War in Ukraine today: latest news, June 07, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 469th 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 enemy carried out 28 airstrikes, launched about 20 MLRS attacks on Ukrainian settlements and Ukrainian Defense Forces. Civilians suffered and some infrastructure was damaged.

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

The enemy continues to focus its main efforts on attempts to completely occupy  Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts. There were 21 combat clashes.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the operational situation has not changed significantly. 

Towards Siverskand Sloboda, russians launched an airstrike in the vicinities of Strelcha, Kharkiv Oblast. They shelled the settlements of Galaganivka, Leonivka, Chernihiv oblast; Novovasylivka, Volfine, Rozhkovichi, Vovkivka, Yablunivka, Sumy oblast, as well as Udy, Veterinarne, Hraniv, Morokhovets, Ternova, Staritsa, Vovchansk, Hatishche, Pokalyan, Budarky, Zemlianka, Zarubinka, Chugunivka, and Milove, Kharkiv Oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy forces carried out airstrikes in Kislivka area, Kharkiv oblast, and Stelmakhivka, Luhansk oblast. Kamianka, Topoli, Krasne Pershe, Petro-Ivanivka, Figolivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Kindrashivka, Kislivka, Tabaivka, Berestov, Kharkiv oblast and Novoselivske in Luhansk were shelled by artillery and mortars.

Towards Lyman, russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations in tVesely area, Donetsk oblast. Carried out airstrikes near Yampolivka, Bilohorivka, Siversk, Zvanivka, Spirnyi, Vesely, and Nikiforivka, Donetsk oblast. Makiivka, Nevske, Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast and Verkhniokamianske, Torske, Spirne, Rozdolivka, Donetsk oblast were shelled by artillery.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy forces carried out offensive operations near Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Ivanivskyi, and Pivnichne, but without success. They carried out an airstrike near Dilyivka, Donetsk oblast. Vasiukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Ivanovske, Stupochki, Oleksandro-Shultyne, Bila Hora, Toretsk, Pivnichne, Donetsk oblast were affected by enemy artillery shelling.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy forces made an unsuccessful offensive. They carried out airstrikes within Avdiivka. Russians also shelled Berdychi, Stepove, Avdiivka, Pervomaiske and Karlivka settlements, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Mariinka, our defenders repelled 9 enemy attacks in the vicinities of Mariinka. Russians launched an airstrike in the Krasnohorivka area. Hostre, Maksimilianivka, Heorhiivka, Mariinka, Pobieda, and Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast were shelled by artillery.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the occupiers launched airstrikes in the vicinities of Prechistivka and Shakhtarske. They shelled Vuhledar, Shakhtarske, Zolota Niva and Vremivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, russian forces are on the defensive. They carried out airstrikes in Novopil, Donetsk oblast and Olhivskyi and Poltavka in Zaporizhzhia. The enem shelled Burlatske, Novosilka, Novopil, Temyrivka settlements, Donetsk oblast; Olhivske, Poltavka, Huliaipole, Charivne, Bilohiria, Novoandriivka, Scherbaki, Stepove and Kamianske, Zaporizhzhia oblast; Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast; Beryslav, Vesele, Tokarivka, Sadove, Bilozerka, Kherson oblast and the city of Kherson.

The russian federation does not care about the issues of the local population in the occupied territories, they are capable of any crimes and large-scale destruction. Thus, after russian terrorists blew up the dam of Kakhovsk HPP, the residents of Kozachi Laheri village, who found themselves in the flooding zone, did not wait for help from the so-called occupying authorities and tried to leave the partially flooded settlement on their own. However, russian servicemen, while being intoxicated, blocked all possible ways to leave the city and forbade evacuation.

At the same time, in the city of Hola Prystan, the occupiers drive the owners of two-story buildings out of their apartments and settle in them themselves. The invaders set up firing positions on roofs of these buildings.

The Ukrainian Air Force conducted 15 strikes on manpower buildups and 2 strikes on enemy’s anti-aircraft missile systems.

Ukrainian Defense Forces destroyed 4 enemy reconnaissance UAVs.

Ukrainian missile and artillery units hit 4 command posts, 1 concentration of enemy troops, weapons and military equipment, 3 ammunition depots, 2 anti-aircraft missile systems and 1 enemy radar station.

