War in Ukraine today: latest news, June 16, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 478 th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

 Photo: State Emergency Service of Kyiv oblast. 82-year-old woman injured due to a russian missile attack.

What happened in Ukraine today:

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

The russian federation continues waging a war of aggression. Despite significant losses, it does not abandon plans for the full occupation of Ukraine. 

The enemy continues to ignore the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, launches strikes and shells both military and civilian targets.

During the day, the russian occupiers launched another missile attack on Kyiv oblast, using 6 Kh-47 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles and 6 Kalibr cruise missiles. Air defense forces and means of the Air Force and the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed all 12 missiles.

In addition, the enemy carried out 24 air strikes and fired about 35 times from multiple launch rocket systems. Unfortunately, in addition to the destruction of infrastructure, civilians have suffered.

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

The enemy continues to focus its main efforts on Liman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka, with 21 combat engagements taking place.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the situation remained unchanged. There were no signs of offensive groups forming. Combat training and coordination activities of the russian Armed Forces units are underway at the training grounds of the republic of belarus before they are sent to the areas of combat operations in Ukraine. 

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy maintains a military presence in the areas bordering Ukraine. There were airstrikes on the settlements of Mohrytsia in Sumy oblast and Budarky in Kharkiv oblast. There were mortar and artillery attacks on the settlements of Znob-Trubchevska, Chuikivka, Boiaro-Lezhachi, Stari Vyrky, Basivka, Stepok, Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka in Sumy oblast, as well as Udy, Chervona Zorya, Hlyboke, Liptsi, Zelene, Ternova, Ohirtseve, Vovchansk, Vovchanski Khutory, Bochkove, Mala Vovcha in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, Kamianka, Krasne Pershe, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zakhidne, Kyslivka in Kharkiv oblast and Novoselivske in Luhansk oblast came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted an airstrike in the vicinity of Spirne, Donetsk oblast. Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Torske, Verkhnekamianske, Spirne, Serebrianka in Donetsk oblast came under artillery fire.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy conducted airstrikes in the areas of Bila Hora and Niu York in Donetsk oblast. Artillery shelling affected the areas of Vasiukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, Khromove, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Ozarianivka, Bila Hora, Kostiantynivka, Pivdenne in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives in the areas of Stepove and Avdiivka. There was an airstrike in the area of Avdiivka. Avdiivka, Vesele and Karlivka in Donetsk oblast were shelled with artillery.

Towards Mariinka, Ukrainian defenders repelled all russian attacks near the town of Mariinka. The enemy conducted airstrikes in the areas of Marinka and Pobieda in Donetsk oblast. At the same time, they conducted artillery shelling in the areas of Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Marinka, Maksymilianivka, Kostiantynivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy conducted offensive actions near Novomykhailivka and Vodiane in Donetsk oblast, but was unsuccessful. There were airstrikes in the areas of Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Blahodatne. He fired at the settlements of Vuhledar, Vremivka, Storozheve, Novosilka, Novopil in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy continues to conduct defensive actions. Settlements of Olhivske, Poltavka, Gulyaypole, Zaliznychne, Huliaipolske, Charivne, Bilohiria, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Mali Shcherbaky, Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast; Zmiivka, Beryslav, Kozatske, Inzhenerne, Zelenivka, Antonivka, Bilozerka, Dniprovske, Kizomys in Kherson oblast and the city of Kherson were shelled.

In the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, cases of forced abduction of pro-Ukrainian residents are recorded, as well as the arrangement of new torture chambers for their detention. In particular, russian terrorists set up one of these torture chambers in a secondary school in the village of Velyki Kopani, Kherson oblat. In the school gym, FSB units conduct interrogations. The occupiers keep detainees in harsh, inhumane conditions and torture them. 

Aviation of the defense forces carried out 14 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel. Also, our defenders destroyed 3 reconnaissance UAVs of operational and tactical level.

Rocket and artillery units struck a command post, 3 buildups of enemy personnel and 4 artillery units at firing positions, 2 electronic warfare stations and 2 other important enemy targets.

Oleh Kotenko, Commissioner for Missing Persons, indicates that the location of 11 prisoners of war in Hungary has been established. The names of our heroes, the route of their movement to Hungary are identified, and their relatives and the relevant law enforcement agencies have been informed.

