War in Ukraine today: latest news, March 08, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 378th 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 pursues to occupy Ukraine and continues its full-scale armed aggression. 

The invaders’ main focus is the offensive operations on Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Shakhtarsk. 

The enemy continues to violate the rules of International Humanitarian Law, striking and shelling with artillery civilian facilities and homes. 

The enemy launched 22 air strikes, 29 MLRS attacks and used 1x Shahed-136 UAV. The drone was destroyed. 

Ukraine is still under the threat of missile strikes.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk, and Sloboda, there were no significant changes. No formation of offensive groups were detected.  The enemy shelled the vicinities of settlements of Senkivka, Chernihiv oblast, Kharkivka, Atynske, Sumy oblast, Strilecha, Ternova, Vilcha, Kamiaanka, Dvorichna, and Holubivka, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the enemy  continues its attempts to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops. They conducted unsuccessful offensives towards Hrianykivka, Spirne, and Bilohorivka. The invaders fired from artillery at Vilshana, Kupiansk, Kyslivka, and Pershotravneve, Kharkiv oblast, Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Chervonopopivka, Luhansk oblast, Novoselivka, Kolodiazi, Dibrova, and Berestove, Donetsk oblast,

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy continues to advance. The city of Bakhmut is being assaulted. Ukrainian defenders repelled attacks in the vicinities of Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, and Ivanivske. Zaliznianske, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Kostiantynivka, Kurdiumivka, Ozaryanivka, Dyliivka, Druzhba, and New York, Donetsk oblast, were under enemy fire. 

Towards Avdiivka and Shakhtarsk, the enemy  conducted unsuccessful offensive operations towards Kamianka, Sieverne, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, and Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast. They shelled over 15 settlements, including Oleksandropil, Lastochkyne, Avdiivka, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Karlivka, Heorhiivka, Vuhledar, Zolota Nyva, and Velyka Novosilka, Donetsk oblast. 

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy  is on the defensive. Over 30 settlements near the front line were attacked, including Vremivka, Novosilka, Novopil, Donetsk oblast, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Bilohiri, Mala Tokmachka, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, Kamianske, Zaporizhzhia oblast, Zmiivka, Vesele, Mykolaivka, Olhivka, Lvove, Ponyativka, Mykilske, Antonivka, Zelenivka, and Dniprovske, Kherson oblast. 

In Kreminna, Luhansk oblast, representatives of the so-called local “authorities” started to increasingly evict locals from their homes. Occupation military forces assist and argue that additional accommodation for newly arrived representatives of the russian armed forces is required. 

The number of newly mobilized to the russian  armed forces dissatisfied with the command’s actions is growing. The key reason behind this is using occupiers previously trained to serve in the ranks of support units without combat experience as assault groups. It results in more casualties. Backup soldiers do not agree to meet their deaths.

The Ukrainian Air Force launched 11 air strikes on concentrations of the occupiers and 1 air strike on the position of the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile system. 

Units of Ukrainian missile troops and artillery hit 1 command post of the invaders.

According to the operational assessment of the Ministry of Economics of Ukraine, business activity is gradually reviving. GDP has decreased by 26% in February, while in January – by 32%. 

Taras Kremin, State Language Protection Commissioner, reported that 455 citizen appeals on violating the language law were registered. 159 appeals were made in Kyiv, 66 – in Odesa oblast, 47 – in Kharkiv oblast. 20 complaints were registered in Kyiv oblast. Wrongdoers will be fined.

According to the press service of Ukrenerho, There has been no power deficit in the capital for 25 days. “Currently all power stations and systems are functional. Power generation is sufficient to cover civilian needs. There is an insignificant power import”, they noted. 

According to the head of electronic services development in the Ministry of Digital Transformation Mstyslav Banik, 1100 applications for marriage registrations were filed in Diia application. “It is also possible to choose the place, time, format and hall of the wedding ceremony”, the Ministry added.  

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The occupying army continues to focus on conducting offensive operations in the Kupyan direction, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. The operational situation in Sloboda region remains without significant changes. 10 settlements came under russian fire.

According to the head of Kharkiv OVA Oleh SyniehubovThe enemy tried to launch the offensive in the Hrianikyvka area, but retreated with losses.

