War in Ukraine today: latest news, January 12, 2024 (photo)

It has been the 688th 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:   

There were 68 combat engagements. The enemy launched a total of 2 missiles and 43 air strikes, carried out 25 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. The russian terrorist attacks have resulted in civilian casualties and injuries. Private residential and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

The operational situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains difficult.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, there were no significant changes and no signs of an offensive group formation. Certain units of the armed forces of belarus continue their missions in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy maintains its military presence in the areas of russia bordering Ukraine. The enemy continues its sabotage and reconnaissance activities, shelling Ukrainian settlements from the territory of russia and increases the density of minefields along the state border of Ukraine. The enemy launched an air strike near Vovchansk (Kharkiv oblast). Over 30 settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Sosnivka, Karpovychi, Semenivka, Hremiach (Chernihiv oblast), Marchykhyna Buda, Iskryskivschyna, Basivka, Pokrovka, Riasne, Velyka Pysarivka (Sumy oblast), Huriv Kozachok, Udy, Zybyne, Budarky, Dvorichanske (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Kupiansk, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 6 attacks in the vicinity of Synkivka (Kharkiv oblast), where the occupiers made attempts to break through the Ukrainian defense. The invaders launched air strikes in the vicinity of Synkivka and Ivanivka (Kharkiv oblast). The invaders fired from artillery and mortars at around 10 settlements, including Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Lyman, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 4 assaults near Makiivka (Luhansk oblast), Hryhorivka, Vesele (Donetsk oblast), where the occupiers made attempts to improve their tactical situation. The vicinities of settlements of Novoirhorivka (Luhansk oblast), Zelena Dolyna, Kolodiazi (Donetsk oblast) were under air strikes. The enemy fired from artillery and mortars at over 15 settlements, including Nevske, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Torske, Serebrianka, Verkhniokamyanske, Spirne, Rozdolivka (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 4 attacks in the vicinities of Andriyivka and Klischiivka (Donetsk oblast). The invaders launched an airstrike near Bohdanivka (Donetsk oblast). Over 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Vasiukivka, Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klischiivka, Andriivka, New York (Donetsk oblast). 

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 4 enemy attacks near Avdiivka, and 16 more attacks in the vicinity of Pervomaiske and Nevelske (Donetsk oblast). The occupiers launched air strikes in the vicinities of the settlements of Oleksandropil, Novobakhmutivka and Avdiivka (Donetsk oblast). The invaders fired from artillery and mortar at around 15 settlements, including Novobakhmutivka, Berdychi, Stepove, Avdiivka, Pervomaiske (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Mariinka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the invaders in the vicinity of Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Mariinka and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). In that area, the enemy, with air support, made 15 attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The settlements of Krasnohorivka, Kurakhove, Heorhiyivka, Pobjeda, Novomykhailivka, Katerynivka were under the occupiers’ artillery and mortar fire. 

Towards Shakhtarsk, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 3 assaults south of Zolota Nyva and west of Staromaiorske (Donetsk oblast). The enemy fired from artillery and mortar at over 10 settlements, including Vuhledar, Staromaiorske, Rivnopil (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 5 assaults near Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast). In that area, the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to regain lost ground. Around 20 settlements, including Zaliznychne, Charivne, Mala Tokmachka, Robotyne, Novoandriyivka (Zaporizhzhia oblast), came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kherson, the enemy fired from  artillery at the city of Kherson, the settlements of Zolota Balka, Tiahynka, Ivanivka (Kherson oblast), as well as Dmytrivka, Ivanivka, Yaselka (Mykolaiv oblast). 

The occupiers aim at driving Ukrainian units out of their footholds on the left bank of the Dnipro. Thus, the enemy made 8 unsuccessful assaults. The Ukrainian troops are holding the line and keep inflicting significant losses on the enemy.

The Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes on 21 buildups of troops, weapons and military equipment, 4 occupiers’ air defense systems. 

The Ukrainian rocket troops and artillery hit 6 buildups of troops, weapons and military equipment, 1 command post, 1 artillery system, 2 air defense systems, 1 ammunition depot, 1 radar station of the russian invaders.

The first evidence of russia’s use of North Korean-made missiles was obtained. Currently, a comprehensive commission examination is underway, which should finally confirm this fact.

There are 462,000 russian servicemen on the territory of Ukraine.  About 35,000 members of the “Rosguard” support the occupation regime in the temporarily occupied territory.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

The General Staff reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 47 russian attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts on 11 January. Most of the fighting was towards Avdiivka and Marinka. Towards Shakhtarsk, russian troops did not advance yesterday.

