War in Ukraine today: latest news, July 13, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 505th 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:   

During the day, russian occupiers launched a missile and air strike on the territory of Ukraine, using 2 Kalibr cruise missiles, 1 Iskander-M ballistic missile and 20 Iranian Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs. As a result of the successful combat work of anti-aircraft missile units, fighter aircraft, mobile firing groups of the Air Force and air defense of other components of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, 2 Kalibr cruise missiles and 20 attack drones were destroyed.

In addition, the enemy conducted 46 airstrikes and fired about 40 times from multiple launch rocket systems at the positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements. Unfortunately, civilians, including children, were injured, and residential buildings and other civilian and administrative infrastructure were destroyed.

There is still a high threat of missile and air strikes throughout Ukraine.

The enemy continues to focus its main efforts on Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka, and heavy fighting continues. There were about 20 combat engagements during the day.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the situation remained unchanged. There were no signs of offensive groups forming. Certain units of the Armed Forces of belarus are performing tasks in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian military maintains a military presence. During the day, there was an air strike near Veterynarne, Kharkiv oblast. More than 15 settlements, including Kamen in Chernihiv region; Pokrovka, Riasne in Sumy region and Muravske, Oliinykove, Riznykove, and Bolohivka in Kharkiv region were shelled.

Towards Kupiansk, Ukraine’s troops are holding steadfastly.  The enemy conducted an airstrike near Kyslivka, Kharkiv region.

Stroivka, Krasne Pershe, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zakhidne, and Kupiansk in Kharkiv oblast came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Lyman, the russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensives east of Nevske in Luhansk oblast and east of Terny in Donetsk oblast. There were air strikes in the areas of Nevske and Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast.

More than 10 settlements came under artillery fire, including Nevske and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Torske, Verkhnekamianske, Spirne, and Rozdolivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, under heavy fire from enemy aircraft and artillery, Ukraine’s defenders successfully repelled all enemy attacks near Berkhivka. More than 15 settlements suffered from enemy artillery shelling, including Vasyukivka, Chasiv Yar, Oleksandr-Shultine, Diliivka and Pivnichne in Donetsk oblast. 

Towards Avdiivka, the russian troops conducted an airstrike near Avdiivka. At the same time, the enemy shelled over 10 settlements, including Berdychi, Stepove and Avdiivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Marinka, Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the russian offensive in the vicinity of Marinka, Donetsk oblast. The enemy fired at more than 10 settlements, including Krasnohorivka, Marinka and Heorhiivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives near Novomykhailivka and launched an airstrike near Makarivka in Donetsk oblast. The settlements of Paraskoviivka, Novomykhailivka, Novoukrainka, Storozheve, Blahodatne and Makarivka in Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the russian military is focusing its main efforts on preventing further advance of Ukrainian troops. There were air strikes in the areas of Pryiutne, Zaporizhzhia oblast, and Kozatske, Kherson oblast. More than 20 settlements, including Novodarivka, Malynivka, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Bilohiria, and Orikhiv in Zaporizhzhia oblast; Zolota Balka, Mykhailivka, Antonivka, Chornobaivka, Kizomys in Kherson oblast and the city of Kherson were shelled. At the same time, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to conduct offensive operations towards Melitopol and Berdiansk, consolidating their positions and conducting counter-battery operations.

The russian occupiers continue artificial resettlement and forced assimilation of Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. For example, in Henichesk region, Kherson oblast the occupiers began forcibly evicting Ukrainian citizens who have not yet received or refused to receive russian citizenship, including families with children and the elderly, to russia. The occupation authorities usually populate their places of residence with representatives of national minorities from low-income groups of the russian population. 

Aviation of Ukraine’s defense forces conducted 5 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel and 2 on anti-aircraft missile systems.

Rocket and artillery units struck a buildup of manpower, weapons and military equipment, 10 artillery pieces at firing positions and an enemy counter-battery radar station.

Oleh Kotenko, Commissioner for Missing Persons, informs that the bodies of 19 people killed in Russian captivity were returned. It is known that the Unified State Register of Missing Persons contains information about 24 K people. 