Oleksiy Kuian, director of the public utility company “Misksvitlo” reported that about 30% of 100% street lighting networks in Kharkiv have been turned on. According to him, during the test switch-on the day before, utility workers discovered 10% of defects, they are being eliminated.

By the end of March, utility workers plan to reconstruct the main line that will supply heat to Northern Saltivka and to the center of Kharkiv. The heating line is a reserve, it has hardly been used in the last 10 years.

On March 8, Ukrainian designers’ exhibition on the role of women during the war was held in the center of Kharkiv. Anna Sharygina, co-founder of the Sphere public organization, said that these works reflect the mood of femininity.

The occupiers shelled at least 18 settlements in Kharkiv, Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions. The village of Dvorichna, Kupiansk region and the town of Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region  were under intense enemy fire from mortars, MLRS tanks, and combat aircraft. There were no civilian casualties as a result of the shelling.

Pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service neutralized 73 explosive objects. However, mine danger in the region is still very high.

Donetsk oblast

Since the full-scale invasion of russia began, 119,900 residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been forcibly deported, 10,859 among them are children, the National Center for Peacebuilding reported. According to the center, residents of Ukraine are deported to Rostov, Smolensk, Moscow regions, as well as Kazan. 60 children were returned to Ukraine.

The front stabilization around Bakhmut means that the enemy is unable to gain success during assaults. At the same time, Ukrainian defenders hit the russians and prevent them from advancing further. Serhiy Cherevaty, the spokesman of the Eastern group of troops, told about this on the air of the telethon.

The head of the Avdiivka city military administration, Vitaliy Barabash advised that In the morning the occupying forces shelled the administrative building of the Avdiivka Coke Chemical Plant. “80 people are hiding from shelling in warehouses on the territory of the plant. Today, three people were injured during the shelling,” said Barabash.

It was the first since February 24, 2022, when no civilians were injured in Donetsk region. But the situation remains tense.

On March 7, the russian occupying forces shelled Kostiantynivka five times. The russian occupying forces carried out 20 airstrikes on populated areas of Pokrovsky region. In total, 28 civilian objects were damaged by shelling in Donetsk region.

Towards Donetsk, the russians launched a rocket attack on Memryk of Novohrodivska community by damaging 3 houses. In the morning, Avdiivka came under fire twice. Shells hit the territory of three streets and the outskirts of the AKHZ. Krasnohorivka and Kamianka were under fire in Ocheretynsk community, Kurakhove and Kurakhivka in Kurakhivska.

Towards Horlivka, the russians fired intensively at Kostiantynivka. As a result of 5 hits, 18 houses and a school were damaged. It was loud on the outskirts of Chasovoiarska and Toretska communities. In Soledar community, 5 houses were damaged in Vasiukivka and 4 in Fedorivka.

Towards Lysychansk, 10 strikes were recorded in Torsky and Zarichny areas, Lymansk community.

In Bakhmut region, on the night of March 6, National Guardsmen of the Spartan brigade shot down a russian SU-25 attack aircraft. The Ukrainian military hit a russian plane at a distance of four kilometers with the Perun MANPADS.

Luhansk oblast

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the russians conducted unsuccessful offensive actions towards Bilohorivka and Nevsky. They shelled from artillery at Novoselivsky, Stelmakhivka, Nevsky, Chervonopivka and Dibrova.

Head of Luhansk RMA, Serhii Haidai, recently the situation on the front of Luhansk region is the most difficult. The russians are trying to push through our defenses in Bilohorivka and near Kreminna. The occupiers’ attacks and their artillery fire do not stop. However, the situation is completely under the control of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, the enemy has no success. The occupiers are also storming towards Stelmakhivka, Svativ region. Ukrainian defenders maintain control over this village. Fighting is raging towards Makiivka-Nevskyi and Kuzemivka-Novoselivskyi.

UAV operators tracked the russian positions, and border guards-mortars covered them with fire. The explosion caused a fire that destroyed the enemy dugout with three invaders.

Due to the lack of beds in the hospitals of Luhansk region, the occupiers are building modular first aid stations. Luhansk RMA reported that Rubizhne communal workers were not being paid for more than three months. The nearest point for issuing new documents is 60-70 km away.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Kyiv. During a joint press conference, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative was agreed upon. The head of state emphasized the importance of continuing the work for the humanitarian initiative “Grain from Ukraine”, recalling that almost 200 million US dollars have already been raised within its limits and more than 140 thousand tons of Ukrainian grain have been sent to Europe, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and countries suffering from hunger.

