War in Ukraine today: latest news, December 27, 2022 (photo)

It has been the 307th 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 18.00:   

The threat of enemy air and missile strikes on critical infrastructure remains throughout Ukraine.

The enemy, despite significant losses in manpower, does not stop offensive actions towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka. The invaders are trying to improve the tactical position towards Lyman.

The situation remains stable towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk, and Sloboda. The enemy maintains a military presence in the border areas, and there are no signs enemy offensive groups being formed there.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, Mefedivka and Vovkivka settlements of the Sumy oblast, as well as Hlyboke, Starytsia, Ohirtseve and Vovchansk in Kharkiv oblast, were hit by artillery and mortar shelling.

Towards  Kupiansk, the enemy shelled the settlements of Novomlynsk, Dvorichne, Kupiansk, Krokhmalne, Berestove and Pershotravneve in Kharkiv oblast and Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka and Kolomiychykha in Luhansk oblast.

Towards Lyman, Ploshchanka and Dibrova in Luhansk oblast and Yampolivka and Hryhorivka in  Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards  Bakhmut, Spirne, Bilohorivka, Soledar, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Opytne, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, Bila Hora, Oleksandro-Shultyne, Ozarianivka, Maiorsk and New York of the Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Vodiane, Pervomaiske, Marinka and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast came under fire towards Avdiivka.

Towards  Novopavlivka, the areas of Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Vremivka and Velyka Novosilka of Donetsk oblast were hit by artillery.

Towards  Zaporizhzhia, the enemy fired tanks and barrel artillery at Temyrivka, Poltavka, Dorozhnyanka, Novoandriivka, Kamianske, and Plavni regions of Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Towards  Kherson, the civil infrastructure of Antonivka, Kherson oblast, and the city of Kherson were once again affected by russian shelling. There are casualties among civilians.

Due to significant losses of personnel, there is an increase in the number of desertions of russian servicemen and their leaving combat positions in Luhansk oblast. In order to maintain control over the situation, the russian military leadership increased the number of patrols to detain and return deserters to units.

Units of rocket troops and artillery of the Defense Forces of Ukraine hit the control post, 6 buildups of enemy manpower and military equipment, an ammunition warehouse, as well as another important military target.

The press service of the Ministry of Reintegration informs that Ukraine managed to return the bodies of 42 dead servicemen. The operation to transfer the bodies was carried out by the office of the Commissioner for Missing Persons of Oleh Kotenko and law enforcement agencies. In total, the Commissioner has managed to bring home the bodies of 869 defenders since his appointment.

Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko reports that the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy will recommend not to extend the lease of two churches of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra from the UOC-MP. He also noted that an interdepartmental government commission on the use of Lavra’s property had been established, so as long as the inspection continues, these premises will not be used.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the invaders shelled 12 settlements. At least 10 settlements were under russian attack with artillery and mortars.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that 1.6% of Kharkiv oblast, specifically 29 settlements, remains under russian occupation. As a result of the armed aggression of russian federation, 14,630 facilities were partially or completely destroyed. Of these, 1,266 facilities are completely destroyed, 3,863 facilities significantly damaged (up to 50%), 9,501 facilities partially damaged (up to 25%). 8,000 are residential facilities, of which 3,000 are apartment buildings, 4,000 private housing foundations. As of December 2022, 1.1 million people live in Kharkiv.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, humanitarian aid has been provided to the population of Kharkiv oblast. During this period, residents received more than 35 K tons of humanitarian cargo and 1.3 million food kits. The regional humanitarian headquarters was established for the most effective assistance to people. Later – the Council of Volunteers, which involves 64 volunteer organizations. In addition, the Unified Humanitarian Coordination Centre was established, which coordinates the work of 155 volunteer organizations and charitable foundations. Also, the evacuation of more than 22K people from the war zone was organized, more than 3K evacuees received assistance in providing accomodation.

Head of Kupiansk City Military Administration, Andrii Biesiedin, informed that the invaders destroyed the city by almost 30%. The invaders shell the Kupiansk community every day, the city functions in both, stable and difficult modes. Biesiedin associates this to the close distance to the front line.

The works on conservation of the Council House in Kharkiv destroyed by rocket attacks continue, they will be done in several stages. According to Head of the RMA, Oleh Syniehubov, the invaders launched 13 missile strikes on the Council House.

