War in Ukraine today: latest news, May 23, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 454th 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:   

There were no missile attacks during this period. However, the russian forces conducted 25 air strikes and more than 20 MLRS attacks at the positions of our troops and settlements. There were civilian casualties and injuries, as well as damage to private homes and administrative infrastructure.

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

The russian army continues to focus its main efforts on Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka. In total, there were 16 combat engagements  in the above-mentioned sectors over the last day, with Bakhmut and Marinka remaining in the epicenter of fighting.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the situation remained unchanged. 

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy continues to maintain a military presence in the areas bordering Ukraine. During the day, there was shelling from mortar and artillery at the settlements of Khrinivka and Yeline in Chernihiv oblast; Hudove, Vovkivka, Novomykolaivka and Velyka Pysarivka in Sumy oblast, as well as Stohnii, Udy, Strilecha, Hlyboke, Morokhovets, Liptsi, Neskuchne, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, Pletenivka, Vovchansk, Varvarovka, Nesterne, Budarky and Zemlianky in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions over the last day. Kamianka, Topoly, Krasne Pershe, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Masiutivka, Mala Shapkivka, Kindrashivka, Kupiansk, Tabaivka, Berestove, Kharkiv oblast and Stelmakhivka in Luhansk oblast came under enemy artillery and mortar fire. 

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted offensive actions against Bilohorivka over the day, but did not succeed. He also conducted an airstrike there. In particular, Nevske and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Torske and Spirne in Donetsk oblast were shelled with artillery.

Towards Bakhmut, the russian military conducted unsuccessful offensives near Khromove. There were air strikes in the areas of Bila Hora, Ozarianivka and Toretsk. Kramatorsk, Vasiukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Stupochki, Kostiantynivka, Bila Hora, Toretsk, Pivnichne, Pivdenne and Niu York in Donetsk oblast were affected by hostile shelling.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions over the last day. There were airstrikes in the areas of Novokalynove and Avdiivka. Keramik, Ocheretyne, Lastochkino, Avdiivka, Sievierne, Vodiane, Pervomaiske, Netailove, Karlivka and Nevelske in Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Mariinka sector, Ukrainian defense forces repelled numerous enemy attacks near Mariinka. At the same time, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Maksymilianivka, Kurakhove and Pobieda in Donetsk oblast came under enemy fire.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy launched an airstrike near Prechystivka, firing at Paraskoviivka, Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, Bohoiavlenka, Zolota Nyva and Velyka Novosilka.

Toward Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, the enemy continues to conduct defensive actions. It does not stop destroying the infrastructure of settlements near the contact line. During this day, there were air strikes on Huliaipole, Mala Tokmachka and Stepove in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Vremivka, Burlatske, Novosilka, Zelene Pole in Donetsk oblast; Olhivske, Gulyaypole, Zaliznychne, Bilohiria, Mala Tokmachka, Mali Shcherbaki and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast; Zolota Balka, Vesele, Kozatske, Lviv, Antonivka, Kizomys, Stanislav in Kherson oblast and the city of Kherson were shelled.

The enemy continues to use civilian medical facilities in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine for its own purposes. For example, the occupiers turned the Bilovodsk Central Regional Hospital into a military hospital. Currently, the medical facility is overcrowded with Russian occupants with injuries of varying severity. 

Aviation of the Defense Forces conducted 14 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel and military equipment, including 3 strikes on anti-aircraft missile systems. 

4 enemy attack UAVs of the Shahed type were destroyed.

Rocket and artillery units hit 3 control points, 4 buildups of weapons and military equipment, 1 ammunition depot, 2 artillery units at firing positions and 3 other important enemy targets.

Ukrzaliznytsia reported that women’s compartments will be introduced as part of a pilot project. The company also noted that it is solving a security problem. About 15% of the cars are equipped with CCTV cameras and call buttons for conductors. Depending on demand and feedback, it will be decided whether to extend the women’s compartment initiative to all trains.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal informs that UAH 588 million has been allocated for the implementation of recovery projects in 7 oblasts. The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to allocate funds to restore hospitals, educational institutions, ASCs, and community and cultural centers in Dnipropetrovs’k, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, Odesa, Poltava, and Kharkiv oblasts.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that russian army shelled at least 26 settlements in the Kharkiv oblast.

