War in Ukraine today: latest news, January 20, 2024 (photo)

It has been the 696th 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 20, there were 72 combat engagements. The enemy launched a total of 3 missile (with S-300 anti-aircraft guided missiles at the civilian infrastructure of Novohradivka, Donetsk oblast) and 4 air strikes, carried out 25 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks have resulted in civilian casualties and injuries. Over 35 private residential buildings 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 enemy launched an airstrike near Chernatske (Sumy oblast). Around 40 settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Hrem’yach (Chernihiv oblast), Seredyna-Buda, Pavlivka, Volodymyrivka, Basivka (Sumy oblast), Udy, Okhrimivka, Zemlyanky, and Khatnie (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Kupiansk, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 21 assaults in the vicinities of Synkivka, Petropavlivka (Kharkiv oblast) and Stelmakhivka (Luhansk oblast). In that area the occupiers made attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at more than 15 settlements, including Dvorichna, Masyutivka, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, and Berestove (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Lyman, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 6 assaults near Terny, Yampolivka (Donetsk oblast), and 7x attacks in the areas of Serebrianka forestry and Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at more than 10x settlements, including Karmazynivka, Nevske, Dibrova (Luhansk oblast), Ivanivka, Verkhnokamianske, and Spirne (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 8 attacks in the vicinities of Bohdanivka, Andriivka and Klishchiivka (Donetsk oblast), where the occupiers made unsuccessful attempts to improve their tactical situation. Around 10x settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, Kurdyumivka, and Niu York (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 6 enemy attacks near Avdiivka, and 11 more attacks south of Sieverne, Vodiane, Pervomaiske and Nevelske (Donetsk oblast). In that area, the occupiers made unsuccessful attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at more than 15 settlements, including Novobakhmutivka, Avdiivka, Tonenke, Pervomaiske, Netailove, and Nevelske (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Marinka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the invaders in the vicinities of Marinka and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). In that area, the adversary made 4x failed attempts to improve its tactical situation. The settlements of Krasnohorivka, Mar’inka, Heorhiivka, Pobjeda, Novomykhailivka, and Paraskoviivka were under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Shakhtarske, the enemy conducted no offensives. The enemy fired artillery and mortars at more than 10x settlements, including Vodyane, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, and Urozhaine (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 1 assaults west of Verbove (Zaporizhzhia oblast), where the enemy made attempts to regain lost ground. More than 15 settlements, including Poltavka, Huliaipole, Novoandriivka, Shcherbaky, and Kamianske (Zaporizhzhia oblast), came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kherson, the enemy fired artillery at the city of Kherson, as well as the settlements of Dmytrivka and Ochakiv (Mykolaiv oblast).

The occupiers have not abandoned their intention to drive Ukrainian units out of their footholds on the left bank of the Dnipro. Thus, during the day, the enemy made 6 unsuccessful assaults on positions of Ukrainian troops.

The Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes on 6 buildups of enemy troops, weapons and military equipment, 1 air defense system, 1 ammunition depot, and 1 signal post.

The Ukrainian missile troops hit 3 buildups of enemy  troops, weapons and military equipment, 1 command post, and 1 electronic warfare station.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi informs that Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant is mined by russia. These are the areas where mines were previously discovered and eliminated in November 2023. 

Yuriy Ihnat, Spokesman of the Air Force of Ukraine, informs that russian air defense forces are concentrated in Crimea and on the front line. The rest of the russian territory does not have many air defense systems. 

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian soldiers repelled 21 russian attacks in Kupyansk region, in particular near Sinkivka and Petropavlivka. According to the report, more than 50 settlements in towards Sloboda and Kupiansk were under fire.

An underground kindergarten has been operating in Kharkiv since January. About 1,000 preschoolers aged 5-6 can attend classes at five underground stations. Classes are held in 16 rooms. To date, 656 applications have been received for enrolment.

An underground kindergarten in Kharkiv. Photo from social media

More than 15 settlements in the oblast were subjected to artillery and mortar attacks by the enemy, including Kozacha Lopan in Kharkiv region; Vovchansk, Vovchansky Khutory, Budarky in Chuguev region; Dvorichna, Sinkivka, Ivanivka, and Berestove in Kupiansk region.  

