War in Ukraine today: latest news, January 26, 2024 (photo)

It has been the 402nd 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 its war of aggression. Despite significant losses, it has not abandoned its plans to fully occupy Ukrainian territory. The adversary continues to ignore the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, strikes and shells both military and civilian objects. The enemy is actively using aircraft and FPV quadcopters, conducting assault operations with the support of armored vehicles.

The operational situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains difficult.

On January 26, there were 9 combat clashes. The enemy launched 8 missile (with S-300 anti-aircraft guided missiles targeting the infrastructure of Myrnohrad, Novohradivka (Donetsk oblast)) and 38 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks have killed and wounded civilians. Apartment blocks and private houses, schools, kindergartens, a shopping center, and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed or 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, therussian 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. More than 35 settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Yeline, Halahanivka, Leonivka (Chernihiv oblast), Popivka, Volfyne, Veselivka (Sumy oblast), Veterynarne, Nesterne, and Komisarove (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Kupiansk, Ukrainian defenders repelled 12 attacks near Tabaivka (Kharkiv oblast) and Stelmakhivka (Luhansk oblast). The adversary attempted to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops in that area. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at more than 10 settlements, including Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, and Berestove (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Lyman, the Ukrainian troops repelled 7 attacks in the vicinities of Terny and Torske (Donetsk oblast). The adversary made attempted to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops in that area. The enemy fired artillery and mortars at more than 10 settlements, including Nevske, Bilohorivka, Serebryanske forestry (Luhansk oblast), Torske, Serebryanka, and Rozdolivka (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 10 attacks near Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, and Andriivka (Donetsk oblast). The occupiers made unsuccessful attempts to improve their tactical position in that area. More than 10 settlements, including Vasyukivka, Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, and Niu York (Donetsk oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Avdiivka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 19 attacks in the vicinities of Novobakhmutivka, Stepove, Avdiivka, and 9 more attacks near Opytne, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske (Donetsk oblast). The enemy made unsuccessful attempts to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops in that area. The adversary fired artillery and mortars at around 10 settlements, including Oleksandropil, Novobakhmutivka, Ocheretyne, Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, and Netailove (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Marinka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the invaders near Heorhiivka, Pobjeda, and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). The occupiers made 14 unsuccessful attempts to improve their tactical position in that area. Krasnohorivka, Marinka, Pobieda, Novomykhailivka, Katerynivka, and Yelyzavetivka were under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Shakhtarske, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 1 enemy attack near Zolota Nyva (Donetsk oblast). More than10 settlements, including Vodyane, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Blahodatne, and Urozhaine (Donetsk oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian defenders repelled 5 enemy attacks north of Pryyutne, south of Chervone, and west of Verbove (Zaporizhzhia oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at more than 15 settlements, including Charivne, Mali Shcherbaky, Stepove, Lobkove, Pyatykhatky, Stepnohirsk, and Plavni (Zaporizhzhia oblast).

Towards Kherson (Odesa operational-strategic group), Kherson, Mykolaivka, Tyahynka, Novotyahynka, Antonivka (Kherson oblast), and Solonchaky (Mykolaiv oblast) came under enemy artillery fire. The adversary also fired MLRS at the vicinities of settlements of Ivanivka, Tokarivka, and Tomyna Balka (Kherson oblast).

The enemy has not abandoned its intention to dislodge Ukrainian troops from their bridgehead on the left bank of the Dnipro River. For instance, during the day of January 26, the adversary attempted 4 unsuccessful assaults at the positions of the Ukrainian troops.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy informs that he met with the General Staff to discuss the situation at the front, the production and supply of ammunition and drones. He also ordered to prepare detailed plans for further air support of cities, communities, and critical facilities. 

Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko announced that Ukraine will start construction of 4 new nuclear power units at Khmelnytsky NPP. Two power units, which include reactors and related equipment, will be built on the basis of russian equipment that Ukraine wants to import from Bulgaria, while the other two will use Western technology from energy equipment manufacturer Westinghouse.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

In Serebrianka forest, russians are using large numbers of guided aerial bombs. Volodymyr Fito, Head of the public relations service of the Ground Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, noted that these weapons are inaccurate but have a significant destructive effect.

In total, the enemy launched seven airstrikes towards Lyman-Kupiansk.

The enemy also used 48 kamikaze drones there.

853 artillery and mortar attacks were directed at Ukrainian positions over the day.

360 russian military personnel were eliminated and 81 pieces of equipment destroyed, including 7 tanks, 5 infantry fighting vehicles, and 2 MT-LBs.