About 24,000 people are considered missing. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Leonid Tymchenko. He also emphasized that in connection with flooding of Kherson oblast, the police is to be immediately contacted if a person is missing.

Ukraine signed a partnership agreement with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This was reported in the OECD. The agreement will help Ukraine approach the membership in the organization and the European Union.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, russian troops launched air strikes in Strilecha and Kyslivka regions. At least 26 settlements were under mortar and artillery attack.

Kharkiv animal volunteers joined the rescue of animals in flooded Kherson. Yaryna Vintoniuk, a representative of Kharkiv Animal Rescue reported that two crews went to Kherson the day before and another crew left on 7 June. Volunteers use boats to move around the city and take animals out of flooded buildings. The rescued animals will be temporarily placed in shelters in Odesa and Mykolaiv. Volunteers are also looking for residents of Kharkiv oblast who could take in dogs and cats.

Dog evacuated by volunteers from Kherson. Photo social media

Press service of Kharkivvodokanal enterprise reported that they moved 29 metres of sewerage networks at the site of the russian missile hit on Rymarska Street, reconstructed the destroyed well and moved 32 metres of water supply networks.

Zolochiv Village Council informed that a 12-year-old boy, who tripped a mine in a car with his family on 2 June in Kharkiv oblast, died of burns in hospital.

Kharkivoblenerho specialists have restored electricity supply in Vesele village, Lypetsk community in Kharkiv region. 47 out of 549 households in Vesele have already been connected to the power grid.

Yesterday, the enemy continued to shell the border and frontline settlements of Kupiansk, Kharkiv, Chuhuiv and Bohodukhiv regions. Specifically, Sotnytskyi Kozachok, Veterynarne, Strilecha, Synelnykove, Starytsia, Vovchansk, Udy, Zarichne, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Masiutivka, Lyman Pershyi and other settlements were under enemy attack.

There were no civilian casualties over the day.

Yesterday, at about 5:45 pm, the enemy shelled the ammonia pipeline in Kupiansk region again. There were a total of 6 hits near the pumping station near Masiutivka village. As of now, the results of the tests show that there is no ammonia in the air in the settlements of Kupiansk region.

Mine clearance is ongoing. Yesterday pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service defused 78 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of the Ground Forces reported that Russian troops are losing positions near Bakhmut, while the Defence Forces, specifically the 3rd separate assault brigade, continue to move forward on the flanks.  

Hanna Myliar, Deputy Minister of Defence informed that towards Bakhmut, Ukrainian troops switched from defence to offence and advanced by 200 to 1,100 metres in different areas yesterday.

Petro Andriushchenko, Mariupol Mayor’s Councillor said that for the first time, it was possible to document the fact that tussians falsified navigation data on ships transporting grain from the temporarily occupied Mariupol.

Referring to Vitalii Barabash, head of the Avdiivka City Military Administration in the morning, russian occupation forces launched an air strike. One person was injured.

Yesterday, russian troops shelled Donetsk oblast 20 times, hitting 10 cities and settlements. A kindergarten, enterprises and residential buildings were damaged.

Towards Volnovakha, Shevchenko, Komar community, was shelled, causing no casualties or destruction.

Towards Donetsk, russians attacked Kurakhove community 7 times – Kurakhove, Kurakhivka, Hostre and Ostrivske. There were isolated attacks in Ocheretyne community. Avdiivka was shelled with missiles in the morning.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was killed in Pavnichnyi Toretsk community. Five buildings were damaged in the community. An apartment building in Chasiv Yar community and a private building in Mykyforivka of Soledar community were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, 1 person was killed in Torske, Lyman community. A building in Zvanivka was destroyed.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration reported that yesterday russians killed two civilians in Torske and Pivnichne.

Luhansk oblast

The invaders do not stop shelling civilian homes. They destroyed two more buildings in Nevske, with no casualties. A local granary was also damaged. In Novoliubivka, enemy artillery shelled the area around the cemetery.

Yesterday, russians attacked near Kreminna and Bilohorivka. They shelled Dibrova from the aircraft. In addition to the above-mentioned settlements, Novoselivske and Bilohorivka were shelled with artillery.

