War in Ukraine today: latest news, June 21, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 483rd day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression.

What happened in Ukraine today:

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

The russian federation continues to kill civilians in Ukraine, ignoring the laws and customs of war, using terror tactics, striking, and shelling both military and civilian targets.

The russian forces conducted more than 30 airstrikes, including 6 Iranian Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs, all of them being destroyed by Ukrainian defenders. In addition, the occupiers fired 23 times from multiple launch rocket systems at the positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements. Unfortunately, there are civilians killed and wounded, and residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure damaged.

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

The enemy continues to focus its main efforts on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka, and heavy fighting continues. There were over 30 combat engagements.

The situation towards Volyn and Polissia 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 air strikes on the settlements of Leonivka, Mykolaivka in Chernihiv oblast and Volfyno in Sumy oblast. Khrinivka, Yeline, Karpovychi, Leonivka in Chernihiv oblast; Seredyno-Buda, Sytne, Fotofizh, Novi Vyrky, Volfyno, Shpil, Obody, Kindrativka, Loknia, Stepne in Sumy oblast, as well as Odnorobivka, Udy, Veterynne, Kozacha Lopan, Vysoka Yaruga, Liptsi, Alisivka, Buhrivatka, Starytsia, Vovchansk, Vovchanski Khutory, Bochkove, Pletenivka, Mala Vovcha, Varvarivka, Budarky, Rublenne, Aniskyne, Mylove in Kharkiv oblast were shelled.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy conducted an airstrike near Synkivka, Kharkiv oblast. Krasne Pershe, Figolivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zakhidne, Masiutivka, Kyslivka, Berestove in Kharkiv oblast came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives near Dibrova in Luhansk oblast and Serebryanka in Donetsk oblast.

There were airstrikes in the areas of Novoiehorivka and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Siversk in Donetsk oblast. Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Dibrova, Kuzmine, Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Torske, Verkhnekamianske, Spirne and Rozdolivka in Donetsk oblast came under artillery fire.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives in the areas of Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Ivanivske and Bila Hora in the Donetsk oblast. 

There were airstrikes near Kurdiumivka and Niu York, Donetsk oblast. Vasiukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, Kalynivka, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Ozarianivka, Bila Hora, Kostiantynivka, Druzhba and Pivnichne in Donetsk oblast were affected by artillery fire.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives in the areas of Sievierne and Pervomaiske in Donetsk oblast. There were airstrikes near Avdiivka, Sievierne and Pervomaiske. Oleksandropil, Keramik, Novokalynove, Berdychi, Stepove, Avdiivka, Tonenke, Sievierne, Pervomaiske, Netailove and Nevelske in Donetsk oblast were shelled with artillery.

Towards Marinka, the enemy conducted offensive actions, but did not succeed. There was an airstrike near Krasnohorivka. At the same time,  Krasnohorivka, Zoriane, Hostre, Marinka, Heorhiivka, Kurakhove and Pobieda in Donetsk oblast were shelled with artillery.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy conducted offensive actions near Novomykhailivka and Vuhledar, but did not succeed. There was an airstrike near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast. Paraskoviivka, Novomykhailivka, Kostiantynivka, Yelyzavetivka, Katerynivka, Bohoiavlenka, Blahodatne, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva and Velyka Novosilka in Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy continues to conduct defensive actions. He conducted unsuccessful offensives towards Pyatikhatky, Zaporizhzhia oblast. The enemy conducted airstrikes near Preobrazhenka and Stopnohirsk in Donetsk oblast. The settlements of Novoochertuvate, Neskuchne, Blahodatne, Makarivka, Storozheve, Zelenne Pole, Temyrivka, Novopil, Burlatske in Donetsk oblast; Levadne, Chervone, Gulyaypole, Novoandriivka, Stepove, Piatikhatky, Lobkove, Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast; Zolota Balka, Mykhaolivka, Novooleksandrivka, Dudchany, Kachkarivka, Shliakhove, Kozatske, Mykolaivka, Burhunka, Ivanivka, Sadove, Prydniprovske, Nadniprianske, Molodizhne, Zymivnyk, Bilozirka, Romashkove, Antonivka, Kherson, Dniprovske, Kizomys in Kherson oblast and Ochakiv in Mykolaiv oblast were shelled.

