War in Ukraine today: latest news, February 5, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 347th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

What happened in Ukraine today:

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

The enemy continues to regroup in certain directions. The invaders are focusing their main efforts on offensive operations towards Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Novopavlivka. 

On February 5, russian occupants launched 4 missile attacks, 2 of which targeted civilian infrastructure in the city of Kharkiv, resulting in the total destruction of a five-storey building of a higher education institution, and injuring 5 civilians. 2 russian missiles hit the town of Druzhkivka (Donetsk oblast), damaging 4 multi-storey buildings and a kindergarten. 4 civilians sustained injuries of varying severity.  In addition, the enemy launched more than 40 MLRS attacks, in particular, at civilian targets in Kherson. The enemy shelled damaged residential buildings, killing and injuring civilians. 

There remains a threat of launching russian air and missile strikes across Ukraine.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk and Sloboda, there are no changes, the enemy continues to maintain military presence in the areas bordering Ukraine, but no offensive groups have been found. The vicinities of Senkivka (Chernihiv oblast), Sopych, Boiaro-Lezhachi, Volfyne, Oleksandrivka (Sumy oblast), Huriv Kozachok, Strilecha, Hlyboke, Krasne, Zelene, Hatyshche, Vovchansk, Varvarivka, Zemlanky, and Dvorichna (Kharkiv oblast) were shelled. 

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy fired Ivanivka, Kucherivka, Kyslivka, Kotlшarivka (Kharkiv oblast), as well as Novoselivske, and Stelmakhivka (Luhansk oblast). 

Towards Lyman, Terny (Donetsk oblast), Makiivka, Ploshchanka, Chervonopopivka, Kreminna, Dibrova, and Terny (Luhansk oblast) came under enemy fire.

Towards Bakhmut, Spirne, Berestove, Bilohorivka, Krasna Hora, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Kurdiumivka, Ozarianivka, Zalizne, and Niu York (Donetsk oblast) came under fire.

Towards Avdiivka, Semenivka, Avdiivka, Orlivka, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Marinka, Pobieda, and Novomykhailivka came under artillery fire.

Towards  Novopavlivka, Vuhledar, Novoukrainka, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, and Neskuchne (Donetsk oblast) were shelled with tanks, mortars, and artillery.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, more than 20 settlements came under fire. Among them are Novopil, Olhivske, Poltavka, Malynivka, Huliaipole, Charivne, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Stepove, and Kamianske (Zaporizhzhia oblast).

Towards Kherson, Kherson, Zolota Balka, Havrylivka, Kachkarivka, Mylove, Beryslav, Vesele, Mykilske, Antonivka, Dniprovske, and Honcharne (Kherson oblast) were shelled among a total of more than 15 settlements. 

The enemy continues to attract medical personnel from russia due to large losses in Ukraine. For example, a field hospital with russian medical personnel and surgeons has been deployed in Pokrovske (Luhansk oblast), on the territory of a local outpatient clinic.

In the city of Tokmak (Zaporizhzhia oblast), russian occupation forces are forcibly evicting civilians from their homes to accommodate local collaborators who support the russian occupation authorities and work for ‘law enforcement agencies’. Owners are ordered to leave their homes and move out into the streets.

The russian occupiers are searching the village of Krynky (Kherson oblast), to steal boats, water engines, and other equipment for water transportation from civilians. 

On February 5, the Ukrainian Air Force launched 9 air strikes on enemy buildups of manpower and equipment, while Ukrainian rocket and artillery units hit 2 buildups of enemy manpower and 1 ammunition depot.

Another good news is tomorrow, Ukrainian crews will start their training on operating Leopard tanks.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says that in Odesa, for 200 K consumers and critical infrastructure electricity supply was restored. 90% of centralized boiler houses were launched. Unfortunately, about 280 K residents of the city are still left without power. Repairs are underway around the clock at the damaged substation, where a technological accident occurred the day before. 