At around 05 am, there was an enemy shelling attack in Kupiansk. The occupiers were shooting from artillery. A residential building was damaged. An unexploded shell was found on the roof. There was no information on casualties. 

The Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled 12 enemy attacks near Sinkivka, Petropavlivka, Tabaivka, Berestove in Kupiansk region.

In Kharkiv oblast, combined groups of explosive experts cleared 12.5 hectares of territory and destroyed 177 explosive ordnance. Mine clearance is ongoing.

Kharkiv-based aerialist Anhelina Fedorchenko and the Royal Circus performed at a general audience with the Pope in the Vatican on January 17. The artists dedicated their mini-performance to Ukraine.

Donetsk oblast

According to the General Staff, Ukrainian soldiers repelled 75 russian attacks towards Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Shakhtarsk and Marinka on January 19. Most of the attacks were carried out towards Lyman and Avdiivka.

Serhii Dibrov, Spokesman for the 21st Separate Mechanised Brigade, informs that towards Lyman, the russian army began to use the tactic of “meat assaults” supported by armoured vehicles, which it had not used before. The russian army is fighting in this area.

Towards Pokrovsk, Krasnohorivka and Yelizavetivka were shelled in Marinka community.  3 rockets were fired at Novohrodivka, wounding two people and damaging 33 private houses and an administrative building. 

Towards Kramatorsk, a house was damaged in Yampol of Lyman community, Torske and Zarichne were shelled. In Kostiantynivka community, the outskirts of Nelipivka and Bila Hora are under fire.

Towards Bakhmut, in Toretsk community, 5 houses were damaged: 2 in Toretsk and Shcherbynivka, and 1 in Druzhba. In Chasiv Yar community, a private house and an industrial building were damaged. In Siversk, a house was destroyed and 3 more damaged. 

In total, the russians fired 12 times at the settlements of Donetsk oblast over the last day. 214 people were evacuated from the frontline, including 46 children.

Vadym Filashkin, Head of Donetsk Military Administration informs that russians wounded two residents of Novohrodivka.

Luhansk oblast

Luhansk Military Administration informs that despite the enemy shelling towards Nevske, bread was delivered to the residents of this liberated village and distributed to them on a targeted basis for safety reasons. Police documented Russian war crimes yesterday. Over the past month, the number of housing destructions in the settlement has increased significantly, and it is extremely dangerous to stay there.

The occupiers stormed Ukrainian positions in Serebrianka Forest and near Belohorivka 15 times, but the enemy failed to break through the Ukrainian defences.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk Military Regional Administration, says that occupational authorities announced the beginning of the centralised heating season in Lysychansk at the end of September. Then, in its absence,  radiators in high-rise buildings were cut out in the city centre in the middle of winter. However, the local population is still hoping and waiting. For a year and a half, the residents of Rubizhne have been waiting for at least some kind of recovery. When they return to the city, they find strangers living in their apartments. The latter don’t care where they are staying. They chose the most comfortable and well-equipped homes among the surviving ones.

Roman Vlasenko, head of Sievierodonetsk State Administration, informs that Sievierodonetsk is about 1/3 populated. Only half of them are locals. For the second winter, residents of Severodonetsk, Rubizhne and Lysychansk have been trying to survive without centralised heating.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

According to Vadym Tokar, Head of Makariv village council, the community continues to restore housing damaged by the russian invasion. Two detached houses are currently ready. They were built on the place where the completely destroyed houses were dismantled. During the hostilities in the spring of 2022, 585 residential buildings were destroyed in the community. Construction of 10 residential buildings to replace the destroyed ones started in the summer of 2023.

According to Kyiv RMA, Kyiv oblast will apply Israeli experience in stress resilience. The RMA and the Israeli Trauma Coalition signed a memorandum of understanding on measures to strengthen the resilience of the oblast community. In particular, the two sides will cooperate in creating a system of social and psychological assistance and increasing the capacity of regional institutions to provide social and psychological support services.

Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of Kyiv RMA, reported that in the oblast, UNITED24 and the Emergency Response Fund are continuing to restore facilities, build houses and arrange shelters. Currently, more than 300 objects are in operation.

