War in Ukraine today: latest news, June 25, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 487th 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 the civilian population of Ukraine, violating laws and customs of war, employing terrorist tactics, striking both military and civilian targets.

The russian army used 6 guided missiles from the S-300 system against civilian facilities in  Zaporizhzhia oblast. Additionally, they carried out 25 aerial strikes and conducted over 30 MLRS attacks  on Ukrainian troops’ positions and populated areas.

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

The russian army continues to concentrate its main efforts towards Lyman, Bakhmut, and Mariinka, with over 20 combat clashes a day.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the operational situation did not change. There are no signs of russian forming offensive groupings.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian army maintains a military presence and continues to carry out sabotage and reconnaissance activities in the border areas with Ukraine. Yesterday, in the vicinity of the settlement of Rodionivka, Sumy oblast, russian troops made an unsuccessful attempt to infiltrate through the state border of Ukraine with a sabotage and reconnaissance group, suffered losses, and retreated. They conducted mortar and artillery shelling of the populated areas of Hremiachka, Tymonovychi in the Chernihiv region, and Khodyne, Malushyne, Kozache, Vorozhba, Iskryskivshchyna, Pavlivka, and Katerinivka in the Sumy region, as well as Udy, Veternarne, Hraniv, Kozacha Lopan, Krasne, Starycia, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, Vovchansk, Bochkove, Okhrimivka, Mykolaivka, Nesterne, Budarky, Kruhle, Zemlianky, Vilkhuvatka, Chuhunivka, Hryhorivka, Odradne, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, russian soldiers shelled  Kolodyazne, Krasne Pershe, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Masiutivka, Kyslivka, and Berestove, Kharkiv oblast with artillery and mortar shelling.

Towards Lyman, the russian army carried out unsuccessful offensive actions towards Rozdolivka. Artillery shelling affected Nevske and Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, as well as Torske, Serebrianka, Verkhniokamianske, Sperne, and Rozdolivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, russian soldiers conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the areas of Hryhorivka and Minkivka, Donetsk oblast. They carried out an airstrike near Sukha Balka, Donetsk region. Vasiukivka, Minkivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Ozarianivka, and New York in the Donetsk region were hit with russian artillery shelling.

Towards Avdiivka, russian troops carried out an airstrike in the area of Avdiivka. They conducted artillery shelling of the areas near the settlements of Berdychiv, Avdiivka, Vodyane, Karlivka, and Pervomaiske.

Towards Mariinka, the russian army conducted offensive actions in the area of Marinka, but was not successful. They carried out an airstrike near Krasnohorivka. The russian military conducted artillery shelling of the populated areas of Hostre, Heorhiivka, and Mariinka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, russian soldiers carried out airstrikes in the areas of Prechystivka and Blahodatne. They shelled the populated areas of Paraskevivka, Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, Storozhove, Makarivka, Novosilka, and Novopil, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the russian army attempts to prevent the advancement of Ukrainian troops. They unsuccessfully attempted to regain lost positions in the area of Novodarivka, Zaporizhzhia oblast. They conducted artillery shelling of around 30 populated areas, including Temirivka, Novodarivka, Levadne, Olhivske, Malynivka, Zelenyi Hai, Zatyshshia, Huliaipole, Zaporizhzhia oblast; Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast; Mylove, Berislav, Kozatske, Lvove, Mykilske, Antonivka, Zelenivka, Kherson, Dniprovskyi, Kherson oblast, and Ochakiv, Mykolaiv oblast.

The aviation of the Ukrainian army carried out 6 strikes on russian personnel buildup areas within the past day. Additionally, Ukrainian soldiers destroyed a reconnaissance UAV of the operational-tactical level.

Units of rocket troops and artillery hit a command post, 3 areas with russian personnel and military equipment buildup, an ammunition depot, an electronic warfare station, and 3 russian artillery units in firing positions throughout the day.