Referring to the Center for National Resistance, 280 children were taken by russians from Luhansk oblast to a ‘Cossack cadet corps’ in Kalmykia. It is known that russia plans to take out about 500 children by the end of the summer. In this way, they not only take children away, but also zombify them with aggressive propaganda.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the RMA, said that there have been 9288 applications for compensation under the eVidnovlennia (Renovation) programme registered in Kharkiv oblast. 319 compensation packages will include more than UAH 22.6 million. 

Mayor Ihor Tieriekhov says that 51 shelters were arranged in educational institutions to enable children to study offline in Kharkiv. According to him, another 21 shelters are being prepared for the beginning of the school year.

On July 12, the enemy fired at settlements in Bohodukhiv, Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions with cannon and rocket artillery, mortars and aircraft.

The shelling of the village of Odnorobivka in Bohodukhiv region damaged 6 private houses, a garage, and outbuildings, and caused fires.

A 67-year-old man was wounded and hospitalised in Dvorichna village of Kupiansk region. Doctors assess his condition as light.

Around 12:50, a 55-year-old tractor driver was blown up on an unknown explosive device while working on the outskirts of Balakliia, Izium region. He was hospitalised with an injury.

Mine clearance is ongoing. Over the past day, SES pyrotechnics inspected more than 10 hectares of territory and defused 100 ordnance.

Consequences of the hit, Kharkiv oblast. Photo: Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

Donetsk oblast

In the area of Bakhmut, the occupiers fired over 500 artillery shells at the Ukrainian military, and over 600 towards Lyman and Kupiansk. In the battle for Bakhmut, the Defence Forces are holding the initiative, while Kadyrov’s troops have been spotted in the area of Klishchiyivka and near Svatove.

The UK Ministry of Defence, citing intelligence data, informs that Chechen units near Marinka are using tactics used during the Chechen wars of the 1990s, such as the creation of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices. 

The russian army tried to advance near the village of Rivnopillia in Donetsk oblast. The Ukrainian Defence Forces liberated it on  June 25. All attacks by the russian occupiers were repelled.

Andriushchenko, Spokesman to the city’s Mayor, reports that in the temporarily occupied Mariupol, a barracks of Kadyrov’s forces, located on the territory of the Ilyich Iron and Steel Works, was hit at night. He added that the occupiers are hiding this information and reporting on air defence operations.

According to Serhii Cherevatyi, Spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the russian military has amassed a powerful grouping of airborne and infantry units, the reserve and territorial troops, the private military campaign ‘veterans’ and assault companies towards Lyman and Kupiansk . There were over 665 artillery attacks and 11 air strikes. The russians attempted three assaults – twice near Novoselivske and once near Bilohorivka. All attacks were repelled. The occupiers lost 28 people killed and 120 wounded. Two armoured personnel carriers, a Tulip self-propelled mortar, two Acacia self-propelled artillery systems, a D-30 howitzer, five unmanned aerial vehicles, a kamikaze drone, a field ammunition depot and seven vehicles transporting them were also destroyed.

In the morning, the occupiers launched a massive attack on Avdiivka. 12 towns and villages in Donetsk oblast were struck over the past day.

Towards Volnovakha, the russian forces fired a missile at Velyka Novosilka, hitting a school near the town. In Vuhledar community, Vuhledar, Novoukrainka, Prechystivka and Bohoiavlenka came under fire, with no casualties.

Towards Donetsk, 4 houses were damaged in Horoshne of Kurakhove community. In the morning, there was a massive shelling of Avdiivka and Soloviovo in Ocheretyne community. Krasnohorivka was under fire.

Towards Horlivka, 10 houses and an administrative building were damaged in Toretsk. One house was damaged in Chasiv Yar community, and another in Kostiantynivka. The day before, Razdolivka in Soledar community was hit by an airstrike, damaging private houses.

Towards Lysychansk, 12 houses were damaged in Zvanivka community: 6 in Zvanivka and 6 in Pereizne. In Siversk community, 1 person was wounded and 2 houses damaged. A house was damaged in Torske of Lyman community.

Consequences of the shelling. Photo: Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk Military Administration, informs that the number of casualties in Donetsk oblast increased by 8 wounded: 5 in Zvanivka, 2 in Berdychi and 1 in Toretsk.