Kharkiv regional police reported that a 33-year-old resident of Vovchansk was injured as a result of russian shelling: he was hospitalized in a moderate condition. 

Oleksii Slabchenko, Head of the Village Military Administration said that around 11:00, russian troops struck Liptsy: there were about 10 hits, and houses were damaged.

Oleksiy Lytvynov, Director of the regional department of education and science, said that 23 out of 24 state higher education institutions in Kharkiv oblast were damaged by russian shelling. Students are now studying online only.

Over the past day, the enemy massively shelled settlements in Kharkiv, Kupiansk, Izium and Chuhuiv regions with cannon artillery, multiple rocket launchers and rocket launchers.

The shelling of Kupiansk with multiple rocket launchers damaged at least 14 private residential buildings and outbuildings, and caused fires. Two women, aged 76 and 53, and a 35-year-old civilian man were wounded. All the victims were hospitalized.

Near Viazove village, Kharkiv region, the enemy attacked with 2 S-300 missiles. Both hit in an open area in a field. There were no casualties or damage.

Mine clearance is underway. Over the past day, pyrotechnic units of the State Emergency Service examined 9.8 hectares of territory and neutralized 59 ordnance.

Srimantas Krunkaitis, Lithuanian physician, is treating residents of de-occupied settlements in Kharkiv oblast. This is his second visit to Ukraine: last year he worked in Kyiv oblast. To help Ukrainians, Srimantas takes a vacation from work.

Kharkiv’s Ecopark is preparing to open the Alpaca Valley, next to which there was fighting last year. No more than 50 people will be allowed to enter the territory, and a concrete shelter and a medical center will be built. The territory is included in the register of mined areas of Ukraine. 

Donetsk oblast

Towards Bakhmut, russian troops reduced the intensity of their attacks yesterday. In the north and south of Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have made some progress.

The russian military is concentrating its forces on Avdiivka and Marinka frontlines, as it sees them as springboards for a counteroffensive by Ukrainian Defense Forces. According to Valeriy Shershen, Spokesman for the joint press center of the Tavria Defense Forces,  the russian military chose the tactic of complete destruction of these settlements.

Near Bakhmut, there were three engagements over the last day, during which the Ukrainian Armed Forces killed 79 russian occupiers and wounded 111. The defense forces destroyed two russian self-propelled artillery systems, nine guns, and seven UAVs of various types.

In the morning, the russian invaders struck Toretsk without causing any casualties. A school housing the Invincibility Centre, a church and high-rise buildings within 100 meters of the epicenter were damaged. According to preliminary information, the enemy used aerial bombs.

Vitalii Barabash, Head of the military administration, says that at least two people were wounded in an air strike on Avdiivka. A 9-storey building was destroyed after an early morning air raid by russian troops, and a neighboring 5-storey building was damaged. Two people trapped under the rubble of a house were killed.

Towards Donetsk, 2 people were wounded in Avdiivka, the city came under 15 attacks. Maryinka, Maksymilianivka and Heorhiivka were shelled. The russian forces also shelled Kurakhivka community, without causing any casualties.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was killed and 1 wounded in Niu York. A house was damaged in the town. Toretsk suffered numerous shelling attacks and two guided aerial bombs fell, damaging a house, an administrative building and a defensive structure. Another house was damaged in Mykolaivka of Kostiantynivka community. In Chasiv Yar community, 2 multi-storey buildings and 2 private houses were damaged. In Soledar community, 2 houses in Nikiforivka were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, 2 houses were destroyed in Verkhnekamianske and 1 in Zvanivka, and 2 more houses damaged in Torske of Lyman community.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, reports that russians killed one resident in Niu York. Another 5 people in the oblast were wounded. 

With the permission of the military, DTEK Donetsk Power Grids employees were able to access and repair the networks damaged by russian shelling. Electricity supply to 122 K families in 69 settlements was restored.