The territories of Kharkiv oblast near the border with russia and the contact line continue to suffer from enemy shelling. The Kupiansk region suffers the most. Settlements of Chuhuiv and Kharkiv regions were also under enemy attacks yesterday.

As a result of hostile shelling in Dvorichna and Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi settlements of the Kupiansk region, residential buildings were damaged and fires broke out. Fortunately, there were no casualties despite all the enemy’s attempts to deal more damage. 

Mine clearance continues. Pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service defused 43 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

According to the General Staff, russia lost 620 soldiers in one day, most of them towards Bakhmut and Lyman. Since February 24, the total losses of russian federation are more than 103K. Defence Forces repelled enemy attacks near eight settlements in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Referring to British intelligence, russia has sent units of the First Guards Tank Forces to belarus for training. They also noted that over the past 48 hours the fighting has been concentrated around Bakhmut of Donetsk oblast and near Svatove in Luhansk oblast.

Spokesman of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Serhii Cherevatyi, said that since the beginning of the day russian troops shelled Bakhmut 175 times with artillery, multiple rocket launchers and tanks. Ukrainian troops eliminated 77 russian servicemen and injured 125 near Bakhmut.

Overnight russians launched isolated attacks in different parts of the frontline.

Towards Donetsk, Ostrivske of the Kurakhove community was under attack at night – a cultural institution, a shop and 5 private buildings were damaged. In the morning russians shelled Avdiivka with Hrad multiple rocket launchers – no casualties, the extent of damage is being established.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was injured in Ivanivske of the Bakhmut community. Russian troops hit Bakhmut with artillery, damaging a shop there as well as a garage in Chasiv Yar.

Towards Lysychansk, there was shelling on the outskirts of the Siversk community, there were also attacks on Torske and Zarichne of the Lyman community. There were no casualties.

Aftermath of the rocket attack. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, russians injured 2 civilians: in Ivanivske and Velyka Novosilka.

According to approximate estimates, the population in the temporarily occupied Mariupol has decreased by more than three times: currently there are about 110-120K people in the city.

Based on the information provided by Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, all gas boiler houses have suspended their work. Damage to the main gas pipeline in Kharkiv oblast caused an emergency shutdown of boiler houses.

Luhansk oblast

Yesterday, Defense Forces units repelled enemy attacks in Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka. Towards Kupiansk and Lyman. The enemy shelled Dibrova, Kolomyichykha, Novoselivske, Ploshchanka and Stelmakhivka with tanks, barrel and rocket artillery. Aviation of the Defence Forces hit buildups of the invaders

According to Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, heavy hostilities continue near Kreminna. The occupation troops are bringing a huge amount of reserves and equipment there. Militants are dying there by the hundreds. They understand that in case of losing Kreminna the entire russian defense line in Luhansk oblast will be broken. According to him, success is on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kreminna is a strategic settlement in the defense of russian troops because in case of defeat, their group will be divided into two parts. Russians occupied all the forest belts and mined everything around them. Most of the mining took place remotely, so they do not even have a map of mines. The situation in Bilohorivka is difficult. After many hours of artillery shelling, 10-20 invaders regularly try to go on the offensive there, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine repel all these intentions.

Five farmers from the recently de-occupied Makiivka and Nevske settlements have already received UAH 327K of irrevocable state support.

According to the Luhansk RMA, the wounded russians are brought to the Pervomaiske Lyceum, where they have another hospital. The occupiers associate the unprofitability of the mines only with a decrease in production by half. In Rubizhne you can get a salary exclusively for collaboration activities – others have to survive. According to the results of this year, coal production in the occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts decreased by 42 %, that is, actually by half.

The Kreminna community will be provided with a mobile outpatient clinic that will provide medical services in the de-occupied territory. A therapist, a cardiologist, a surgeon, a gynecologist, and a dentist will be working there. The outpatient clinic is equipped with all necessary equipment. The community’s doctors are ready to work at home in Kreminna, when the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberate it. There are about 50 doctors, 170 nurses, nurses and other medical staff.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

 The Ukrainian construction company Tovaristvo “Vidvazhnyh” has placed a number of boards with words of gratitude to world leaders who support Ukraine. Most of them visited Irpin after its liberation from the occupiers. In 10 months, about 100 world-famous people visited Irpin. For foreign guests, Irpin became a symbol of indomitability at the cost of destruction. Thanks for the support of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine were expressed to the British politician, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen Their portraits and the inscription “World of brave people! #Thanks for support” are placed on the boards.

