War in Ukraine today: latest news, July 23, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 515th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

What happened in Ukraine today:

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

The russian federation continues to kill the civilian population of Ukraine, persistently violating the laws and customs of war, employing terror tactics, and launching attacks on both military and civilian targets.

Russian troops launched a missile strike on Ukrainian territory, using 17 cruise missiles and 2 ballistic missiles. Thanks to the efforts of the Air Force anti-aircraft defense, 9 cruise missiles were successfully destroyed. Additionally, the russian army conducted 26 airstrikes and carried out 35 MRLS attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops and populated areas. There were civilian casualties, and residential buildings, religious structures, and other civilian infrastructure suffered damage.

Ukraine is still under the threat of missile and aviation strikes.

The russian army continues to concentrate its main efforts towards Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Mariinka, where heavy fighting persists. There have been 27 combat clashes.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the operational situation remains unchanged, with no significant signs of forming offensive groups. Belarusian military units identified in border areas with Ukraine are carrying out their tasks.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian army maintains its military presence. It launched an aviation strike in the Pavlivka area of Sumy oblast and conducted mortar and artillery shelling on more than 15 populated areas, including Tymonovychi in Chernihiv oblast, Seredyna-Buda, Uhroidy, and Yunakivka in Sumy oblast, as well as Kozacha Lopan, Budarky, and Veterynarne in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, Ukrainian troops are firmly holding the defense. Russian soldiers launched an aviation strike in the Kucherivka area of Kharkiv oblast, and Fyholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, and Kyslivka in Kharkiv oblast were shelled from artillery and mortar.

Towards Lyman, the russian offensive in Torsk area of Donetsk oblast was unsuccessful. Russian troops carried out an aviation strike in the Serebrianskyi Lis area, Donetsk oblast and shelled from artillery at the populated areas of Nevske, Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast, and Torske, Verkhniokamianske, Spirne, and Rozdolivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, under the dense russian artillery fire, Ukrainian military successfully repelled attacks in the areas of Bohdanivka, Klischiivka, and northeast of Orikhove-Vasylivka in Donetsk oblast. Russians shelled from artillery at over 10 populated areas, including Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Druzhba, and New York in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, under intense russian aviation and artillery fire, Ukrainian troops successfully repelled attacks by russian soldiers in the areas of Avdiivka and Nevelske. At the same time, russian military conducted artillery shelling at more than 10 populated areas, including Avdiivka, Karlivka, and Nevelske, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Mariinka, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to hold back the russian troops’ advance in the areas of Krasnohorivka and Marinka. The russian army also shelled more than 10 populated areas, including Krasnohorivka, Katerynivka, Marinka, and Pobieda in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, russian attempts at offensive actions in Novomykhailivka area were unsuccessful. Russian troops also conducted an aviation strike near Blahodatne in Donetsk oblast. They shelled over 15 populated areas, including Zolota Nyva, Prechystivka, Vuhledar, and Blahodatne, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the Russian army concentrates its main efforts on preventing further advancement of Ukrainian troops. They made unsuccessful attempts to regain lost positions in Pryiutne area, Zaporizhzhia oblast. Russian troops also launched aviation strikes in the areas of Mala Tokmachka and Novodanylivka, Zaporizhzhia oblast and Antonivka, Kherson oblast. Over 25 populated areas, including Novodariivka, Huliaipole, Huliaipilske, Novoandriivka, and Stepove in Zaporizhzhia oblast; Illinka and Kamianske, Dnipropetrovsk oblast; Antonivka, Havrylivka, Novoberyslav, Respublikanets, Kherson oblast, the city of Kherson, and Yaselka, Mykolaiv oblast, were shelled from artillery.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces continue their offensive operations towards Melitopol and Berdiansk, consolidating their positions, delivering fire strikes with artillery on identified russian targets, and conducting counter-battery measures.