Artem Lysohor, head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration reported that the occupied Hirske community has no centralised water supply. Neither the cities nor the villages. Russians destroyed the system. The only thing that the invaders have managed to do in almost a year is to organise the water supply by transport. Russians have provided only one vehicle to supply water to the temporarily occupied Hirske community and do not even plan to restore the water supply there.

According to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, medical institutions in the occupied city are facing a catastrophic shortage of staff. The staff is only 11% of the required number. There are no gynaecologists, neurologists, cardiologists and other doctors. In addition, residents report a shortage of medicines.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

6 buildings damaged by russian shelling are already being rebuilt in the Kyiv oblast. As reported in the regional military administration, a total of 18 facilities will be restored as part of the UNITED24 project. Last week, they started rebuilding two houses in Hostomel and one in Irpin. All works are planned to be completed by the end of this year.

The mayor of Irpin Oleksandr Markushyn announced that Irpin and Polish Bydgoszcz will become sister cities. According to him, there are already agreements on cooperation in the field of education, support of youth policy and assistance to the city of Irpin in the form of utility equipment.

In May, specialists of the Kyiv City Center for Gender Equality, Prevention and Combating Violence recorded an increase in the number of appeals and provided 1,403 consultations. As the KCSA reported, most often people turned to psychologists regarding the phantom sounds of explosions, panic attacks, fear of dying, losing their family or falling under occupation again. Contacting the Center is free and confidential.

A mural was created on Podilskyi district in Kyiv depicting the “Zaporizhia avenger” – the youngest Hero of Ukraine, National Guardsman Roman Glomba. According to the authors, the mural is dedicated to a 19-year-old conscript from a village in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, who shot down 7 enemy planes with the Igla MANPADS since the beginning of the full-scale invasion and received the Hero of Ukraine star.

A new mural in Kyiv dedicated to the Zaporizhzhia avenger Roman Glomba. Photo from social networks

KCSA reported that the Kyiv City Hospital of Veterinary Medicine will help the animals evacuated from the Kherson oblast with treatment, shelter, vaccination and finding new owners.

Migrant children from Bakhmut joined the “Dobryi Palychnyk” zoo-therapeutic project. Within the scope of the project, specialists of the capital zoo conduct thematic excursions, zoological art classes, mini-lectures, and also organize tactile communication with domestic animals. The zoo reported that since the beginning of this year, about 800 participants have taken part in the program, including children of military personnel, forced migrants, as well as patients of children’s and adult medical institutions.

The USAID project “Economic Support of Ukraine” reported that the IT hive from the Ukrainian-Polish developers AmoHive was opened on the territory of the Baltasy base, near the urban-type village of Hrebinka. So far, ten experimental hives have been equipped there, which are equipped with solar panels and sensors. The beekeeper can check the temperature, humidity and amount of collected honey in the hive using a smartphone application.

Zhytomyr oblast

Head of Zhytomyr RMA, Vitaliy Bunechko announced that 4,000 places in the oblast have been prepared to house evacuated residents from Kherson oblast, who suffered due to the russian troops blowing up the Kakhovskaya HPP. According to him, all communities of Zhytomyr oblast are currently involved in the collection of aid.

Eight buses with generators, fuel, medicines, rubber boats, life jackets, sleeping bags, food, candles and clothes were sent to the Kherson oblast. Together with the cargo, 10 doctors and 20 volunteers are going to help people with evacuation.

Zhytomyr Regional Emergency Service reported that the 13th evacuation train has arrived in the oblast. Another 14 people found shelter in the oblast, including one family with 2 children and 2 people with disabilities. People were accepted for accommodation by the Ruzhyn community of the Berdychiv region.

The Government of the Republic of Estonia plans to build a family-type orphanage in Zhytomyr, this project was supported at a meeting of the city council. The building will be erected on the outskirts of the city for a family of migrants from Kherson, and an access road will be built to the site.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that two people were killed in the Yunakivka community due to a russian drone hitting a private house. There was a fire and destruction at the place of impact. One person was taken to hospital with injuries. Also, 13 mortar strikes were recorded on the territory of Mykolayiv and Bilopillia communities.

Sumy RMA reported that the russians carried out 19 shellings, a total of 71 explosions were recorded. The Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Yunakivka, Myropillia, Seredina-Buda, Shalyhine, Velyka Pysarivka communities came under shelling. As a result of enemy shelling, 8 private residential buildings and farm buildings were damaged in the Seredina-Buda community, a private residential building and a garage in Velyka Pysarivka, and a power line in Bilopillia ones.

