War in Ukraine today: latest news, May 11, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 442th 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 enemy launched 6 missile attacks, namely on Sloviansk, Kostiantynivka and Zaporizhzhia. In addition, there were 46 air strikes and 69 MLRS attacks against Ukrainian positions and settlements. Unfortunately, there were civilians killed and wounded, and private homes and other civilian and administrative infrastructure damaged.

There is still a high threat of missile and air strikes all across Ukraine.

The enemy continues to focus its main efforts on operations towards Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka. Over the last day, there were more than 30 enemy attacks in the specified areas of the frontline. The fiercest fighting continues for Bakhmut and Marinka. 

Towards Volyn and Polissia, there are no signs of enemy offensive groups detected. The russian federation continues to use the territory and material and technical base of the republic of belarus for training and combat coordination of mobilized units of the armed forces of the russian federation for their further involvement in combat operations in Ukraine. 

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy continues to maintain a military presence in the areas bordering Ukraine. 

The enemy conducted airstrikes near the settlements of Krasny Khutir in Chernihiv oblast and Krenydivka, Znob-Novhorodske, and Uralove in Sumy oblast. He fired mortar and artillery shells at the settlements of Novovasylivka, Ukrainske, Iskryvshchyna, Bilopillia, Yastrubyne, Kindrativka and Basivka in Sumy oblast, as well as Huriv, Hlyboke, Starytsia, Buhruvatka, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, Vovchansk, Tykhove, Synelnykove, Zybyne, Bochkove, Budarky and Velykyi Burluk in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions. The settlements of Odradne, Dvorichanske, Kamianka, Topoly, Krasne Pershe, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Tabaivka in Kharkiv oblast and Stelmakhivka in Luhansk oblast were subjected to artillery and mortar attacks. 

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted offensive actions in the area of Serebrianyi forestry, but did not succeed. There was an air strike on the village of Spirne. Makiivka, Nevske in Luhansk oblast, Bilohorivka, Torske, Serebrianka, Verkhnekamianske, Spirne, Berestove and Vesele in Donetsk oblast came under artillery fire.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy continues to advance. Fighting continues in the town of Bakhmut. There were conducted unsuccessful offensives towards Stupochky. There was an air strike on Bakhmut, Kurdiumivka and Niu York. Vasiukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Novomarkove, Markove, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Chasiv Yar, Kostiantynivka, Oleksandro-Shultine, Pivdenne, Toretsk, Pivnichne and Niu York in Donetsk oblast were affected by shelling.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives in the vicinity of Avdiivka. Novokalynove, Berdychi, Stepove, Avdiivka, Severne and Pervomayske in Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Mariinka, Ukrainian defense forces repelled numerous enemy attacks near the town of Marinka. At the same time, the settlements of Hostre, Heorhiivka, Marinka and Pobieda in Donetsk oblast came under enemy fire.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy conducted offensive actions in the area of Novomykhailivka, but did not succeed. There were airstrikes near Vuhledar and Prechystivka. They shelled the settlements of Paraskoviivka, Kostiantynivka, Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, Novoukrainka and Prechystivka.

The enemy continues to conduct defensive actions towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. There were airstrikes on Mala Tokmachka, Omelnyk and Kizomys. At the same time, settlements near the contact line were shelled, including Vremivka and Novopil, Donetsk oblast; Olhivske, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Huliaipolske, Bilohiria, Mala Tokmachka and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast; Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast; Zolota Balka, Vesele, Lviv, Ivanivka, Antonivka, Dniprovske, Kizomys in Kherson oblast and the city of Kherson.

Aviation of the Defense Forces conducted 13 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel and military equipment. In addition, Ukrainian forces destroyed 7 enemy UAVs of various types. Rocket and artillery units hit 8 control points, 13 buildups of manpower, 1 ammunition depot, 1 fuel and lubricants depot, 5 artillery units at firing positions, 1 air defense facility and 2 other important enemy targets.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv RMA, informs that 79 children have been evacuated from the frontline areas of Kharkiv oblast. All the children were evacuated from the area of constant shelling. 

As Andrii Nebytov, Head of the Main Department of the National Police in Kyiv region, states, there is data on more than 200K russian servicemen collected in the National Police’s War Crime database. 