According to the head of the Intelligence services of  Ukraine, Budanov, russian troops placed equipment with explosives near 4 out of 6 power units of the Zaporizhzhia NPP. “The plan for a terrorist attack on the ZNPP has been fully developed and approved. They can use technical means to accelerate the disaster,” he emphasized.

In Berdiansk, the occupiers killed two teenagers for their “pro-Ukrainian position,” Ombudsman Lubynets reported. According to him, two boys born in 2006 “engaged in a battle with the occupiers and eliminated a russian soldier and a police collaborator.” The night before, a video appeared on the Internet in which Hovhannesian, accused by the occupation authorities of alleged sabotage, with a weapon in his hands, says: “This is the end, guys. Good bye. Glory to Ukraine”. Later, the representative of the occupiers in the occupied part of Zaporizhia oblast, Rohov, announced the “two terrorists were eliminated”, specifically  Hovhannesian.

The press service of the Ministry of Finance reported that the resolution was adopted on amending the classification of goods of foreign economic activity aimed at unifying approaches with the EU. The decision will contribute to application of the rules of classification of goods by the customs authorities when making decisions on classification of goods in accordance with UKTZED and decisions on binding information on the issues of classification of goods.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

At least 29 settlements in the Kharkiv region came under mortar and artillery fire, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported.

Volunteers from Kharkiv region rescued 207 animals from Kherson. Among them are 85 dogs, 91 cats, 20 chickens, 2 roosters, a turkey and three goats. Currently, 40 rescued animals are looking for new homes in Kharkiv. The representative of the public organisation Kharkiv Animal Rescue Yaryna Vintoniuk told about it.

The newborn wild boar cubs Tisha and Tosha settled in Feldman Ecopark. They were rescued by the soldiers of the 92nd Brigade, who saw the animals in the reeds with the help of a thermal imager. This was reported by the founder of the Ecopark Oleksandr Feldman. The wild boars became the first “clients” of the revived Animal Rescue Centre “Feldman Ecopark Good Home”.

Wild boars Tisha and Tosha in Feldman Ecopark. Photo: the Facebook page Feldman Ecopark

On the contact line, the enemy made an attempt to conduct offensive actions in the direction of Berestove. It failed and retreated with losses. “The enemy fired at frontline and border settlements of Kharkiv, Kupiansk and Chuhuiv districts of the region,” said Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Joint Forces Operation. “Chervona Zorya, Vetarine, Kozacha Lopan, Ohirtseve, Gatyshche, Krasne Pershe, Dvorichna, Masiutivka, Kyslivka, Berestove and other settlements were under fire from the russian occupiers.

A 49-year-old civilian man was wounded in Kruhlyakivka village of Kupiansk district.

In the town of Pivdenne, Kharkiv district, a 7-year-old boy found an object that looked like a cartridge and hit the wall with it. As a result of the explosion, the boy was injured and hospitalised.

Mine clearance is ongoing. Over the last day, the SES pyrotechnics neutralised 111 explosive devices.

Donetsk oblast

Russian troops continue to shell the outskirts and other neighborhoods of Chasiv Yar. In the afternoon, the russian army also struck the central part of the city. As of 3pm, there are no dead or wounded. Sergey Chaus, head of the MVA  said less than a thousand residents remain in the city.

Anastasia Medvedeva, spokesperson for the Donetsk regional prosecutor’s office said  that in the evening, russian troops shelled Avdiivka. A man was wounded as a result of the shelling.

Serhiy Cherevaty, spokesman for the Eastern military grouping  said  that Ukrainian troops moved 600 to 1,000 metres on the southern and northern flanks around Bakhmut .

In Mariupol, the occupiers are checking local teenagers, looking for those involved in the guerrilla movement. They stop minors at checkpoints, check their phones and the presence of a russian passport,” the National Resistance Centre reported.

Chechen units of the Akhmat-Vostok regiment withdrew their soldiers from Maryinka, Donetsk region, last night. According to Colonel Yaroslav Chepurny, spokesman for the 79th Separate Mechanised Brigade, Ukrainian aerial reconnaissance spotted them and opened fire, hitting one armoured personnel carrier.

