggression, 4 people were killed, and 9 others were wounded, including 1 child.

It is reported that russian military dropped an explosive device from a drone on a local resident in Stanislav. As a result of this insidious attack, a 70-year-old man died on the spot. Kherson was under constant shelling from the left bank of the Dnipro River, with explosions heard in all areas of the regional center and suburbs. Private houses in the Central district were damaged due to rrussian projectile impacts. Also, during the artillery shelling in the Korabelnyi district, a police patrol moving in a service vehicle was hit. The vehicle was damaged, but the police officers were unharmed. Additionally, a medical facility was damaged due to a missile strike.

Yesterday, around 18:00, russian military carried out massive attacks on Kherson, targeting critical infrastructure. As a result of the attack, there was a rupture in gas pipelines and extensive damage to the gas supply system. All municipal services are working in the city, but it is unknown when gas supply will be restored.

A fire at a gas pump caused by a russian attack. Photo: State Emergency Service in Kherson oblast

This night, the russian army shelled Kherson downtown. A family was affected when an artillery shell hit a residential building. An 87-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife died on the spot. A 54-year-old Kherson resident suffered explosive injuries, a concussion, and a leg injury. during the clearance of debris, rescuers found the body of a deceased man in the Central district. His identity is being established.

A 33-year-old fisherman encountered an anti-personnel mine in the village of Bobrovyi Kut. As a result of the explosion, he suffered a traumatic amputation of his right lower limb and was hospitalized.

17 enemy assaults were repelled on the left bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson oblast in the responsibility zone of the southern defense forces. Having suffered losses, the enemy retreated to previous positions. The occupiers reduced the use of guided aerial bombs and the activity of tactical aviation, continuing aerial reconnaissance and deploying new observation posts instead of destroyed ones.

The southern defense forces continue to fulfill their fire tasks. Over the past day, the enemy lost 21 occupiers, 5 guns, 1 armored personnel carrier, 1 mortar, and 2 reconnaissance UAVs “Zala” and “Superkam.”

Today marks the anniversary of the brutal russian attack on Kherson. On December 24, 2022, the russians launched 41 strikes on the city. Ten people were killed, and 62 were injured.

Three more children have been successfully brought back from temporarily occupied territories. 8-year-old Ielysei, who lived with his grandmother in the occupied part of Kherson oblast, and two 18-year-old orphaned brothers, Andrii and Mykhailo, who were raised in a foster family in the occupied territory before the full-scale invasion. This was reported by the founder of Save Ukraine, Mykola Kuleba.

An action called “Christmas for the Child of a Hero” was held in Kherson oblast. Children whose parents, the military, died in the fight for our freedom received gifts.

Mobile primary care teams working on the right bank of the Dnipri River have expanded their functionality. Now, residents of the region can undergo cardiographic examinations.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Lutsk City Council reported that they sent Starlink and EkoFlow Delta 2 with covers for both devices to the 1st separate assault brigade named Da Vinci Wolves.

Zakarpattia oblast

As part of the Interreg NEXT Poland-Ukraine 2021-2027 cross-border program, 4 projects in the direction of Health Care will be implemented in Zakarpattia. The European Union will allocate about EUR 4 mln to selected initiatives from the region. With these funds, the winners of the Program plan to renovate the premises, purchase specialized equipment, exchange experience and train staff, etc.

At a sacred music concert, students of Uzhgorod Music School #1 collected UAH 11 206 to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This year, over 200 students of the music school took part in the concert.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

20 sets of Starlink satellite communication equipment, 30 HOLOSUN tactical units, 24 Eco Flow charging stations, 24 military binoculars, 24 tablets, car tires total worth over UAH 3 mln were sent to formation of mobile firing points was sent to the military of the anti-aircraft missile battalion, which was created in the oblast. Funds are allocated from the regional budget within the framework of regional programs to support military formations. The equipment was received by the battalion that protects the sky from drones flying on low and ultra-low routes.

