War in Ukraine today: latest news, March 21, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 391st 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 its armed aggression against Ukraine, focusing its main efforts on attempts to fully occupy Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts within their administrative borders. The enemy continues its offensive operations towards Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Marinka, and Shakhtarsk. The fiercest fighting is for Bakhmut and towards Avdiivka.

The russian aggressor continues to use its usual tactics of terrorizing civilians, shelling residential areas and critical infrastructure.

On March 21, the enemy launched 4 missile and 24 air strikes, as well as more than 30 MLRS attacks.

There is still a threat of enemy strikes across Ukraine.

Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk, and Sloboda, there are no significant changes in the operational situation, and no formation of offensive groups of the adversary were found. The russian leadership continues to use the infrastructure of the republic of belarus to train its troops. The enemy maintains its military presence in the border areas. On March 21, the enemy shelled Khrinivka, Mykhalchyna Sloboda (Chernihiv oblast), Atynske, Iskryskivshchyna, Volfyne, Pavlivka, Popivka (Sumy oblast), Basove, Kozacha Lopan’, Strilecha, Hlyboke, Vovchansk, and Velykyi Burluk (Kharkiv oblast).

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the enemy continues its attempts to break through the Ukrainian defense. There were unsuccessful offensive operations towards the settlements of Masiutivka, Novoselivske, Bilohorivka, and Verkhniokamianske. The invaders fired artillery at the vicinities of Krasne Pershe, Dvorichna, Kupiansk, Krokhmalne, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast), Nevske, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Torske, Spirne, and Fedorivka (Donetsk oblast).

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy continues its offensive operations, but is losing its offensive potential. They keep trying to capture the city, suffering major casualties, and losing weapons and military equipment. Ukrainian defenders are repelling numerous round-the-clock attacks of the occupiers near  Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, and towards Bakhmut. Among others, Vasiukivka, Minkivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Stupochky, Predtechyne, Chasiv Yar, Kurdyumivka, Ozarianivka, and Pivnichne (Donetsk oblast) came under enemy fire.

Towards Avdiivka, Marinka, and Shakhtarsk, the enemy conducted offensive operations againnst Novobakhmutivka, Krasnohorivka, Avdiivka, Sieverne, Pervomaiske, Marinka, and Pobieda, but failed. The vicinities of Lastochkyne, Berdychi, Avdiivka, Tonenke, Heorhiivka, Nevelske, Krasnohorivka, Marinka, and Vuhledar (Donetsk oblast) came under enemy fire.

Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy is defending. Settlements near the contact line were shelled, namely Novopil (Donetsk oblast), Olhivske, Malynivka, Chervone, Charivne, Huliaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka (Zaporizhzhia oblast), as well as Antonivka and the city of Kherson.

The russian federation does not give up its war of aggression, despite numerous casualties. There are actions taken to replenish its losses in manpower. For example, one of the military units stationed in Krasnodar Krai (russia) is actively working with its conscripts, forcing them to sign contracts. The servicemen who agree to sign the contracts are expected to be deployed to Ukraine in August 2023.

The Ukrainian Air Force launched 5 air strikes on buildups of the invaders, while Ukrainian rocket and artillery units hit an ammunition depot, 2 anti-aircraft missile systems, a radar station, and an important enemy target.

Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets announces that another 15 Ukrainian children were brought home. These are children from the cities of Kharkiv and Kherson oblasts. Along with their parents and legal representatives, they were occupied at the beginning of the war.

MP Yaroslav Zhelezniak reported that Rada supported the law on new conditions for adopting Ukrainian citizenship. Currently, in order to obtain citizenship, you need to pass exams on the Constitution, history of Ukraine and the state language.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, russian troops tried to advance near Masiutivka. At least 11 settlements were shelled.

Oleksandr Filchakov, Head of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office, reported at the briefing on 21 March that law enforcers registered 13,234 crimes under Article 438 – violation of the laws and customs of war. According to him, 30 servicemen and two mercenaries from the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ are suspected.