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the russian army shelled at least 22 settlements in Kharkiv oblast. 

The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that a Russian military officer who killed a woman from Izium during the occupation will be tried in absentia in Kharkiv.

The State Emergency Service informs that he russian military shelled Vovchansk with artillery: a shell hit a private house, and a wounded woman was pulled from the rubble.

According to Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv RMA, the enemy shelled Velykyi Burluk village in Kupiansk region. A 16-year-old girl and a 43-year-old woman sustained explosive and shrapnel wounds as a result of shelling from Tornado MLRS. Both victims were hospitalized. A car burned down, two more smashed by shrapnel. A house burned down, and a dozen more were damaged.

Over the past day, the enemy fired at Kharkiv, Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions with artillery, mortars and aircraft.

The shelling of Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, killed a 67-year-old man and damaged at least 5 private houses. 

In the village of Fiholivka, Kupiansk region, a civilian man of 49 years old was wounded during a mortar attack and hospitalized. A private household was damaged.

The SES reported that mine danger remains high in the oblast. This morning in Izium, a civilian man of 44 years old was blown up on a Peliustka anti-personnel mine. His left foot was torn off.

Mine clearance works are ongoing. Over the past day, the SES pyrotechnicials inspected almost 16 hectares of territory and defused 80 ordnance.

Andrii Melnyk, a 33-year-old combat medic, was given the last honours in Pivdenne. He spent the last month of his life saving the military in Bakhmut. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant for saving eight comrades in one day.

Burial of the Hero in Pivdenne. Photo from social networks

Donetsk oblast

Towards Bakhmut, russian forces fired 390 times at Ukrainian Armed Forces positions. 15 fights took place, and 9 air strikes were carried out. As a result, 165 russian servicemen were killed, 216 wounded, and one captured.

In Bakhmut, the State Border Guard Service repelled a new wave of russian attacks and shot down four unmanned aerial vehicles of the russian military using anti-drone guns.

Vadym Liakh, Head of the RMA, says that the russian army shelled Sloviansk. One woman was wounded, the other died in hospital. A private house caught fire as a result of the shelling, several others were damaged. According to preliminary data, S-300 missiles were fired.

Nine people were wounded in a missile attack on Toretsk. The russians used Smerches to hit the residential sector, partially destroying 3 houses and injuring local residents. All the wounded were provided with the necessary medical care, one of them remains in serious condition. Rescuers and police are working at the scene. The wounded woman died in hospital.

Consequences of a missile strike. Photo: Telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration

russian occupation forces attacked 13 towns and villages in Donetsk oblast. 30 civilian objects were damaged and three people killed. 

The day before, the russians shelled Oleksandrivka community, which is relatively remote from the frontline, wounding 2 people and damaging the building of a former agricultural enterprise.

Towards Donetsk, Kurakhove community came under fire 5 times: Kurakhove, Hostre and Ostrovske were hit. There was no information on casualties or damage. Marinka and Heorhiivka also came under fire.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was wounded in Kostiantynivka. A cinema, an infrastructure facility and a private house were damaged. 7 houses were damaged in Chasiv Yar community, and another 7 in Toretsk community.

Towards Lysychansk, 8 houses in Zvanivka were damaged, and shelling of Torske and Zarichne in Lyman community was recorded.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk RMA, says that russians killed 3 residents of Donetsk oblast – 2 in Chasiv Yar and 1 in Novokalynove. Two more people were wounded in the oblast. 

According to the Mariupol City Council, russian soldiers from the Espanyoly battalion, which consists of football fans, opened fire in the temporarily occupied Mariupol at the FC Mariupol stadium. According to the CMA, in addition to shooting, the occupiers sang the russian song “Katyusha”, burned fireworks and fired machine guns on the abandoned field.

Luhansk oblast

The enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the area of Serebrianyi forestry.

The relatively calm situation in other parts of the frontline allowed delivering fresh bread, matches, candles, and some construction materials to residents of the de-occupied villages. A 60-year-old woman from Makiivka was tired of the shelling and agreed to move to a safe place. She was helped to evacuate to her relatives in the neighboring oblast. Currently, less than 30 people live in the village, many of them elderly. They realize that it is extremely dangerous to live in Makiivka, but they are reluctant to leave the settlement.

