War in Ukraine today: latest news, January 31, 2024 (photo)

It has been the 707 th 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 adversary continues to ignore the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, strikes, and attacks both military and civilian targets. The enemy actively uses aviation and quadrocopters of the “FPV” type, conducts assault operations with the support of armored vehicles.

The operational situation in the east and south of Ukraine remains difficult.

During the day, 52 combat clashes took place. Also, the enemy launched 7 rocket and 65 air strikes, fired 59 rocket salvo fire systems at the positions of our troops and populated areas. As a result of the Russian terrorist attacks, unfortunately, there are wounded among the civilian population. Residential private and multi-apartment buildings and other civil infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

On the Volyn and Poliske directions, the operational situation has not changed significantly. There were no signs of the formation of offensive groups. Certain units of the Armed Forces of Belarus perform tasks in the areas bordering Ukraine.

In the Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi directions, the enemy maintains a military presence in the border areas, conducts sabotage and intelligence activities, attacks populated areas from the territory of the Russian Federation, and increases the density of mine and explosive barriers along the state border of Ukraine. The enemy carried out airstrikes in the areas of Ulytsia, Seredyna-Buda settlements of the Sumy region. More than 40 settlements were hit by artillery and mortar attacks, including Gremyach, Klyusy of the Chernihiv region; Velika Pisarivka, Basivka, Seredyna-Buda, Popivka of the Sumy region; Okip, Lukyantsi, Gatishche, Vovchansk, Kharkiv region.

In the Kupyan direction, our defenders repelled 7 attacks near Synkivka, Kharkiv region, where the enemy, with the support of aviation, tried to break through the defense of our troops. The occupiers also carried out airstrikes in the districts of Kislivka, Kharkiv region, and Nadia, Luhansk region. About 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Sinkivka, Ivanivka, Kislivka, Kotlyarivka, Pishchane of the Kharkiv region.

In the Lyman direction, Ukrainian soldiers repelled 9 attacks near Terny, Yampolivka, and Torsky, Donetsk region, where the enemy, with the support of aviation, unsuccessfully tried to break through the defense of our troops. The enemy carried out airstrikes in the areas of Bilogorivka and Serebryansk Forestry of Luhansk Oblast. About 15 settlements were shelled with artillery and mortars, among them Makiivka, Nevske in the Luhansk region and Yampolivka, Terny, Zarichne in the Donetsk region.

In the direction of Bakhmut, the Defense Forces repelled 4 attacks near Ivanivskyi, Klishchiivka, and Andriivka of the Donetsk region, where the occupiers unsuccessfully tried to improve their tactical position. The enemy carried out an airstrike in the New York area of the Donetsk region. More than 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Bohdanivka, Kalynivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Andriivka of the Donetsk region.

In the Avdiivka direction, our defenders repelled 8 attacks in the Avdiivka area and another 6 attacks near Pervomaiskyi and Nevelskyi in the Donetsk region, where the enemy, with the support of aviation, unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses of our troops. The enemy also carried out airstrikes in the areas of Oleksandropol and Ocheretine settlements of the Donetsk region. More than 15 settlements, including Novobakhmutivka, Berdychi, Stepove, Avdiivka, Lastochkine, and Severne of Donetsk region, were hit by artillery and mortar attacks.

In the Marinsky direction, the Defense Forces continue to hold back the enemy in the Novomykhailivka area of the Donetsk region. Here, the invaders, with the support of aviation, unsuccessfully tried to improve the tactical position 6 times. Georgiivka, Pobyeda, Novomykhailivka, Kostyantynivka came under artillery and mortar fire of the occupiers.

The enemy did not conduct offensive (assault) actions in the Shakhtarsky direction. He carried out airstrikes in the areas of Vodyane, Urozhaine and Staromayorske settlements of the Donetsk region. About 10 settlements, including Vugledar, Prechistivka, Urozhayne, and Staromayorske of the Donetsk region, were hit by artillery and mortar attacks.

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the Defense Forces repelled 4 enemy attacks north of Priyutny and Robotiny in the Zaporizhzhia region. The enemy carried out airstrikes in the areas of Biloghirya and Robotyn settlements of the Zaporizhzhia region. About 20 settlements, including Malynivka, Chervone, Biloghirya, Robotyne, Mala Tokmachka, Pyatikhatky of the Zaporizhia region, were hit by artillery and mortar fire.