Yesterday in Kyiv, people bid farewell to two Pilot Heroes, 22-year-old Ihor Solomennikov and 55-year-old Viktor Volynets. Both served in the 7th Tactical Aviation Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Ukrainian and since the beginning of the full-scale invasion have performed lots of combat sortie as part of the same crew. They died in Donbas during a combat mission. The crew was hit by an enemy fighter.

Farewell in Kyiv to hero pilots Igor Solomennikov and Viktor Volynets, who died in Donbas. Photo: from social networks

200-300 infrastructure objects damaged due to russian military aggression are restored every week in Kyiv oblast. The Kyiv RMA reported that after liberation of the oblast, over 10,000 objects were repaired. As a result of hostilities in the region, over 27,000 infrastructure facilities were completely destroyed or damaged, the vast majority of which were residential buildings. As of today, 10,700 objects have been restored.

The Center for Coordination of International Aid and Reconstruction of the Kyiv oblast was presented at Kyiv RMA. Its key purpose is to unite the efforts of RMA, local governments and foreign partners for restoration of the region. Timely complete and up-to-date information on all damaged objects, a clear understanding of needs, implementation of transparent reporting and audit of the aid provided are key components of Kyiv oblast recovery.

As part of implementation of the “VidnovyDIM” program, up to UAH 7.2 million will be allocated to reconstruction and repair of buildings in Bucha, damaged due to the russian invasion. As the mayor of Bucha Anatoly Fedoruk noted, 147 houses can be restored under this program. 100% grant program, the participants of which can only become associations of co-owners of multi-apartment buildings.

The KCSA reported that a bank for long-term storage of erythrocytes was created on the basis of the Kyiv City Blood Center. This is the first such bank in Ukraine where blood components can be stored for up to 30 years. Until now, the maximum storage period of erythrocytes in Ukraine was 42 days.

Zhytomyr oblast

Five more communities of Zhytomyr oblast joined implementation of the nationwide project “Community Police Officer” – Bilokorovychi, Chopovychi, Hryshkivtsi, Yarun and Dubrivka. Its main goal is to provide each territorial community with an officer who will take care of security, law and order exclusively on its territory. The officer will become a full-fledged representative of the community and will focus on the needs of the local population.

A powerful generator was installed in the Chernyakhiv hospital. The operation of the medical institution will no longer depend on the general energy system, constantly attacked by the terrorist country. An autonomous power source will ensure lighting of the facility, operation of  boilers heating the medical facility, operation of all departments and equipment.

In Zhytomyr oblast, the first stage of the humanitarian initiative “Everybody Matters” has been completed, as part of which the “Pure at Heart” Foundation and the BGV Charity Fund provided complex food kits to elderly people who need special attention today. Funds delivered aid to 58 communities of the oblast.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that the russian military shelled two communities in the region. The territory of Bilopillia community was shelled by the enemy with mortars, hitting 8 times. 27 artillery and 10 mortar hits were recorded on the territory of the Esman community. At around 10:00 p.m., the defense forces of Sumy region in the north of the region recorded the flights of two enemy UAVs of the Shahed type, one of which was shot down.

The regional military administration reported that the operational situation in the border region of Sumy is under control. The formation of hostile offensive groups near the state border has not been detected.  Units of the Defense Forces continue to perform tasks at designated defense lines along the state border.

In the Church of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called in Sumy, the soldier Denys Bondarenko, killed during defense of Mariupol on May 1, was mourned. He was 18 years old. All this time, the family waited while DNA tests continued and hoped that the soldier was alive. According to relatives, he wanted to serve the people of Ukraine and claimed that it was better to die than not to live in Ukraine.

Sumy residents meet the procession with the fallen 18-year-old hero. Photo from social networks

Chernihiv oblast

The “North” Operational Command reported that servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine, who are part of the Defense Forces of the Sivershchyna, destroyed the enemy  “Shahed” UAV at night.

In the North, NSU servicemen shot down the enemy “Shakhed”. Photo: OC “North”

War crimes, committed by russians, are being documented in Chernihiv oblast. Serhii Khamayko, the prosecutor of the Chernihiv District Prosecutor’s Office, said that more than a thousand criminal proceedings have been registered, most of them for violations of customs and laws of war. These are looting, destruction of civilian infrastructure, torture and murder.

The Chernihiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that the russian military officer, who mocked civilians and robbed them in the village of Yahidne, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The investigation proved that during occupation of the village of Yahidne, the russian stole a mobile phone, a laptop, and 11,000 US dollars. He threatened to shoot local residents if they did not hand over their belongings. The convict is Mahavala Burun-Cherhala, a native of the Republic of Tuva, whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

Chernihiv residents learned to provide first aid at a free training by the NGO “City Initiatives Agency”. They learned how to stop massive bleeding, properly apply a tourniquet and tampon a wound, act in case of damage to the chest, and prevent hypothermia. Training within the framework of the “Security during war” project is aimed primarily at educators, young people, representatives of local authorities, active citizens, and journalists.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to head of the regional council Mykola Lukashuk, an air alert due to the threat of artillery shelling in Nikopol region lasted almost 9 hours. In the morning, the russian occupiers shelled Marhanets community with heavy artillery.

5 civilians were wounded by enemy shelling. Among them are two children. In total, during the day, the enemy shelled Nikopol region three times. Marhanets community was hit with artillery. The occupiers shelled Chervonohryhorivka community with MRLS Grad.

In the evening, they hit Nikopol. Three women were injured, a girl born in 2011 was hospitalized with an arm injury. A 10-year-old boy received shrapnel wounds and a contusion.

A fire broke out in a residential building in Nikopol due to artillery shelling. 24 private houses, 7 commercial buildings, 20 solar panels, 2 gas pipelines, and 4 power lines were damaged.

In Dnipro, the gas equipment plant produces and supplies stoves to the military. They were modified for the needs of the front. The fire is not visible from russian positions, and it is possible to cook and dry clothes on the stove. The company also manufactures tactical beds.

Vinnytsia oblast

A​​ 20-year-old Mark Nartovsky from Zhmerynka is one of the soldiers who returned from russian captivity. According to his mother, Olena Nartovska, he has been serving in the Armed Forces since first days of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Mark was held captive for 10 months.

Almost 9 tons of products and hygiene products were received from the sister city of Kielce. The action “Kielce for Vinnytsia” united more than fifty organizations from the entire Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship. The initiators were the City Hall of Kielce together with the KAGANEK Foundation and the Integration Europe-East Society. The team of the Humanitarian Headquarters will deliver aid to frontline communities and families of IDPs, Including internally displaced persons from Bakhmut who moved to Vinnytsia along with their enterprises.

Kirovohrad oblast

According to Head of the Kirovohrad Regional State Administration Andrii Raikovych, among 130 released prisoners of war, four captives from Kirovohrad Oblast, Andrii Kosatov, Vladyslav Pastushenko, Mykyta Podskalniuk, Stanislav Zimariev, returned home. They defended Mariupol.

According to Oleksandr Chelnyk, head of the utility company “Teploenerhetyk”,

Kropyvnytskyi received a mobile modular boiler house for heating in case of accidents. It is the first boiler house of five to arrive as part of the energy security project as humanitarian international aid.

Poltava oblast

A charity concert “Wreath of Motherhood” was held in Hadiach, and 10,000 hryvnias were collected during the event. Children and parents forced to leave their homes due to russian aggression were invited to the event. The funds will be used to repair cars that will be sent to the front line and purchase walkie-talkies for defenders.

Cherkasy oblast

According to head of the Cherkasy State Administration Ihor Taburets, Cherkasy region has handed over another tranche of cars of various functions to defenders. Along with cars, the defenders will receive  necessary things, and gifts from students.

Aid for the military. Photo: Ihor Taburets, head of the Cherkasy RMA

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The situation towards Zaporizhzhia has not significantly changed. The enemy concentrates its main efforts on holding occupied borders. Yesterday, the enemy launched 106 attacks on positions of Ukrainian defenders, using tank weapons, rocket and barrel artillery along the entire contact line.

Yesterday, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Huliaipole, Charivne, Temyrivka, Komyshuvakha, Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Novodanylivka, Bilohiria, Novoandriivka, Olhivske, Mala Tokmachka, Shcherbaky, Preobrazhenka, Chervone, Kamianske, Stepove, Stepnohirsk. The police received 25 reports about the destruction of houses (apartments) and infrastructure facilities as a result of shelling by russian military personnel.

