War in Ukraine today: latest news, January 18, 2024 (photo)

It has been the 694th 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 wage a war of aggression. Despite significant losses, it does not abandon its plans for the complete occupation of Ukraine. The enemy continues to ignore the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, conducts strikes, and shells both military and civilian targets. The enemy is actively using aircraft and FPV quadcopters, conducting assault operations with the support of armoured vehicles.

The operational situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains difficult.

On January 18, there were 114 combat clashes. The enemy launched a total of 1 missile and 48 air strikes, carried out 38 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks have resulted in civilian casualties and injuries. Private residential and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

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

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian army 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 russian invaders launched air strikes in the vicinities of Mykolaivka and Vovchansk (Kharkiv oblast). Around 20 settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Kliusy (Chernihiv oblast), Radianske (Sumy oblast), Stohnii, Udy, Starytsia, Vovchansk, Bochkove, and Nesterne (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Kupiansk, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 18 assaults in the vicinities of Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Tabaivka, and Berestove (Kharkiv oblast), where the occupies made attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The enemy launched air strikes near the settlements of Holubivka, Ivanivka, Kyslivka, and Tabaivka (Kharkiv oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 10 settlements, including Dvorichna, Masyutivka, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, and Berestove (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Lyman, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 14 assaults near Terny, Yampolivka (Donetsk oblast), and 7x attacks in the areas of Serebrianka forestry, and Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast). In that area, the enemy made failed attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The invaders launched air strikes in the areas of Serebrianka forestry and Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at around 15 settlements, including Karmazynivka, Nevske, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Torske, Dibrova, Serebrianka, Verkhnokamianske, Spirne, and Rozdolivka (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 2 attacks in the vicinity of Bohdanivka (Donetsk oblast), where the occupiers, with air support, made unsuccessful attempts to improve their tactical situation. Around 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Vasyukivka, Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, and Niu York (Donetsk oblast). 

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 22 enemy attacks near Novokalynove, Novobakhmutivka, Avdiivka, and 14 more attacks in the vicinities of Pervomaiske and Nevelske (Donetsk oblast). In that area, the occupiers, with air support, made unsuccessful attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 15 settlements, including Novobakhmutivka, Berdychi, Stepove, Orlivka, Avdiivka, and Sievierne (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Marinka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the invaders in the vicinities of Krasnohorivka, Marinka and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). In that area, the adversary, with air support, made 13 attempts to improve its tactical situation. The invaders launched an airstrike near the settlement of Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). The settlements of Krasnohorivka, Maksymilianivka, Heorhiivka, Novomykhailivka were under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Shakhtarske, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 4 attacks west of Staromaiorske and south of Urozhaine (Donetsk oblast). The invaders launched an airstrike in the vicinity of Vodyane (Donetsk oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at more than 10 settlements, including Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Vremivka, Staromaiorske, and Rivnopil (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 4 assaults west of Verbove and Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast). More than 20 settlements, including Poltavka, Huliaipole, Charivne, Novoandriivka, Shcherbaky, Stepnohirsk (Zaporizhzhia oblast), came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kherson, the russian army fired artillery at the city of Kherson, the vicinities of the settlements of Zmiivka, Tiahynka, Ivanivka, Sadove, Antonivka and Chornobaivka (Kherson oblast).

The occupiers have not abandoned their intention to drive Ukrainian units out of their footholds on the left bank of the Dnipro. Thus, the enemy made 11 unsuccessful assaults. 

The Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes on 5 buildups of enemy troops, weapons and military equipment. 

The Ukrainian rocket troops hit 1 command post of the russian invaders.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that since its de-occupation, 28 torture chambers have been discovered in Kharkiv oblast. Ten criminal proceedings have been opened, involving 227 victims. 

The National Resistance Center informs that last year, russia exported about 5 million tons of Ukrainian grain from the temporarily occupied areas. They have developed a scheme where all farmers have to sell grain at a fixed price, which is several times lower than the market one.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Volodymyr Fito, Head of the public relations service of the Ground Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that 27 enemy attacks were repelled towards Lyman-Kupiansk yesterday.

The enemy launched four airstrikes and used 54 kamikaze drones.

Such a large number of UAVs is not typical for this part of the frontline, where the invaders usually launch up to 30 drones per day.

He added that russians are now using this barrage munition to support their offensive.

Yesterday 196 invaders were eliminated and 79 pieces of military equipment destroyed. Specifically, six tanks, 10 infantry fighting vehicles, MT-LBs and two armoured personnel carriers.

