War in Ukraine today: latest news, June 17, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 479th 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 forces carried out 37 airstrikes and 19 MLRS attacks.

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

The enemy continues to focus its main efforts on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Marinka and heavy battles continue. There were 22 combat clashes there.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the operational situation has not changed significantly. There are no signs of offensive groups forming. On the training grounds of the republic of belarus, combat training and coordination of units of the russian troops are underway after which they are sent to the frontlines on the territory of Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy forces maintain an enhanced military presence in the border areas with Ukraine. They carried out an airstrike on Yanzhulivka, Chernihiv oblast. Russian troops shelled Yanzhulivka, Kostobobriv, Hremiach of Chernihiv oblast, Chuikivka, Bachivsk, Svarkove, Atynske, Starykove, Boyaro-Lezhachi, Stari Virky, Sosnivka, Iskristivshchyna, Volfine, Basivka, Myropillia, Stepok, Krasnopillia, Novodmytrivka, Velika Pysarivka, Ponomarenki of Sumy oblast, as well as Huriv Kozachok, Udy, Chervona Zoria, Kozacha Lopan, Strelecha, Staritsia, Ohirtsevo, Pletenivka, Vovchanski Khutory, Pokalane, Okhrymivka, Kruhle, Budarka, Zemlianki, Loshakove, Potykhonove and Komisarove in Kharkiv oblast .

Towards Kupiansk, russian forces carried out offensive operations near Novoselivske, Luhansk oblast, and Berestove, Kharkiv oblast, without success. Fiholivka, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Kamianka, Kyslivka of Kharkiv oblast and Novoselivske of Luhansk oblast were shelled.

Towards Lyman, russian troops carried out offensives against Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, without success. Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Belohorivka of Luhansk oblast and Torske, Verkhniokamianske, Rozdolivka, Spirne, Serebrianka of Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Bakhmut, the areas of Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, Khromov, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Ozarianivka, Bila Hora, Kostiantynivka, Pivdenne settlements of Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Avdiivka, the invader forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations in the vicinities of Stepove and Avdiivka. They carried out airstrikes near Sukha Balka and Avdiivka. Stepove, Tonenke, Pervomaiske, Avdiivka, Vesele, Karlivka of Donetsk Oblast were under shelling.

Towards Marinka, our defenders repelled all enemy attacks near Marinka. The enemy launched an airstrike near Krasnohorivka, Donetsk oblast. At the same time,  Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Marinka, Pobieda, Maksymilianivka, Kostiantynivka of Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the occupation forces carried out offensives against Novomykhailivka and Vodiane, Donetsk oblast, albeit without success. They carried out airstrikes near Zolota Nyva and Blahodatne. russians shelled the settlements of Shakhtarske, Prechystivka, Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, Storozheve, Novosilka, Novopil of Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, russian forces are on the defensive. They launched an airstrike near Mala Tokmachka, Zaporizhzhia oblast, and Kozatske, Kherson oblast. The occupiers shelled the settlements of Olhivske, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Hulyaipilske, Novodarivka, Levadne, Malynyvka, Chervone, Novoandriivka, Stepove, Lobkove, Stepnohirsk, Kamianske of Zaporizhzhia oblast; Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast; Mykhailivka, Novodmytrivka, Chervonyi Maiak, Shliakhove, Beryslav, Vesele, Kozatske, Mykolaivka, Burhunka, Olhivka, Tiahinka, Novotiahinka, Poniativka, Sadove, Molodizhne, Antonivka, Kherson, Chornobaivka, Romashkove, Dniprovske, Berehove, Veletenske, Kizomys, Sofiivka of Kherson oblast and Ochakiv, Mykolaiv oblast.

The russian occupiers continue to commit ecocide on the Dzharylhach island, where they have set up a training ground and conduct military training for the mobilized, in particular, with the firing of artillery units.

The Ukrainian Air Force conducted 9 strikes on enemy manpower buildups.

Ukrainian Defense Forces destroyed an enemy anti-aircraft missile system.