Rescue workers free people from the rubble during the liquidation of the consequences of the russian strike. Yunakivska hromada, Sumyoblast, June 7, 2023. Photo: SES

Head of Sumy RMA Volodymyr Artyukh announced that the oblast is preparing water supplies, body armor, thermal guns, plastic canisters and other material resources from the regional humanitarian headquarters for transfer to Kherson oblast. Also, the regional government cooperates with industrial enterprises and farmers on the formation of humanitarian aid to the victims.

Sumy RMA reported that  two additional high-rise buildings for the Ukrainian signal transmission will be built in the border regions to ensure information security and maximum coverage of the border communities of Sumy oblast, Also, a state-wide decision was made to restore analog television broadcasting and increase the number of FM transmitters in the border areas.

Chernihiv oblast

Twelve shellings were recorded in Chernihiv oblast over the past day: 34 explosions of artillery shells, 53 explosions of 82 mm and 120 mm mines. The border towns of Karpovychi, Medvedivka, Zarichchya, Halahanivka, Yelino, Kostobobriv, and Leonivka came under enemy shelling. As a result of russian shelling, civilian infrastructure in Karpovychi was damaged and 4 buildings in Kostobobriv caught fire.

The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that the russian military continues its criminal tactics of shelling the Ukrainian border. The enemy attacked the Semenivka community, on whose territory 8 mortar hits were recorded in the area of the village of Leonivka and 2 in the area of the village of Halahanivka.

Consequences of the russian shelling of the village of Kostobobriv, Chernihiv oblast. Photo: The ‘North’ Operational Command

Chernihiv RMA reported that Chernihiv rescuers and divers with special equipment and watercraft are being sent to Kherson oblast to deal with the consequences of the explosion of the Kakhovskaya HPP. For the work of rescuers and other services, five tons of diesel fuel, sleeping bags, sleeping sets, canisters, low-power generators, portable radio stations, chargers, lanterns, water filters, and a ton of food were collected.

Students and teachers of the Chernihiv Polytechnic National University are testing an automated notification system that will open the doors of shelters and bomb shelters in case of an alarm. Also, the mechanism is arranged in such a way that the door can always be opened from the inside. The development began after the beginning of the full-scale invasion of russia, now the work on the prototype is coming to an end.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to the head of the regional council Mykola Lukashuk, in the morning the russian army attacked the Nikopol region. Myrove community was hit by a UAV.  Two private houses, 1 outbuilding, 3 cars , and 1 tractor were damaged.  Around 7 a.m., Nikopol was shelled with heavy artillery. An educational institution, 2 private enterprises, 8 private residential buildings, 6 outbuildings, 1 low-pressure gas pipeline, and 1 power line were damaged.

Yevhen Yevtushenko, head of the Nikopol RMA, said that Nikopol region has announced a regime of strict saving of drinking and technical water. Currently, the water company is working with a retailer to supply additional volumes of drinking water to stores in the area. 

The head of Dnipropetrovsk RMA Serhii Lysak said that about 150 police officers from Dnipropetrovsk oblast are currently working in Kherson oblast. Almost 100 rescuers and 37 pieces of equipment have also arrived in the region. The rescuers are helping with evacuations, rescuing people from flooded streets and homes. 

The head of the Dnipropetrovs’k RMA Serhii Lysak announced that philanthropists from the international foundation “We Help Ukrainians” have delivered another batch of humanitarian aid to internally displaced people, namely 350 food packages for the Chervonohryhorivka community in Nikopol region.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​ Vinnytsia Mayor Serhii Morhunov announced that a truck with humanitarian aid for Kherson oblast has been sent from Vinnytsia oblast and is already loaded. It includes food, drinking water, salt, electric heaters, motor boats and special equipment for moving through flooded streets. 

In Vinnytsia, two schoolgirl friends, Maria Hnatyk and Ahafiia Hryhoruk, are painting weapons tubes. They give each work for a donation of 16,000 hryvnias, which is the price of a kamikaze drone. The girls from Vinnytsia are sending the quadcopters to the frontline.

