War in Ukraine today: latest news, February 23, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 365 th 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 russian federation continues to focus its efforts on offensive operations towards Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Shakhtarske. No changes in the structure and position of russian troops were detected.

To establish the exact position of Ukrainian units and adjust the artillery fire, the russian army is actively conducting aerial reconnaissance. As a result, russian military is losing equipment, the Ukrainian Defence Forces destroyed russian Merlin and Zala UAVs.

Russian soldiers launched 9 missile attacks, one of them caused damage to the civilian administrative building in Dvorichna, Kharkiv oblast, and conducted 28 air strikes. Moreover, russian troops launched over 40 MLRS attacks. As a result, civilian facilities in the towns of Beryslav, Zelenivka, and Bilozerka, Kherson oblast, were affected.

The attacks caused casualties among the civilian population.

Ukraine is still under threat of further russian missile attacks.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk, and Sloboda, there were no significant changes.  No signs of forming russian offensive groups were detected. The russian army fired from mortars and artillery at the settlements of Medvedivka, Mykhalchyna Sloboda, Chernihiv oblast; Sopych, Korenok, Hirky, Boyaro-Lezhachi, Ryzhivka, Vodolahy, Basivka, Maiske, Sumy oblast, as well as vicinities of 15 settlements in Kharkiv oblast, including Hraniv, Krasne, Morokhovets, Zelene, Vilcha, Nesterne, Budarky, Kolodiazne, Dvorichna, and Zapadne.

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the russian army conducted several unsuccessful offensives in the vicinities of Stelmakhivka, Bilohorivka, Serebrianske Foresty, and Fedorivka. The russian army fired from artillery at the vicinities of settlements of Hrianykivka, Berestove, Kharkiv oblast; Chervonopopivka, Nevske, Dibrova, Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast; Hryhorivka, Spirne, Berestove, Rozdolivka, and Fedorivka, Donetsk oblast. The enemy launched airstrikes near Hryanikivka, Kotliarivka, Krokhmalne in Kharkiv oblast, Serebrianske Foresty, Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, and Sakko i Vantsetti, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the russian army keeps attacking the positions of Ukrainian troops near Ivanivske, Dyliivka, and Bakhmut. 13 settlements came under fire, including Vasiukivka, Zaliznianske, Berkhivka, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Klischiivka, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, and Druzhba, Donetsk oblast. Russian troops launched an airstrike with army aircraft in the vicinity of VasIukivka.

Towards Avdiivka and Shakhtarske, the russian army launched an unsuccessful offensive near Kamianka, Vodiane, Marinka, Pobjeda, and Novomykhailivka. Vicinities of about 15 settlements were shelled with artillery. Among them are Novobakhmutivka, Avdiivka, Vodiane, Vesele, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Marinka , Neskuchne, Vuhledar, Zolota Nyva, and Velyka Novosilka.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the russian army shelled the vicinities of 20x settlements. They include Vremivka, Novopi, Donetsk oblast; Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Bilohirya, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Mali Scherbaky, Zaporizhzhia oblast, Vyschetarasivka, Dobra Nadiya, and Marhanets, Dnipropetrovsk oblast.

Towards Kherson, the russian artillery fire hit Kachkarivka, Kozatske, Lvove, Ivanivka, Mykilske, Molodizhne, Zelenivka, Antonivka, Bilozerka, and Dniprovske, Kherson oblast, among others. In total, the vicinity of 25 settlements were struck by the enemy.

The russian army continues to suffer losses. Thus, 6 ambulances with wounded russian servicemen arrived at a trauma center in Donetsk on the night of February 21-22.

Children from all over the city of Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia oblast, are supposedly going to take the “voluntary” oath of “Young Army soldiers” in a local school. The school is also planned to be used as a base to form the so-called “All-Russian Rescue Corps”.

Having caused a humanitarian crisis in the occupied Mariupol, russian troops are persuading the locals to take part in fortification of positions around the city in exchange for food rations. No remuneration for this labor is defined. Most people receive food packages only.

Ukrainian Air Forces launched 14 air strikes on the buildups of russian troops and military equipment, and 4 air strikes on the positions of anti-aircraft missile systems. In the meantime, Ukrainian missile and artillery troops attacked 3 concentrations of russian troops and 1 critical military target.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, the resolution for creating the special tribunal was approved in June 2023. It will specify all aspects of russia accountability for the crimes committed. Only one provision will discuss the tribunal and how russia should be held accountable for its crime of aggression. The work on it is still underway.  

