War in Ukraine today: latest news, March 15, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 385th 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 does not abandon its intentions to occupy Ukraine and continues its offensive, regardless of losses. The enemy is focusing its main efforts on operations towards Liman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Maryinka and Shakhtarsk.

Unable to defeat the Ukrainian Defense Forces, the russian federation is using terror tactics by shelling populated areas, thereby grossly violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law.

The enemy launched 3 missile attacks, including that on a civilian infrastructure facility in Kharkiv. There were also 26 air strikes and 23 MLRS attacks.

There is still a threat of further attacks throughout Ukraine.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk and Sloboda, the operational situation remained unchanged, and no enemy offensive groups were detected. The training of units of russian occupation forces continues at the training grounds of the republic of belarus. The enemy maintains a military presence in border areas. Khrinivka (Chernihiv oblast); Atynske, Volfyno, Stepne, Kindrativka, Pokrovka and Hrabovske (Sumy oblast) and Strilecha, Krasne, Staritsia, Vovchansk, Bochkove, Budarky, Ambarne and Kolodiazne (Kharkiv oblast) were shelled.

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the enemy is still attempting to break through the defense of our troops. There were some unsuccessful offensives near the settlements of Bilohorivka and Spirne. Dvorichna, Hrianykivka, Kupiansk and Krokhmalne in Kharkiv oblast, Novoselivske, Nevske, Dibrova and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast, and Kolodiazi, Siversk, Spirne and Fedorivka in Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy continues to storm the town of Bakhmut. Our defenders repelled enemy attacks near Orikhovo-Vasylivka and Bohdanivka. Pryvillia, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Predtechine, Oleksandro-Shultyne, Kurdiumivka, Ozarianivka and Shumy in Donetsk oblast were subjected to hostile attacks.

Towards Avdiivka, Maryinka and Shakhtarsk, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives against Stepove, Kamianka, Sieverne, Marinka and Vuhledar. Kamianka, Lastochkine, Avdiivka, Tonenke, Heorhiivka, Nevelske, Pobieda, Vuhledar, Vremivka, Velyka Novosilka and several other settlements in Donetsk oblast were shelled by the enemy.

The enemy is conducting defensive actions towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. The areas near the contact line were shelled, in particular, Olhivske, Malynivka, Huliaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast, Tokarivka, Antonivka and the city of Kherson.

The occupiers, due to their own inability to fight,  are targeting civilian population in the temporarily occupied territory of Kherson oblast. After effective fire damage to enemy buildups on March 12-13, and as a result of heavy losses, the invaders intensified security in certain settlements. russian occupiers prefer to move in civilian vehicles taken from local residents. On March 14, the movement of the occupiers’ convoy with the looted property towards Crimea was also confirmed. 

In another settlement in Kherson oblast, the enemy is conducting counter-sabotage activities. Justifying their actions, they accuse the villagers of killing a russian soldier whose body was found.

Ukrainian aviation carried out 8 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel and military equipment.

Also, our soldiers shot down an enemy Su-25 aircraft.

Rocket and artillery units struck a command post, 3 buildups of enemy personnel and military equipment, as well as 2 radar stations, an electronic warfare station and an anti-aircraft missile system at a firing position.

Since September 2022, Ukraine’s air defense forces have shot down more than 700 russian missiles. Yurii Ihnat, Air Force Spokesman reports about high-precision and long-range missiles, not including kamikaze drones.

A decree of the President of Ukraine states that heads of Luhansk, Odesa and Khmelnytsky regional state administrations were dismissed, namely Serhii Haidai, Maksym Marchenko, and Serhii Hamalii.

The State Customs Service informs that since the beginning of the year, Ukraine’s trade turnover has decreased. In January and February, the turnover amounted to $16.6 billion, which is 30% less than last year.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that at least 13 settlements were shelled by russian troops.

Dmytro Chubenko, Spokesman of the regional prosecutor’s office, informed that Kharkiv was hit by a Russian S-300 missile, launched from the territory of the Belgorod region. It broke windows in residential buildings and damaged several cars. The hit was near one of the buildings in Shevchenkove region.