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov reports that at least five countries want to use the Diia platform as a basis for creating their own digital applications. These are not only European countries, but also countries in Asia and Africa. “This is a brand of Ukraine, our reputation, and contribution to our political influence,” he said.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

Yesterday, the enemy fired with artillery and mortars at the settlements of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv and Kupiansk regions bordering the contact line.

As a result of the shelling of Kupiansk, the administrative building of a medical institution and private buildings were damaged.

In Vovchansk, the shelling was directed mainly at private residential buildings. Residential buildings and outbuildings were damaged and fires broke out.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that in the morning, the enemy attacked downtown with missiles. An apartment building and a university in Kyiv district were damaged. Five civilians were injured.


Війна в Україні сьогодні: останні новини на 5 лютого 2023 (фото)
Destruction in downtown of Kharkiv. Photo: telegram channel of Oleh Syniehubov/Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

A security guard of the university was injured when one of the Russian S-300 missiles hit the central building. He has minor injuries and received all necessary medical assistance on the spot.

Donetsk oblast

In the middle of the night, Russians launched two missile attacks on Druzhkivka: 5 people were injured, 4 apartment buildings and a kindergarten damaged.

Towards Volnovakha, Vuhledar and the outskirts of the community were under attack, without casualties.

Towards Donetsk, it was noisy in Kurakhove: a direct hit damaged a shop, two apartment buildings and a business building. In the morning, Soloviove of the Ocheretyne community and Avdiivka were shelled: 2 buildings in Soloviove and near Avdiivka Coke Plant were damaged.

Towards Horlivka, Chasiv Yar was shelled, damaging at least 7 residential buildings and a business building. The situation in the Soledar community is tense: 3 buildings in Rozdolivka and 3 more in Vasiukivka were damaged.

Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, reported that towards Lysychansk, 1 person was killed in Yampil of the Lyman community. In the Zvanivka community, 2 buildings were damaged.

Війна в Україні сьогодні: останні новини на 5 лютого 2023 (фото)
Aftermath of missile attack. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Luhansk oblast

There is an increase in enemy attacks and russians are trying to identify possible weaknesses of the Ukrainian forces. The situation in Luhansk oblast is tense, but controlled by Ukrainian defenders.

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, informed that russian federation is spreading information about the alleged capture of Bilohorivka and the evacuation of people from there. In fact, the enemy has not entered there and our military is standing still. The invaders do not even know if there are people left there and how many of them.

The Luhansk Regional Military Administration said that with the assistance of the Ministry of Reintegration, two more children illegally taken to the territory of the aggressor state were returned to Ukraine. The girls, aged thirteen and fifteen, were taken care of and brought home to their older sister. The family is currently in Volyn.

According to the Centre of National Resistance, russians are going to send children from the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk oblast to Karelia for a ‘vacation’. Such measures could have terrible aftermath, as there has been increasing evidence of kidnapping of minors and human trafficking.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The Kyiv City State Administration reported that a delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, including President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Joelle Harriot-Millam, Secretary General of the Assembly Ruksandra Popa and Director of the Committee on Democracy and Security Nathan Grayson came to the capital of Ukraine. Mayor Vitalii Klitschko met with the delegation.

On February 4, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Joël Harriot-Millam, visited Borodyanka. She witnessed the consequences of the occupation of the city by the russian troops, saw destroyed high-rise buildings, Banksy’s graffiti on the wall of a kindergarten damaged by the occupiers, and a modular town.

Війна в Україні сьогодні: останні новини на 5 лютого 2023 (фото)
President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Joelle Harriot-Millam, in Borodianka. Photo: Ukrinform

The curfew in the Kyiv oblast will be in effect every day from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. According to the order of the Kyiv RMA, temporary restrictions have been extended throughout the oblast until February 12, 2023.