Russian troops continue to plunder the civilian population, appropriating the grain harvest of peaceful Ukrainian citizens. For example, in the settlement of Pryshyb in Zaporizhzhia oblast, russian troops are using diesel locomotives to transport a large number of freight cars with various types of grain crops from the territory of an agricultural enterprise.

The aviation of the Ukrainian army conducted 3 strikes on areas where russian manpower, armaments, and military equipment were concentrated. Additionally, the Ukrainian military destroyed 4 tactical-level reconnaissance UAVs.

The missile forces and artillery units targeted 1 area of russian manpower, armament, and military equipment buildup, as well as 5 artillery systems at their firing positions, 1 command post, 1 anti-aircraft defense system, and 1 russian electronic warfare station.

“Children of the War” platform reported that since the full-scale invasion began, russia has killed 496 children. Over 1,072 children received injuries of various degrees of severity. 

Oleg Kiper, head of Odesa RMA, reported that during the night of July 23, russia damaged at least 25 architectural monuments in Odessa. Among them are buildings of the XIX-XX centuries. Currently, documentation of crimes is being registered. Experts are working on the ground.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, russian troops launched an airstrike near Kucherivka towards Kupiansk.

Yesterday the enemy massively shelled settlements in Kharkiv, Chuhuiv, Kupiansk and Izium regions with artillery, mortars and aircraft.

Several attacks on Kupiansk with Smerch multiple rocket launchers, cannon artillery and mortars damaged civilian industrial buildings, at least 3 private buildings and outbuildings. A 57-year-old woman was killed.

A 45-year-old civilian man was killed in Dvorichna village, Kupiansk region, as a result of hostile shelling. A 60-year-old man was injured and hospitalised.

In Bohuslavka village, Izium region, a private building and a car were damaged. In Cherneshchyna village, Izium region, the club building was damaged as a result of shelling and a fire broke out.

In Kucherivka village, Kupiansk region, pig complex buildings were damaged and a fire broke out. Private buildings and outbuildings were damaged in Novoosynove and Petropavlivka villages, Kupiansk region.

Referring to Kharkiv RMA, a 70-year-old woman was injured in a russian airstrike in Kucherivka village. She has multiple shrapnel wounds to her torso and limbs.

On 22 July, Kucherivka was also shelled. A fire broke out in the warehouse of an agricultural enterprise as a result of artillery strikes. The fire was extinguished in 4.5 hours.

Around 1:10 pm in Izium, a 72-year-old woman stepped on a mine near the entrance. She was hospitalized with moderate injuries.

Mine clearance is ongoing. Yesterday pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service defused 63 explosive ordnance.

Iryna Luhova, Head of the rehabilitation programme of the Ecopark, informed that animal-assisted therapy courses for the military and their families are held in Ecopark near Kharkiv. This is a type of therapy when communication with animals helps to overcome stress.

In July, the three-year-old moose Kassiopeia, which was forced to evacuate to Kovalivka Ecopark in Poltava oblast, was returned to Kharkiv Ecopark. The moose was rescued during the fires in Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. During the shelling of Ecopark, only she survived out of six moose calves.

Donetsk oblast

The invaders destroyed the Palace of Culture in Chasiv Yar, which was used as the city’s humanitarian headquarters and a place to provide medical care. They opened fire on the city at dawn with cluster munitions.  A fire broke out. There were no casualties.

The night before, russians attacked Druzhkivka community: 1 person was killed and 4 injured in Sofiivka, 3 injured in Druzhkivka. Also, in Toretsk of Shakhove community, 1 person was killed and 1 injured, a barley field was burnt down.

