War in Ukraine today: latest news, January 3, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 314th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

What happened in Ukraine today:

Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 6 pm:   

Russian large-scale armed aggression against Ukraine is ongoing. They persist with the plan to reach the borders of Donetsk oblast. Russian invaders focus their efforts on conducting offensive operations and replenishing the losses. 

To put pressure on the civilian population, the enemy launches air and missile strikes, as well as fires at the critical infrastructure and settlements of Ukraine from artillery by violating the international humanitarian law, customs and traditions of the war. 

The enemy launched 8 air strikes and 18 MLRS hits.   

The territory of Ukraine is constantly under the threat of air and missile strikes on the critical infrastructure facilities. 

The enemy is making attempts to gain full control over Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts by focusing the efforts on conducting offensive operations towards Bakhmut. Russian occupiers are trying to improve their tactical position towards Lyman and Avdiivka, reinforcing their forces towards Novopavlivka with units relocated from Kherson. 

The situation has not significantly changed towards Volyn, Polissia and Sloboda. Russian occupiers are stationed in the border areas of republic of belarus and russian federation. There are no signs of forming the assault units. 

The enemy fired from all types of artillery at the settlements of Strilecha, Krasne, Zelene, Ternova, Starytsia, Ohirtseve, Vovchansk, Karaichne, Okhrimovka, Ambarne, Kharkiv oblast. 

The enemy is on the defensive in other directions by focusing on restraining the actions of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, firing at our troops and civilian targets along the entire front line.

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the enemy shelled with mortars, barrel and rocket artillery at the settlements of Novomlynsk, Tavilzhanka, Dvorichna, Kupiansk, Kotliarivka, Tabaivka, Pershotravneve, Kharkiv oblast and Makiivka, Ploschanka, Dibrova, Luhansk oblast. 

Towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka, the enemy fires from tanks and other types of artillery at over 20 settlements such as Spirne, Bilohorivka, Yakovlivka, Soledar, Klischiivka, Vodiane and Mariinka, Donetsk oblast. 

Towards Novopavlivka, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery at Vremivka, Velyka Novosilka, Neskuchne, Vuhledar, Mykilske, Donetsk oblast.  

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy fired at our troops’ positions from tanks and all types of artillery in the area of over 25 settlements. They are constantly firing at the civilian infrastructure of cities and villages along the right Dnipro bank. The artillery strikes damaged the civilian infrastructure of Kherson, Molodizhne, Antonivka and Beryslav, Kherson oblast. 

Aviation of Ukraine launched 4 strikes on the buildup of manpower, equipment and machinery of the enemy. 

Rocket troops and artillery of Ukraine hit 2 command points and 4 areas of the russian  manpower and equipment buildup.

Losses, sustained by Ukraine as a result of the war, exceeded USD 700 billion. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shenyhal noted that this number has increased because of russian attacks on the infrastructure. 

According to Serhii Haidai, the occupiers’ logistics has become more complicated. He noted that the Kreminna-Svatove highway is under the firing control of Ukrainian defenders. 

According to the Minister of Defense, Oleksii Reznikov, russia had deliberately blown up the electric station in Kherson oblast. When russians retreated, they blew up the electric station in Beryslav. According to article 51(2) of the Geneva convention, this is a terrorist act, but it does not stop the russian occupiers. 

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 19 settlements were under russian artillery and mortar attacks yesterday. Today the invaders attacked 17 settlements.

Head of the Main Investigation Department of the National Police, Ihor Kalantai, reported that 61 soldiers have gone missing since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of russia in Kharkiv oblast. Law enforcers are also investigating the disappearance of 287 civilians, among them 222 men, 21 women and 44 children, in the region.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, said that the multidisciplinary hospital destroyed by the invaders restored its work in Balakliia. Tomorrow this medical institution will receive its first patients.