Soldiers of the Third Separate Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed the positions of the Third Battalion of the 57th Guards Motorised Rifle Brigade of the russian federation in Donetsk region. According to the commander of the 3rd Brigade, Andriy Biletsky, the russian army’s bridgehead on the western bank of the Siversky Donets-Donbas Canal has been completely cleared.

The Donetsk Regional Military Administration said that another 10 drones were handed over to our military in Donetsk region today by volunteers during the 15th mission to the east as part of the 1000 Drones for Ukraine project. Along with the drones, the volunteers also brought other assistance: in particular, an armored bus and 100 bulletproof vests for the employees of Voda Donbasa, 6 cars, an ambulance, 2 armored evacuation vehicles, turnstiles, medicines and water disinfection tablets. 18 tonnes of food, 20 tonnes of water, 25 generators, diapers for children and adults and other humanitarian aid were delivered to the residents of Volnovakha district.

Russian troops shelled six localities in Donetsk Oblast. In total, they fired at the towns and villages 10 times.

Towards Volnovakha, one person died in Vuhledar. Velyka Novosilka came under artillery fire.

Towards Donetsk, the enemy conducted an air strike on Avdiivka in the morning, causing one wounded.

In the Horlivka sector, 2 people were wounded in Toretsk – 2 commercial facilities and a residential building were damaged in the town. 5 houses in Scherbynivka were damaged in the community. In Chasovoyarsk community, 2 houses were damaged. In the Soledar community, Razdolivka and Vasiukivka came under fire. In Illinivska community, Katerynivka was hit by a rocket attack, causing no casualties or damage.

Towards Lysychansk, 15 houses were damaged in Yampol of the Lyman community. In Zvanivka community, a house in Zvanivka, as well as a house and a school in Pereizne were damaged. A non-residential building was damaged in Siversk.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration that over the past day, russians killed one resident of Donetsk region – in Vuhledar. Two more people were wounded in the region over the day,” said Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk Regional Military A.

Luhansk oblast

The enemy is not succeeding on the ground, so it continues to destroy settlements near the front line. Almost every day, russian aviation and artillery, including rocket launchers, are shelling Bilohorivka. Nevske and small settlements around it were also hit yesterday. 

Meanwhile, the command of the occupation forces received an order to significantly increase pressure and complicate the procedure for entering the territory of Luhansk region from russia through the Izvarine checkpoint. As a result, people crossing the border and presenting a Ukrainian passport are subjected to thorough search procedures, and it is recommended that they be detained under the pretext of “possible involvement in reconnaissance and subversive activities”.

Pressure on Ukrainians has increased at the customs between russia and the so-called ‘lPR’, and there are vacancies at a demonstration construction site in Sievierodonetsk without payment guarantees,” the Luhansk Regional Military Administration reported.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

In Kyiv, rescuers found the bodies of two more people under the rubble of a building in the Solomianskyi district. In total, 5 people were killed, 11 injured (5 of them hospitalised), and 24 rescued.

The State Emergency Service reported that the enemy shelling of a 25-storey residential building caused the destruction of building structures from the 16th to the 19th floors. Emergency and rescue operations are underway, with 16 rescuers and 7 vehicles working at the site.

Rescuers deal with the aftermath of a russian missile strike in a damaged high-rise building in Kyiv, 24 June 2023. Photo: municipal emergency service 

Volunteers of the Ukrainian Red Cross helped rescuers to eliminate the consequences of the fall of russian missile debris in the capital, the URCS reported on 24 June. They also set up a tent where they provided first aid to the wounded and psychological assistance to the victims.

In less than a day, Kyiv residents and municipal workers cleaned up the yard of a house hit by a russian strike on 24 June. The surrounding area was completely covered with debris.

