War in Ukraine today: latest news, June 29, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 491st 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 peaceful population of Ukraine and violate the laws and customs of war, using tactics of terror against the civilian population.

The russian army deployed 6 guided missiles of the S-300 air defense system against civilian infrastructure facilities in the cities of Zaporizhzhia and Chuhuiv. Russian troops carried out 23 airstrikes and approximately 46 artillery shelling attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops and populated areas, using multiple rocket launcher systems.

Ukraine is still under the threat of missile and airstrikes.

The russian army continues to concentrate its efforts towards Lyman, Bakhmut, and Mariinka, with approximately 22 combat clashes.

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

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian army shelled from mortar and artillery at 10 populated areas, including Karpovychi and Tymonovychi, Chernihiv oblast, as well as Seredyna-Buda, Znob-Novhorodske, and Yunakivka, Sumy oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the russian army launched an airstrike in the area of Klysliivka. Artillery and mortar shelling targeted Klysliivka and Berestove, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, russian troops conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the areas of Rozdolivka and Bilotserkivka. They launched airstrikes near Bilotserkivka, Luhansk oblast and Lyman and Rozdolivka, Donetsk oblast. Over 5 populated areas, including Bilotserkivka, Luhansk oblast and Verkhniokamianske and Rozdolivka, Donetsk oblast, were shelled from artillery.

Towards Bakhmut, the russian army launched unsuccessful offensive actions in the area of Bakhmut. They conducted airstrikes near Bila Hora and Diliivka in the Donetsk region. Around 10 populated areas were affected by russian artillery shelling, including Vasiukivka, Chasiv Yar, and Ivanivske, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, with the support of aviation, russian soldiers launched the unsuccessful offensive in the area of Avdiivka. They carried out artillery shelling on over 5 populated areas, including Stepove, Avdiivka, and Vodianne, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Mariinka, Ukrainian troops repelled all russian attacks in the area of Mariinka as well as Pobieda and Novomykhailivka. The russian troops conducted airstrikes near Krasnohorivka and Nevelske, and carried out artillery shelling on over 10 populated areas. Among the affected areas were Nevelske, Oleksandrivka, Krasnohorivka, Mariinka, and Pobieda, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, russian troops conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the area of Novomykhailivka. They launched airstrikes in the areas of Vuhledar, Zolota Nyva, Makarivka, and Rivnopolye, Donetsk oblast. They shelled about 10 populated areas, including Prechystivka, Vuhledar, Zolota Nyva, and Blahodatne, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the russian army is focusing its main efforts on preventing the advancement of our forces. They conducted airstrikes in the areas of Molodizhne and Antonivka, Kherson oblast. Russian troops carried out artillery shelling on over 25 populated areas, including Poltavka, Hulyaipole, Hulyaipilsk, Pyatyhatky, Lobkove, Zaporizhzhia in the Zaporizhzhia oblast; Antonivka, Kherson, Dniprovke, Veletenske in the Kherson region, and Ochakiv, Mykolaiv oblast. 

The Air Defense Forces conducted 11 strikes on russian manpower buildup areas. 

Rocket troops and artillery units struck two command posts, a radar station, and an artillery unit in firing position.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi reported that Ukrainian servicemen continue their offensive actions. There is some advancement. “The enemy is making a strong resistance, but at the same time they are suffering heavy losses. They are trying to hold on to their positions due to continuous mining of the area,” he noted. 

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk shared good news on the return of another child from the temporarily occupied territory.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that towards Kupiansk russia launched an airstrike near Kyslivka and shelled Kyslivka and Berestove using mortars and artillery.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration said that 50 children from Kharkiv oblast, including those from the de-occupied territories, went to Bulgaria for rehabilitation.

Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that last night, around 1 am, the enemy launched a missile attack from the S-300 system at Chuhuiv. The missile hit the ground, damaging nearby residential buildings and cars. There were no casualties.

Yesterday, russian invaders shelled frontline and border settlements in Kharkiv, Chuhuiv, Izium and Kupiansk regions.

As a result of shelling from the Uragan MRLs in Kurylivka village, Kupiansk region, private buildings were damaged. A 70-year-old woman was injured. She was hospitalized in a critical condition.