Ihor Terekhov, Kharkiv Mayor, said during the national marathon that a boarding school and a residential building were damaged. Now it is being examined and the aftermath removed. There were no residents in the orphanage, only the staff, and no one was injured. This orphanage served people with certain life difficulties.

Aftermath of a missile attack on Shevchenkove region. Photo from social media

Viktor Kovalenko, Head of the Zolochiv community, noted that at about 9 am, russia shelled the border villages of Lemishchyne, Huriv Kozachok and Chervona Zoria with artillery. According to him, seven buildings in Lemishchyne were damaged and there is no electricity in the village.

Yesterday, the enemy massively shelled the border settlements of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv and Kupiansk regions. One of the most heavily shelled cities is Vovchansk. Yesterday’s shelling damaged the building of the fire and rescue unit, civilian industry facilities and shops. A 55-year-old woman was killed when a shell hit a civilian car and the 47-year-old driver of the car was injured and hospitalised.

The shelling of Kolodiazne village in Kupiansk region damaged private residential buildings and infrastructure. A 42-year-old civilian man, who was travelling in a car at the time of the shelling, was killed.

A 58-year-old civilian man sustained shrapnel wounds in Dvorichna village of the Kupiansk region. He received medical assistance on the spot.

Humanitarian de-mining works are ongoing. Yesterday, pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service defused 142 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Referring to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in the temporarily occupied Horlivka, due to heavy losses, Russian invaders decided to forcibly ‘mobilize’ 500 men who are unfit for military service and have previously received a reservation from mobilization.

A fighter from Kholodnyi Yar, a 93rd separate mechanized brigade, told on telethon that in the battles for Bakhmut, russian soldiers have not yet changed their tactics, continuing to use the maximum number of soldiers, attacking in groups of 10-40. The soldier also admitted that the battle for Bakhmut is very difficult and sometimes lasts 12 hours without ceasing.

The Office of the President of Ukraine reported that this afternoon, soldiers of the 93rd Brigade shot down a russian aircraft near Bakhmut. It was a Su-24 bomber.

The Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office said that during the day, russian troops attacked Kostiantynivka and Illinivka village, located five kilometres away, several times. Seven civilians were injured during the shelling.

Oleksii Dmytrashkivskyi, Head of the joint press centre of the Tavriisk Defence Forces, stated that towards Donetsk, Russians lost about three units in assaults, including injured and eliminated russian soldiers. In addition, the number of assaults has decreased several times over the past week.

Previously, russians launched a missile attack on Kramatorsk, killing 1 person and injuring 3 others.

Towards Volnovakha, a person was injured and 3 buildings damaged in Prechystivka. Vuhledar and Novoukrainka were shelled.

Towards Donetsk, there were hits at night in the Kurakhove community: 8 apartment buildings, 8 private buildings and a transformer substation were damaged in Kurakhove and the buildings of an agricultural enterprise were damaged in Dachne. There was shelling of Marinka, Krasnohorivka, Pobieda and Zoriane. A school was damaged in Halytsynivka, Novohrodivka community.

Towards Horlivka, 2 apartment buildings and 1 private house were damaged, but there was no information about casualties. The outskirts of Chasiv Yar and Toretsk communities were hit. In Kostiantynivka, 2 people were injured and 8 buildings damaged; another building was damaged in Oleksandro-Shultyne.

In the Soledar community, intense shelling continued in Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Minkivka and Vasiukivka.

Towards Lysychansk, 1 person was injured and 1 building damaged in Kolodiazi, Lyman community. During the day, Serebrianka, Siversk community was shelled numerous times. There were no casualties.

Aftermath of a missile attack. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration. reported that yesterday russians killed one civilian in Kramatorsk. Another 16 people were injured 

Luhansk oblast

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the enemy maintains its military presence in the areas bordering Ukraine to prevent our troops from being redeployed to other areas.

Yesterday russians unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses of our troops. They conducted unsuccessful offensive actions towards Bilohorivka.

russians shelled Bilohorivka, Chervonopopivka,  Dibrova, Makiivka, Nevske, Novoselivske and Zolotarivka with artillery.