The reconstruction of Vokzalnaya Street in Bucha, destroyed during the offensive of russian troops on Kyiv, is ongoing. The Bucha City Council reported that they plan to repair 110 houses by the spring of this year. They use domestic building materials to support the national economy. Recovery partners are the international organization Global Empowerment Mission and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

After an 11-month hiatus, the renewed Veteran Hub opens in Kyiv. The public space to support veterans will be located in a new building in Podil. From February 7, it will be possible to receive legal advice, psychological and career support, work, attend interesting events, and communicate with like-minded people.

Educators from Kyiv, Bucha and Irpin took a course in Warsaw on improving stress resistance skills. A unique training program for Ukrainian educators was organized by the team of the Department of Education in Warsaw. During the intensive training, the participants learned effective methods of working with injuries and post-traumatic stress disorders, and learned how to organize support for Ukrainian migrant children in educational institutions.

Regular mine safety classes are conducted in schools of Kyiv oblast, primarily in communities where hostilities took place. During classes, students and teachers are taught techniques of encountering a mine hazard. The classes are organized by the Democracy Promotion Fund of the US Embassy in Ukraine in partnership with the Kyiv RMA.

Veterinarians and ornithologists of the capital zoo managed to cure and rehabilitate Jaco parrots. Seven frightened birds were brought to the Kyiv Zoo by police officers during the war. After a long quarantine, they will welcome visitors in the winter Ptashnik. During the full-scale war, the Kyiv Zoo sheltered about 400 animals and birds.

Війна в Україні сьогодні: останні новини на 5 лютого 2023 (фото)
Rescued Jaco parrots are waiting for visitors. Photo: Kyiv Zoo

Zhytomyr oblast

The Employment Service of the Zhytomyr oblast reported that 25 migrants were employed in various fields from the beginning of 2023 in the oblast. Another 351 forcibly resettled people are currently looking for a job in Zhytomyr, Korosten, Zviahil and Berdychiv communities.

A drone for the Armed Forces of Ukraine is being developed by students of the engineering and technological circle from Malyn. According to the directorate of the Malinsk city center of scientific and technical creativity, the students used a design of an American drone from the Raven website and plan to adjust and use Ukrainian materials. Teammates plan to use an aircraft model engine in the drone to increase the flight range and reduce the weight of the drone. Three times a week, children gather and work on the project.

Sumy oblast

The Sumy RMA reported that the enemy shelled 3 territorial communities of the oblast: Esman, Bilopillia, and Znob-Novhorodske. There were 45 hits recorded, no human losses and infrastructure destruction reported.

Another aid from Sweden arrived in Trostyanets: a Volvo fire truck, as well as film, candles, first-aid kits and other medical equipment, children’s things, most of which the members of the organization made themselves. In addition, girls and boys from Sweden developed drawings and made 100 compact field stoves for the people of Trostyanets, which are easy and quick to assemble, so they will be useful to both our residents and the military.

Students of the Sumy Regional Center for Extracurricular Education joined the volunteer campaign called Warmth of my Palms, to You Soldier. They made 1,300 trench candles for the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, each of which encapsulates warmth, kindness and support to our defenders. The charity foundation Mira Help provided containers for trench candles, while students’ parents collected cardboard.

Війна в Україні сьогодні: останні новини на 5 лютого 2023 (фото)
1,300 trench candles for soldiers of the Armed Forces. Photo from social networks

Chernihiv oblast

In a community in Chernihiv oblast, children are bringing victory closer by making nets, trench candles and socks. The Komariv territorial community (Nizhyn region) has been engaged in volunteer movement since the beginning of the russian invasion of Ukraine. As reported on the department’s Facebook page, both children and the staff of the Prokhorskyi Lyceum knit camouflage nets, socks, make trench candles and stoves.