Boards of thanks to world leaders were placed in Irpin. Photo: from social networks

A memorial stele “Irpin – Hero City” will be installed at one of the main entrances to Irpin. Mayor of the city, Oleksandr Markushyn, announced this on the Telegram channel. The decision to prepare a place for the stele was made at a meeting of the executive committee of the Irpin City Council. The mayor emphasized that “Now guests from different parts of the world come to Irpin via this route, and most importantly, Irpin residents who could not exchange their native Irpin for any other city on the planet are returning home from faraway lands,”. It is known that funds from the local budget will not be used for the implementation of this project. The Irpin City Council will announce a competition for the best stela project.

The Canadian volunteer charitable foundation “Maple Hope” sent medical equipment and consumables to Ukraine for surgical operations on children with heart defects. The batch of humanitarian aid in the amount of more than 100,000 Canadian dollars (2.7 million hryvnias) was transferred to the Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Children’s Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The equipment also includes stents and various consumables.

Zhytomyr oblast

Housing is being prepared for displaced persons in Zhytomyr oblast. From the beginning of 2023, reconstruction of two buildings for social apartments for displaced people will begin in the city of Zvyagel. One project is based on the former blood transfusion station. The other is in the premises of the former skin dispensary. In addition, in Hulsk, about 50 houses are being prepared to house the displaced persons.

Sumy oblast

Head of Sumy the RMA Dmytro Zhivytskyi announced that the russian occupiers shelled the territory of the Seredino-Buda and the Znob-Novhorodske community with SPH. In both cases, there were no victims or destruction.

Head of the explosives department of the GONP in Sumy oblast Oleh Yevlash reported that the police received a report from citizens that a part of a rocket was found near one of the settlements of the Sumy region. Arriving at the site and inspecting the find, police explosives experts classified it as the main (combat) part of an air-to-ground missile, or an anti-tank guided missile. The projectile was extremely dangerous, so it was destroyed at the place of discovery by detonation.

Head of the Sumy RMA Dmytro Zhivytskyi reports that 13 territorial communities of Sumy oblast received 15 new school buses. “Every child should receive a quality education, regardless of where he lives: in the regional center, a city or the most remote village. School buses are one of the tools to ensure this,” he said.

Communities of Sumy oblast received school buses from Sumy RMA. Photo: Telegram channel of the head of the Sumy RMA Dmytro Zhivytskyi

Chernihiv oblast

The State Border Service of Ukraine reported that the russian army shelled the Novhorod-Siverskyi community again. Border guards recorded three explosions. The shots were fired from the russian settlements of Pogar and Sluchevsk.

The Chernihiv RMA reported that oblast received a new batch of charitable aid from the Danish company ROCKWOOL. This time, the company provided 10 fully equipped tents for the Main Department of the State Emergency Service in the oblast. They were made in Norway. Tents can be used at any time of the year and have high temperature thresholds. 2-3 people can handle the assembly of the structure, because it is quite simple and does not have fixed parts necessary for adjustment. Replacing air beams or any repair can be done with a minimal set of tools. One tent can accommodate up to 40 people. 

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Head of the Regional Council Mykola Lukashuk, overnight russians attacked Nikopol, Chervonohryhorivka and Marhanets communities 5 times. They fired about 40  shells from heavy artillery and MRLS Hrad . In Nikopol, three private houses, the same number of farm buildings, and power lines were gutted. Residential buildings, greenhouses, a department store, gas furnaces, and power lines also were hit in the Chervonohryhorivka community.

Vinnytsia oblast

A cargo from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and the German Embassy in Kyiv arrived in Vinnytsia. This was reported in the Vinnytsia City Council. As Mayor Serhii Morhunov noted, his main purpose is to help the community survive a difficult winter. Provision of the aid will continue. 

Aid for Vinnytsia. Photo: Vinnytsia City Council

A charity auction of transport models in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has started in Vinnytsia. The lots are models of a Christmas car from the 1990s and the famous Boeing 727 airplane.

Kirovohrad oblast

A bus for evacuating the wounded was dedicated to Natalia Frauscher, the deceased paramedic from Kropyvnytskyi. The woman had lived in Austria for seven years, and returned to save the wounded on the front line after the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine. The resuscitation bus was called by the call sign that the woman had.