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukrainian defenders repelled two russian attacks near Synkivka, Kupiansk region. According to the report, more than 30 settlements towards Slobozhanske and Kupiansk were under artillery and mortar attacks.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that more than 12 settlements in Kharkiv oblast suffered enemy artillery and mortar attacks, including: Vovchansk, Bochkove, Budarky of Chuhuiv region, Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Berestove of Kupiansk region.

At about 4:40 am, the enemy struck twice with LAB bombs between Vovchansk and Vilcha of Chuhuiv region. There were no casualties.

As a result of hostilities, 15,934 customers in 65 settlements of Derhachi, Zolochiv, Lypetsk, Vovchansk, Velykyi Burluk, Kupiansk, Borove and Izium communities were cut off from electricity supply. Power supply is being restored.

Combined teams of bomb experts demined 6.2 hectares of territory and destroyed 157 explosive ordnance. Mine clearance is ongoing.

Tymoshko, Head of Kharkiv police, reported that over the day police processed and recorded 21 cases of damage to buildings and residential buildings as a result of shelling. On 11 January, investigators opened 14 criminal proceedings for violations of the laws and customs of war by russian troops. 

Donetsk oblast

The press service of Donetsk police informed that the enemy targeted 5 settlements: Avdiivka, Myrnohrad cities, Shcherbynivka settlement, Berdychi and Novobakhmutivka villages.  Five residential buildings and a lyceum were damaged.

Destruction as a result russian shelling. Photo: National Police

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, towards Pokrovsk, Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka and Illinka of Marinka community were under artillery attack.

Towards Kramatorsk, Kostiantynivka suffered two missile attacks – the enemy hit the territory of the hospital, without damage. Bila Hora, Diliivka, Predtechyne, Oleksandro-Shultуne, Nelipivka and Mykolaivka were also shelled.

Towards Bakhmut, private house was damaged in Chasiv Yar community and Siversk shelled.

Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander of Khortytsia operational-strategic group and Serhii Sydorenko, Commander of the battalion tactical group of the 4th operational brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine, reported that near Bakhmut, russian troops are trying to cross Siverskyi Donets-Donbas canal to capture Chasiv Yar.

Vitalii Barabash, Head of Avdiivka City Military Administration, stated that since the beginning of the year, russian army has dropped 154 cruise missiles on Avdiivka and 146 bombs in 2023. On 11 January, russian army shelled the community 52 times and launched 12 air strikes. Vadym Filashkin, Head of the Regional Administration, said that there are 1152 people in Avdiivka, which is 17 people less than a week ago.

150 people, including 19 children, have been evacuated from the frontline settlements.

With the permission of the military, power engineers have repaired power grids and restored electricity to 17 settlements with 24,000 families. More than 60 power company crews are working daily to restore power in the region. 

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, yesterday, police helped to deliver food, a week’s worth of bread, and blankets for each person living in Makiivka, Hrekivka and Novoliubivka. Despite the daily threat to their lives, they refuse to leave, holding on to their surviving homes. At the same time, our defenders repelled several russian assaults on the outskirts of Makiivka. The invaders resumed ground activity in this area and shelled Nevske.

In Luhansk, it is impossible to contact the local department of labour and social protection. An announcement at the entrance warns of the lack of reception and impossibility of providing services, stating that “in connection with the preparations for the presidential elections to be held from 15 to 17 March, there may be interruptions in the work of the department as all employees are busy organising the popular vote”.

The checks of residents of the occupied Luhansk oblast at the border with russia were supposed to be cancelled after the pseudo-referendum in autumn 2022. However, the “transitional period”, as russians call it, related to the settlement of customs relations, has been delayed. The search of people has only intensified. Additional equipment is being installed at checkpoints in the so-called “lpr” and “dpr” to help customs officers with control procedures.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his visit to Kyiv on January 12. The British prime minister is expected to announce $3 billion in aid to Ukraine. The British prime minister confirmed that at least £200 million will be spent on a large-scale programme to rapidly purchase and produce thousands of military drones for Ukraine. Rishi Sunak will also sign a new agreement on bilateral security guarantees for Ukraine.

According to Kyiv RMA, the construction of a large anti-radiation shelter on the territory of two kindergartens in Hlevakha is underway. Currently, due to the lack of a shelter, children are forced to attend other kindergartens. The future protective structure will be able to accommodate up to 400 people and will allow children to return to their schools.