Kharkiv oblast

Serhii Bolvinov, Head of Kharkiv Regional police investigation department, reported that a policeman was injured during the morning shelling of Kupiansk. According to him, russians fired mortars at the residential sector, damaging houses. The police officer was hospitalised.

According to Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, over 15 settlements in Kharkiv oblast were under enemy artillery and mortar attacks, including: Kozacha Lopan of Kharkiv region, Vovchansk, Vovchanski Khutory, Budarky of Chuhuiv region, Dvorichna, Synkivka, Ivanivka, Berestove. 

The enemy launched an airstrike near Komisarove, Kupiansk region.

Today, around 1 am, the invaders struck Kupiansk with Uragan MRLs. An enterprise was damaged, a petrol station was on fire as a result of the shelling. There were no casualties. 

Yesterday at about 2:30 pm the enemy fired from a UAV at Kozacha Lopan village, Kharkiv region. There were no casualties. 

At 9 am, the enemy attacked Vilkhuvatka village, Kupiansk region, with a UAV. Four outbuildings of a civilian enterprise were damaged.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 6 enemy attacks near Synkivka and Tabaivka of Kupiansk region.

As a result of hostilities in Kharkiv oblast, 16,536 customers in 49 settlements of Kharkiv, Izium and Kupiansk regions were cut off from electricity. Restoration works are ongoing.

Combined teams of bomb experts cleared 7.9 hectares of mines and destroyed 226 explosive ordnance. Mine clearance is ongoing.

A 61-year-old woman, who was injured during the enemy shelling on 23 January and was in hospital in a critical condition, died. On 23 January, 11 people, including an 8-year-old girl, were killed as a result of russian terror.

Ihor Terekhov, Kharkiv Mayor, reported that differentiation of air raid alarms in Kharkiv may begin as early as this year. The project will be implemented as part of the creation of a unified municipal situation centre, the technical equipment of which will be funded by international partners.

A service centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has reopened in Izium. Its building was destroyed by 70% due to the war. After the city was de-occupied, services were provided in a mobile service centre.

Donetsk oblast

Miedviedieva, Spokeswoman of Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office, informed that around 1 pm, russian army attacked Krasnohorivka, allegedly with cannon artillery. A 60-year-old woman was fatally injured near her home.

The press service of Donetsk police, said that after midnight, russia launched four S-300 missiles at Myrnohrad and Novohrodivka. Two missiles hit Myrnohrad, injuring 6 people, including two children. Seven apartment buildings, a kindergarten, a school, a shop and 29 civilian vehicles were damaged. Two more missiles damaged 2 apartment buildings, 10 private houses, a hospital, a shop, garages and cars in Novohrodivka.

Yesterday the enemy attacked residential sector 8 times. The police documented the aftermath of the enemy attacks. 5 settlements were under attack: Avdiivka city, Kurakhivka, Oleksiievo-Druzhkivka settlements, Berdychi and Soloviove villages. 21 civilian objects were damaged, including 15 residential buildings, a school, an outbuilding, cars, and power lines. 

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

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, towards Pokrovsk, Avdiivka were under isolated shelling. In Marinka community, Krasnohorivka and the outskirts of Illinka and Romanivka were shelled. In Ocheretyne community, 2 houses in Novobakhmutivka were damaged. In Novohrodivka, 10 private houses, 2 two-storey buildings, 3 hospital buildings and a shop were damaged. In Myrnohrad, a missile attack injured 6 people, destroyed an administrative building, damaged 7 five-storey buildings, a shop, a business and 29 cars. 

Towards Kramatorsk, the outskirts of Lyman and Kostiantynivka communities were shelled, causing no casualties or damage. 

Towards Bakhmut, in Chasiv Yar community, 4 private houses, 2 apartment buildings and a non-residential building were damaged. In Siversk, 3 houses and 1 administrative building were damaged. 

In total, russians fired 8 times at the settlements of Donetsk oblast. 95 people, including 26 children, were evacuated from the frontline.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Vitalii Barabash, Head of Avdiivka City Military Administration, reported that the 22-kilometre-long road to Avdiivka is constantly shelled with half-tonne bombs and FPV drones. The evacuation is complicated and the humanitarian aid is being brought into the city seven times less than before the situation around the city escalated. The number of people willing to leave has increased, including people who are asking to be evacuated from houses 300 metres from russian trenches.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the enemy tried to storm the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Stelmakhivka and Makiivka yesterday, but was stopped. Despite the danger, bread and food were delivered to the de-occupied settlements. Residents of Makiivka, Hrekivka and Novoliubivka received them. People were also offered to evacuate.