The tidied yard of a house damaged by a russian missile strike. Kyiv, 25 June 2023. Photo: Los Solomas Kyiv

According to Vadym Tokar, head of the Makariv settlement territorial community, the “Prolisok” kindergarten in Makariv, which was damaged by russia’s full-scale invasion, will be repaired. UAH 90 million was allocated from the state budget for the reconstruction. They plan to build a shelter and improve the premises. Last year, the community replaced roofs and repaired roofs in 11 general secondary education institutions and 4 kindergartens. Windows were replaced in 6 more kindergartens and 17 schools.

A new advanced training course for engineers of unmanned systems and complexes has been launched at the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute’s Institute of Postgraduate Education. The course “Engineering of Unmanned Systems” is unique due to the combination of a scientific approach and practical training, which allows cadets to get acquainted with existing models of equipment. The first certificates under the programme have already been issued to 19 students. The second group`s training lasts until 30 June 2023.

The event “Unbreakable Libraries” took place in Kyiv within the framework of the XI Book Arsenal and the Special Programme of the “Memory Speaks” Ukrainian PEN Club. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the russian occupiers have destroyed more than 500 Ukrainian libraries. Representatives of the Chernihiv, Nikopol, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Kapitolivka libraries spoke about their experience of working under occupation, military challenges, and plans for the future.

The Ukrainian Women’s Guard held another self-defence training course for women in Kyiv. The participants practiced practical skills with Sensei Viktor Kraievskyi, chief instructor of the YASEN School of Martial Arts, founder and head of the School of Martial Arts, and head of the German Judo Union in Ukraine.

Self-defence training for women by the Ukrainian Women’s Guard. Kyiv, 25 June 2023. Photo: UWG

At the Book Arsenal, the Culture of Action charity foundation and the Book Lion bookstore launched an initiative to collect books for IDPs. Visitors can bring their own books or buy new ones at the festival and leave them in special baskets located in the fiction section. They can also choose and place a sticker on the book with a wish for the future owner.

The exhibition “Europe and Ukraine: Dialogue Through the Ages” has opened at the National Museum of History of Ukraine in Kyiv. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the anniversary of Ukraine’s granting of candidate status to the European Union. The project aims to illustrate the influence of Western European culture on Ukrainian culture in the cultural, artistic, technological, industrial and socio-political contexts.

Zhytomyr oblast

According to the city council, the total area of shelters in Zhytomyr educational institutions is to be increased by 7,000 square metres by the start of the next academic year. The number of children studying full-time in each Zhytomyr general secondary education institution is to be increased by a quarter.

With a grant from the United Nations Development Programme, war veteran Yurii Lysak opened a woodworking workshop for the military. According to him, the Military Souvenir workshop will become a place of rehabilitation for soldiers who have returned from war, have disabilities, and need public attention.

Sumy oblast

Sumy Regional Military Administration reported that on 24 June, russians fired 24 times at border communities. In total, 204 explosions were recorded. Bilopillia, Miropillia, Krasnopillia, Yunakivka, Svesk, Esman, Druzhbivka, Znob-Novhorod and Velyka Pysarivska communities were shelled. 10 private houses, three outbuildings, and a transformer of the power station were damaged.

At night and in the morning of 25 June, the russians fired 8 times at the border communities – there were 34 explosions in total. Esman, Velyka Pysarivska, Shalyhyn, Vorozhba, and Nova Sloboda communities were shelled.

In Trostianets, Sumy volunteers are helping to dismantle houses damaged by artillery shelling. According to the city council, 889 residential buildings were damaged during the occupation and hostilities in the Trostianets community, 64 of which were declared inhabitable. Thanks to volunteers from Dobrobat, more than 10 houses have already been dismantled.

In Trostianets, Sumy volunteers are helping to dismantle houses damaged by artillery shelling. According to the city council, 889 residential buildings were damaged during the occupation and hostilities in the Trostianets community, 64 of which were declared inhabitable. Thanks to volunteers from Dobrobat, more than 10 houses have already been dismantled.

A mine safety lesson for children was held in Sumy this week. Rescuers, police, dog handlers and employees of the Child Friendly Space centre told children how to handle unfamiliar objects and avoid danger. The educational and entertaining event was attended by 30 children from the war zone in Sumy Oblast and IDPs.

