War in Ukraine today: latest news, June 22, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 484th 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:   

Russian troops launched a missile and air strike on Ukraine, using 3 air-launched ballistic missiles X-47 Kinzhal, 3 cruise missiles X-22, and 4 drones Shahed-136/131. Three kamikaze drones were destroyed by the air defense forces of the Ukrainian Air Force.

Furthermore, the russian army launched 44 airstrikes and conducted about 30 MLRS attacks on the positions of Ukrainian forces and civilian areas. Besides the destroyed infrastructure, civilians have also been affected.

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

The russian army continues to concentrate its main efforts towards Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Mariinka where heavy fighting is ongoing. There have been more than 20 combat clashes.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the operational situation did not change.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian army conducted airstrikes in the areas of Ohyrtseve and Pletenivka, Kharkiv oblast. They also carried out mortar and artillery shelling on the settlements of Novovasylivka, Stepne, Vorozhba, Kondrativka, Andriivka, Pysarivka, Nova Sich, Slavhorod, Sumy oblast, as well as Udy, Veterynarne, Hraniv, Kozacha Lopan, Pletenivka, Tykhe, Varvarivka, Budarky, Chuhunivka, Ambarne, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, russian troops launched unsuccessful offensive actions towards Synkivka and conducted an airstrike in the area of Kyslivka, Kharkiv oblast. Russian artillery and mortar shelling targeted Odradne, Kolodiazne, Krasne Pershe, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zakhidne, Masiutivka, Kyslivka, Berestove, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, the russian army carried out airstrikes in the areas of Nevske, Luhansk oblast and Ivanivka, Torsk, Biloheorivka, Dybrova, and Spirne, Donetsk oblast. Artillery shelling affected Nevske, Dybrova, Biloheorivka, Luhansk oblast, and Torsk, Serebrianka, Verkhniokamianske, Spirne, Rozdolivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, russian soldiers conducted airstrikes in the areas of Bohdanivka, Bila Hora, and Pivnichne, Donetsk oblast. The settlements of Rai-Oleksandrivka, Vasiukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Novomarkove, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Ozarianivka, Pivdenne, and New York, Donetsk oblast were affected by russian artillery shelling.

Towards Avdiivka, russian soldiers conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the areas of Severne and Avdiivka. They carried out airstrikes in the areas of Avdiivka and Nevelske. The russian army also conducted artillery shelling in the areas of Lastochkyne, Avdiivka, Karlivka, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske, Donetsk oblast.

Russian troops conducted offensive actions towards Marinka and Pobeda, Donetsk oblast, but had no success. They carried out an airstrike in the area of Krasnohorivka, Donetsk oblast. At the same time, they conducted artillery shelling on the settlements of Maksymilianivka, Mariupol, Heorhiivka, and Pobeda, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the russian army conducted airstrikes near Zolota Nyva, Velyka Novosilka, and Blahodatne. They also shelled the settlements of Paraskeviivka, Novomykhailivka, and Blahodatne, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the russian army continues to carry out defensive actions and concentrates its efforts on preventing the advance of Ukrainian forces. They attempted to regain lost positions in the area of Makarivka, Donetsk oblast. They conducted airstrikes in the areas of Storozheve and Makarivka. Russian soldiers also launched artillery shelling on the settlements of Novoocheretuvate, Makarivka, Storozheve, Zelene Pole, and Temirivka, Donetsk oblast; Levadne, Chervone, Huliaipole, Charivne, Novoandriivka, Stepove, Piatykhatky, Zaporizhzhia oblast; Zolota Balka, Mykhailivka, Dudchany, Ivanivka, Sadove, Molodizhne, Bilozerka, Antonivka, Kherson, and Dniprovsky, Kherson oblast.

As a result of demolishing the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant, the sanitary and epidemiological situation has sharply deteriorated in a number of settlements in the temporarily occupied territory of Kherson oblast. Specifically, due to the civilians’ inability to access adequate medical care and drinking water, outbreaks of viral hepatitis A have been reported in households. There is also a threat of the spread of other viral diseases. In turn, russian troops do not acknowledge the increase in the number of cases and on the contrary, try to conceal it. No measures are being taken to stabilize the sanitary and epidemiological situation in the region.

The Air Force of Ukraine conducted 7 strikes on russian personnel concentration areas and 4 strikes on russian air defense missile systems.