According to the morning report of the Kharkiv Regional State Emergency Service, russian troops shelled Dvorichna settlement and Vovchansk city for the second time when rescuers were extinguishing the fires that started after the shelling. The shelling also damaged households in Dvorichna and Kupiansk.

Yesterday, the border settlements of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv and Kupiansk districts were under enemy fire. Specifically, the enemy attacked Kupiansk and Vovchansk cities, Dvorichna, Kamianka, Kotliarivka, Kucherivka, Kurylivka, Kyslivka, Lyman Pershyi, Novomlynsk, Ohirtseve, Ohrimivka, Orlianka, Pershotravneve, Starytsia, Strilecha, Tabaivka, Tavilzhanka and Vilshana settlements.

The shelling damaged private buildings and caused fires. While extinguishing the fires, the State Emergency Service personnel were shelled twice in Dvorichna and in Vovchansk. There were no casualties.

Humanitarian de-mining continues. 103 explosive ordnance were defused.

Donetsk oblast

Head of Kramatorsk City Military Administration, Oleksandr Honcharenko, reported about another attack. According to him, russians launched missiles at electricians who were restoring electricity.

In the morning russians shelled Kurakhove with artillery – they hit a residential area. According to preliminary information, 1 person was killed and 2 more injured. There is also destruction: one shell directly hit an apartment building. In addition, a water supply infrastructure facility was damaged and windows in buildings near the hit site broken.

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

Deputy Head of the Presidential Office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said that the night before, russian troops launched rocket attacks on downtown Druzhkivka and Yakovlivka settlement. At least three people were injured.

The Donetsk Regional Police reported that S-300 and Iskander missiles hit residential and industrial areas in Druzhkivka and an X-55 missile destroyed the Altair ice arena, where hockey and figure skaters practiced. The building was partially destroyed and a guard injured. Nearby private buildings were also damaged.

General Director of the Donbas hockey club, Fedir Illienko, informed that after the missile strike, a fire broke out at the Altair ice arena.

At night, russians struck both the front line and the rear.

Druzhkivka, far from the frontline, suffered three attacks: the ice arena was destroyed, the buildings of the Academy of Sciences, the bus station, a church, a residential building and outbuildings damaged. One person was injured. Another person was injured in Kramatorsk, a shell hit the yard of a private building.

Towards Donetsk, a building in Ostrivske of Kurakhove community was damaged, there was artillery shelling of Mariinka and cluster shelling of Avdiivka. There were no casualties.

Towards Horlivka, one person was killed in Bakhmut. A building was damaged in Ivanivske. In Blahodatne of Soledar community 2 buildings were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, there were numerous attacks in Siversk and 2 buildings were damaged in Torske of Lyman community. There were no casualties.

Head of Donetsk Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said that yesterday russians killed 1 civilian in Bakhmut. Another 1 person was injured.

Luhansk oblast

Yesterday Defense Forces units repelled enemy attacks in Bilohorivka, Makiivka, Ploshchanka and Stelmakhivka. Towards Kupiansk, the enemy shelled Andriivka, Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka from the entire range of artillery. Towards Lyman, russians targeted Chervonopopivka, Dibrova, Makiivka, Nevske and Ploshchanka with tanks, mortars and barrel artillery.

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are gradually advancing near Kreminna and Svatove. In Makiivka and Stelmakhivka, russians tried to counterattack but failed.

According to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the enemy blocked Polovynkyne village near Starobilsk for “filtration measures”. The reason was successful attacks on russian positions. The invaders accuse the local population of helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result of the raid, 30 residents of the village have already been taken to Luhansk.

As known, from January 1, 2023, russians banned the hryvnia circulation in the temporarily occupied territories. However, the locals ignore these demands of the invaders. Only supermarkets and other large stores follow the rules. In markets and small shops, they continue to accept hryvnia, especially bank cards. It has not disappeared in exchange offices, though at a correspondingly low rate.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The Ukraine-EU summit is planned to be held in Kyiv on February 3. This was reported by the President’s Office after negotiations held between Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Ukrenergo informed that scheduled power outages are being implemented in Kyiv oblast. To maintain the proper schedule and to distribute the power supply evenly, DTEK introduces a new schedule of stabilization outages that takes into account the current situation in the power system. 

