War in Ukraine today: latest news, January 16, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 327th 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:   

Russian troops launched 2 missiles, 6 air strikes and over 20 MLRS attacks, including on the civilian infrastructure of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts. The attacks have killed and wounded civilians.

The territory of Ukraine is still under threat of russian air and missile attacks.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk, and Sloboda, there were no significant changes and no russian offensive groups were detected. At the same time, a joint flight and tactical training of air force units of the armed forces of the republic of belarus and russia, which are part of a regional grouping of troops involving combat aircraft of both countries, began near the Ukrainian border on January 16. Thus, under the guise of joint training, the russian army has reinforced its combat aircraft group in Belarus. Due to this, the threat of missile and air strikes from the airspace of belarus is growing. At the same time, the vicinities of more than 30 settlements were shelled with tanks, mortars, and artillery. Among the targets were Veterynarne, Zelene, Ternova, Starytsya, Vilcha, Budarky, Topoli, Kharkiv oblast, Seredyna Buda, Popivka, Pavlivka, and Kindrativka, Sumy oblast.  

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the russian army shelled the vicinities of more than 10 settlements: Kotliarivka, Krokhmalne, Berestove, Vilshana, Kharkiv oblast, as well as Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, Nevske, and Kreminna, Luhansk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, Rozdolivka, Krasnopolivka, Soledar, Krasna Hora, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Bila Hora, Kurdiumivka, Pivnichne, and Vesele, Donetsk oblast, were shelled among more than 15 settlements.

Towards Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Berdychi, Kamayanka, Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Heorhiivka, Marinka, and Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast, came under enemy fire.

Towards Novopavlivka, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Mykilski Dachi, and Velyka Novosilka, Donetsk oblast, were shelled.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, artillery hits reported in the vicinities of more than 15 settlements, including Zelene Pole, Olhivske, Poltavka, Bilohiria, Novodanylivka, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, Stepove, Huliaipole, and Kamianske, Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Towards Kherson, russian soldiers are terrorizing civilians. Havrylivka, Dudchany, Kachkarivka, Zmiivka, Beryslav, Lvove, Novotyahynka, Sadove, Antonivka, Kizomys, and Kherson were shelled with mortars and artillery.

On the territory of russia foreign citizens awaiting to obtain russian citizenship are offered to voluntarily enlist in the russian army and automatically become citizens. Commercial companies in Moscow are pressured into financial support of the russian armed forces through transfer of funds in the amount of 10 million rubles. At the same time, at the Kadamovskiy training ground (Rostov oblast, russia), units with the mobilized men are expected to arrive for training and further manning of detachments and units of russian troops participating in combat in Ukraine. Replenishment will primarily man the private military contractor Wagner and Bars units, permanently suffering casualties in Ukraine.

According to the available information, the russian army used an S-300 system in Novopskov (Starobilsk district, Luhansk oblast) on January 15. As a result, one missile fell on a residential building, killing two civilians.

In the settlements of the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts, russian soldiers are intensifying counterintelligence and security measures, conducting intensive checks of the local residents. Special attention is paid to their mobile phones.

Units of missile troops and artillery of the Ukrainian Defense Forces hit 1 command post, 8 buildup of russian forces, 1 fuel and lubricants depot, and 1 ammunition depot of the russian army.

According to the head of Kherson RMA Yaroslav Yanushevich, russia has once again shelled Kherson. A multi-storey building, a boarding school and a children hospital were struck. He also added that invaders attacked Kherson oblast 90 times. 

The spokesman of the Air Defense Forces of Ukraine Yurii Ihnat has stressed that russia has less than 100 ballistic missiles in stock. This is why they are using long-range S-300 and S-400 missiles capable of hitting the target within kilometers away. The Western air defense systems are required to detect them or they should be destroyed at the location used to launch attacks. 

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the invaders struck civilian infrastructure.

At least 11 settlements were under attack.

Spokeswoman of Kharkivoblenerho, Maryna Shevchenko, reported that the region became one of nine oblasts of Ukraine where the schedules of emergency blackouts were applied in the morning. According to Ukrenerho, the deficit in the power system has increased due to the recent russian  shelling and increased electricity consumption.