The invaders attacked Serebrianka forest from the air. The Russians also shelled Nevske.

Until 1 January 2026, residents of the so-called “lpr” have to register or re-register their weapons free of charge. Until this date, permits issued by unidentified persons during the more than nine years of occupation of a large part of Luhansk oblast will be valid. This can only be done with a russian passport. From 2026, the procedure will become for extra charge.

The invaders have closed Lysychansk to entry again. Only those with local registration are allowed to enter. No other documents are valid and neither temporary passes, nor confirmation of the fact of having real estate in the city. Also russian military say that the blockade of the settlement will continue until a separate order is issued.

Residents of Kreminna community have filed 1,301 reports of property destroyed by russians.

Oleksandr Striuk, Head of Sievierodonetsk City Military Administration, stated that under the pretext of alleged reconstruction work in Sievierodonetsk, the apartments of those who have left continue to be opened. Russian military personnel, who decided to stay in the occupied territory, are being resettled in the city.

Roman Vlasenko, Head of Sievierodonetsk Regional State Administration, reported that people in Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk complain about cold radiators even in those apartment buildings where the invaders have announced that they are supposedly connected to the heating system. Villages around Sievierodonetsk are suffering from groundwater flooding. Schools in the so-called “luhansk people’s republic” have introduced positions of advisers to principals responsible for russian propaganda. In winter, some residents of the occupied area moved to less affected communities. In order to increase the turnout at the presidential re-election, the invaders allowed people to vote even with a Ukrainian passport.  Along with the passport of the russian federation, men in the so-called “lpr” receive summonses.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Petro Olenych, Head of Digital Transformation of Kyiv and Deputy Head of the Kyiv City State Administration, reported that Kyiv’s video surveillance system is secure and does not transmit information to unauthorised parties. The system uses its own closed network and is regularly checked by the relevant security authorities. This makes it impossible to transfer information to the manufacturer or other third parties.

According to Kyiv City State Administration, the number of IDPs in Kyiv has decreased by 85K. These are people who have been registered since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the country by russian troops. The decrease was due to people returning to their previous place of residence, deregistration, migration and other reasons.

According to Oleksandr Markushyn, Mayor of Irpin, the city has purchased strike and reconnaissance UAVs for the National Guard at the expense of the local budget. 21 FPV drones and a DJI Mavic 3 Pro will soon be sent to the hottest spots on the frontline.

In Mykhailivka-Rubezhivka, a dormitory for IDPs is to be opened and decorated with a mural. The authors of the drawing are muralists Vitalii Hidevan and Olena Noina. The mural was requested by the Housing for IDPs charity fund, which was engaged in the arrangement of the dormitory. The building was allocated by the City Council.

Dormitory for IDPs in Mykhailivka-Rubezhivka. Photo: Vitalii Hidevan/Facebook

Clust Space, the first multifunctional shelter for students in Ukraine, was built in the library of Kyiv Polytechnic. The room combines a shelter and a modern coworking space. To create it, the ventilation system was completely renovated, armoured glass, acoustic panels, and an autonomous power supply were installed. The main sponsor of the project was Freedom Holding Corp. The project was also supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the State Emergency Service, the Kyiv City State Administration, the Svichado Charitable Foundation, and the Usyk Foundation.

According to Oleksandr Markushyn, Mayor of Irpin, the English translation of the children’s book, Irpin is My Home, won the Maksym Rylskyi State Literary Award. On the pages of this book, children tell about their hometown of Irpin: they recall their favourite places, share their thoughts after the russian invasion, and dream of a future without air raids and explosions.

Zhytomyr oblast

Vitalii Bunechko, Head of Zhytomyr RMA, says that the development of a deeply echeloned defence of the state border in the oblast continues. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Zhytomyr oblast has allocated over UAH 2.5 billion to support military units and eliminate the consequences of the full-scale invasion. A separate unit has been created to protect the oblast’s airspace and the construction of modern, long-term reinforced concrete defences has been ensured.

Medical institutions of the oblast provided assistance to more than 44 K Ukrainian defenders. Last year, the main efforts were focused on rehabilitation of war victims.

Last year, Zhytomyr oblast received 43 evacuation trains from Donetsk oblast. Currently, the oblast is home to 60 K people who were forced to evacuate from the occupied territories or the war zone.