Ukrainian rocket and artillery units hit 2 control points, 2 ammunition warehouses and 1 artillery unit at a firing position

Volodymyr Havrylov, Defense Minister, says that Ukraine is seizing the initiative on the battlefield, but to win, it needs long-range precision weapons with a range of up to 200 kilometers. The main thing in modern warfare is situational awareness to know the enemy’s position and to be able to deliver precision strikes over long distances. 

The Ministry of Justice informs that during the full-scale war in Ukraine, more than three thousand remote marriages were registered. It is known that from March 7, 2022, to May 15, 2023, 3,328 couples got married remotely in Ukraine. 

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the russian army was unsuccessful in its attempt to conduct offensive actions towards Berestove, Kupiansk region. russian troops fired at least 22 settlements in Kharkiv oblast with artillery and mortars during the day.

Viktor Kovalenko, Head of Zolochiv Military Administration, said that around 12:00, russia struck the village of Odnorobivka with artillery. The shells hit the village recreation park. The gas network was damaged, there were no casualties.

Occupiers shelled the village of Huriv Kozachok in Bohodukhiv region. A russian anti-tank guided missile hit a civilian vehicle moving towards the settlement. According to the updated data, two residents of Zolochiv were killed as a result of a direct hit from the enemy Kornet ATGM. These were a 42-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman who were volunteers.

Remains of a car. Photo: Telegram from Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration 

On June 16, the russian military shelled border and frontline settlements of Kupiansk, Kharkiv and Chuhuiv regions.

Last night in the village of Kozacha Lopan in Kharkiv region, a private house and outbuildings were damaged by shelling.

As a result of shelling in Kupiansk, a private house, a garage and a 2-storey apartment building were damaged and a fire broke out.

A 36-year-old civilian man was injured in Dvorichna village, Kupiansk region, as a result of shelling.

Mine clearance is underway. Over the past day, pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 10 hectares of territory and neutralized 128 ordnance.

The soldiers of the 92nd Brigade named after Ataman Ivan Sirko received some vehicles and 15 drones.

Donetsk oblast

Vitaliy Barabash, Head of the RMA said that in the south of Avdiivka, the Ukrainian military had some operational success. 

Ukrainian border guards near Bakhmut dropped 6 grenades on the russian military position from unmanned aerial vehicles. 

The occupation authorities in Mariupol promised to help restore private houses that they destroyed or damaged themselves. As reported by the Mariupol City Council, in reality, the owners receive replies that they are ‘not entitled to monetary compensation’.

Anastasia Medviedieva, Spokesperson for Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that on June 17, around 10:20, russian troops shelled Kostiantynivka with artillery. As of 11:30 a.m., two people were injured  – a 9-year-old girl and a 57-year-old woman, who were hospitalized. 

One person was killed and three others injured in Kostiantynivka and Toretsk community. The occupiers damaged civilian infrastructure.

Towards Volnovakha, russian troops fired at Vuhledar and the outskirts of the town 20 times , damaging a house and outbuildings in Bohoiavlenka.

Towards Donetsk, Kurakhove came under fire from Grads in the evening, and there were sporadic attacks in Avdiivka overnight.

Towards Horlivka, 3 private houses, 2 multi-storey buildings and 2 administrative buildings in Niu York, as well as a school and a house in Toretsk were damaged. The outskirts of Chasiv Yar community are under fire.

Towards Lysychansk, 3 houses were destroyed in Siversk, and 6 attacks on Lyman community were registered.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of  Donetsk Regional Military Administration, said that on June 16, russians killed one resident in Toretsk. Some people in the oblast were injured.

Volunteers from Habitat UA brought over 100 kilograms of food for stray animals to Svyatogorsk. They have set up feeders for dogs and cats in the town and fill them every week.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Military Administration, the russian army continues to use significant stocks of ammunition, daily firing hundreds of artillery shells at our de-occupied territories. It destroys the remains of infrastructure and residential buildings. russians do not care about human lives. Yesterday they opened fire along the entire frontline.

Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Nevske and Bilohorivka came under artillery and mortar fire.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk Military Administration reported that russian occupiers are taking women and children under the age of 14 from Stanytsia Luhanska, which was occupied over a year ago. People are promised to live in a tent city.