Luhansk oblast

On May 22, russian invaders fired at Stelmakhivka, Nevske and Bilohorivka. The enemy has again focused its efforts on Bilohorivka, trying to push the Ukrainian Defence Forces out of this settlement. They are using rocket and cannon artillery, attacking from the air and making assaults with infantry. But our defenders are skilfully holding the defense and inflicting daily losses on the enemy. Yesterday, there were further attempts at offensive actions. An air strike was also carried out, but the russians had no results.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration said that the enemy has set up several camps for training mobilized soldiers from the russian border areas where, unfortunately, our artillery has not yet reached. They are trained under an accelerated programme for a maximum of two weeks on the territory of farms between Mylove and Starobilsk, where the invaders have set up training grounds.

The vestiges of life in the towns captured in 2022 are gradually fading away. So is the activity of the russians, who have no  desire to restore something at great expense. Over the past 6 months, the occupiers have not made any progress in rebuilding the destroyed infrastructure. They managed to do minimal repair works before the new year. For example, in Sievierodonetsk, water was supplied on an hourly basis and remains so. The pressure is low – there is no water above the second floor. And that’s only in certain areas of the city. The situation is even worse in Lysychansk, where there are only tanks with industrial water in the yards.

Towards Luhansk oblast, between the temporarily occupied settlements of Mylove and Starobilsk, the russian military set up camps for accelerated training of mobilized people. According to the head of the Luhansk Military Administration, the camps are located on the territory of farms.

In the occupied part of Luhansk oblast, potatoes and other food products are almost three times more expensive than in the government-controlled area. According to the head of the RMA, the price difference is very noticeable, especially for beetroot.

Border guards in Luhansk oblast fought back three times against russian troops in response to an attempt to break through the defenses. Thanks to aerial reconnaissance and thermal imagers, SBGSU soldiers were able to detect russian infantry groups in a timely manner.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The Command of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that military exercises involving units of Kyiv Defense Forces will be held in Kyiv and the oblast on May 23-25. The aim of the exercise is to increase combat (operational) capabilities of troops during the preparation and execution of a defense operation. During this exercise, drills involving personnel, regular military equipment, and weapons will be conducted.

Nadia Murad, an Iraqi human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, visited Ukraine. Together with Olena Zelenska, she visited Borodianka where they went to the Buratino kindergarten a place where residents were hiding from russian air raids. They also witnessed how SES employees were teaching mine awareness classes to kids in the already reconstructed Kazka kindergarten. Olena Zelenska reminded that 162 residents of Borodyanka community were killed during the russian occupation, 48 of them – by the wreckages in their own houses, and another 28 people went missing. Moreover, 1,780 houses were damaged or destroyed in the settlement.

Nadia Murad and Olena Zelenska in Borodianka. Photo: Kyiv Regional Military Administration

Starting from May 22, in case of an air alert, the ground public transport of the capital will take passengers to the nearest shelter, which is located according to the traffic scheme. According to Kyiv City State Administration, this applies to both Kyiv state and private companies that provide transportation services. Moreover, within an hour, passengers will be able to use transport on the same route with already paid travel tickets.

A charity screening of a documentary about the deportation of Crimean Tatars called “1944. Crimea. Deportation” was held in Kyiv. The funds raised will be allocated to the 251st separate territorial defense brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The film premiered in 2019, but it is still being shown at various festivals. The film won awards in Turkey, Greece, and India.

First aid training for all interested persons is held at Kyiv metro stations. Free training is held every third Friday of the month. They are conducted by experienced specialists and instructors of the Center for Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine.

The city council reported that the Lithuanian city of Palanga will host about a hundred children from Bucha this summer. During the summer period, Palanga plans to host five shifts of vacationers, each lasting seven days. Children who lost their parents in Ukraine will be the first to be sent to the Lithuanian resort. The Lithuanian party will fully finance accommodation, meals and cultural, and entertainment events for Bucha residents.

Zhytomyr oblast

According to the Regional Military Administration, social support for internally displaced persons in Zhytomyr oblast continues. Since the beginning of the russian military aggression, 733 internally displaced persons have found jobs through the regional employment service.

Zhytomyr Territorial Defense Battalions have received two modern Iveco Magirus military trucks. The vehicles were delivered from Europe by the local Humanitarian Hub with the support of the Regional Military Administration. These new vehicles will be used to defend Ukraine’s border with belarus in Zhytomyr oblast.