He also noted that at least 1,818 residents of Kharkiv oblast, including 74 children, were killed as a result of russian aggression during the full-scale invasion. The youngest was 5 months old.

Currently, about 100 settlements are without electricity, mostly settlements and villages that are under regular russian shelling: there has been no electricity supply there since the beginning of the full-scale invasion and there is no way to restore it.

Viktor Kovalenko, Head of Zolochiv community, said that russian troops fired 23 mines at Basove village: buildings and cars were damaged as a result of the shelling and there is no electricity supply.

The pelican, which escaped during the shelling of the menagerie and reached Sumy oblast, was returned to Feldman Ecopark. In total, the Ecopark lost more than 50 such birds as a result of the hostilities in the outskirts of Kharkiv


Pelican that survived active hostilities. Photo: Oleksandr Feldman

Yesterday, the invaders continued to shell the border settlements of Kharkiv oblast. At least 14 settlements were under enemy shelling. The enemy attacked Kupiansk, Vovchansk, Dvorichna, Strilecha, Hlyboke,  and other settlements with artillery, tanks and mortars.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses of our troops, launching artillery attacks on settlements along the frontline.

Mine clearance works are ongoing. Pyrotechnic units of the State Emergency Service seized and defused 27 pieces of explosive ordnance yesterday.

Donetsk oblast

The Office of the UN High Commissioner has recorded 3,822 killed and 5360 injured civilians in Donbas as a result of russia’s full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022. According to the organization, a total of 22,209 civilian casualties are confirmed in Ukraine.

Serhii Cherevatyi, Spokesman of the Eastern group of troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reports that towards Bakhmut, russian troops  shot 59 times, resulting in 13 battles. 278 russian servicemen were killed, another 325 wounded. He noted that the russian military fired barreled and jet artillery 178 times, there were 26 battles and one airstrike.

Serhii Chaus, Head of the city military administration of Chasiv Yar, says that the enemies shelled the settlement. As a result of the shelling, more than two dozen houses were damaged – more than 10 private houses, high-rise buildings, and a school. It is known about one wounded resident of a high-rise building and a married elderly couple who died as a result of a shell hitting their house, said Anastasia Medvedieva, Spokeswoman for the Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office.

Chasiv Yar, damaged by the invaders. Photo: Prosecutor’s Office of Donetsk oblast

In Kostiantynivka, as a result of shelling by the russian army, a gas pipeline, a water supply system and 15 private houses were damaged. 


Anastasia Medvedieva, Spokeswoman for the Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office, informs that the russian army also shelled Krasnohorivka and Stepove, Ocheretyne community. There were 1 killed and three injured civilians.

Towards Donetsk, 1 person was killed and 2 more injured in Avdiivka. There were two artillery and a missile attack – buildings on 4 streets, the territory of the Avdiivka Coke Plant and a food processing facility were damaged. At least 5 buildings were damaged in Ocherertyne community, specifically, Lastochkyne was under artillery and missile shelling. In Marinka community, Heorhiivka, Krasnohorivka, Maksymilianivka and Marinka were under artillery attack.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was killed and one more injured in Bakhmut. In Kostiantynivka, 3 private buildings, a kindergarten, a gas pipeline and a water pipeline were damaged. In Soledar community, Vasiukivka and Rozdolivka were shelled. There were chaotic shelling of Toretsk and Chasiv Yar communities.

Towards Lysychansk, a kindergarten and 3 buildings in two streets were damaged and it was noisy in Serebrianka.

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

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Рead of the Donetsk RMA, reported that yesterday russians killed 2 residents in Avdiivka and Bakhmut. Three more people were injured.

Luhansk oblast

Towards Kupiansk and Lyman, the russians unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses of our troops, shelling Nevske, Pishchane, Bilohorivka and Dibrova. On March 20, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions against Novoselevske.