Oleksii Hromov, brigadier, deputy head of the Chief operational command, General Staff of Ukraine reported that russia launched almost 5K missiles and 3.5K airstrikes since the large-scale aggression began.


Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the invaders shelled more than 20 settlements.

A russian Defense Ministry plane crashed into a hay barn in Belgorod region, bordering Kharkiv. The pilot died.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that the enemy continues to shell civilians in Kupiansk. Two women were injured as a result of the morning shelling. Currently, medics are providing necessary assistance.

The invaders also attacked Kupiansk region, preliminary with an S-300 missile today. The administrative building was hit. A man, who was near the building, was injured. At least two people are currently trapped under the rubble. All rescue services are working on the site.

Kupiansk Regional Military Administration, Andrii Kanashevych, said that as of 4:35 pm, two people trapped in the rubble after a russian strike on Kupiansk district could not be rescued. According to him, the work was temporarily suspended because russia launched another missile strike at about 2 pm.

Press service of the Regional Department of the State Emergency Service informed that russian troops targeted rescuers in Kharkiv oblast, no one was injured.

Head of Zolochiv community, Viktor Kovalenko, noted that russian troops shelled Tymofiivka and Vidrodzhenivske. There were no injuries as a result of the morning shelling. However, he added that power lines and residential buildings were heavily damaged as a result of shelling of Morozova Dolyna and Lemishchyne villages of Zolochiv community: the invaders attacked with artillery.

Yesterday at about 10:30 am, the enemy attacked industrial facilities in Kyiv district with 4 S-300 missiles. Two civilians were lightly injured.

Yesterday, the enemy shelled at least 18 settlements in Chuhuiv, Izium, Kharkiv and Kupiansk districts.

In Podoly village of Kupiansk region, a 40-year-old man was injured as a result of shelling. He was hospitalized in moderate condition.

In Vovchansk 6 residential buildings and 2 educational institutions were damaged as a result of massive shelling. In Nesterne village of Vovchansk community, a farm building was damaged.

As a result of shelling in Cherneshchena village of Izium region, a private residential building was destroyed and power lines damaged.

Mine clearance is ongoing. Yesterday, pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service defused 137 explosive ordnance. However, the mine danger in the de-occupied territories remains high. Yesterday in Izium, a 55-year-old forestry worker stepped on a Petal mine and sustained an explosive injury.

Destructions in Kharkiv oblast. Photo: telegram channel of Oleh Syniehubov/Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

Donetsk oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, after the failure of the russian army’s offensive on Vuhledar, russian soldiers of the so-called volunteer Cossack detachment refused to participate in further attacks.

Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, reported at a briefing that since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, more than 86K buildings have been damaged or destroyed in Donetsk oblast. About seven hundred educational institutions were destroyed, including more than 50 that were completely destroyed beyond repair.

Chasiv Yar and Krasnohorivka were under artillery attack. Two buildings were damaged in Chasiv Yar. Other shells hit the industrial area. In Krasnohorivka, a 5-storey building was hit directly, but the last resident of this building evacuated two days ago.

Fire as a result of a missile attack. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Towards Volnovakha, russians launched 3 missile attacks at night on Bahatyr of Velyka Novosilka community, destroying a building.

Towards Donetsk, there were 3 attacks on Kurakhove and 1 attack on Kurakhivka – private sector was damaged. There were no casualties. In the morning, russians shelled Avdiivka twice with artillery and twice with Grad multiple rocket launchers, buildings were damaged, there was one injured.

Towards Horlivka, 2 private buildings in Kostiantynivka community, an apartment building in Kostiantynivka and an enterprise building in Ivanopillia were damaged. In Soledar community, 3 buildings in Fedorivka and 2 in Vasiukivka were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, russians killed 1 person and injured 1 in Yampil of Lyman community this morning, damaging 6 buildings. Another 2 buildings were damaged in Torske. In Pereizne of Zvanivka community, buildings on three streets were damaged. It was loud in Siversk community.

Aftermath of a missile attack. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Head of the Donetsk REgional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that yesterday russians injured 2 civilians in Bakhmut and Lastochkyne.