The units of the missile forces and artillery targeted the russian command post, 2 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration, 2 ammunition depots, 1 fuel and lubricant depot, 23 artillery units in firing positions, 2 electronic warfare assets, and 2 russian communication nodes.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that a law banning the import of books from russia and belarus was signed. He also noted: “The text of the law was sent to the EU institutions for an additional assessment of whether certain provisions of the law can affect fulfillment of obligations in terms of minority right protection, specifically language rights, in light of recommendation of conclusion of the European Commission regarding Ukraine’s application for EU membership.” 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported that russia is considering the scenario of a terrorist attack at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Russia has prepared everything for a terrorist act with the release of radiation.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

After opening a monument to children who were killed as a result of russia’s armed aggression in Kharkiv downtown, residents brought more than fifty children’s toys to the monument. As of 22 June, according to the Office of the Prosecutor General, 284 children in Kharkiv oblast were killed or injured as a result of the war.

Monument to children killed during the war, Kharkiv. Photo from social media

Yesterday, russian invaders attacked settlements in Kharkiv, Kupiansk, Chuhuiv and Bohodukhiv regions.

The shelling of Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, damaged the buildings of a meat processing plant, residential buildings and outbuildings. Fires broke out.

Kharkiv Regional Military Administration reported that in Kruhliakivka village, Kupiansk oblast, the shelling damaged 2 private buildings and outbuildings. A 49-year-old man sustained shrapnel wounds and was hospitalized. In Pylna village, Kharkiv oblast, a building was damaged. In Basove village, Bohodukhiv region, 2 private buildings were damaged.

Viktor Kovalenko, head of the Zolochiv Military Administration said that around 9am, russians shelled Udy border village with artillery, there were eight hits. Today, the entire population has left. The infrastructure is destroyed, there is no electricity or gas supply.

Oleh Syniehubov, head of Kharkiv RMA informed that mine clearance is ongoing. Yesterday, pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined almost 10 hectares of territory and defused 87 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Andrii Kovalenko, spokesman of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on the air of the United News TV marathon that on 21 June, Ukrainian troops towards Lyman advanced near Bilohorivka and Dibrova, where they had partial success and are gaining a foothold.

On 21 June, russians killed 1 more civilian in Chasiv Yar. Another 6 people were injured in the region. It is currently impossible to establish the exact number of casualties in Mariupol and Volnovakha.

Late in the evening, russians launched a rocket attack on Pokrovsk, injuring 5 people, including an 11-year-old boy. 15 buildings were damaged. In the morning, the enemy shelled Rai-Oleksandrivka, Mykolaiv community, damaging buildings, outbuildings and power lines.

Burned down building due to shelling by russian army, Donetsk oblast, 21 June. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration 

Towards Horlivka, Toretsk community was under numerous attacks: 49 buildings, an administrative building and a school in Scherbynivka and a building in Niu-York were damaged. Also, 3 buildings in Nykyforivka, Soledar community, and 1 building in Chasiv Yar community were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, 3 buildings were damaged in Siversk as a result of artillery and aerial shelling. Another 1 building was damaged in Torske of Lyman community.

Sloviansk City Water Utility reported that to balance the water supply to the population, a water supply schedule will be introduced throughout the city from Friday, 23.06.2023, until the temperature regime stabilizes.

National Resistance Centre said that russian federation is forming the Azov Military Naval district as part of the Black Sea Fleet with its headquarters in Mariupol. Russian invaders plan to equip the so-called Azov MN district at the expense of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla of the russian Navy. A total of eight warships and boats, and 16 support vessels will be stationed at this base. These include the small missile ships Tsyklon and Askold, which are being tested, and Amur, which is under construction. Also, the Kovrovets minesweeper and other ships will be there. The total missile barrage of the three small missile ships is 24 Kalibr sea-launched cruise missiles. The completion of organizational measures and the relocation of the fleet’s ships is scheduled for 1 July.

Luhansk oblast

According to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the invaders massively shelled settlements along the entire frontline yesterday. Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Dibrova, Kuzmyne and Bilohorivka were under attack.

The enemy also intensified ground pressure, attacking near Dibrova and towards Bilohorivka, but failed. Despite the significant reserves that Russians have brought to the region, Ukrainian defenders are resisting the invasion. Bilohorivka and Novoiehorivka were also damaged by air strikes.

Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesman of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that in the eastern part of the frontline, enemy BMP-2, two Giatsint-B howitzers, a Lancet kamikaze drone and an ammunition depot were destroyed yesterday. The invaders attempted to hit settlements and positions of our troops with artillery 559 times towards Lyman and Kupiansk. There were 10 combat engagements and a similar number of enemy air raids.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration said that Russian shelling is intensifying. They have also increased the number of ground attacks. The enemy launched about 50 shells directly at Nevske. In total, the invaders attacked the de-occupied territory 98 times from various types of weapons, firing 468 shells yesterday. Ukrainian troops are holding the line in Bilohorivka. The invaders launched an airstrike on the village. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are hitting the places where enemy ammunition is being stored.

Referring to Luhansk RMA, at present, there are at least 15 basements or camps in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine where people, who refuse to participate in hostilities, are sent. One of them is located in Rozsypne, Troitske community, near the border with russia. Russians are held there.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration informed that residents of Rubizhne are not in the basement, but they are also in isolation. They are allowed into the city only if they have a registration. Upon presentation of a Ukrainian passport, russians demand to fill out a form with questions about the presence of relatives in the Ukrainian power block, relatives living in the territory of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” and about their attitude to Russia and the war it has unleashed.

Oleksandr Striuk, the head of the Sievierodonetsk City Civil-Military Administration reported that the presence of russian troops in Sievierodonetsk increased a week ago. Almost all of the repair crews left the city. Russians are punishing Sievierodonetsk residents for trying to call their relatives.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration said that there are about 185,000 Luhansk residents in the safe regions of the country and about 50,000 are abroad. People in the occupied part of the region cannot withstand the pressure and are constantly trying to leave for the territory controlled by the Government of Ukraine.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The city state administration reported that on 21 June, Kyiv rehearsed actions in case of an emergency at the Kyiv hydroelectric power station. About 250 employees of various services were involved in the staff training, which involved working out the mechanics of interaction between different departments, checking equipment and informing the public. This is the second large-scale exercise in the capital since the beginning of the year to address actions in the case of flooding or damage to hydroelectric facilities.

The State Agency for Reconstruction and Development of Infrastructure has announced the first tenders for the restoration of residential infrastructure in Bucha, Makariv, Vyshhorod and an administrative building in Borodyanka via the Prozorro public procurement system. According to the head of the agency, Mustafa Nayem, all the apartment buildings were damaged by shelling or fires, so the buildings as well as the water, electricity and heating networks are partially destroyed and need major repairs.

The Ukrainian Women’s Guard held a mine safety training in Kyiv. Yuliia Chykolba, an experienced mine action expert, taught the participants about where the danger can be hidden, the consequences of explosive objects, and the algorithm of behaviour when detecting an explosive object and during shelling. The event was held as part of the Resilience project with the support of the European Union, ERIM, and the Kyiv City Council.

Mine safety training by the Ukrainian Women’s Guard. Kyiv, Vcentri Hub Obolon, 22 June 2023. Photo: UWG

Kyiv Regional Military Administration reported the delivery of another shipment of aid to the victims of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station dam explosion. Inflatable boats, life jackets, fuel and engine oil, generators, air mattresses, blankets, clothes, food, and hygiene products were sent. 10,000 accommodation places have also been prepared in Kyiv oblast for those arriving from the disaster area.

The ‘Magnolias for boots’ initiative was launched in Kyiv by Kyivzelenbud, Peremohy Park, and the ‘Veteranka’ movement. It will be used to buy summer women’s boots for defenders fighting on the front line. To participate, one needs to scan the QR code near the plate installed by the tree in the park. Each magnolia tree will have a list of respected donors and will be included in the tree’s biography.

The Ministry of Veterans Affairs reported that this year’s Book Arsenal festival takes place in Kyiv. It is scheduled to last from the evening of 22 June to 25 June. The festival will feature more than 120 publications, the main theme of which is the russian-Ukrainian war starting in 2014 and the events related to the full-scale russian invasion: documentaries, fiction, poetry, testimonies from the occupation, testimonies of IDPs, photo albums. 

Zhytomyr oblast

According to the Ministry of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine, 149 applications for compensation for housing reconstruction in Zhytomyr oblast have been submitted to eRestoration. Ukrainians can spend the payments received on building materials or contractor services in shops and companies participating in the programme. Since the launch of the eRestoration programme on 10 May, Ukrainians have submitted a total of 20,308 applications, with the majority coming from Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mykolaiv and Kherson oblasts.