Kharkiv oblast

According to Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, the invaders targeted Kupiansk.  A 57-year-old woman was killed as a result of the shelling. A 57-year-old and a 61-year-old man were injured. The invaders hit an apartment building.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

Before the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 6 enemy attacks near Synkivka, Kupiansk region. 

More than 15 settlements in Kharkiv oblast were under enemy artillery and mortar attacks, including: Okip of Bohodukhiv region, Kozacha Lopan of Kharkiv region, Hatyshche, Pletenivka of Chuhuiv region, Synkivka, Ivanivka, Berestove of Kupiansk region. 

Fedorivka, Vovchansk of Chuhuiv region and Tabaivka, Pishchane of Kupiansk region  suffered enemy airstrikes. 

At about 10:30 pm, the invaders attacked Chuhuiv twice. The type of weapons is being established. An enemy munition hit the building of an educational institution.  The shelling killed a 62-year-old woman who worked as a boiler room operator. A 63-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman were injured. Both were hospitalised in moderate condition. Another 82-year-old victim received medical assistance on the spot.

At around 3 pm, the enemy attacked Malyi Burluk village, Kupiansk region. A 62-year-old woman was killed as a result of the shelling. A 10-year-old boy suffered a traumatic amputation of his lower limb, the child was taken to hospital in critical condition. A 13-year-old girl sustained shrapnel wounds, she was also taken to hospital. An administrative building, 6 residential buildings and outbuildings were damaged. 

At around 1:45 pm, the enemy shelled Kupiansk. A gas pipeline was damaged. There were no casualties. 

At 3 pm, the invaders attacked with KAB aerial bombs near Fedorivka village, Kupiansk region.

Around 1 pm, the enemy targeted Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, with artillery. There were no casualties. 

As a result of hostilities in Kharkiv oblast, 15935 customers in 64 settlements of Izium, Kupiansk, Bohodukhiv, Kharkiv and Chuhuiv regions lost power. The power supply is being restored.

Combined teams of bomb experts cleared over 11.9 hectares of territory in Kharkiv oblast and destroyed 206 explosive ordnance. Mine clearance is ongoing.

As a result of missile attacks on Kharkiv on 16 January, 12 people were hospitalised, three of them in critical condition. These are women aged 39 and 43 who were seriously injured and are in the neurosurgery department, and a 77-year-old woman is in the toxicology department after carbon monoxide poisoning. The condition of the other patients is assessed as moderate to light. The injuries include cranial, fragmentary injuries and fractures. 

Two children were injured in Malyi Burluk village, Kupiansk region, as a result of russian shelling: a 13-year-old girl is in critical condition and underwent the necessary surgical interventions. A 10-year-old boy, who received a traumatic amputation of his lower limb, is in moderate condition.

Donetsk oblast

The press service of Donetsk police reported that the enemy attacked 11 settlements: Avdiivka, Kurakhove, Toretsk cities, Hrodivka settlement, Berdychi, Mykolaipillia, Novobakhmutivka, Novoselivka Persha, Predtechyne, Rai-Oleksandrivka, and Semenivka villages. Also the russian army fired from Iskander-M, S-300, Uragan MRLs and artillery. 18 civilian objects were damaged, such as, 11 residential buildings, a hospital, a school, an outbuilding, a car and critical infrastructure. 

Destruction as a result of russian shelling. Photo: National Police

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, towards Pokrovsk, Krasnohorivka and Kostiantynivka of Marinka community and Novoselivka Persha of Ocheretyne community were shelled. Russians attacked Kurakhove community from Uragan MRLs. Avdiivka suffered 8 airstrikes and artillery shelling. A private house and a hospital were destroyed.

Towards Kramatorsk, Lyman community, 2 houses in Kolodyazhi were destroyed, 3 houses in Ivanivka damaged, and Torske and Zarichne shelled. The outskirts of Kostiantynivka community were under attack.

Destruction as a result of russian shelling. Photo: National Police

Towards Bakhmut, Zvanivska community, Pereizne and Verkhnokamianske of Zvanivka community and Rozdolivka and Vasiukivka of Soledar community were shelled. In Siversk, a house and 2 administrative buildings were damaged. In Chasiv Yar community, 13 private houses and an apartment building were damaged. Another building was damaged in Toretsk as a result of a strike. 