Kirovohrad oblast

Volunteers from Kropyvnytskyi, including BIM and Krop:hub, rescued many animals trapped by the enemy’s explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. The animals are on their way to Kropyvnytskyi.

According to Head of the Kirovohrad Regional State Administration Andrii Raikovych, the Lower Silesian Voivodeship has handed over 8 resuscitation vehicles. The vehicles have the necessary equipment to transport patients and provide first aid. 

Poltava oblast

According to Vitalii Shkarevsky, a spokesman for the Poltava region’s rescuers, 6 people from the Poltava Oblast State Emergency Service as well as 4 pieces of equipment were sent to Kherson oblast to deal with the aftermath of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station explosion. An all-terrain rescue vehicle Bohun was also sent.

Cherkasy oblast

Volunteers of the Druh Cherkasy animal protection association travelled to Kherson oblast, which was affected by the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Zaporizhzhia RMA reports that the situation in Zaporizhzhia oblast following the terrorist act on the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station is fully under control. The water levels of the upper reservoir have decreased by 0.7 meters, and the lower reservoir by 1.3 meters, which is within the normal range. The technical reservoirs at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) are filled to the normal technical level. The radiation background remains stable.

Water is rapidly receding in the village of Bilenke in Zaporizhzhia oblast due to the explosion at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station. However, the community administration assures that the situation for the Bilenke community is currently not critical and is continuously monitored.

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine warns that there will be a phenomenon of fish mortality (fish kill) in Kherson oblast and flooded areas in Zaporizhzhia oblast in the next 3-5 days due to the rapid decrease in water levels. Collecting and consuming such fish is strictly prohibited as there is a risk of botulism.

Rafael Grossi, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), announced that he will lead a mission that will travel to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant next week following the russian sabotage of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station.

Yesterday, russian forces carried out 105 shellings on 16 frontline settlements. This included 4 airstrikes on Olhivske, Poltavka, and Omelnyk, drone attacks on Shcherbaky, Stepove, and Mali Shcherbaky, and 12 strikes with MLRS on Charivne, Malynivka, Kamianske, Stepove, and 86 artillery shellings on Huliaipole, Huliaipilsei, Zaliznychne, Novoandriivka, Chervone, Bilohiria, and Temyrivka. The destruction of 18 houses, apartments, utility buildings, and other civilian objects has been recorded.

Today, June 7,a powerful explosion occurred  near the occupied military unit in the temporarily occupied town of Myrne in the Melitopol region. The mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, reported this in a Telegram channel.

Mykolaiv oblast

The criminal russian army continues to cause damage to Mykolaiv oblast. Yesterday, at 13:00 and 20:01, residential buildings and an elevator in the city of Ochakiv were damaged as a result of enemy artillery shelling. According to Mykolaiv RMA, no casualties have been reported.

On Wednesday, June 7, residents of Kherson oblast whose homes were partially flooded or submerged continue to arrive in Mykolaiv. Some of them stay in the city, others travel farther. Representatives of Mykolaiv RMA, the Regional Center for Social Services, and law enforcement agencies in collaboration with public and charitable organizations greet each evacuee, providing for their needs, including food, coordination of further actions, and financial assistance. Psychologists are also present at the gathering points, offering counseling and helping residents of Kherson oblast overcome emotional difficulties and adapt to new living conditions.

As of today, as of 18:00, the water level in the waters of Mykolaiv has risen by a total of 82 cm. Many regions are affected by flooding. According to the Mayor of the city, Oleksandr Senkevych, all city services are operating in emergency mode.

Odesa oblast

Yesterday, crews with two pumps for water pumping were dispatched from Odesa to Kherson oblast. Today, two trucks carrying 40 tons of drinking water were sent to the Nova Oleksandrivka community, where there is a problem with water supply. This was reported by the press service of Odesa City Council.

As of 13:00, June 7, 101 individuals evacuated from Kherson oblast have arrived in Odesa. The displaced persons are provided with one-time financial assistance and humanitarian aid. Accommodation options are offered. However, as reported by Odesa RMA, the affected individuals have decided to stay with relatives.

Military units and civilian hospitals in Odesa oblast received three new vehicles. American philanthropists have donated two ambulances and one fire truck.