The Minister of Health says that the water in the Dnipro River is 28 thousand times more polluted than normal as a result of Russia’s explosion of the Kakhovka HPP. Treatment facilities switched to emergency disinfection modes.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that the russian army shelled at least 18 settlements in Kharkiv oblast. Towards Sloboda, the russian military conducted an airstrike near the village of Budarky in Kharkiv oblast. The following towns came under fire in this area during the day: Udy, Chervona Zoria, Hlyboke, Liptsi, Zelene, Ternova, Ohirtseve, Vovchansk, Vovchanski Khutory, Bochkove, Mala Vovcha. Kupiansk sector came under artillery and mortar fire: Kamianka, Krasne Pershe, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zakhidne and Kyslivka in Kharkiv oblast.

According to a report by the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov deployed his Akhmat special forces in the border areas of Belgorod region near Kharkiv probably to continue supporting the russian Ministry of Defense.

On June 15, the enemy continued to shell the border and frontline settlements of Kharkiv, Kupiansk and Chuhuiv regions. In particular, there were attacks in the vicinity of Veterynarne, Starytsia, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, Bochkove, Budarky, Novomlynsk, Masiutivka, Zakhidne, Lyman Pershyi, Kyslivka and others.

In the village of Lyptsi, Kharkiv oblast, mortar shelling damaged windows of a residential building and 2 outbuildings. 

The shelling of Kupiansk damaged 2 residential buildings, a railway stop and an outbuilding, and caused a fire.

No casualties among the civilian population of Kharkiv region were recorded over the day.

Mine clearance in the region continues. Over the past day, SES pyrotechnics inspected more than 12 hectares of territory and defused 216 ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Hanna Maliar, Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine, reports that the Ukrainian defense forces continue to advance and defend and have partial success, particularly towards Bakhmut and Lyman. Where Ukrainian defenders are on the defensive, not a single position has been lost and the russian army has not been able to advance.

On the evening of 16 June, Ukrainian Defense Forces destroyed a russian Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter towards Donetsk. According to the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it happened around 21.00.

The russian occupiers attacked 13 towns and villages in Donetsk oblast. There were 17 attacks. A house of culture, agricultural machinery, administrative buildings and private houses were damaged.

Towards Volnovakha, there were 17 artillery attacks on Vuhledar and the surrounding area.

Towards Donetsk, Krasnohorivka, Kostyantynivka, Katerynivka and Yelyzavetivka of Marinka community came under fire.

Towards Horlivka, 5 people were wounded in Pivnichne Toretske community, 8 houses, a cultural institution, an administrative building and an infrastructure facility were damaged. Another administrative building was damaged in Niu York. In Kostiantynivka, 4 houses were damaged. In Soledar community, Vasiukivka and Rozdolivka came under fire.

Towards Lysychansk, the enemy fired 7 times at the community of Lyman, damaging a house in Siversk.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk RMA, says that russian soldiers wounded 10 residents of Donetsk oblast: 5 in Pivnichne, 2 in Avdiivka and Shakhtarske, 1 in Nelipivka and Keramik. 

In the temporarily occupied Mariupol, Donetsk oblast, russian troops have started clearing the railway line from the seaport to the railway station. According to Petro Andriushchenko, Advisor to the mayor of Mariupol,  they are using this as a way to move weapons towards Volnovakha, Vuhledar and Berdiansk.

Howard Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, American businessman and philanthropist, arrived in Avdiivka and communities in Donetsk oblasr. He spoke to the military and local residents and assessed the humanitarian situation in the city.

Luhansk oblast

In Luhansk oblast, the russian occupiers have been storming the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces for several weeks, yet failing to achieve even local success. Instead, towards Bakhmut, the russian army has begun to behave extremely cautiously and conducts a minimum of assaults. 

The enemy became active again in Svatove region – they tried to attack Stelmakhivka, but received fire from Ukrainian defenders and retreated. The enemy is not reducing the number of aircraft used. This time it directed an airstrike at Raihorodka and Makiivka. Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Nevske and Bilohorivka came under mortar and artillery fire.