In total, russians attacked settlements of Donetsk oblast 19 times over the day. 60 people, including 9 children, were evacuated from the frontline.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the invaders changed the direction of assault operations, moving it from Makiivka to Serebrianka forest and Bilohorivka. In these areas, 19 russian attacks were repelled yesterday. Most of the enemy attacks were supported by aviation. The enemy tried to force our defenders out of the forest. Specifically, a powerful assault attempt was organised on the position of Volyn Territorial Defence Brigade. As a result, about 90 invaders were eliminated and injured, three tanks and a number of other vehicles were destroyed.

An airstrike was launched on Novoliubivka. Nevske was under heavy mortar and artillery attack. People remain in both settlements.

The so-called “election committee of lpr” approved the list of documents that are allowed to be used during the presidential elections in March. Throughout the occupation, the invaders reported on intensified passport issuance, which in many cases was forced.

Obviously, russians did not achieve the desired result, as they allowed not only “lpr” passport, which is not recognised even in russia, but also Ukrainian-type documents, as well as a number of other identity documents, to be presented at polling stations.  In March elections, you can vote for putin online but tens of thousands of people in the so-called “lpr” do not have this service.

There is a shortage of doctors in the occupied territory of the region. For instance, in Alchevsk, parents and their children have to wait in line for five hours to see a paediatrician. The situation is even worse with narrow-profile specialists.

Medicines are delivered to the settlements occupied in 2022 mostly through fraudulent schemes and sold to people at three times the price. Almost all pharmacies there are closed. Medical facilities are filled with injured russian soldiers, and there is no room for civilians;

In the absence of centralised heating in the occupied cities near the front line, people warm themselves with stoves and heaters, and those without electricity raise money for a generator.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of Kyiv RMA, reports that a medical service point that was destroyed by the invaders has been restored in Moshchun. International partners, including the Partnership for a Strong Ukraine Foundation, with the support of the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland and Finland, helped to set up the new Health Centre. The facility has all the necessary modern equipment to keep it running.

According to Kyiv RMA, a new shelter is being built on the territory of the Fursy Lyceum, which is designed to accommodate 500 people. The shelter will allow the educational process to be conducted in one shift. All work is being carried out at the expense of the Fund for the Elimination of the Consequences of Armed Aggression. The new building will be dual-purpose and have several rooms.

Vitalii Klychko, Mayor of Kyiv, reported that Kyiv City Council plans to allocate UAH 500 million to purchase drones for the military. Last year, the Council allocated almost UAH 7 billion to help the security and defence forces under various programmes and sources of the capital’s budget. The city also allocated funds for the purchase of electronic warfare equipment for the military, which is now effectively protecting Kyiv.

According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the rescuer workers of Bila Tserkva received Toyota Land Cruiser and RENAULT DUSTER specialised passenger cars and a Volvo FM 12 fire truck as charity.

The plenary session of Kyiv City Council decided to rename 29 more objects in the capital as part of the derussification campaign and perpetuate Ukrainian heroes.

Zhytomyr oblast

According to Zhytomyr RMA, over the past year, 125 educational institutions in the oblast were damaged by hostile attacks, and one completely destroyed. 98% of educational institutions were restored. Almost 2,000 teachers were trained in basic safety, which is critical in times of war.

Vitalii Bunechko, Head of Zhytomyr RMA, reports that a mobile rehabilitation module was opened in Ovruch. It is a fully barrier-free space for physical and psychological rehabilitation of people affected by the full-scale russian invasion. It will be staffed by multidisciplinary teams to provide consultations in various areas.

As of the beginning of 2024, the number of civil protection facilities in Zhytomyr oblast totalled 2,837, including 1,750 primary shelters and 1,087 protective structures (122 shelters, 965 anti-radiation shelters). The inspection of the primary shelters revealed that 100% of the facilities meet the minimum safety requirements and are suitable for sheltering the population.

Sumy oblast

According to Sumy RMA, russians fired 40 times in Sumy oblast. There were 181 explosions. Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Yunakivka, Khotin, Velyka Pysarivka, Hlukhiv, Shalyhine, Seredyna-Buda communities were shelled.

In Bilopillia community, an explosive device of the VOG type was dropped from a UAV (2 explosions), there was a FPV attack by a kamikaze drone (1 explosion), shelling with cannon artillery (13 explosions), grenade launchers (13 explosions) and mortar fire (10 explosions).

In Krasnopillia community, there was a grenade launcher attack (20 explosions), helicopter air strike (3 missiles launched), mortar attacks (17 explosions), FPV attack (4 explosions), cannon artillery (9 explosions) and 6 explosive objects of the VOG type were dropped from a UAV.