Aviation of the defense forces carried out 12 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel and 6 on enemy anti-aircraft missile systems. Our defenders also destroyed a russian Mi-24 attack helicopter.

Rocket and artillery units struck the enemy’s control center and ammunition depot.

Petro Andriushchenko, Advisor to the Mariupol Mayor, informs that the occupation administration in Donetsk oblast has legalized filtration camps for Ukrainians. This means that filtration camps will be set up to hold everyone who is not a citizen of the so-called dpr or russia.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that russia has mined a significant part of the territory, so the offensive is not easy. 

The press service of the Ministry of Digital Transformation, informs that on the Diia portal, you can automatically close a sole proprietorship without the participation of a registrar. The service can be used by individual entrepreneurs who have a taxpayer identification number and those who use passport data instead of a taxpayer card.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the russian army launched an air strike near Sinkivka in Kupiansk region. The russian military also fired mortars and artillery at 27 settlements in Kharkiv oblast.

Oleh Syniehubov, head of the RMA, says that the military are observing a concentration of russian troops towards Kupiansk direction. He noted that Kupiansk and Lyman, where the front line passes, are prioritized by the russian military, as it leads to Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi, where there are a lot of railroad junctions and tracks.

 The State Emergency Service reported that a fire on a damaged gas pipeline has been extinguished in Kharkiv: rescuers are still on duty at the scene. Almost 13 K consumers were left without gas due to an accident at a gas pipeline in the Osnoviansky district of Kharkiv.

 Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the RMA, informs that at night, the enemy fired at Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region. A private house in the town was completely destroyed and outbuildings damaged. There were no casualties.

russian occupiers fired at settlements in Kharkiv, Kupiansk and Chuhuiv regions.

Power lines were damaged in the village of Hryhorivka, Kupiansk regiont.

The shelling of Vovchansk damaged at least 7 residential buildings and outbuildings, and caused fires. A 58-year-old woman was wounded.

A private house was damaged as a result of shelling in Vilkhuvatka village, Kupiansk region.

A private house was damaged in Velykyi Burluk, Kupiansk region.

Demining is ongoing. During the day, SES pyrotechnics inspected almost 9.3 hectares of territory and defused 114 ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Andrii Kovaliev, Spokesman for the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, informs that Ukrainian troops have been advancing towards Bilohorivka – Shypylivka over the last day. They have partially succeeded and are enhancing their positions.

The russian army continues to focus its main efforts on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka. There were 35 battles.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that in the afternoon, the Ukrainian military shot down a russian Mi-24 attack helicopter.

Vitalii Barabash, Head of the RMA, says that on June 21, the russian military fired several times at the old and central parts of Avdiivka, including Grad rockets at the coke plant and two rockets that hit the old part of the city. There was no information about casualties.

Anastasia Medviedieva, Spokeswoman for the Donetsk regional prosecutor’s office, says that russian troops also shelled Chasiv Yar and Antonivka in Donetsk oblast, killing one man and wounding another.

The Donetsk regional police reported that on June 20, the russian military shelled 9 settlements in Donetsk oblast and damaged 11 civilian objects.  The Donetsk region’s State Emergency Service reported that yesterday afternoon, the russian army shelled a humanitarian aid distribution point in the town of Chasiv Yar, no one was killed or injured. The rescuers brought water to the locals, and while they were distributing it, explosions were heard.

Around midnight, russians shelled Rai-Oleksandrivka in Mykolaiv community, damaging power lines.

Towards Donetsk, one person was killed in Kostiantynivka of Marinka community. A house in Kurakhove was damaged, and in the morning there was a massive shelling of Avdiivka.