Luhansk oblast

The occupation forces tried to advance in Svatove region on July 12, attacking near Novoselivske, but were forced to withdraw with losses in personnel. There were airstrikes on Bilohorivka almost every day. Sometimes several times a day. Shelling from various types of artillery does not stop either. This time, the strikes targeted Nevske, Bilohorivka and the territory of the Serebrianskyi forestry, which is hardly a forest anymore.

Luhansk Military Administration informs that residents of Rubizhne complain that they have not seen the town rebuilt within a year, as promised by the russians. Some residents have to live in the villages around the town, as it is impossible to stay in high-rise buildings in the absence of communications.

Food prices continue to rise, and their quality remains consistently low. As a result, the purchasing power of the population is decreasing, and it is cheaper for them to go to Starobilsk to buy food and basic necessities. 

Entry passes are no longer issued in Rubizhne. People are stopped at a checkpoint and directed to neighbouring Sievierodonetsk. Since the beginning of the week, it has become even more difficult to get to Kreminna. Previously issued passes are no longer valid – new ones are needed. They can be obtained locally, but the documents are valid only for 90 days. Without registration in Kreminna, it has become more difficult to get into the city, even if you have relatives there. People are allowed in only selectively after a thorough check.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Kyiv RMA reports that air defence forces detected and destroyed about a dozen enemy targets in Kyiv’s airspace. The previous night, there was another massive attack by Iranian drones, with UAVs entering the capital from different directions.

Kyiv City Prosecutor’s Office informs that  debris fell in five districts of the capital as a result of the kamikaze drones strike launched by russian aggressors, injuring four people, two of them hospitalised with shrapnel wounds. Residential and non-residential buildings were damaged. According to the State Emergency Service, 95 rescuers and 19 vehicles were engaged at the scene.

Aftermath of the fall of debris in Darnytskyi district of Kyiv, 13 June 2023. Photo: Kyiv RMA

Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of the Regional Military Administration said that 43 dual-purpose shelters will be built in schools of Kyiv oblast to resume full-time education. UAH 100 mln are allocated from the oblast budget, UAH 262 million from the government, with 30% to be paid by local communities.

31 families have received housing in the Kyiv region under the New Home programme. For those who lost their homes as a result of russian aggression, the Kyiv Regional Military Administration is buying renovated apartments at the expense of the regional budget. First of all, such assistance is provided to large families and families with two or three children and a father killed in the war. It is planned to purchase another 25-27 apartments in the near future.

This year, Kyiv will provide more than UAH 1.1 bln to finance the capital’s security and defence forces. According to Kyiv City State Administration, this is to help the Armed Forces, border guards, and police. The funds will be used, in particular, for military uniforms, bulletproof vests and helmets, drones, radio stations, repair of military equipment, and transport.

Mayor Vitalii Klychko said that the city will consider extending the opening hours of catering establishments until 23:00. A meeting will soon be held with the entrepreneurs who have requested this, after which the Defence Council will consider the decision.

Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy, says that on the occasion of Ukraine’s Independence Day, the soviet coat of arms is to be replaced with a trident on the shield of the Batkivshchyna Mother monument in Kyiv. According to him, no budget funds were raised for this project – money for restoring historical justice is provided exclusively by big business that wants to be involved.

Zhytomyr oblast

Children and young people with disabilities of various nosological groups, including internally displaced persons from Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Mykolaiv regions, undergo rehabilitation at the Caritas-Spes rehabilitation camp Nadiia in the village of Zarichane near Zhytomyr. Specialists from the Leleka Rehabilitation Centre in Popasna, which was relocated due to russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, work with them in the camp.

The Japanese and Ukrainian Cultural Association (NPO JUCA) purchased and delivered medicines worth over UAH 70 K to the Zhytomyr military hospital. Representatives of the Association met with the wounded and handed over some tea goodies. Japanese philanthropists from the Lions Club Sendai International Association provided financial assistance to the victims of russian aggression.

Zhytomyr businessmen donated an off-road vehicle for paratroopers of the 95th Brigade. Oleksandr Bashiev, Serhii Domashevskyi and Viktor Voievutskyi make keychains from the wing of a russian Su-25 shot down in Zhytomyr oblast and sell them to raise money for the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The charity organisation Zhytomyr Community Foundation helped the entrepreneurs buy a car and prepare it for the military.