In the morning the enemy shelled Kupiansk once again. A private and an apartment buildings were damaged. According to the updated information of the Regional Centre for Emergency Medical Care, 41-year-old man and 65-year-old woman were injured as a result of the morning shelling of Kupiansk. The man was hospitalised in moderate condition. The woman was provided with necessary aid on the spot.

Director of the Regional Department of Social Protection, Yurii Shparaha, informed that russian troops shelled Vovchansk geriatric boarding house three times in the evening. There were no casualties.

Head of Zolochiv community, Viktor Kovalenko, said that the invaders shelled Chervona Zoria village four times yesterday: twice with tanks and twice with mortars. According to him, there were at least 30 craters in the village. Now no one lives in Chervona Zoria. The village is located 800 meters from the border with russia.

Yesterday, russian invaders shelled the border settlements of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv and Kupiansk districts with artillery, mortars and tanks. Specifically Dvorichna, Ohirtseve, Starytsia, Strilecha, Vovchansk and other settlements were targeted. In Vovchansk, as a result of enemy shelling, an educational institution was damaged and a fire broke out. Private buildings and outbuildings were also damaged.

Mine clearance works continue. Yesterday 132 explosive ordnance were defused.

Donetsk oblast

Russian troops shelled 13 settlements.

Chasiv Yar school #17 was attacked in the morning, locker rooms, gym and windows were damaged. There were no casualties.

Two more shells hit Nove village, 6 buildings were damaged.

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

At night russians continued shelling the center and north of Donetsk oblast.

Towards Donetsk, Krasnohorivka, Marinka, the outskirts of Kurakhove and Ocheretyne community were shelled during the night. Avdiivka was shelled in the morning. There were no casualties.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was killed in Soledar, another 1 injured in Krasnopolivka and 3 buildings damaged. A private building and an apartment building were damaged in Bakhmut.

Towards Lysychansk, russians launched a missile attack on Lyman yesterday, 1 person was injured. On the territory of the community, Torske and Zarichne were under attack again. Russians shelled Siversk. There were no casualties.

Based on the information provided by the head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, russians injured 7 civilians: 2 in Avdiivka, 2 in Bakhmut, 1 in Lyman, 1 in Soledar and 1 in Velyka Novosilka.

Head of the Kramatorsk City Military Administration, Oleksandr Honcharenko, informed that two residents of Kramatorsk were injured as a result of a strike on an apartment building in Dnipro on January 14. A woman and her son were injured by glass fragments.

Luhansk oblast

Yesterday, Defence Forces units repelled enemy attacks near Bilohorivka. Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the enemy attacked Chervonopopivka, Kuzmyne, Nevske, Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka.

StratCom of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that a tank worth USD 5 million burned down in Luhansk oblast. The old Soviet equipment, slightly modernised with electronics and boldly called “the best battle tank”, is actually just a pile of metal.

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported that collaborators are running away from settlements near the front line to cities located further away. He noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are advancing towards Kreminna and Svatove. Our military has success and they are steadily developing it.

According to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, operators of the Special Operations Forces of Ukraine together with other units of the Defence Forces stopped russian offensive attempts near Kreminna. Despite the fact that the invaders tried to use heavy weaponry, their attack was repelled.

Russians closed Rubizhne after Lysychansk, another fake was created. The invaders said that last year they restored 320 apartment buildings in Luhansk oblast.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The Chairman of the OSCE, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani arrived in Kyiv. The purpose of the visit is to meet with the Ukrainian leadership to discuss ways to strengthen security and stability in the region and provide assistance to the population. Buyar Osmani also visited Borodianka, destroyed by the war.

Chairman of the OSCE, Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Buyar Osmani visited Borodianka. Photo: Buyar Osmani / Twitter

Mayor of Kyiv, the head of the Association of Cities of Ukraine Vitaliy Klychko will participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland), which will take place from January 16 to 20. Key topics of the meeting, which will gather more than 2,700 participants from 130 countries, will be the consequences of the war in Ukraine and overcoming the geopolitical risks facing the world.