Lviv oblast

The ChildFund Deutschland CF in cooperation with the Advisory and Coordination Office, provided targeted assistance to IDPs in the form of vouchers (a certificate for the purchase of food in one of the chain stores). 65 families in Strii region received assistance. He also worked as a lawyer for the Norwegian Refugee Council and provided individual consultations to IDPs.

At the beginning of the year, David Hathaway, British evangelist, said that he wanted to make a film about the events in Ukraine in order to tell the world the truth about the actions of the police. The RMA met with a representative of the Church of the Evangelical Faith, and the preacher said that the documentary tape can already be viewed. Its name is Ukraine before russia!.

Rivne oblast

Sports organizations of Rivne oblast join the TRENVET initiative for the rehabilitation of veterans. Recently, the TRENVET mobile application was presented during the regional sports-veterans forum, which was organized by Rivne RMA together with the regional council. With its help, veterans can choose a coach for free.

Ternopil oblast

In Ternopil, on the facade of school #24, a memorial plaque was installed to Nazari Shymkiv,  defender of Ukraine. The hero voluntarily went to the front, where he was killed on February 9, 2023 while performing a combat mission. For his huge contribution to the defense of the Motherland, Nazari Shymkiv was posthumously awarded the Honorary Citizen of Ternopil title.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

At night, during the air alarm signal, the forces and means of air defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 1 enemy UAV of the Shahed type within the oblast. There were no reports of injured, dead or property damage.

A charity sports race was held in Khmelnytskyi in support of veterans of the russian-Ukrainian war. During the event, participants collected funds for fpv drones for the special operations forces of Khmelnytskyi oblast.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi RMA and the regional council discussed the draft budget of the region for 2024. The revenue part of the regional budget will amount to UAH 1 billion 538.7 mln, in the structure of which own revenues occupy 58.9%, subsidies from the State Budget of Ukraine – 26.4%, subventions – 14.7%. UAH 87 mln was earmarked for the financing of programs to support IDPs, defenders and their family members and the activities of military units and units of the territorial defense of Chernivtsi oblast. UAH 30.8 mln has been placed in the reserve fund, which will provide an opportunity to quickly solve all urgent problems.

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

Germany allocated €6.1 mln to Ukraine for the winter period. This package includes 500 power generators (€3.5 mln), 900 heaters, 1,7K winter sleeping bags, as well as folding beds, tents, living containers, winter clothing, a mobile field kitchen and drinking water purification systems to the support of IDPs, cities and communities in the frontline oblasts.

Iceland announced additional financing in the amount of €340K to purchase medical supplies for Ukraine.

So far, 31 states have supported the G7 declaration on Ukraine’s security guarantees. The President’s Office reports that negotiations are underway with 6 other EU countries (Austria, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia).

In January 2024, the Artillery Coalition to Strengthen the Ukrainian Army will begin work in Paris. Planned tests of fire control of the Caesar self-propelled guns with the use of artificial intelligence, which will reduce the use of ammunition for firing and hitting targets by 30%.

Cooperation of the State Property Fund of Ukraine with representatives of USAID and the SOERA program continues. They discussed assistance mechanisms for the implementation of new and existing projects.

The Mayor of London promised to support the transfer of SUVs and other vehicles to Ukraine, which would otherwise be sent for disposal under the Ulez program. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, appealed to Mark Harper, Minister of Transport, with a request to provide an opportunity for residents of the capital and other cities of the country to transfer suitable vehicles to Ukraine under the disposal scheme.

Polish farmers completed the blockade in front of the Medyka-Sheghini checkpoint. According to information from the Border Guard of Poland, the campaign ended today at 09:30. Registration and passage of trucks across the border in the direction of entry into Ukraine is carried out as usual.

Catherine Colonnade, French Foreign Minister, and David Cameron, British Foreign Minister, confirmed the importance of supporting Ukraine and expressed confidence that putin would lose. “Our two countries have been side by side since the very beginning, they are working together to ensure that Ukraine regains its freedom,” Katrin Kolonna said. She added that “this cooperation can be further strengthened, because not only the fate of Ukraine is at stake, but also the security of the European continent.”

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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