Luhansk oblast

Yesterday, our troops repelled enemy attacks towards Kupiansk and Lyman near Bilohorivka, Kreminna and Stelmakhivka. The enemy also shelled Bilohorivka, Chervonopopivka, Dibrova, Kreminna, Kuzmyne and Nevske with artillery.

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported that there is relative silence on the frontline as the invaders suffered significant losses in personnel and equipment after the last offensive. Russians consider Kreminna direction to be the key one, so they are deploying even professional soldiers there. The mood of the collaborators in Luhansk oblast is demoralised. In Luhansk, equipment is being taken away from schools by trucks.

Head of the Sievierodonetsk Civil-Military Administration, Oleksandr Striuk, stated that the humanitarian situation remains difficult. Citizens have spent the winter in apartment buildings without heating, most areas have no electricity and water. There are issues with medical care for the civilian population.

Referring to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the occupation authorities in Luhansk are working remotely. The invaders canceled mass events in the city.

On the night of February 22, a man tripped a mine and blew up on a russian mine near the liberated Nevske. He was hospitalized in Kharkiv oblast.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Spokesman of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Ignat announced that during an air alert in Kyiv oblast, the air defense forces of Ukraine shot down a russian reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle.

The grouping of forces and means of defense of Kyiv conducts training on the preparation and conduct of a defensive operation in the conditions of an enemy attack on the capital. Currently, one of the stages of this training is being conducted in the city, the deployment and equipment of the block post and the platoon base point, the occupation of combat positions by the personnel. The training is aimed at improving the group management system, organizing effective interaction with executive authorities, building up the system of engineering equipment and air defense.

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez arrived in Kyiv. This is his second visit to Ukraine since the full-scale invasion of the russian federation. The foreign delegation honored the memory of the dead Ukrainians in Bucha and inspected the residential complex in Irpin damaged by the russian troops. A meeting between the Spanish Prime Minister and President Volodymyr Zelensky and a joint press conference is expected.

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez visited Kyiv oblast. Photo: The Kyiv RMA

The Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko announced that the Minister of Culture of France came to Ukraine. Rima Abdul-Malak visited the War Museum in Kyiv and the exhibition “Ukraine: Crucifixion”. Earlier, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy offered France to lead the creation of the European Fund for Culture and Media.

The State Nuclear Regulation Inspection of Ukraine reported that IAEA inspectors conducted an inspection at the Chornobyl NPP. During the inspection, experts did not find any violations.

The Kyiv city military administration reported that electricity has not been turned off in the capital for more than a week. “Ukrenergo” did not provide consumption limits per day. However, residents of the oblast were urged not to turn on several powerful electrical appliances at the same time.

Kyiv city mayor Vitaly Klychko announced that about 800 buildings in the capital have been destroyed or damaged by russian shelling, 417 of them are residential. According to him, 17 buildings were heavily damaged, 11 of them have already been repaired.

The Irpin City Council reported that the name plates of Irpin and Bucha appeared in the Brothers’ Square in the Portuguese city of Cascais. The community of the Portuguese city provides humanitarian support to the sister cities. 500,000 euros was provided by Cascais for the completion of the kindergarten “Vinochok” in Irpin, and a month ago they handed over a large humanitarian cargo.

The Kyiv RMA reported that Banksy’s works in Kyiv oblast were placed under glass and equipped with special protection systems. To protect the paintings from possible vandalism and weather conditions, a wireless security system was installed at Banksy’s works in Borodianka, Irpin and Gorenka and connected to the 24-hour monitoring of a security company.

Banksy’s works in the Kyiv oblast were placed under glass and equipped with protection systems. Photo: Kyiv RMA

The Ukrainian premiere of a documentary film “Voice of Crimea. Nariman Jelal” will take place in Kyiv on February 26, the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of Crimea. The movie is about Nariman Jelal, a journalist, activist and politician, and his detention in September 2021. After watching it, guests are invited to join the panel discussion “Crimea – Resistance – Victory”.

Zhytomyr oblast

The police documented another war crime of the russian army in Baranivka community. They found the fragments of a russian missile that fell during one of the missile attacks there. After a thorough examination of the area, explosives experts discovered an unexploded 400-kilogram warhead of the missile. Specialists of the State Emergency Service safely destroyed the enemy ammunition. After its detonation, the hole in the soil was 7 m deep and 15 m in diameter.