The Mayor of Bucha Anatoliy Fedoruk reported that about 523 private houses in Bucha community have suffered varying degrees of damage, 70 of these houses were completely destroyed due to the russian invasion. Some houses have not been commissioned, therefore compensation from the state is not applied to them. They will be restored at the expense of the local budget.

A house destroyed as a result of russian aggression in Bucha. Photo: Anatoliy Fedoruk / Telegram

According to Oleksiy Kuleba, the Head of Kyiv Regional Military Administration, about 42K entrepreneurs have registered in Kyiv oblast since the beginning of the full-scale war. He noted that despite the everyday challenges, the business of Kyiv oblast continues its activity.

Ukrzaliznytsia reported that the recently launched Kyiv-Chisinau train was included in the rating of the best railway routes in Europe. The editorial office of the travel portal Lonely Planet noted that continuous operation of the Ukrainian railway during the fierce russian invasion has become a symbol of resilience.

“Train to Victory” Kyiv-Chisinau. Photo: Ukrzaliznytsia / Telegram

Zhytomyr oblast

Mayor of the capital of Estonia Michael Kilvart came to Zhytomyr during the working visit. He visited the invincibility center and interacted with visitors and rescuers who ensure its functioning twenty-four hours a day. According to the State Emergency Service, Mykhailo Kilvart donated warm blankets, sleeping bags and sweets for the heating center.

The Mayor of Tallinn also handed over 14 Scania buses and spare parts to Zhytomyr. The City Council reported that shortly, 6 more cars will be delivered to the city. After registration, buses will start running on city routes.

Mayor of Tallinn Michael Kilvart with a working visit to Zhytomyr. Photo: SES of Ukraine

The regional military administration reported that a new invincibility center has been launched in Zhytomyr oblast. It was set up in the Main Office of the Pension Fund of Ukraine.

Vilshany community residents sent didukhas, kutia, vitamin mixtures and more than two and a half tons of homemade dishes to the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the holidays. According to Vilshany village head Serhiy Melnyk, residents of the community seek to boost the morale of the defenders on the frontline on holidays. Together with food, they sent trench candles, warm socks, thermal underwear, gloves, body armor, power banks, lights, tourniquets, and medicines.

Sumy oblast

According to the Head of Sumy Regional Military Administration Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, during January 2, the occupants launched 70 shells on the border areas of Sumy oblast. Krasnopillia, Shalyhine, Velyka Pysarivska, and Bilopillia communities came under enemy fire. The enemy opened fire using mortar rounds, artillery shells, and unguided missiles. As a result of the attacks, a school, houses of local residents, and power lines were damaged and a UAZ car was destroyed.

At around 11 p.m., the enemy opened fire from self-propelled artillery systems on the territory of the railway station in Krasnopillia community. In total, there were 5 incoming shells. At night, the russians attacked Seredyno-Buda community with artillery twice. In total, there were 38 incoming shells.

Aftermath of russian shelling of Krasnopillia community: houses of local residents were damaged. Photo: Telegram channel of Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, the head of Sumy Regional Military Administration

In the morning after 8 a.m., the russians started shelling Shalyhine community using anti-aircraft guns. There were 3 bursts.

“Sumyoblenergo” reported that on January 3, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., the scheduled power outages will not be applied.

The mayor Oleh Stohniy reported that a dental clinic in Romny received a diesel generator. The generator was purchased at the expense of the local budget to provide dental services during power outages. The mayor added that generators in the city are now also provided to cultural institutions.

The Konotop City Council reported that two students from Konotop received presidential scholarships. The awards were given to a student of Konotop gymnasium Yaroslava Shendryk and a student of Konotop lyceum Artem Mashchuk. The girl won in the competition in Ukrainian language, and the boy – in thesis defense competition.