The Luhansk Regional Military Administration said that residents of the cities occupied last year still have to go to Luhansk to get documents. Prisoners are being recruited in the colonies of the so-called “luhansk people’s republic” and in Rovenky, it is being decided what to do with the spoil tip that has been burning for two years.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The regional police reported that 199 bodies of Ukrainians who were killed during the full-scale invasion of russia remain unidentified in Kyiv oblast. In total, after the de-occupation of settlements of the oblast from russian troops, law enforcement officers found 1,374 bodies of civilians killed due to active hostilities. Earlier, Andriy Nebytov, Head of the Kyiv oblast police, said that 300 residents of the oblast are considered missing.

On the Day of the Ukrainian Volunteer, relatives and friends of Azovstal defenders gathered on Sofia Square in Kyiv. The action was joined by the fighters of Kastus Kalinovskyi’s regiment, who installed portraits of fallen belarusian volunteers on the square. The participants of the action brought posters with the inscriptions “return Azov”, “there is no greater power than the spirit of a volunteer”, “more than 700 Azov fighters are in captivity”.

Action in Kyiv in support of the soldiers of the “Azov” regiment, March 14, 2023. Photo from social networks

The regional police reported that in the forest near the village of Buzova, Bucha region, residents discovered  two  stretchings with F-1 grenades in combat readiness, left by the russian military last spring. 

In the Polissia community, a local resident was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with mine-explosive injuries and a bruised chest after the explosion of an unknown object. According to law enforcement officers, while the man was sawing emergency trees, the trunk fell on an unknown object, which exploded. The investigation is ongoing.

Kyiv mayor Vitalii Klychko said that the capital has signed an agreement on cooperation with the Polish city of Wroclaw. The cities plan to cooperate in economic and cultural spheres, as well as in restoration of the infrastructure of Kyiv and Ukraine. According to the mayor, Wroclaw has hosted 150K Ukrainian refugees, including 80K children.

On the basis of Irpin Lyceum No. 1, joint training was held for employees of the State Emergency Service, the police, doctors, communal services and educators. Oleksandr Markushyn, Mayor of Irpin, said that they worked out an algorithm of actions to eliminate consequences of emergencies and save people. According to the legend of the exercises, a cruise missile hit an educational institution, an air raid signal was sounded, an explosion, partial collapse and smoke were staged, and volunteers of the Municipal Guard pretended to be wounded. According to Oleksandr Markushyn, all services worked “excellently”.

Training of emergency services at Irpin Lyceum No. 1. Photo: Darya Sydorenko

Kyiv received the first batch of armored ambulances from the British O&H Venari factory. Special vehicles will be transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As Mayor of Kyiv Vitalii Klychko reported, the manufacture of 14 special vehicles was agreed with representatives of the British factory last summer.

The largest post-war spontaneous garbage dump in Bucha with remains of houses destroyed by russian shelling began to be cleaned up. As reported by the city council, all household and construction waste will be removed from the city and disposed of at the landfill by April according to the United Nations Development Program for Emergency Recovery, which is funded by the Government of Japan.

The Kyiv RMA reported that 100 houses for families who lost their homes due to the war are manufactured and installed by the Ukrainian company QHome with the support of the UNHCR. They are designed for 4 people each and equipped with everything necessary. The first batch of houses will be provided to the communities most affected by the war in the Bucha region.

According to the annual ranking of the IQAir World Air Quality Report Kyiv entered the top 30 capitals of the world in terms of air quality in 2022. It took 26th place, although in 2020 it was in the top three cities with the most polluted air. The capital also received a special distinction as a city that is developing an air monitoring system, despite the full-scale war. Kyiv has a network of five reference (high-precision) air monitoring points and 40 indicative ones.

Zhytomyr oblast

The Zhytomyr City Council reported that the streetcars and trolleybuses in the city will be back in service in about 10 days, if there is sufficient power. After the russian drones shelled its energy facility, Zhytomyr was re-connected to the rest of the countyr, so the city is on the verge of running out of power.