According to Sumy RMA, the enemy shelled Yunakivka, Seredyna-Buda and Velyka Pysarivka communities with mortars and cannon artillery; Hlukhiv, Esman and Khotin communities were under mortar fire. 

Two border communities in Sumy oblast were shelled at night. The russian military fired 4 times with cannon artillery at Seredyna-Buda community and fired grenade launchers with SPG at Bilopillia community.

Sumy RMA reported that on the night of January 17-18, the air defence forces of the oblast destroyed 6 enemy Shahed UAVs. The wreckage of an enemy UAV caused the destruction of the roof of a technical building and the fire of two trucks.

According to Andrii Demchenko, Spokesman for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the enemy is most actively using its subversive and reconnaissance groups towards Sumy. Since the beginning of this year, border patrols have recorded a total of over 1,200 attacks by the russian federation on the territories of Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkiv oblasts (most of the attacks were in Kharkiv oblast).

Chernihiv oblast

According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, russian troops fired 8 times at 2 border communities in Chernihiv oblast. The enemy fired 38 mortar and cannon artillery shells at Semenivka community. The shelling of the village of Karpovychi damaged a household and a house. The enemy shelled Horodnia community with MLRS – 18 strikes.

Chernihiv Defence Council has decided that the State Border Guard Service will intensify control over the movement of civilians in the 5-km zone near the border to ensure the safety of local residents. The curfew will remain unchanged – from 12 midnight to 4 am. The ban on the sale of alcohol for retailers and catering establishments will be in effect from 10pm to 9am.

The settlements of borderline Semenivka and Novhorod-Siverskyi communities are under constant shelling by the enemy. In 2023, there were 1215 shelling attacks towards Novhorod-Siverskyi. Residents have left the villages of Muravi, Leonivka, Krasnyi Khutir and Buchky. There is no electricity supply in 13 settlements of these communities. Work is ongoing to restore water supply and energy infrastructure. Residents of the communities receive the necessary social and medical services and food.

Viacheslav Chaus, Head of the RMA, reported that Chernihiv RMA and the Government of the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Federal Republic of Germany) have signed a joint declaration of intent to cooperate. It is planned to allocate EUR 250K  from the budget of the Federal State to equip shelters in Chernihiv schools. Technical support will also be organised for the oblast’s educational institutions.

According to Viacheslav Chaus, Head of the RMA, a team from the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia, headed by Speaker Daiga Mierina, visited Chernihiv oblast. The delegation visited Yahidne, where the restoration of houses continues due to the help of Latvian partners. The guests also took part in the opening of the St. Olha Women’s Hub, which was established with the direct support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. They also inspected the kindergarten, which is planned to be restored.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, reported that the Air Defence Forces shot down an enemy’s Shaheds over Pavlohrad region. The falling debris caused a fire on the territory of a farm. Outbuildings and a trailer were damaged. In the evening the enemy shelled Myrove community, Nikopol region with artillery. According to the updated data, yesterday’s shelling in Nikopol damaged 4 residential buildings, 2 outbuildings, one of which was destroyed, fences and 2 power lines. 

During the day the occupiers attacked Nikopol several times. In the morning they launched two kamikaze drones at Nikopol. A private house was damaged there. In the afternoon Marhanets and Pokrovsk communities were shelled with artillery. The enemy fired two dozen shells.

Vinnytsia oblast

According to the City Council, Vinnytsia pupils have united in the VinPatriot children’s volunteer center to continue helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The purpose of the center is to attract and unite children around a good deed. The primary task is to help the Ukrainian army but the plan is to support everyone who is in need. Currently, the volunteer center members plan to create a social video about honouring the memory of fallen defenders and join a training session on leadership and project management skills.

Kirovohrad oblast

Andrii Raikovych, Head of the RMA reported that the Air Defence Force was on alert in Kirovohrad oblast at night.

Poltava oblast

In the Holy Assumption Cathedral of Poltava, residents paid tribute to the fallen soldiers. Tymofii Bakarov was killed last August in Zaporizhzhia oblast and Vladyslav Shapovalov in January 2024 in Donetsk region.

Cherkasy oblast

City Mayor Serhii Ananko  announced that in Smila children raised funds for three drones for the military. The FPV drones will be sent to the 128th Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yurii Malashko, Head of Zaporizhzhya Regional Military Administration, reported that on January 18, the russian army carried out an aerial attack on the town of Orikhiv, Zaporizhzhia oblast. Six shells hit non-residential buildings and a multi-storey building. There were no casualties.