In Vovchanski Khutory village, Chuhuiv region, three civilian men aged 45, 48 and 57 were killed.

In Kolodiazne village, Kupiansk region, a private building and outbuildings were damaged.

As a result of the shelling of Zelenyi Hai village, Izium district, the building of the pumping station was damaged.

Mine clearance is underway. Yesterday, pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service defused 93 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesman of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that enemy troops moved an airborne regiment from Lyman to Bakhmut to reinforce their army. Yesterday, russian troops shelled these two areas more than 800 times.

Hanna Maliar, Deputy Minister of Defence reported that towards Bakhmut, Ukrainian troops captured the operational initiative and advanced 1,200 metres towards Klischiivka and 1,500 metres towards Kurdiumivka.

Andrii Kovalov, spokesman of the General Staff informed that towards Rivne-Volodyne on the border of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts, Ukrainian troops had a partial success and are gaining a foothold.

The night before, russians shelled Pokrovsk community: 1 person was injured, 2 buildings destroyed and 2 damaged.

Towards Donetsk, Kurakhove community was shelled in the middle of the night, with no casualties.

Towards Lysychansk, 1 person was killed in Serebrianka, Siversk community, 3 buildings were damaged. In Terny, Lyman community, a building was destroyed and 4 more damaged.

In total, the number of casualties increased by 4 killed and 2 injured in Donetsk oblast over the day.

Rescue operations on the site of a missile attack in Kramatorsk have been finished. The Donetsk Regional Military Administration reported that 12 people, including 3 children, were killed in the attack. 60 people were injured, including an 8-month-old baby. Rescuers managed to rescue 11 victims from the rubble. 20 people requested psychological assistance. 111 tonnes of debris were removed from the site.

Luhansk oblast

The enemy attacked Nevske, Makiivka and Novovodiane 28 times. Only around 10 am. Yesterday, there were 15 explosions in Nevske. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties.

One building was damaged. The enemy shelling was at a time when the Proliska civil society organization was unloading hygiene products for the locals. A total of 94 such kits were delivered to these settlements yesterday. Due to the worsening security situation, they will be distributed later.

Luhansk RMA said that another Starlink was delivered to the defenders of Luhansk oblast. The satellite communication platform will be delivered to the location of the 22nd separate motorised infantry battalion of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade named after Koshovyi Otaman Ivan Sirko. Representatives of the Kolomyichykha Military Administration provided a modern satellite communications terminal that will help with communications and reconnaissance. The head of one of the farms in Svatove helped to purchase this Starlink.

Doctors treated residents of the liberated Nevske, Novoliubivka and Makiivka. The infrastructure of these settlements was destroyed by russians so there were no medical workers left. A mobile clinic was organized for a general practitioner and a dentist, where 30 people were examined. In addition, thanks to the cooperation of the Krasnorichenske Military Administration, Luhansk Police and the Dyke Pole Battalion’s Civil Military Co-operation, food packages and fresh bread were delivered and distributed to residents.

The invaders continue to escalate the humanitarian crisis in the temporarily occupied territories. There is already an artificial shortage of fuel there. The worst situation is in Dovzhansk, occupied in 2014. In addition, after the forced mobilization, the so-called “luhansk people’s republic” is facing a shortage of specialists. Specifically, there is a shortage of miners, metallurgists, engineers, mechanics, drivers, doctors and other specialities. The pressure on the local population, which for various reasons has not yet received a russian passport, continues. Cases of detention of children on contrived pretext have become more frequent. Their parents are threatened with loss of their rights and deportation of the child to russia if they do not want to become a citizen of the russian federation.