Zhytomyr Mayor Serhii Sukhomlin announced that two Valkyria unmanned aerial systems were handed over to one of the Zhytomyr brigades. The paratroopers will also receive 40 Mavik quadrocopters. According to him, the deputies of the city council supported the decision to purchase drones from the local budget.

32 applications for the “Business” microcredit program were received from residents of Zhytomyr oblast in 2023. 10 applicants were selected to receive  UAH 149 K to UAh 250 K  from the state to start or develop their projects. In addition, 22 new jobs will be created. Nine out of the ten recipients of the first round of awards are women.

Sumy oblast

The Sumy RMA reported that the russians shelled Bilopillia, Shalyhine and Seredino-Buda communities. In total, 6 enemy artillery attacks and 51 hits from various types of weapons were recorded. As a result, a private residential building on the outskirts of Seredyno-Buda was damaged. At night, there were 6 shots from barrel artillery in the Znob-Novhorodske community.

In Boromlia, Sumy oblast, the whole community bid farewell to combat medic Roman Demyanenko. He was killed in mortar shelling on the outskirts of Serebrianka settlement in the Bakhmut region.

Farewell to combat medic Roman Demyanenko in Boromlya. Photo: from social networks

The Regional Emergency Service reported that the rescuers of Sumy oblast received a powerful generator from international donors. Humanitarian aid was provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAIM Humanitarian Fund.

Six medical beds were donated to the Sumy Regional War Veterans Hospital by benefactors from Germany. They will be placed in the surgical department of the medical institution. Representatives of the Sumy Christian Church handed over the help.

Chernihiv oblast

The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that the enemy continues to strike along the border of Chernihiv oblast. There were 34 mortar strikes in the area of Hrinivka, Tymonovychy, Berylivka and Yeline settlements.

The Chernihiv RMA reported that nearly as many people now live in the Chernihiv oblast as before the russian invasion. Until February 24, 285-290 thousand people lived in Chernihiv, according to the city mayor. As of February 22, 2023, mobile operators have almost 311,000 consumers in the regional center. In general, Chernihiv oblast returned up to 95% of its population in one year. Before the full-scale invasion, the oblast had 959,000 inhabitants.

The Chernihiv RMA reported that another Toyota Land Cruiser Hard TOP ambulance  has been delivered to the oblast from WHO. It will work at two emergency aid substations in Horodnya and Ripky. The car has good passability and is equipped with everything necessary.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Serhii Lysak, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, reported that the army of the russian federation struck Marhanets. Two women, aged 62 and 57, were killed. 4 more women and 1 man were injured. 7 high-rise and 4 private houses, and an outbuilding were damaged. 

Consequences of enemy shelling. Photo: Head of the Dnipropetrovsk RMA Serhii Lysak

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the Regional Council, Dnipropetrovsk oblast received almost 80 new generators from foreign and Ukrainian partners. 75 generators were transferred by the South Moravian Region in the Czech Republic. 4 generators are from the “Strong Together 2023” charity fund. All generators are intended for communities, communal institutions, and critical infrastructure enterprises of the oblast. 

Vinnytsia oblast

The​​ Vinnytsia City Council reported that the city’s Medical Center received humanitarian aid from the American DTCare Foundation with the assistance of the Polish partner city of Radom. The cargo includes medical instruments, dressing materials, rehabilitation products, and other medical products. 

The main office of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine of the Vinnytsia region reported that new modern off-road vehicles and special fire trucks from the Korean Agency for International Cooperation have been added to the fleet of Vinnytsia rescuers. In addition to special equipment, emergency workers also received a drone for underwater demining, a gas analyzer, chemical protection suits, etc. 

Kirovohrad oblast

89-year-old Lidiia Mishchenko, a retiree from Kropyvnytskyi, weaves rugs for the Ukrainian military. At the front, dugouts and cars are covered with such mats. In three months, she knitted 70 rugs.