The Luhansk RMA informs that in the captured Krasnorichenske, Svatove region, the russian occupiers removed the stones from the railway station platform and set them up on the Krasna River, making something like a dam. The military administration noted that as a result, the river spilled and flooded the entire lowland, including the private sector located there.

A guy from Lysychansk appealed to the police of Luhansk oblast regarding his deportation to the russian federation.  The corresponding appeal was received on the state portal “Children of War”, jointly created by the National Police with other state authorities for a communication platform with citizens.

The Luhansk RMA reported that yesterday, residents of the so-called ‘LPR’ were forced to translate documents into russian.

Roman Vlasenko, Head of the Sievierodonetsk RMA, says that at the front, the russian forces have no success, although their pressure is not decreasing. Around Kreminna there is the largest buildup of russian troops. 

Oleksandr Striuk, Head of the military and civilian administration, reports that in Sievierodonetsk, interruptions in power supply began, because the russians set up transmission lines without security measures. He noted that the humanitarian situation in the city had become more complicated, with the increase in air temperature, the sanitary component deteriorated, because the occupiers had not taken the garbage out of the yards with rodents living there.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

A UAV-based mine detection system was tested in Tserkva region, Kyiv oblast. The representatives of the POSTUP foundation demonstrated the operation of the mine scanning system.

The President of Ukraine took part in commemorating the defenders who were killed in the battle for the village of Moschun in Kyiv oblast. At the beginning of spring in 2022, the village witnessed one of the fiercest battles for Kyiv. The enemy had a significant numerical advantage, but was defeated. After liberation from the russian military, the village was left with destroyed houses, looted apartments and mountains of russian soldiers’ bodies abandoned by the enemy.

President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, honored those who died in battle for the village of Moshchun in Kyiv oblast. Photo: from the Telegram channel OP

The Vyshhorod RMA reported that destruction of explosive objects is underway in Kyiv oblast. Explosives disposal takes place in Vyshhorod and Bucha regions. Earlier, an explosive find was discovered on the territory of the Vyshhorod community.

The Prime Minister of Japan visited Bucha, Kyiv oblast. On March 21, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made an unannounced visit to Ukraine and visited the city, which became known to the world because of the mass murders of civilians by the russian military during the occupation. So far, all the G7 leaders have visited Ukraine.

An elementary school damaged by the russian occupiers is being restored in Bucha. Currently, the facade is being insulated and the roof replaced. Financial assistance was provided by Cascais, the Portuguese sister city of Bucha. A total of 24 out of 35 educational institutions of the Bucha community were destroyed.

As reported on the Tribune-Brovary page, a free consultation on legal issues will be held for war victims in the village of Bohdanivka, Brovary region. Consultation will be provided by representatives of the non-governmental international humanitarian organization NRC.

Zhytomyr oblast

The Korosten military administration informed that shooting classes are held in the city of Olevsk, Zhytomyr oblast. Classes on the practical implementation of training exercises will be held from March 21 to 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the shooting range.

The Zhytomyr RMA reported that the oblast accepted 46 disabled migrants with reduced mobility from Kharkiv oblast. Currently, there are 296 internally displaced persons in 12 residential institutions of the oblast.

A meeting of migrant children with the Ukrainian storyteller Sashko Lirnyk, a well-known popularizer of Ukrainian culture, took place in Zhytomyr. The children had the opportunity to participate in improvisations as fairy-tale characters.

The Center for Primary Health Care in the city of Malin received a grant from the United States Agency for International Development. USD 50 K will allow the institution to expand the range of services.

Sumy oblast

The Sumy RMA reported that the enemy shelled three communities of Sumy oblast, hitting them 66 times. In Bilopillia region, the occupiers carried out mortar and artillery shelling, as well as firing from barrel artillery and self-propelled guns. There wer 49 attacks. The russians shelled 3 mines in Yunakivka community, 10 in Krasnopillia community, and also dropped 4 VOG-type explosives from a drone.