Artem Lysohor, head of the RMA reported that due to enemy shelling, forests of over 26,000 hectares have been destroyed. Infrastructure, educational and healthcare facilities have also been damaged. Preliminary, russian troops have caused 477 billion hryvnias worth of damage to nature.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The presidents of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania met in Kyiv on 28 June, Constitution Day. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed security issues with Presidents Andrzej Duda of Poland and Gitanas Nausėda of Lithuania, including the active actions of Ukrainian soldiers at the front, preparations for the NATO summit, European integration and the Peace Formula.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda in Kyiv on an unannounced visit, 28 June 2023. Photo: president.gov.ua

The RMA reported that in Kyiv oblast, the number of registered business entities has increased this year compared to last year. About 90% of the region’s businesses are operating at full capacity, and almost 30% plan to expand their operations. A number of programmes are being implemented in the region during martial law to support and assist in setting up or restoring businesses.

According to the Kyiv City State Administration, Kyiv has adopted a city-targeted programme to provide housing for citizens in need of better living conditions for 2022-2024.  The programme provides apartments for use by internally displaced persons. In December 2022, the city purchased 112 such apartments, with UAH 130 million allocated for the purchase this year.

The equine-assisted therapy programme for the treatment of military personnel is being implemented at the SPIRIT rehabilitation center at the Kyiv Hippodrome. Therapeutic practice includes contact with horses to stabilize the psychological state of servicemen on rotation. The pilot project was launched last summer and was a great success among soldiers. In total, more than 400 soldiers have undergone equine-assisted therapy sessions.

The Kyiv Region Police received special equipment for dog handlers from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The four comfortable Toyota Hilux SUVs will be used by KORD special forces, a special police regiment and a dog training service. The special vehicle can carry 4 dogs and 5 dog handlers at the same time, and is equipped with a special water tank and air conditioning system.

On 3 July, the premiere screening of the ‘Cities and Their Heroes’ documentary will take place in Kyiv. The project demonstrates the heroism of the Ukrainian people in various cities affected by the russian invasion. Each of the six affected Ukrainian cities, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Okhtyrka, Bashtanka, and Ivankiv,  has chosen its own volunteer hero. The films were directed by Olha Hibelinda and Andrii Lytvynenko.

Ukrainian composer Roman Hryhoriv played a solo on a BM-27 Uragan multiple rocket launcher. The composer created three compositions, which he performed with the “Kyiv Camerata” orchestra. The recording was made at St Andrew’s Church in Kyiv.

Zhytomyr oblast

The city council reported that a patriotic bike ride “Let’s go! Let’s help! Let’s win!” took place in Zviahel. The event was dedicated to supporting the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which are currently defending Ukraine from russian troops.

The mayor of Zhytomyr, Serhii Sukhomlyn reported that Beloruska Street was renamed in honor of the Kastus Kalinovsky Regiment, a military formation within the Armed Forces of Ukraine consisting of Belarusians. He handed over the flag of Zhytomyr to the regiment’s representatives and asked them to pass it on to the city that will become Zhytomyr’s twin city after the liberation of Belarus.

Volodymyr Obodzinsky from the village of Yuriivka in the Malyn community visited the Vatican and met with the Pope. On 8 March 2022, his family was killed by the russian army, which dropped two bombs on their house. The air strike killed three generations of the same family. Volodymyr lost his wife, two children and two one-year-old grandchildren. 

Representatives of the Zhytomyr Volunteer Headquarters organization raised more than UAH 15,000 at the Young Borsch festival in the village of Mlyniv, Rivne oblast. This was the largest donation collection among the 13 participants of the festival, which is why next year’s festival will be held in Zhytomyr.

Sumy oblast

The RMA reported that on 28 June, the occupiers shelled Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Myropillia, and Yunakivsa communities in Sumy oblast, striking their territories 36 times with mortars, artillery, AGS, and SPG.

The RMA reported that at night and in the morning, the enemy continued to attack the border settlements of the region. There were 13 explosions. They fired from mortar and made 8 hits in the Znob-Novhorod community, 3 in Yunakivka, and 2 more russian mines exploded in the Seredyna-Buda TC.

The commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Serhii Naiev urged residents of border communities in Sumy oblast to evacuate to safer regions. According to the statement, the border of Sumy oblast is currently very dangerous for local residents due to the constant threat from russia: the enemy is firing on settlements every day with artillery, mortars, MLRS, and other weapons. He also confirmed the availability of resources for evacuating people.