An off-road vehicle for the soldiers of the 77th separate airmobile brigade was delivered by representatives of the Ukrainian Team volunteer headquarters. The soldiers also received OUKITEL RT2 tablets and memory cards.

Oleksandr Shvetsov, ATO veteran from Zhytomyr, and his brother in arms Serhii Khrapko raised UAH 3,650,000 for a gastroscope for a military hospital during the Zhytomyr-Kyiv marathon “From the Flames We Were Born”. The Japanese company Olympus decided to donate the necessary video gadgets for the gastroscope worth more than UAH 3 million.

Sumy oblast

 According to Sumy Regional Military Administration, on May 22nd, the russian forces launched 12 attacks. There were 80 explosions recorded. The enemy fired 3 missiles at the territory of Nova Sloboda community, and dropped an explosive device (VOG) using a UAV in Myropillia community. Yunakivka community was under artillery fire – there were 8 explosions. 12 mortar bombs and 34 shots from the automatic weapons system were recorded in Bilopillia community

As a result of shelling of Velyka Pysarivka community, one civilian sustained a shrapnel wound and was taken to a medical facility. Also, a private house, a car, an outbuilding, and a fence were damaged by shelling. 9 enemy bombs and 13 artillery shells exploded on the territory of the community.

In the morning, the russian military conducted 6 attacks on border areas. According to Sumy Regional Military Administration, Velyka Pysarivka and Shalyhine communities were attacked. In total, there were 29 explosions.

Sumy Regional Military Administration reported that due to constant shelling in Sumy oblast, an evacuation was announced from the border settlements of Okhtyrka community. It is noted that measures are being taken to prevent human casualties in the communities. With this purpose, communities are provided with necessary transport.

Sumy Regional State Administration reported that due to the damage caused by the war, the number of bee families in the oblast is decreasing by 1-2%. As of today, almost 3 K beekeepers are officially registered in the oblast, keeping more than 131 K bee families.

Chernihiv oblast

In Chernihiv oblast, there were three attacks from various types of weapons over the past 24 hours: 20 explosions from artillery shells, 5 explosions of 120-mm mortar bombs. The State Border Guard Service reported that the border settlements of Zarichchia, Halahanivka, and Karpovychi came under enemy fire.

According to the ‘North’ operational command, as of 10am, the russian forces attacked Snovsk community: there were 14 shells fired from barrel artillery on Khrinivka village, and 17 bombs fired from 120-mm mortars on Yeline village.

More than two hundred residents, half of whom are children, have left the border areas of Chernihiv oblast in recent weeks due to the risk of shelling. According to Viacheslav Chaus, Head of the Regional Military Administration, the intensity of enemy shelling is wave-like, and the enemy is currently shelling more than 40 settlements along the border.

The Regional Military Administration reported that regional agricultural producers actively use financial support programs provided by the state. In particular, 12 companies in the oblast received preferential loans for a total of UAH 6.6 million in the last wave.

Ilze Indriksone, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Latvia, and Ilgvars Kļavu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Ukraine  visited Chernihiv oblast. According to Viacheslav Chaus, Head of the Regional Military Administration, Latvia has provided Chernihiv oblast with medical equipment, firefighting equipment, humanitarian supplies for social institutions, helped restore two enterprises and build seven houses in Yahidne.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

A rescue worker who was injured in a missile attack on Dnipro Oblast on the night of May22  is being treated in a Dnipro hospital. After a day in intensive care, surgeons began restoring the wounded man’s face.

An exhibition organized by the Free Belarus Charitable Foundation, entitled Side by Side Against a Common Enemy, opened at the ATO Museum in Dnipro. The exhibition features 20 stands with stories and photographs of Belarusians who were killed during russia’s armed aggression. Aleksei Frantskevich, Head of the Free Belarus Charitable Foundation, says that the team is collecting information to open a museum in Bucha, where, after the victory, all the stories of Belarusian soldiers defending Ukraine will be kept.

In Dnipro, the families of prisoners of war and missing soldiers met with the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets. They discussed the return of soldiers from russian captivity, issuing certificates and receiving payments.

The Dnipro anti-aircraft missile brigade shot down its 100th target, an X-101 cruise missile. The Dnipro Air Defence Missile Brigade managed to eliminate four such missiles of the russian army and a dozen and a half kamikaze drones launched by the russian invaders.