According to Vitalii Bunechko, Head of Zhytomyr RMA, in 2022-2023, the amount of funding raised for humanitarian projects in the oblast amounted to about UAH 1 billion. In early 2024, as part of the development of cooperation between UNICEF and the German KFW bank, this amount increased by quarter. 

Sumy oblast

It is reported that russians fired 17 times at the border areas of Sumy oblast. There were 56 explosions – mortar and artillery shelling, MLRSs, tank shelling, an FPV drone strike, and the dropping of explosives from a UAV. Khotin, Yunakivka, Bilopillia, Myropil, Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Esman, and Hlukhiv communities were under hostile fire.

According to Sumy RMA, at night, the russian military conducted 4 attacks in Sumy oblast. There were 16 attacks with artillery, infantry fighting vehicles, MLRS and mortars. Vorozhba, Bilopillia and Druzhbivka communities were shelled. 

According to the Ministry of Energy, consumers in Sumy oblast lost power twice due to the shelling. The artillery shelling left 12.2 thousand consumers without electricity. They were supplied with power under a backup scheme. Due to repeated night shelling, 28.4 K consumers in 146 settlements were cut off from electricity. Power companies are waiting for permission from the military to carry out restoration work.

Serhii Naiev, Commander of the Joint Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, reported that the activity of subversive groups remains a major security threat in Sumy oblast border area. The servicemen are effectively countering russian saboteurs. The command of the Northern Operational Zone also conducts regular training of counter-sabotage groups.

Chernihiv oblast

According to State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the russian military fired on the territory of Semenivka community. There were 4 mortar attacks towards Baranivka.

Koriukivka community has been included in the list of areas of possible hostilities. These changes were made in accordance with the order of the Ministry of Reintegration. In the Chernihiv Oblast, four more communities have been added to the list: Novhorod-Siverskyi, Semenivka, Snovsk and Horodnia.

In the border community of Semenivka, businesses and private landowners who own about 20 K hectares were exempted from paying local taxes and fees. The deputies also approved a plan for the comprehensive restoration of the community.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, reported that during the day the occupiers shelled artillery at Nikopol region. They hit a village in Marhanets community, firing about a dozen shells.

Vinnytsia oblast

Vinnytsia City Council reported that almost almost UAH 48 million was allocated to support the defenders of Ukraine. According to the mayor, the money will be used to buy special vehicles, equipment for training the military, communications equipment and other ammunition needed by the army, as well as to carry out repairs in military units.

Vinnytsia City Council and Vinnytsia community sent another batch of chemical heating pads, 4 Ukrainian-made thermal imagers and drones manufactured by Vinnytsia enterprise to the soldiers on the frontline.

Poltava oblast

Filip Pronin, Head of the RMA, reported that Poltava region together with Zinkiv community sent three motor boats to the military. The boats will help marines to perform combat tasks.

Cherkasy oblast

The Center for Social Cohesion was opened in Cherkasy. It will provide psychological support, workshops and training.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yesterday, occupiers launched 58 strikes on 14 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. The aggressors carried out 3 MLRS attacks on Temyrivka and Mala Tokmachka. Additionally, 9 enemy UAVs attacked Robotyne, Novodarivka, Mala Tokmachka, and Levadne. The russians shelled the territories of Huliaipole, Charivne, Malynivka, Novodanylivka, Shcherbaky, Stepnohirsk, Kamianske, Piatyhatky, and other front-line towns and villages 46 times using artillery. Five reports about the destruction of residential buildings were received, with no casualties.

Ukrainian defenders repelled 3 enemy attacks southeast of Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia oblast. It was reported by the General Staff.

It is reported that the russians are preparing for “russian presidential elections” in the temporarily occupied Berdiansk. 19 application submission points will open in the region as of January 29 to allow even those registered in other regions and without a russian passport to “vote.” Moreover, on February 17, russians plan to conduct a door-to-door survey among “voters.”

There is a new threat to radiation and nuclear safety at the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, as the permitted six-year term for the presence of nuclear fuel in all six reactors is about to expire. The continued operation of such fuel violates technical specifications and may lead to the breakdown of fuel element integrity, resulting in a radiation accident.

Rafael Grossi, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), intends to visit the Zaporizhzhia NPP, Kyiv, and russia in the near future. He made this announcement during a briefing on the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant for the UN Security Council.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration reports that on January 25 at 23:58, russians shelled Ochakiv community’s waters. Additionally, on January 26 at 00:53, the russian army shelled Kutsurub community with artillery. There are no reported casualties or injuries.