Low-income residents of Okhtyrka received food packages from volunteers for the holidays. People were given packages with sugar, flour, cereals and other essential goods. The greetings were prepared by the volunteers of the youth movement Let’s do it, Ukraine together with the Okhtyrka City Council and the local “Volunteer Headquarters”.

Chernihiv oblast

The “North” operational command reported that yesterday, occupiers shelled two villages of Snovsk community with artillery and mortars. In the morning, the enemy fired 16 shells probably from self-propelled artillery systems on the territory of Yeline village. Later, there were 6 explosions – allegedly from a mortar –  near the village of Lypivka.

This morning, the enemy opened fire on the village of Karpovychi in Semenivka community. There were 19 shells, probably fired from barrel artillery.

The Police of Chernihiv oblast reported that a 60-year-old man was injured in a village in Chernihiv district because of a fuse explosion from a hand grenade. According to preliminary information, a local resident tried to dismantle the dangerous object by himself, which led to the explosion. The victim has been taken to hospital.

Ninth-grader Volodymyra Havrysh from Nizhyn received a presidential scholarship. The girl became one of 14 winners in the International Ukrainian Language Contest.

Volodymyra Gavrysh – the winner of the Ukrainian language competition, who won the presidential scholarship. Photo: social networks

Smolianka village in Chernihiv oblast received a generator from Baryshiv Grain Company. This charity event was carried out by the company in cooperation with the association “Danube Soya”. The generator will provide water supply in the village during power outages.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Head of the Regional Council Mykola Lukashuk, overnight russians attacked the Nikopol region. They fired 8 missiles at Pokrovsk and 15 at  Nikopol. 

Vinnytsia oblast

UAH 225,000 were collected for the Ukrainian military by the students of the Center for Extracurricular Education in Zhmerynka. This money was transferred to the purchase of a car and a quadrocopter, bulletproof vests, underwear, hygiene products, medicines, raincoats and tents. Children organized patriotic flash mobs, master classes, dance marathons, fairs and charity events.

The enterprise “Vinnytsiamiskteploenergo” continues to receive technical assistance within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the enterprise and the USAID agency within the framework of the “Energy Security Project”. This time, American donors handed over 4 more alternative energy sources, fuel generators.

Kirovohrad oblast

Mala Vyska community sent humanitarian cargo to Mykolaiv oblast. Aid was delivered to the villages of Snihurivka and Bashtanka districts, whose residents were under occupation for a long time. Residents of the villages received food kits and personal hygiene products for each family.

Poltava oblast

In Poltava oblast, the Academic Regional Puppet Theater conducts “Puppet Therapy” – free master classes for internally displaced families. Actors discuss fairy tale ideas with guests, and then play a mini-play using professional theater puppets.

Dmytro Lunin, the head of the Poltava Regional State Administration, announced that more than 200,000 internally displaced persons were officially registered today in Poltava Oblast. According to him, about 8.5 thousand people live in educational institutions and dormitories

Cherkasy oblast

At night, Cherkasy oblast welcomed an evacuation train from Donetsk region. Almost half a hundred more people were sheltered in Cherkasy oblast, where they were provided with all the necessary assistance and resettled in places of compact living in the Zvenyhorod region.

The rescuers of Cherkasy oblast received equipment for work in accidents involving the leakage of dangerous chemicals. It will help to quickly eliminate the consequences of emergency situations and protect personnel from poisoning.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

According to the National Police in Zaporizhzhia oblast, occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of 20 settlements over the past day. There were 9 reports of the destruction of civilian houses and infrastructure as a result of shelling by the russian military. The State Emergency Service clarified that during the day, pyrotechnics found 1 warhead of a missile from the Uragan multiple rocket launcher in the Zaporizhzhia region. Rescuers also eliminated fires in a residential building in Orikhiv, which arose as a result of russian shelling.