Since the beginning of May, defenders from the ‘East’ Air Defence Group have destroyed 43 drones and 19 cruise missiles over Dnipro Oblast. On the night of 22 May alone, the Ukrainian military shot down four cruise missiles and 15 occupiers’ kamikaze drones over Dnipro Oblast.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​The national MMA championship of Ukraine was held in memory of the KORD officers from Vinnytsia. The competition was attended by 1,100 athletes from 18 oblasts of Ukraine. Participants aged 10 to 17 competed for the opportunity to join the national team that will represent Ukraine at European and World Championships.

On Hero’s Day, an information exhibition Heroes Never Die was held on Myr Square in Zhmerynka, where young people turned 82-calibre mine trunks into real works of art.

Kirovohrad oblast

Vitalii Myroniuk, Head of the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service in Kirovohrad Oblast, said that additional pyrotechnic units are being formed in Kirovohrad oblast to demine Ukraine. They plan to recruit 47 people.

Poltava oblast

A support centre for IDPs from Bakhmut is operating in Poltava. The hub With Bakhmut in the Heart has registered almost 900 families with about 500 children. The support centre provides humanitarian, psychological and legal assistance to IDPs and invites them to participate in various events. In May, more than 800 families received food parcels. The IDPs are also provided with clothes and help to apply for aid from international organizations.

Cherkasy oblast

For several more weeks, the condition of the high-rise building hit by a russian missile will be assessed in Uman. The second entrance has electricity, water, and sewerage. The gas supply cannot be resumed at the moment. The dismantling of the dilapidated panels of the house hit by the occupiers is underway. In nearby houses damaged by the blast wave, a third of the damaged windows have been replaced. It is planned to replace almost 1500 windows. 530 acts of preliminary visual inspection of damaged and destroyed property in other buildings have been drawn up. 

A social house for severely injured defenders is being built in Zolotonosha region. The apartments will be provided free of charge. The building is being constructed at the expense of entrepreneurs from Cherkasy oblast.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Zaporizhzhya Regional Military Administration said that the russian invaders launched 94 attacks on 20 settlements in the oblast, targeting Novodanylivka, Hirkyi and Mala Tokmachka with airstrikes, on Malynivka with UAVs, on Chervone and Bilohirsk with MLRS. In addition, the russian-backed militants launched 88 artillery shells on Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Olhivske, Shcherbaky, Plavni, Kamianske, Stepnohirsk and other frontline villages. The population was not affected. 18 civilian  objects were destroyed. 

Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol reported that on May 22, Ukrainian reconnaissance blew up occupiers’ bases in Polohy and Vasylivka. 

Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, said that the country is working on demilitarizing Zaporizhzhya NPP. Shmyhal also expressed concern about the current situation around the plant. The Prime Minister mentioned that Ukraine’s NPC Ukrenergo has restored power to the plant, but serious security threats still remain. He stated that Ukraine is actively cooperating with all its partners in an effort to convince russia to withdraw from ZNPP and turn the area around the nuclear power plant into a demilitarized zone.

Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol reported that so-called ‘pre-elections’ have begun in the temporarily occupied territory of Zaporizhzhia oblast. 780 collaborators and russians are running for seats of deputies to local councils and the Kremlin State Duma. 

russians are taking paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky and Arkhip Kuindzhi from the museum of the temporarily occupied Berdiansk in Zaporizhzhia.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration reported that on May 23 russian terrorists shelled Ochakiv. The gas infrastructure was damaged, including gas regulating equipment and gas pipelines,  as well as residential buildings, shops and infrastructure facilities.

On the night of May 23, russian troops tried to attack Mykolaiv oblast with Shahed-136/131 attack drones. The air defense forces of the ‘South’ Air Command destroyed the munitions.

As of May 22, ships were blocked in Mykolaiv ports due to shelling of the russian military from the Kinburn Spit. Their number is not disclosed. Turkey is ready to mediate the evacuation of the ships.

Odesa oblast

The ‘South’ Operational Command reported that for Odesa region, the level of missile threat is very high amid the activity of strategic and tactical aviation. In addition, as of May 22, six enemy ships were on combat duty in the Black Sea, including one missile carrier, whose total volley can reach up to eight Kalibr missiles.