In the zone of responsibility of the “Odesa” air defense system in the Kherson direction, the regional center of the Kherson region and Ochakiv of the Mykolaiv region were subjected to enemy artillery fire. The occupiers carried out airstrikes in the areas of the settlements of Krynky, Berislav, Novoberislav, Shlyakhove, and Chervyn Mayak of the Kherson region. The enemy does not give up its intention to knock out the Ukrainian units from the bridgeheads on the left bank of the Dnieper. Thus, during the day, 3 unsuccessful attempts to storm the positions of our troops were made.

During the day, the Air Force of the Defense Forces struck 14 areas of concentration of personnel, weapons and military equipment and 1 anti-aircraft missile complex of the enemy. Also, one Kh-59 guided air missile was destroyed by the forces and means of air defense of Ukraine.

Units of missile troops struck 5 artillery and 4 enemy anti-aircraft defenses.

Today was the 50th exchange of prisoners. 207 Ukrainians – soldiers of the Armed Forces, National Guard, DPSU, National Police – privates, sergeants and officers. Many defenders of Mariupol, soldiers who were on “Azovstal”, Zmiiny Island, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Kherson and Sumy directions. This was reported by the head of OP Andriy Yermak.

Russia showed no readiness to hand over to Ukraine the bodies of prisoners of war who were allegedly on board the Il-76 that crashed on January 24 in the Belgorod region. Despite loud statements, the Russian side has not yet provided any evidence of Ukrainian prisoners being on board the Il-76 on January 24. The Russian side’s refusal to hand over the bodies of the dead Ukrainians raises doubts about the veracity of Moscow’s statements. Ukraine insists on an international investigation into the circumstances of the IL-76 plane crash in the Belgorod region and the clarification of the fate of the prisoners from the lists made public by Russia. If the military transport aircraft of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation did transport prisoners, then the Russian Federation once again cynically used them as human shields, which is a gross violation of international law. The work of the Ukrainian side to continue the exchange process with the Russian Federation continues, despite all the obstacles.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Based on the information provided by the General Staff, Ukrainian troops repelled 66 russian attacks towards Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka on 30 January. Most of russian attacks were towards Avdiivka and Marinka.

Kharkiv oblast

Viktor Kovalenko, Zolochiv Village Head, reported about the shelling with Grad at 11 am. Riasne village was hit and as a result, seven private houses, the buildings of an agricultural enterprise, the local cemetery and power grids were damaged.

Fallen cross at the cemetery in Riasne. Photo from social media.

Around 10:45 pm, the enemy struck civilian objects with Shahed drones in Slobidskyi and Saltivskyi districts. The invaders launched 6 enemy UAVs and there were 4 hits. Four civilians were injured, three men and one woman. Residential buildings, cars and a shop were damaged.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

The invaders launched artillery and mortar attacks on more than 17 settlements, including Synkivka, Tabaivka, Ivanivka, Berestove, Mala Vovcha, Udy and Vovchansk. Ustynivka village suffered airstrikes.

Kupiansk region: at 10:30 am, a private enterprise was shelled by UAVs in Hrachivka village. There were no casualties. At 1 pm, an enemy shelled with artillery, as a result of which a private house was damaged in Monachynivka village. 

At 12:20 pm, the enemy shelled Korotych settlement, Kharkiv region, with an x-59 missile. There were no casualties. 

Around 1 pm a private house was damaged by a mortar attack in Vovchansk.

At 6:55 pm, Lisne village, Kharkiv region, suffered a missile attack, probably Iskander-M. There were no casualties. 

Around 7:30 pm, the invaders attacked Ivashky village with artillery. Two two-storey apartment buildings were damaged as a result of 9 hits.

At 12:30 am, a private house was damaged in Lyman village of Vovchansk community, no casualties were reported.

Towards Kupiansk, Ukrainian troops repelled 5 tussian attacks near Synkivka.

Combined teams of bomb experts cleared 9.97 hectares of mines and destroyed 154 explosive ordnance.