Stelmakhivka, Bilohorivka and Makiivka came under artillery fire from the russians. The enemy conducted an airstrike on Bilohorivka.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration reported that the russian occupation forces continue to suffer heavy losses on the battlefield. As a result, the enemy is equipping civilian educational institutions in the temporarily occupied territories as medical facilities.

For example, in Luhansk, the premises of three other local hospitals have been fully equipped as military hospitals and filled with the wounded of mild and moderate severity.

However, the frontline town of Kreminna is still closed by the invaders for entry and exit. Only those with local registration are allowed to enter the city. Visitors to the city are deployed at a checkpoint.

Last week, over 550 food packages were distributed to IDPs in Luhansk oblast at Kreminna hub in Kyiv, and children were given toys.

Young IDP from Luhansk region. Photo: Luhansk Regional Military Administration

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, has arrived in Kyiv. According to her, the agenda includes cooperation between law enforcement forces, prevention of arms smuggling, investigation of war crimes, and demining of the territories where hostilities took place.

According to Andrii Nebytov, Head of the National Police of Kyiv oblast, more than 280 people are still missing after the de-occupation of the oblast. 1,374 bodies of Ukrainians have been found after de-occupation. According to experts, 717 people were killed by firearms. 191 bodies still remain unidentified.

15 criminal proceedings on crimes against journalists during the hostilities were registered by the Kyiv Police and transferred to the Security Service of Ukraine. As a reminder, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the russian troops have killed 57 journalists in Ukraine.

Kyiv regional police have appointed 208 people to the “Offensive Guard” assault brigades. For two weeks, they undergo basic training, during which they acquire weapon handling, combat first aid, and tactical movement skills. Soon, they will be deployed to the combat training areas.

There are 62 volunteer defense units of territorial communities in Kyiv oblast, having 8,245 pieces of weaponry at their disposal. All weapons issued are registered in the NPU Arsenal subsystem. Andrii Nebytov, Head of the National Police of the oblast, reported that members of volunteer defense forces of territorial communities receive weapons only while performing their official duties. According to him, since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion, 82 volunteer defense units of territorial communities have been formed in Kyiv oblast and about 25 K members have 16,347 weapons in their possession.

Over the year, UAH 600 million was allocated to Bucha by Ukrainian and international partners. Bucha Mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk reported that these funds will be used to rebuild the city after the russian occupation. According to preliminary estimates, the total amount of direct losses in Bucha community is over UAH 4.5 billion.

The public organization Sustracha. The Will to Justice opens a Ukrainian-Belarusian hub in Kyiv. The purpose of the hub is to create a centralized platform for joint dialogue, mutual assistance and volunteer movement of Belarusians in Ukraine. The priority task of the hub is to help the Armed Forces and Belarusian volunteers at the front.

Canadian actress of Ukrainian origin Catherine Winnick, who recently arrived in Ukraine, has visited Irpin. She posted footage from Irpin on Instagram and urged fans to donate funds to help Ukrainians. Katherine supported Ukraine even before the full-scale invasion, created a fund to help Ukrainians and joined the United24 fundraising platform on March 1, 2023.

Zhytomyr oblast

Zhytomyr oblast has received humanitarian aid from Polish and American benefactors. The Sunny House Center for Social and Psychological Rehabilitation of Children, the Teterivsky Orphanage and 12 other regional institutions have received 14 cars, generators, food and gifts. The joint initiative of the Rotary Clubs of Poland and the United States plans to provide the necessary assistance, first of all, to children in institutional care facilities in Zhytomyr oblast.

22 student athletes from Kharkiv oblast continue training in Zhytomyr oblast. For more than 8 months, Zviahel community has been hosting students of Kharkiv Professional College of Sports, who were able to move to the oblast. The team includes masters of sports of Ukraine in weightlifting, members of the national team of Ukraine and winners of national competitions.

Sumy oblast

The russian forces shelled 6 territorial communities in Sumy oblast, inflicting 65 attacks on their territories. 29 mortar bombs and 6 artillery shells exploded in Belopillia community. A local resident born in 1967 died as a result of shelling of Pavlivka village – his body was found by his wife in the garden. A house, a garage of a local farm and a power line were damaged. The enemy fired mortar bombs at Velyka Pysarivska (13 bombs), Nova Sloboda (5 bombs), and Khotin (3 bombs) communities. Esman region was shelled from MLRS. There were 2 shells fired. The enemy attacked Yunakivka community with mortars and artillery – there were 6 explosions; one house was damaged.