There are emergency power outages in Kyiv and the oblast. According to DTEK, the situation in the power system remains difficult. Due to the latest attack by the occupiers on the power system, generation facilities were significantly damaged.

More than 200 relatives of soldiers who were captured gathered for a rally on Sofia Square in Kyiv on January 14. They marched to Maidan Nezalezhnosti with the demand to exchange captured Ukrainian soldiers for captured russian soldiers according to the “all for all” scheme. People from all regions of Ukraine came to the action, notably from Volyn, Donetsk oblast, Kharkiv oblast, Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk oblast.

Relatives of Ukrainian prisoners of war on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv with the demand to exchange “all for all”. Photo: from social media

The national center for treatment, prosthetics and rehabilitation Unbroken was presented in Kyiv. As reported by Ukrinform, the event began with a prayer-blessing, led by the head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav in the Saint Sophia Cathedral. War victims can receive in the center comprehensive qualified medical care in reconstructive surgery, orthopedics and prosthetics free of charge. They also provide physical, psychological and psychosocial rehabilitation there.

The head of the Makariv village Vadym Tokar reported that the first building materials for reconstruction from the UN fund have already been delivered to the residents of the village of Kopiliv of the Makariv community, whose houses were damaged due russian rocket strike on January 14.

The Irpin Reconstruction Summit reported that 4 high-rise buildings are being restored in Irpin with the support of the Italian Terre des Hommes foundation. There are 450 apartments in these buildings, in which 1,230 residents live, which is 2% of the population of Irpin. Builders are working simultaneously on all facilities, and they plan to complete the work within a month.

“Kyivhlib” received 10 generators to support bread production in Ukraine. The generators were handed over by the Federal Agency for Technical Assistance (THW) with funding from the German Foreign Ministry. As reported by the Ministry of Agricultural Policy, Germany will transfer a total of 25 generators to food producers from the frontline regions to support the production of bread, milk, and livestock products, as well as to provide electricity to storage warehouses.

A retrospective of the films of the Mariupol Film Festival “Cinema and You” will be held in Kyiv on January 17. The event was supposed to take place in 2022 in Mariupol for the twelfth time. The organizers decided not to cancel the event, but to move the show to the capital. The charity screening will be held in the premises of the House of Cinema, all funds collected during the event will be directed to the treatment of wounded soldiers.

Zhytomyr oblast

The head of Zhytomyr RMA Vitaly Bunechko reported that a meeting of representatives of business and regional authorities took place in Zvyagel region. According to him, there are almost 3,000 industrial and agricultural enterprises in the region, which provide work for more than 240,000 residents of the oblast. Vitaly Bunechko noted that during the 324 days of the war, the business of Zhytomyr oblast demonstrated the ability to quickly adapt to any changes, solving defense, financial, communication and organizational problems together with the leadership of the oblast.

The Zhytomyr RMA reported that a new, modern Diya Center has started work in Zvyagel. This is already the second modern TsNAP in the oblast, which works in the “Transparent Office” format. From now on, more than 60 thousand community residents and local businesses have the opportunity to receive more than 440 administrative services in a convenient, modern format.

The Zhytomyr city department of education reported that 50% of city students started full-time studies after the vacation. At the beginning of the second semester, 15,651 students sat down at their desks, which is 10% more than those who came to study in September 2022. In total, 31,393 students study in Zhytomyr. 38% of children study in distance education, 12% – in other forms of education.

Yuliya Mayevska, a volunteer from Zhytomyr, prepares dry borsch for the military. Starting from October and until today, she handed over 2,000 liters of borscht to Ukrainian soldiers, that’s 6,000 servings. The ingredients for “UKROP borschyk” are brought and helped to dry by indifferent local people.

Yuliya Mayevska, a volunteer from Zhytomyr, prepares dry borsch for the military. Photo: Zhytomyr.Info

Sumy oblast

The head of the Sumy RMA Dmytro Zhivytskyi announced that the Sumy border received 44 blows from the occupiers during the past day. The enemy attacked four communities.