Towards Donetsk, 1 person was killed and 1 injured in Avdiivka. In Kurakhove community, 2 apartment buildings in Hirnyk, 5 private buildings in Kurakhivka and 1 in Hostre were damaged. There was shelling of Krasnohorivka and Zoriane of Marinka community.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was injured in Toretsk community and 20 buildings in Druzhba, a building in Niu-York were damaged. In Kostiantynivka, 1 person was injured, 2 buildings in Markove and 1 in Chervone were damaged. In Chasiv Yar community, 2 private buildings, a shop, an apartment building and a cultural institution were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, 1 person was injured and 1 building damaged in Siversk.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, reported that russians killed 4 civilians in Sofiivka, Avdiivka, Toretsk and Fedorivka. Another 11 people were injured over the day.

Luhansk oblast

Serhii Cherevatyi, Spokesman of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that towards Lyman-Kupiansk, a significant grouping of russian troops has been present all the time. For several months in a row, the enemy has been trying to take the initiative there.

Yesterday, the invaders shelled our positions 564 times and conducted ten air raids. There were 13 combat engagements, 63 invaders were eliminated and 131 more injured.  A T-72 tank, an infantry fighting vehicle, two self-propelled artillery pieces, a repair and evacuation vehicle, two mortars, four unmanned aerial vehicles, a dugout with personnel and four vehicles with russian ammunition were destroyed.

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, our soldiers are repelling enemy attacks towards Lyman. For the second day, the area near Nadiia became the epicenter of fighting. The invaders are trying to find a weakness in the defense of Ukrainian troops, so they are attacking in different places in turn. But they are not succeeding in their plan.

The invaders launched air strikes on Serebrianka forestry. Nevske and Bilohorivka were once again shelled with artillery.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Emine Japarova reported that the third International Summit of the Crimean Platform will be held in Kyiv on August 23 in a hybrid format, dedicated to Ukraine’s vision for the future of temporarily occupied Crimea and security issues in the Black Sea region.

Kindergarten No. 4 “Prolisok”, which was damaged during the occupation of the city, is being restored in Bucha. Recovery is ongoing as part of the Assistance in the early recovery of families and communities affected by the war in Bucha, Irpin, Hostomel project. It is organized by the NGO “People’s Aid of Ukraine” in partnership with “Volkshilfe Osterreich” and with the financial support of “Arbeiterwohlfahrt International”.

The “Best Friends” animal shelter in the village of Fasova, Makariv region, which was destroyed by the russian occupiers back in 2022, has been rebuilt. For almost 4 months of reconstruction, a veterinary complex, an operating room, as well as an infectious, therapeutic and rehabilitation department were built there. The money for the reconstruction was provided as part of the Tails Change project, which was launched by Suziria Group and UAnimals, and the decoration of the shelter was done by the company Kailas-V. The reconstruction of the shelter cost about two million hryvnias.

In the vestibule of the Kyiv metro station “Golden Gate” the February: Edges of Invincibility exhibition opened. It is organized by the Military History Research Center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The purpose of the exhibition is to tell about the beginning of a full-scale war in Ukraine, the heroic struggle of Ukrainian defenders and the unity of the entire people for a common victory. The exhibition will run until August 19, after which it will be shown in educational institutions.

Bucha city council reported that representatives of the Italian charitable organization “Misericordie” visited the city. The organization has been helping Ukrainian refugees since the start of the full-scale invasion. In particular, it evacuated people with special needs to Italy, provided ambulances and medical supplies. Misericordie has already allocated more than 45 million euros to help Ukraine.

Photographer Arseniy Gerasimenko reported that a mural dedicated to Anastasia Tykha, an animal rights activist from Irpin, will appear in the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv. It is already being painted on one of the buildings on Zolotoustivska Street. Anastasia Tykha together with her husband Artur Lee took 15 dogs out of war-torn Irpin, among which were dogs with disabilities, 5 cats, a chameleon, a turtle, a hamster and a spider. Now she continues to save sick animals in her native Irpin.