Occupiers suffer significant losses every day. Their military hospitals in Luhansk oblast are overcrowded with the wounded. Those who are more or less stabilized are immediately discharged and returned to the front to free up beds for others.

According to Luhansk RMA, a draft law has allegedly been submitted to the russian State Duma that would exempt russian military personnel from criminal liability for minor and medium crimes. Moreover, contract servicemen and mobilized servicemen will be exempted from liability if they violated the law before the adoption of this document. Those who have already been convicted are promised to have their convictions expunged.

About 130 people live in the de-occupied part of Luhansk oblast. These are mostly elderly people who ‘hold on to their homeland with all their might’ and therefore refuse to leave despite the active hostilities.

russian soldiers from the Storm-Z units are looting their own units in Luhansk oblast and fleeing from the units. According to the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, the russian military is dissatisfied with underfunding, heavy losses in battles with the Defence Forces, and the cancellation of vacations.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, says that the russians brought two mobile crematoria to the temporarily occupied Luhansk to eliminate the consequences of regular strikes.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Serhiy Popko, Head of KCMA, announced that Kyiv was subjected to a massive combined air attack – the enemy used ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and UAVs at the same time. In the airspace over Kyiv oblast, the air defense forces and means detected and destroyed 6 Kalibr cruise missiles, 6 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles and two drones.

Another massive russian missile attack took place during the stay of African leaders in the capital of Ukraine. During a press briefing in Brussels, EU spokesman Peter Stano said that Vladimir Putin has demonstrated the absence of any desire for peace in Ukraine and has prepared a very revealing ‘welcome’ in the form of shelling for seven African leaders who intend to visit Moscow at the end of the week with peace proposals.

Serhii Popko, Head of the KCMA, reported that 7 people, including two children, were injured due to a russian missile attack in Kyiv oblast. The victims include a motor vehicle driver who was injured while transporting bread, and an 82-year-old woman.

82-year-old woman injured due to a russian missile attack. Photo: State Emergency Service of Kyiv oblast

Kyiv RMA reported that 3 private houses were destroyed in one of the settlements of the oblast, 13 houses are in need of major repairs, another 15 houses and 2 farm buildings have minor damage due to falling debris. Vitalii Klitschko, Mayor of the city, noted that there are no damaged objects in Kyiv due to the missile attack.

As a result of russian shelling and the burning of a forest in Bucha region of the oblast, there is a massive detonation of ammunition at the former positions of the russian army. Andrii Nebytov reported that the police had posted patrols in this area to prevent injuries to civilians while emergency services were eliminating the consequences of the explosions.

Consequences of the russian missile attack. Photo: Kyiv region police

In Bucha, heads of African states and governments visited the Orthodox Church of St. Andrew. Andriy Kostin, Prosecutor General of Ukraine, showed the African delegation the sites of crimes committed by the russian military during the capture of the city in March 2022, and discussed the issue of ensuring accountability for war crimes committed by russia.

Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine, and Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission for Promotion of the European Lifestyle, discussed the All-Ukrainian Mental Health Program in Kyiv. Margaritis Schinas has been to the capital for the third time since the beginning of the russian aggression.

Zhytomyr oblast

In Zviahel, UAH 6.4 mln was allocated to compensate residents of buildings destroyed by russian shelling. In addition, UAH 500 K was earmarked for the purchase of necessary materials for repair work. As reported by the city council, a total of 63 houses were damaged in the settlement, 5 of which cannot be restored.

A founding meeting was held in Zhytomyr oblast regarding the project to promote local economic development of 10 USAID partner communities HOVERLA. Experts will support communities in developing local development programs to rebuild economies that have suffered from the full-scale invasion of russian troops. The communities of Hryshkivtsi, Emilchyne, Zviahel, Irshansk, Korosten, Liubar, Teterivka, Khoroshiv, Cherniakhiv and Chudniv will receive support.

The In Touch Ukraine Foundation launches 12 TOGETHER Digital Education Centers  in Zhytomyr oblast. This is a modern educational space free for every child who seeks to make up for lost educational opportunities as a result of the armed aggression of the russian federation in Ukraine, or who needs mental support.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that the russian forces carried out 21 shelling of the border, 98 explosions were recorded. Krasnopillia, Bilopillia, Hlukhiv, Esman, Svesa and Seredina-Buda communities came under shelling. The enemy attacked from mortars, and also launched 14 unguided missiles from a helicopter.