Poltava oblast

Humanitarian aid from Poland and Great Britain was brought to Poltava. These are modular houses for people who were forced to leave their homes due to russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine.

Cherkasy oblast

In Cherkasy Oblast, thanks to the public organization “Sich.Smila”, together with the mayor of Smila,  the military received stoves for heating and cooking. The equipment works on wood, so it is suitable for use where there is no electricity supply.

The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF delivered 306 sets of educational materials for early child development for Cherkasy Oblast. Educational kits include drawing albums, notebooks, pens, pencils, plasticine, toy books, dolls, educational toy kits and games, puzzles, balls, construction kits, sports equipment, etc.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

According to the National Police, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of 15 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. There were 8 reports of the destruction of civilian houses and infrastructure as a result of shelling by the russian military. In Tokmak, Zaporizhzhia oblast, russian invaders intensified administrative and police measures. The servicemen, together with local collaborators, are searching for patriotic Ukrainian citizens, conducting checks of personal laptops, and phones, and searching houses.

Head of the Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Starukh informed that over the past week, russian occupants carried out 590 attacks on the territory of Zaporizhzhia oblast, destroying 150 objects. Some critical infrastructure facilities were restored immediately, and the power supply was restored on the day of the attacks. But some facilities require quite a long time to restore. For example, it can take 4–6 months to order a powerful transformer, even if there are enough financial resources.

Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov stated that the occupiers deprived the residents of the temporarily occupied territories of the last opportunity to receive quality medical care. According to him, only wounded russian soldiers are accommodated in all hospitals. Also, the invaders do not allow inhabitants to evacuate from the occupied territory. Thus, currently, the nearest hospitals that provide medical care are located only in Crimea. However, the opportunities for civilians from other occupied territories to receive it are severely limited, as the prescriptions issued in the occupied part of Zaporizhzhia oblast are not valid there, assistance is provided only if they have russian medical insurance, which can be obtained only with a russian passport.

The occupiers are preparing the expulsion of residents of the occupied Enerhodar to Crimea, the National Resistance Center stated. According to them, the russians deliberately initiate humanitarian crises in the temporarily occupied territories, removing state institutions from there, and closing hospitals and pharmacies to make life unbearable for the locals. Instead, residents are offered to leave and promised monetary compensation. In fact, the russians aim to change the demographic composition of the population, as well as to create a propaganda picture of those who “run away from Ukraine”, explains the National Resistance Center.

Mykolaiv oblast

The head of the RMA Vitaliy Kim said that the russians carried out artillery strikes on the water area of the Ochakiv community. In total, according to the Mykolaiv RMA, 14,439 civilian objects have been partially or completely damaged since the beginning of the russian invasion in Mykolaiv oblast.

Head of the regional police Serhiy Shaykhet said that in Koblevo, a storm had driven a sea mine to the shore, and it exploded. This is not the first sea mine to explode in Koblevo. In July, Head of the Mykolaiv regional military administration Vitaliy Kim reported that two people exploded on a sea mine on one of the beaches of the village. After the start of the full-scale invasion, drifting mines were repeatedly defused by the Ukrainian military; they were found in the Bosporus Strait, off the coast of Bulgaria and Romania.

The bodies of 7 people were exhumed by law enforcement officers on the liberated territory. According to the National Police, the police exhumed the bodies of civilians, which were sent for forensic examination, and after establishing the final cause of death were returned to relatives for reburial. It is preliminarily known that a russian missile hits the yard of an 82-year-old woman, who was killed by multiple mine-blast injuries. Because of the occupation of the village, relatives buried their relatives among the trees in the garden right on the territory of the household. Also, in the garden of a private house in the village of Vavilove, law enforcement officers found the burial of another 64-year-old local resident, who died due to illness, and relatives buried her on their own on the territory of the household. They exhumed a local resident who died due to enemy shelling in the village of Lyubomyryivka. His wife buried him in the yard. After the examination, the body will be returned to the relatives for reburial according to all customs.

During 2022, agrarians of Mykolaiv oblast harvested about two million tons of grain and leguminous crops, which is almost twice less than last year, said First Deputy Head of Mykolaiv Oblast Military Administration Heorhii Reshetilov. According to him, the main reason for such a drop is the shelling of russian troops and the occupation of certain territories during the harvesting campaign. He also noted that the sowing campaign in the oblast was disrupted by 30%. In some farms, the fields are strewn with ammunition and mines, so it is impossible to prepare them for cultivation. 