A mural dedicated to Anastasia Tykha, an animal rights activist from Irpin, will appear in Kyiv. Photo: Arseniy Gerasimenko’s Facebook

Zhytomyr oblast

Zhytomyr Regional Employment Service reported that more than 100 employers in the oblast received compensation for the employment of 159 migrants in half a year. Most of them are entrepreneurs from the city of Zhytomyr and Zhytomyr region.

A register of buildings in Zhytomyr has been approved, which will receive funding for ongoing repairs and replacement of windows and doors in entrances damaged by russian shelling at the end of May. As reported in the city council, a total of 182 houses were affected, 979 window units and 30 doors need to be replaced.

In the premises of the Water Tower in Zhytomyr, the  Invincible exhibition project has started work. The project is designed to show different sides of the opposition to the russian occupiers through the eyes of Zhytomyr artists. Exhibitions of the photographer Maksym Vozniuk “One day in the life of an IDP”, Anastasia Sladkovska’s project “Fireproof”, Zahar Berkut’s “Red Lines”, as well as the works of children and teenagers who won the competition “Repulse. Art. Spring” are presented at various locations in the Tower.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that the russians carried out 24 shelling of the border; 113 explosions were recorded. The following communities were attacked:

In Krasnopillia community, there were 14 artillery explosions. As a result of the shelling, 1 person killed, 4 were injured. Residential buildings and a gas pipeline were damaged.

In Velyka Pysarivka community, enemy helicopters launched two unguided aerial missiles on the outskirts of one of the settlements.

In Bilopillia community, there were 10 artillery explosions. The power supply line is damaged.

In Seredina-Buda community, the russians struck with a kamikaze drone, there was 1 explosion. Two people were injured.

One of the damaged houses in the village of Ugroidy. Photo from social networks

At night and in the morning, the enemy fired 4 shots, 10 explosions were recorded. The following communities were shelled: Krasnopillia, Khotyn, Seredina-Buda, Shalyhine.

Pyrotechnicians of the State Emergency Service found and neutralized an artillery shell and a mortar mine in the Shostka and Okhtyrka regions of Sumy oblast.

Photo: tg-channel of the Police of the Sumy oblast

Chernihiv oblast

Chernihiv border detachment reported that russian troops shelled Semenivka community. Two explosions from barrel artillery were recorded in the direction of the village of Tymonovychi.

In Chernihiv, seven memorial plaques to the killed residents of Chernihiv who studied there will be installed on the exterior facade of the buildings of three schools. Three of them are for children who died during the evacuation as a result of russian aggression, the others are for fallen defenders of Ukraine. Petitions regarding the installation of memorial plaques were received by the Chernihiv City Council from the administration of schools, teaching and student groups.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

The head of the regional military administration, Serhiy Lysak, reported that on July 22, the enemy shelled Dnipropetrovsk Oblast with heavy artillery. As a result of russian strikes on the Marhanets community and Nikopol, 12 private houses, 6 outbuildings, a greenhouse, 4 cars and power lines were damaged. The russian military also attacked the Velykomykhailivska community in the Sinelnykivskyi district, damaging a power line.

The enemy continues to strike the region. At night, the occupiers’ heavy artillery shelled the settlements of Dnipropetrovsk region twice. As a result of an enemy attack in Nikopol, three private houses and outbuildings, a car, and a power line were damaged.

In Marganets, the construction of a new water pipeline is nearing completion, with new networks spanning over 7.5 km. Restoration works are underway for centralized supply in Nikopol, which became unavailable for residents due to the destruction caused by russian occupiers at the Kakhovska Hydroelectric Power Station. According to the Dnipropetrovs’k Regional Military Administration, the regional authorities have allocated UAH 120 million for local water supply projects in Nikopol, Marhanets and Pokrov, and almost UAH 160 million has been allocated from the state budget reserve fund.