According to Sumy RMA, at night and in the morning, the enemy continued shelling the border areas of the oblast: four communities came under fire. In total, there were 40 explosions recorded. The russian military attacked Znob-Novhorodske community three times with UAVs, destroying a residential building, damaging a shop and an agricultural lyceum, and launching 4 mortar strikes. Belopillia community was shelled with mortars and artillery – there were 3 and 16 shells fired. 10 houses were damaged, one of which was completely destroyed, and a private service station was damaged along with cars.

Rescuers in Bilopillia carrying out emergency repair work after another russian shelling. Photo: the State Emergency Service of Ukraine

6 mortar bombs landed on the territory of Khotyn region, and 8 more exploded in Yunakivka region: the occupants shelled a farm in Basivka village, damaging the premises and killing 5 cows. The fire also damaged a private house.

During the shelling of Belopillia by MLRSs, barrel artillery and aircraft on March 24, 2023, the enemy inflicted environmental damage worth UAH 52 million. These calculations were provided by the State Ecological Inspectorate of Sumy oblast to law enforcement officers. As a result of the shelling, two people were killed and nine injured.

Children’s playground in Bilopillia after shelling by the russian troops on March 24, 2023. Photo from social media

Okhtyrka community received 8 generators as a gift. The aid came from the international humanitarian organization ACTED. The generators are designed to support medical, educational and cultural institutions and other important infrastructure facilities.

Chernihiv oblast

According to Chernihiv RMA, on the evening of May 10th, the russian military dropped two guided aerial bombs on the territory of Pohoriltsi village of Semenivka community. The enemy used SU-35 for bombing. On the same day, the settlements of Semenivka and Novhorod-Siverskyi communities were shelled. According to the ‘North’ Operational Command, the villages of Bleshnia and Krasnyi Khutor came under fire – russian army opened mortar fire and dropped unguided missiles from helicopters.

According to the ‘North’ Operational Command, in the morning, the enemy fired from a helicopter at the village of Krasnyi Khutor in Novhorod-Siverskyi community. There were 4 attacks with unguided aircraft missiles.

The Museum of Chernihiv Resilience will be created in the regional capital. The concept has already been discussed by representatives of the city council and the public, historians and military personnel who participated in the defense of the city. The goal is to honor and preserve the memory of the feat of Chernihiv residents who were able to defend the city from the russian invasion. The museum will be opened in a former hospital.

Chernihiv City Council reported that a photo exhibition about Chernihiv and Reims during the war opened in the French city of Reims. The exhibition, which takes place in the open air on the waterfront where vacationers stroll, features images of Reims during World War I and photographs of Chernihiv during the russian-Ukrainian war, the latter taken by Ukrainian photographer Stanislav Senyk.

Photo exhibition “Crossroads, Photos of Reims and Chernihiv” on the waterfront of the French city of Reims. Photo: the Chernihiv City Council

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

As a result of shelling in Nikopol, 3 private houses, 4 outbuildings and a car were damaged. A power line was cut.

The National Guard destroyed a reconnaissance drone over Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. During the inspection of the drone, explosives were found.

In early May, a presentation of unique artworks titled Unbreakable, Invincible took place. Artists from Dnipro oblast decorated the wreckage of russian missiles with Petrykivka patterns. These russian missiles were shot down over the oblast by units of the ‘East’ Air Command.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​A memorial plaque was installed in a school building in Vinnytsia in honour of Oleksandr Bozhko, a graduate of School No. 11 who perished at the front. Last year, on 25 April, while defending Rubizhne, Oleksandr sustained a gunshot wound and died in hospital.

In Vinnytsia, frameless stretchers are being made for Ukrainian defenders. Reinforced threads are used. The stretchers are made of cordura, a fireproof and water-repellent pixelated fabric. The medical stretcher is 75 cm wide and 2.5 m long and can support a weight of up to 120 kg. The kit also includes safety belts to secure the wounded. The stretchers are frameless, making them lightweight and compact. In total, more than five hundred stretchers have been made for military medics since the start of the full-scale invasion.