A pilot project to recycle waste caused by the destruction due to the hostilities is underway in Kyiv oblast. The work will be carried out in Bucha, Horenka, Borodianka, Irpin and other towns and villages in the oblast that have suffered significant damage. Special equipment is being provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Currently, construction waste is stored at 32 sites.

According to the National Police, the russian soldier who shot two civilians in Kyiv oblast was sentenced to life imprisonment. The injured men – a 61-year-old and a 68-year-old – did not have weapons and did not take part in hostilities. The russian spoke to the men for several minutes, after which he allegedly let them go and shot them in the back. After that, the russian soldier, together with other invaders, looted the men’s car dealership.

According to Eskender Bariiev, the head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Centre (CTRC), the CTRC presented a documentary film Crimean Askers in Kyiv. It tells about the participation of the Crimean Tatar people in the russian-Ukrainian war. Representatives of the Crimean Tatar people have been fighting for Ukraine for almost 10 years. This is the first documentary of this kind, starring the defenders of Ukraine.

Zhytomyr oblast

A psychosocial support centre for teenagers has been opened in Zhytomyr. The centre provides services to teenagers aged 12-16 who have the status of IDPs or whose parents are military personnel. The main programme consists of 10 sessions, after which each participant will better understand themselves, their values, increase their stress resistance and have the skills to integrate into a new community.

According to the Blue and Yellow Hearts charity foundation, the Coffee for the Armed Forces volunteer initiative in Zhytomyr has helped to purchase a car and a charging station for the military. The campaign was launched on social media in July 2022. The idea is that when you buy a coffee in a cafe, you can virtually treat a defender to a cup of coffee – that is, donate to the Armed Forces. Since the start of the campaign, a lot of equipment has been purchased for the military.

Sumy oblast

According to State Emergency Service of Sumy oblast, on the evening of January 11, russians shelled one of the settlements in the Okhtyrka district, causing a fire to break out in a residential area. Firefighters extinguished the fire, preventing it from spreading to neighbouring houses.

It is reported that the russians shelled Sumy oblast 11 times, with 38 explosions. Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Myropil, Yunakivka, Esman, Seredyna-Buda and Svesa communities were shelled. The enemy attacked with mortars, artillery, and an FPV drone.

According to the Sumy RMA, on the night of January 12, the russian military carried out 2 attacks – on Velyka Pysarivka and Svesa communities. There were 2 artillery strikes and 2 mortar attacks. 

The Sumy hospital plans to complete repairs to the shelter by April, where an autonomous operating unit will be located. The shelter itself is 60 years old, but it was used at the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion. Volunteers from Germany donated some of the equipment for the hospital’s future operating unit. The shelter has four exits, a heated floor and a new ventilation system.

In Sumy oblast, the Save the Children international humanitarian organisation has conducted an assessment of the needs of children in the oblast in 2024. The survey was organised by the Department of International Cooperation and Economic Development of the Sumy Regional State Administration together with representatives of Save the Children. The survey was conducted in the Education and Child Protection sectors.

Chernihiv oblast

According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, russian troops fired six mortar shells at the border of Chernihiv oblast. The russian military struck 17 times at the territory of the Semenivka community, damaging a civilian house. Also Snovsk (10 explosions), Novhorod-Siverskyi (6), Horodnia (4) communities came under hostile fire.

Viacheslav Chaus, head of the RMA, reported that for more than a year, the Ukrainian Federation of Food Banks has been cooperating with the local NGO Knight’s Cross. Together, they systematically prepare and deliver food parcels to communities under constant russian shelling.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council reported that the enemy attacked Nikopol twice with artillery. They fired about half a dozen shells. In the evening the enemy launched a missile at Dnipro.  It was also noisy in the daytime in Synelnyk region. An agricultural enterprise was damaged there. As for the shelling, the occupiers shelled Nikopol from artillery three times during the day. They launched about a dozen shells. An outbuilding was damaged.

Sergii Lysak, Head of RMA reported that 119 generators were delivered to Dnipropetrovsk region from Germany. They are for the districts of the region that have undergone many tests: Kryvyi Rih and Sinelnykiv, where people suffered from continuous shelling.  The equipment will be distributed among the communities there. The equipment will be sent to schools, hospitals and cultural institutions.