Sumy oblast

At night and in the morning, russians shelled the border of Sumy oblast. There were 33 explosions from grenade launchers, mortars and artillery. Bilopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Krasnopillia and Seredyno-Buda communities were shelled. In Velyka Pysarivka community, a hit caused a fire at an infrastructure facility.

The RMA reports that russian UAVs were shot down in Romny and Bilopillia regions. There were no casualties. 

At around 12.30, the occupiers fired mortars at Velyka Pysarivka community in the village of Popivka from the territory of the russian federation. A 60-year-old man was killed.

Consequences of a mortar attack. Photo: Sumy Regional Military Administration

Oleksandr Lysenko, Head of Sumy Territorial Community, together with representatives of structural units, discussed evacuation of residents from the five-kilometre zone and resettling them in the community. These are approximately 20 K people from 15 communities in four regions.

Volodymyr Artiukh, Head of Sumy Regional Military Administration, said that catering establishments, entertainment and leisure facilities are advised to close no later than 1 hour before the start of the curfew.

Chernihiv oblast

The emergency workers said that russians fired from artillery and mortars three times at the border of Chernihiv region. There were 19 explosions in Novhorod-Siverskyi, Semenivka and Snivka communities. 

Another Social Adaptation Space has been opened in Chernihiv oblast, and four specially equipped vehicles will improve the provision of social services. This was announced by Viacheslav Chaus, Head of the Regional State Administration, who met with representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. With their support, the Centre for Public Health and Rehabilitation and Social Adaptation Spaces are already operating in the region, and ambulances and medical equipment have been received.

The Regional Educational Agency reported that 3 K schoolchildren will be able to study offline safely from September 2023 thanks to equipped shelters. These are students of the Sedniv Lyceum, Chernihiv Lyceum No. 15, Chernihiv Secondary School No. 19, Chernihiv Professional Lyceum of Railway Transport and the Prominets kindergarten in the village of Kolychivka. The shelters were set up in the affected region with the help of the Children’s Voices charity.

Several communities of Chernihiv oblast became partners of the USAID Local Government Performance and Accountability Improvement Project (GOVERLA). Viacheslav Chaus, head of the Chernihiv Regional State Administration, said that relevant agreements were signed in Kyiv on 11 July.

The Oblast Employment Centre reported that over the year of the eRobota project, 166 winners have been identified in the Oblast and about 360 new jobs have been created. The areas chosen by the applicants range from sewing shops, beauty salons, trade and catering establishments, and service stations.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the regional council, the russians launched a drone towards Dnipropetrovsk oblast at night on  July 12. The drone was downed. 

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the Regional Council, two military mobile hospitals were handed over to the military. They are equipped with the necessary medical equipment and filled with expendables. There are generators for hospitals to operate in the field, vital signs monitors, surgical kits and equipment, as well as everything needed for hygiene of doctors and patients.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​ In Vinnytsia, an event called the ‘Angels of Memory’ was held on European Square to mark the anniversary of the July 14 terrorist attack. The citizens used blue and yellow balloons to recreate the shape of an aircraft that withstood a rocket attack on Victory Square. 

Serhii Borzov, Head of Vinnytsia RMA, reported that two trucks with about 40 tonnes of construction materials were delivered to the village of Kalynivske in Kherson oblast from Vinnytsia oblast. These are aerated concrete blocks, cement, putty, foam, nails, rebar, construction tools, and many other items.

Kirovohrad oblast

The ‘South’ Operational Command reported that 6 Shahed-136 drones were shot down over Kirovohrad oblast overnight by the Air Defence Forces. 

Poltava oblast

In Lubny, the local hospital trained medical staff on how to act in case of a potential emergency at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. They were taught how to properly and quickly receive victims from regions that may be affected. The training involved healthcare professionals, law enforcement, emergency responders, and the military.

Cherkasy oblast

Roc Morin, American filmmaker and representative of Singing Comet LLC Studio, visited Cherkasy to film the activities of local volunteers and talk about their project called SignMyRocket! The director is making a documentary about the war in Ukraine.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Presidential Office, reports that the frontline town of Orikhiv was again shelled by the russian army. The shelling killed a man and wounded another. About 3 houses were destroyed. 

A 66-year-old resident of Verkhnia Tersa was injured as a result of shelling by russian troops. 

The russian army fired from an Iskander-K missile system at the territory of a company in Malokaterynivka. Two people were injured.