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) will restore the glass dome of the Teacher’s House in Kyiv, which was damaged in the massive russian attack on October 10, 2022. The blast wave from the missile attack destroyed the building’s glass dome and smashed out doors and windows. A protective coating was installed on the roof to prevent water damage, and the glass covering an area of 500 square metres is currently being replaced.

Kyiv City Teacher’s House, October 2022: Yelyzaveta Servatynska

The screens of the capital’s Hulliver shopping mall will honour the memory of the fallen soldiers. The Memorial platform will show a video about three fallen soldiers on the mall’s screens every day at 7pm. The video will be changed once a week.

An exhibition of paintings created by the wives of fallen soldiers will be presented at the Siaivo Knyhy bookstore in Kyiv. The charity art therapy project Alive. Real Love Stories is designed for psychological and social rehabilitation of women who lost their husbands in the war.

Zhytomyr oblast

According to Zhytomyr RMA, an evacuation train from Pokrovsk to Berdychiv brought 37 people to Zhytomyr oblast. Among them were 14 children and 3 disabled people. They were transported to Berdychiv and Zviahel regions for resettlement. Zhytomyr oblast is responsible for hosting evacuees from Donetsk oblast. In 2023, the oblast accommodated 647 people.

According to the Department of Social Protection, almost 60K IDPs live in Zhytomyr oblast. Among them are 16,500 children, 2,900 disabled people and 371 multi-child families. All IDPs have been provided with shelter in the oblast’s communities and social benefits totalling UAH 750.2 million.

On January 18, a three-day training Safety Camp for Young Leaders from Zhytomyr Oblast started in Zhytomyr. The event was attended by 20 young leaders from different communities of the oblast. The participants had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of security issues like mine safety and information hygiene at Zhytomyr Police Academy. 

Sumy oblast

According to the Sumy RMA, russians fired 9 times at the border areas of Sumy oblast, resulting in 31 explosions. There were 10 mortar and 17 artillery attacks. The enemy struck with a FPV kamikaze drone (1 explosion), and dropped explosives from a UAV (3 explosions). Khotin, Myropillia, Krasnypillia and Bilopillia communities were shelled.

At night, the russian military carried out 6 attacks. There were 18 attacks with mortars and artillery. Bilopillia, Myropillia, Seredyna-Buda, Svesa, Znob-Novhorodske communities were shelled.

Olha Hubar, Head of Yampil village, reported that a sports and rehabilitation gym was opened in Yampil. It will operate in the building of one of the village’s educational institutions. The idea was implemented with the help of international partners. The renovation work lasted two months. Classes in the gym are free of charge.

In Sumy, a moment of silence will be broadcast over loudspeakers every morning at 9:00 a.m. in memory of fallen Sumy residents and the Ukrainian national anthem will be played. The public address system will also broadcast important messages for community residents, including information about danger.

Chernihiv oblast

According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, russian troops fired 8 times at the border of Chernihiv oblast. In Novhorod-Siverskyi community, there were 22 mortar attacks towards the villages of Hremiach and Kamianska Sloboda. In Semenivka community, there were 78 attacks with cannon artillery, mortars and infantry fighting vehicles towards the villages of Liskivshchyna, Zarichchia, Karpovychi and Bleshnia. In Snovsk community, there were 3 mortar attacks towards Khrinivka village.

Serhii Naiev, Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that in recent months, border fortifications in the north have been increased by 63%. Barbed wire, anti-tank ditches, concrete pyramids and pillboxes are the defensive structures being built along the state border in Chernihiv oblast.

According to Olha Popenko, Mayor of Pryluky, 16 pick-up trucks  worth UAH 20 million were purchased for Ukrainian defenders from the city budget. The first 10 Mitsubishi vehicles with two sets of tyres have been delivered. The remaining 6 will arrive next week. They are to be handed over to the military personnel defending the borders of Chernihiv oblast and performing combat missions in the east and south of the country.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council reported that russian troops attacked Nikopol region twice with artillery. They attacked Nikopol city and Marhanets community. The occupiers fired half a dozen shells. In the morning they launched 2 kamikaze drones at Nikopol and shelled artillery in the evening. Two more artillery offensives launched on Marhanets and Pokrovsk communities. Almost two dozen shells were fired. In Pokrovsk community, 5 private houses, 6 outbuildings and 4 greenhouses were damaged.