Vinnytsia oblast

The City Council reported that 5 Ukrainian-made thermal imaging scopes have been delivered from Vinnytsia region to the 120th Territorial Defense Brigade, where Vinnytsia residents serve. The soldiers are working on the northern border, and their mobile firing teams are the first to encounter enemy attack drones. So thermal imagers will help the military to better see the drones and destroy them quickly.

The Vinnytsia Regional Youth Center Kvadrat held a photo exhibition of the I Am Woman project. Ten photo portraits were exhibited in total. They feature the fallen defenders wives from Vinnytsia and other regions of Ukraine.

Poltava oblast

Philip Pronin, Head of the RMA announced that in Poltava region the defenders and people with disabilities caused by the war are offered training to learn a new profession, expand their competencies and acquire new professional skills. Since the pilot project start 61 people have already taken advantage of this opportunity. Those interested can join the educational program with individual support at vocational education institutions of the State Employment Service.

Philip Pronin, Head of the RMA reported that another pickup truck was sent to the military from Poltava region to perform combat missions. It was purchased by a socially responsible business.

Cherkasy oblast

The Regional Police announced that in Cherkasy law enforcement officers with appropriate training and combat experience conducted a training on tactical medicine according to the MARCH algorithm of actions and first aid.  

The police instructors showed civilians how to examine a person to detect injuries, how to stop bleeding and how to use tourniquets. 

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yesterday, russian military personnel launched 47 strikes on 13 cities and villages in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Of these, 40 artillery shelling incidents targeted the areas of Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Novodanylivka, Charivne, Mala Tokmachka, Levadne, Poltavka, Luhivske, Plavni, and other frontline settlements. Seven enemy UAVs attacked Novodarivka, Charivne, and Robotyne. There were reports of 7 residential buildings being damaged. No civilians were harmed.

Ukrainian ARmed Forces repelled 3 enemy attacks west of Verbove in Zaporizhzhia oblast. This information was reported in the daily digest of the General Staff.

Ecologists conducted a survey of areas affected by the missile strike carried out by the russian army on Zaporizhzhia on January 8. Inspectors determined that the area of the site affected by debris from ammunition and debris from the destruction as a result of the missile shelling exceeds 1000 square meters. This information was provided by the State Environmental Inspection of the Southern District.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv RMA has published information about enemy shelling in Mykolaiv oblast as of 7:00 am of January 12. At 15:01, the enemy shelled the waters of Ochakiv community. At 23:19, russian forces carried out artillery shelling along the coastal line of Ochakiv city. There were no casualties reported.

As a result of the artillery shelling in Ochakiv on January 11, gas infrastructure suffered damage. Gas regulation equipment and pipelines were affected, as reported by the press service of the Mykolaiv branch of “Gas network” utillity company.

Hospitals in Mykolaiv oblast will receive medical equipment financed by the government of Japan. The equipment is expected to arrive at hospitals in January 2024, according to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. A total of 25 hospitals in Mykolaiv, Kyiv, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, and Cherkasy oblasts will receive various medical devices, including portable ultrasound machines, defibrillators, infusion pumps, patient monitors, generators, and more. The equipment procurement amounts to a total of 14 million hryvnias.

Odesa oblast

The Alley of Glory dedicated to fallen soldiers was inaugurated in Bolhrad on the premises of the educational institution “Bolhrad Lyceum.” The idea to create the Alley of Glory originated from the pedagogical team of the lyceum in the spring of 2023. The project received support from the Bolhrad City Council, and construction work on the site began in the fall. Today, a solemn opening ceremony of the Alley of Glory took place on the lyceum’s premises.

It is reported that russian occupiers are attempting to make Iranian strike drones of the “Shahed-136/131” type less noticeable. The russians started painting the drones in black to make them less visible at night enhancing their effectiveness in attacks on Ukraine. However, engineers from the volunteer community “TechNar” in Odesa responded promptly. The design bureau developed and produced the first experimental device for nighttime detection, tracking, and illumination of drones called “Poloz.” During a recent mass raid, it successfully passed a series of combat tests.  According to Hennadii Suldin, a representative of “TechNar”, anti-aircraft gunners successfully targeted the so-called “black Shahed,” which is more challenging to detect at night using “Poloz.”

Today, on January 12, a UNESCO international delegation visited Odesa. During the visit, they analyzed the results of the past year’s work and discussed plans for the upcoming year. One of the main tasks is the restoration of the Spaso-Preobrazhenskyi Cathedral and the conservation of monuments under UNESCO protection. This information was provided by the press service of the Odesa City Council.