At night and in the morning, the russian military continued to attack the territorial communities of Sumy oblast. Seredyno-Buda region was subjected to mortar shelling – 3 hits. In Esman region, the enemy fired from self-propelled guns – 4 hits. In Bilopillia region, the occupiers struck twice at night and six in the morning, and an artillery shell was fired at the Nova Sloboda community.

The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that the border village of Demianivka of Svesa community also came under shelling. Between 11:05 a.m. and 11:25 a.m., there were 12 mortar hits recorded.

Residents of Trostyanets community received assistance to reconstruct farm buildings. More than 100 residents received vouchers worth UAH 12K to purchase construction materials thanks to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The Okhtyrka central library handed over 5K self-made trench candles to the front during the year. Library workers and concerned citizens also weave camouflage nets for the Armed Forces in the library.

The wife of the fallen soldier Yurii Kovalenko from Hlukhiv gave UAH 40K to repair a car for evacuating the wounded. The money was collected for Yurii’s burial, but Oksana Kovalenko transferred it to buy an engine for the car needed by the Armed Forces, signing a donation on behalf of her husband.

Chernihiv oblast

The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that the occupiers shelled three villages of Semenivka community in Chernihiv oblast. In the morning the villages of Karpovychi and Leonivka came under mortar fire, in the afternoon – Tymonovychi. A total of 17 explosions were reported.

The shelling of the border of Chernihiv oblast continues. On the morning of March 21, the enemy attacked the village of Mikhalchyna Sloboda in Novhorod-Siverskyi region – there were 18 hits probably from self-propelled guns. Later, the russians made 13 strikes on Snovsk and Horodnia communities, probably from barrel artillery.

The Ministry of Infrastructure report that the bridge near Chernihiv, destroyed during the defense of the city last year, has been restored. A rebuilt bridge over the Zaglai River connects northern regions with the regional center.

Volunteers from the city of Mena delivered aid to defenders in Chernihiv oblast. The fighters of the Prava Sich volunteer unit received the things they needed, as well as home baked goods and children’s drawings.

Volunteers from Mena brought aid and children’s drawings to the fighters of the Prava Sich volunteer unit in Chernihiv oblast. Photo: from social networks

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the Regional Council,  the enemy shelled the Myrove community from heavy artillery.  Two private houses, four outbuildings, power lines, and a car were mutilated.

Consequences of enemy shelling. Photo: Mykola Lukashuk

Tactical training for civilians was also held in Dnipro region. Instructors were military and combat medics, who introduced the basics of tactical medicine, movement tactics, and fire training.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​ Vinnytsia City Council reported that a new postage stamp called “And our family was, is and will be!” was presented. It depicts Motanka dolls based on the handmade masterpieces of Vinnytsia craftswomen Valentyna Pohrebniak, Alla Sharikova, and Iryna Trybunska. Stamps and dolls could be purchased for the collection. Part of the proceeds will be transferred to the needs of the Armed Forces.

In Vinnytsia, children from the families of military personnel painted gingerbread cookies – goodies for the military. They also made amulets and trench candles for our protectors.

Kirovohrad oblast

According to Andrii Raikovych, Head of the Kirovohrad Regional State Administration, Teploenerhetyk,  one of the largest heat supply enterprises of the region, received modern equipment, modular boiler houses, powerful generators, shut-off valves, important components for replacing and repairing networks within the cooperation with USAID. 

Poltava oblast

Volunteers of the Kobeliaky community handed over help to the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including berets, thermal underwear, sleeping bags, hygiene products, food kits, etc.

Near Poltava, on the occasion of International Forest Day, military personnel, young people, and foresters planted a new forest.

Cherkasy oblast

Taras Shcherbatiuk, Head of the Cherkasy Human Rights Center reported on 36 war crimes committed by russians such as injuries, death of relatives, and damage to property. The cases will be transferred to the European Court.

8 ventilators were handed over to the hospitals of the regional center. Medical equipment was provided by Ukrainian and Italian benefactors.