The RMA reported that Sumy oblast received 150 bulletproof vests provided by the Lviv Defence Cluster, a volunteer organization that systematically helps Sumy oblast. Some of the bulletproof vests were distributed to Sumyoblenerho, as its employees constantly risked their lives to restore electricity in border communities.

The German partners from Oldenburg provided Sumy Miskvodokanal with telemetry equipment and laboratory instruments to help determine the concentration of pollutants in water. The total assistance to Miskvodokanal from Germany is about EUR 90,000.

Mykola Noha, head of the Shostka community, reported that the city of Shostka in Sumy oblast received overalls from the French humanitarian organization ULIS. The uniforms will be handed over to local firefighters.

Chernihiv oblast

The “North” Operational Command reported that the russian occupiers fired twice at the village of Karpovychi of the Semenivka community in Chernihiv oblast on June 28.  There were 14 hits, presumably from mortars, and 8 from cannon artillery. The Chernihiv border guard detachment also reported two mortar attacks on the village of Leonivka, with 6 explosions.

The “North” Operational Command reported that the village of Tymonovychi of the Semenivka community was shelled on the night of 29 June. There were 3 hits, presumably from cannon artillery.

The Kozelets village council reported that a charity concert in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was held in the  Kozelets community in Chernihiv oblast. Children’s dance and music groups performed there. UAH 5,000 was raised for the purchase of a night vision device for a defender from Kozelets.

A volunteer co-founder of the Iskra Dobra charity foundation said that the volunteers from Chernihiv are preparing lunches for the affected residents of Kherson every day. The foundation’s volunteers are currently in Kherson oblast and cook hot meals for 2,000 people every day, both for evacuated residents and State Emergency Service workers.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Late in the evening, the russian army struck the Chervonohryhorivka community with heavy artillery. No one was killed or injured.

Nikopol region has received useful cargo from the UN humanitarian mission. 6 trucks brought bottled drinking water, food, medicines and hygiene products, the district military administration said. First of all, it will be distributed among vulnerable groups of the population, large families, the elderly, the disabled, and combatants.

Vinnytsia oblast

Vinnytsia has developed an unmanned boat for intelligence purposes. Funds for the device were raised through a charity concert. In a few days, the boat will be delivered to the 131st separate reconnaissance battalion for combat missions.

The Yampil Museum of Local Lore has opened the Memory Gallery exhibition, featuring photographs and infographics about each fallen defender from the Yampil community. Alongside the soldiers’ photos, the museum displays exhibits provided by the victims’ families, personal belongings, military uniforms, chevrons, and items that survived the battlefield.

“Gallery of Memory”. Photo from social media

Kirovohrad oblast

The Kirovohrad Regional State Administration reports that a representative of the Commissioner for Persons Missing under Special Circumstances has started operations in Kirovohrad oblast. Families can receive detailed explanations regarding the algorithm of actions in case of a missing person. Regional representatives will provide advice on social guarantees for families of missing persons, as well as legal and psychological assistance.

Poltava oblast

In the Shcherbani TC, people with disabilities prepare goodies for the military every Wednesday. They develop their skills and help our defenders. During one session, they make more than a hundred cupcakes. The volunteers then deliver the sweets to a military hospital.

Cherkasy oblast

Food and hygiene kits are being distributed free of charge to IDPs in Cherkasy. About fifty people receive them every day. The kits are delivered by appointment from Tuesday to Friday. A total of 5,000 packages have been prepared. A family received the kits once.


Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in an operational update reported that the enemy used 6 S-300 anti-aircraft guided missiles against civilian infrastructure in the cities of Zaporizhzhia and Chuhuiv. In addition, the enemy carried out 23 air strikes, fired about 46 times from multiple launch rocket systems at the positions of our troops and settlements. 

Russian troops fired 71 times at the territory of Zaporizhzhia region. In total, police registered 51 reports of destruction. The occupiers shelled the homes of residents of Orikhov, Huliaipole and surrounding villages. Enemy shells damaged roofs, windows, doors, facades, garages and cars. The Zaporizhzhia Military Command reported that as a result of the armed attack, a civilian woman, a 62-year-old resident of Orikhiv, was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds.