Poltava oblast

According to Dmytro Lunin, Head of the Poltava Regional State Administration, the doctors of Poltava oblast received three modern cars. The vehicles for the emergency medical service were provided by the WHO, the Ministry of Health, and socially responsible businesses. One of the cars is an equipped SUV. Cars will be used by specialized teams of disaster medicine to transport and help people in emergency situations, in particular in hard-to-reach places and on de-occupied territories. 

According to Oleksandr Bilenky, Head of the Poltava Regional Council, Lubny received a 550 kW mobile boiler house from Finland. It will be a backup option for heating the facilities of Lubny Hospital.  The boiler room was provided free of charge by representatives of the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism, the world’s largest system that helps countries in emergency situations.

Nataliia Lehka, a Reshetylivka volunteer, sent two Motorola 4400e VHF walkie-talkies to the medics. Funds for them were raised by volunteers. The total cost of the devices is UAH 67K.

Cherkasy oblast

According to Ihor Taburets, Head of the Cherkasy State Administration, more than 200 objects, including residential buildings, educational and cultural institutions, catering establishments, and enterprises have been damaged since the beginning of the full-scale war. As of March 25, some of them have been restored. 

In Talne, Cherkasy oblast, a charity concert “Volunteers of God’s Platoon” was held in support of volunteers. During the event, UAH 9 K was collected and given to local volunteers for the needs of the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps “Right Sector”.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The situation towards Zaporizhzhia has not changed significantly. The enemy concentrates its main efforts on holding the occupied borders. On March 14, the enemy launched 79 attacks on Ukrainian defenders’ positions, using tank weapons, rocket and barrel artillery along the entire line of contact.

The occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in Kamianske, Huliaipole, Novoandriivka, Preobrazhenka, Olhivske, Novodanylivka, Mala Tokmachka, Zaporizhzhia, Novoivanivka, Bilohiria, Orikhiv, Stepove, Mali Shcherbaky, and Pavlivka. The police received 9 reports about the destruction of houses (apartments) and infrastructure objects as a result of shelling by russian military personnel.

On March 14, four fires broke out in Vasylivka and Polohy regions due to shelling by russian troops. Firefighters extinguished the fires.

On March 14, around 5:30 p.m., a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado car exploded in the center of temporarily occupied Melitopol. The collaborator Ivan Tkach that was in the car died from the injuries. According to Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov, Tkach was one of the first to collaborate with the occupiers.

Victims of the terrorist attack on March 2 received humanitarian aid from the Red Cross Society. Dishes, bed linen, blankets, pillows, mattresses, products, and hygiene products were given to the affected people. In addition, residents of the destroyed residential building receive free qualified medical and psychological assistance from specialists of “Doctors without Borders” international charity organization.

Conservation work has begun in a five-story building partially destroyed by the russians in Zaporizhzhia. A wooden frame covered with a film is arranged here. This should protect the damaged elements of the house from the weather.

Conservation works of the destroyed five-story building in Zaporizhzhia, March 15, 2023. Photo: Zaporizhzhia City Council

Mykolaiv oblast

According to the Mykolaiv RMA, russian troops shelled Mykolaiv oblast twice during the day. The Ochakiv community were shelled with mortars. There are no casualties.

The German company Sankt Augustin and Friends hilft e.V. handed over three Mercedes Citaro buses to Mykolaiv. Each bus has 48 seats and can carry about 150 passengers.

The Invincibility Yurt has started operation on Flotskyi Boulevard, Mykolaiv. It will serve not only as a heating point where gadgets can be charged, but also as a center of Kazakh culture. There is a generator and an Internet access point there. Volunteers take care of guests and treat them with traditional food and tea. First of all, it is an interesting cultural space where visitors can become familiar with the rich culture of Kazakhstan, attend master classes and various events.

A post-war reconstruction project is being implemented in Mykolaiv in cooperation with international partners. The Italian architectural company One Works, together with a team of international and local experts, is developing a new Master Plan for Mykolaiv city.

A delegation of the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine (UNDP Ukraine) visited Mykolaiv. Representatives of the Mykolaiv City Council held a working meeting with UNDP consultants. The parties discussed the issues of development and restoration of Mykolaiv community.