Towards Horlivka, Toretsk community came under fire: 1 person killed in Druzhba, 5 houses damaged in Shcherbynivka, 1 house in Pivnichne, and an administrative building in Nyzhnia. A multi-storey building and outbuildings were damaged in Chasiv Yar community. In Kostiantynivka, 8 houses were damaged, and 1 person injured in Molocharka.

Towards Lysychansk, 3 houses were damaged in Torske and 5 in Zarichne of Lyman community. Siversk and Serebrianka are under fire.

Consequences of the shelling. Photo: Police of Donetsk oblast

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, informs that russian forces killed 2 more residents of Donetsk oblast: in Druzhba and Kostiantynivka village. One more person was wounded. 

The Mariupol City Council reported that the Korolenko Central City Library in the temporarily occupied Mariupol resembles a ruin. According to Director Viktoria Lysohor, the library had more than 150K books, a modern coworking space, and children’s laboratories. During the bombing of Mariupol, the russian army destroyed the library building. The books went to the fire.

Photo taken before the russian invasion and that of the destroyed library. Photo: Victoria Lisohor / Mariupol City Council

Victoria Tochena, Head of the Department of Culture of the Donetsk Regional State Administration,  says that at least 15 cultural heritage sites in the city were destroyed and damaged as a result of russian shelling and the actions of illegal occupation authorities. It is impossible to establish the exact number now. 

Luhansk oblast

The day before, the occupiers focused their assault efforts on the area near Kreminna, trying to advance toward the settlements of Donetsk oblast. They concentrated a significant number of personnel and equipment in Luhansk oblast, and pulled up reserves. Our liberated settlements – Bilohorivka, Stelmakhivka and Nevske, where the largest number of people currently live, remain under enemy fire. This does not stop the russians.

 The Luhansk Military Administration reported that in Troitske, russians will impose a ban on movement without a russian passport, and civilian checks around Sievierodonetsk have been intensified.

A company of Achilles unmanned aerial vehicle strike systems of the 92nd Brigade in Luhansk region destroyed a Tor-M2K anti-aircraft missile system, an armored personnel carrier, a Ural, and a Kushetka-B command and control vehicle in two days.

The regular army of the russian federation is more actively trying to advance along the entire front line towards Luhansk oblast and conducts constant ‘meat assaults’ in which it uses former prisoners.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Kyiv RMA reported that EOD specialists are demining Vyshhorod region. Therefore, residents of some communities in the oblast and the northern outskirts of the capital might hear sounds of explosions.

The Department of Municipal Security of Kyiv RMA reported that the City Council has increased funding of the program Kyiv Defender by UAH 100 million. Additional funds will be allocated for further support of military units stationed in Kyiv’s garrison, transportation of soldiers to perform combat operations and training. Moreover, financial resources will be used to train UAV operators needed by the territorial defense units of the capital.

Anatolii Fedoruk, Mayor of Bucha, informed that one of the strike guided bombers Hunter Killer (Wings of Revenge) will be named in honor of the hero city of Bucha. According to him, each UAV will carry the names of Ukrainian hero cities that suffered the most from the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by russian troops. It is noted that the Hunter Killer or XaKi-20 will consist of 1000 unmanned combat aerial vehicles and kamikaze drones manufactured in Ukraine. These UAVs will become a new high-precision long-range weapon and the world’s first unmanned aerial combat squadron.

The first women’s business forum Women’s Leadership in Times of Challenges. Kyiv Oblast was held in Kyiv. During this forum, the role of women’s entrepreneurship in national economy was discussed. According to Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of Kyiv RMA, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, almost half of sole proprietorships in Kyiv oblast have been established by women and about 28% of newly established companies in the oblast are headed by women.

Memorial plaques dedicated to four defenders who gave their lives defending Ukraine from russian invasion will be installed in the capital. According to Kyiv RMA, a commission on the installation of memorials in Kyiv supported this initiative.

The Center for Gender Equality, Prevention and Counteraction to Violence has launched a safe space for women and girls called Vilna (Free) in Kyiv. Kyiv RMA informed that the center will host lectures, sports and creative activities, and therapy sessions with a psychologist.