The communities of the Berdychiv region continue to provide assistance to the affected residents of Kherson oblast. Residents of the Shvaikivka, Raihorodotska, and Vchoraishe communities collected a 20-tonne humanitarian aid shipment with drinking water and food, which has already reached its destination.

Students and teachers of Zhytomyr Lyceum No. 16 handed over an off-road vehicle to the 95th separate air assault brigade for the needs of the frontline. According to the lyceum’s administration, the funds for the vehicle were raised during a school charity fair.

Sumy oblast

According to the Sumy Military Administration, the occupiers shelled 6 communities in the Sumy oblast over the past day, inflicting 118 attacks on their territories. They attacked the Yunakivka, Bilopillia, Seredyna-Buda, Velyka Pysarivka, Khotyn, and Esman communities. The enemy used mortars, artillery, and an RPG-7 grenade launcher, and launched unguided NURS missiles from a helicopter. Mortar attacks in the Bilopillia region damaged 5 private houses, 2 summer kitchens, and a utility room. In the Velyka Pysarivka community, which was attacked with mortar and artillery fire, a farm was hit.

According to the Sumy Military Administration, the russian military continued to fire on the border of Sumy oblast. Khotyn and Znob-Novhorod communities were shelled. The enemy fired 4 mines at the Khotyn community, and 2 more at the Znob-Novhorod community.

An exhibition of dolls called “Unbreakable People of My Country” was opened in Hlukhiv. The event showcases the works of 40 Ukrainian craftsmen who depicted life during the war in their dolls. The images are based on drawings by Lviv artist Olha Chernykh.

Artwork from the doll exhibition “Unbreakable People of My Country” in Hlukhiv, Sumy region. Photo: Oleksandr Solomko, Serhii Odarchenko

Trostianets received an Ursus tractor from Polish city of Rzeszów.  The assistance was provided by a local water and sewerage company. Earlier, the city of Rzeszów helped Trostianets with generators and furniture to equip temporary accommodation centres for IDPs.

Chernihiv oblast

According to the ‘North’ Operational Command, the russians fired four unguided missiles at Mykolaivka village in the Nizhyn region and two more at Leonivka village in the Semenivka community on June 21. The shelling of Leonivka damaged a residential building and an outbuilding. Earlier, three mortar attacks were launched at the same village. The villages of the Snovsk community were also shelled by the occupiers: 6 mortar attacks on Khrinivka, and 14 artillery strikes on Yelino.

The Chernihiv Regional Military Administration reported that over the past two weeks, Russian shelling of the border of Chernihiv oblast has intensified. The Semenivka community is most affected by enemy attacks.

Chernihiv University is recruiting applicants for free remote Ukrainian language courses. The project is being implemented by the staff of the Department of Philology and Social Sciences of the Chernihiv National  Polytechnic University. The university also plans to run a “We Speak Ukrainian” language club, where participants will have the opportunity to attend lectures on local history and local lore.

A charity fair in support of the Ukrainian Armed Forces was held in Sedniv, Chernihiv region. Several villages of the Sedniv community participated, raising around UAH 23,000 with singing and treats.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

At night, russian invaders fired missiles at Kryvyi Rih. The head of the Kryvyi Rih Military Region Administration, Yevhen Sytnychenko, said that as a result of a nighttime missile attack by the russian occupiers in the village of Vilne, more than 20 houses, a gas pipeline, a water supply system were damaged and the power grid was cut. As a result of the hit, a huge crater with a diameter of 25 metres and a depth of almost 10 metres was formed in the middle of the street.

A crater after a missile strike. Photo from social media

The russian army fired three Kinzhal missiles at Ukraine overnight. According to preliminary data, these missiles were directed at the dam in Kryvyi Rih. The Kinzhal missiles were shot down by the Ukrainian air defense forces.

Humanitarian aid from Germany has arrived in the Nikopol district, cubic water tanks. Representatives of the German-Ukrainian charity fund Blue and Yellow Cross offered their support in the first days of the disaster caused by the terrorist actions of the Russian occupiers at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. The tanks were handed over to the local communities in the area.

Engineers from Dnipro developed a thermal imager for the military. According to Liubomyr Hundiak, creative director of the company that developed it, it allows them to keep an eye on the enemy without putting themselves in additional danger. The device has a long-range human recognition function and a security system.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​Vinnytsia City Council informed that Vinnytsia tested an automated door opening system in the shelter of Lyceum # 18. The same system works in 5 schools, and will soon be installed in two dozen more educational institutions. The system is being tested and has no analogues in any other city. There are 1236 registered shelters in Vinnytsia, and the door opening system is planned to be installed in all of them.