According to Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk Military Administration, near the temporarily occupied Popasna in Luhansk oblast, Wagner mercenaries kidnapped an LPR soldier, beating and torturing him for ransom. They demanded RUB 100 K from the relatives of the ‘mobilized’ man. Because of the beatings, his right arm stopped functioning and his left arm was broken.

Robertas Gabulas, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Luhansk oblast, met with Sievierodonetsk school children who are recuperating in Lithuania. They talked during an excursion to Kaunas.

Ukrainian school children in Lithuania. Photo: telegram of Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk Regional Military Administration 

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The site for the reconstruction of a multi-storey residential building on Kyivska Street was opened in Irpin. As Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of Kyiv RMA reported, 7 apartment buildings damaged by the military aggression of the russians are already being restored as part of UNITED 24. In general, thanks to this initiative, 18 houses will be rebuilt in Kyiv oblast, in which more than 4 K residents had lived before the full-scale invasion of russia.

The Ministry of Community Development Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine reported that a bridge over the Irpin River has been opened for traffic in Kyiv oblast, thanks to which the direct connection between Kyiv and Fastiv has been restored. It is noted that the facility had to be built from scratch, as the 50-meter bridge was destroyed in March 2022 during hostilities in the oblast.

The Boryspil territorial community reported that in Hora community, the voluntary formation will be trained using a quadcopter. The local authorities urge residents of Kyiv oblast not to worry.

The Kyiv Regional Council handed over another ambulance to the front as part of the Help the Armed Forces with Ambulances project. The vehicle was handed over to Ihor Podolyanets, Acting Director of Kyiv Regional Theater named after Saksahanskyi, the ex-head of the Regional Culture Department, who today defends the country in the east.

The capital’s military cemeteries will be arranged with memorial buildings and monuments of a uniform design. The relevant decision was supported by the Kyiv City Council. The manufacture and installation of burial structures, as well as their arrangement and maintenance will be implemented at the expense of the city budget.

This week, the charity event Children-Heroes was held, which was initiated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. Eight brave little patriots who distinguished themselves during the war were honored and invited to participate in the entertainment program. The participants of the action received unforgettable impressions from lunch with the First Lady, a walk around the zoo, a visit to the equestrian club, as well as many gifts and emotions.

Zhytomyr oblast

The Alley of Glory was opened in Zviahel in honor of Ukrainian defenders – residents of the community who died in the war against the russian invaders. Now the portraits of each of them are on the Alley of Glory. During the event, the memory of the soldiers was honored and awards presented to relatives of the fallen heroes.

Alley of Glory opened in Zviahel in honor of fallen Ukrainian heroes. Photo: Zhytomyr RMA

In Belokorovychi community, a mobile solid-fuel boiler house, which the community received from charitable organizations, is being installed. In addition, volunteers from Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary handed over food for the IDPs living in the community.

Since September of last year, in Andrushivka, the Malyatko kindergarten has hosted 48 displaced people. 33 internally displaced people from Donbas are currently living in the kindergarten. As reported by the administration of the kindergarten, the displaced persons living there are helped by the City Council and charitable foundations.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that the russians carried out 22 shelling attacks on the border. There were 117 explosions Mykolaiv, Khotyn, Krasnopillia, Bilopillia, Yunakivka, Shalyhine, Druzhbivka, Esman, Seredyno-Buda, Znob-Novhorodske, Hlukhiv, Nova Sloboda, Velika Pysarivka communities came under shelling. In Shalyhine community, a private house, a non-residential premises, a power line and two civilian cars were damaged.

At night and in the morning, the russian troops carried out 10 shelling attacks on the border, using artillery and mortars, causing 40 explosions. Khotyn, Bilopillia, Yunakivka, Esman, Seredyno-Buda, Znob-Novhorodske communities came under shelling.

Due to the wounding of three minor children in Shostka region, law enforcement officers have started a pre-trial investigation into the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war. According to the investigation, on June 15, 2023, using methods of warfare prohibited by international law, the russian military fired mortars at the village of Bilokopytove. As a result of the shelling, three boys aged 9, 10 and 12, who were on the street, received shrapnel wounds and contusions.