Kirovohrad oblast

The USAID Programme Decentralisation Offering Better Results and Efficiency (DOBRE)  plans to allocate USD 100 K for community development projects in Kirovohrad oblast. Six partner communities of the Programme will receive co-financing of projects, training, and advisory support to strengthen the capacity of local self-government.

Poltava oblast

In Kremenchuk hospital for veterans, instead of portraits of the USSR Heroes, the works made by patients are now displayed.

Patients’ artworks in Kremenchuk Hospital. Photo from social media

Cherkasy oblast

Ukrainian writer Maks Kidruk presented his new book “Colony” in Cherkasy and raised UAH 24 K hryvnias for drones. This is the 25th city of his charity tour. The proceeds from all tickets and promotional materials are transferred to the ANHAR volunteer headquarters to buy drones for the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

On May 11, russian troops carried out four airstrikes on Preobrazhenska community in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Information about the victims is being clarified. On May 11, more than ten private houses in Zaporizhzhia were damaged by a blast wave.

Yuriy Malashko, Head of the Zaporizhzhia RMA reported that on May 10, the russian military shelled 20 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. They launched three air and one missile stike and 5 MLRS attacks. There was also a UAV strike and 60 artillery  rounds. In addition, 1 Shahed-136 UAV was destroyed. Private houses, cars, property of residents, social institutions and utility networks in Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Stepnohirsk and surrounding villages were damaged. russians massively attacked Malokaterynivka, where 8 people were injured by cluster shells. 

In Zaporizhzhia oblast, russian troops took about 300 people, including children, to Berdiansk. The occupiers continue to take looted property from frontline settlements, looting hospitals and businesses. 

Mykolaiv oblast

In Mykolaiv oblast, houses damaged by shelling by russian troops are being rebuilt. This is possible thanks to the help of the International Organization for Migration, which provides the region with construction materials.

Mykolaiv Regional Children’s Hospital received a modern operating room lamp from Mykolaiv volunteers. The equipment will help doctors to provide emergency care to young patients from Mykolaiv and Kherson regions faster and more efficiently.

During the year of the full-scale invasion, there were 131 fires recorded on the Kinburn Peninsula, affecting more than 5,000 hectares of the park. Most of the fires were repeated and hit the same area several times. As a result, up to 4 million trees were damaged on the peninsula. It will only be possible to calculate the final damage caused by the fires after the territory is de-occupied.

Odesa oblast

The ‘South’ Operational Command reported that the likelihood of further missile and air strikes remains high for Odesa oblast, as the enemy continues to use terror tactics. However, as of this morning, the enemy has reduced the number of missile launchers in the Black Sea from five to two.

The Donor Odesa project won a competition held by the Association of Ukrainian Cities for the best examples of resilience and assistance during the war. The Odesa community won the award in the “Cohesion” nomination. Since the beginning of the war, the “Donor Odesa” project has collected more than 2K litres of blood through the joint efforts of many Odesa residents.

Odesa volunteers have taken the initiative to create an online resource called the “Volunteer’s Guide”. It should help beginners choose reliable military goods.

The environmental damage to Odesa oblast amounts to UAH 11.7 billion as a result of russia’s military aggression. This includes air and soil pollution, damage to forest resources, water bodies, and flora and fauna. Crimes against the environment may be less noticeable at first, but in the long run, they will have quite sad consequences. It will take decades to restore the environment.

Kherson oblast

According to Kherson RMA, representatives of Ukrainian oblasts met with the leadership of the Swiss city of Lugano. At the forum, representatives of European business, municipal and state structures of Switzerland and Ukraine discussed projects for the post-war restoration of Ukraine. 

Roman Mrochko, Head of the Kherson City Military Administration said that russian troops shelled the historic building of the city gymnasium No. 20 in Kherson. A shell hit caused a fire, which almost destroyed one of Kherson’s monuments. Roman Mrochko, Head of the CMA informs that the security of the educational institution was not affected. 

He also noted that there may be interruptions in water supply as a result of damaged water facilities in the center of Kherson after today’s shelling by the russian federation. 