Krasnopillia community came under mortar shelling. There were 12 hits and two more explosives dropped from the drone. The russian military shelled 15 mines in the Bilopillia community: in the village of Pavlivka, a school was damaged, windows were broken, water pipes were broken, and a garage was damaged.

Consequences of the russian shelling of the Bilopillia community. Photo: from the tg channel of the head of the Sumy RMA Dmytro Zhivytskyi

14 mortar attacks were recorded in the Khotyn community: the enemy fired at the center of Kindrativka village. A kindergarten and a school stadium, as well as two houses, were damaged. Three more russian mines exploded on the territory of Seredina-Buda community.

Sumioblenergo informed that the current shutdown schedule in Sumy oblast is -4/+2. Shutdowns are used due to a shortage of electricity.

The memory of Ukrainian “cyborgs” was commemorated in Sumy. In the morning, the military and public leaders of Sumy oblast gathered to lay flowers at the graves of soldiers on Heroes’ Alley and honor their memory with a moment of silence. 8 years ago, three soldiers from Sumy were among the defenders of the Donetsk airport – they died during the battle for the airport, the defense of which lasted 242 days. The youngest “cyborg” was 21-year-old Serhii Tabala from Sumy.

Agrarians in the Romny region helped educational institutions to purchase three gasoline electric generators. Funds for independent power sources for Romny schools were provided by “MHP-Urozhayna Ukraine” LLC together with the “MHP-Community” fund.

The city of Trostianets received essential items from benefactors from the “Caritas-Spes Kharkiv” mission. Over the weekend, a car with baby food, hygiene products, clothes and food products arrived in Trostianets.

Chernihiv oblast

The “North” OC reported that the occupiers shelled the Chernihiv border with mortars. 9 mortar hits were recorded. The shelling was carried out on the territory of the village Obiednane of the Novgorod-Siverskyi region.

In the border community of Semenivka in Chernihiv oblast, a driver was killed when he was blown up in a field. The tragedy occurred on the road between the villages of Oleksandrivka and Kostobobriv. The driver of the “VAZ 2106” car lost control and drove off the road onto a minefield. A 26-year-old man died on the spot.

Chernihivoblenergo reported that the shutdown schedule +3/-6 is in effect in Chernihiv oblast. The message states that the graph contains a guaranteed energy supply, so it can be used to determine the time when the power is on. If possible, hours with electricity will be added.

Alla Antonenko, a craftswoman from the village of Sosnytsia in Chernihiv oblast, makes unusual gingerbreads, and the proceeds from their sale go to support the soldiers. The products feature stories dedicated to Ukrainian culture and victory. Some of them are illustrations for the well-known song “Vrazhe” based on a poem by the poet Lyudmila Horova. Part of the gingerbread goes to the defenders themselves. According to the craftswoman, the soldiers especially appreciate the gingerbread with the inscriptions “Glory to Ukraine” and “Thank you to the Armed Forces”, as well as with characteristics of putin and wishes to the russian ship.

A craftswoman in Chernihiv oblast produces patriotic gingerbread to support the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Photo from social networks

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Rescuers continue search and rescue operations in Dnipro. Unfortunately, the death toll has increased: there have already been 40 casualties of the russian missile strike, 2 of them are children. 39 people were rescued, 75 people were injured. The fate of another 35 people is unknown. More than 7400 tons of destroyed structures have been removed from the site of the attack.

According to the head of the Regional State Administration Mykola Lukashuk, regarding shelling of the oblast districts during the night: the russian occupation army shelled Chervonohryhorivska and Marhanetska communities with heavy artillery. In Chervonohryhorivska Territorial Comunity one outbuilding was destroyed. Six more were damaged, about a dozen residential buildings, two cars, power grids and a gas pipeline were also damaged.