Kherson oblast

Today, around 12:00, russian military forces shelled the city of Kherson with artillery. As a result of the enemy attack, two local residents were killed. One of the victims was a woman who was on the street, and the other was a person who died while being near a parked car.

Yesterday, the enemy executed 73 shelling incidents, firing 310 projectiles from mortars, artillery, MLRS, tanks, and UAVs. Due to russian aggression, one person lost their life, and three others sustained injuries.

Yesterday, the enemy continued to use FPV drones and UAVs of other modifications to drop explosive ordnance with damaging functions on the front-line territories. The enemy directed 2 FPV drones and 11 explosive devices towards Sadove, Stanislav, Mykhailivka, and Beryslav in Kherson oblast. They thrice shelled Kherson with artillery and also shelled Ivanivka, Tiahynka, Krynky, Veletenske, Stanislav (Kherson oblast), Ochakiv, and Solonchaky (Mykolaiv oblast). The criminal actions of the enemy resulted in damage to about a dozen private houses, a garage, and a gas pipeline.

According to the “South” Operational Command, the russian army attempted three unsuccessful assaults. The occupiers continue active aerial reconnaissance, press with artillery shelling, and use strike drones.

Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to inflict fire damage on the enemy’s locations, positions, and rear areas. Yesterday, the enemy forces lost 15 occupiers, 11 guns, 2 tanks, 4 FPV drones, 18 units of armored vehicles, 1 boat, 1 power substation, 1 communication generator. Two observation points, a field supply point, a fuel and lubricants storage, and an FPV drone control antenna were destroyed.

The Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, citing British intelligence data, reports that Ukrainian Armed Forces effectively use FPV drones along with artillery to attack russian military vehicles. Additionally, British intelligence cites information from a russian military correspondent claiming that 90% of russian equipment was destroyed in the area of the town of Krynyky in Kherson oblast.

Experts from the Kherson Regional Art Museum named after Oleksii Shovkunenko identified the 80th artwork stolen by russian occupiers from the museum’s collection. Along with more than 10,000 other works of art, Maria Schneider-Senyuk’s painting “Kosary” is currently illegally located in Crimea. A fragment of the painting was captured on camera during the shooting of two propaganda stories at the Central Museum of Tavrida in August and September 2023.

Residents of Novoberyslav received 98 tons of fuel briquettes from the humanitarian organization “Solidarites International.” Priority assistance was provided to residents from socially vulnerable categories.

The team of the American foundation Global Empowerment Mission delivered humanitarian aid to the front-line areas of Petrovka and Bohdanivka. They brought family kits containing everything necessary.

Residents of the Tiahynka community received 100 sets for the restoration of housing damaged by enemy attacks. The aid was provided by the humanitarian mission “Proliska.”

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

A regular meeting of the Regional Defense Council was held under the chairmanship of Yurii Pohulyaik, Head of the RMA. Among participants: military, law enforcement officers, representatives of district administrations and local self-government bodies. They discussed constant tasks and challenges of martial law.

Zakarpattia oblast

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President, and Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will hold a meeting with Sijarto, Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, on January 29 in Uzhhorod. On the agenda, in particular, is the discussion of the issue of organizing a meeting between Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, and Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary.

Zakarpattia Regional Clinical Center of Neurosurgery and Neurology signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ministry of Health. The Center has been operating as a center of excellence since 2023. Centers of Excellence are rehabilitation departments that demonstrate the best approaches to providing rehabilitation care: a multidisciplinary approach, patient-centeredness, and the most modern evidence-based rehabilitation methods.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The RMA held a meeting with heads of district military administrations, territorial communities, heads of structural subdivisions of Ivano-Frankivsk RMA and relevant services. In particular, they discussed the work of Invincibility Centers and the construction of fortifications in those areas where hostilities are ongoing. In addition, during the meeting, the mother of Vasyl Vintonyak, fallen Hero from Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, was presented with the For Services to Prykarpattia medal.

The RMA reported that state awards were presented to the families of fallen Heroes from Kaluska region.

Ivano-Frankivsk City Council sent 20 FPV drones to the 7th separate rifle battalion. The military is defending the country in Lyman region.

Lviv oblast

Lviv oblast was chosen as a pilot oblast for the implementation of the project on the modernization of the social component in the work of Territorial centers of procurement and social support. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Defense, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Space of Opportunities NGO.

The Executive Committee of Lviv City Council decided to allocate UAH 50K from the community of Lviv to everyone who decided to sign a contract with the military units of the Airborne Assault Forces and Marines.