Yesterday, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Ukraine, Mr. Peter Van de Velde, visited Odesa. The parties discussed the work of the “Grain Initiative” and grain exports in case of its suspension. They also touched upon the demining of coastal areas and discussed the possibility of Belgium joining the post-war recovery of Ukraine.

Using DJI Mavic or Autel drones for delivering ammunition on the battlefield is expensive and inefficient. Therefore, the charitable foundation Khvylya’91, together with the National Guard, has established a factory for FPV strike drones. The cost of these drones is affordable: $200-300, and their effectiveness has already been proven on the frontlines. From the very beginning, the factory produced 100 drones in a month, then 500, and now the plan is to produce 1000 units in a month. The scale of production depends on donations that support the factory’s operations. The most popular model of the drone is the medium-sized UAV “Kolibri.” Its payload capacity is up to 1 kg, flight range is approximately 6 km, and it can reach speeds of up to 170 km/h.

Charitable events, including a fair and concert, were held in the Sarata community to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It was raised 40K hryvnias during the charitable event.

Kherson oblast

26 populated areas in the flooded zone of the deoccupied part of Kherson oblast were affected due the catastrophe at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station. More than 42K citizens reside in this area. However, precise information about the state of the technological disaster in the occupied part of Kherson oblast is unavailable. This was reported by the Office of the Prosecutor General. It has been determined that as a result of the dam’s destruction, there was an uncontrolled discharge of water with a rise in its level in the lower part of the Dnipro River up to 12 meters.

Satellite image of Kherson oblast. Photo: Maxar Technologies

Law enforcement authorities have received reports of three missing persons in the flood zone in Kherson oblast. This was reported by the National Police of Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a coordination meeting during which the situation with the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station was discussed. The issue of urgent provision of drinking water and long-term solutions for the affected settlements, which relied on the reservoir for their water supply, is being addressed. Assessment of damages and environmental impact is underway. The President also informed that the evacuation of people on the left bank of the Dnipro was a complete failure for the russians.

Evacuation of the civilian population from the flooded areas. Photo: Police of Kherson oblast

As the head of the operation to eliminate the consequences, Minister of Internal Affairs Ihor Klymenko visited the areas where residents are being transported by boats and all-terrain vehicles from their homes that are now submerged in water. Evacuation efforts are ongoing. Rescuers and police officers are evacuating not only people but also domestic animals that can be saved. Afterward, the affected individuals are taken to assistance centers.

Evacuation operations from the flooded areas on the right bank due to the terrorist act committed by the russian armed forces against the civilian population have been underway for the second day. Police officers, together with all relevant services and volunteers, are responding to reports from citizens who have been trapped in entrances, private houses, rooftops, and vehicles due to the rapid rise of water. During the evacuation operations in the city of Kherson, russian military personnel dropped explosive devices from a drone targeting police officers who were rescuing people from the flooded zone. As a result, two law enforcement officers were injured, sustaining mine-blast injuries and multiple shrapnel wounds.

As of June 7, 11:30, more than 1,548 people have been evacuated from the Korabel microdistrict in Kherson. According to preliminary data from the State Emergency Service, 20 populated areas on the right bank of the Dnipro River and over 1,900 houses have been flooded in Kherson blast.

80% of the territory of the left-bank city of Oleshky in Kherson oblast is already submerged. According to the head of the city’s military administration, Tetiana Hasanenko, people in Oleshky are staying on the roofs of their houses. They spent the night without water and food. Some buildings are collapsing and sinking underwater. russian military forces are not conducting evacuations; instead, they obstruct volunteers who want to transport people on their own boats.

Ukraine’s Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets called on international organizations to do everything possible to rescue people from temporarily occupied settlements on the left bank of the Dnipro in Kherson oblast, which were affected by the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station. According to him, people are not allowed to pass through checkpoints and are turned back without russian passports. Kherson is under shelling during the evacuation, and volunteers who want to help people in the temporarily occupied territory are not allowed. The russians themselves are not evacuating people.

As a result of partial or complete flooding, 48 objects of the nature reserve fund will be affected. The overall scale of flooding may exceed 120K hectares. The biosphere reserve, 3 national parks, 1 regional landscape park, 16 reserves, 3 nature tracks of land, 22 natural landmarks, and 2 park-monuments of landscape art may suffer from flooding.