Residents of Dnipropetrovsk region were allocated UAH 9.5 million to repair windows, doors and roofs in their homes damaged by hostile attacks. The region’s housing stock is also being restored at regional and local expense and with the help of philanthropists.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​In Tulchyn, the renovation of the youth space, carried out within the framework of the National Program VІDNOVA:UA, has been completed. The program allows young people to contribute to the country’s reconstruction. The space had its windows, doors, and flooring replaced, walls repainted, and an open-air summer patio arranged. Additionally, participants learned about psychological adaptation during wartime, project writing, and team building.

The Vinnytsia Municipal Council reported that as part of the “Zurich Trams” project, the 17th tramcar “Tram2000” arrived in Vinnytsia. Before being put into operation on tram lines, trams undergo a series of technical and legal procedures. Currently, the city’s routes are served by 12 Zurich trams. 

Kirovohrad oblast

According to the Regional Development, Urban Planning, and Architecture Department, Public discussions on the comprehensive restoration program of Kirovohrad Oblast are scheduled for September. As part of the pilot project, Pomichnianska community of Novoukrainskyi district and Znamianska community of Kropyvnytskyi district will develop their own programs. Currently, the communities have completed consultations, submitted ideas and formed a portfolio of investment projects.

The Ukrainian band “Tanok na Maidani Kongo” is holding charity concerts in Kirovohrad Oblast. Tickets for the concerts are not sold; they take place in squares and parks. The funds raised are used to purchase drones for the 68th Brigade and necessary equipment for units where the band’s members serve.

Poltava oblast

The Poltava Regional Military Administration reported that there are 526 general secondary education institutions, out of which 459 have their own shelters or access to nearby shelters in Poltava region. This represents almost 90% of the total number of institutions, a significant increase compared to just over 50% considered suitable a year ago.

According to the head of the Poltava Regional Council, Oleksandr Bilenkyi, the Complex Program for Rehabilitation, Integration, and Social Protection of Ukrainian Defenders and their families, which was reviewed and supported by the relevant committee of the regional council, can commence its work in Poltava Oblast from August 1st. This year, the services can be provided to 250 veterans and their family members.

The charitable foundation “Caritas Poltava” has resumed the distribution of food packages, which was temporarily suspended at the end of June. The packages can be obtained by internally displaced persons who have moved to Poltava Oblast due to the war.

Cherkasy oblast

Project work is ongoing to restore a multi-story building in Uman, which was hit by a russian missile on April 28, 2023. The authorities are expected to receive the project with an expert report by August 15. According to the head of the Cherkasy Regional Military Administration, Igor Taburets, the replacement of windows, which were damaged by the explosion wave, is currently being completed. There are 12 windows left to install out of 1,341. All affected residents who needed housing are currently living in social and private hotels and are under constant social support.

Cherkasy special forces of the KORD unit organized a shooting competition in memory of colleagues who lost their lives in the russian-Ukrainian war. As reported by the National Police of the region, four KORD special forces – Stanislav Dyachenko, Oleksandr Boyko, Oleh Prudkyi, and Vitaliy Sahaidak – were killed while performing their duties due to a missile-bomb strike carried out by russian forces at their location in Zaporizhzhia.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yesterday, the enemy carried out 69 strikes on 20 peaceful settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Currently, 12 civilian objects, including residential buildings and property, have been reported damaged. The enemy shelled the towns of Huliaipole, Novodarivka, Orikhove, Preobrazhenka, Levadne, Mala Tokmachka, Stepnohirsk, Kamianske, Stepove, Piatykhatky, and Lobkove with 61 artillery strikes, causing damage to houses and infrastructure. Temyrivka, Novodarivka, and Bilenke suffered from rocket attacks, while Huliaipilske was hit by enemy aviation. During the night, russian troops launched four missiles at the outskirts of the regional center and Zaporizhzhia oblast.