The international community has actively joined efforts for overcoming the consequences of the war and the subsequent reconstruction of Mykolaiv. Denmark has played a key role, taking responsibility for the city’s reconstruction and providing extensive assistance for the past one and a half years, including construction materials, generators, water pipes, pumps, and construction machinery. Later, the Recovery and Development Office of Mykolaiv was established, facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and financially supported by the EU, as well as the governments of Denmark and Sweden. Its purpose is to consolidate reconstruction projects for the city and implement a comprehensive approach to the development and post-war recovery of Mykolaiv.

Odesa oblast

There are three missile carriers with 14 Kalibr missiles on duty in the Black Sea waters. Additionally, on the southern part of the temporarily occupied Crimea, russian forces have deployed the coastal missile system Bastion. According to the South Operational Command, the danger level of shelling remains high.

Representatives of the Regional Development Agency of Odessa oblast met with the leadership of the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda this week with the assistance of  Dovydas Vitkauskas, the director of the public organization SOS Ukraine. The parties discussed available investment opportunities in the region’s transportation infrastructure. It was emphasized that work on the development of the transport corridor between the Baltic and Black Seas with sufficient capacity for both road and rail transport will continue in 2024. This not only speeds up the transportation of Ukrainian goods but also promotes the development of new railway and other transport-logistic routes between Ukrainian and Baltic Sea ports, increasing the volume of cargo transportation.

Kherson oblast

It is reported the russian army shelled Novotiahynka. A local resident suffered a blast injury, and medical professionals are conducting examinations and providing assistance to the victim.

Yesteday, the enemy carried out 73 attacks, firing 350 shells using mortars, artillery, MLRS, tanks, and UAVs. The russians launched a missile strike on Kherson, employing ballistic missiles, and attacked the city with 26 shells. Due to russian aggression, one person was killed, and another was wounded.

Kherson, Chornobaivka, Antonivka, Sadove, Prydniprovske, Beryslav, and Tiahynka suffered from enemy combined attacks. Residential buildings, a kindergarten, a shopping center, and other civilian infrastructure were damaged or destroyed. The body of a 64-year-old man was discovered during the cleanup of debris after the artillery shelling of Beryslav on December 23.

Kherson remained under constant artillery fire from the left bank of the Dnipro River throughout the day and night. Ocuppiers launched two S-300 missiles at Kherson, causing injuries to a 54-year-old woman. The explosions damaged a kindergarten, a shopping center, and a multi-story building.

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

The enemy continues its drone terror against the civilian population in the front-line regions. Yesterday, the russian army used 15 FPV drones and dropped 18 fragmentation munitions with striking functions. The attacks targeted Berezove, Zolota Balka, Dniprovske, Iantarne, Kizomys, Vesele, Beryslav in Kherson blast, Ochakiv, and Kutsurub community in Mykolaiv oblast.

The Defense Forces continue their efforts to expand the bridgehead on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson oblast. Despite significant losses, the enemy persists in attempting to dislodge Ukrainian forces from their positions. Over the past day, the enemy made six unsuccessful attempts to storm the positions of Ukrainian troops.

Volunteers from Mykolaiv Rapid Response Team of the Ukrainian Red Cross evacuated a couple from Kherson. The elderly couple lived in one of the settlements in Beryslav region, which was constantly suffering from enemy artillery shelling and air strikes. The Red Cross team helped the elderly residents of Kherson oblast to evacuate to a safer region using special medical transport. The evacuees will be safe and receive all the necessary assistance

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Lutsk City Council sent two DJI MAVIC 3 Fly more combo quadcopters, the same number of DJI MAVIC 3 Thermal quadcopters, Starlink satellite modems and EcoFlow charging stations to the A4714 military unit, which perform combat tasks to protect the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine from russian invasion.

Zakarpattia oblast

This week, IDPs registered in Uzhhorod received 35 packages with necessary items for children under 1 year of age; 50 packages with grocery sets; 55 bags with hygiene kits; clothes, shoes, bed linen and tableware (issued 1 450 units) thanks to the Owl’s Nest Humanitarian Assistance Center, PDUM Partnerschaft Deutschland-Ukraine/Moldova e. V., Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. and other benefactors.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Ivano-Frankivsk City Council reported that they sent a thermal imager, sets of night vision cameras for cars and launchers to the 143rd separate infantry brigade.