A volunteer car with witty license plates ‘Kotynia’ is being sent to the front in Balta. The money for the black Nissan X-TRAIL SUV was raised by teachers and students of city schools. Along with the car, a set of medicines of a deceased local paramedic, which was handed over to the volunteers by his parents, will go to the front. The car will be delivered to the 57th separate motorized infantry brigade.

Kherson oblast

Kherson Regional Military Administration reported that on May 22, russian occupiers fired 61 times at civilian settlements in Kherson oblast. They fired 373 shells from artillery, multiple rocket launchers, mortars, tanks, drones and aircraft. The enemy attacked Kherson 6 times, firing 16 shells at the city. Russian troops hit residential areas of the settlements, as well as the territory and buildings of a plant in Kherson and an enterprise in Beryslav region. One person was killed and three others injured. 

Kherson Vodokanal received two transformers with a capacity of 250 kVA, 10/0.4 kV. The equipment was provided by the German company E-Werk Wanfried von Scharfenberg GmbH & Co. KG as part of the international technical assistance project “International Platform for Strengthening Utility Partnerships in Water Management” implemented by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the German government.

Natalia Gumenyuk, Head of the Joint Coordination Press Center of the Defense Forces of Southern Ukraine, the russian military is conducting a so-called ‘census’ of the population in the temporarily occupied part of Kherson oblast. They are looking for local residents who have not yet issued a russian passport or do not want to do so. 

The National Resistance Center reported that russian occupiers took mobile communication equipment from the temporarily occupied territories of Kherson oblast to russia. They are  doing this to prevent local residents from transmitting information about russian troops to the Ukrainian Defense Forces. For the same purpose, the occupiers turned off mobile communications in Kherson before its de-occupation. 

Roman Mrochko, Head of Kherson Military Administration said that within three days, three more street anti-shrapnel shelters were installed for Kherson residents. 

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

RMA representatives took part in the two-day training Accessibility and Inclusiveness for All, which took place in Krakow, Poland. Solving problems of social rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities into the public environment, ensuring their access to quality services (organization of education, treatment, recreation) were discussed. The readiness and effective response of people with disabilities to emergency situations was also emphasized.

Zakarpattia oblast

Viktor Mykyta, Head of the RMA, visited the Austrian parliament, where, together with Vasyl Khymynets, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Botschaft der Ukraine in Österreich/Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Austria, he held a meeting with deputies of various parties of the National Council. They discussed support for Ukraine, development of interregional cooperation, humanitarian demining, etc.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

RMA reported that 22 families of Carpathian law enforcement officers who were the first to go to the front received service housing. Of them, 13 employees were injured during the war of various degrees of severity.

In Ivano-Frankivsk, the Center of Contemporary Art opened an exhibition of applications by Serhii Kyrychenko, artist from Odesa. He talks about the war, because he himself served at the beginning of the full-scale war in the 126th brigade and was released from service at the age of 60+. Since then, he has been creating textile collages exclusively on military themes.

Exhibition of applications. Photo: Facebook page of Ruslan Martsinkiv, Head of Ivano-Frankivsk

Lviv oblast

A memorandum of cooperation was signed in Lviv between Össur (Iceland), Lviv City Council and the First Medical Association of Lviv, on the basis of which the UNBROKEN National Rehabilitation Center operates. This will help as many people as possible to get high-quality prostheses, and medics to take over the world and share their prosthetics experience.

The dormitory of Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University of Drohobych received household items to equip housing for IDPs from the Hotel Holding of Poland. 520 places for IDPs have been allocated in the dormitory.

A fire truck, printers and wheelchairs were sent to Pomorian community from the Heidenheim fuer Ukraine CF (Germany).

Residents of Kolodentsi village collected UAH 53K for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the charity premiere of the play Forest Song. A charity fair was held at Pidberiztsiv Lyceum and over 34K UAH was collected for the defenders. Funds for the soldiers were collected in Zolochiv region during the game between FC Bohun and FC Shakhtar. Residents of the village of Sukhodol collected UAH 5K for a thermal imager for their countryman during a charity concert.

Patients of the UNBROKEN National Rehabilitation Center in Lviv tried a new type of recreational rehabilitation – fishing. It combines both (physical and psychological) components of successful recovery.