In Zaporizhzhya oblast, the russian army struck 25 localities 179 times. Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Pryiutne, Charivne, Novodanilovka, Novoandriivka, Lugovske, Bilohirya, Kamianske, Lobkove and other towns and villages on the frontline were shelled 128 times with artillery.

In Zaporizhzhia oblast, police returned children to their mothers who had been seized by the occupation authorities. In March 2023, in one of the temporarily occupied villages of the Polohy region, representatives of the occupation authorities seized three young children from a woman. Police found that the children had been forcibly transferred to a Melitopol boarding school.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv Regional State Administration published information about hostile attacks in the region over the past day. An enemy Lancet kamikaze drone and eight Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs were destroyed.

On 17 January, at 9 am, there were artillery strikes in the waters of Ochakiv community. At 10:38, a settlement of Kutsurub community was shelled. There were no casualties. At night, on  January 17, the warehouse of an agricultural enterprise in Snihurivka community was damaged as a result of the fall of the wreckage of downed UAVs. There were no casualties.

On  January 17, Spenser, a volunteer from the USA, together with representatives from the 4UA Foundation, brought humanitarian aid to the evacuation centre in Mykolaiv oblast. This is the second time he has visited Ukraine with a humanitarian mission under the Donate Tour programme. Spencer brought food, clothes and other items to the displaced people. The man says he is impressed by the strength of Ukrainians.

The press service of Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration announced that in Horokhiv community, a restored bridge over the Ingulets River, which was destroyed as a result of the russian occupiers’ blowing up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station dam, was put into operation. The new 72-metre-long crossing was built in five months thanks to the cooperation of the Regional Military Administration, the 36th Road Repair Brigade of the State Special Transport Service, and the United24 fundraising platform. 

Odesa oblast

Odesa City Council reported that as a result of the enemy’s nighttime drone attack, the number of casualties increased to five people, 11 houses and 134 apartments were damaged.

The Centre for Transportation Strategies  with reference to US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink reports that despite russia’s aggression, threats, and withdrawal from the Grain Agreement, the Black Sea trade route is working. Since August 2023, when Ukraine opened temporary corridors for the passage of merchant ships, 515 vessels have left Ukrainian ports so far. In almost six months, 16.5 million tonnes of cargo have been exported from Ukrainian ports to world markets. 

Izmail’s Fortress Memorial Park-Museum has launched free tours for young people of the “Remembering for the Future” exhibition in the lobby of the Diorama. In particular, on January 17, an event was held for students of the Danube Centre for Vocational Education to commemorate the heroes from Izmail, to educate young people in patriotism and to form a value-based attitude towards Ukraine.

Kherson oblast

A 50-year-old woman was injured in a nighttime drone attack in Kherson’s Dniprovsky district. She was taken to a medical facility.

The Southern Defence Forces were informed that at night, in the sky over Kherson oblast, air defence units shot down a russian Shahed-131/136 drone. 

At night, on January 18, the russian army fired on Tiahynka in Kherson oblast. Two people were injured. They were taken to hospital.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that towards Kherson, operators of one of the Special Forces units destroyed a BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher from which the russian army was shelling civilians in Mykolaiv oblast. As a result of the fire, a BM-21 Grad, a crew (two enemy soldiers) and a driver of a combat vehicle were eliminated. 

In Kherson, a local boiler house in the Korabel neighbourhood was shut down and gas supply cut off due to russian shelling. As a result, 56 high-rise buildings were left without heating and 8,800 apartments without gas. 

In the temporary occupied territories of Kherson oblast, the occupation authorities issue gas cylinders to people who do not have central gas supply only if they have a russian passport. 

In Kherson oblast, a police bomb squad found an unexploded russian X-101 missile in a field near one of the settlements of Beryslav oblast and neutralised it. To do this, a 400kg warhead was buried in a pit so that the soil would absorb the force of the explosion and the fragments would not fly far.

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Regional Military Administration, reported that on January 17, russian troops fired  at Kherson oblast 116 times. They hit the territory of factories, a park and a warehouse in Kherson, and attacked an administrative building and a farm in Beryslav region with drones. Two people were killed and seven injured. 

On January 17, on the left bank of Kherson oblast, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 13 guns, 4 tanks, 18 vehicles, four UAVs, 4 electronic warfare and communication antenna systems, a CCTV camera, a boat, a Kasta-2E mobile radar station, a fuel and lubricant storage facility and a russian observation post. In addition, 45 russian occupants were eliminated.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Lutsk City Council reported that military unit A0959 received 10 Bandera Flashlight 280.1X searchlights.