Due to the explosion at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station, the settlements on the left bank in Kherson oblast will suffer significant damage as they heavily relied on irrigation provided by the destroyed power station. As a result, Ukraine may lose approximately 14% of its total agricultural exports. This information was reported by Denys Marchuk, Deputy Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council.

20K consumers in Kherson oblast were left without electricity as a result of the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station by the russians and the caused flood. 129 transformer substations were flooded Ii Kherson, and two solar power plants in Mykolaiv oblast were also submerged. This information was provided by the Ministry of Energy.

The Ministry of Culture published a preliminary list of museums that are already flooded or at risk of flooding following the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station. Almost all museums are located in temporarily occupied territory, with the exception of the Cossack Museum of the History of the Village and the Memorial Complex of the P. Vydryhan family in Kozatske village.

On June 6, russian occupiers shelled peaceful settlements in Kherson oblast 70 times, firing 353 shells from artillery, mortars, multiple rocket launchers, tanks, drones, and aircraft. Kherson was targeted 9 times, with 29 shells hitting the city. russian military deliberately aimed at residential areas in the region. One person was killed and another injured as a result of russian aggression in the past 24 hours..

The humanitarian situation on the temporarily occupied left bank of Kherson oblast is extremely tense after the explosion at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station, and the evacuation attempted by russian forces has failed. Over the past day, the regional authorities have received numerous appeals for rescue from people on the left bank. Meanwhile, the occupiers have not conducted any evacuations and have not lifted the curfew. The regional authorities of Kherson oblast do not have access to these territories and cannot provide humanitarian assistance to the people due to the temporary occupation of these communities on the left bank. According to the regional authorities, international organizations’ intervention is needed for rescue efforts.

Chemicals, infectious disease agents from cemeteries, sewage treatment plants, and landfills may contaminate wells and open water bodies in the flooded areas resulting from the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station by the russian Armed Forces. This was reported by Ministry of Health. Experts from the Disease Control and Prevention Center are already on-site, collecting water samples from water bodies and wells.

Massive fish mortality has started due to the damage to the dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station. Tens of thousands of fish have been left stranded in the shallow waters of the Kherson oblast’s reservoirs and will remain in the water discharge areas.

Poland has provided Ukraine with 10 large water tanks and 10 high-performance pumps for pumping water from the flooded areas caused by the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station by the russians. This information was announced by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration of Poland, Mariusz Kaminski. UNICEF will provide financial support to families with children in the affected areas of the flooding.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The Lutsk Zoo is ready to help with rehabilitation, provide food and take in injured animals from the Kherson region.

Kovel City Council reported that an exhibition “Two Worlds” by a young photographer from Kovel, Maksym Burda, who fought and documented everyday life at the front and died in the war, was opened in Brzeg Dolny, Poland. 

A charity event “My Heart Beats to the Rhythm of the Armed Forces” was held in the village of Kortelisy, the Ratne community. The event raised over UAH 12,000. All funds will be transferred to the needs of the Armed Forces.

Zakarpattia oblast

Zakarpattia Regional Military Administration reported that Zakarpattia sends humanitarian aid to Kherson oblast, which suffered as a result of the occupiers’ explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. They have sent drinking water and continue to collect food. 

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Ivano-Frankivsk-based Sirko House volunteers will go to Kherson to rescue animals. According to the head of the organisation, Natalia Kohut, the Frankivsk branch is ready to take in animals rescued in Kherson.

Kalush poet Rosalia Bodnarchuk received a postal item from Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union, with a letter from the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. This is a response to an embroidered towel sent earlier by Rosalia Semenivna and children’s letters and drawings from Kalush children.

Lviv oblast

The head of the Lviv Regional Military Administration, Maksym Kozytskyi, announced that the first people who evacuated from Kherson oblast due to the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station arrived in Lviv oblast at night. They travelled by their own transport.

Lviv Regional Military Administration reported that a group housing facility for internally displaced persons has been opened to accommodate people evacuated from Kherson region. 

A Nissan Navara pickup truck was sent to the frontline from Stryi region. The vehicle was equipped with medical supplies, spare tyres and ammunition. This is the result of cooperation between UK Help for Ukraine/NOXAIDUK and the Stryi Regional Military Administration. 