The Ukrainian Women’s Guard, in cooperation with the Center for the Development of Personnel Potential of Sumy State University, conducted one-day training on pre-medical care for two groups of civilian women. Together with experienced instructors, the women learned to assess safety, transfer the victim to a stable position, use an automatic defibrillator and provide assistance to the wounded according to the M.A.R.C.H. algorithm.

Pre-medical care trining for women in Sumy. Photo: Ukrainian Women’s Guard

Chernihiv oblast

17 airstrikes, 27 mines of 120 mm caliber, and 13 artillery shells were fired by russian forces along the border of Chernihiv oblast during the past day. As reported in the SBGS, the settlements of Hremiach, Kostobobriv, Leonivka, Yanzhulivka, Halahanivka, Buchky came under enemy shelling. There were 8 hits.

The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that 7 missile strikes fired from a helicopter were recorded near the village of Yanzhulivka.

Ivan Vashchenko, Head of Koryukiv RMA, said that as a result of the shelling in the village of Kliusy of Snovsk community, a fire broke out, which led to the destruction of 4 residential buildings.

Chernihiv RMA reported that more than 18 K hectares of fields in Chernihiv oblast have not been examined yet for the presence of explosive objects, due to the fact that a large part of them is located in a 20-kilometer zone to the border. A priority list of land surveys in the oblast has been determined, 605 hectares of which require priority demining. 16 hectares have been demined.

The Olympic Mile race dedicated to volunteer Iryna Leonenko took place in the regional center. Before the start of the full-scale invasion, Iryna worked for the local TV channel, and from the first days of the full-scale invasion, she became a volunteer. While performing one of the tasks, she was killed.

The premiere of the film almanac of six documentaries “Cities and Their Heroes” was announced in Chernihiv. Each city – Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Okhtyrka, Bashtanka and Ivankiv – was represented by a hero. Transformation of an ordinary person into a real hero is depicted, revealing volunteerism, efficiency and love for one’s country from Ukrainians.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the Regional Council, there were some attacks on Nikopol at night. Artillery shelling damaged private houses, outbuildings, and a power line. The russian troops also fired at Marhanets community.  In the morning, there was an artillery attack on Sinelnykove region. Velykomykhailivka community came under fire. The second attack was directed at Myrove community of Nikopol region.  

Vinnytsia oblast

​​The Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs is launching a pilot project called Veteran’s Assistant in Vinnytsia oblast. It will help develop a mechanism for coordinating support for veterans, their families, and family members of fallen defenders.

The VinLadyFest business forum was held in Vinnytsia oblast. Around 300 female entrepreneurs from all over Ukraine attended the event. Almost UAH 70 K was raised for the needs of Kherson oblast residents to purchase water pumping equipment.

Kirovohrad oblast

A mural in honour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been unveiled in the centre of Oleksandrivka village in Kirovohrad oblast. It is a joint project of the Justice is Our Choice NGO and Oleksandr Britsev, artist from Kharkiv. The mural depicts a Ukrainian army soldier with the call sign “Bear” who has been fighting in the Armed Forces of Ukraine since 2014.

Cherkasy oblast

Liudmila Bychenko, spokeswoman for Combat Brotherhood of Ukraine, reported that 45 children were presented with Father’s Heart amulets in Zolotonosha, Cherkasy oblast. These are children whose fathers were killed in the russian-Ukrainian war.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The russian army conducted 99 attacks on 20 settlements, including Hulyaypilske three times from UAVs, fired 16 MLRS attacks on Novodanylivka, Hulyaypole, Olhivske, Charivne and 78 artillery attacks on Orikhiv, Huliaipolе, Novoandriivka, Malynivka, Stepnohirsk, Kamianske and other frontline villages.