Mykolaiv received 15 generators under the Strengthening Public Trust project, implemented with the support of the United States Agency for International Development. This was reported by the Mykolaiv City Council. It is noted that 8 generators received heating points, and 7 – Mykolaivoblteploenerho to provide water supply in the event of a power outage.

Odesa oblast

According to the Ukrainian Navy, as of December 26, up to ten enemy ships were on combat duty in the Black Sea. Among them are three Kalibr missile carriers with a total salvo of up to sixteen missiles. The spokesman of the RMA Serhiy Bratchuk stressed that russia is particularly interested in Odesa oblast, so the attacks will continue from many directions.

The Security Service of Ukraine identified and blocked the assets of representatives of pro-Kremlin corporations involved in financing the war against Ukraine. Together with the detectives of the Bureau of Economic Security, the SSU established the location of underground warehouses in several seaports, where more than 160 thousand tons of Ukrainian iron ore were stored. This was reported by the press service of the Security Service of Ukraine. The total value of the seized minerals is almost UAH 2 billion. It has been established that the found batch of iron ore belongs to the company of russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, who is sanctioned by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union. According to operational information, representatives of the aggressor country tried to illegally transport the hidden raw materials by sea to the territory of russia. After that, the minerals were planned to be transferred to the needs of the metallurgical industry and the military-industrial complex of russia to meet the needs of russian occupation groups. According to the SSU materials, the seized property was arrested and the issue of its transfer to the National Agency for finding, tracing and management of assets derived from corruption and other crimes is being decided.

During 2 days 9 vessels with 390 thousand tons of agricultural products for Africa, Asia, and Europe left the ports of Odesa. Among them are bulk carriers with 68 thousand tons of wheat for Egypt and Indonesia, as well as a tanker with 45 thousand tons of oil for India. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority. Ports also load more than 860 thousand tons of agricultural products on 24 ships. The next step is to wait for the inspection of the Joint Coordination Center. Today, 95 vessels are awaiting inspection in the Bosporus, some of them have been waiting in Turkish waters for more than a month. “This is the result of purposeful actions of the russian delegation aimed at slowing down the inspection process. First, they reduced the number of inspection teams to 3, now they have started to delay the time of inspections. Representatives of the russian federation began to check even indicators that are not provided for in the documents of the Joint Coordination Center and have nothing to do with the subject of the inspection (for example, whether the ship’s units are working well, how much fuel, etc.) With this algorithm, the inspection of one vessel takes from 4 hours. This is unproductive and contributes to the increase of the queue. The increase in the queue means a decrease in the volume of exports of agricultural products from ports and millions of losses for cargo owners due to downtime,” said Yuriy Vaskov, Deputy Minister of Development of Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure.

Kherson oblast

Yaroslav Yanushevych, the head of the Regional Military Administration, informed that russian occupiers shelled the territory of Kherson oblast 40 times. They fired from artillery, MLRS, mortars, and tanks. The enemy attacked Kherson city 11 times. They hit a factory, and private and apartment buildings. Yesterday, one person was wounded due to russian shelling. On December 24, russians shelled the market in the center of Kherson. As a result of these attacks by the russian occupiers of the city, 10 people were killed and 68 wounded. Also, the SES noted that over the past day in Kherson oblast, 6 fires were eliminated as a result of enemy shelling. 

Consequences of shrapnel damage from russian shelling. Photo: National Police

The City Council reported that a total of 33 infrastructure facilities were damaged as a result of shelling by russian occupiers of Kherson city territorial community. In particular, the occupiers damaged 22 water supply and drainage facilities, six – heat supplies, two – road infrastructure, two – electricity supplies, and one gas supply facility. In addition, russian troops shelled 41 buildings of educational institutions, 7 health care facilities, and 708 residential buildings.

According to the Kherson Regional State Administration, humanitarian aid from Crucea Roșie Vrancea (Romanian Red Cross Branch) arrived in Kherson oblast. Two powerful 225 kW generators were delivered, which will ensure the uninterrupted operation of medical institutions in Kherson. The most necessary things were also delivered to the settlements of the region: medicines, hygiene products, drinking water, and food.