Consequences of enemy shelling. Photo: the head of the DOR Mykola Lukashuk

Vinnytsia oblast

In Vinnytsia, representatives of the Coordination Headquarters on the treatment of prisoners of war, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Police and the Security Service of Ukraine held a meeting with the relatives of the defenders. Most of all, the relatives of Ukrainian defenders were interested in prospects of releasing their loved ones searching for the bodies of the dead, specifics of DNA tests, as well as the mechanism of legally correct communication with the military units where missing soldiers serve.

Kirovohrad oblast

According to the head of Kirovohrad Regional State Administration Andrii Raikovych, Kirovohrad oblast is ready to accept another 5 thousand IDPs from Kherson oblast. This was discussed at the first staff meeting this year.  

Artists of the Petrivske Central House of Culture raised 50 thousand UAH during a charity event. All the funds will be used for the needs of the Armed Forces.

Poltava oblast

According to the head of Poltava Regional State Administration Dmytro Lunin, in Poltava region, vehicles were delivered to the 116th brigade of the terrorist defense. They were filled with necessary things for defenders – medicines and blankets.

Help for the military. Photo: the head of Poltava Regional State Administration Dmytro Lunin

Cherkasy oblast

One more car was purchased and handed over to the defenders by employees of the executive committee of the Smila City Council. In addition, this time the defenders were reinforced with a quadcopter.

Internally displaced persons who found shelter in Cherkasy received assistance from the French humanitarian organization within the project: “Emergency response to the priority needs of the population affected by the armed conflict in Ukraine”, implemented with the financial support of the Center for Crisis Situations and Support (CDCS).

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Over the past week, the enemy launched 723 strikes on Zaporizhzhia oblast. According to Head of the Zaporizhzhia RMA, Oleksandr Starukh, on Saturday, a massive attack on Ukraine began from Zaporizhzhia – six rockets hit an enterprise. In addition, the enemy attacked Orikhiv and Polohy.

The russian military launched another missile attack on Zaporozhzhia and its suburbs. Civil, residential and industrial infrastructure objects were damaged. A five-storey building was damaged by the blast wave of the S-300 missile hitting: windows and doors blown out, and the building’s heating system damaged. Fragments of glass injured 9 people, including 3 children.

The enemy hit the territory of a light industry enterprise in the Kushuhum community with a S-300 missile. A fire broke out in the hangar where products ready for sale were stored.

Consequences of the enemy attack on Zaporizhzhhia. Photo from social networks

On January 15, the occupiers shelled 17 settlements of Zaporizhia oblast: Zaporizhzhia, Malokaterynivka, Bilohiria, Olivske, Charivne, Novodanylivka, Chervone, Poltavka, Novoandriivka, Preobrazhenka, Mala Tokmachka, Orikhiv, Hulyaipole, Stepove, Kamianske, Pavlivka, and Tavriiske. The police received 14 reports about the destruction of houses (apartments) and infrastructure objects as a result of shelling by russian military personnel.

Head of the Tokmak City Military Administration, Oleksandr Chub, confirms that on January 16, explosions rang out in the temporarily occupied Tokmak. There were also explosions in the Tokmak region — the Defense Forces hit the occupiers’ buildup of manpower. Currently, information on enemy losses is being clarified.

Mykolaiv oblast

On January 15, at 1:50 p.m., the enemy launched artillery strikes outside a settlement of the Kutsurub community. There were no damages or injuries.

Ochakiv and Chornomorka communities received building materials to restore damaged buildings. On January 16, the Ochakiv community received about 2,500 OSB letters, and more than 240 letters were handed over to the Chornomorka community.

In Mykolaiv, volunteer seamstresses make sets of warm accessories and clothes for the soldiers of the Defense Forces on the front line. The number of sets in one batch varies from 150 to 350 pieces. Things are sewn from fleece, baize and plaids. One set includes a hat, a balaclava, a buff, gloves, underwear, knitted and fleece socks.

A set of clothes for the military. Photo from social networks.