Odesa oblast

The number of ships in the Black Sea has significantly increased. Currently, there are  up to 17 enemy ships. Despite the strong storm, 4 missile carriers, including one underwater, were put on combat duty. The total volley of Kalibers can reach 28 missiles.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, signed an order on the dismissal of Head of the Odesa Military Administration, Maksym Marchenko. The document was published on the President’s Office website on March 15. Maksym Marchenko plans to come back to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Rescuers, together with volunteers from IDPs, conducted a preventive safety training for displaced children in the village of Ozerne. The organizers told the children about the rescuer occupation and emergency situations in which it is necessary to contact the Rescue Service using coloring pages and visual aids.

Preventive safety training for internally displaced children. Photo: Izmail RMA.

Kherson oblast

On March 14, the russian invaders attacked peaceful settlements in Kherson oblast 78 times. Almost 400 shells were fired from mortars, MLRS, artillery, tanks, UAVs and BMPs. The occupiers fired artillery at the village of Ivanivka, the Dariivka community. Two rescue workers who were working at the site were injured as a result of repeated shelling. The russian military also attacked this settlement from a drone. A local resident was wounded. The russian army shelled Kherson 7 times, hitting a critical infrastructure facility, an enterprise, private and apartment buildings. 4 people received injuries. A 43-year-old resident of the town of Bilozerka, who was seriously injured at the end of February as a results of shelling by russians, died in Mykolaiv hospital.

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

On March 14, 3 fires broke out in residential buildings due to russian shelling. The total extinguishing area was 95 square meters.

Civilians were blown up on explosives left by russians in the Stanislav community. A cluster munition detonated in the field during sowing. A civilian resident was injured.

50 OUKITEL P2001E charging stations from Taiwan were delivered to Kherson. In total, Taiwan allocated USD 2mln to help the Ukrainian frontline cities – Kharkiv, Mykolaiv and Kherson. In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan handed over 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Ukrainian communities.

OUKITEL P2001E charging stations from Taiwan. Kherson RMA

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

A monumental panel “Heroes without weapons” was created in the State Emergency Service unit in Lutsk by Vasyl Shumyk, a veteran of the civil defense service. The panel represents dangerous and necessary work of Heroes without weapons.

Heroes without weapons. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

An exhibition “Mother, I don’t want war!” was opened in Lutsk. Slawomir Misiak, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Luts, said that the exhibition was created thanks to the Polish-Ukrainian archival project “1939-45 Poland/2022 Ukraine”.

“Mother, I don’t want war!” Photo: Lutsk City Council

Zakarpattia oblast

While on a working trip in Kyiv, Viktor Mykyta, Head of the oblast met with representatives of the Office of the President of Ukraine. During the meeting, they discussed the activity of the Zakarpattia RMA regarding cross-border cooperation, support for representatives of national minorities, and issues of security in the oblast.

Viktor Mykyta visited the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine, where he held a scheduled meeting with Larisa Galadza-Cronin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. They discussed support for Zakarpattia oblast.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the international organization “Danish Council for Refugees in Ukraine”. They discussed improvement of living conditions and the condition of the premises of centers for IDPs.

Lviv oblast

In the UNBROKEN National Rehabilitation Center on the basis of the First Medical Association of Lviv, 100 Ukrainians received free prostheses during the year. Among them are the latest bionic hand prostheses. Several soldiers with prostheses have returned to the front.

The families who suffered due to the fall of an enemy rocket in the Zolochiv region on March 9 received food packages from the German CF Leben HELFEN Leben e.V.

Since the war began, Stephen Viscount, a military pensioner from Canada, has made 200 trips to Ukraine with volunteer missions. This time, together with The Canada Way, they provided the Center for Social Services in Horodok with food and blankets.

Brigades from Lviv oblast, which are at the front, will receive three cars from British benefactors. Cars were sent as part of a large-scale British-Ukrainian initiative Operation Freelander to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Thanks to benefactors, playrooms have been set up for children who live in a modular town in Sukhov, where they can play and relax.