Volunteers delivering humanitarian aid. Photo: Kherson Regional State Administration

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The RMA reported that almost 20K displaced people were accommodated in Volyn under the Shelter program. In general, as of today, 78 824 IDPs have been accepted in Volyn.

A Support Center for Families of Prisoners of War and Servicemen who are considered missing has been established. The purpose of the Center is to provide legal and psychological assistance to family members of prisoners of war and servicemen who are considered missing as a result of armed aggression against Ukraine.

In Lutsk a three-day blood donation marathon has started. Volunteers invite those who wish to join the campaign and receive a gift.

Zakarpattia oblast

According to the decision of the Regional Defense Council, firecrackers, fireworks and other pyrotechnics are prohibited. Head of the Zakarpattia RMA, Viktor Mykyta, reported that this issue is under the special control of law enforcement officers.

The Regional Defense Council decided that curfew will be canceled in the oblast on New Year’s Eve.

A mobile bath and laundry complex for the 68th battalion of the 101st Zakarpattia Territorial Defense Brigade was sent from Zakarpattia. The complex meets modern hygienic and sanitary standards. It is equipped with a diesel generator, an electric boiler, four washing machines and a clothes dryer. It also has showers and a steam bath.

In Uzhhorod, in the center of Bozdo Park, a field kitchen will operate. The organizers are the non-governmental organization Quality of Life Foundation, the Uzhgorod City Council and the special emergency rescue squad of the State Emergency Service of the Zakarpattia oblast.

A traveling exhibition of documentary children’s photography If not for the War… was opened in Uzhhorod. Two dozen of the best works out of 63 submitted by Uzhgorod students and IDP children were chosen for the exhibition. The authors highlighted the horrors of today, which they had to face because of the war.

If not for the war… Photo: Uzhhorod City Council

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

In Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, the curfew was shortened for the New Year holidays. From 31.12.22 to 10.01.23 the curfew will last from 00:00 to 05:00. Then as before from 23:00 to 05:00.

In the RMA, a meeting with the heads of specialized structural subdivisions of the RMA and territorial subdivisions of central executive bodies was held. They discussed government social programs for IDPs.

In Ivano-Frankivsk City Council, an operational meeting was held.  Electricity and heat problems were discussed .

The RMA reported that an association Information Technologies of Ukraine provided over 100 units of high-power personal computers to educational institutions of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast.

A temporary shelter for IDPs was inaugurated in Ivano-Frankivsk. Over 140 people now have their own shelter. METALAB volunteers in cooperation with the authorities helped to implement the idea of ​​the KO-KHATA project.

The main office of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast announces the opening of the tenth unit of the volunteer fire brigade in the village of Pererisl in the Nadvirnian region in Prykarpattia.

Lviv oblast

In just the last day, the 102 line of the State Police of Lviv oblast received dozens of reports about the mining of various objects in the territory of the oblast. Forces and means of civil protection worked at the places of possible mining. No explosive objects and substances were found.

The International Headquarters for Aid to Ukrainians (IHAU) reported on the results of 10 months of work, all implemented projects and plans for the next year. The IHAU together with donors and partners organized 8 humanitarian missions to the front lines. Through the efforts of the headquarters, almost 25k food kits were delivered for the needs of Ukrainians during this period, and over 1,7K trucks with humanitarian aid were sent to different oblasts of Ukraine.

In the RMA a meeting with servicemen from Kharkiv oblast was held. They discussed aid for the military.

In the First Medical Association of Lviv a two-day workshop Modern Practice of Organizing Rehabilitation in Medical Institutions of Ukraine was held. The key goal of the event is to build a rehabilitation system that will take care of every Ukrainian who needs help.

Representatives of the PiPl Diia charitable foundation visited the Busk orphanage Dobre Sertse and the Zolochiv orphanage Ridnyi Dim with gifts and greetings. Benefactors handed over 60 gifts sets of toys and candies to children from the Ukrainian diaspora of the Republic of Poland, and the children prepared New Year’s concerts.

An exhibition of the art project ArtArmor opened in Lviv. Armor plates got a second life here in the form of art objects. Volunteers will use the funds collected to purchase new protection.