The warhead of a russian missile was found in the Baranivka community, Zhytomyr oblast. Photo: SES

Zhytomyr Mayor Serhii Sukhomlin announced that the city will conclude an agreement on solidarity partnership with the German city of Dortmund. The contract will be signed today at a Skype meeting with Dortmund. Last year Zhytomyr’s twin cities became Polish Gdynia and Pardubice, as well as Portuguese Villa Nova de Famalican.

A meeting with the families of missing persons will be held in the city of Ovruch on February 25 with the adviser of the commissioner for persons missing under special circumstances. Such events are extremely important for families because they can discuss their concerns, get consultations on the actions to be taken and learn more about security in the information space.

Expensive equipment in the amount of over half a million hryvnias was received by the Malin community from the Latvian sister city of Bausk. The mayor Oleksandr Sitailo reported that the electric diesel generator will be installed at one of the critical infrastructure facilities for uninterrupted operation of the sewage pumping station, and two solid fuel boilers will be installed at educational institutions.

Sumy oblast

The Sumy RMA reported that the enemy shelled 6 territorial communities of the oblast – Esman, Bilopillia, Yunakivka, Krasnopillia, Nova Sloboda and Khotyn. In total, 80 mortar explosions and 8 artillery explosions were recorded. At night, 31 artillery strikes were recorded on the territory of the Esman community.

As a result of the mortar shelling of the village of Sopych of Esman community, the administration building of the enterprise and two houses of civilians were damaged, as well as four houses in the village of Ryzhivka of Bilopillia community.

The driver and passenger of the Gazelle car became victims of shelling in Khotyn community. Near the village of Vodolahy, the russian military fired an anti-tank guided missile at a civilian car carrying bread. The victims were rendered medical assistance, one of them is hospitalized.

The rescuers of the Interregional Rapid Response Center from the city of Romny have returned from Turkey, where they were eliminating the consequences of the earthquake as part of the unified detachment of the State Emergency Service. 87 people, 18 pieces of equipment and 10 dogs were sent from Ukraine to help with the earthquake consequences relief. Ukrainian rescuers searched for people under the rubble and provided first aid.

Ukrainian rescuers eliminate the consequences of the earthquake in Turkey. Photo: SES

The Okhtyrka city council reported that a free IT school was opened in the shelter of one of the educational institutions of the city. At the first stage, the program was created for students of the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. The courses will be conducted by experienced teachers who will teach the basics of photoshop, video editing and website development. All necessary equipment for classes is available.

Chernihiv oblast

The “North” OC reported that the occupiers continue to shell the border settlements of Chernihiv oblast. 9 mortar strikes were recorded in the area of Yeline settlement, 17 mortar strikes in Mikhalchyna Sloboda area, 3 mortar strikes in Leonivka area. As a result of the shelling of Mykhalchyna Sloboda, a civilian car was destroyed. There were no casualties.

A civilian car was destroyed due to russian shelling. Photo: The “North” OC

The russian invaders are preparing possible provocations for the anniversary of their full-scale offensive to accuse the Ukrainian defenders of violating territorial integrity. As reported in the “North” Operational Command, intelligence detected a convoy of russian military equipment near the border with the Chernihiv oblast. The equipment moved without identification marks, and the manpower was dressed in a pixel, similar to the uniform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The International Medical Corps (IMC) invested 850,000 dollars in measures to restore the infectious disease department of the Chernihiv Central District Hospital, as well as operating and neurological departments. As reported in the Chernihiv RMA, UAH 66 million was spent last year on repair work in the central hospital, where almost all departments were damaged due to hostilities, from various funding sources.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to the head of the regional council Mykola Lukashuk, enemy shelling did not stop in Nikopol region all day long. The occupiers struck Marhanets and Chervonohryhorivka TCs of the Nikopol region with heavy artillery. About six attacks were recorded. 

Vinnytsia oblast

​According to the director of the health care and rehabilitation department of Vinnytsia RMA Olha Zadorozhna, 6 medical volunteers from Vinnytsia oblast have been working for a month in the newly reclaimed Kherson region.

The workers of the utility company “Vinnytsiamiskteploenergo” make potbelly stoves for military personnel during their work breaks. Fifty stoves have already been sent to the front. Secondary raw materials, such as old pipes from heating networks, are used for production.