A charity auction was held in Cherkasy in support of female military personnel. During the event, it was possible to purchase photos and creative works madeby the pupils of the Zhaga Zhyttia rehabilitation center.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The press service of the Main Department of the National Police in Zaporizhzhia oblast reports that russian forces fired 73 times at the settlements of Zaporizhzhia oblast. Mostly infrastructure facilities in Polohy and Vasylivka regions were damaged. No one was killed or injured.

russian occupiers continue to terrorize occupied areas, conducting searches in villages near Berdiansk. According to the National Resistance Center, the day before the occupiers raided the village of Azovske. According to the russian occupation authorities, those were ‘preventive searches’. The Center reports that the invaders threatened Ukrainians who refused to receive russian passports.

In the occupied part of Zaporizhzhia oblast, the invaders want to open a new higher education institution – the Azov State Pedagogical University on the basis of two captured  universities in Berdiansk. The city Mayor reports that currently, the occupiers are actively looking for teaching staff.

According to Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol,  russian occupiers plan to transport one million tonnes of Ukrainian grain by sea from the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhia oblast. Farmers are being forced to cooperate, with grain being bought at prices three times lower than market ones or simply confiscated. 

Zaporizhzhia communities are establishing ties with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. Mykhailivska village council in Zaporizhzhia region received two powerful 8 kW diesel generators. This will help ensure critical and social sectors of the community, which is home to 10K people, including almost 2K IDPs, even in the face of power outages due to missile attacks. In particular, it is the Bohatyrivka outpatient clinic of general family medicine. 

IDPs in Zaporizhzhia can receive financial assistance from the Czech NGO People in Need. The reception office is open in the Zaporizhzhia. Platform for Joint Action hub opened by the Metinvest mining and metallurgical company.

The volunteers of the What are you, Uncle association brought 8 cars from Germany to Zaporizhzhia to be delivered to the military. This is the largest batch of cars that volunteers have brought to Zaporizhzhia since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. EUR 40 K was raised thanks to donations. 

Dozens of activists from Melitopol joined the Yellow Ribbon resistance movement. “Our resistance is a constant opposition to the occupation authorities, we create leaflets with our own hands, demonstrate Ukrainian symbols, distribute the “ї” sign and an hourglass, which symbolizes the approaching liberation of Melitopol from the russian occupation,” the Yellow Ribbon activists said in a statement.

Pro-Ukrainian leaflets in the occupied Melitopol. Photo from social media

An annual tournament in memory of a military intelligence officer was launched in Zaporizhzhia. About a hundred athletes took part in the open military-sports all-around tournament. On March 18, on the basis of the sports complex of Zaporizhzhia National University, combat sports competitions were held in memory of Artem Prysiazhniuk, Major of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, a resident of Zaporizhzhia.

Mykolaiv oblast

In Pershotravnevka, a tractor hit a mine going to the field for spring sowing. The driver and a farmer were in the cab.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a repair base of the russian occupiers, which is located on the Kinburn Spit. The Kinburn Spit remains the only territory of Mykolaiv oblast where the occupiers have not yet been smoked out.

Yesterday, Ukrainian air defense systems destroyed an anti-radar missile launched by russian troops from an aircraft in Mykolaiv oblast.

Mykolaiv oblast received aid from the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc. The aid includes 7.5 kW generators to ensure uninterrupted operation of hospitals and hundreds of towels that were delivered to student dormitories of vocational lyceums in Mykolaiv, Pervomaisk, Nova Odesa, Bereznehuvate, and Nadbuzke.

Doctors in Mykolaiv and Kherson oblasts have received 300 bulletproof vests from the Lviv Defense Cluster and the Kharkiv Personal Protective Equipment Plant. In total, the Lviv Defense Cluster has produced and delivered thousands of bulletproof vests to different regions of Ukraine. 

In Mykolaiv, a Stele of Remembrance was unveiled to commemorate the soldiers and repairmen who died during russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Odesa oblast

According to the ‘South’ Operational Command, as of 4 p.m., it has become known that russia has increased its naval grouping in the Black Sea to 12 ships. Among them are two missile carriers with 16 Kalibr missiles. The threat of missile attacks remains high.