Two tons of waste paper and seven and a half kilograms of plastic lids were collected in Dnipro as part of the Recycle and Warm the military campaign.

An annual campaign in memory of Donetsk  airport’ defenders was held in Dnipro. 12 cars formed the shape of Donetsk airport tower. The fallen fighters were honoured with a minute of silence and lit the flares.

Vinnytsia oblast

Oleksandr Shevchuk was awarded the Golden Cross in Vinnytsia region. The soldier received the high award for successfully completing combat missions in near Bakhmut.

Poltava oblast

Representatives of the All Will Be Ukraine volunteer corps have collected about three tons of aid for the frontline’s military, including food, warm clothes, stoves, trench candles and camouflage nets. The cargo was delivered to Donetsk and Kharkiv oblasts.

Cherkasy oblast

Ihor Taburets, Head of the RMA, reported that at night the Air Defence Forces destroyed an enemy UAV in the oblast.

According to Ihor Taburets, Head of the RMA, in Smila, which was hit by a russian missile in late December, the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) Foundation in partnership with the Howard G Buffett Foundation (HGBF) delivered the first batch of windows. These are 193 out of 483.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

A local resident of Huliaipole was injured due to russian shelling. Residential buildings were destroyed and damaged.

Rafael Grossi, General Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reported that the Zaporizhzhia NPP was once again mined by the russian military. Mines around the perimeter of the NPP, within the buffer zone between the inner and outer fences of the facility, previously identified by the IAEA team and removed in November 2023, are now back in place.

The State Emergency Service of the region reported that in Zaporizhzhia oblast, pyrotechnics discovered and eliminated Shahed debris and a cassette element from the Uragan reactive MLRS.

On January 19, russian forces carried out 70 strikes on 15 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Novodarivka, Chervone, Charivne, Malynivka, Levadne, and Poltavka were attacked 20 times by UAVs.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports that on January 19, on the western outskirts of Verbove,  Zaporizhzhia oblast three russian attacks were successfully repelled.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv RMA reported that russian forces carried out 11 shelling attacks in Mykolaiv oblast on January 19 and on the night of January, 20. The areas targeted included the settlements of Kutsurub and Ochakiv communities, as well as the city of Ochakiv. There are no casualties reported.

Vitaliy Kim, Head of Mykolaiv RMA, reported that at night, air defense units operating shot down a Shahed-131/136 combat drone over Mykolaiv Oblast.

Representatives of the Norwegian International Organisation Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) conducted a scheduled test of the FAE PT – 300 D:MINE demining machines, which will be operated in the region. These machines are multitasking and designed for mechanical soil preparation, explosive ordnance detection, and contamination area reduction. Furthermore, the equipment is outfitted with a cultivator or a chain mill specifically designed for demining and soil preparation. The attached equipment has a working width of 2500 mm and a working depth of 250 mm.

In Mykolaiv, a 4-hour interactive psychological training session was held to teach people resilience in wartime conditions. The event was organized by representatives of the Civilian Readiness Center.

Odesa oblast

Natalia Humeniuk, Head of the press center of the Southern Defense Forces, reported that on the night of January 20, Air Defense Forces shot down a russian UAV in Odesa oblast.

State environmental inspectorate of the South-Western Region reported that drone attacks on Odesa during the New Year’s night caused environmental damage exceeding UAH 45 million. Their calculations indicate that the attack led to the contamination of more than 700 square meters of land with metal fragments and construction debris.

Kherson oblast

Olexander Prokudin, Head of Kherson RMA, reported that on January 19, russian forces shelled Kherson oblast 119 times. Critical infrastructure objects and a church in Kherson region were damaged. One person was killed, and three others, including a child, were injured.

Southern Defense Forces reported that during the day, the Ukrainian military in Kherson oblast destroyed a Grad MRLS, a self-propelled artillery Malka, two cannons, a mortar, and a motorboat. They also eliminated 18 russian military personnel, an observation point, and a field supply point.