3 children (born in 2010, 2013, and 2014) were injured in Hlukhiv community due to mortar attacks. One child was hospitalized, others were treated on the spot. In Seredyno-Buda community, the roof of the administrative building of the enterprise caught fire due to shelling.

Private houses, gas pipelines and power lines were damaged due to 9 shelling attacks of border communities; a total of 51 explosions were recorded. Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Yunakivka, Znob-Novhorodske and Nova Sloboda communities came under shelling.

In Konotop, employees of the State Emergency Service conducted special object training together with employees of the Regional Training and Methodological Center for Civil Protection and Life Safety. In the course of the classes, the issue of protecting the population during emergency military events was worked out.

Chernihiv oblast

The State Border Service reported that there were five shelling attacks from different types of weapons in Chernihiv oblast: 6 explosions from enemy airstrikes, 15 explosions from 120 mm caliber mines, 7 explosions from artillery shells. The border settlements of Yanzhulivka, Halahanivka, Karpovychi, Arkhypivka came under enemy shelling.

The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that the military of the russian federation continues shelling of the Ukrainian border. There were 10 mortar strikes in the area of the village of Hremyach, 16 in Kostoborbriv, and a total of 10 mortar strikes in the settlements of Leonivka, Yanzhulivka, and Halahanivka. During the shelling, a non-residential building was hit.

The public organization Voice of Parents, which helps children to socialize and adapt, as well as collects funds for the Armed Forces, sews clothes for the military and weaves nets, received a specialized vehicle. The car with a ladder and removable seats can carry up to 7 passengers in wheelchairs. The aid was provided by the Mercy and Health Foundation and the Belgian BEforUkraine organization.

A modern digital educational center has started in the Center for Children’s and Youth Creativity in Korop. It was opened by the Finnish international non-governmental organization Finn Church Aid (FCA) as part of the project “Safe return to education in Ukraine”. Students received space for classes under the programs of the Ministry of Education and Culture and quality free educational leisure time.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the Regional Council,  the russian occupiers attacked Marhanets community in Nikopol region with heavy artillery late at night on June 15. During the day, the russian army shelled Nikopol twice. The attack damaged 17 private houses, 16 outbuildings, 3 gas pipelines and a power line.

Aftermath of the russian shelling. Photo: Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the regional council

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the Regional Council, 9 ambulances were handed over to Dnipropetrovsk oblast from Poland, thanks to the Office of the Marshal of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, the Ambulance Service, the Gromkovsky Specialized Hospital and the DOLMED Medical Centre.

Vinnytsia oblast

According to the communication department of the regional police, a camp for psychological rehabilitation of children from Mariupol was established in Vinnytsia. 

A charity marathon Vinnytsia residents for the Armed Forces was held in Vinnytsia to purchase quadcopters and vehicles for the needs of the soldiers. In total, more than UAH 2 mln  was raised, and part of this money will be transferred to the United24 fundraising platform.

Kirovohrad oblast

According to Andrii Raikovych, Head of Kirovohrad Regional State Administration,  22 utility workers from Kirovohrad oblast arrived in Kherson to help eliminate the aftermath of the flooding. The workers have undergone rapid training by specialists from the regional SES department. They are fully equipped – from bulletproof vests to overalls. They have nine pieces of equipment to jointly clear the territory of debris and silt together with the residents of Kherson.

Poltava oblast

About UAH 275 K was raised at a festival in Poltava. The money will be used to purchase night vision devices for the military. 

The Chornukhy community raised more than UAH 11 K to support victims of the explosion of the Kakhovka dam.

Cherkasy oblast

According to Ihor Taburets, Head of the Cherkasy State Administration, 38 children from six family-type orphanages were sent to the Carpathians for a vacation. These families came from Donetsk, Kherson and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts.