Yevhen Pasenov, Director of the city’s housing and communal services department, said that  at least 150 windows were damaged in two apartment buildings in Slobidskyi district, near which three Shahed drones hit on the evening of 30 January.

Oleksandr Lemishka, pyrotechnic of Kharkiv police, reported that pyrotechnics removed the drone’s warhead from the yard of a private house in Saltivskyi district, where it fell during russian attack on the evening of 30 January. It will be neutralised at the blasting site.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo from social media

Among the defenders returned home by Ukraine are 8 residents of Kharkiv oblast. Three residents of Kharkiv region, two residents of Kharkiv, two residents of Chuhuiv region and one soldier from Izium were released from captivity. These are active servicemen who serve in the Armed Forces, the National Guard and the Border Guard. 

Soldiers return from captivity. Photo from social media

Donetsk oblast

The press service of Donetsk police reported that russian army attacked the residential sector 13 times. The police documented the aftermath of the hits. 11 settlements were under attack: Avdiivka, Kostiantynivka, Kurakhove, Pokrovsk, Chasiv Yar cities, Niu-York, Udachne settlements, Berdychi, Novopokrovske, Predtechyne, Stavky villages. 47 civilian objects were damaged, such as, 26 residential buildings, a church, two enterprises, a transport facility, outbuildings and a gas pipeline.

Towards Pokrovsk, one person was killed in Avdiivka. Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka and Maksymilianivka of Marinka community were shelled. Ocheretyne was under missile attack. Two five-storey buildings and a kindergarten were damaged in Kurakhove. 5 houses were damaged in Udachne. Pokrovsk City Military Administration reported that russian army shelled downtown at 10 pm on 30 January with Iskander and S-300 missiles. Six people were injured and five apartment buildings damaged. This is the seventh shelling of the community since the beginning of the year.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Pokrovska City Military Administration

Towards Kramatorsk, in Lyman community, the church in Stavky was damaged, Torske and Zarichne shelled. In Kostiantynivka, 4 houses, an outbuilding and a gas pipeline were damaged. 

Towards Bakhmut, in Chasiv Yar community, 2 people were injured and 6 houses damaged. In Niu-York, a person was injured, 13 houses and 2 infrastructure facilities damaged. A house in Serebrianka of Siversk community was damaged.

There are still 966 people in Avdiivka and the evacuation continues. The enemy dropped 24 guided aerial bombs on the city yesterday and continues to shell the evacuation route.

The National Police of Ukraine said that a police officer from Donetsk oblast was returned to Ukraine as part of an exchange. The man had been in captivity for almost two years.

Pokrovsk CMA added that 5 injured people were brought to Pokrovsk Clinical Hospital for Intensive Care, one of them was sent to Dnipropetrovsk Regional Clinical Hospital named after Mechnykov in critical condition, the rest remained in the surgical department.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, russians are constantly shelling villages and logistics routes. The invaders made 190 attacks in our area of responsibility over the last day, using about 600 shells. There were five explosions in Nevske. There were no casualties. The after8 of another explosion in neighbouring Novolyubivka are being investigated. Air raids have become more frequent again. Yesterday the enemy attacked Novoiehorivka, Serebrianka forest and Nevske.

 Three more residents of Nevske agreed to evacuate. 

House-to-house visits to the population of the so-called “lpr” will be from 17 February to 7 March. For this purpose, special teams are currently being formed from among the members of the district election commissions. In total, it is planned to involve about two thousand people in agitation campaigning. They will find out from voters who Luhansk residents plan to vote for during March presidential re-election. If necessary, they will hold additional conversations with those who need to know and distribute campaign materials dedicated to a single candidate.

In occupied Sievierodonetsk, the only boiler house the invaders were counting on to work has stopped.

In the so-called “lpr”, mining complexes are sold to russians for nothing.

Five soldiers of Luhansk border guard detachment returned from russian captivity. All of them had been in captivity since April 2022. 