All residents of Bilohirka in Kherson oblast were forced to evacuate at the beginning of the full-scale war due to shelling and occupation. The Ukrainian Armed Forces liberated the town in September 2022. Currently, some locals have returned and are in the process of rebuilding their homes.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Volyn community received assistance from the International Solidarity Fund of the Republic of Poland – a Samartian PAD 350P defibrillator worth 4390K zlotys. It is used to provide first aid in case of sudden cardiac arrest.

Kulchyn Lyceum in Volyn received a command award for its volunteer activities. The soldiers of the 100th TRO Brigade came to hand over the award.

In Lutsk, teachers from Gymnasium 20 teamed up with students’ parents to make trench candles. During the day, more than 500 trench candles were made for Ukrainian soldiers, and since the beginning of the full-scale war – almost 3000.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration reports in Lutsk, IDPs from Luhansk oblast are offered a free ECG examination.

Students of the University of the Third Age, which is attached to the Territorial Center for Social Services of Manevychi Village Council, are actively engaged in various charity events to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The skilled craftswomen knit warm socks for Ukrainian soldiers, raise funds, collect plastic caps, fabric for weaving camouflage nets, blankets, clothes and make a miraculous ointment to heal the wounds of the defenders who are in the cold trenches on the front line.

Volyn rescuers inform that a new safety classroom was opened at the Agatangel Krymsky Pedagogical College in Volodymyr. The purpose of these classes is to teach future teachers the rules of fire and mine safety and civil defense, make them aware of the algorithm of actions in case of emergencies and develop first aid skills.

Zakarpattia oblast

In Zakarpattia, philanthropists handed over 10 gasoline WALTER STAHL PR8500 generators  to the border guards of Chop detachment. These generators are efficient in the field due to their mobility and the ability to provide power for 14 hours.

The RMA reports that a survey conducted in Zakarpattia showed that the main needs of veterans, family members of fallen, captured, and missing defenders of Ukraine are health improvement, dental prosthetics, medical, material, social, and psychological assistance. 

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

On January 20, a futsal match was held in Ivano-Frankivsk in support of missing and captured soldiers. According to Anna Mykhailyshyn, the organizer of the event and the wife of a prisoner of war, nearly 30 veterans and volunteers joined the game.

In Ivano-Frankivsk, Oleksii Kaptur, a defender of Bakhmut, teaches people financial literacy during his rehabilitation. The financial literacy game can be played by four to eight people and lasts up to five hours.

Kolomyia introduces preferential mortgage terms for defenders in the state program E-Oselia (Housing). The innovations will come into effect in February this year.

A shelter for elderly IDPs was opened in Kalush region. All of the shelter’s residents have recently left the occupied territories or areas where hostilities are taking place – Kherson, Donetsk and Kharkiv oblasts. The shelter is located in a part of the renovated premises of the former hospital of Voinylivka village council. The renovated rooms are now home to 31 people aged 60 and over.

Opening of a shelter for internally displaced elderly people. Photo from social networks

Kolomyia Regional State Administration reported that on January 19, orders and medals were presented to the families of the fallen soldiers at Kolomyia Philharmonic named after O. Kozarenko. State awards were presented to 29 families of soldiers from Kolomyia, Kosiv and Verkhovyna districts..

Lviv oblast

Maksym Kozytskyi, Head of Lviv Regional State Administration, says that California state deputies unanimously supported the establishment of sister city relations with Lviv oblast. He noted that this would facilitate mutually beneficial educational, economic and cultural exchanges.

A unique football club Pokrova Lviv AMP for soldiers with amputations was presented in Lviv. A team of people who received amputations during the fighting will soon go to an international tournament. It should be added that the club is the base team of the National Amputee Football Team of Ukraine. In the autumn, they took second place in the 2023 Nations League.

Pokrova Lviv AMP football club. Photo: Lviv City Council

Lviv City Council reports that this week, the community of Lviv handed over machinery and equipment worth UAH 11 600K to the Ukrainian military. In particular, these funds were used to provide the Ukrainian military with 2 excavators, 2 vehicles, 7 Mavic 3T drones, 4 Rys ground robotic platforms, 30 spotlights, thermal imaging attachments and thermal imaging binoculars.