Zakarpattia oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Omed Hussameldin Ayoub, newly appointed Regional Manager of the UNHCR in the Western Regions. They discussed the arrangement of places of residence and the rental of social housing for IDPs, their employment, as well as the provision of grants to entrepreneurs, the development of veteran policy, etc.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Eliza Dzvonkiewicz, Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Tomasz Koval, Vice-Consul for Political Affairs, and Artur Grossman, Development Assistance Specialist. They discussed financial assistance to Prykarpattia and implementation of projects in the field of development and humanitarian support.

In 2023, UAH 110 mln was allocated from the regional budget to two regional programs operating in Prykarpattia for the needs of the Armed Forces.

Prykarpattia high school students will learn shooting through safe interactive systems at Defense of Ukraine classes. Certificates for universal educational training ranges were handed over to 36 lyceums of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast. The equipment for handling weapons was purchased with the funds of the regional budget.

Lviv oblast

Last year, regional budget funds were used to purchase modern warning devices for 57 communities of Lviv oblast thanks to the framework of co-financing from the Safe Lviv Oblast regional program.

The RMA reports that since the beginning of russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine, 12-year-old Sashko from Novoyavorivsk has been engaged in volunteering. The boy sold soap, and donated the funds to the Armed Forces. Later, he began making trench candles. He has produced 4K trench candles for servicemen.

Rivne oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Serhii Tsivkach. He used to be Executive Director of the UkraineInvest investment attraction and support office. Now he is Managing Partner of the Chicago Atlantic office in Ukraine. They discussed the continuation of fruitful cooperation in attracting new investments to Rivne oblast.

Ternopil oblast

156 defenders from Ternopil will receive payments in the total amount of UAH 1 mln 560K (UAH 10K each). The assistance is allocated for servicemen from the community who take part in hostilities, ensuring the implementation of measures for the national security and defense of Ukraine.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

At night, during an air alert, 3 Shahed UAVs were eliminated. No injuries or damage to the infrastructure were reported.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi City Council held a meeting with Colonel Oleh Shemchuk, Head of the Regional Department of the  WestTerritorial Defense Forces. Plans for cooperation in 2024 and support for the 107th brigade were discussed. Over UAH 250 mln was allocated in the community budget for war-related expenses.

Kitzman’s multidisciplinary intensive care hospital received an 80 kW generator from the Ministry of Health. The hospital hosts 13 departments, including clinical diagnostic and bacteriological laboratories. The generator is necessary to ensure uninterrupted operation of the facility in case of problems with the power supply. In general, health care institutions of the oblast are equipped with 232 generators of various capacities.

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

As a result of Olaf Scholz’s telephone conversation with Joe Biden it became known that Germany will provide Ukraine with €7 bln in military aid this year.

Sebastien Lecornu, Minister of Defense of France, stated that the country will send AASM Hammer (A2SM) guided aerial bombs to Ukraine. Ukraine will receive approximately 50 such hybrid bombs every month. They will be launched from soviet aircraft available in the Armed Forces.

Denmark and the Netherlands prepared  the first two of the 14 promised Leopard 2 to deliver to Ukraine. Two Leopard 2A4 tanks underwent major repairs at the facilities of the German arms concern Rheinmetall, after which they will be sent to Poland for training Ukrainian soldiers.

Sebastien Lecornu, Minister of Defense of France, stated that the country will produce 78 Caesar art installations for Ukraine.

The Japanese government will send 7 high-voltage autotransformers and 5 gas turbinesto Ukraine. The country will receive this aid through the mediation of the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Slovakia‘s parliament has backed an amendment that gives the country’s defense ministry the right to approve arms exports, paving the way for state-owned and private arms companies to continue military support for Ukraine.

Finland seeks to achieve a complete ban on real estate transactions for russians. Antti Hakkianen, Finnish Defense Minister, said that a “legal solution” must be found in this matter. And it can happen already this spring. Hakkianen also suggested that the restrictions could affect the terms of the lease and the verification of already completed real estate transactions.

The organizers of the Davos forum will open the world’s second GovTech center in Ukraine. It will deal with digital transformation of the government. Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Development of Education, Science and Technology, Minister of Digital Transformation, noted that the first such center will soon be operational in Berlin, and Ukraine will be the second country where such a platform will operate.

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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