Roman Vlasenko, Head of Sievierodonetsk Regional Military Administration, informed that the invaders are gathering reserves in Luhansk oblast. About 200 civilians remain in Popasna, which was occupied by russians. People are being provided with humanitarian aid for signing in support of Putin, while enterprises and organisations in the so-called “lpr” are giving out bonus money to encourage workers to vote for Putin. Among the enemy promises is to turn on the internet after the elections.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

The Command of the United Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that in the Northern operational zone, with the participation of units of the Security Service of Ukraine, the National Guard, the SBGS and the Territorial Defense Forces, training was held to counter sabotage and intelligence groups. The training involved countering a subversive and intelligence group. In particular, positions were captured, lost positions were restored, and trenches that were occupied by the enemy were cleared. During the training, attack and reconnaissance UAVs, FPV drones were used.

Kyiv oblast

In the Makariv community, the work of commissions on providing compensation to residents for property destroyed by the russians continues. Makariv chairman Vadym Tokar said in his speech that the community has attracted more than UAH 482 million for the reconstruction of housing under the state program “eRestoration”. According to him, the community has approved 903 applications for the ongoing repair of houses, 61 households will receive assistance for capital repairs, and 143 certificates for the purchase of new housing instead of the one completely destroyed by the russians have also been approved.

Anatoly Fedoruk, Bucha City Mayor, announced that the first resident of Vorzel received funds for the reconstruction of housing on his own plot under the program eRestoration. During the occupation, his house was hit by an enemy shell – the house burned to the ground. The commission approved the calculation – according to the formula, it was determined that the family will receive 3.6 million hryvnias in stages.

A destroyed house in Vorzel, whose owner received funds for housing reconstruction. Photo: tg channel Anatoliy Fedoruk

Kyivteploenergo press service reported that more than 700 employees of the utility company received stress resistance training in 2023. Israel Trauma Coalition psychologists conducted 33 psychological resilience trainings for employees of strategically important energy facilities in the capital. Utility workers were taught to face difficult life circumstances and fight emotional burnout, and energy workers practiced the skills of psychological support of the team in stressful situations.

Kyiv received another batch of aid – 5 new fire engines. As Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko reported, all off-road vehicles are equipped with modern foam suppression systems. The German sister city of Leipzig handed over the cars to the capital, financed the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, and produced them in the shortest possible time by Polish partners.

Kyiv continues to cooperate with international donor organizations to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. First of all, we are talking about institutions of social importance – kindergartens, schools, medical institutions, etc. The KCSA reported that the capital actively implements the mechanism of ESCO contracts, when private investments are involved in energy-efficient activities in a kindergarten or school. And the invested funds are returned by the investor due to savings on energy resources.

The documentary film “Airport. No return” was shown at the information and exhibition center of the Maidan Museum in Kyiv. The event was organized for the annual commemoration of the feat of cyborgs – defenders of the Donetsk airport. The film was created by documentary filmmaker Snizhana Potapchuk, who was awarded the “National Hero of Ukraine” order as a war journalist. The film included footage from a video chronicle shot during the defense of the DAP, and the stories of cyborg soldiers who defended the Donetsk airfield for 242 days.

Zhytomyr oblast

For 2023, the Zhytomyr community allocated UAH 1.57 million to support the Defense Forces and overcome the consequences of Russian aggression, the Zhytomyr City Council reported. Of these, almost 100 million hryvnias were spent on the arrangement of shelters and protective structures, 6.2 million hryvnias were allocated to the liquidation of the consequences of the destruction associated with Russia’s armed aggression, and 45 million hryvnias were allocated to the purchase of equipment and generators for the community

In Zhytomyr Oblast, border guards received a Mercedes-Benz Conecto multi-seater bus from benefactors. The vehicle will be used for the simultaneous movement of a large number of military personnel over long distances. The vehicle was handed over to the defenders by the international charitable foundation “Bohdan Kitsak Foundation” with the assistance of “Berdychiv Brewery” LLC.

In Zhytomyr, for the second time in a week, the police are checking information about mining of all universities, institutes and colleges. This was reported to the National Police of the region.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that during the past day, the russian military carried out 55 border raids in the the oblast, a total of 286 explosions were recorded. Khotyn, Yunakivka, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Shalyhine, Esmans, Znob-Novhorodske, Svesa, Druzhbivka, Seredina-Buda communities came under shelling. The enemy fired with mortars, grenade launchers, artillery, MLRS, self-propelled guns, fired from a helicopter with unguided air missiles, used UAVs (FPV drone and Lancet kamikaze drone).