Zhytomyr oblast

For the second week in a row, Zhytomyr oblast has been providing assistance to the residents of Kherson oblast affected by the Kakhovka HPP destruction. According to the RMA, a total of 30 trucks of humanitarian aid weighing 490 tons have been sent to the affected oblast. Medics, construction workers, rescuers, utility crews of the oblast also came to help. Territorial communities, public, charitable and religious organizations, foundations, and concerned citizens joined the collection of humanitarian aid.

The city council reported that a rehabilitation center for patients affected by the russian military aggression against Ukraine is to be built in Zhytomyr. For this purpose, a land plot will be allocated in the city hydropark.

In Zhytomyr, near the building of the 25th lyceum destroyed by russians, the closing ceremony of this school year was conducted. According to the tradition, students of the 11th grade rang the school bell, passing the symbolic baton to the graduates of the first grade. According to the principal of the school, this traditional event was held so that the children could understand that the building was destroyed, but all participants in the educational process were united, worked together and successfully completed the school year.

Closing ceremony at the ruins of Lyceum No.25, destroyed by the russians. Zhytomyr, June 20. Photo: social networks

Sumy oblast

 Due to russian shelling of Sumy oblast, 2 private households and an outbuilding were destroyed, a private house and a civilian car damaged. According to Sumy RMA, on June 20, the enemy opened fire 14 times at the border areas of the oblast. There were 109 shells recorded. Yunakivka, Krasnopillia, Khotin, Bilopillia, Seredyno-Buda, Nova Sloboda, and Velyka Pysarivka communities were shelled.

The russians opened fire 17 times at the border areas at night and in the morning. There were 77 mortar bombs fired. Yunakivka, Krasnopillia, Bilopillia, Myropillia, Esman, Seredyno-Buda, and Znob-Novhorodske communities were under fire.

The regional military administration reported that command-and-staff training exercises involving practical training on protection of Sumy oblast residents are being held.

Sumy RMA reported that over the past two weeks, 37 private houses and 5 multi-storey buildings in Sumy, Shostka, and Okhtyrka regions were damaged as a result of shelling. Communities in Sumy oblast suffering from shelling will receive kits for quick housing restoration.

Mayor Oleksandr Lysenko informed three solar power plant projects are being implemented in Sumy using grant funds. Solar power plants are being installed in the children’s clinical hospital, the inpatient building of the central city clinical hospital and in greenhouses containing Red Book plants located on the territory of the nature reserve fund.

Chernihiv oblast

As of 9 am, the enemy opened fire 8 times using various types of weapons resulting in 11 explosions from enemy air strikes, 41 bombs from 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, 37 shells from artillery systems were recorded in the border area of Chernihiv oblast over the past 24 hours. According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the border settlements of Karpovychi, Leonivka, Yanzhulivka, Yelino, and Khrinivka came under enemy fire.

According to the Department of Civil Protection and Defense Work, as a result of artillery shelling of Khotiyivka village in Semenivka community on June 20, a residential building and five outbuildings in two private households caught fire.

The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that as of 10 am on June 21, there were 17 mortar bombs fired in the area of Karpovychi village of Semenivka community.

Chernihiv oblast became one of the most mined oblasts in Ukraine. As of today, more than 40 K hectares of territory have been surveyed in the oblast, most of which are agricultural land. Nearly 62 K explosive objects have been disposed. According to preliminary calculations, it might take up to 30 years to clear the mined areas.

Chernihiv will receive UAH 47.5 mln of subsidy from the state budget to purchase housing for ATO veterans. The funds will be transferred to Oschadbank accounts of 21 participants of the program. This program was in effect in Ukraine before the full-scale invasion, and has now been resumed for the first time since the beginning of the war.

Light and medium repairs for more than two hundred houses; more than a hundred renovated roofs and four completely rebuilt houses are the result of the work of the volunteer organization Because We Can. The volunteers are working in Chernihiv, Novoselivka, Kyyinka, Staryi Bilous, and Zarichne. Anyone can join the initiative.