According to the General Staff, grain crops from the neighboring farms in the temporarily occupied settlement of Ulianivka, Vasylkivka region are taken to the local hangar by russian occupiers order. The russians confiscate grain under the guise of buying at significantly reduced prices.

According to the Director General of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi, military operations have intensified near the Zaporizhzhia NPP, and the number of russian troops has increased at the station. According to the director general of the IAEA, the current situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP has worsened. So it is urgently necessary to create a demilitarized zone around the plant.

Mykolaiv oblast

Yesterday, the russian occupiers shelled Ochakiv community with artillery. According to the Mykolaiv RMA, there are no casualties. There was no shelling in Mykolaiv.

Delegation from the World Food Program, a UN humanitarian organization that provides  vouchers (certificates) for food and/or food products to affected Ukrainians, visited Mykolaiv. Urgent regional issues were discussed at the meeting: demining the territories to revive agriculture in the region; assistance of small and medium-sized businesses and job creation; including Mykolaiv port in the grain corridor.

The intelligence brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received ammunition, chemical heaters and food products from the “X-Men” charitable foundation. 200K dollars were fundraised to buy the most necessary things in less than a month. Journalists of the South Ukrainian Media Holding joined the large-scale fundraising. 400K hryvnias were collected and donated to the “X-Men” charity organization. In total, the fund received donations worth 200K dollars, used to purchase 200 sets of tactical helmets, 200 plate carriers and 400 armor plates. In addition, chemical heaters and food products for the Armed Forces of Ukraine were purchased.

Yesterday, female servicemen of the A1080 military unit, the Mykolaiv zonal department of the Military Law and Order Service, the 19th Mykolaiv Public Order Regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine, employees of the State Emergency Service in Mykolaiv oblast and the Patrol Police Department in Mykolaiv Region were honored  in Mykolaiv.

Odesa oblast

Odesa women’s public organizations made it to Forbes for their voice heard by the whole world. Every year at the beginning of March mentoring women’s walks are held in 45 countries around the world. They are organized by the American public organization Vital Voices, founded by the first lady of the United States Hillary Clinton more than 25 years ago. Despite the war in Ukraine, this year was no exception for Odesa women’s organizations, the members of the organization went on their march. Vital Voices allocated financial support to help Ukrainian women who experienced war-related gender-based violence. One of the projects “Warmth of Hearts” is launched in Odesa by the public movement “Faith, Hope, Love”.

Graffiti in honor of a captured Ukrainian military man shot by the occupiers appeared on the fence near the Sredniofontanskyi shopping center in Odesa. The mural was painted by street artists from the LBWS team, known for their colorful patriotic cats, symbols of the invincibility of the city and Ukrainian people.

Students and teachers of “White Acacia”, the Odessa Palace of Children’s and Youth Creativity joined production of trench candles for the military in the first three months of 2023. They will warm the defenders on the front line. More than 300 trench candles were made. They were sent to the defenders of Vuhledar, Bakhmut and residents of occupied territories in Kherson oblast. High school students put stickers “Stay warm, our dearest!” on each candle. 

Odesa students makie trench candles. Photo from social networks

Kherson oblast

Yesterday, russian invaders shelled Kherson oblast 61 times. Almost 360 shells from mortars, MLRS, artillery, tanks and UAVs were fired at peaceful settlements in the region. 1 person was injured as a result of russian shelling.

Consequences of russian shelling in Kherson oblast. Photo: Police of Kherson oblast

Yesterday, the police opened 31 criminal proceedings on the facts of war crimes committed by the russian army in Kherson oblast. The police continue receiving reports of looting in liberated villages by the russian army. During the occupation of Kherson at the end of July last year, russian military personnel abducted a 51-year-old local resident, now his whereabouts are unknown. Around April of last year, in Kherson, the russian military blew up and completely destroyed two dry cargo ships, stole two cargo barges, a pusher tug and one dry cargo on the quay of the Quarantine Island. The owner estimated the damage at more than 300 million hryvnias.

A russian explosive detonated near the village of Tryfonivka, the Velyka Oleksandrivka community. On March 7, a 41-year-old local resident picked up the ammunition found in the field. As a result of the explosion, the man was wounded in the hand. He was hospitalized.