According to the Kherson RMA, russian occupiers fired 90 times at civilian settlements in Kherson oblast. There were 461 hits from artillery, MLRS, mortars, tanks, drones and aircraft. One person was killed and another wounded. The enemy attacked Kherson 10 times, firing 43 shells at the city. They hit the territory of a plant.

Trace from a russian missile. Photo from social media

The ‘South’ Air Command reported that the Ukrainian military shot down a russian Orlan-10 reconnaissance drone in Kherson oblast. 

In Kherson oblast, about 40 settlements have been almost completely destroyed by russian shelling, including Posad-Pokrovske, Davydiv Brid, Potiomkine near Vysokopillia.

In Kherson oblast, the bridge of the Zahradivka-Kochubeivka highway is being repaired. The work is scheduled to be completed in three months.

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson RMA, and the military command of the oblast checked local shelters. They visited the repaired shelters and those that are to be completed in the near future. Street shelters are being installed in crowded places. As of today, there are 65 such shelters in Kherson oblast, and 51 more are to be set up by the end of June. The shelters have everything people need for a comfortable stay, including ventilation, beds, bathrooms with hot water, medicines, drinking water and food.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The RMA reported that two cars were sent from Volyn to the fighters of the 100th Territorial Defense Brigade thanks to the Kindness and Good Deed CF.

A Polish-Ukrainian round table “Life in Medieval and Early Modern Lutsk and Lublin” within the project financed by the European Union was held online.

Zakarpattia oblast

Representatives of Uzhhorod City Council met with Karolina Lindholm Billing, representative of the UNHCR in Ukraine, and Tetiana Machabeli, Executive Director of the Nehemiah NGO, an expert in combating and preventing domestic and gender-based violence. They visited the center for socio-psychological assistance to victims of domestic violence and/or gender-based violence in Uzhhorod

Zakarpattia Regional Council reported that the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic will also join the construction of a rehabilitation center for wounded soldiers in Uzhhorod.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

RMA representatives took part in the Interagency Coordination Council on Mental Health Protection and Psychological Assistance to Victims of russia’s Armed Aggression against Ukraine. The event was chaired by Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, and attended by First Lady Olena Zelenska. They got acquainted with seven priority projects of the All-Ukrainian mental health program.

Lviv oblast

A Regional Office of International Cooperation was created at Lviv State University. It is a consultative and advisory body. In the future, it should become a single window for foreign partners who want to cooperate with Lviv oblast and specific communities.

Within the framework of the Child’s Hope project, the Kyivstar company and the charity platform dobro.ua merged with the Unbroken National Rehabilitation Center, which operates on the basis of the First Medical Center of Lviv. The mobile operator allocated UAH 10 million for modern medical equipment for the burnt department of the hospital and called on its subscribers to participate.

To perform combat tasks, the 64th battalion of the 103rd separate territorial defense brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received a car from an entrepreneur from Zolochiv region.

The 125th separate territorial defense brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received a car from residents of Zhovtanets community.

At Zhydachev’s school, students and teachers held a charity fair. Sweets and handicrafts were sold. The collected over UAH13K will be donated to the needs of soldiers. Almost UAH 10K was collected by students of the Chervonohrad Art School during the creative report. Funds were handed over to the volunteers of the Avtomaidan Chervonohrad NGO.

Rivne oblast

The RMA held a meeting of representatives of the authorities and organizations dealing with IDP issues. They discussed important social, humanitarian, legal, cultural and other issues that are relevant for IDPs. In order to establish an effective response to the issues of internally displaced persons, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Main Department of the National Social Service Service in Rivne oblast and the Rokada CF.

The Blåljus i Samverkan CF from Sweden with the assistance of Rivne RMA sent a VOLVO FL 10 fire-rescue car for the service needs of Rivne emergency personnel. The car is designed for extinguishing fires, equipped with a water tank with a capacity of 3K liters, a fire pump and rescue equipment.

In the Euro-ART gallery of modern art in Rivne, a unity towel from Volynwas handed over to Rivne oblast as part of the “International Embroidered Towel-Unity “Embroidery Flower ” project. After local craftswomen embroider their fragments, the towel will travel to Khmelnytskyi.