At night, the russians carried out 7 shellings of the border areas of the oblast, a total of 20 artillery and mortar hits were recorded, the enemy also used small arms. The communities of Krasnopillia, Esman, Znob-Novhorodske, Druzhbivka, Seredina-Buda, Svesa came under shelling.

State Emergency Service of Sumy oblast reported that as a result of shelling from the aggressor country on the night of January 31, a fire broke out in the residential sector of one of the settlements of the Seredina-Buda community. Rescuers arrived on time at the scene of the call, localized and extinguished the fire.

Consequences of the russian shelling of the city of Seredyna-Buda in Sumy oblast, January 30. Photo: The National Police

The SSU reported that An FSS agent was detained, who was preparing a breakthrough of russian SRGs into Sumy oblast and attacks on military facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The figure tried to identify the locations of the largest concentration of personnel and heavy weapons of the Armed Forces, which protect the border areas of the oblast. In order to gather intelligence, the attacker went around the area and covertly recorded the positions of Ukrainian troops under the guise of telephone conversations. He faces life imprisonment.

Certificates of “Honorary Citizen of the City of Sumy” were presented to the families of the fallen servicemen. It happened on January 31 during the Sumy City Council session.

Chernihiv oblast

Chernihiv border detachment reported that during the past day, russian troops struck two border communities of the oblast. The enemy fired 10 mortar strikes on the territory of the Semenivka community in the direction of the village of Bleshnya, as well as 4 unguided air rockets launched from a helicopter in the direction of the village of Leonivka. In the Snovsk hromada, 4 explosions from barrel artillery were heard  in the direction of the village of Hirsk.

Serhii Sergienko, the Head of the Novhorod-Siverskyi RMA, announced that a residential building was damaged in Semenivka community due to the shelling of Leonivka. There are no victims among the population.

Vyacheslav Chaus, the Head of Chernihiv RMA, announced that Kholmy, Koropy and Mena territorial communities will receive expert support in sustainable, inclusive, social and economic recovery. In particular, communities will be taught strategic management and planning, establishing partnerships with international organizations and attracting external investments. The initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

Chernihiv RMA informed that educational institutions of the oblast received 4,939 tablets, which were distributed to 43 communities of the region. Help came from France, in particular from the Civil Defense Association. 

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Late in the evening, Russian troops fired artillery at one of the villages of Marganets community of Nikopol district. There were no damages or casualties.

 

The enemy made one and a half dozen attacks. They launched 13 kamikaze drones and fired artillery. They beat Nikopol, Pokrovska and Marganetska communities. A 48-year-old woman was injured in one of the villages of the Marganets community. She was hospitalized in moderate condition. An enterprise, an infrastructure object, a shop, a playground, 5 houses, 3 farm buildings and fences were damaged. A private house, 2 outbuildings, a truck and a tractor were affected in the Pokrovsk community.

 

The enemy rocket was destroyed by air defense forces in the Kryvorizka district of the region. The debris of the rocket shot down over Kryvorizhye damaged the building of the correctional institution, the head of the OVA, Serhii Lysak, said.

 

Vinnytsia oblast

​​ Vinnytsia handed over 20 thermal imagers, 40 searchlights and 40 Bandera Power charging stations to two military units, which include “Shaheed hunters”. Most often, the Russians launch drones at night, so this equipment will help the guys to better see and aim at enemy UAVs.

Kirovohrad oblast

In the Kirovohrad region, air defense destroyed two Russian drones. As a result of the downed drones over Kirovohrad Oblast at night, there were no injuries or damage. This was announced by the head of OVA Rajkovich.

Poltava oblast

More than 10,000 people from Poltava Oblast joined the “Recovery Army”. Poltava region is the third in terms of the number of applicants. People do different jobs. This includes preparing shelters, collecting firewood, helping the elderly, tidying up territories, working in unbreakable points, etc. As of January 1, 2024, payment for community service has increased to 10,650 hryvnias for a full month of work.