Aftermath of the russian army’s shelling in Zaporizhzhia region. Photo from social media 

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine reported that as a result of the russian aggressors’ explosion of the Kakhovka dam, the wetlands of the Velyki Kuchuhury and Mali Kuchuhury Archipelago and the Seven Mayaks Bayou in Zaporizhzhia Oblast have completely shoaled up, and the water area of the Velykyi Luh National Park continues to shoal. These areas were included in the list of Ramsar sites of international importance. 

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration reported that on June 16, the russian military conducted artillery strikes on the port infrastructure of Ochakiv. They also fired at the water area of Ochakiv community. There were no casualties.

Infectious disease hubs have been set up in Mykolaiv, Kherson, and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts to receive patients with acute intestinal and other infectious diseases. Additional infectious disease beds have already been set up in hospitals. The necessary medicines, including cholera diagnostic and treatment kits, are available. These are rapid tests for initial diagnosis and special sets of medicines and medical devices for treatment. Currently, the epidemiological situation is predictable and manageable.

A delegation headed by Benjamin Rohrig, Chargé d’Affaires of the French Embassy in Ukraine arrived in Mykolaiv on a working visit. The delegation included Cooperation Attaché Frédéric Rousseau, Law Enforcement Attaché Sebastien Dordain and Deputy Defense Attaché Thibault Fallas. The parties discussed the military and humanitarian situation in Mykolaiv oblast, overcoming the consequences of the Kakhovka HPP explosion and the needs of local residents.

The Kingdom of Denmark, in cooperation with UNOPS, handed over two new JCB excavators to Shevchenkove and Halytsynivska communities of Mykolaiv oblast, which suffered from russian shelling. The equipment will be an indispensable tool for restoring damaged infrastructure.

Odesa oblast

According to the ‘South’ Operational Command, the russian naval grouping in the Black Sea has been redeployed: some units have been brought back to its base points. Currently, there are seven ships on combat duty there. The level of the missile threat has increased. 

Volunteers from Odesa delivered humanitarian aid to Kherson oblast. The Light of Help Charitable Foundation and representatives of the Prymorsk Administration of Odesa City Council made another round of visits to the settlements of Kherson oblast liberated from russian occupation. The locals mostly need clean drinking water and basic necessities.

Residents and the administration of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district of Odesa region collected about 12 tons of bottled drinking water, some of which has already been delivered to Kherson oblast.

In the Black Sea, the water off the Odesa coast has changed color dramatically, it is no longer as salty and smells like river water. 

Environmentalists say the worst is yet to come: the air temperature is rising rapidly, so algae will bloom in the sea. It’s all because of the fresh, polluted water brought in from the reservoir blown up by the russians. Experts are currently checking the salinity level in the water. This figure is currently over 3 ppm, and in summer it should be about 15 ppm, which is three to five times lower than normal. This is no longer the usual salty sea water, and it has ideal conditions for the growth of blue-green algae, which disrupts the oxygen balance in the water. The fish lack oxygen and die. In addition to the active reproduction of harmful algae, E. coli, astrovirus, and cholera-like vibrio have been found in the sea, which can cause acute intestinal infections.

Kherson oblast

The New York Times reported that the explosion of an underwater passage to the engine room is the most likely cause of the Kakhovka HPP disaster.  The most likely cause of the collapse was the explosion of a charge placed in a maintenance corridor or tunnel that runs through the concrete heart of the structure. American engineers analyzed satellite and seismic data on explosions in the area. The dam was built in Soviet times, so moscow had every page of the engineering drawings. So, the dam collapse was not accidental.

Ruslan Strilets, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources announced that due to the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant in Kherson oblast, the national parks Velykyi Luh and Kamianska Sich are gradually turning into a desert. The State Environmental Inspectorate has calculated the estimated damage to these areas. For the Velykyi Luh National Park, it is more than UAH 15 bln, and for Kamianska Sich, more than UAH 73 bln. It is predicted that the land area on the territory of these parks will increase by thousands of hectares, almost doubling. In the Velykyi Luh National Park – by more than 7 K hectares, and in the Kamianska Sich National Park – by 5,500 hectares. 