In the temporarily occupied city of Enerhodar the occupiers have intensified repression against Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZAPNPP) employees who refuse to cooperate or sign contracts with the russian occupation administration. Ukrainians continue to resist by refusing to go to work and sabotaging the implementation of the occupiers’ decisions. In response, the occupiers use psychological and physical measures against these employees. Employees of the russian FSB and rosgvardiya employ intimidation, threats, blackmail, and physical violence against Ukrainian specialists, seizing cash, funds from bank cards, and confiscating mobile phones.

A local resident discovered an unexploded ordnance item on the premises of a private yard in Zaporizhzhia. Pyrotechnic experts confirmed it to be a guided aviation bomb FAB-500. The State Emergency Service (SES) sappers transported the bomb to a specially prepared location and safely neutralized it following safety protocols.

Mykolaiv oblast

Yesterday, at 12:30, enemy shelled the territory near one of the settlements in Kutsurub village community. According to Mykolaiv RMA, there were no casualties reported.

NATO Strategic Communications Center Director Janis Sarts, the acting head of the Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andrii Shapovalov, and the Defense Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Ukraine, Colonel Aleksandrs Holmanovs, were visited Mykolaiv. They met with the head of Mykolaiv RMA, Vitalii Kim. During the meeting, they discussed pressing issues related to strengthening security in the region, particularly focusing on countering hybrid threats from russia, especially in the context of misinformation and cyber attacks.

Odesa oblast

During the night from July 22 to July 23, the russian army shelled Odesa oblast with 19 missiles of various types, including Kalibr, Oniks, Kh-22, Iskander-K, and ballistic Iskander-M missiles. The Ukrainian air defense forces managed to intercept and destroy 9 missiles. However, the attack resulted in the death of one person, while 22 others were injured, including 4 children. Fourteen citizens, including three children, were hospitalized. Rescuers pulled out a woman from under the rubble of a private house, who miraculously managed to survive. Among the damaged structures were 40 houses, including 25 architectural monuments in the historical center of Odesa, the Spaso-Preobrazhenskyi Cathedral, five kindergartens, four schools and two after-school educational institutions; dozens of cars were mutilated. The House of Scientists suffered significant damage to stained glass and antique furniture. The Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the patron saint of Odesa, was successfully rescued from the ruins of the Spaso-Preobrazhenskyi Cathedral.

Consequences of the russian shelling of the Spaso-Preobrazhenskyi Cathedral in Odesa. Photo: Odesa Online

The “South” Operational Command reported that russia stationed a submarine in a base, which launched a missile attack with “Kalibr” cruise missiles on the South of Ukraine during the night of July 23. This submarine fired all of its cruise missiles before being replaced by a small rocket ship capable of launching up to 8 “Kalibr” missiles.

Metropolitan Onufriy, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), addressed the Odesa faithful and clergy after the strike on Odesa, which resulted in the destruction of the Spaso-Preobrazhenskyi Cathedral, calling for patience, fervent prayer, and the suppression of anger to prevent it from turning into blind hatred. In his address, he did not directly condemn or mention that the strike on Odesa was carried out by the aggressor country, russia. Another priest in the Lavra also refused to call russia an aggressor, and regarding the events in Odesa, the priest said that he “didn’t see anything.”

Italy’s Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, stated that her country is ready to participate in the reconstruction of the Spaso-Preobrazhenskyi Cathedral, which suffered damage as a result of the missile strike by russian occupying forces.

Kherson oblast

Yesterday, the enemy carried out 59 attacks, firing a total of 332 projectiles from mortars, artillery, “Grad” rocket launchers, aircraft, tanks, BMPs, and UAVs. The city of Kherson was shelled with 28 projectiles. The russian military targeted residential quarters in settlements across the region, a farming enterprise in Beryslav region, and an administrative building of a vital facility in Kherson. As a result of the russian aggression, one person was killed.

Since November 11, 2022, 300 people, including six children, have been killed in the liberated part of Kherson oblast due to russian shelling. A total of 1,163 people were injured, including 60 children.