The General Staff reported that teachers and educators of the so-called occupying “authorities” force students and parents in local schools in Strilkove, Henichesk region, to stay after classes and study the constitution and legislative acts of the russian federation, as well as russian history and literature. Children are forced to learn and sing the russian national anthem during breaks.

Nataliia Humeniuk, head of the United Coordination Press Center of the Defense and Security Forces of the South, reported that on March 7, the Defense Forces destroyed two ammunition warehouses and four boats with a subversive reconnaissance group towards Kherson. 

According to the Kherson RMA, Khersongaz has restored gas distribution to more than 12,000 facilities in newly reclaimed territories of Kherson oblast. Gas supply was restored in the settlements of Visokopillia and Velyka Oleksandrivka communities, Beryslav region and Kherson region. Power engineers restored power supply to the village of Novovoznesneske, the Visokopilial territorial community. 61 consumers were re-connected to the network.

The National Humanitarian Aid Agency ZDOROVI provided equipment to the Kherson Hospital named after E. Karabelesh. Medics received an artificial lung ventilation device and an electrocardiograph “Mortara”. The Kherson City Clinical Hospital named after Luchansky received an ambulance from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. This is one of 12 cars purchased in Austria using funds collected by parishioners and Ukrainian communities abroad. Medicines were also brought to the medical facility.

Students from the Kalynivka community, Beryslav region, took part in the Japanese-Ukrainian project “War Through the Eyes of Children”. The goal of the project is to draw attention of Japanese society to the lives of war-affected children from Ukraine, to increase the number of ways to help young Ukrainians. Children from all de-occupied and front-line territories can participate in the project. They have to reflect their experiences in pictures.

Students from the Kalynivka community. Photo: Khersons RMA

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The RMA representatives and Vasyl Zubanych, commander of the operational group of the Volyn troops, held a joint meeting with heads of territorial communities. They discussed the oblast defense.

After the recent exchange, three military from Volyn oblast will return home. They defended Mariupol. Vadym Horban, Oleksandr Merchuk and Vadym Suschyk have been in captivity since May of last year.

Zakarpattia oblast

Firewood is provided free of charge to IDPs and vulnerable local residents in Zakarpattia from the international humanitarian organization People in Need of the Slovak Republic. About 600 households received such support.

The regional clinical center of cardiology and cardiac surgery received a powerful blood analyzer from the charitable organization IOSS-Ukraine.

Invincibility Centrs received 35 Starlink terminals thanks to the team of the Ministry of Digital.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

One of the military units received humanitarian aid, namely freezers, refrigerators and tablets, worth UAH 300 867.

In the battles for Ukraine near Bakhmut, Hero of Ukraine, a 27-year-old fighter of the 67th separate mechanized brigade, known by the nickname Da Vinci, Dmytro Kotsiubailo, was killed. The Hero was born in the village of Zadnistrianske, Burshtynsk community.

The Ivano-Frankivsk City Council reported that the 78th Territorial Defense Battalion received a drone with a Mavik 3T thermal imager. The 52nd Rifle Battalion, in which many soldiers from Ivano-Frankivsk serve, received walkie-talkies and a drone with a Mavik 3T thermal imager.

Lviv oblast

The Lviv Regional Center of Emergency Medicine signed a memorandum of cooperation, specifically on saving lives, with Lviv Customs.

The perinatal center received a modern incubator from the University Medical Center of the Canton of Vaud (Switzerland) and the non-profit organization HelpUACH.

10 doctors from the US will arrive at the Lviv Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital Okhmatdyt. Together with Lviv specialists, they will consult and operate on children with severe birth defects.

Five defenders returned home after the recent prisoners’ exchange. All military personnel are from Chervonohrad region. They performed combat missions near Mariupol.

The Regional Working Group on Decommunization issues operates in the region. Similar groups were also created at the regional military administrations. Over the past week, six more objects of monumental propaganda of the aggressor’s country were dismantled in Lviv oblast.

Rivne oblast

The satellite city of the Rivne NPP, Varash, and the Finnish city of Loviisa signed a twinning agreement. Thanks to this cooperation, Varash will harmoniously join the community of European NPP satellite cities, which will solve some vital issues and develop the region together.