On December 31, a man, two women, one of them pregnant, and a 14-year-old girl, whose condition is currently moderate, were wounded as a result of the russian strike on Zaporizhzhia. This was reported by the chief doctor of Zaporizhzhia regional children’s hospital, Yuriy Borzenko. The girl was operated, fragments were removed from her legs and back. Now she is in intensive care. Another injured man – a 62-year-old man – is also in intensive care. His condition is assessed as serious.

Russian occupiers are bringing their personnel to the seized Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to work instead of those who refuse to cooperate with the occupiers. This was reported by the press service of the Center of National Resistance of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The invaders are forcing the workers of the power plant to conclude an agreement with the russian Rosatom, but most of them did not betray Ukraine, the resistance center said. The russians have also started implementing their own monitoring system on the territory of ZNPP, the center noted. The work is carried out by russian specialists from Consist-OS Company, which is part of the structure of the occupation energy operator.

Mykolaiv oblast

Vitaliy Kim, the head of the Regional Military Administration, said that yesterday the enemy struck at the water area and coastal zone of Ochakiv community. Kim also noted during the TV marathon that mobile groups of ‘hunters’ for russian kamikaze drones and missiles are working in the region. “Our air defense is getting stronger, as the President said, we do not have the sky, we have a shield being built. Mobile groups all over Ukraine are hunting for Shaheds and missiles. Additional air defense systems from foreign partners show themselves very effectively,” the governor said.

According to the press service of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, the USAID Energy Security Project has delivered the first batch of pipes for enterprises providing district heating. The received batch of 900 linear meters will be distributed between two companies responsible for heat supply. In total, about six thousand linear meters of steel pipes of various diameters are expected for the needs of municipal heating in Mykolaiv, Yuzhnoukrainsk, and Voznesensk to restore the destroyed infrastructure and ensure prompt elimination of possible emergencies in district heating systems.

The law enforcers found another place where the occupiers set up a torture chamber in Mykolaiv oblast. During the occupation, the russian military seized one of the private houses in Oleksandrivka village, where they equipped a torture chamber for local residents who refused to cooperate. There, representatives of the enemy army and special services strangled the victims with plastic bags, beat them with heavy objects, and applied electric shocks. Investigators and forensic experts of the National Police seized a number of material pieces of evidence pointing to the torture of civilians. The investigation is underway.

A torture chamber for local residents was set up by the russians during their occupation of Oleksandrivka. Photo: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Odesa oblast

Almost one million people visited the city humanitarian center in Odesa. Together with social workers, volunteers also work here, about 70 people in total, who sort, pack, and distribute humanitarian aid, as well as keep records and control. “During its existence, our center has been visited by almost 1 million people. Odesa has always been hospitable, and every citizen is ready to help the guests of our city because together we are all bringing our Victory closer!”, – said the head of the center, deputy of the City Council Maryna Lozenko.

Russia is deliberately slowing down inspections of vessels moving through the “grain corridor”. Due to such a delay in the procedure, ships must wait for their turn on average for a month. The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority reported this. Currently, 94 vessels are waiting for inspection in the Bosporus: 69 of them are empty for loading, and 25 are already loaded with agricultural products. “The russian side in the JCC systematically slows down the inspections. Vessels are waiting on average for a month. However, the bulk carrier T-Med with wheat on board has been waiting for inspection since the beginning of November last year,” the USPA said in a statement.

The Ukrainian Navy eliminated another sea mine in Odesa oblast. “Another anti-ship mine torn off its anchorage by the storm was discovered in the sea in Odesa oblast. The “floating hazard” was stubbornly directed by the waves towards the coast. Thanks to the prompt response, the mine was controlled and exploded in the sea by a unit of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the Navy said in a statement.

According to the press service of the Odesa City Council, Odesa boiler houses received powerful generators of 1250 kW. This assistance became possible thanks to European partners. Thus, thanks to the powerful generators, about 60 thousand Odesa residents will be provided with heat in the absence of electricity. According to Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov, Odesa also received four 150 kW generators from Germany, which will be installed in small boiler houses. Another 450 kW generator will be installed at the pumping station. 