Natalia Humeniuk, Head of the Joint Press Center of the Southern Defense Forces, reported that on June 16, Ukrainian Defense Forces destroyed 3 large-caliber cannons, 17 armored vehicles and 2 Lancet attack drones used by the russian army to attack the right bank of Kherson oblast.

The water level that the flooded Kherson oblast as a result of the russian troops’ explosion of the Kakhovka HPP continues to decline and as of the morning of June 17 is 1.32 meters. 28 settlements remain flooded: 11 on the right bank and 17 on the left.

Kherson, Sadove, Mykilske, Novotiazhanka, Bilozerka, Dniprovske, Fedorivka, Kalynivka, Krasnoliubetske, Novohredneve and Blahodativka remain flooded. There are 1506 houses under water in these settlements. 

russian aircraft attacked Kozatske in the Kherson region, launching two guided bombs. Three people were injured, one man was killed.

In the village of Borozenske, Beryslav district, a 36-year-old man was hit by a russian mine while performing field work. He suffered burns to 20% of his body. The wounded man was taken to a burn unit in Kryvyi Rih. His condition is satisfactory.

Yevhen Ryshchuk, Mayor of Oleshky reported that in the Oleshky community, 11 death certificates were officially issued, only two of which were from drowning. The occupation authorities in the hospital refuse to diagnose the death as drowning. They diagnose heart problems. The total number of deaths is unknown.

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on June 16, the russian army fired on Zmiivka, Shlyakhove, Beryslav, Kozatske, Inzhenerne, Zelenivka, Sadove, Antonivka, Bilozerka, Dniprovske, Kizomys and Kherson with various types of weapons. 

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Regional Military Administration reported that on June 16, the russian army fired 75 times at Kherson oblast, firing 44 shells at Kherson. Educational, administrative and commercial buildings in the city were damaged. 2 people were killed and 25 injured. 

Kherson rescuers received four Bohun-2 all-terrain vehicles. These vehicles can move on water and in difficult terrain and are equipped with everything necessary to rescue people, deliver aid and transport SES teams. They were donated by donors and partners from the Help for Rescuers initiative.

The block of Kherson – City of Heroes! Heroes are Ordinary People stamps were canceled. The design was developed by Ukrposhta employees. The stamps feature photos from social media about the events that took place after the russian occupiers blew up the Kakhovka HPP. Only 50 copies were issued.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The Educational Forum, Educational Front: Challenges and Solutions under Martial Law, was held in Lutsk. The forum brought together scientists and teachers of the oblast, MPs and representatives of regional and local authorities. Participants discussed ways to overcome new challenges and prospects for the development of education and science of the oblast and Ukraine as a whole.

Zakarpattia oblast

In the Owl’s Nest humanitarian aid center this week, volunteers gave out to IDPs registered in Uzhhorod: 70 packages with necessary things for children under 2 years of age; 50 hygiene kits; 100 grocery sets and clothes, bed linen and dishes (3,5K units) thanks to the Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help eV, PDUM Partnerschaft Deutschland-Ukraine/Moldova e. V.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Ruslan Martsinkiv, Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, reported that the city sent electric saws with additional batteries and charging devices to the 78th territorial defense battalion of the 102nd brigade.

Lviv oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Kaimo Kuusk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Ukraine. They discussed thermal modernization of three dormitories in Lviv oblast, where IDPs will live, reconstruction of the regional psychiatric hospital and business cooperation.

Volunteers from Great Britain brought 23 off-road vehicles to Lviv oblast for the Ukrainian military within the framework of the Pickups for Peace initiative created by British farmer Mark Laird. During the full-scale war, Mark and his friends have sent 130 SUVs, thermal imaging cameras, body armor, NATO-style warm clothes and generators to the Ukrainian defenders.

50 children from Drohobych, whose parents lost their lives in the struggle or went missing, are going to Poland for rehabilitation and rest. For 14 days, children and their mothers will be enjoying excursions.

The RMA reported that 72 dogs and 96 cats evacuated from Kherson oblast flooded due to the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP are adapting in the shelter for rescued animals in Lviv.

Rivne oblast

Rivne oblast prayed for Ukraine and its defenders. The service was presided over by the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphany of Kyiv and All Ukraine. Church awards were also presented to servicemen of one of the military units.