Cherkasy oblast

In 2023, in the Cherkasy region, 40 families of military personnel purchased housing under the state program of compensation for the purchase of housing. Another 31 families are waiting. Cherkasy received 162 million 700 thousand hryvnias from the state for these payments. In particular, we are talking about combatants who are also displaced persons (the so-called ATO group of IDPs), people who received group 1 and 2 disabilities as a result of the war, as well as family members of fallen Heroes. The region forms a queue of applications that are received by local social protection authorities. When the turn comes, the social security body informs the person that he needs to open a bank account and he will be able to buy either a secondary home or a primary one that has been put into operation.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yesterday, the occupiers launched 156 strikes on 24 populated areas in Zaporizhia oblast. The aggressors attacked Orikhiv and Mala Tokmachka with 4 airbombs, and also shelled Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Novodanylivka, Robotyne, Stepnohirsk, and Kamianske with MLRS. 47 enemy UAVs targeted Novoandriivka, Novodarivka, Charivne, Chervone, Hulyaipilske, Malynivka, Levadne, Poltavka, and Pavlivka. 99 artillery strikes hit the territory of Huliaiipole, Malynivka, Mala Tokmachka, Levadne, Bilohiria, Shcherbaky, Poltavka, Luhivske, Stepove, Piatyhatky, Lobkove, and other frontline towns and villages. There have been 6 reports of residential buildings being destroyed.

On the evening of January 30, National Guard soldiers shot down two combat drones of the “Shahed-131/136” type near Zaporizhia. The fighters of the fire group from the 23rd separate brigade of public order protection “Khortytsia” destroyed the UAVs with small arms.

The occupiers have started preparations for holding the so-called “elections” for the president of the russian federation in the temporarily occupied Kyrylivka community in Melitopol region. This was reported by the head of the Kyrylivka village council, Ivan Malieiev. According to the official, teachers in schools are forced to instruct children to remind their parents to vote “correctly” in the “elections” for the president of the russian federation.

Mykolaiv oblast

On the night of January 31, russian drones attacked Mykolaiv oblast. One of the enterprises of LLC “SP “PAEK” was completely destroyed in Bashtanka region as a result of a drone strike. Warehouses, economic buildings, equipment, and crops were damaged. A man was injured in the incident, as reported by the “South” Operational Command.

On January 30 and the morning of January 31, russian army shelled Ochakiv and Kutsurub communities. Infrastructure objects were damaged in the city of Ochakiv, but there were no casualties reported. This information was provided by Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration.

A delegation from the French city of Narbonne visited Mykolaiv. The association “Narbonne-Ukraine” has been assisting Ukrainians since the early days of the full-scale invasion. The city has already received 13 trucks with humanitarian aid, medical equipment, and 11 vehicles. There are ambulances, a fire and rescue vehicle, passenger cars, and vehicles for municipal services among them. This was reported by the press service of Mykolaiv City Council.

Odesa oblast

On January 31, eight border guards from Odesa oblast were returned to Ukraine from russian captivity. 207 Ukrainians were freed in the course of the exchange, including defenders from Mariupol, Kherson, fighters from Zmiinyi (Snake) Island, marines, and combat medics. This marks the 50th exchange with russia. A total of 3,035 defenders have been liberated from rrussian captivity since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. This information was announced by the head of Odesa.

The city of Yokohama in Japan will assist Odesa in repairing municipal infrastructure. This support will target objects that suffered damage from russian missile and drone attacks. The experience of Japanese partners in construction and the modernization of transportation infrastructure is deemed valuable for Odesa amid hostile aggression. Previously, Odesa received 33 portable water purification systems as humanitarian aid thanks to the initiative of the sister city Yokohama and the company “JFE Engineering.” This collaboration is just one example of mutual assistance between the two cities, as reported by the press service of Odesa City Council.

Kherson oblast

Today, the russian army continued shelling Kherson oblast. In the morning, occupiers attacked Korabelnyi district in Kherson, injuring a local resident. Currently, he is hospitalized with explosive trauma and damage to the vessels of the lower leg. The russian army also struck a residential building in Tiahynka. A 57-year-old man was injured due to enemy shelling, suffering from shrapnel wounds to the hand. Occupiers dropped two explosive devices from UAV onto a man and a woman riding a motorcycle in Beryslav, resulting in both being hospitalized with explosive injuries and shrapnel wounds.