Aftermath of the shelling of Malokaterynivka. Photo from social media

On July 12, the russian military shelled 14 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast, namely Orikhiv, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Olhivske, Charivne, Malynivka, Stepnohirsk and other frontline villages.

The number of people injured by the explosive device in Zaporizhzhia on July 12 has increased to 21, including 8 children.

Mykolaiv oblast

As reported by the ‘South’ Operational Command, on July 12, the air defense forces shot down a Kalibr missile and 4 Shahed 136/131 kamikaze drones in Mykolaiv oblast. In one of the settlements, fragments from the missile damaged an educational institution building and 10 private houses. Fortunately, there were no casualties. On July 12, the air defense forces destroyed 4 enemy UAVs, including an Orlan-10 reconnaissance UAV, a Lancet strike UAV, and 2 UAVs of an unspecified type.

According to the RMA, russian army units once again shelled the waters of Ochakiv community on July 12. No casualties were reported.

According to the Humanitarian Centre at the Regional Military Administration, another shipment of humanitarian aid has arrived in Mykolaiv oblast, this time from the Embassy of Ukraine in Moldova and Lifting Hands International. The cargo, intended for children’s hospitals and educational institutions in Mykolaiv oblast, includes hygiene kits, blankets, clothes, toys, and medicines.

Odesa oblast

At dawn, the enemy conducted an attack on Zmiinyi Island using tactical aircraft and a high-explosive bomb. There are three missile launchers in the Black Sea, consisting of two surface launchers and one submarine. The total equipment includes up to 18 Kalibr missiles. The level of missile threat remains extremely high, as reported by the ‘South’ Operational Command.

Infoksvodokanal reports that Odesa has received modern energy-efficient pumping equipment from the Danish concern GRUNDFOS A/S as humanitarian aid. This equipment will play a crucial role in restoring and maintaining operation of Ukraine’s critical water supply and wastewater infrastructure. The consignment includes a powerful water supply pumping unit, 6 submersible sewage pumps for drainage water pumping, and a high-tech digital dosing pump for dosing sodium hypochlorite to ensure drinking water disinfection at one of the water supply pumping stations.

Kherson oblast

On July 13, the russian army shelled Zolota Balka in Novooleksandrivka community at least ten times with artillery. Outbuildings and an administrative building were damaged. There were no casualties.

Oleksandr Tolokonnikov, Head of the RMA press office, informs that russian troops shelled Mykilske. An 85-year-old woman was killed, said . 

On the night of 13 July, the russian army attacked Antonivka and Kherson. It fired 33 times at the territory of the Kherson city territorial community during the day. 

Natalia Humeniuk, Head of the press centre of the Southern Defence Forces reported that on the left bank of Kherson oblast, the russian military is trying to regain the positions lost after the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP. They are deploying mortar launchers and machine gunners on the upper floors of houses in settlements where the water has not yet receded.

On 12 July, the russian army shelled three communities in Beryslav region. The shells hit resenents’ houses. A man who was injured yesterday during the shelling of Havrylivka by russian troops died in hospital.

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Regional Military Administration said that on  July 12, the russian army shelled Kherson oblast 76 times. Facilities in Kherson, Antonivka, Sadove, Zymivnyk, Molodizhne, Inzhenerne and Naddniprianske were damaged. Two people were killed and three injured.

Mykola Solskyi, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, says that more than 11 K tonnes of fish were killed by the russians’ explosion of the Kakhovka HPP. After the reservoir was destroyed, the fish that were carried away with the water flow to the lower reaches of the Dnipro River within Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts ended up on the floodplain land. The minister added that it will take at least seven years to rebuild the dam. 

As the Ministry of Energy reports, four settlements in the oblast were cut off from power as a result of russian shelling. In Kherson, 12.9 K consumers remain without power supply. 

Onysiya Sinyuk, a legal analyst at the Human Rights Centre, said that during the temporary occupation of Kherson, the occupiers set up so-called ‘women’s cells’ in the Kherson temporary detention centre, where they held and tortured people. At various times, at least 30 local women were held there, suspected of helping the Ukrainian armed forces and guerrilla activities. 