According to the RMA, in Lviv oblast, one of the hospitals in Novoiavorivsk repaired a shelter. Operations can even be conducted there.

Rivne oblast

Rivne Regional State Administration reports that training on implementing veterans’ policy will be held in Rivne oblast. 

Rivne Regional Council informs that a special school in the village of Tuchyn, Rivne oblast, raised almost UAH 33 K for the Armed Forces through a charity fair.

Another rescuer from Rivne oblast joined 28 trainers who conduct free classes with veterans. The Strongman Federation of Ukraine and the NGO “Victory of the Unconquered” with the support of the Ukrainian Veterans Fund have created a special TrenVet app where veterans can choose a trainer for sports. The club’s goal is to adjust veterans to a peaceful life.

Varas Multidisciplinary Hospital received assistance from volunteers of the Ukrainian community in Venice and the MANIVERSO association. The hospital received medical supplies for treatment and rehabilitation, as well as medical equipment.

Ternopil oblast

The Department of Culture and Arts of Ternopil City Council reports that the exhibition of paintings called Donetsk Airport by defender Oleh Drobotskyi, who was killed in the war, was presented at the Ukrainian House of Victory of Ternopil. The Donetsk Airport exhibition will run until February 5.

In Borshchiv, the wife of the fallen soldier Artem Chervonohokyi handed over his painting  titled New Dawn to the local history museum. The painting depicts the beauty of the Ukrainian land.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The RMA reports that in Khmelnytsky oblast, air defense defences shot down three Shahed attack drones launched by russian troops overnight. There were no civilian casualties or damage to infrastructure.

75 actions in support of the families of prisoners of war and missing persons were held in Khmelnytsky. Peaceful actions “Bring back the Heroes from captivity” are held every Friday. They started in August 2022 and continue to take place every week in the city center without interruption.

For about a month now, the veterans’ space Zakhyst.4.5.0 has been operating in the city of Khmelnytskyi. The VetSpace is staffed by a lawyer, psychologists, a rehabilitation therapist, a medical consultant, and an art therapist who conduct group information seminars and individual counselling for adults and children.

Khmelnytsky oblast has received another vehicle from philanthropists to strengthen mobile firing groups. The necessary equipment, including a starlink, a thermal imager and a laptop, was also donated.

Chernivtsi oblast

A rehabilitation center for wounded soldiers will be set up in Chernivtsi hospital for war veterans. Its functioning will be funded by the all-Ukrainian Recovery project from a private charitable foundation. The foundation will also provide medical equipment. The center is scheduled to open this year. 

Students and teachers of Chernivtsi university organize charity concerts and festivals, and the funds raised are donated to support the army. Over the past two months, students and teachers have managed to organize four collections for brigades in which soldiers from Bukovyna serve. 

The Health Department of the Chernivtsi City Council informs that Chernivtsi City Hospital offers free joint prosthetics. There are already 90 Chernivtsi residents waiting for prosthetics.

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

Bloomberg reported on January 19 that the European Union’s foreign policy division has proposed to the bloc’s member states to review the fund that provides military support to Ukraine. A document from the European External Action Service outlines the conditions for the creation of the previously proposed Ukraine Assistance Fund with an annual budget of $5.4 billion.

Citing Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, the portal of the Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported that in 2024, the EU countries will produce 1.3 to 1.4 million shells, most of which will be sent to Ukraine as military aid.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed the issue of further arms supplies to Ukraine in a telephone conversation on Friday.

 The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine reports that the Internal Audit Service of the Ministry of Defence and representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, together with representatives of the US Embassy’s Defence Cooperation Division, inspected weapons and equipment provided by American partners in a military unit. Ukrainian and American inspectors checked three main items: serial numbers, technical condition, and proper storage conditions (safety and security).

According to the press service of the Ministry of Economy, Ukraine and Slovakia are working on three large-scale energy and infrastructure projects. One of them is the reconstruction of Mukachevo-Velke Kapušany electricity interconnector. 

The national broadcaster ERR informs that Estonia will annually allocate EUR 14 million to Ukraine for development within the framework of cooperation. The relevant figures are recorded in the state budget strategy.

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, Viktoriia Yurchenko, Zhanna Anshukova, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya 

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