Ukrainian women from Chernihiv and Nizhyn became laureates of the All-Ukrainian Animal Protection Award. Teiana Didenko, a well-known animal rights activist from Chernihiv, a volunteer, Head of the Veterinary and Sterilization Center was among the winners of the first All-Ukrainian Animal Protection Award, initiated by the most famous animal protection organization UAnimals and the inter-factional association Humane Country. Also among the nominees is Diana Nasibova, a school girl, who has become a well-known volunteer, helping not only animals, but also supporting the Ukrainian military on a large scale. So, instead of resting during winter holidays, Diana was engaged in volunteering. In 5 months, she collected over UAH 230K for our defenders. The list of winners includes volunteers from Chernihiv, Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Sumy oblasts, Italy and Bulgaria.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

In Dnipro, a master class on making trench candles was held in one of the city’s museums. Nadiia Lyshtva, a resident of Dnipro, who has been making candles for the front for six months, shared her experience.

Війна в Україні сьогодні: останні новини на 5 лютого 2023 (фото)
Trench candles from the master class. Photo from social networks

Vinnytsia oblast

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Vinnytsia has hosted 46K internally displaced persons. Vinnytsia Mayor Serhii Morhunov announced that it is necessary to provide jobs, logistics, and energy security, applying a comprehensive approach to attracting required investments.

Poltava oblast

Oleksandr Bilenkyi, Head of the Regional Council, said that servicemen received another two Starlink satellite communication stations from the Poltava Regional Council.

In Kremenchuk, internally displaced persons received food kits from Courageous Ukraine and Zaporuka charities within the framework of the RELIEF project.

Cherkasy oblast

The children’s quartet was organized in Cherkasy by Hanna Kalinina, an IDP from Donetsk oblast. After moving to Chyhyryn, she was employed in a local school and organized a music band. Now they invite local residents to concerts and collect money for the Armed Forces.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

According to the report of the National Security Service in Zaporizhzhia oblast, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of  16 settlements. Huliaypole, Chervone, Charivne, Olhivske, Poltavka, Orikhiv, Novodanylivka, Mala Tokmachka, Shcherbaky, Malynivka, Novoandriivka, Bilohiria, Zaliznychne, Kamianske, Mali Shcherbaky, Stepove were under enemy fire.

Mykolaiv oblast

According to the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, the enemy conducted several artillery strikes on the waters of the Ochakiv community. 

According to Vitalii Kim, Head of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, russian troops also shelled the Kutsurub community with artillery. There was no damage or casualties. 

Odesa oblast

According to DTEK, Odesa will be supplied with power for 2 hours after 8 hours without it. Due to the accident that occurred yesterday, 40% of Odesa residents (about 280 K) are without electricity. 

DTEK brought 15 powerful generators for critical infrastructure to Odesa from different regions of Ukraine, but the situation remains difficult. They will power the water utility, heating stations and other socially important facilities.

According to the Odesa Regional Military Administration, due to the critical situation with the power supply, educational institutions will be closed on February 6 and 7.  

Kherson oblast

Russian occupiers attacked settlements in Kherson oblast 60 times, firing from artillery, multiple rocket launchers, mortars, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and ATGMs. 

The russian army attacked Kherson 6 times, damaging residential buildings.

According to the Kherson RMA, 1 person was killed and another one wounded due to enemy shelling. 

The russian army continues to attack educational institutions in Kherson oblast. In the morning, the enemy opened fire on a lyceum building in Kherson. The enemy attack caused a fire in a two-storey building of the educational institution. Rescuers extinguished the fire, which covered a total area of 100 square meters, without causing any casualties.

Війна в Україні сьогодні: останні новини на 5 лютого 2023 (фото)
Aftermath of russians’ attack. Photo: telegram channel of Kherson Regional Military Administration

According to the Kherson RMA, at around 5 a.m. the enemy shelled Chornobaivka, damaging 6 residential buildings. Vital communications, such as power lines, gas and water pipelines, were also damaged. One person was wounded.