During the charity auction in Chervonohrad, over UAH 900K was raised for the armed forces. Over 30 lots were drawn at the event. The collected funds will be donated to the purchase of spare parts, which will be used to manufacture combat drones. This is already the 4th auction organized by benefactors and caring residents of Chervonohrad region. In general, over 30 drones have already been manufactured with the proceeds.

During the Christmas holidays, representatives of the Children’s Parliament and the Youth Council took part in the Carol for the Armed Forces campaign in Drohobych region. Therefore, they collected UAH 60 514 with carols and donations. The funds were donated to the National Volunteer CF for purchase of an anti-drone device.

10 residents of Lviv oblast became Knights of the III degree For Courage Order (posthumously). All of them served in the ranks of the State Border Service of Ukraine.

Rivne oblast

Rivne oblast bids farewell to poet-warrior Maksym Dali Kryvtsov. Poet, photographer, participant of the Revolution of Dignity, soldier. The author of the Poems from the Pit collection, which was published in December 2023 and was included in the list of the best Ukrainian books-2023 by the version of the Ukrainian PEN. His poetry was heard as part of the Day That Shouldn’t Be project on Promin radio. His poem Yellow Tape performed by the Yurkesh band became the soundtrack to the Our Cats film. On January 7, 33-year-old Hero was killed in Kharkiv oblast during artillery fire. His red cat also was killed.

Ternopil oblast

At the end of last year, the Government allocated UAH 1.74 bln from the state budget of Ukraine for teaching the Defense of Ukraine subject. In particular, Ternopil oblast will receive over UAH 80 mln.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

A meeting of the Council of Volunteers was held in Khmelnytskyi. Legislative changes affecting the volunteer movement were discussed.

Khmelnytskyi City Council reported that they sent 620 FPV drones and 36 UAVs of the type DJI 3T Termal, Autel 4 DJI, MATRICE 30T, worth UAH 17,2 mln to 16 different military units.

Chernivtsi oblast

In Bukovyna, the Support of Persons Affected by the War forum was held. Key aspects of international support for war victims, directions and strategic plans for cooperation, achieved results of cooperation with international partners and further priorities of activities were discussed during the forum by representatives of Chernivtsi RMA and international and public organizations working with IDPs.

Andrii Slota, Captain of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was awarded with the III degree For Courage Order and the Grateful Bukovyna award.

Mykola Nyzhnyk, resident of the village of Luzhany, received the Steel Cross honorary badge from Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He defended Ukraine during the anti-terrorist operation, and now he continues to fight against the occupiers as part of the 82nd separate amphibious assault brigade.

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

The World Bank allocated almost $1 bln for Ukraine to restore the private sector.

Since February 2022, the UN has recorded over 10,2K killed civilians, including 575 children, and the number of injured has exceeded 19,3K. The exact number of civilian casualties from russian shelling and other war crimes is unknown. The UN does not have access to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

Ukraine and Great Britain signed a security agreement: it will be valid until Ukraine joins NATO. The British government called this agreement historic. According to the agreement, London will exchange intelligence with Kyiv, help with cyber security, military training and strengthen defense-industrial cooperation.

Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of Great Britain, announced the largest military aid package for Ukraine at 2.5 bln pounds. “It will include additional equipment for air defense, additional anti-tank weapons, additional long-range missiles, and thousands of projectiles. Training will also be conducted for thousands more Ukrainian soldiers,” said the British prime minister.

Anthony Blinken, State Secretary, stated that the US State Department has imposed sanctions against three russian organizations and one individual involved in the transfer and testing of North Korean ballistic missiles for use by russia against Ukraine.

Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of Great Britain, visited Ukraine. “I am in Ukraine to convey a simple message. Our support cannot and will not weaken. To all Ukrainians, Britain is with you as long as it takes,” said the British Prime Minister.

Brink, US Ambassador to Ukraine, reported that Penny Pritzker, US special representative for the economic recovery of Ukraine, and heads of the US private sector arrived in Kyiv. Planned meetings are devoted to the acceleration of US business investments in Ukraine for recovery.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President, and Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will hold a meeting with Sijarto, Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, on January 29 in Uzhhorod. On the agenda, in particular, is the discussion of the issue of organizing a meeting between Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, and Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary.

Ukraine and Moldova launched joint customs control at one of the checkpoints. This will help speed up the movement of goods and vehicles across the border.

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Аnna Efremova, Albahachiieva Helena

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Yana Hushchyna, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya 


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