Ivan Samborsky, Head of the Cherkasy youth branch of the Tsenturiia NGO, reported that 6 tonnes of humanitarian aid were delivered by local young volunteers to Kherson oblast despite constant shelling.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

During the past day, the enemy conducted 71 shelling attacks on 14 settlements of the oblast: 61 with artillery on Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Novodarivka, Bilohiria, and 10 with MLRSs on Levadne, Olhivske, Chervone, Kamianske, and other frontline villages. There have been reports of 24 incidents of residential buildings and property damage.

This morning, the enemy struck Orikhove, injuring a 55-year-old man. He was promptly transported to a medical facility.

Zaporizhzhia RMA reported about the consequences of the sabotage by russian forces at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station for Zaporizhzhia oblast. The water level at the lower sluice gate is 13.41 meters (1.09 meters below normal). The upper sluice gate is within the normal range at 51.27 meters. The water level at the intake point for supplying water to the cooling canals of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is 4.16 meters below the established level. The water level in the station’s cooling pond is within the normal range. Water supply to the population in the controlled territory of the region is being carried out in a regular mode. Monitoring studies of drinking water quality at the intake points and near discharge points of treatment facilities do not show any deviations from regulatory indicators.

A recent death of aquatic biological resources was recorded in the floodplain of the Dnipro River near the village of Lysa Hora. The amount of dead bioresources is 2,296 kilograms. No mortality events have been detected in other sections of Kakhovka Reservoir and  the Dnipro River.

Zaporizhzhia RMA has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Italian humanitarian non-profit organization INTERSOS. The organization provides medical assistance, protection, and psychosocial support to people who are escaping from hostilities.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration reported that air defense forces of the South Air Command destroyed 2 russian Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs over the oblast at night.

Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, visited Mykolaiv oblast. He touched on the problem of restoring water supply, which is one of the oblast’s priority reconstruction projects.

As a result of the russian occupiers’ explosion of the Kakhovka HPP in Mykolaiv oblast, 57 cultural and art education institutions, including those on the uncontrolled territories on the left bank of the Dnipro River, are at risk.

Serhii Melnychenko, Mykolaiv-based photographer, turns russian war crimes into ‘war tattoos’. This is a photo series of black-and-white portraits, the subjects of which (mostly friends and relatives of Serhii) pose against the backdrop of a projection of war images. In this way, the photographer engraves and documents the conditional visual imprints of the most unpleasant memories, reflections, feelings and emotions of both the portrayed persons and many Ukrainians.

Odesa oblast

The threat of missile strikes and kamikaze drone attacks from the enemy remains high for the oblast. As of June 15, the ‘South’ Operational Command reported the presence of six enemy ships in the Black Sea, including two missile carriers with a potential volley of up to 16 Kalibr missiles.

During the night of June 13-14, a missile attack caused damage to 36 buildings in Odesa.  Hennadii Trukhanov, Odesa Mayor, signed an order to provide material assistance to affected citizens. The Primorsky District Administration accepts applications for financial aid and conducts door-to-door inspections to determine the appropriate amount of assistance for each case. To address the aftermath of the attack, 18 vehicles were deployed, 460 cubic meters of debris and rubble were cleared, and 14 hazardous trees were removed. Currently, six injured individuals are receiving treatment in municipal hospitals.

Medical institutions in Odesa received another shipment of humanitarian aid from the regional organization of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. Odesa City Council’s press service reported the delivery of a substantial amount of antiseptic hand gels, lung ventilators, and trolleys for their use in inpatient medical facilities.

International partners visited the ports of the Danube Region. During their visit to the port of Reni, Alan Baron, representative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, Antonio Stoian, a representative of the Danube Commission, and Inna Miskulin, Policy Officer of the Directorate-General, discussed the prospects of international cooperation. They also addressed increasing the capacity of ships through the Sulinsky shipping channel (Romania) and the Bystre mouth (Ukraine) of the Danube River.As part of the charity event ‘Ukrainian Children – Ukrainian Books,’ nearly 10 K Ukrainian books were donated to children’s libraries in Odesa and Rivne to replace russian literature.

Kherson oblast

The russian terrorist army launched a massive attack on Kherson. The strikes targeted the Tavriysky microdistrict, Korabelny district, and the central part of the city. The shelling caused damage to a medical facility, a kindergarten, a supermarket, residential buildings, cars, and power lines. 23 people were injured, including three children.