It is reported that the russian forces took 100 Ukrainian children from the temporarily occupied Kalanchak to russia. The children were sent to the “Lesnaya Skazka” sanatorium in Saransk (Mordovia) to participate in cultural and educational events. Lectures about “special military operation,” their russian affiliation, and the teaching of pseudo-history in the kremlin’s version are planned for these children.

An explosion occurred in Oleshky in the house of Heorhii Zhuravko, whom the occupiers appointed as the so-called “head of the city.” The head of Oleshky, Yevhen Rishchuk, reported this incident. According to him, Heorhii Zhuravko’s house was blown up on July 22nd, at around 5-6 pm. It is unknown if the collaborator was in the house at the time of the explosion.

A resident of Nova Kakhovka, Leonid Kondratsky, was found in Simferopol’s Detention Center No. 2. He was taken prisoner by russian militants after the occupation of the region. The occupiers detained the 64-year-old man on October 7, 2022, in Tavriisk, Khakhovka region. He has been in Detention Center No. 2 for over a year. Leonid Kondratsky participated in the Anti-Terrorist Operation in 2014 near Avdiivka in Donbas. After the occupation of Kherson oblast, he was kidnapped three times, but the last time the occupiers didn’t release him.

Construction workers from Khmelnytskyi oblast are conducting repair works in Vysokopillia. Currently, brigades are restoring three 16-apartment buildings. Masons and roofers are working on the repairs. The necessary construction materials are being supplied for the restoration, including recently receiving 30 cubic meters of wood.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The delegation of Ratniv community once again visited soldiers of Volyn Territorial Defense Brigade, who continue to successfully perform combat missions in the east of Ukraine. This time, the Volyn military was given a car with a refrigerator unit, which is necessary to ensure the livelihood of the brigade’s personnel.

Zakarpattia oblast

The Owl’s Nest humanitarian aid center gave out to IDPs this week: clothes, bed linen and dishes (a total of 2 220 items), 70 packages with necessary things for children under 2 years of age; 100 grocery sets; 187 hygiene kits, thanks to the PDUM Partnerschaft Deutschland-Ukraine/Moldova e. V., Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

300 children from different parts of Ukraine came to the first camp shift of the international children’s center Artek. Since the war began, the institution was evacuated from Kyiv oblast to Zakarpattia. The regional council handed over the former children’s sanatorium Boat in Svalia region for use by Artek residents.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Kosiv Central District Hospital received another batch of charitable aid from abroad thanks to the hospital by the Tourist Association Hutsulia NGO. Servicemen from the combat zone are treated and rehabilitated at Kosiv hospital.

Lviv oblast

As part of the Side by Side project, trucks with repair materials from Lviv oblast arrived in the village of Nova Zoria in Kherson oblast. 50 private houses damaged by occupiers will be restored in the settlement.

Health care facilities in Lviv oblast received 60 tons of products in six months thanks to the joint work of the UN World Food Program, the 100% of Life – the Network of PLHIV Food for Life 2022 project and with the financial support of the World Food Program. As of today, it was possible to provide over 25 hospitals in the oblast.

A photo exhibition is being held in Lviv about volunteers who help the affected residents of Kyiv oblast. The Stronger than Bricks traveling photo project was organized by the B50 volunteer community, which has been helping to restore liberated communities for over a year.

The process of decommunization in Stryi community has been completely completed. The last monument of soviet propaganda was demolished in the village of Semihyniv.

Rivne oblast

Inventors from Mlynov have created a drone detector of enemy UAVs. There are already over 100 such devices. The peculiarity of this device is that it detects the frequency of drones and, using sound or vibration signals, informs about the approach of an enemy UAV. This allows the defenders to quickly decide on the next course of action.