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly arrived in Lviv on an official visit. The British Foreign Secretary visited a rehabilitation and prosthetics centre in the Lviv community.

Rivne oblast

According to the head of the RMA Vitalii Koval, motor pumps seized from amber miners will be sent from Rivne to Kherson oblast. 

Sarny City Council reported that Jacek Michalski, Mayor of the Nowy Dwór Gdańsk, Mario Dam, Mayor of the German city of Genof, and Ruslan Serpeninov, Mayor of Sarny, signed a memorandum of cooperation. During the war, German Gennef and Novyi Dvor organised the collection of humanitarian goods worth more than 100,000 euros and over 15 tonnes.

Ivan Shevchenko from Rivne has developed an electric bike with a range of 150 km and a top speed of 60 km/h. The battery takes 4 hours to charge to full capacity. The project evolved into a small-scale production of electric bikes for the Armed Forces.

Ternopil oblast

Volodymyr Trush, Head of the RMA, says that Ternopil oblast sent 50 tonnes of drinking water to Kherson oblast. 

A Memorandum of understanding was signed between the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Cohesion and Regional Development of Ukraine”, UCORD, the Ternopil Regional Development Agency, and the Ternopil Regional State Administration. Cooperation with the UCORD project will be based on international best practices, as international experts will be involved. The project aims to promote regional development for citizens, businesses, and authorities.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Khmelnytskyi City Council informed about an aid truck sent from Khmelnytsky to the affected regions of Kherson oblast. More than 13.5 tonnes of drinkable water, rubber boats, motor pumps for pumping water, and 4 water purification stations (one station purifies 1200 litres of water per day) were delivered.

Chernivtsi oblast

80 tablets were handed over to children living in densely populated areas of Chernivtsi Oblast. This charitable assistance was received within the framework of cooperation between the Department of Social Protection of the Chernivtsi Regional Military Administration and the International Organisation for Migration in Ukraine.

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

The European Union, in response to a request from Ukraine, is mobilizing aid for the population affected by the destruction of the Kakhovska HPP dam and the devastating flood. The information is published on the website of the European Commission. Germany allocated 5,000 mobile water filters and 56 generators for Ukraine. 20 water tanks and 10 pumps for pumping out contaminated water arrived from Austria. Lithuania and Germany offered equipment for building shelters, including tents, beds and blankets.

Lithuanian experts are ready to help in overcoming the consequences of the disaster at the Kakhovskaya HPP. First of all, Ukrainian energy companies deal with studying and solving issues of balancing and operation of electric networks and their restoration. The Lithuanian side will also study the possibility of providing Ukraine with water purification and pumping systems to ensure operation and water supply of critical infrastructure facilities in the affected areas.

The Swiss Senate supported re-export of weapons.

President of the American Protez Foundation Yury Aroshidze and co-founder, prosthetist and orthotist Yakiv Gradinar discussed military prosthetics and training of specialists in departmental health care facilities with employees of the Ministry of Defense. Over the course of a year of operation, the Protez Foundation provided free prosthetics to 76 military and civilian persons who lost their limbs due to the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stressed that the destruction of the Kakhovskaya HPP dam was the most serious blow to civilian infrastructure during the war. According to him, if russia is really to blame for the disaster, it fully corresponds to its actions during the war.

Poland handed over to Ukraine 10 large water tanks and 10 high-performance pumps for pumping water from flooded areas as a result of russian detonation of Kakhovskaya HPP. This was announced by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration of Poland, Mariusz Kaminski. UNICEF will provide financial support to families with children in flood-affected areas.

At a special meeting of the Permanent Council of the OSCE, the permanent representative of Ukraine to international organizations in Vienna, Yevgeny Tsymbalyuk, emphasized that russia’s blowing up of the Kakhovskaya HPP is a gross violation of the Geneva Conventions, specifically Article 56 of Additional Protocol I of 1977, which prohibits attacks on structures such as dams, dams and nuclear power plants.

Germany handed Ukraine a new package of military aid. It included 8 Bandvagn 206 all-terrain vehicles, 2,000 ammunition for Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, 14 Vector reconnaissance drones, 14 protected border guard vehicles, 3 drone detection systems.

Protest actions against the act of russian terrorism and undermining of the Kakhovskaya HPP dam were held in Vienna, Leipzig, and Berlin.

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

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


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