Kirovohrad oblast

Oleksandria received 30 generators with a capacity of 4 kilowatts from the Polish sister city of Yarochyn. The people of Oleksandria have been cooperating with the settlement for almost 20 years. Energy-generating equipment will be distributed among educational and health care institutions.

Poltava oblast

Dmytro Lunin, head of Poltava RMA, reported that Poltava oblast continues to help internally displaced persons. Another batch of humanitarian aid from UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross was handed over. These are basic household items and clothing.

Assistance for internally displaced persons. Photo: Dmytro Lunin, head of Poltava 

Kremenchuk City Children’s Hospital received humanitarian aid from one of the largest US Charitable Funds, “Help heroes of Ukraine”. According to the representatives of this fund in the central region, ex-deputy of the city council, volunteer Dmytro Kavunnyk, and volunteer Kostyantyn Ruban, the cargo included many surgical kits and auxiliary equipment.

Cherkasy oblast

Head of the Cherkasy RMA Ihor Taburets reports that Cherkasy received humanitarian aid from the organization ADRA Ukraine. These are 15 generators to ensure the stable operation of critical infrastructure, social sphere, and Invincibility Centres in the region.

Help from the ADRA Ukraine organization. Photo: Head of the Cherkasy RMA Ihor Taburets

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The Ukrainian Armed Forces conducted a precise strike on a russian ammunition depot near one of the temporarily occupied settlements in Zaporizhzhia. The information from local guerrillas helped find out the deployment of the depot and adjusted the strike.

According to the report of the National Security Service in Zaporizhzhia oblast, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of  the settlements of  Huliaipole, Shevchenko, Charivne, Huliaipilske, Chervone, Novoandriivka, Novodanylivka, Olhivske, Mala Tokmachka, Bilohiria, Malynivka, Mali Scherbaky, Kamianske.

The russian occupiers use the local infrastructure in the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhia region for their own purposes, notably for their own enrichment. For example, at one of the service stations in the city of Tokmak, the invaders not only service their military equipment, but also disassemble cars stolen from the local population into spare parts for further sale.

According to the mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov, the invaders are making tough rounds in the apartments of five districts of the temporarily occupied Melitopol. Russians are demanding housing documents from people. 

Mykolaiv oblast

According to the “South” Operational Command, missile, artillery and aviation units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out more than 160 fire missions. According to the results of combat operations, enemy units in the area of responsibility were reduced by 13 militants. The elimination of an enemy Grad multiple rocket launcher system has been confirmed on the Kinburn Spit.

According to the Mykolaiv City Council, Germany has joined the international project to rebuild Ukrainian cities #UN4Kharkiv-Mykolaiv, coordinated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and bringing together partners from around the world. The partners are ready to provide Ukraine with 5 million euros.

The volunteer headquarters of the NGO “Chervona Kalyna Pivdenu” has united many concerned southern Ukrainians. Key areas of work include providing equipment, food and medicines to defenders from Yuzhnoukrainsk who are fighting in various units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The philanthropists also collect and deliver humanitarian aid to the de-occupied territories to civilians and help IDPs.

The Petryshyn family from Mykolaiv turned their home into a humanitarian and logistics hub. They weave camouflage nets in their room, melt wax and paraffin for trench candles in the kitchen, and their car is used as a truck. Everything produced in the makeshift volunteer headquarters is either sent immediately to the soldiers’ positions or taken to larger volunteer hubs.

Odesa oblast

Residents of the Krasnosilsk community in Odesa oblast sent 33 boxes of aid to Bakhmut in the form of sweets, cookies, tea, socks, stew, and other items for the military at the front line. They also included medicinal raspberry and currant jam to keep the guys healthy.

33 boxes of food were sent to Bakhmut by residents of the Krasnosilska community in Odesa Oblast. Photo: from social media

There is a barbershop in Odesa where our defenders can get a haircut and shave for free. This rule has been in place almost since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. The most popular barbershop services are short hairstyles, beard trimming and shaving. But often soldiers ask for a Cossack mustache. Several hundred soldiers have already been groomed free of charge at the barbershop. As a token of gratitude, the defenders leave their chevrons here or bring various “war souvenirs”.

To prevent the enemy from dominating our maritime spaces, the border guards are constantly improving their skills. They train in shooting at different distances and with different types of weapons. During the training, the ship and boat crew of the Sea Guard of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine fired at air and surface targets, as well as at simulated groups of saboteurs. The soldiers used both small arms and artillery to hit the targets.