Yesterday, russians executed 53 shelling attacks on Kherson oblast, firing 221 projectiles, using mortars, artillery, MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket Systems), tanks, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), and aviation. The enemy directed 17 projectiles towards the city of Kherson. One person was killed, and two others were wounded due to russian aggression.

The towns and villages affected by enemy attacks include Kherson, Antonivka, Komyshany, Tokarivka, Sadove, Prydniprovske, Stanislav, Veletenske, Dariivka, Inzhenerne, Zelenivka, Stepanivka, Poniativka, Beryslav, Chervonyi Maiak, Kachkarivka, Novoberyslav, Lvove, Novokairy, Tiahynka, Monastyrske, and Bruskyne. 74 objects were damaged in these populated areas, including 57 private and multi-story buildings, a school, a kindergarten, Center on Invincibility, a hotel, a bank building, 8 cars, a warehouse, a garage, and a public transport stop. The police initiated 29 investigations into war crimes committed by russian military forces in Kherson oblast.

A gap formed as a result of an enemy attack. Photo: Police of the Kherson region

In the area of responsibility of the Southern Defense Forces, the counter-battery fight and the maintenance of bridgeheads on the left bank continue. The enemy made 15 unsuccessful assaults and, having suffered significant losses, retreated to their original positions. The defense forces will continue to inflict fire damage on enemy locations, firing positions and rears. Over the past day, the enemy lost 90 occupiers, 1 tank, 2 BM-21 rocket launchers and 3 guns.

In the area of responsibility of the Southern Defense Forces, counter-battery combat and holding positions on the left bank continue. The enemy attempted 15 unsuccessful assaults and, suffering significant losses, retreated to their original positions. Defense forces continue to fire on enemy locations, firing positions, and rear areas. Over the past day, the enemy’s losses amounted to 90 occupiers, 1 tank, 2 BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launch systems, and 3 cannons.

it is reported that russian occupiers force employees in the public sector to donate blood for the needs of the so-called “special military operation.” According to participants in the resistance movement Yellow Ribbon, in temporarily occupied Henichesk russian occupiers compel public sector workers to go to medical centers for “voluntary” blood donation for the needs of the so-called “special military operation.” They threaten with non-payment of salaries if there is no corresponding certificate from a medical institution.

The Berlin-based organization “Help Ukraine Berlin” has provided rescue equipment for the firefighting and rescue units of the State Emergency Service of Kherson oblast. This specialized equipment (hoods) with a constant air supply will help evacuate people from a smoke-filled environment.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

In the village of Novyi Dvir, a memorial plaque was opened in honor of the fallen soldier Bohdan Kuran. It was installed on the building of the educational institution where the defender studied. The family of the fallen defender, teachers and students, compatriots, a representative of the clergy, and the headman took part in the opening of the memorial plaque.

Zakarpattia oblast

Uzhhorod City Multidisciplinary Clinical Hospital received humanitarian aid worth over UAH 5 mln. 300 intramedullary nails for the treatment of fractures of the femur, tibia, humerus, tools for their installation, etc., were received thanks to cooperation with the American Romulus T. Weatherman Foundation and its Ukrainian partner the Dream and Action NGr. Thanks to the help received, the medical facility will be able to receive help for servicemen who have been injured, as well as civilians who have suffered as a result of russian military aggression. In total, the aid covers 6 oblasts: in addition to Uzhhorod, humanitarian goods were delivered to Rivne, Ternopil, Kyiv, Dnipro and Cherkasy.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Representatives of Ivano-Frankivsk City Council visited the 102nd Territorial Defense Brigade and handed over drones, as well as watches and awards. They visited the 78th battalion of the 102nd brigade. The drones were handed over to the infantry battalion, which was formed at the base of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast and performs tasks in Zaporizhzhia oblast. They were also in the 128th Territorial Defense Brigade, which is in Donetsk oblast.

Lviv oblast

An updated Safety Classroom was opened at Medenitsa School. The office was renovated, desks and chairs were purchased, and a TV set was purchased with the funds of the budget of Medenytsk settlement council. With funds from the regional budget, an interactive shooting range with a laser machine gun and a pistol, a training mannequin-trainer “artificial respiration”, turnstiles, tires, mock-ups of various types of mines and other training equipment were purchased.