Consequences of an enemy attack, Kherson. Photo: Kherson Regional Prosecutor’s Office

Today, after lunch, the enemy struck precisely at the residential quarter of Bilozirka. No human casualties were reported.

On June 15, russian occupiers shelled peaceful settlements in Kherson oblast 54 times, firing 223 artillery shells, mortar rounds, drones, aircraft, Grad rockets, and conducting missile strikes. The enemy fired 37 shells at Kherson. The russian military targeted residential areas in the region’s settlements. Two people were killed, and two others injured due to the russian aggression.

Yevhen Rishchuk, Mayor of the city, says that the water has almost completely receded in the temporarily occupied Oleshky. Many buildings in the city and the communities have been destroyed. Officially, there are reports of 11 fatalities. 

According to the ‘South’ Operational Command, Ukarinian aviation conducted two airstrikes on enemy personnel and firepower in Kakhovka region. Our rocket-artillery units inflicted losses on the enemy, including 19 russists, 1 T-72/62 tank, 3 heavy howitzers Hyacinth, Msta-B, D-20, 3 units of armored vehicles, the Murm-P thermal imaging surveillance complex, and a field supply point near Oleshky.

Today, the Government of Ukraine held a mobile session in Kherson oblast. During the session, they approved providing assistance amounting to UAH 560 mln for one-time state aid to the flood-affected people. Additionally, over UAH 980 mln  was allocated from the Fund for eliminating the consequences of the armed aggression to compensate for damaged and destroyed houses in Kherson oblast due to the flooding.

The elimination of the flooding consequences continues in Kherson oblast. In the village of Kalynivka, employees of the State Consumer Service and the State Emergency Service, together with local authorities, are searching for and disposing of the bodies of dead animals and livestock for further burial. Complex medical and sanitary measures are also being carried out for animals that managed to avoid the ‘water trap’.

The Polina Raiko House-Museum in the occupied Oleshky managed to withstand the flooding caused by the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. However, most of the frescoes have been lost. This was reported by the artist and Semen Khrampov, representative of the Polina Raiko Charitable Foundation. According to his information, about 30-40% of the frescoes have been preserved.

Kherson oblast continues to receive humanitarian support from other regions of the country. Cherkasy RMA sent over 20 tons of drinking water, food products, medicines, and animal feed to the Vysokopillia community. Rivne oblast provided long-term food products, drinking water, medicines, and medical supplies. Odesa RMA delivered over 34K liters of bottled water, food products, hygiene items, cleaning products, medications, bed linen, towels, clothes, and shoes. Special equipment for rescuers also arrived. Uzhhorod oblast sent over 2 tons of drinking water, a modern powerful generator, food products, mattresses, and hygiene items. 22 utility workers from Kirovohrad oblast arrived in Kherson oblast. All of them have undergone training and are provided with all the necessary equipment for work.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

A specialized 50 kilowatts generator was sent to a border detachment thanks to the Swedish Assistance Center CF.

Zakarpattia oblast

Fighters of the special unit KORD of Zakarpattia oblast received an all-terrain vehicle purchased with funds from benefactors.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Representatives of the regional mobile brigade visited shelters and talked with IDPs in Kolomyia. Currently, there are 30 shelters for IDPs in Kolomyia region, 10 arranged in Kolomyia. The mobile team consists of representatives of specialized departments of the RMA, the regional Center for free legal aid in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, psychologists, specialists from the pension fund, the employment center, and the Department of Justice.

The 4th prayer breakfast was held in Ivano-Frankivsk. The event was attended by over 2 hundred guests. Among those present are politicians, representatives of the clergy, volunteers, public activists, military personnel and their relatives. In a joint prayer, they asked for the preservation of the lives of Ukrainians and for God to protect the Ukrainian army.

Lviv oblast

The II International Economic Conference Lyubachivska Land was held in Poland. Representatives of Lviv RMA took part in the conference. Following the results of the conference, a memorandum on cooperation between Lviv and Karkonosze (Poland) was signed.

The oblast received over UAH 25 mln to compensate for the costs of housing IDPs. Lviv and Chervonohrad communities will receive the largest amounts of compensation.