Every week Odesa restaurateurs send about 500-600 packages of dehydrated food to the front line. This way, the defenders can enjoy a hot, tasty borscht after 10-minute cooking. The menu also includes buckwheat porridge with chicken and vegetables, barley porridge, banosh and vegetable soup.

Yesterday, three ships with 154 thousand tons of agricultural products left Ukrainian Black Sea ports as part of the grain deal.

In Odesa, a patriotic novelty has appeared in a street fast food outlet on Kanatna Street. The chefs have created dough cakes in the colors of the Ukrainian national flag – yellow and blue. They do not disclose what kind of dye is used, but this shawarma looks more interesting and many people want to taste it

Patriotic shawarma in Odesa. Photo from social media

Kherson oblast

The invaders struck a guided aerial bomb in the Beryslav region. Twice the enemy attacked with aircraft. The strike with an anti-radiation missile was directed at Mykolaiv oblast. Thanks to effective countermeasures, the missile was destroyed. At one of the enterprises of the Beryslav region, the enemy struck with a guided aerial bomb KAB-500. No casualties are reported.

Police of Kherson oblast reports that during stabilization measures near the village of Oleksandrivka, Kherson region, police found a mutilated car on the dam. Inside there is a human backbone. Police suggest that the car was shot by the russian military when fighting took place in Oleksandrivka. Currently, law enforcement officers are establishing  circumstances of the incident and the identity of the deceased person, collecting all the evidence in its place and sending it for examination.

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of the Kherson RMA, informs that in the forest belt outside the village of Stanyslav, an 18-year-old boy was blown up on a russian mine. According to him, due to serious injuries, the guy died on the spot. The head of the RMA urged residents not to visit places where explosives have not yet been destroyed.

Police from Dnipropetrovsk oblast shot down a russian drone in Beryslav. The russians dropped explosives from a drone at about 11:00 am. Law enforcement officers shot down the drone and handed over its remains to the military.

Provocative shelling on the left bank of Kherson oblast is carried out by the russian occupiers in the settlements where the least loyal to them communities live. The russian military is targeting civilians with mortars so that it would be difficult to understand which side the shells arrived from.

First Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council Yurii Sobolevskyi says that in the occupied territory of the oblast, forced passportization of residents continues. Residents of Kherson oblast, citizens of Ukraine begin to significantly have restricted access to medical services if they have no russian passports.

The press service of the Kherson RMA reports that since the beginning of the year, repairmen from Lutsk and Rivne have been working in Posad-Pokrovsky in Kherson oblast. Thus, supported by the Charitable Foundation “For a Peaceful Sky”, 520 houses mutilated by shelling were covered with tarpaulin.  Local residents prepared dinners for the repair team  for UAH 30 K. Residents also received 30 portable gas stoves from the Red Cross and 40 stoves from Helping Ukraine volunteers.

In addition, power supply was returned in the village of Borozenske. 589 residents are connected to the power grid. Power engineers carried out emergency restoration work on the lines supplying Tokareve, Zarichne, Borozenske, Novopetrivka, Nova Kuban, Kherson, Pravdyne, Komyshany, Kirove, Soldatske, Posad-Pokrovske and Veletenske.

Kherson City Military Administration constantly cooperates with international charitable organizations to provide support to residents of the city territorial community. In particular, yesterday the Global Empowerment Mission delivered 500 food packages to the village of Sadove. This is not the first aid from this organization. The Mission will continue supporting the community in the future.

Mykolaiv received 300 bulletproof vests for ambulance doctors from partners. 250 vests were sent to Kherson. First class bulletproof vests have the lowest level of protection, their main advantage is low weight (up to 2.5 kg). Deputy Chairman of the Mykolayiv RMA Yurii Hranaturov said that they were provided free of charge by the Kharkiv enterprise.