Odesa oblast

As of January 16, there are 17 enemy ships on combat duty in the Black Sea. 6 Kalibr cruise missile carriers with a total salvo of about 30 missiles are among them. The enemy continues to control sea communications in the Sea of Azov, keeping 2 ships on combat duty. There are 9 enemy ships in the Mediterranean Sea, 5 of them are Kalibr cruise missile carriers with 72 missiles on board.

Kherson oblast

In the morning, russian troops hit Kherson with artillery. The enemy shells hit a house and a boarding school building in the Dnipro district. According to the preliminary information, one person was killed. Also, the occupiers once again attacked the regional children’s clinical hospital. As a result of the attack, about 30 windows in the neonatal building were broken. There is no information about the victims.

Medical facility after an enemy attack in Kherson. Photo: Kherson RMA.

On January 15, russian invaders attacked Kherson oblast 90 times. The enemy targeted the building of the Red Cross, the city hospital, the rehabilitation center for children with disabilities, the shipbuilding plant, a critical infrastructure facility, and residential buildings. 3 people were killed, and another 14 injured of various degrees of severity.

Consequences of enemy shelling. Photo: Police of Kherson oblast.

Over the past two days, the police opened 17 criminal proceedings on the facts of war crimes committed by the russian occupiers in Kherson oblast. A message was received from the temporarily occupied city of Hola Prystan that at the end of November last year, the russian military killed a local resident and his roommate.


Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The Lutsk City Council reported that a youth creative space was opened on the basis of the Lutsk City Youth Center.

Zakarpattia oblast

The RMA reported that a team of volunteer firefighters from the Pardubice region of the Czech Republic arrived in Zakarpattia, delivering 55 generators and motor pumps for the military.

The RMA reported that educators and representatives of territorial communities of the oblast received 16 new school buses.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The dispatcher of Ukrenergo proved the night limit for the oblast to be 198.92 MW. The daily limit is 275.33 MW.

The city council reported that during 2022, in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk, 137 wounded servicemen were paid UAH 10K each. 726 servicemen, who do not have the status of participants of military operations, received a one-time compensation of UAH 3K for housing and communal services, each of the 93 families of fallen Heroes received aid in in the amount of UAH 100K, 780 children of military personnel under the age of 18 received UAH 500 each on the occasion of their birthday.

Lviv oblast

In the RMA, a meeting with the Latvian delegation led by Chairman of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia Edwards Smiltens was held. They discussed helping the Lviv oblast to rehabilitate victims of a full-scale war.

The sister city of Freiburg sent Lviv 30 solar panels worth EUR 25K. These panels will be installed in 4 condominiums and 8 budget institutions in Sykhov. In the event of a power outage, one panel can charge 25 mobile devices.

The Association Friends and Patrons of the Open-Air Museum in the city of Lindlar, Burgishes Land Region provided humanitarian aid to educators in Lviv oblast. Part of the cargo was humanitarian aid, namely, sleeping bags, first-aid kits, hygiene products, and medical supplies, for children from eastern Ukraine.

The new building of the Unbroken National Rehabilitation Center will be opened in April 2023. These are 7 floors for rehabilitation with apartment models and even a store, so that the patient can prepare for new living conditions as much as possible. Every year, 10K Ukrainians will be able to receive help here.

Visualization of the new building. Photo: Lviv City Council

Rivne oblast

Mayor of Rivne Oleksandr Tretiak announced that 5 DAF trucks with ZU 23-2 anti-aircraft systems installed on them were sent from Rivne for the 104th territorial defense brigade of Rivne oblast.

A modern bomb shelter of over 500 square meters was set up in the Rivne Regional Children’s Hospital. The total estimate of the shelter is UAH 12 million. Of these, UAH 8 million was allocated from the regional budget and UAH 4 million – the hospital’s own funds.

Organizations and enterprises of Rivne oblast can take loans for generators and Starlinks. State PrivatBank has launched a program of preferential lending. Entrepreneurs and legal entities can get a loan yo purchase these uninterrupted power supply and communication ways.

In Rivne oblast, Uliana Petruk, an 8-year-old girl from the village of Shepetyn, Dubno region, cut her hair to help the Armed Forces. She received UAH 1,3K for her long braids. Funds were handed over to the volunteer association created by the residents of Shepetyn village.