Captain Oleksandr, head of the personnel service of the National Guard of Ukraine unit in Rivne, reported that recruitment for the Offensive Guard assault brigades continues. People who have combat experience in 2014-2015 form its basis. The average age threshold of volunteers in Rivne oblast is 35 years.

Ternopil oblast

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Ternopil oblast. Representatives of organizations presented their achievements in 2022 regarding IDPs and announced plans for 2023.

23-year-old military serviceman Taras Kopasivskyi returned from captivity. He is a resident of Velykohaiv community. He contacted his relatives last time at the beginning of June 2022.

Marine from Ternopil, defender of Mariupol Mykhailo Dianov donated UAH 2.5 million for Yevhen Larchenko’s operation in Israel. The funds were collected for Dianov’s treatment by caring people, but FC Shakhtar took over the costs of his treatment.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Khmelnytskyi received 20 new ventilators, worth over UAH 20 million, from Italian charitable organizations and the Ukrainian diaspora in Italy.

The Khmelnytskyi city council reported that the city received 45 generators from Stungart.

Chernivtsi oblast

Khotyn received an 85 kW generator from benefactors in Austria.

The RMA reported that 6 special schools and the inclusive resource center of Chernivtsi oblast received 7 recreational kits for working with children with disabilities from the Save the Children organization.

The rifle battalion received a thermal imager, an electric charging station, solar panels, walkie-talkies, first-aid kits, turnstiles, Israeli bandages, camouflage suits, etc., from representatives of the German non-governmental organization Lebensfahrten e. V. in the city of Meissen.

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

The German government sent a new aid package to the Armed Forces, including two Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns and about 6K ammunition, two patrol cars for border guards, six mobile antenna systems, 13 BEAVER bridge-laying tanks and 500 SFP9 pistols.

EU ambassadors agreed on allocation of an additional EUR 2 billion for military aid to Ukraine. “This decision is a clear signal of the EU’s unwavering commitment to the military support of Ukraine and other partners,” the Swedish Presidency of the EU reports.

Valerii Zaluzhnyi held a meeting with Supreme Commander of the Joint NATO Forces in Europe, Commander of the US Armed Forces in Europe, US General Christopher Cavoli; Chief of the Defense Staff of Great Britain, Admiral Tony Radakin; Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, General Raymund Andrzejczak, and Commander of the Security Assistance Group of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Antonio A. Aguto. They discussed the situation on the battlefield, supply of weapons and ammunition, provision of long-range weapons, training of the Ukrainian military, etc.

Meeting of the military of the US, Great Britain, Poland and Ukraine. Photo from social networks

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, arrived in Kyiv. The head of the UN met with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss extension of the grain agreement, which should expire on March 18.

The creation of an international tribunal for russia has been supported by 30 countries. “Greece joined this group. There were 29 countries at the weekend,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.

Latvia sent 8 cars confiscated from drunk drivers to the Armed Forces and Ukrainian hospitals.

A charity evening and an auction in support of Ukraine was held in Athens. It was attended by over 1K guests from all over the world. UAH 1.74 million was collected at the auction to purchase ambulances.

Boris Pistorius, Minister of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany, announced that Ukraine will receive 21 Leopard tanks from Germany and Portugal by the end of March.

The Ministry of Defense of Hungary stated that the country provides assistance in the treatment of wounded Ukrainian soldiers and participates in training of military medics from Ukraine.

Kim Hyung-chol, director of the Europe and Asia Department of the Bureau of International Cooperation, reported that South Korea allowed Poland to supply Krab self-propelled guns with its parts to Ukraine.

Christian Wagner, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, stated that the country is ready to help Ukraine in the investigation of all war crimes committed by the russian army.

The Constitutional Court of Bulgaria recognized military aid to Ukraine as constitutional. The court rejected the petition of pro-russian deputies, who demanded to block the decision of the parliament to provide such assistance.

An exhibition of paintings by Ukrainian painters is taking place in Italy. Among the works are  paintings of Fraikor fighter Artem Azarov (call sign Artist), killed in March 2022 while defending his native Kharkiv. “Once upon a time, the Renaissance began in the north of Italy. Now it is coming from the Ukrainian east,” added Fraikor.

Exhibition in Italy. Photo from social networks

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аnna Efremova

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya 


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