Civil defense days are held in several schools of the Lviv city territorial community. Children are taught how to act in various emergency situations.

In Boryslav, a commemorative plaque to its graduate was unveiled on the facade of School #5. Vasyl Matsko, a soldier of the border troops, was killed in a battle with the russian invaders in Donetsk oblast on November 23, 2022.

16-year-old Nikita and 2-year-old Liza are patients of the city children’s hospital of St. Nicholas of the First Medical Association of Lviv. They arrived in Lviv by evacuation trains. Both have mine and explosive injuries. For several months, they live in a medical facility and fight every day to be able to walk again. To add joy to hospital life, in the interval between procedures and classes, the children went on a sightseeing tour.

Rivne oblast

A cooperation agreement within the framework of the cross-border cooperation program INTERREG NEXT PL-UA 2021-2027 was signed between fire and rescue services of Rivne oblast and the Podlaskie Voivodeship of the Republic of Poland via a video conference.

The RMA held a meeting with business representatives. They discussed supporting entrepreneurs in wartime conditions.

At the Rivne Perinatal Center, military wives are given baby strollers from the CF “Mission Ukraine”.  20 strollers were sent.

Ternopil oblast

Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy, announced that in the Pochaiv Lavra in Ternopil oblast, the process of returning state property has begun.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

In the RMA a meeting of the Khmelnytskyi regional branch of the Association of Cities of Ukraine was held. After the war began,  charitable initiatives were launched to collect humanitarian aid for residents of front-line communities and liberated territories.

Chernivtsi oblast

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the UN and international organizations coordinated by the UN. They discussed the support of the oblast.

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the Red Cross of Ukraine and the Austrian Red Cross. Priority areas of support for the oblast were discussed.

In Chernivtsi, rescuers met with representatives of the Rendsburg-Eckernforde regional administration. The German partners handed over a fire engine and combat clothing to the Ukrainian emergency workers.

Bukovyna employees of a gas supplying company purchased a night vision device, worth UAH 200K, for the military. The equipment has been sent to the front line.

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

The 10th meeting of Ukraine’s allies in the Rammstein format was held. The key topics are providing ammunition and air defense systems and supplying tanks and heavy armored vehicles for the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

10 meetings in the Rammstein format. Photo: Oleksii Reznikov, Defense Minister

This year, Ukraine will receive 252 tanks from Western partners, in addition to about 550 soviet tanks that have already been delivered or will be delivered in the near future.

Lars Locke Rasmussen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, announced that the country will create a fund for $1 billion to provide military, civilian and business aid to Ukraine.

Kaisy Ollongren, Minister of Defense of the Netherlands, announced that the country will send two minesweepers to Ukraine. Alkmaar-class minesweepers are planned to be sent by 2025, but the crews of Ukrainian sailors will begin training in the near future.

Latvia will send 18 cars confiscated from drunk drivers to Ukraine and fill them with humanitarian aid. Owners are reportedly not compensated, making their decision to get behind the wheel extremely expensive. It also encourages citizens of other countries to call on their governments to make similar decisions.

Piotr Muller, Spokesman of the Polish government, stated that the country received signals from other countries regarding the transfer of MIG-29 fighters to Ukraine. He did not name these countries, but explained that the partners themselves should have announced the decision in accordance with appropriate procedures.

In a letter from eight senators to Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, it is stated that a bipartisan group of senators is pressing the Pentagon chief to provide more information about what is needed to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.

Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia, confirmed the ban on entry into the country of russian propagandists Margarita Simonian, RT editor-in-chief, and Aram Habrelianov, Life tabloid founder.

Raphael Grossi, IAEA Director General, said that there is a viable solution for the safe operation of the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP.

Estonia, Lithuania and Poland call to lower the price ceiling for russian oil to $51 per barrel. Representatives of the EU members started discussions on the revision of the price ceiling, which was established at the end of last year.

Steven Viscount, a military pensioner from Canada made 200 trips to Ukraine with volunteer missions after the war began, which is 80K kilometers. Together with The Canada Way, he brought humanitarian aid to Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Izium and other cities of Ukraine.

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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