The company, whose specialists are currently engaged in the elimination of flooding, received much-needed assistance. This includes a water purification plant, a generator in case of a power outage, and reagents for disinfecting the water supplied to the population. The assistance was provided as part of the German Federal Foreign Office/Auswärtiges Amt Stabilisation Platform project.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

In Volyn, training will be held in the event of an accident at the Rivne NPP. As part of the drills, the evacuation of residents from potentially radioactively contaminated areas will be conducted. In particular, the entire evacuation route will be trained, including the housing of residents, sanitation of the affected population, decontamination of means of transport, and provision of medical and psychological assistance.

Zakarpattia oblast

A working group from Zakarpattia came to Chornobaivka community in Kherson oblast to examine residential buildings that were damaged by the flooding caused as a result of the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP by the russian occupiers and constant shelling. The group members are to study the actual condition of the damaged houses, collect technical and social information about the population living in these houses, and determine the possibilities of restoration or reconstruction. Recommendations will be worked out to restore the housing stock.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The RMA reported that 421 employers of Prykarpattia have already received compensation for the costs of employing IDPs.

Ivano-Frankivsk RMA plans to allocate UAH 10 million to restore the liberated village of Davydiv Brid in Kherson oblast. The commission found that 199 houses were damaged and 13 completely destroyed as a result of the shelling in the village. In addition, the russian military destroyed a school, a kindergarten, a cultural center and a dispensary there.

Lviv oblast

Lviv City Council held a meeting with the delegation of the Pomeranian Voivodeship of the Republic of Poland led by Vice-Marshal Leszek Bonna. Opportunities for cooperation and exchange of experience in the medical field were discussed. In addition, guests from Poland visited the Unbroken National Rehabilitation Center.

Medical units of two brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive 2 ambulances with stretchers and medicines. Transport was on the balance sheet of Lviv Regional Center of Emergency Aid and Disaster Medicine. Ambulances were repaired thanks to the Doskich Family Charitable Foundation.

Yavoriv City Council signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. This community will be the first in Lviv oblast to introduce the Veteran Administration Service for working with military personnel with the support of the Ministry. This will allow representatives to contact the ministry directly for assistance in resolving issues and will make the veteran’s return to civilian life more comfortable.

Training continues in Zolotiv region as part of the Resident Training Program for National Resistance. Teachers and instructors from the Vasil Vishivan Training Center of the Ukrainian National Guard conducted a training course on mine safety and fortification for representatives of volunteer organizations in Brodiv community.

A new shelter for  30 IDPs has opened in the village of Prystan, Chervonohrad region. It was equipped with furniture and appliances necessary for living.

Another batch of aid, namely water, medicines, clothes, products, stretchers for evacuating the wounded, sleeping bags, sleeping bags, fire extinguishers, hygiene products, tools and materials, protective nets, was sent from Shchyrtsi community of Lviv district to soldiers at the front line. German partners from Gudensberg provided a Mercedes Benz 814D vehicle for firefighting, pumping water from basements, evacuating the wounded and transporting passengers. In addition, during the charity concert, fair and auction in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Shchyrtsi, it was possible to collect over UAH 74K.

In Truskavets, the roof of the Dzvinochok kindergarten will be insulated and repaired. The European Investment Bank will allocate over UAH 13 million for this.

Rivne oblast

Rivne oblast received an ambulance thanks to the marshal of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship Gustav Marek Brzezin.

Ternopil oblast

Military personnel from Ternopil will receive 3 K individual seasonal first-aid kits, consisting of anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, anti-allergic drugs, aerosol for burns, medicinal products that have a local anesthetic effect.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The RMA reported that in Khmelnytskyi oblast, during an air alert, air defense forces shot down a rocket of the russian army. No hits were recorded. There are no casualties.

As part of the Side by Side Presidential Project, the key goal of which is to unite oblasts to help rebuild regions that have suffered significant destruction from military actions, Khmelnytskyi oblast has started the restoration of 257 households in 28 residential buildings in Visokopillia community of Kherson oblast.

Chernivtsi oblast

During the year, UAH 109.7 mln was allocated to support IDPs in the oblast. With these funds, capital repairs were carried out in residential buildings, food products, household items necessary for people purchased, and compensations paid to Bukovyna residents who sheltered displaced persons in their homes.