Kherson oblast

The Head of the Military Administration Yaroslav Yanushevych informed that the russian occupiers shelled the territory of Kherson oblast 79 times. The enemy fired at peaceful settlements of the oblast from artillery, MLRS, mortars, and tanks. The russian army attacked Kherson 32 times. Enemy shells hit the car market, utility companies, and private and apartment buildings. Yesterday, 2 people were killed and 9 residents of Kherson oblast sustained injuries of varying severity as a result of russian shelling.

The RMA said that two people were injured by explosives left by russians in Kherson oblast. On the road out of Mala Oleksandrivka, a car with civilians came across russian explosives, and two men were killed as a result of injuries. According to the head of the RMA, there are still many mined areas in the Kherson oblast. Although sappers find and neutralize mines every day, the number of enemy mines and unexploded shells is very high.

The number of Kherson residents decreased by about 80% after February 24, 2022. This was stated on air of the national TV marathon by the press officer of the city’s defense commandant Dmytro Pletenchuk. According to him, before the start of the full-scale invasion, the population was about 330 thousand people, of which about 60-70 thousand remained. He noted that among those who remained were people with limited mobility and socially vulnerable citizens.

In Kherson, law enforcement officers discovered another torture chamber arranged by the occupiers in the building of the regional police headquarters. Specialized investigative teams continue to operate in the city to investigate crimes committed by the russian military during the occupation of the city. One such group examined one of the buildings of the National Police in Kherson oblast, where the occupiers arranged a torture chamber in the basement. In inhuman conditions, the aggressors kept their pensioners of law enforcement agencies, patriots, and ordinary Kherson residents who refused to cooperate with the enemy. During the inspection of the torture chamber, law enforcement officers found and seized items and other evidence indicating that russians used torture against Kherson residents. Currently, actions are being taken to properly document the crimes of russian servicemen against civilians. Witnesses and the number of victims are being identified. 

Photo from the found torture chamber where the russian military tortured local residents. Photo: National Police 

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces reported towards Volyn the situation has not changed. The enemy maintains a military presence in the border areas, no signs of the formation of enemy offensive groups have been detected.

The fallen defender Vasyl Chaika from the Prince’s Brigade was awarded the Order For Courage of the 3rd degree (posthumously). The parents of the fighter received the award.

Zakarpattia oblast

Zakarpattia soldier Ivan Stroichak from the village of Nyzhni Remety, Berehiv district, was returned from russian captivity as part of the exchange that took place on December 31. The man was captured in May, when he was on Azovstal.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

In Ivano-Frankivsk, an operational meeting was held. They discussed measures to celebrate the Christmas holidays, ensuring the life of the city, ensuring public order, etc.

Ten powerful generators were handed over to the heads of separate structural subdivisions of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. They were sent by German colleagues. The cost of one generator is over €1K.

Lviv oblast

Since the war began in the oblast, 53 objects for the residence of IDPs have been restored in the oblast, over 3K additional places for housing have been arranged, and over 6K more places are being created.

Since the war began, 225 enterprises have moved to Lviv oblast, creating over 7K new jobs. 268 local and relocated enterprises received regional support.

Lviv oblast sent 4 cars for soldiers who perform combat tasks on the front line. 3 more cars will be sent to the front line to the fighters of Lviv brigades of the Territorial Defense Forces by the 1K Freedom Cars initiative.

Three teams of American doctors will come to Lviv to help Ukrainians. During the meeting, Lviv Mayor Andrii Sadovyi agreed with plastic surgeon from the US Stiven Orten. The American visited Lviv for the first time at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. After that, he returned home to Dallas and gathered several dozen American doctors who wanted to come to Lviv and help in treatment.

Alice Min Soo Chun (general director of Solight Design), accompanied by Sofiia Volynets (intern – pediatrician at the Okhmadit hospital), visited the modular town of Mariapolis in Sykhov and the Unbreakable Mothers Mother and Child Center. The guests presented the displaced children with flashlights of their own production.