Today, in the temporarily occupied Berdiansk, a farewell service was to take place in the church of St Nicholas, where teenagers who were shot dead by a russian sniper on 24 June were to be buried. However, the occupiers did not allow the boys’ families to take the bodies. Representatives of the Investigative Committee of the russian federation do not give the relatives of Tigran Ohannisyan and Nikita Khanganov a certificate of permission for burial, which makes it impossible to take their bodies from the morgue and bury them. 

The occupiers continue to take children from Melitopol to the temporarily occupied Crimea, allegedly for holidays. However, not all parents know that staying on such a “holiday” is dangerous not only for the health, but also for their kids’ lives.

The terror of russian troops and special services against civilians in the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhia region continues: physical, moral, economic, and political. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in violation of international humanitarian law, Russian occupiers continue to seize religious buildings in the occupied territories of Ukraine. In Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia oblast, Kadyrov’s terrorists set up their own base with military equipment and an ammunition depot in the prayer house of the Church of Evangelical Christians.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces are demonstrating some success in the counter-offensive, including in the south, where the enemy has built a tiered defense, mining roads and fields. Defense forces continue to advance towards Zaporizhzhia oblast and southern Donetsk oblast towards the settlements of Kopani, Robotyne and Verbove.

The international community continues to support Zaporizhzhia community. Last week, international organisations donated medical equipment, supplies and clothing, medicines, machinery, a car and more to Zaporizhzhia hospitals.

Help for Zaporizhzhia hospitals from international partners. Photo from social media

Mykolaiv oblast

According to Natalia Humeniuk, spokesperson for the “South” military command, enemy troops have intensified shelling near the Kinburn Spit in the Mykolaiv region. The purpose of this intensified shelling is to prevent the region from being included in the “grain deal” and to divert the attention of the Defense Forces. Additionally, the occupiers have mined the perimeters of settlements to hinder the escape of locals and to use them as human shields.

On June 28, there were multiple enemy artillery attacks targeting the water area of the Ochakiv community. The specific times of the shelling were recorded at 10:06, 10:22, 10:49, 13:06, and 15:32. In the afternoon, at 11:45, the town of Ochakiv within Ochakiv community was also shelled. Mykolaiv RMA reported that there were no casualties.

With the assistance of international partners, two communities in Mykolaiv oblast, namely Shevchenkivska and Halytsynivska, have received modern specialized equipment in the form of JCB excavators. This accomplishment was made possible due to a support program for Mykolaiv oblast implemented jointly with the Kingdom of Denmark and UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services).

Odesa oblast

As of 10:20 a.m. on June 29, 2023, according to the report from the “South” Operational Command, there are currently five enemy ships on combat duty in the Black Sea, including one Kalibr cruise missile carrier equipped with up to 8 missiles. In the Sea of Azov, there are two enemy ships present.

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority has received specialized equipment from the European Maritime Safety Agency to address pollution in Ukrainian seaports. This equipment, consisting of two skimmers, was provided as part of the Maritime Safety, Security and Environmental Protection in the Black and Caspian Sea Regions (BCSEA II) project. Its purpose is to efficiently manage and mitigate the consequences of emergencies such as the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant within port areas.

Over two weeks ago, utility workers in Odesa began the process of removing thousands of cubic meters of garbage that had washed up on the coast due to the explosion at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant. Heavy machinery and joint efforts from utilities and leased area workers have been employed along the entire coast, from Lanzheron to the 16th station of the Big Fountain. During this period, about 1215 cubic meters of garbage have been cleared.

Symphony concerts held in Odesa raised over UAH 30,000 to assist Kherson oblast. The renowned Canadian clarinetist Julian Milchis performed as the soloist, and Maestro Hobart Earle, the artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra, led the performance from the conductor’s console.

Kherson oblast

The military of the terrorist state fired 64 times at civilian settlements in Kherson oblast, launching 342 shells from mortars, artillery, tanks, Grad systems and UAVs. The enemy fired 12 shells at the city of Kherson. They hit residential neighbourhoods. Two people were killed and three people were wounded. 