An Austrian delegation visited Vinnytsia. Arad Benkö, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Austria to Ukraine, was among the guests. During the meeting with the Austrians, local authorities discussed potential for further cooperation. In particular, in the areas of economy, investment attraction, humanitarian policy and civil protection.

Kirovohrad oblast

The first-ever school shelter was set up in the village of Nedoharky of the Pryiutivka community in the Oleksandriia region. Five IR heaters, furniture, and a bio-toilet were installed there. Until now, there was no shelter due to the atypical layout of the gymnasium.

Poltava oblast

QR codes with links to maps of shelters are to be placed in Poltava oblast. Residents of the region will be able to find out where safe shelters are located to use them during an air raid.

Cherkasy oblast

A general mode of operation of catering and leisure facilities is being introduced throughout Cherkasy oblast. Starting from 22 June, all catering and leisure facilities must close no later than 10 p.m. to ensure safety and order in the context of russia’s armed aggression.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Following a report from the intelligence and security services of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, said that russia had prepared a scenario and was considering a terrorist attack with a radiation release at the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

Earlier, the head of the GUR Kyrylo Budanov said that кussian troops had mined the cooling pond at the ZNPP, which is necessary for the safe operation of the plant. According to him, if russia blows it up, it will cause serious problems.

The IAEA does not confirm the information about the mining of the Zaporizhzhia NPP cooling pond. At the same time, they say that the station is mined around the perimeter and in some places inside.

Over the past day, on June 21, russian troops shelled 24 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Three people were injured.

On June 21, as a result of a russian air strike in the Pologovsky district of Zaporizhzhia oblast, a fire broke out in a private household of civilians. Two people were taken to the hospital.

Zaporizhzhia OVA reported in Zaporizhzhia, the water level in the lower reaches of the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant is 12.59 meters, which is 1.91 meters below the normal level. In general, since the russians blew up the Kakhovka HPP, the water level in the lower pool has dropped by 4.57 meters.

Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of  Melitopol, said that on June 22, explosions were heard in the area of concentration of russian army equipment in the temporarily occupied Melitopol and Yakymivka in Zaporizhzhia oblast. As a result, the russians have intensified filtration measures against civilians.

Mykolaiv oblast

Last night, the russian military carried out an attack on the Odesa region using Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles. Air defense forces successfully destroyed three drones, but one of them hit a warehouse, resulting in a fire. The fire was quickly extinguished by rescuers, and fortunately, no casualties were reported, according to the South Command.

Students from Mechnikov ONU raised over 40 thousand hryvnias to support the victims from the Kherson region. The funds were utilized to purchase baby food and hygiene products, some of which were distributed to those in need within the Odesa Oblast, while the rest were taken to Kherson Oblast for assistance. Additionally, the students dedicated their efforts to collect food for animal rescue volunteers in the Kherson region.

The levels of suspended solids and iron in the Dnipro River remain high, as confirmed by a recent water quality study conducted by environmentalists. Samples were taken near the Antonivsky railway bridge, revealing a 2.4-fold increase in total iron and a 1.36-fold increase in suspended solids. Furthermore, seawater samples still show the presence of cholera-like vibrio NAG of the Heiberg group 1, which is not a cholera pathogen but can cause acute intestinal disorders.

Odesa oblast

Yesterday, on June 21 at 10:23 a.m., the enemy launched artillery shells targeting the waters of the Ochakiv community. There is currently no information available regarding casualties resulting from this incident. Later in the evening, the russians fired artillery at the Kutsurub community, where a private house was hit. According to the Mykolaiv Military District Administration, no casualties were reported.

The students of Snihurivka Lyceum received humanitarian aid that was sent from the Federal Republic of Germany. The aid package included notebooks, pens, pencils, felt-tip pens, rulers, protractors, and various other supplies. This collection of items was gathered by the teachers, students, and parents of the Hans-Fuhler-Gymnasium in Oberkirch, Ortenau district, Germany, and was initiated by Vyacheslav Yegorov, chairman of the board of the Ortenau for Ukraine NGO and a former resident of Mykolaiv. Nova Poshta facilitated the free delivery of the cargo.

As of now, there are still 746.6 hectares of agricultural land and 191.9 hectares of untreated agricultural land that remain flooded in the Mykolaiv region.