Chernihiv oblast

According to the RMA, the border settlements of Mykolaivka, Senkivka, Bleshnia, Karpovychi, Hremiachka, and Buchky were shelled on June 25. According to the State Border Guard Service, a total of six attacks using various types of weapons were recorded in Chernihiv oblast as of 09:00 on 25 June: 31 blasts of 120 mm and 82 mm mines, 2 attacks from an enemy grenade launcher. 

russian troops continue their unlawful tactics of shelling the Ukrainian border. As of 13:00 on 25 June, 5 mortar attacks were spotted near the village of Gremiachka, and 3 near the village of Tymonovychi.

National University “Chernihiv Polytechnic” announces the next enrolment for free Ukrainian language courses. In addition, the university plans to organise “Let’s Speak Ukrainian” language club, along with lectures on local history and local lore.

According to the city council, students of the art department of the Pryluky School of Arts took part in the KIDS and ART for UKRAINE charity programme. 10 paintings by the art school students are on display at the Unbreakable Ukraine exhibition, which opened in London. The first contribution of British patrons to replenish the programme to support art education for Ukrainian children during the war was a donation for Sofia Olianovska’s painting “Feeling of Happiness”.

“The Feeling of Happiness” by Sofia Olianovska. Photo: Pryluky City Council

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

On June 24, russians shelled the Nikopol, Pokrovsk, and Marhanets communities with artillery. In the regional centre, enemy shells killed a 70-year-old man. Buildings on the territory of two private enterprises, 8 garages, 6 private residential buildings, 7 outbuildings, a car, a gas pipeline, and a power line were damaged. The windows of the buildings were blown out, the walls and facades were damaged, the roof was smashed by shrapnel. Around 21.20 pm, the Russian army shelled the private sector of the town again. A 47-year-old man was wounded. He was hospitalised. There is also damage to private houses.

Since the start of the full-scale war, more than three thousand windows in buildings damaged by shelling have been replaced in Dnipro. In particular, 200 windows have been replaced in the last two weeks. They were damaged by a blast wave from a missile strike on 26 May.

An exhibition of unmanned aerial vehicles called “Furious Birds” was held in Dnipro, organised by the coordinators of the Victory Drones UAV operator training and support system and the Dignitas Charitable Foundation. At the exhibition, the military could get acquainted with all the developments. UAV and drone operators, representatives of flight schools, practitioners, and volunteer organisations were also invited.

Vinnytsia oblast

An event featuring a photo exhibition, a raffle for a special national flag, a mini-concert by young singers, and masterclasses for children was held in Vinnytsia to support the captured defenders of Mariupol. The event was organised by the Central Regional Centre of the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War in cooperation with the Freedom to the Defenders of Mariupol NGO.

A mural dedicated to Senior Lieutenant Oleksandr Bilik, nicknamed Topaz, was unveiled in Vinnytsia. The image was placed on the wall of a multi-storey building on Lialia Ratushna Street, near the place of the soldier’s residence. The 25-year-old company commander, a soldier of the 28th Mechanised Brigade named after the Knights of the Winter Campaign, was killed near Bakhmut during a tank attack a few months ago. The figure of an angel depicted in the painting symbolises Ukraine, said artist Oleksandr Nikitiuk.

Senior Lieutenant Oleksandr Bilyk, call sign Topaz, is now depicted on the wall of a Vinnytsia high-rise building. Photo from social media

Kirovohrad oblast

A charity motor rally in support of the missing sailors of the ‘Sloviansk’ and ‘Stanislav’ boats, as well as other missing servicemen, took place in Kropyvnytskyi today. The event was initiated by the NGO United by Sea with the support of the Kirovohrad Regional Military Administration. The goal is to support the families and friends of the missing and captured soldiers, as well as to raise funds for the needs of the Ukrainian army.