Exhibition of an art project. Photo: Lviv City Council

Head of the Lviv Education Department, Andrii Zakaliuk, announced that in Lviv, in general, schooling this semester lasted 78 days. If taken into account the average time a student is in school, then approximately 546 lessons. If we count the number of air alarms that were during this semester, 50 lessons were canceled because of them. In other words, only 10% of lessons did not take place in Lviv schools due to air strikes.

Rivne oblast

The oblast received humanitarian aid from the Varmian-Mazurian Voivodeship. Namely, 10 generators, 100 sets of thermal clothing, 100 warm sleeping bags and 120 thermoses for fighters. In addition, 1 tonne of products arrived (976 ready-made dishes and soups, 500 instant soups, 1 448 pieces of other dishes, coffee, tea, 900 chocolates and holiday bars).

Families of fallen and missing Ukrainian soldiers from Rivne oblast visited the Carpathians in winter. This was already the third week-long rehabilitation trip for the children, their mothers and grandmothers. In total, 50 people went for this trip, organized by the Veteran Space CC.

Ternopil oblast

Mayor of  Ternopil, Serhii Nadal, announced that in the city those who receive state aid must renew their documents for receiving them starting January 1, 2023. The automatic accrual of all types of state benefits has been extended only for people living in occupied territories or where hostilities are taking place.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

In order to support one of the health care institutions of the oblast, volunteers sent a Ford ambulance. The car has previously been serviced, so medics will immediately be able to use the vehicle to transport patients between medical facilities.

In Khmelnytskyi, children of the military were congratulated on New Year’s holidays. A total of 3K gifts were prepared. Festive packages contain sweets.

Chernivtsi oblast

Cars, a thermal imager, a quadcopter, trench candles and medicines were sent from Chernivtsi to the front.

In the Chernivtsi City Council New Year and Christmas events for children of privileged categories, including children of combatants and children from IDP families were held. Saint Nicholas turned on the magic generator when the lights were turned off, and when the alarm sounded, the children received gifts in the bomb shelter.

A bust of the russian poet Oleksandr Pushkin was dismantled from the facade of the Olha Kobylianska Music and Drama Theater in Chernivtsi. The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine was contacted in order to obtain permission to dismantle the cultural department of the Chernivtsi RMA.

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

Since the war began, the UN agencies and their partners have provided humanitarian aid totaling over $3 billion. A third of these funds were paid in the form of cash aid. Over 5 million Ukrainians received it.

Deputy Director General of the EC Directorate General for Good Neighbor Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Katarina Maternova, reported that the European Commission transferred €66 million to the budget of Ukraine for the reconstruction of schools destroyed and damaged by the russians.

The US allocated over $53 million to support the electricity grid of Ukraine.

Germany allocated €35 ​​million in aid to children in Ukraine.

Sweden additionally allocated over $19 million to Ukraine. The funds will be directed to the International Support Fund for Ukraine under the leadership of Britain and used to strengthen Ukraine’s military potential.

The US sent to Ukraine the first batch of equipment for repairing electrical networks.

Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kuleba, announced that the US developed a special plan for the preparation of the Patriot air defense system for Ukraine in much less than six months.

Lithuania will make beds for Ukrainian field hospitals. Such a bed can be assembled in the field in less than 2 minutes and without additional tools. Currently, the Ukrainian authorities have already ordered the production of 30K units.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. They discussed the peace formula and India’s participation in its implementation.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni. They discussed the peace formula. In addition, George Maloney reported on the consideration of providing air defense systems to protect the Ukrainian skies.

President of the Czech Republic Zeman called the russian federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine the biggest problem of the past year. Another important problem this year, he called the energy crisis, which was particularly contributed to by the russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Finnish airline offers Ukrainians a 95% discount on tickets to Helsinki. Ukrainians will be able to fly with a discount from Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest and Prague, but no later than February 28, 2023.

The Apple company, which in March 2022 announced its exit from the russian market, prohibited the adaptation of the iPhone 14 to the networks of local telecommunications operators in the territory of the russian federation.

In Finland, the traditional meeting of Joulupukki with the russian Santa Claus was canceled because of russia’s attack on Ukraine.

President of Iceland, Hviudni Youhannesson, received Ukrainian children. The Christmas visit took place within the framework of the Support Ukraine in Iceland initiative. This project helps refugees adapt to life in a foreign country. As a sign of gratitude for the support of the Icelandic people, the children brought the president handmade souvenirs.

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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