On the facade of the Center for Patriotic Education named after Stepan Bandera memorial boards to Ihor Pylypka and Oleksandr Kuzmenka were opened. 

Lviv oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Serhii Tsivkach, managing partner of Chicago Atlantic Trident in Ukraine. The strategy of the investment company from the USA involves private investments to develop residential and industrial projects in Ukraine.

The 2nd meeting of representatives of international partners with heads of the military administration and regional communities, managers of support offices and shelters took place in Yavoriv military administration. Every day, people address the Civilian Population Support Office, which works at Yavoriv RMA, for help. In January 2024 alone, over 300 people received free help here. In general, during the two years of office operation, about 6K people benefited from humanitarian, medical, psychological and legal assistance.

Rivne oblast

The Commission on providing one-time financial aid to Defenders of Ukraine from Rivne community held a meeting to allocate monetary assistance to 18 servicemen who were wounded, contused, maimed, traumatized (UAH 20K) and to 6 servicemen who got ill (UAH 10K).

Ternopil oblast

In order to provide housing for Ternopil military personnel, the city council will reimburse the first contribution in the amount of up to 20% of the cost for those defenders who are participants in the YeOselia program and registered in Ternopil community at the time of adoption of the Regulation.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Khmelnytskyi City Council held a meeting of the executive committee. A unique Grant Support Program for initiatives related to increasing the country’s defense capability was adopted in the amount of UAH 12 mln. Tools for working with drones, control points, glasses, antennas, FPV drones, quadcopters of various types, etc. for a total amount of UAH 30.5 mln were handed over to the military. 11 households affected by the terrorist attack received assistance in the amount of UAH 156K. 24 servicemen received compensation of 50% of the cost of education at Khmelnytskyi universities. Another decision was made to grant minor children the status of victims of war and armed conflicts. There are already 465 such children in the community.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi youth assembled a drone with their own hands. Funds for spare parts were collected during the Song Armor charity event.

The Education and Training Center for Social Work has opened in Chernivtsi. Here, the people of Bukovyna will be helped to develop and implement social services, as well as support vulnerable population groups, in particular IDPs.

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

The German Ministry of Defense announced the delivery of the following weapons to Ukraine in 2024: IRIS-T SLM air defence systems; a Gepard; additional artillery systems with over 230K ammunition; over 80 Leopard 1 A5 tanks; additional BMP; additional engineering machines and bridge-layers; 450 armoured cars; demining systems; drones; radar systems and intelligence systems. This year, Germany also plans to train 10K Ukrainian soldiers.

General Jean-Michel Guilloton reported that France sent 2 LRU MLRS to Ukraine as part of the “artillery coalition”. Now the Ukrainian troops are armed with 6 such installations.

The EU and Lithuania will provide Ukraine with €15.5 mln for school bomb shelters. Due to the military aggression of russia and the purposeful destruction of schools, kindergartens and other educational institutions, every seventh Ukrainian school has been destroyed or damaged. About 1.6 mln students and 200K preschoolers do not attend educational institutions, when 900K children want to study remotely. The EU program will be aimed at the oblasts most affected by hostilities: Chernihiv, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Odesa oblasts. At the same time, at least 5 shelters are planned to be built in these frontline areas.

The Croatian court decided to transfer medvedchuk’s arrested yacht Royal Romance to Ukraine. Olena Duma, Head of the Asset Search and Management Agency, also emphasized that ARMA has received approval for a re-examination of this asset, and plans to implement it after its assessment.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, had a phone conversation with Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the President of the United States of America. They discussed the situation on the battlefield and recent russian missile strikes on Ukrainian territory.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, met with William Taylor, Ambassador of the United States of America to Ukraine, Vice President for Europe and russia at the Peace Institute. They discussed the security situation in Ukraine, in particular the recent russian missile attacks on Ukrainian cities, the course of hostilities on the front and the help the country needs from partner states.

Vitalii Koval, Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine, had an online conversation with Oleksii Makeevm Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Federal Republic of Germany. Cooperation with the German government and business circles was discussed.

The new head of the OSCE announced a visit to Kyiv and promised to expand aid to Ukraine. Ian Borg, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta, assured that the illegal aggressive war of the russian federation against Ukraine will be a priority of the Maltese chairmanship in the OSCE.

The screening process, which lays the groundwork for negotiations on Ukraine’s accession to the EU, has officially begun in Brussels. “There is painstaking work ahead of us to assess the compliance of Ukrainian legislation with EU norms, the formation of the Ukrainian delegation and our negotiating position,” said Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine.

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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