The charity race. Photo from social networks

Debris from russian missiles shot down by air defence on the night of 24 June damaged an apartment in a high-rise building, cars, and private houses in different neighbourhoods of Kropyvnytskyi.

Poltava oblast

Oleksiy Bruslyk, deputy head of the Poltava Regional State Administration reported that 15 buildings in Poltava Oblast are to be converted into dormitories for IDPs.  Applications from communities will take part in a project competition under two programmes: The Emergency Credit Programme for the Reconstruction of Ukraine and the Ukraine Restoration Programme.

Cherkasy oblast

Cherkasy rescuers delivered humanitarian aid to their Kherson colleagues: more than a tonne of drinking water, food and 1,500 water purification tablets. These tablets can purify another 1.5 tonnes of contaminated water.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

During the night, the enemy attacked the suburbs of the regional center. The strikes took place in open territories, including one of the local enterprises. Parked trucks and nearby structures were severely damaged.

Yesterday, the enemy conducted 71 shelling attacks on the territory of 23 settlements, launching attacks from UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) on Olhivske and Plavni, and from MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket Systems) on Temyrivka and Levadne. They inflicted 65 artillery strikes on Orikhiv, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Novodarivka, Piatyhatky, and other frontline villages. Fifteen residential buildings and other property of local residents were destroyed. Two civilians were injured.

Consequences of the enemy’s attack. Photo: Zaporizhzhia RMA

Yesterday three fires broke out in Zaporizhia oblast as a result of russian shelling. Cargo vehicles and private properties were ablaze.

In the temporarily occupied city of Berdiansk, the occupiers killed two underage boys due to their pro-Ukrainian position. On June 24, two boys born in 2006, Tigran Ohannisian and Mykyta Khangarov, engaged in combat with the occupiers. As known, they eliminated a russian military and a collaborator policeman. After the shootout, the aggressors announced the “elimination” of the boys. Previously, the boys and their families were subjected to persecution. Later, one of them, Tigran Ohannisian, was kidnapped from his home. He was brutally interrogated and tortured using electric shock. On May 24 of this year, the teenagers were charged by the russian investigative committee with allegedly preparing sabotage on the railway. They faced up to 20 years of imprisonment. When the situation gained publicity, the European Parliament demanded the release of the boys to the territory controlled by Ukraine, but the russians did not let them go.

The russians are intensifying pressure regarding forced passportization in the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia oblast. This was reported by the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov. It is impossible to receive social benefits and medical assistance without russian passport.

Mykolaiv oblast

Today, at 08:06, enemy forces once again shelled the Ochakiv territorial community in Mykolaiv region. As a result of the ammunition and their fragments hits, the roof of an outbuilding caught fire. The fire engulfed a 20-square-meter area of the building’s roof. According to the State Emergency Service in Mykolaiv oblast firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Ukrainian military air defense systems destroyed a reconnaissance UAV Marlin over Mykolaiv. The use of reconnaissance UAVs indicates that the russians are studying not only the positions along the front line but also seeking targets in rear regions.

Renowned American astronaut David Carl Hilmers, who has flown into space four times on American shuttles, arrived in Mykolaiv oblast as a volunteer as part of the GlobalCareForce mission. Dr. Hilmers worked for three days in Snihurivka region, which had been under occupation for eight months. The astronaut, along with American and Ukrainian doctors, examined patients, provided consultations, and prescribed treatments.

Odesa oblast

According to the “South” Operational Command, yesterday the russian naval group in the Black Sea consisted of seven ships, including three missile carriers – two submarines and one surface vessel. The level of missile threat is very high.

The injured as a result of the russian missile strike on Odesa have been sent to Austria for treatment. Men who suffered severe burns arrived in Austria under the program of burn care in conditions of martial law. Austrian specialists are successfully performing skin grafts and have highly effective medical rehabilitation programs.