Ternopil oblast

Rostislav Shulskyi, Director of Chortkiv Central City Hospital, reported that the hospital received a 100 kW diesel generator from the Nova Ukraine organization. At the busiest moments, the building consumes up to 60 kW of electricity, so this generator must ensure uninterrupted operation of the institution.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

On July 26, the presentation of Artem Zadoianchuk’s collection of poems I Want to See Spring will take place in Khmelnytskyi. The publication of the book honors the memory of Khmelnytskyi who gave his life for the will and freedom of Ukraine in the russian-Ukrainian war. The collection includes 22 poems written by Artem Zadoianchuk in different years. A handwritten version was added to some poems. They also posted photos with the author.

Chernivtsi oblast

Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, awarded 8 more children from Bukovyna who helped soldiers. The children raised funds in various ways: singing carols, selling baked goods and beadwork, and donating their own savings or birthday gifts.

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

Rheinmetall will produce 300K shells for the Gepard air defense system for Ukraine. The first deliveries will be in the near future. According to the publication, this year Rheinmetall is going to supply the Armed Forces of Ukraine with 40K such projectiles.

Mariusz Blaszczak, Minister of National Defense of Poland, announced that a center for the repair of Ukrainian Leopard 2 tanks has opened on the basis of the Bumar-Labedy enterprise in the country. This company has 20 years of experience in servicing and repairing Polish Leopard 2 A4s.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, had a phone conversation with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General. They shared assessments of the current situation in the Black Sea and risks it poses to global food security.

77 Ukrainians were sent for specialized treatment to European clinics. 54 of them were evacuated thanks to the cooperation of the Ministry of Health and the European Commission. Another 23 Ukrainians were evacuated for further prosthetics and rehabilitation within the framework of government programs of European countries. Patients were sent to clinics in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Latvia and Switzerland. In general, since the war began, thanks to cooperation with international partners, over 4K Ukrainians have already been evacuated.

The Washington Post reported that complete demining of Ukraine may take 757 years. Currently, about 30% of the country’s territory (over 67K square km) is contaminated with mines and unexploded shells. If 500 demining groups take part in demining, it will last for hundreds of years. According to experts, the scale and concentration of munitions pollution in Ukraine surpasses countries such as Afghanistan and Syria. “The amount of ammunition in Ukraine is simply unprecedented in the last 30 years. There is nothing like it anywhere else,” says Greg Crowther, Mines Advisory Group Program Director.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, agreed to convene a meeting of the newly created Ukraine-NATO Council at the request of the Ukrainian side. Oana Lungescu, alliance spokeswoman, said that the meeting will be held on Wednesday at the level of ambassadors with the aim of “consulting on the latest events and discussing the transportation of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea.”

The Italian Embassy reported that the country is ready to help in the restoration of the Transfiguration Cathedral in Odesa, which suffered significant destruction this night due to the russian attack.

A child’s coffin with the inscription “The Future of Hungarian Youth” was brought to the house of Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary. In this way, local lawyer and activist Zoltan Keresteni expressed his protest against the close relationship between the Hungarian government and the putin-led russian federation.

A child’s coffin with the inscription “The future of Hungarian youth”. Photo from social networks

The reaction of the world community to the Russian night missile attack on Odesa:

While russia continued its strikes on Odesa and targeted the cathedral, we cannot stop repeating that deliberate strikes on civilian targets are considered war crimes under international law, – wrote Catherine Colonna, French Foreign Minister.

The destroyed cathedral, destroyed houses and burned grain silos should once again make it clear that it matters everywhere, – said Bridget Brink, emphasized US Ambassador.

A beautiful Ukrainian city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is being bombed because there is a port from where vital food is exported, – said Melinda Simmons, British Ambassador.

We condemn russia’s constant airstrikes on peaceful cities, residential areas and the historic center protected by UNESCO. Our hearts and minds are with Ukraine, – said Maia Sandu, President of Moldova.

The constant missile terror against Odesa, a city with UNESCO protection status, is another kKremlin war crime. The main Orthodox cathedral of the city, an object of world cultural heritage, was also destroyed, – said Josep Borrell, EU Chief Diplomat.

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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