Kherson oblast

According to Holoprystan RMA, as of the morning of June 22, 18 people have been reported dead as a result of the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant in the Holoprystan community in Kherson region by russian troops. 

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Regional Military Administration reported that in the morning, on June 22, the water level in the Kherson region dropped to 45 cm. Twenty settlements remain flooded: three on the right bank and 17 on the left. This information was received from local residents but it is currently impossible to confirm the facts of deaths due to the occupation. 

Ruslan Strilets, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine stated that the damage caused to Ukraine’s environment by russia’s undermining of the Kakhovka HPP has already amounted to more than $1.5 billion. Some ecosystems have been lost forever. These are endemic species of animals that existed in only one place on earth – in the South of Ukraine. In addition, half of the forest in this area has been lost. 

Oleksandr Kovalenko, military and political observer of the Information Resistance Group, reported that russian occupation forces are burning the bodies of Ukrainians who died as a result of high water. To do this, they have engaged local residents to collect the remains. 

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as a result of the occupiers’ demolishing the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, outbreaks of viral hepatitis A have been reported in a number of settlements in the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson region in households. However, the russian occupiers are trying to hide this, and are not taking measures to stabilize the sanitary and epidemiological situation in the region. 

Kherson Regional Military Administration reported that the russian army shelled Kherson. Two people were injured in their own backyard. They were taken to the hospital in serious condition. Student volunteers from Rivne who were helping Kherson residents came under fire. Their injuries are of moderate severity. The prosecutor’s office reported two wounded in Bilozerska community in Kherson region.

Kherson region under enemy fire. Photo: Police of Kherson region

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported, towards Kherson the russian army fired on Zolota Balka, Mykhailivka, Dudchany, Ivanivka, Sadove, Molodizhne, Bilozerka, Antonivka, Kherson, and Dniprovske.

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Regional Military Administration reported that over the past day, on June 21, the russian army fired 79 times at Kherson region. They fired 20 shells at Kherson. Residential areas and administrative buildings were hit in Kherson and Novoraysk community in Beryslav district. Three people were injured.

In Kherson region, children are taught mine safety rules. Free courses are conducted by certified instructors of the Ukrainian Deminers Association. So far, 664 children from  Vysokopil, Kalynivka and Borozen communities have received the training. The training was made possible through a humanitarian project funded by Save the Children International Ukraine.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The RMA reported that 10 tonnes of water, food and 32 containers for water (eurocube) were sent from Volyn to Kherson oblast. In addition, there are 48 residents from Volyn who continue to help communal services.

Zakarpattia oblast

Viktor Mykyta, head of the RMA, held a meeting with Mathieu Mori, General Secretary Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

A Regional Office of International Cooperation was created at the RMA. The advisory body will work on deepening communication with international organizations and will become the main platform for establishing new contacts with foreign donors.

Lviv oblast

Lviv RMA signed a Memorandum of cooperation with the regional council, the Main Department of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Lviv oblast and the Firefighters of Ukraine public union. The document provides for the involvement of citizens in membership in voluntary fire brigade units, as well as the creation of appropriate conditions for the adaptation of persons who participated in military operations.

Norwegian volunteers sent 11 off-road vehicles and minibuses and humanitarian aid to combat brigades of Lviv oblast. During 11 trips to Ukraine, Norwegian volunteers brought 60 cars.

Lviv oblast has planned to build three residential complexes for 1,7K IDPs in Kamianka-Buzka and Drohobych communities, as well as the renovation of housing in Starii Sambor, are.

Sambir Hospital received 10 patient monitors for the intensive care unit worth about half a million UAH from UNICEF.

The RMA reported that the International Organization for Migration sent a YETI 6000X portable charging power station and three additional power sources to Horodotsk Central Hospital.

Representatives of the People in Need Czech international humanitarian organization conducted Psychological Stress Rresistance training for IDPs who found shelter in Strii region. Since the beginning of the year, the organization has provided over 100 individual consultations for IDPs.

The Department of Communications and Internal Policy of the RMA reported that during the last three days, Lviv oblast got rid of 10 more soviet monuments.

Rivne oblast

The RMA held a meeting regarding assistance to Kherson oblast. Over 20 trucks with humanitarian aid have already been sent from the oblast to the affected oblast. Rivne region’s power engineers are restoring power there, construction crews are restoring buildings. Rivne RMA communicates daily with Kherson regional headquarters for overcoming the consequences of flooding.