This mini-film was made by students and residents of the Safianivka village council in Odesa region in gratitude to the defenders of the 59th separate infantry brigade named after Yakiv Handziuk. The video was posted on the brigade’s Facebook page.

Employees of the National Police in Odesa oblast received an 88-kilowatt generator for almost a million hryvnias from the NGO Important Actions. It has a special soundproof casing and is very quiet. The next aid the volunteers plan to send to the Ukrainian Defense Forces will be an ambulance. It will be equipped with everything needed to transport the wounded and provide first aid

Kherson oblast

According to the Kherson Regional Military Administration, the russian occupiers fired 71 times at Kherson region. They attacked with various weapons, MLRS, mortars, artillery, tanks and UAVs. The enemy shelled Kherson twice. Enemy shells hit residential buildings. Yesterday, 2 residents of Kherson region were killed by Russian occupiers. 

According to Serhiy Khlan, advisor to the head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration, russians are preparing provocations in Kherson region. Russian military units have been deployed in Kakhovka and Nova Kakhovka. The towns are closed for entry and exit. 

According to the press service of the Kherson City Military Administration, a delegation of leaders of the Ukrainian port cities of Kherson, Mykolaiv and Mariupol, which suffered from russian armed aggression, visited the Hague Humanitarian Center as part of their visit to the Netherlands. The event was led by Joëlle van den Berg, Policy Advisor for International Affairs of the Municipality of the Hague. Humanitarian support is provided in the form of food packages, clothing, special first aid kits and medicines, cooking and heating devices. In addition, the benefactors will assist in production and filming of documentaries.

Ukrainian delegation visits the Hague Humanitarian Center. Photo: from social media

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Thanks to the cooperation of the USAID Project Hoverla and the city council, an educational space has opened in Horokhov, where the residents of the community will study, work and develop. The Project provided the hub with equipment, and the city council with premises.

Seven communities of the oblast received computer equipment thanks to the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the CF Favbet Foundation and the Volyn RMA. The technique will be involved in work and activities on digital literacy of the population in libraries, educational institutions, etc.

The Lutsk community received 2 powerful backup generators from the government of the Land of Flanders (the Kingdom of Belgium). The equipment is intended for backup power supply of critical community facilities in case of interruptions in electricity supply.

Zakarpattia  oblast

The Uzhhorod city council discussed how to form the unified assault brigade of the National Police Liut. Representatives of the city council, the executive committee of the city council, the Uzhhorod district administration of the National Security Service in Zakarpattia oblast and the Uzhhorod district police administration took part in the discussion.

A meeting of the Coordination Council on IDPs in Uzhhorod was held in the Uzhhorod City Council. Further support for IDPs was discussed.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The city council reported that in Ivano-Frankivsk 7 institutions received compensation for the purchased alternative power sources. In total, businesses were compensated almost UAH 200K.

Lviv oblast

The German city of Wurzburg officially became a sister city of Lviv. Today, Lviv Mayor Andrii Sadovyi and Wurzburg Mayor Christian Schuchardt signed a cooperation agreement at the City Hall. The German city of Würzburg became the 19th official partner city of Lviv.

Head of the Lviv RMA spoke at the meeting of the Presidium of the Congress of local and regional authorities. Maksym Kozytskyi reported on the state of the energy system in Lviv oblast and measures that need to be taken.

The First Medical Association of Lviv received two modern resuscitation vehicles thanks to the American CF Direct Relief. The cars are well equipped to transport patients. The oxygen cylinders, a multi-functional gurney, consoles for fixing medical equipment are installed in them.

The Drohobych region received a fire truck from the brothers of the Roman Catholic Church of the order of the Boniface Brothers. The cost of the specialized car itself is EUR 37K. The emergency and rescue equipment and fire-fighting tools cost EUR 32K. The Order of the Bonifrat brothers plans to build a hospice in the Drohobych region for elderly or seriously ill.

The city Council of Strii reported that the International Medical Corps sent two 250 kW generators to the region, specifically to the Stryi Central City Hospital and the Stryi Maternity Hospital.

The city council reported that the preschool education institution of the village of Ralivka,  Sambur region, received a generator with a capacity of 8.1 kW provided by the Trade Unions of Education and Science from Poland and the US.