Dead river fish have begun to be found on the coast of Odesa. The situation was commented on by Senior Researcher of the Water Quality Department at the Institute of Marine Biology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Mykhailo Sona. He confirmed that it is river fish and reported that after the russians blew up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station, the water was initially freshened but is now becoming saltier. Therefore, the fish mortality may be associated with several factors, including the salinity of the water, the blooming of toxic algae, and the fish’s unfamiliarity with hunting in such conditions.

Kherson oblast

Today, the russian army once again shelled Antonivka. A 21-year-old man was injured.

During the night, the occupiers attacked Kherson. As a result of the shelling, a 44-year-old man was killed, and another woman was trapped under the rubble. One of the shells exploded right in the middle of a room. Houses and properties of the residents were damaged.

Yesterday, June 24, the russian occupiers shelled peaceful settlements in Kherson oblast 59 times, firing 253 artillery shells, mortars, “Grad” rockets, and aviation. The enemy conducted an airstrike with a pair of Su-35 aircraft, dropping two KAB-500 bombs on Kozatske and Vesele in Berislav region, once again attacking the residential sector. One house was completely destroyed, and several were severely damaged. Due to russian aggression, two people were injured.

Our aviation launched two strikes on enemy troops, weapons, and equipment buildups in Kherson and Kakhovka regions. In total, during the past day, our defenders eliminated 10 occupiers, 2 heavy artillery pieces of the “Hyacinth-B” and “Msta-B” type, and 4 converted boats.

The enemy, in order to conceal its losses, is using the infrastructure of temporarily occupied settlements to provide medical assistance to its wounded servicemen. Specifically, the enemy has set up a military hospital in the building of the central district hospital in the village of Kalanchak in Kherson oblast. It currently accommodates about 100 russian servicemen. Providing medical assistance to the civilian population is prohibited.

Evacuation of local collaborators with russian passports is intensifying in the temporarily occupied territory of Kherson oblast. The collaborators are leaving in their own vehicles to the temporarily occupied Ukrainian Crimea. However, the employees of the russian FSB are conducting screening measures regarding each traitor.

As of the morning of June 25, the average water level is 33 centimeters. Bomb disposal experts have checked nearly 620 hectares of previously flooded areas, where they discovered and neutralized 76 explosive objects. “Khersonvodokanal” has started disinfecting the water supply network in the Korabelnyi neighborhood. “Khersongaz” is conducting pressure tests on the gas pipelines.

Cleaning operations continue in Kalynivka and Tyahynka communities. Within a day, 800 square meters of territory were cleaned, and about 5 tons of garbage were removed. Experts are inspecting flooded houses. 5 houses were also cleared of mines in the Kalynivka community. 5 cubic meters of garbage were removed in the Bilozerka community.

The residents of Beryslav region received bottled water. The region suffered due to the explosion of the Kakhovka dam. This time, humanitarian aid was delivered to the residents of Tyahynka community, as well as Blahodatne, Mala Seidemukha, and Novohrednievo. In total, 20 tons of aid were provided for the people’s needs.

Bottled water for the needs of Beryslav region. Photo: Kherson RMA

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The Ethnoculture is a Unifying Force! cross-border festival took place in Lutsk within the framework of the Common Cultural Heritage: Revival of Folklore on the Ukrainian-Polish Border project, financed by the EU within the framework of the cross-border cooperation program of the UES Poland-Ukraine.

Zakarpattia oblast

Ivica Lenadr and Ihor Toman, Croatian veterans, ex-servicemen, participants in the war in the Balkans arrived in Zakarpattia with a charity mission. Men covered about 600 km on bicycles to support Ukrainian children who left their homes due to the russian occupation and hostilities and found refuge in Zakarpattia oblast. During the trip, former military personnel collected donations and gave them to children who now live in the Kovcheh Miru new town in Serednyi, Uzhgorod district.