Nine-year-old Ania from Rivne oblast, together with her friends, made jewelry from beads and sold them. With the proceeds, little volunteers were able to purchase a quadcopter for the special forces of the Head Office of the National Police in Rivne oblast.

An embroidered towel of unity was handed over from Rivne oblast to Khmelnytskyi oblast. Rivne oblast became the ninth oblast of Ukraine where the International embroidered towel of the association Embroidery Flower visited. Before that, it was decorated by craftsmen from Volyn.

Towel of Unity. Photo: Rivne RMA

Ternopil oblast

The RMA reported that Ternopil oblast sent 38 tonnes of drinking water to the affected settlements.

In the village of Malashivtsi, IDPs registered in Ternopil community received 17 warrants for settlement in modular houses. Currently, 240 families (564 persons) are registered as IDPs who need to be provided with residential premises for temporary residence from the housing fund.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Polonsk Community of Khmelnytskyi oblast sent 14 tonnes of humanitarian aid, namely, food, water, basic necessities, etc., to residents of Darivsk Community of Kherson oblast, who suffered due to russian aggression and the undermining of Kakhovka HPP.

A sniper complex for the military was sent from Khmelnytskyi thanks to the Volunteers of Podillia CF.

Chernivtsi oblast

The RMA reported that in the premises of the Department of Social Protection of the Population of Chernivtsi oblast, the Office of Social Support of Servicemen and Members of Their Families was opened. 

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

The EU allocated €1.5 billion in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine to state services and infrastructure of Ukraine.

The Federal Government of Austria will provide an additional EUR 18 million to help Ukrainians affected by russian aggression. According to the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will each receive EUR 6 million, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will receive another EUR 4 million, and the United Nations Fund in the field of population (UNFPA) – EUR  2 million.

Tomasz Kopechny, Czech government’s commissioner for the reconstruction of Ukraine, reported the country this year plans to provide Kyiv with humanitarian aid worth EUR 20-25 million.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan reported that the country will provide $5 million in emergency humanitarian aid to flood victims. Assistance will be provided in areas such as food, water, sanitation and health care. In addition, they sent 160 water purifiers, 530 generators and 30 units of construction equipment.

The government of Estonia, together with Iceland, decided to provide a package of military aid, including a field military hospital, equipment for paramedics and sappers, as well as means to combat drones, to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Todor Tagarev, Defense Minister of Bulgaria, announced that the country is preparing a new package of military aid, including weapons and ammunition that are in Bulgaria’s warehouses and do not need to be purchased.

The Office of the President of Ukraine held a briefing for the ambassadors of G7 countries, the EU, as well as Brazil, Denmark, India, China, the Republic of South Africa and Turkey. Further steps in the implementation of the Peace Formula were discussed.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, received credentials from Helene Sand Andresen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Felix Baumann, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, Seymour Mardaliev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Nadir Khan, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Hannes Heimisson, Ambassador of Iceland, who are starting a diplomatic mission in Ukraine. The ceremony of presenting the credentials traditionally took place on the territory of the Sofia Kyivska National Reserve.

Raphael Grossi, IAEA Director General, after visiting Zaporizhzhia NPP, called the situation at the power plant “extremely unstable.” No mines were found during Grossi’s visits, but the Agency has information about prior placement of mines both inside the station and around its perimeter.

James Cleverly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Great Britain, announced that the country will support the simplification of Ukraine’s accession to NATO. He added that Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, stated at an informal summit of NATO foreign ministers that, in fact, many of the membership action plan’s criteria have already been met.

Michael McCall, Head of the committee of the US House of Representatives, reported that the committee supported the resolution calling for the immediate provision of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine.

The Czech government approved the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the review of relations with russia, in which it is called a source of threats and risks for the security of the Czech Republic and Europe in the coming decades.

Jeyhun Bayramov, Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, stated that the country advocates an early end to the war within the framework of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and also promises assistance in reconstruction.

King Charles III met with Ukrainian military officer and lawyer Masi Nayem. They talked in St. James Palace before the conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine.

The UN commented on the shelling of the employees of the State Emergency Service in Kherson, which the russians carried out on June 20. They reminded that rescue workers are protected by international humanitarian law. Matthew Hollingworth, acting humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine, emphasized that the shelling of rescuers is another example of the impact of russia’s invasion of Ukraine on people.

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, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos, Marharyta Koval, Viktoriia Pushyna, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya 

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