Volunteers of the Because We Can initiative are restoring houses destroyed by russian aggression. Photo: Chernihiv RMA

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the Regional Council, the enemy attacked Nikopol region twice. There was an artillery attack on Marhanets community. An attack from a drone was also reported. Nikopol was attacked three times during the day.  4 private houses, 4 outbuildings, and a power line were damaged.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​Vinnytsia City Council reported that an advisory and coordination centre for support for the residents of Bakhmut region was opened in Vinnytsia. 

Vinnytsia RMA has provided the 95th Air Assault Brigade with 10 radio stations and 3 DJI Mavic remote-controlled quadcopters.

Poltava oblast

According to Dmytro Lunin, Head of the Poltava RMA, a photo exhibition in memory of Ukrainian athletes killed in the war was presented in Poltava. There are presented photographs of Poltava residents, including Maksym Kahal, Yevhen Perepelytsia, and Artem Osin. The exhibition includes more than 200 photographs of athletes and coaches, including world and European champions, winners of Olympic and non-Olympic sports competitions. 

Cherkasy oblast

Victoria Shepil, regional coordinator of the All-Ukrainian Mental Health Programme, announced the launch of a mental health programme in Cherkasy oblast, which is designed for Ukrainians affected by the war with russia.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The Ukrainian defense forces continue their offensive operations towards Melitopol and Berdiansk. They achieved partial success, consolidating their positions and leveling the front line.

On June 20, the enemy conducted 87 attacks on 18 settlements in the oblast. The russians launched a missile strike on Komyshuvakha, attacked Levadne three times with UAVs, and carried out 6 strikes with MLRSs on Levadne, Novodarivka, Lobkove, Stepove. Additionally, they conducted 77 artillery attacks on Preobrazhenka, Huliaipole, Orikhove, Temyrivka, Novoandriivka, Huliaipilske, Charivne, Zaliznychne, Piatyhatky, and other frontline villages. There have been reports of 66 cases of damage and destruction to residential buildings, infrastructure, vehicles, warehouses, and communication systems. During an evening attack in Preobrazhenka, 4 local residents were injured by mine-explosive devices.

On June 20, 6 fires occurred in Zaporizhzhia and Polohy regions as a result of shelling by russian forces. The fires affected two residential buildings, an auxiliary structure of a car wash, roofs of educational institutions, and a farm building with a total area of about 600 square meters. 44 rescuers and 9 units of equipment were involved to extinguish the fires and provide assistance.

According to Zaporizhzhia RMA, the water level in the lower reservoir has increased compared to the previous day and currently stands at 12.81 meters, but it is still 1.69 meters below the permissible level. The water level in the cooling pond of the power plant remains within the normal range. The water quality at water intakes and near wastewater treatment plants meets all regulatory requirements. No decrease in the marine resources in the waters of the Kakhovka Reservoir has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

The occupiers are forcing children in summer camps in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia oblast to write letters to russian military personnel. Such letters were written in camps in Berdiansk and Melitopol. The children were coerced to do so under the supervision of russian propaganda media. ‘Youth’ and militaristic movements have been established in schools, and joining them is essentially mandatory. This policy is aimed at eroding the self-identification of an entire generation of Ukrainians and exhibits signs of genocide.

Mykolaiv oblast

On June 20, at 13:32 and 17:38, the enemy carried out artillery shelling on the waters of Ochakiv community. According to Mykolaiv RMA, there were no casualties reported.

The Humanitarian Headquarters at Mykolaiv RMA supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), provided basic needs to the affected population of Bashkanka region following the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP. Beds, mattresses, bedding sets, pillows, and blankets were delivered to the affected communities of Horokhiv, Bereznehuvate, and Snihurivka. Additionally, an aggregate for water generation was provided to Snihurivka community.