Rivne oblast

In Rivne, the Business Forum will discuss the future of the Ukrainian economy and the place of Rivne and Rivne oblast in it. The event brought together government representatives, business owners, leading experts in various fields, and representatives of international organizations on one platform.

In Rivne Lyceum #18, a tactical medicine training was held for 11th-graders by recruits of the Azov regiment. Soldiers talked about the importance of saving life in emergency situations, showed how to help a comrade on the battlefield, and also children tried themselves in the role of rescuers.

Ternopil oblast

The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine reported that in Odesa and Ternopil oblast, the implementation of the Provision of Social Services in the Community project is being completed, thanks to Ukrainian Social Investment Fund – UFSI, Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) and the World Bank.

On the body of a wounded soldier, medics saw a tattooed poem by Dzvinka Torokhtushko, Ternopil poetess. After a difficult fight, the man was not found to have a single fracture, which is like a real miracle. The fighter is sure that he was protected by Prayer and faith.

Tattooed poem. Photo from social networks

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Schools, kindergartens and medical institutions of Khmelnytskyi received 202 Wi-Fi routers thanks to the cooperation of the Ministry of Digital Transformation, Nokia and the Committee for Promotion of Information Society Development NGO.

Chernivtsi oblast

The Chernivtsi City Council reported that in early June, the USAID Program, together with the Department of Social and Economic Development and the CBG Business Club, will gather local entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges and needs of business during the war.

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

Ukraine received the fourth tranche in the amount of EUR 1.5 billion as part of large-scale macro-financial assistance (MFD) for 2023. Thus, in 2023, the State Budget of Ukraine received EUR 7.5 billion of preferential funds from the EU. The total volume of financing under the specified program reaches EUR 18 billion.

The Declaration of the Council of Europe in support of Ukraine was adopted. As for protection of children’s rights, the Declaration aims at prompt interstate exchange of information regarding the situation of each child outside of Ukraine, their needs and the necessary measures to take into account the best interests at the national level of each country of temporary stay.

The EU condemned russia’s decision to initiate a criminal case against the judges of the International Criminal Court. The EU confirmed its full support for the ICC, which is an independent and impartial judicial institution trusted by over 120 countries from all regions of the world, and which ensures accountability for the most serious crimes.

Dmytro Kuleba, Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited Morocco and held a meeting with Nasser Burita, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The officials agreed to discuss the simplification of visa and trade regimes between the countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France announced that the country is ready to conclude an agreement with Ukraine on providing it with security guarantees.

Maia Sandu, President of Moldova, announced that the country will implement the decision of the International Criminal Court and arrest russian president putin if he comes to the country.

“At the moment, negotiations are underway on a security agreement that will strengthen Ukraine by giving it priority access to Western weapons and military technology,” said Andrzej Duda, Polish President.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, stated that after pilot training, a decision will be made separately on the transfer of F-16s to Ukraine.

Matthew Miller, State Department spokesman, stated that providing Ukraine with F-16 aircraft is a US priority. The country, together with its partners, will start working on this in the coming months.

Boris Pistorius, German Defense Minister, stated that the country is considering options for supporting countries that train the Ukrainian military on the F-16.

Wopke Hoekstra, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, said that the training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16 multipurpose fighters will begin “very soon.” According to him, the Netherlands is joining forces with Denmark, Norway and Belgium.

The German opposition advocated the transfer of long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine. “Ukraine’s partners must now go all-in and provide Ukraine with everything that it can use in combined military battles and that is permissible under international law,” said retired colonel Roderich Kiesewetter, representative of the German CDU.

“We have made it very clear to Ukrainians that we do not enable and do not encourage attacks outside Ukrainian borders. But I think it is important to remind the world that russia started this war, russia continues to attack civilians. russia targets schools and hospitals, schools and civilian infrastructure. Ukraine has the right to decide how it wants to conduct its military operations. But russia is the aggressor in this war,” said Matthew Miller, US State Department spokesman.

Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor, stated that the war started by putin will end with the entry of a free Ukraine into the EU.

The New York Times tweeted a drone video of Bakhmut on May 19, 2023. Drone footage captured burned buildings, destroyed schools and parks.

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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