The RMA reported that today, in Lviv oblast, hundreds of servicemen of the rifle battalion and the rifle brigade swore allegiance to Ukraine.

In Lviv, there is a center for helping survivors, where social workers, psychologists and case managers provide free help to people who have left the zone of active hostilities or temporarily occupied territories.

Students of the Lviv music center FoRa performed the national anthem of Ukraine in the Bundestag. They were invited to visit Germany by Kunstbrücke Panketal.

Rivne oblast

Head of the city of Rivne, Oleksandr Tretyak, together with his colleague, mayor of the city of Essen, Thomas Kufen, organized a meeting with the mayors of the cities of North Rhine-Westphalia, the minister of federal and European affairs, international affairs and mass media, Nathanael Liminski, and the Consul General of Ukraine in Dusseldorf, Iryna Shum. Support for Ukraine was discussed.

In the RMA, a meeting with the heads of the Department of Education and Science, the Directorate of Security Police in Rivne oblast was held. Various options for installing specific security systems in educational institutions were discussed.

Students of the Ostroh Lyceum # 1 organized a charity fair in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Parents and teachers joined the charity fair Unity is our strength. Over UAH 50K collected will be used for the defenders’ needs.

In the Dubno region, a street was renamed in honor of the fallen special forces officer of the Corps of Operational-Sudden Action. Therefore, Rivnenska Street in the village of Zelenyi Hai is now named in honor of Ihor Markov.

Ternopil oblast

Stands with photos of fallen heroes from Ternopil oblast were placed in the center of Ternopil. There is information about the soldiers who were killed during the ATO (anti-terrorist operation), since the war began and became victims of bloody events on the Maidan square.

Stands with photos of fallen heroes. Photo from social networksThe first uninterrupted power supply unit for a traffic light was installed in Ternopil. Such equipment will ensure the operation of the traffic light for up to 6 hours in a row in the event of a blackout. Currently, the power supply unit will be tested at night.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

A humanitarian cargo, namely generators, medicines, sleeping bags, stoves and gas cylinders, food etc, was delivered to the humanitarian hub at the Khmelnytskyi RMA from the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.

Chernivtsi oblast

The RMA reported that the Coordinating Council on IDPs has formed 4 permanent working groups. They will deal with solving the issues of IDPs, namely protection, housing, food, health care, social and psychological help, education, culture, educational activities, child protection, etc.

The Chereshsky psychoneurological boarding house received a charity cargo, blankets, pillows, lanterns and a loudspeaker, from the CF Right to Defense within the project “Protection and legal assistance of IDPs and persons affected by the conflict in the east of Ukraine”.

The Chernivtsi geriatric boarding house received humanitarian cargo, folding beds, pillows, blankets, loudspeakers, etc, from the NGO Right to Protection.

 

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

Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, stated that over the past year, the country has sent hundreds of pieces of heavy military equipment to Ukraine, including 89 tanks, and will continue to support Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defense of Finland reported that the country, as part of the 13th package of military aid, will send three Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Finland will also provide training on their use and maintenance.

President of Poland Anjei Duda said that Polish Leopard 2 tanks are ready to be sent to Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelensky held the first conversation in the history of bilateral relations with President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni. They discussed the potential for development of bilateral relations.

Volodymyr Zelensky talked to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak. They discussed implementation of the agreements reached during the visit of the President of Ukraine to London.

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez arrived in Kyiv. Sanchez will visit Bucha and Irpin, as well as meet with President Zelensky. “We will be with Ukraine and its people until peace returns to Europe,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Minister of Defense of Great Britain announced that the country is ready to provide Ukraine with more tanks than promised.

Boris Johnson stated that the US and Great Britain should transfer F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He is convinced that the security of the West depends on Ukraine’s victory in the war against russia, therefore it is important to increase and accelerate military aid to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The International Federation of Journalists suspended the membership of the main journalist trade union of russia after creation of a branch in the temporarily occupied oblasts of Ukraine. Recently, the journalist unions of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland announced that they will withdraw from the IFJ as a sign of protest against its “corrupt activities”, including the IFJ’s permission to keep journalists of the russian state media in the organization.

In London, on the eve of the anniversary of russian invasion of Ukraine, the street facing the russian embassy was painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

 

Street opposite the russian embassy in London. Photo from social networks

 


Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аnna Efremova

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya


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