According to the Kherson RMA, the Kherson Children’s Regional Clinical Hospital received an ambulance equipped with everything necessary to provide outpatient care to children with chronic diseases. The donation came from philanthropists from Ukraine and the Czech Republic. 

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Among the 114 Ukrainian soldiers released from captivity is a resident of Volyn who returned home. Servicewoman Senchenko Alla, born in 1973, took part in hostilities in Donetsk oblast, near the city of Lyman. From May 23, 2022, she was no longer in contact, until she was recognized by relatives on a YouTube video, which testified that the military woman was in captivity in the russian federation.

Zakarpattia oblast

Zakarpattia will receive almost UAH 32.9 million in compensation from the state for free housing of IDPs. The oblast is the leader in the Shelter social program, as 95% of IDPs live in the private sector.

The Czech Republic sent humanitarian aid, namely, ambulances, fire equipment and a generator, to the Zakarpattia community.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Prykarpattiaoblenergo reported that in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, there are new limited schedules of hourly power outages. Power will not be supplied from midnight to 4:00 p.m. and from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. From 4:00 p.m. and to 8:00 p.m. the limit is 355 MW.

The international organization Rotary International sent humanitarian aid to seven children’s social institutions of the oblast. There are 8 cargo vans filled with generators, sleeping bags and food.

Lviv oblast

The Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk is in Lviv oblast. The visit aims to determine how IDPs have integrated in Lviv oblast.

Rivne oblast

Rivne oblast received power consumption limits from Ukrenergo, which allowed it not to apply power restrictions in the oblast in the first half of the day. Schedules of hourly outages began to be applied from 4.00 p.m.

The RMA reported that the Department of Education and Science of Rivne oblast received  100 oil heaters with a capacity of 2 800W and 50 100 liter-boilers from UNICEF.

Head of the Rivne RMA Vitalii Koval announced that Ukraine returned 116 defenders from captivity. Among them are four Rivne fighters: Mykola Bashmanov, senior soldier from Zarichne; Mykola Sych, sergeant from the Sarny region; Oleh Pashchenko, senior soldier from the Babynsk community; and Bohdan Yarmolchuk, soldier originally from Kostopol.  

Ternopil oblast

Ternopiloblergo reported that during the day, power outages according to the hourly power outage schedule apply only from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The Highway Service in Ternopil oblast has launched a new Invincibility Center, which is equipped with the Internet, heat, water, a first-aid kit, tea, coffee and snacks. A play corner for children has been set up. The Center can accommodate up to 30 people and will work around the clock.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The RMA reported that from Khmelnytskyi, a high-terrain vehicle and an anti-drone complex were sent for the military.

The RMA reported that over 8K food kits for IDPs have been prepared.

Chernivtsi oblast

In the RMA, a meeting with the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to Ukraine Aleksandru Viktor Mikula was held. Important joint infrastructure projects were discussed, like opening new border crossing points and repairing access roads.

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

Canadian authorities sent the first Leopard 2 tank to Ukraine. Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand published a video of the delivery.

Oleksii Reznikov reported that France will send Ground Master 200 radars to Ukraine.

An embargo on russian oil products came into effect in the EU. The EU member states are prohibited from buying petroleum products made from russian oil. So far, an exception has been made for Bulgaria, Croatia and the Czech Republic. In addition, the price limit for russian oil products came into effect.

The British Ministry of Defence showed a photo from the exercises of Ukrainian tankers on Challenger 2. The department noted that they quickly mastered the control of the tank.

Війна в Україні сьогодні: останні новини на 5 лютого 2023 (фото)
Soldiers’ training. Photo: Ministry of Defense of Great Britain

Latvia built 36 kilometers of fence on the border with belarus. In general, it is planned to build a 173 km fence on the border with belarus. The first section will be completed by the spring of this year, and the second one – by the spring of 2024. The construction of the first nine priority sections of the permanent fence costs EUR 53.57 million.

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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