Additional 1 225 places for IDPs were created in the oblast thanks to international partners. The oblast repaired 53 objects, improved living conditions for 10 K people, attracting over UAH 300 mln.

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

Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, Commander of the Tavria operational and strategic group of troops, announced that cluster munitions from the US have already been delivered to Ukraine.

Germany sent another package of military aid to Ukraine, including 6 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, 5 armoured cars for border protection, 10 laser pointers and 10 fire control stations for IRIS-T SLM air defense, over 3K 155-mm calibre shells and over 24K 40-mm calibre ammunition, over 1 K 155-mm smoke ammunition and an 8×8 HX81 tractor unit.

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden signed a joint statement of readiness to contribute to the long-term security of Ukraine, deter future russian aggression, strengthen economic stability and resilience of Ukraine, as well as provide technical and financial support to meet Ukraine’s urgent needs.

Canada will allocate $541 million to support Ukraine and transatlantic security.

Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Great Britain signed a statement on the creation of a joint coalition to train Ukrainian Air Force pilots to operate and maintain F-16 fighters.

The State Border Service of Ukraine will receive a field hospital and medical vehicles, including armoured ones, from Spain. It is noted that the representatives of its medical personnel are at the Air and Space Forces base in Zaragoza. There, they learn to deploy and operate a mobile hospital, which the Spanish Ministry of Defense will send to Ukraine in the near future.

Poland and South Korea agreed to help Ukraine and signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of post-war reconstruction.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President, announced that G7 countries will not return the russian federation’s blocked assets until reparations are paid to Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met with Christopher Hipkins, Prime Minister of New Zealand. The two discussed assistance to Ukraine.

During her visit to the Republic of Lithuania, First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska met with the first ladies and gentlemen of various countries of the world. In addition, Olena Zelenska held a meeting with managers of the Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos and Arunas Dulkis, Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania.

On the official website of Babcock it is reported that they will repair and maintain British equipment transferred to Ukraine.

Herman Halushchenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine, met with Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark in Ukraine. They discussed cooperation in the field of wind energy.

The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine together with the Eastern Europe Foundation and Deloitte launches the Index of digital transformation of Ukrainian communities. This will enable prioritizing areas of digital development and systematic implementation of e-government tools, e-commerce, etc.

“Regarding the F-16 fighters, President Biden decided several weeks ago, working in close consultation with allies, to begin training Ukrainian pilots on these aircraft. This training will take some time, and then the transfer of F-16s from European countries, to what kind of planes are these,” said Jake Sullivan, US President’s National Security Adviser.

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, stated that after the end of the war in Ukraine, NATO may send a peacekeeping mission to ensure compliance with the ceasefire regime. If there is such a decision of the Alliance, Poland will send its military personnel to Ukraine.

Estonia supported the provision of American cluster munitions to Ukraine. In addition, Kaya Kallas, Estonian Prime Minister, spoke in favour of Ukraine joining NATO and stated that the Allies agree with the fact that Ukraine belongs to the Alliance.

Joe Biden, US President, said that allies will not weaken their support for Ukraine, which repels russian aggression. According to Biden, in 2022, russian president putin bet on the collapse of NATO when he launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and thought that democratic leaders would be weak, but he was wrong.

Boris Johnson, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain, called on the US to continue supporting Ukraine, in particular by providing weapons. In addition, Boris Johnson said that there can be no ‘possible excuse’ for delaying Ukraine’s accession to NATO. He emphasized that Ukraine’s victory is ‘vitally important for democracy and freedom around the world.’

Melinda Simmons, British Ambassador, spent the night in a shelter because of the russian attack on Kyiv. “It’s quite an unpleasant night. russia attacked Kyiv from several directions, including the district where I live. It was very loud. Thank you to the Ukrainian Air Defense Forces for the defense,” the ambassador wrote on Twitter.

In Ukraine, the Google Bard chatbot based on artificial intelligence, which is a competitor of ChatGPT, became operational. The conversational bot is available in Ukrainian and can answer any question.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s interview for David Letterman’s show My Next Guest Needs no Introduction was nominated for an Emmy Award. The issue is nominated in the Outstanding Documentary Series or Special Issue category.

A banner with the inscription: “putin, The Hague is waiting for you” appeared on the building of the City Council in Vilnius.

City Council building in Lithuania. Photo from social networks

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

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


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