A Safety Classroom was opened in the Boryslav sanatorium school. This is the 71st such Classroom that opened in Ukraine.

In downtown Lviv, an exhibition of shot pickup trucks is on display. The exhibition aims to raise as much funds as possible for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Exhibition in Lviv. Photo: Lviv RMA

Rivne oblast

In Rivne oblast, anonymous reports were received about explosives in government bodies, schools, shopping centers and the Rivne RMA. Explosive technicians and dog handlers of the Main Department of the National Police of the region, the State Emergency Service and the Security Service of Ukraine, arrived at the places. No explosives were found.

In 2022, 15 defenders from Rivne oblast were released from captivity. On the eve of the New year, it was possible to return 140 soldiers. Among them are three defenders from Rivne oblast.

In Radyvyl Lyceum #1 The Invincibility Christmas Tree was installed. Students designed a sketch in the shape of the new year’s main tree, the base was divided into 25 parts. On them, each team drew the events of 2022, which will forever go down in the history of independent Ukraine.

Invincibility Christmas Tree. Photo: Rivne RMA

Ternopil oblast

In Ternopil, at the Our Contribution to Victory in Numbers charity evening over UAH 1 million was collected. All funds will be used to purchase unmanned systems Valkiyriia for the 44th brigade.

Employees of the Department of Education and Science of Ternopil oblast collected volunteer aid for soldiers who are being treated in one of the region’s medical facilities. About 20 boxes of fruit, namely, tangerines, grapes, persimmons, pomegranates and bananas, were handed over to the Ukrainian defenders.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

A humanitarian coordination center for IDPs from Luhansk oblast operates in Khmelnytskyi. At the Center IDPs can get food kits, hygiene products, children’s items, etc. In addition, legal consultations are provided here twice a month, and administrative services are also planned to be provided in the future.

Chernivtsi oblast

Computer equipment was sent from Chernivtsi to one of the divisions of the Security Service of Ukraine. The City Council allocated the funds for this.

A resident of the Sokyrian community, police lieutenant Vladyslav Klischuk was posthumously awarded the of Courage Order III degree. He fell on May 22 while performing official duties in Zaporizhzhia oblast.

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

The NATO website reports that the NATO Military Committee will hold a meeting in Brussels on January 18-19, one of the key goals is support for Ukraine.

The press service of the President’s Office reported that the next Ukraine-EU summit will be held on February 3 and will be held in Kyiv.

The EU aid for civilian Ukrainians since February amounts to about €485 million. Through the EU civil protection mechanism, large amounts of equipment for the restoration of energy infrastructure and over 800 powerful generators have been sent to Ukraine. In addition, the EU provided over 77 tonnes of humanitarian aid in kind with an estimated cost of almost €490 million.

In January, Ukraine expects to receive the first tranche of the European Union macro-financial aid package for 2023, the total amount of which is €18 billion.

Germany increased the amount of financial aid to Ukrainian refugees. Since January 1, the amount of payments has increased by 40-50 euros per month.

President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, had a phone conversation with President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. They discussed financial support for Ukraine.

President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, had a phone conversation with Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Riutte. They discussed the defense needs of Ukraine.

The US PolyITAN-HP-30 nanosatellite, created for the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, will be launched into Earth’s orbit by specialists of the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute named after Ihor Sikorskyi.

Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, Yaroslav Sellin, stated that his country is ready to shelter cultural objects from Ukraine, if there is a need to take them out.

The world-famous British writer, author of the Harry Potter book series Joan Rowling wished all Ukrainians a happy new year. She left a corresponding post at Twitter.

The popular American singer and actress Cher, who supports Ukraine and condemns russia, posted a photo with a Christmas tree decoration in the form of a hanged russian president. The star shared the photo on Twitter.

Cher`s twitter. Photo from social networks

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

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


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