The RMA reported that Biskovytsk community sent a fire truck to Kherson oblast, affected by the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP.

Chervonograd`s Warrior’s House was visited by veterans of the US Marine Corps. They met with families of missing Ukrainian defenders. They expressed their support and shared the experience of soldiers returning to civilian life after the war.

Parents of Oleksandr Sozanskyi, fallen Defender of Ukraine from Sambir region, were awarded with the 3rd degree Order  For Courage. According to the Presidential Decree, the defender was supposed to receive this award during his lifetime, but he did not have time.

Rivne oblast

Rivne NPP was visited by Herman Halushchenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine, and Petro Kotin, President of Energoatom. They discussed the completion of repair work on the power unit, which was completed significantly ahead of schedule.

The RMA reported that Rivne oblast has sent humanitarian aid, namely, long-term products (cereals, canned meat and fish, sugar, pasta), drinking water, medicines and rubber boots, to residents of the flooded areas of Kherson oblast.

In Rivne oblast, three new shelters will be built in educational institutions of the oblast and one existing one will be repaired. The amount of state educational funds for this is UAH 50.5 mln.

Ternopil oblast

On June 15, the Economic Court of Ternopil oblast ordered the UOC of the moscow patriarchate to return Mykolaiv Cathedral in Kremenets to the state reserve.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

In the village of Okhrimovtsi of Vinkovets community, the fire brigade started work, and a modern Safety Classroom was opened in the local school, in which children will be taught to counter danger, the algorithm of actions when detecting explosive objects, as well as law enforcement and medical matters.

Chernivtsi oblast

Two institutions of the Vocational Institute of Chernivtsi oblast received 28 laptops thanks to the EU4Skills program of the International Solidarity Fund (the Republic of Poland).

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

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden offered their help to Ukraine in eliminating the consequences of the man-made disaster at the Kakhovka HPP. Aid includes water tanks, water pumps, boats, life-saving equipment, generators and other items needed for the affected areas.

The European Commission has already decided to send three powerful mobile water treatment stations to Ukraine, each of which is capable of providing up to 120 K liters of pure drinking water per day. In addition, the EU coordinates work with humanitarian organizations in Ukraine to provide the affected areas with basic necessities, drinking water, monetary aid, equipment for shelters, etc.

The German government reported that as part of the military assistance, Germany delivered to Ukraine two Wisent 1 demining tanks, two 8×8 tractor units, two semi-trailers, 16 Zetros trucks and 300K first-aid kits to Ukraine.

In the letter of Kaisa Ollongren, Head of the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands to the Parliament of the country, stated that the Netherlands will purchase four VERA-EG passive surveillance radars worth EUR 150 million euros for Ukrainian air defense.

Boris Pistorius, German Defense Minister, announced that the country will provide Ukraine with 64 Patriot missiles.

Margarita Robles, Minister of Defense of Spain, stated that the country will send 20 armored personnel carriers, 4 Leopard tanks and a field hospital to Ukraine.

Kaisa Ollongren, Minister of Defense of the Netherlands, announced that Denmark and the Netherlands plan to begin training Ukrainian pilots on the F-16 this summer and will create a training center in one of NATO’s Eastern European countries.

Zdenko Lucic, State Secretary of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people.

For almost a year of the existence of the Army of Drones project, with the help of the United24 fund, it was possible to buy 3 864 drone complexes.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, had a phone conversation with Rodrigo Chavez Robles, President of Costa Rica. The situation resulting from the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Kherson oblast was discussed.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, had a phone conversation with Juan Antonio Briseno, Prime Minister of Belize. They discussed the possibility of holding a Ukraine-Latin America summit.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, held a meeting with David O’Sullivan, EU’s special envoy for the implementation of sanctions. Supporting Ukraine was discussed.

Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, together with Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Office of the President, held a meeting with Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission for the Promotion of the European Way of Life. They discussed  key areas of cooperation in education, medicine and the cultural space.

Raphael Grossi,  IAEA Director General, visited the russian-occupied ZNPP to assess the situation after russia’s terrorist attack on the Kakhovka HPP. He stated that the Agency will monitor how the water reserves in the cooling pond will be replenished, which is necessary for the further safe operation of the ZNPP.

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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