Today, at about 07:20 am, the enemy fired artillery at the Belozersk community of Kherson region. Kherson Military Commissariat reported that as a result of the enemy’s attack, a local resident who was in the yard of her home sustained severe life threatening head injuries. Another resident was wounded. Shrapnel damaged private houses and outbuildings.

Consequences of the russian shelling of Kherson, 29 June 2023. Photo: Kherson Regional Prosecutor’s Office

Due to the destruction of the Chongar bridges, the occupiers are supplying equipment and ammunition from Crimea via the Arabat Spit. For the second day in a row, there have been convoys of heavy equipment, both tented and open. They are carrying ammunition. The equipment is moving in small columns of 3-5 units.

The invaders began to dismantle the rubble and collect the dead as a result of the flood caused by the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station: more than 60 bodies were found,” the General Staff reported. In order to conceal the real number of victims, the russian army command decided to bury the dead in mass graves without taking DNA samples or marking the grave site.

According to Vladislav Nazarov, a spokesman of the ‘South’ operational command, in the occupied territory of Kherson oblast, the invaders took about 100 local businessmen into custody to demand a ransom. Under the pretext of allegedly conducting counter-intelligence activities, citizens are being arrested, mostly entrepreneurs and other wealthy local residents, with the formal reason being accusations of possible cooperation with the Ukrainian Defence Forces. The occupiers demand significant sums of money from their relatives or friends for the release of the detainees.

Ukraine has launched large-scale special exercises aimed at preparing for a possible terrorist attack on the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. According to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, such events are taking place in three regions – Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro and Kherson. About eight thousand people are involved in these measures. These include local authorities, law enforcement officers, volunteers, doctors and representatives of all government services responsible for the overall civil protection system. In addition, about 350 special vehicles and 400 evacuation buses have been deployed.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

During the plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, presented the family of Oleksandr Lukyanovych, from Volyn who was killed in the war, with his posthumous Hero of Ukraine and Golden Star orders. A fighter was killed on February 25, 2022, as a result of an airstrike near the village of Ivankiv, Kyiv oblast.

Zakarpattia oblast

The RMA reported that fighters of the special unit “A” of the Security Service of Ukraine from Zakarpattia received modern equipment for aerial reconnaissance on the front lines.

The Big City Ride charity bike race took place in Uzhhorod. The collected UAH 70K will be donated to the Movement to Support Zakarpattia Military NGO for the needs of the defenders. In addition, benefactor Anton Shkiriak will purchase an ambulance for the military.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

In Ivano-Frankivsk, the Bell of Remembrance rang out for each fallen Hero in Memorial Square. Government representatives, together with the clergy, military and families of fallen Heroes, gathered for a joint prayer and honoring of all those who gave their lives in the fight for Ukraine.

Lviv oblast

During the 15th humanitarian mission, the team of the Lviv Defense Cluster handed over a drone and an armored bus to the defenders of the eastern direction. Also, during the trip, employees of the Donbas Water company, who perform repair work under constant fire, received 100 bulletproof vests.

Ivano-Frankivsk city hospital of Yavoriv region and Mostysk hospital received powerful charging stations from the Association with IOM Ukraine. In total, 12 medical institutions of the oblast will be provided with an additional power source in order to provide medical services without hindrance.

The Brodivodokanal utility company received an emergency rescue vehicle thanks to benefactors from Germany. The special vehicle will help respond to emergency breakthroughs, which, according to the management of the utility company, happen every day.

The RMA reported that Lviv sent two MAZ trucks to Kherson to eliminate the consequences of the explosion of Kakhovka HPP.

Serhii Kulyk, a defender from Starych Novoiavorivsk  community, was posthumously awarded with the title of Hero of Ukraine and the Golden Star order. On the Day of the Constitution of Ukraine, the President presented an award to the family of the deceased, wife Olha and daughters Victoria and Oleksandra.

Rivne oblast

RANPP specialists participated in special training to overcome the consequences of a possible terrorist attack at RANPP. The event is being held under the leadership of the Minister of Energy of Ukraine and the President of Energoatom. Specialists from headquarters of the head of emergency operations at the industrial site and in the sanitary protection zone led by the general director, as well as specialists from the emergency preparedness and response department, radiation safety department, in particular the emergency radiation intelligence team, were involved from Rivne NPP. Experts of Energoatom developed several scenarios of the possible development of events at ZNPP, which will be worked out during the exercises.