In Posad-Pokrovskyi, modular houses are installed in the courtyards of villagers whose homes have been destroyed. Due to active hostilities in Posad-Pokrovskyi, Kherson region, more than 90% of houses were damaged. Part of the dwellings was completely destroyed. In March, the village received structures for temporary housing – 328 modular houses. The first such houses have been installed in the courtyards of villagers whose homes have been destroyed.

Installation of a modular house in Posad-Pokrovskyi. Photo from social networks

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The RMA reported that the Diia.Business support center for entrepreneurs opened in Lutsk to support business in wartime.

Zakarpattia oblast

The Honored Academic Zakarpattia People’s Choir will take part in the international choral flash mob “Choirs for Peace”. The event will take place on Sunday, March 26, on Teatralna Square in Uzhgorod. 27 choirs will pray for peace, 20 of them from Zakarpattia and 7 from other oblasts of Ukraine, namely, from Odesa, Chernihiv, and Lviv.

“Choirs for Peace” poster. Photo: Uzhhorod City Council

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The RMA held a coordination meeting with representatives of international humanitarian organizations and donors. The purpose of the meeting is to organize support for IDPs in Prykarpattia.

Lviv oblast

Three patients, prosthetists from the Superhumans Center and specialists from other oblasts of our country went for training to the world leaders in the field of prosthetics Ottobock in Duderstadt (Germany). During the three-week training, each patient will receive prostheses.

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the CF SOS Children’s Towns. They discussed the prospects of cooperation to create social spaces in Lviv oblast.

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the Italian Social Cooperative Pausa Café. This cooperative implements the Bread for Peace in Ukraine 2023 project.

The RMA reported that two armored cars were sent to special units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard of Ukraine. Two ordinary cars were sent to the Sambir regional territorial center of equipment and social support. Cars will help to move on off-road, evacuate the wounded and save lives.

Over UAH 20K was collected in Lviv during the charity event of the Horodok Minifootball Cup among veterans. Representatives of the League of Veterans of Lviv oblast will use these funds to assist the defenders.

One of the largest rehabilitation centers of Ukraine, the UNBROKEN National Rehabilitation Center, will be opened in Lviv. One of the seven floors of the center will be dedicated to the Lithuanian city of Vilnius, which, on the occasion of its 700th anniversary, donated EUR 700K to develop the rehabilitation ecosystem. Remigius Simasius, Mayor of Vilnius, and Andrii Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv, inspected ongoing renovations in the premises of the future center and talked with the employees and patients undergoing rehabilitation.

In the Sokal region, 15 IDP children attended a master class organized in the premises of the “Caritas-Sokal” CF. The children painted and cut out postcards for the soldiers who defend the Motherland.


Children made postcards for the soldiers. Photo: Lviv RMA

Rivne oblast

The RMA held a meeting about the security environment in the oblast.They discussed the interaction of community residents with voluntary formations, the military and law enforcement officers.

In the Rivne Regional Museum of Local Lore, IDPs experts discussed cultural liberation of Mariupol.

In Kostopol, at the Center for Children’s and Youth Creativity, representatives of the Inclusive Resource Center held a charity event – Sharing Bread. Children who had to leave their homes because of the war and found shelter in the community participated.

Ternopil oblast

The mayor of the Monastyrska community joined the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Andrii Starukh announced his decision during the city council session. The man had fought against russia, taking part in the anti-terrorist operation in 2014.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

40 teachers of general education subjects of vocational and technical education institutions of Khmelnytskyi received modern, powerful laptops thanks the assistance of the humanitarian organization World Vision International, the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education), the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, HP and Microsoft.

The RMA held a meeting with heads of regional military administrations to discuss the Offensive Guard project. 

Chernivtsi oblast

Ruslan Zaparaniuk, Head of the Chernivtsi RMA, held a meeting of the Defense Council. They discussed implementation of mobilization tasks in Bukovina, formation of a rifle battalion and recruitment of volunteers for the Offensive Guard brigades.

The newly created rifle battalion received a truck thanks to the RMA and “Arton” company.