Vitalii Kim, Head of Mykolaiv RMA, held a meeting with Kasper Andersson, Deputy Head of Mission and Advisor to the Embassy of Sweden, Erik Pettersson, First Secretary of the Embassy of Sweden,  and Nika Farnvors, Head of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s program in Ukraine. They discussed important issues related to cooperation between the countries and regional development. The possibilities of B2B development were considered, which would contribute to the creation of new jobs and support the region’s economy.

A photo exhibition titled Azov Battalion – Angels of Mariupol is currently being held at the Mykolaiv Exhibition Hall. It is dedicated to the memory of the battalion fighters who were killed during the defense of Mariupol and the Azovstal plant. The exhibition presents 217 photographs of the fallen Azov heroes, accompanied by a brief biographical description of each warrior. The exhibition is organized by the families of the fallen Azov soldiers, the parents of Mykolaiv military personnel, Vira Lytvynenko and Oleksandr Lohinov, and the civic organization “Serce nAZOVni” (Heart for Azov –  Heart Outside).

Odesa oblast

Saratov Central Hospital has received a modern ambulance. The vehicle was donated to the institution by Ron Donahue, the owner of In Health Integrated Care from the United States. The ambulance was delivered to Saratov due to the Regional Health Department.

Due to the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP by russian forces, various objects, including explosive materials, are being carried by the current into the Black Sea and towards the shores of Odesa oblast. As a result, there is a mine danger along the Odesa coastline. The water also contains toxic substances and pathogens of dangerous infectious diseases. Residents of Odesa are urged to refrain from visiting beaches and swimming in the sea.

Kherson oblast

‘Great Flood’ has already receded from 32 settlements on the right bank of Kherson oblast. Currently, the average water level is 50 centimeters. 595 residential buildings remain flooded in three settlements – Kherson, Novogrednieve, and Blahodativka.

Massive fish mortality occurred in the village of Rozdolne, Kherson oblast. Photo: Kakhovka City Military Administration.

The water level is gradually decreasing in Hola Prystan community, and the catastrophic consequences of flooding caused by the russian military’s explosion of the Kakhovka HPP are becoming visible. According to the military administration, the flooded areas have a large number of destroyed houses, and there are bodies of the deceased under the rubble.

russian military forces on the left bank of Kherson oblast are trying to conceal the horrifying consequences of the flooding caused by the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP, so that the world does not see this disaster. Currently, 17 flooded settlements are on the verge of a humanitarian crisis. According to Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of the Regional State Administration,  initially, the russian forces did not engage in evacuation or mitigation of the  disaster consequences. At the same time, the occupiers ignore the requests for assistance from the missions that have repeatedly appealed to them to help the people.

The mud level reached 70 centimeters in the Korabel neighborhood in Kherson after the water receded. Only the central street has been cleared to allow the passage of municipal services, rescuers, and medical personnel. 4 humanitarian headquarters have been opened on the island where people can receive assistance, and efforts are being made to deliver aid to the entrances for the elderly. The launch of chlorinated water is planned for next week, followed by the provision of drinking water a few days later. 

There is a significant danger of landmines remaining in Kherson oblast after the flooding caused by the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP. According to  Ihor Klymenko, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, currently, 62 mines have been found and destroyed in the demined areas.

On June 20, russian occupiers shelled peaceful settlements in Kherson oblast 72 times, firing 345 shells from artillery, mortars, Grad MLRS, drones, and aircraft. Kozatske in Kakhovka region was affected by an airstrike. The russians targeted residential buildings and an enterprise, damaging administrative buildings and equipment. 15 shells were fired at Kherson. russian forces opened artillery fire on the coastal area, where the State Emergency Service personnel were dealing with the consequences of the flooding caused by the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP. Eight rescuers were injured, and one worker was killed. The territory of a vehicle inspection station (STO) and two educational institutions were targeted. Two people were killed and eight others were injured due to russian aggression. During the past day, the police have initiated 27 criminal proceedings regarding violations of laws and customs of war by the russians in Kherson oblast. 