In Uzhhorod, a charity concert of the folk amateur orchestra of folk instruments of the city’s leisure center, cultural center was held under the leadership of Mykhailo Vigula, well-known conductor and composer, Honored Artist of Ukraine. Funds collected during the concert will be donated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

In Ivano-Frankivsk, the executive committee approved payments for the military. 14 family members of the dead and missing will receive payments in the amount of UAH 600K. Since the beginning of the year, 145 relatives of missing or dead soldiers have already received such assistance in the amount of UAH 10 950 000. 8 people from the families of the defenders who died or went missing will receive monthly payments in the amount of the living wage. Since the beginning of the year, 236 of our soldiers who died or went missing have already received such assistance. 10 wounded servicemen will receive UAH 10K each for treatment. Since the beginning of the year, 220 people have already received such payments in the amount of UAH 2 200 000. By the anniversary of the war, 12 more soldiers will receive UAH 20K each. In total, 530 defenders have already received such one-time assistance for the total amount of UAH 10 600 000.

Lviv oblast

The health care department of Lviv City Council reported that during the war, 160K Ukrainians received medical care, namely, emergency and planned care, prevention, vaccination, etc., in Lviv.

St. Nicholas Hospital of the First Medical Association of Lviv received a modern resuscitation vehicle for rescuing babies from the German organization Hilfsorganisation-Stützpfeiler eV. The mission united residents of 46 cities in Germany, and Mike Menke, a firefighter from the city of Paderborn and Head of the organization, delivered aid.

9 tonnes of water and 3 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including food and clothing, were sent from Lviv oblast to Nikopol thanks to the team of medical and psychological assistance, which volunteers at the Main Railway Station of Lviv.

Rivne oblast

590 tonnes of humanitarian aid have already been sent from Rivne oblast to Kherson oblast. In addition, emergency recovery teams and special equipment were sent from the oblast to perform the necessary work to eliminate the consequences of emergency situations.

Rivne oblast received an ambulance from the Pomeranian Voivodeship. Now the car serves to transport blood.

According to the agreements with the Lithuanian partners, the Klaipeda Barcelona football camp will host 23 children, namely,children of servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (mostly fallen Heroes), orphans and minors of IDPs who train in specialized football schools of the oblast.

Ternopil oblast

Oleh Polyuha, the military man from Ternopil, serving in the third separate assault brigade received the Golden Cross from Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

All-Ukrainian charity triathlon competition organized by Khmelnytskyi NPP took place in Khmelnytskyi oblast. As part of the event, funds were collected for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Chernivtsi oblast

A powerful charging station, a portable portable ventilator, and medical supplies were delivered to the military hospital on the front line from Bukovyna. The military hospital provides medical assistance to soldiers defending Ukraine on the Uhledarsk and Marynsk directions.

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

Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister, announced that according to the results of the recovery conference in London, Ukraine attracted about $60 billion for reconstruction and reconstruction.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the President’s Office, announced that a meeting of political advisers and national security advisers of Brazil, Great Britain, Denmark, the European Union, Italy, India, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Turkey, France and Japan took place in Copenhagen. They discussed the Ukrainian Peace Formula.

Christian Freuding, Head of the Situation Center for Ukraine at the Ministry of Defense, stated that Germany by the end of the year will provide Ukraine with up to 45 Gepard anti-aircraft self-propelled installations to strengthen air defense. The country has already sent 34 Gepard installations to Ukraine, 15 more will be delivered in the coming weeks. In addition, Germany intends to deliver up to 30 more Gepard installations by the end of the year in cooperation with the US.

Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, had a phone conversation with Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The defense needs of Ukraine were discussed.

A group of volunteers and international experts, with the support of the UN, developed the concept of Kharkiv master plan. With the support of the UN European Economic Commission, the UN4Kharkiv working group was created to implement the pilot project, which united 16 UN agencies and international organizations.

The World Bank assessed how business is developing in Ukraine under war conditions. “Can you imagine that after this devastating war, only 3% of the companies closed? 97% of the companies said they continued to operate, and of the 97%, actually 80%, that is four out of five companies, are open or partially open today, work, conduct business and do not lay off employees,” said Arupa Banerjee, Regional Director of the World Bank for Eastern Europe.

On June 30, the Ukrainian Nova Post opened its first branch in Berlin.

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna,  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, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya 

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