Towel of unity. Photo: Rivne RMA

Ternopil oblast

The police inform about the start of the Weapons operation in Ternopil oblast. It will last from May 9 to 24 and includes the installation of checkpoints and random inspection of vehicles.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The RMA reported that two cars, two Mavik quadcopters, five charging stations, tablets, and surveillance cameras were sent to the military. Three tactical medicine backpacks were sent to combat medics. The assistance was provided thanks to the RMA and Faith of the Nation CF.

Three Heroes of Khmelnytskyi were posthumously awarded with high state honors. Sergeant Oleksandr Yatsenko and soldier Valerii Humeniuk were awarded with the 3th degree Order of For Courage, and Senior Lieutenant Kostiantyn Mochulskyi was awarded with the 3th degree Order of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi (posthumously). The relatives of the fallen Heroes received state awards.

Chernivtsi oblast

An information session was held in Bukovina, during which the new cross-border cooperation program Interreg NEXT Romania – Ukraine 2021-2027 was presented. Grant funds for the implementation of cross-border projects amount to EUR 54 million.

RMA representatives visited Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk oblasts with a humanitarian cargo. Medical camouflage bags were given to military medics. Children’s items, baby food, sweets, toys, etc. were delivered to local residents living in the front-line area. In addition, the artillerymen from Bukovyna, who are currently at the front, were given a tablet, power banks for charging radios, etc.

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

Colonel Martin O’Donnell, Spokesman of the command of the US Army in Europe and Africa, announced that Ukraine received 600 types of Western weapons for the offensive. According to him, “this is more than any single army in the world, especially a fighting army.”

Britain delivered Storm Shadow long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine. Their range is up to 560 km.

Ukraine received 28 aircraft from the West, 14 of which were sent by Poland. According to the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, 575 tanks were sent to Kyiv, 325 of which are Polish.

The British Ministry of Defense reported that all the Challenger 2 tanks promised to Kyiv have arrived in Ukraine.

The US allowed the first transfer of confiscated russian assets to Ukraine. “Although this is the first transfer by the US of confiscated russian funds for the reconstruction of Ukraine, it will not be the last,” said Merrick Garland, US Attorney General.

Almost $8.3 billion of reserves and assets of the central bank of the russian federation are located in Switzerland. The Federal Council has decided to freeze russian finances.

Petro Pavel, President of the Czech Republic, announced that the country will send to Ukraine two air defense systems Kub and missiles for them. He also stated that they are ready to consider providing Ukraine with Czech L-159 fighters.

Lieutenant General Sean Clancy, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defense Forces, announced that the Irish military began training the Ukrainian Armed Forces in bomb disposal and demining in Cyprus.

Canada and Latvia will conduct joint training for the Ukrainian military. They start on May 15. The program will focus on developing their leadership qualities. According to Anita Ananda, Canadian Defense Minister, Canada has already trained over 36K Ukrainian soldiers, and “thanks to this new program, it will train even more.”

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey expects that the “grain agreement” will be extended for at least 2 months.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Celso Amorim, special Adviser to the President of Brazil on international affairs. The possibility of holding a Ukraine – Latin America summit was discussed.

Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State, stated that during its presidency in the Council of the EU, Spain will focus on providing constant support to Ukraine in the face of russian aggression.

In the Lithuanian parliament, a group from the conservative party proposed introducing criminal liability for approving or denying russian aggression in Ukraine.

Serbia suspended issuing passports to russians and other foreign nationals who have lived in the country for just one year, as the EU warned it could suspend visa-free travel for the Balkan country.

Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, stated that the country offers to create a system for tracking the movement of russian diamonds and is ready to add them to the package of sanctions against the russian federation. The country intends to play a leading role in a joint effort to stop russian financial flows from the diamond trade.

The German Bild showed the wreckage of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile shot down over Kyiv. Journalist Paul Ronzheimet calls this event a sensation, and adds that an examination of its parts is currently being conducted. The missile was shot down on May 5 by the Patriot system.

The Imagine Dragons band, which is an ambassador of the United24 platform, presented a video for the song Crushed and dedicated it to the war in Ukraine. The video tells about 14-year-old Sasha and his destroyed village, which was under occupation for 5 months. The purpose of the film release is to support the Reconstruction of Ukraine direction of the fundraising platform UNITED24.

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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