Yesterday, 35 brigades consisting of 157 workers and 63 pieces of equipment worked to restore electricity in Kherson oblast. Energy workers restored the operation of two transformer substations in Kherson and connected 432 consumers to the network. However, 13,600 consumers in the city are still without power. “Khmelnytskoblenergo” experts also connected the last settlement, Mykilske, which had been left without electricity due to flooding. The water supply has been restored in the village of Inhulets, which was disrupted due to the flooding of the settlement. Thirty-five workers from the Kherson Regional Utility Emergency and Rescue Service worked on the restoration of the buildings damaged by russian strikes in Kherson. 

The police continue to distribute humanitarian aid to those affected by flooding in Kherson oblast. The Juvenile Police have gathered information about the needs of each affected family, including food, clothing, medication, bedding, books, and stationery for children. Volunteer organizations have provided all the necessary items, and policemen have delivered packages containing the most essential supplies to the families.

The communities of Chornobaivka, Dariivka, and Bilozerka have received assistance from energy workers from various parts of Ukraine. The most needed materials, such as roofing sheets, OSB boards, equipment for drying basements and houses, shovels, wheelbarrows, polypropylene bags for cleaning streets, and special clothing, have been delivered to the affected settlements. In the near future, an additional 900 roofing sheets will be delivered for repair work. This assistance was provided by energy workers from Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Rivne, and Chernivtsi.

Today, volunteers handed over vehicles to the 124th Territorial Defense Brigade in Kherson. Along with the vehicles, the volunteers also donated a modern and powerful generator for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

800 laptops were purchased by the Polish Fund of International Solidarity for the needs of vocational education in Ukraine and sent to representatives of vocational education institutions. Of these, 28 laptops were sent to professional (vocational and technical) education institutions in Volyn.

Zakarpattia oblast

In London, Viktor Mykyta, Head of the RMA, held a meeting with the team of the EU Committee of the Regions headed by Niina Ratilainen, member of the Committee and Turku City Council. Rebuilding Ukraine was discussed

Three defenders who served in military formations in Zakarpattia, defended independence in battles against the occupier and were in russian captivity for about a year have returned. The military arrived from the territory of Hungary.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Leupold MARK 5YD 5-25*56 (35mm) M5C3 FFP H59 optical sights; optical sights Delta STRYKER 4.05-30*56 FFP LRD-IT 2020; tripods M029 for fixing weapons; anti-mirage covers (covers for sound reduction devices); devices for reducing the sound level of the shot, which weaken the sound of the shot and hide the flame of the powder gases of the weapon were sent to military personnel. The total amount of equipment is almost UAH 1 million, in particular, UAH 150K is from the regional budget and UAH 850K was raised during the 2nd charity auction held in March.

The RMA reported that from the oblast together with socially responsible business of the oblast, a third shipment of construction materials was sent to the people of Kherson.

Ruslan Marcinkiv, Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, announced that the City Council sent a thermal imager/sight with a laser rangefinder for the needs of the 10th separate mountain assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Lviv oblast

A coordination meeting was held on the implementation of the housing project by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with Lviv and Luhansk RMAs. The project started in 2020 in Luhansk oblast. However, in connection with the full-scale invasion, its implementation was transferred to Lviv oblast. Construction of 3 residential complexes was planned within the project.

8 institutions of Lviv oblast, which sheltered children from among IDPs, received modern computer equipment. 61 laptops were purchased due to cooperation between Lviv RMA and USAID.

Destroyed russian equipment is exhibited in Strii. It was eliminated by soldiers from the Karpatska Sich battalion in Lyman direction.

Rivne oblast

The blood service of Rivne oblast received an ambulance for transporting blood from the Pomeranian Voivodeship.

A modern analytics system Analytical Portal of Rivne Oblast was presented in Rivne oblast. It contains information about the educational, social, economic and administrative infrastructure of the oblast. The portal was developed by experts of Rivne oblast and the USAID HOVERLA project.

Klevan sanatorium school received 30 computers for children from the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.