In Khodorov, with the financial support of UNICEF, UNHCR, and the Rokada CF, they opened a Youth Center and a Children’s Space. These spaces were created so that young people and children could study, relax, develop creative abilities and reveal their potential.

Nataliia Litvinska, acting director of the department, informed that in 2023, the Health Department sent over 100 ambulance cars to the military. Last year, almost UAH 140K were allocated for medical assistance to the military. In particular, for the treatment and rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. And also providing them with free medical examinations.

Rivne oblast

The 19th team of experts of the permanent mission of IAEA started work at Rivne NPP. In the coming weeks, representatives from Brazil and Nigeria will work at the site of the atomic plant. These are experts in emergency preparedness and environmental monitoring, as well as in guarantees. Like their predecessors, they will monitor nuclear safety and security issues through observations, tours and reviews, and personnel interviews.

The RMA held a meeting with Omed Hussameldin Ayub, new head of Lviv office of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. They agreed to continue joint interaction and to define and develop joint approaches to solving current problems this year.

Ternopil oblast

Ternopil City Council purchased and sent two DJI Mavic 3T quadcopters and one DJI Mavic drone to the military unit worth UAH 491 747.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Vasyl Nazarenko, Rashada Orujev and Ilya Dotsenko, servicemen from Khmelnytskyi oblast were posthumously awarded with the III degree Order of Courage.

Chernivtsi oblast

Valentina Dobridina, Head of the public organization, representative of the Government Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Chernivtsi RMA, reported that last year, Chernivtsi regional organization of people with disabilities Leader in cooperation with international organizations and Chernivtsi RMA implemented 6 projects to create a barrier-free space in medical and social institutions of the oblast. 

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

Germany sent another package of military aid to Ukraine, which includes 24 armored personnel carriers, 4 Bandvagn 206 (BV206) tracked multi-purpose vehicles, 1 BIBER bridge-layer with spare parts, 3 WISENT 1 demining tanks, 14 special devices for demining tanks, a missile for the IRIS-T air defense system, over a thousand 155 mm artillery ammunition, an anti-sea mine system, a Satcom video surveillance system, 4 border patrol vehicles, 450 anti-skid chains and 194K individual rations.

Germany provided equipment for the modernization of the protection of two Ukrainian nuclear power plants for €14.6 mln.

During the exercises, Britain provided equipment sets to 34K Ukrainian soldiers. After arriving in Great Britain for training as part of the Or Interflech program, the Ukrainian military receives about $3K worth of items needed for service at the logistics center. As the General Staff notes, Ukrainian recruits are provided with uniforms, shoes, protective equipment, a first-aid kit, a multitool, a backpack and a bag, as well as “many useful little things that will be needed both during training and on the front line when returning to Ukraine.”

Pat Ryder, Pentagon spokesman, officially confirmed that Ukraine will receive from the USA a new high-precision, long-range GLSDB bomb. For security purposes, delivery terms are not mentioned.

Hanno Pevkur, Minister of Defense of Estonia, announced that eight EU countries are ready to allocate more money for the supply of 1 mln shells for Ukraine. According to him, Estonia and at least seven other countries, including Poland and Scandinavian countries, are ready to allocate more funds to achieve the goal of 1 mln shells for Ukraine by March 2024. Pevkur said that only a third of the million shells had been delivered to Ukraine, and another 30% were to be delivered by March.

The United Kingdom opened a tender for air defense equipment and equipment for maritime operations for Ukraine. Manufacturers from all over the world are invited to participate.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, held a phone conversation with Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland. They discussed the situation on the battlefield, current security challenges and preparations for the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland.

Victoria Nuland, US Deputy Secretary of the USA, arrived in Kyiv. She was met by Ms. Bridget Brink, Ambassador of the United States of America to Ukraine.

Macron called on Europe to help Ukraine more in the event of a reduction in US support. “We have to plan our actions in such a way that if the US made a sovereign choice and suspended aid or reduced it, it would not affect the situation on the ground,” the French president said.


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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