Ternopil oblast

The RMA reported that rescuers, utility workers, doctors and volunteers from Ternopil oblast are going to Kherson oblast. Separate brigades of energy and gas workers are also being formed to repair the destroyed infrastructure of Kherson oblast. In addition, equipment for cleaning, six vehicles for garbage removal and tanks for drinking water storage and delivery are being sent.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the Senate of the Republic of Poland. They discussed topical issues of humanitarian and military support for Khmelnytskyi and Ukraine as a whole.

The RMA held an extraordinary meeting of the regional commission on technogenic and environmental safety and emergency situations. They discussed participation of communal services and other organizations and enterprises of the oblast in liquidation of the consequences of the emergency situation in Kherson oblast caused by the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP dam.

Chernivtsi oblast

A shelter for IDPs was opened in Novoselytsk community thanks to the International Organization for Migration, Help Age International, the ROKADA CF, the organization of German medics for emergency situations CAP ANAMUR and the city budget.

The 5th patriotic festival of folk art, Ukraine is above all for us!, was held in Storozhynetsi. It is dedicated to living and fallen fighters for the freedom and independence of Ukraine.

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

Anthony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, said that the US allocated additional humanitarian aid, including food, drinking water, security services, education, livelihoods, legal aid, affordable shelter, medical care etc., in the amount of $205 million to support the Ukrainian people

The Swedish government reported that the country will train Ukrainian pilots to fly Jas 39 Gripen fighters as part of the 12th aid package to Kyiv.

Sweden will provide financial assistance in the amount of 250 million kroner (€21.5 million) to purchase weapons, fuel and medical devices. In addition, the country will create logistics and service centers near Ukraine, where the military equipment transferred will be repaired. Up to 60 servicemen from Sweden are expected to be engaged there.

Ludivin Dedonder, Minister of Defense, announced that Belgium approved the 15th package of military aid to Ukraine, which will include M113 armored personnel carriers. The number of armored personnel carriers that will be provided after their repair is currently unknown.

The rescuers of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine received humanitarian aid, including 11 inflatable boats with accessories, 1 metal boat and 7 water filters, from Great Britain to overcome the consequences of the explosion by the occupiers of Kakhovka HPP.

Paul Massaro, senior adviser to the US Congress, reported the draft law on national defense of the USA for 2024 mentions $80 million for ATACMS for Ukraine. Other draft laws have also been registered, providing for the confiscation of russian $350 billion, recognition of the russian federation as a terrorist state, recognition of the Wagner group as a terrorist organization and recognition of genocide.

In 9 days, UNITED24 collected money to purchase and deliver four Bogun-2 all-terrain vehicles to Kherson oblast. These vehicles were purchased as part of the Help the Rescuers initiative.

Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defense of Ukraine, announced that as a result of the Ramstein meeting, Ukraine concluded a declaration with Slovakia and the Czech Republic on the purchase and maintenance of BMP.

The Sejm of Poland supported the resolution on Ukraine’s membership in NATO.

The government of Estonia has developed a mechanism for the confiscation of frozen assets of the russian federation in favor of Ukraine. According to Margus Tsahkna, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, the Ministry will soon submit a draft of the corresponding amendment to the law.

Representatives of over 20 Japanese companies plan to attend a conference on the restoration of Ukraine in London. Most of them represent construction and medical sectors and have been recommended by the Japanese government or invited by the governments of Great Britain and Ukraine.

At the summit of NATO defense ministers, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, stated that the Alliance wants to hold the first meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council, which is a new body for cooperation with Ukraine, at the Summit in Vilnius in July.

Troels Lund Poulsen, Acting Minister of Defense of Denmark, announced that the country is ready to send F-16 fighters to Ukraine, but subject to the approval of the USA, which manufactures these aircraft.

Poland completed the construction of an electronic barrier on the border with belarus. This includes 3 K cameras, including thermal imaging cameras, 400 kilometers of detection cables and 11 teletechnical containers along the entire length of the border (206 km). 

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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