Ternopil oblast

The Department of Education and Science of Ternopil oblast reported that graduates of Ternopil Regional Lyceum Znamennia refused to celebrate, and donated collected funds to the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

During the air alert, the enemy tried to strike the area. 6 kamikaze drones were destroyed by the Air Force in Khmelnytskyi. Debris fell on a garage and an outbuilding in one of the communities of the oblast. There are no casualties. The units of the State Emergency Service extinguished the fire.

Chernivtsi oblast

As part of the cooperation with the EU4Business program, the team of the Innovation Holding Sikorsky Challenge paid a visit to Chernivtsi. Cooperation was discussed.

Physical therapists of Chernivtsi Regional Clinical Hospital participated in an internship for specialists in mental health and physical rehabilitation, which took place on the basis of the Military Medical Institute in Warsaw (the National Research Institute in Warsaw).

The RMA reported that all communities of the oblast sent humanitarian aid, namely, medicine, food, drinking water, clothes, boats, etc., to Kherson oblast.

A walking and bus tour was conducted for IDPs in Chernivtsi. The event was organized by the Department of Social Protection of the Population of Chernivtsi oblast

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

Germany sent to Ukraine a new package of military aid, including 155-mm high-precision guided missiles, 155-mm artillery shells, 6 border guard vehicles, two MAN HX81 tractors and 1,000 trailers for them. Berlin plans to send missiles for the Patriot air defense system to Ukraine. At the same time, their number is also not specified.

The International Conference on Reconstruction of Ukraine (URC 2023) is underway in London.

Karinsh, Prime Minister of Latvia, reported that the country will send its entire helicopter fleet of combat vehicles to Ukraine. He said that the government of Latvia has already provided over 1.3% of the country’s GDP to help Ukraine, of which over 1% is for defense needs.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, stated that the EU will cover 45% of all financing needs of Ukraine by 2027. This amounts to approximately €50 billion.

Rishi Sunak, British Prime Minister, stated that the country will provide Ukraine with a package of financial assistance worth approximately $306 million and another $3 billion over three years.

Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State, stated that the country will provide Ukraine with $1.3 billion to repair the energy system and help businesses. The funds will be directed to energy and infrastructure needs.

Annalena Burbok, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany will provide Ukraine with €381 million for humanitarian aid.

Katrin Colonna, Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced that France will allocate an additional EUR 40 million in non-refundable financial aid to Ukraine for urgent reconstruction this year, and is also preparing a multi-year aid plan for civilian needs.

Portugal announced a new aid package for Ukraine, included 14 M113 armored vehicles and a set of 105-mm howitzers from it.

The European Investment Bank will allocate €840 million to Ukraine for this year’s implementation of projects for the restoration of schools and hospitals, transport networks, water supply and drainage infrastructure, as well as finance the development of digital transformation and strengthening of cyber security. The corresponding memorandum was signed by Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure, and Hoyer Hoyer, President of the EIB.

Ursula von der Leyen, Head of the European Commission, announced that the EU agreed to the 11th package of sanctions against russia. It is expected to close loopholes that allow russia to circumvent previous sanctions.

The Parliament of Slovakia recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people.

Dmytro Kuleba, Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met in London with Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State. They discussed strengthening Ukraine’s counteroffensive capabilities, the NATO summit in Vilnius, and support for the Ukrainian Peace Formula.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, held a videoconference briefing on security issues for members of the Atlantic Council of the US. Supporting Ukraine was discussed.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, held an online meeting with representatives of Jewish organizations, the Jewish community and Israeli mass media. Over 50 participants from all over the world joined the meeting. They discussed uniting the efforts of Ukrainians and Jews in the fight against anti-Semitism in the world, directions of support for Ukraine in the war started by russia, etc.

Thomas Haldenwang, Head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, stated that in Germany, russian propaganda is recognized as one of the threats to national security.

The Ukrainian Cultural Center Ukrainian Cultural Center opened in Tel Aviv. On the occasion of the opening, the concept of the HERITAGE exhibition was presented for the first time, implying efforts of artists from different oblasts of Ukraine, united by the Ukrainian identity.

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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