The Chernivtsi RMA is implementing a program of compensation for the cost of equipment for accumulating and generating energy to ensure operation of business entities under the energy crisis. 30% of the cost of equipment that guarantees the storage and generation of energy (generators, batteries, charging stations, solar panels, wind turbines, heat pumps, etc.) will be covered, not to exceed UAH 50K  per entity.

The final conference of the UN Women project “Promoting gender equality and expanding women’s rights and opportunities within the decentralization reform in Ukraine” was held in Kyiv. Bukovyna became one of the 4 pilot areas.

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

Ursula von der Leyen, Head of the European Commission, announced that the EU sent another tranche of EUR 1.5 billion to Ukraine as part of the macro-financial assistance program.

The US announced a new package of military aid for Ukraine worth $350 million, which includes ammunition for high mobility missile and artillery systems (HIMARS); 155 mm caliber artillery shells; 25 mm caliber ammunition; high-speed anti-radiation missiles (HARMs); 81-mm and 60-mm mortar systems and mortars; complexes of anti-tank weapons AT-4; grenade launchers, small arms and ammunition for them; explosive munitions and equipment for clearing obstacles; demining equipment; heavy fuel tankers; thermal imaging systems, optics and laser rangefinders; river patrol boats; test and diagnostic equipment for maintenance and repair of vehicles; spare parts and other field equipment.

At the conference on war crimes in London, ministers of justice of over 40 countries pledged to allocate $4.9 million to support investigations by the International Criminal Court of war crimes in Ukraine.

Hanno Pevkur, announced that the EU ministers agreed to transfer 1 million 155 mm caliber artillery ammunition to Ukraine during the year. In order to cover the needs of Ukraine, the involvement of third countries, in particular South Korea, is not excluded.

Serhii Korsunskyi, Ambassador of Ukraine to Japan, announced that a group of deputies of the upper house of the Parliament of Japan from the opposition party “Renaissance” created a fund of $1.2 million at the expense of deductions from their salaries, with which they purchased 20 Toyota Hilux trucks and two containers of useful products for the Armed Forces.

The United Kingdom will send shells containing depleted uranium to Ukraine. It is noted that these ammunitions are suitable for Challenger 2 tanks and have high efficiency for defeating modern tanks and armored vehicles.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands. They discussed the practical implementation of the Ukrainian peace formula.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Karl Neghammer, Federal Chancellor of Austria. They discussed the key areas of enhancing assistance, with a particular focus on the treatment of Ukrainians.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland. They discussed the Ukrainian Peace Formula and intensification of cooperation in the humanitarian sphere.

Fumio Kishida, Japanese Prime Minister, arrived in Kyiv for the first time since the war began. This is the second visit of a Japanese official of this rank to Ukraine.

Mateusz Morawiecki, Head of the Polish government, advocated the confiscation of russian assets in favor of Ukraine. He compared putin with Hitler: “Just as appeasement in the 1930s encouraged Hitler to act, so the defeat of Ukraine would encourage putin to act further, would convince him not to be afraid of anything.”

The White House announced that the US may deliver Abrams tanks to Ukraine earlier than expected. At the same time, the White House noted that they are still not considering the supply of fighter jets, because they are focusing on weapons that the Armed Forces will need more.

Turkey suspends shipments of Western sanctioned goods to russia.

“We must realize that this terrible war of aggression and its consequences will keep us in tension for a long time and we will have to dig out the rubble for a long time,” emphasized German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Jet penguins, which are associated with F-16 fighters, and the symbolic inscription “Hi, Mars!” decorated the chevrons of the Ukrainian polar explorers, who went on a year-long expedition to the Akademik Vernadskyi station the other day. Traditionally, participants have four chevrons on their uniforms: the flag of Ukraine, the logo of the scientific center, the emblem of the station and the chevron of the expedition itself. If the first three remain unchanged, the last one is unique every year.

Chevrons of Ukrainian polar explorers. Photo: Zakarpattia RMA

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

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