Children’s volunteering. Photo: Rivne RMA

Ternopil oblast

Over two hundred employers applied to the Ternopil regional employment service for compensation for employment of IDPs. UAH 4.6 million has already been financed. Employers in the fields of trade, processing industry, food, and agriculture took advantage of this opportunity the most. The amount of compensation is UAH 6,5K per month per person.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The Security Service of Ukraine appealed to the residents and guests of Netish, Ostroh, Slavutsk and Iziaslav territorial communities with a request not to visit the sanitary protection zone around the Khmelnytskyi NPP without urgent need, within which, in connection with introduction of martial law throughout the country, special security measures are carried out, including – of a military nature.

Traffic controllers will be installed at several intersections in Khmelnytskyi. They will control traffic lights when there is no supply power. The controller ensures operation of the traffic light for up to 7 hours. When the light appears, the batteries are charged automatically.

Chernivtsi oblast

Since 2023 began, an additional 38 objects have been deployed. A total of 150 inviolability centers operate in the communities of the oblast, which work around the clock.

The evacuation train from Donetsk oblast arrived at Bukovyna. They brought 13 seriously ill people and persons with disabilities from the East.

The Chernivtsi regional center of emergency medical aid and disaster medicine received 2 modern emergency medical aid vehicles and one SUV. They came from the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and Free Ukraine.

The Chernivtsi regional center of emergency medical aid and disaster medicine received charitable aid from the Doctors of the World MdM Ukraine organization. Benefactors donated 40 inhalers, 12 sets of expanded tires for first aid and 5 bags with the necessary medicines for emergency medical care.

The RNA reported that Bukovyna healthcare institutions received medical equipment, namely, Efficia CM-12 electrocardiographs with ECG electrodes and patient monitors.

Territorial communities of Bukovyna received 200 generators. Their areas were transferred by the German company Blau-Gelbes-Kreuz e.V.  with the support of the CBG entrepreneurs’ club.

The RMA reported that a memorandum was concluded with the NGO “SOS Children’s Villages” on arrangement of sensory and digital rooms in places of compact residence of IDPs. 

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

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal reported that Ukraine will receive the first tranche of macro-financial aid from the EU in the amount of EUR 3 billion euros out of the promised eighteen this week.

The US training of the Ukrainian military began in Germany. According to Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, about 500 servicemen of the Armed Forces will be training at the training center for the next five to eight weeks.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine from Western countries will increase in the near future.

Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets announced that Turkey offers to use its territory for a humanitarian corridor between russia and Ukraine.

Representative of Taiwan’s Ministry of Digital Technologies, John Scott Marchant, stated that Taiwan strives to increase the level of digitization in Ukraine.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, Buyar Osmani, who recently assumed the post of Head of the OSCE, arrived in Ukraine on January 16.

The World Economic Forum has started in Davos. This year, there is not a single representative of russia related to the war in Ukraine.

Poland intends to deliver a company of German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. “We need to get the consent of Germany… But I cannot imagine that this approval will not be given quickly,” said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria condemned the russian missile attack on Dnipro and expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

The Foreign Ministry of Albania condemned russia’s missile attack on Dnipro, noting that russia’s actions are more similar to a terrorist organization than a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Head of diplomacy of the EU, Josep Borrell, said that the crimes of the russian federation will not go unpunished.

“russia is deliberately continuing to commit war crimes against the civilian population. This is inhumane. We must act now and make them stop,” – Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, stated.

The Prime Minister of Estonia has called on russia to be held accountable and to provide Ukraine with more weapons, including tanks and air defense equipment.

A festival of Ukrainian carols took place in the Romanian city of Sighet-Marmaciei. This bright and colorful event is being held for the 30th year in a row. Folk groups, citizens from all counties of Romania, as well as various regions of Ukraine gather for the holiday.

Children at a Ukrainian holiday in Romania. Photo: Zakarpattia RMA


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

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



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