Rivne oblast has already sent over 600 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including building materials, drinking water, diesel generators, blowers, etc., to Kherson oblast. Brigades from Rivne oblast are now in Kherson oblast, working on the restoration of the destroyed infrastructure.

Ternopil oblast

Ternopil oblast sent 48 water containers, each of which holds 1K liters, to Kherson oblast. They will be used to provide water to communal institutions, educational institutions and the everyday needs of citizens.

The RMA reported that Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, personally presented the 3th degree Order of Courage, to Ihor Hrynchuk, a soldier from Ternopil oblast.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Dmytro Lubinets, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, paid a working visit to Khmelnytsky oblast. Together with representatives of the authorities, lawyers and volunteers, they discussed the state of observance of human rights in the oblast under martial law, in particular the rights of children, IDPs, military personnel, prisoners of war, the rights of people who are in places of detention in Khmelnytskyi and other categories of citizens.

Khmelnytskyi sent five unmanned aerial vehicles of the type Dji Mavic 3 Fly Combo and Dji Mavic 3 to the combat units of the community purchased with the funds of the city budget.

Chernivtsi oblast

An evacuation train arrived from the hotspots of the east to Bukovyna. Thanks to the cooperation of Chernivtsi RMA and the Barrier-Free Foundation CF, it was possible to evacuate 8 people from Zaporizhzhia oblast to Bukovyna, 6 of them lying down. These are elderly people who were left without a roof over their heads.

The RMA reported that in accordance with the order of Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Golden Cross was awarded to Dmytro Tudan, a soldier of the 3rd separate assault brigade, from Berehomet community, and Volodymyr Hasyuk, from Putila, who serves in the 68th separate hunting brigade named after Oleksy Dovbusha.

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

Herman Halushchenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine, announced that partner countries continue to deliver humanitarian cargo with energy equipment to Ukraine. In the past few weeks, aid has arrived from the Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Starting from March 2022, Ukraine received over 8K tonnes of humanitarian equipment from 31 countries of the world.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, held a bilateral meeting with Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland, who is visiting Kyiv. Leaders coordinated positions on the eve of the NATO summit in Vilnius and discussed key issues of bilateral cooperation.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, held a bilateral meeting with Gitanas Nauseda, President of the Republic of Lithuania, who is visiting Kyiv. Leaders agreed on positions on the eve of the NATO summit in Vilnius.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, had a phone conversation with Jake Sullivan, US President’s National Security Adviser. Supporting Ukraine was discussed.

Dmytro Kuleba, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, spoke online at the OSCE Chairmanship Conference on security issues. He warned the OSCE about the risks of the russian federation committing a terrorist attack on ZNPP.

The Ministry of Energy reported that Ukraine held negotiations with the Urenco British company. Parties discussed further cooperation between Urenco and Energoatom NAEC regarding the supply of nuclear fuel, in particular, reducing dependence on russia.

The UN included the russian army in the “list of shame” for crimes against Ukrainian children. This decision of the General Secretary is absolutely unprecedented, because never before has the regular army of a member of the UN Security Council been included in the “list of shame“.

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, announced that the country will cancel restrictions on agricultural products from Ukraine after September 15.

Cem Ezdemir, Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany, opposed the introduction of unilateral bans on the import of agricultural products from Ukraine by some countries of the European Union. He particularly emphasized the need to show solidarity with the people of rUkraine who are suffering due to the ongoing invasion of Russian troops.

Bulgaria continued the program of support for refugees from Ukraine. The statement noted that hosts hosting Ukrainian refugees would continue to receive 15 leva (about $8) per person per day. According to the government, 1 410 258 Ukrainians entered Bulgaria since the war began.

On July 6-7, 2023, the Ukrainian-Romanian-Moldovan business forum will be held in Chernivtsi. The purpose of the forum is to strengthen tripartite interregional cooperation between Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

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, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya

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