War in Ukraine today: latest news, October 07, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 591st day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

Breaking news

Representatives of 10 foreign countries visited the places of detention of Ukrainian children taken to belarus. Human rights activist Kateryna Rashevska said that representatives of China, Cuba, India, India, Qatar, Mongolia, Qatar, Russia, Syria, Palestine, the UAE, Zimbabwe, and Syria met with 44 children from Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk. Other states declared a boycott and refused to participate in the event.

In their comments to the media, the guests of the event revealed details important for justice. Thus, the first secretary of the russian Embassy in belarus testified to the imposition of russian citizenship on children and the organisation of an educational process that does not allow them to preserve their national identity. Qatar’s Charge d’Affaires Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari confirmed that belarusian families take in Ukrainian children. According to Rashevska, during the event, the children were seated at a table according to the traditions of a press conference, where they were questioned about their living conditions.

The human rights activists emphasise that it is important to ensure that a representative of the Qatari Embassy in Ukraine is summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide official explanations.

What happened in Ukraine today:

Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 6 pm:   

The russian army continues to ignore the laws and customs of war, using terror tactics, and shelling military and civilian targets.

On October 7, there were 50 combat clashes. The russian forces launched 8 missile and 25 air strikes, fired 30 times from multiple launch rocket systems at our troops’ positions and settlements. Thus, at night, russian terrorist forces launched another barrage of missile attacks on civilian port infrastructure in Odesa oblast, as well as on the central part of the city of Myrhorod, Poltava oblast. Unfortunately, russian terrorist attacks have resulted in civilian casualties and injuries. A grain storage facility, buildings of a boarding house in a recreational area, apartment and private residential buildings, a vocational school, and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

The operational situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains challenging.

The situation towards Volyn and Polissia remained unchanged. There were no signs of offensive groups forming. Certain units of the belarusian armed forces are performing tasks in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy maintains a military presence in the border areas, continues shelling settlements from the territory of the russian federation, and increases the density of minefields along the state border of Ukraine. The enemy conducted an air strike near the village of Stepne, Sumy region. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Volfine, Pysarivka, Hrabove, Porozok in Sumy oblast; Udy, Pletenivka, and Mylove in Kharkiv oblast. 

In the Kupiansk, our defenders repelled 10 enemy attacks near Sinkivka and Ivanivka in Kharkiv oblast. The enemy conducted airstrikes near the towns of Kupiansk, Petropavlivka, Kurylivka, and Pishchane in Kharkiv oblast. More than 10 settlements, including Kyslivka, Kotliarivka, Tabaivka, Krokhmalne, Pishchane in Kharkiv oblast, were subjected to artillery and mortar shelling.

In the Lyman, Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled five enemy attacks near Makiivka, Luhansk oblast. The enemy conducted airstrikes near Novoliubivka, Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Katerynivka and Spirne in Donetsk oblast. Artillery and mortar shelling affected more than 10 settlements, including Nevske and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Spirne and Rozdolivka in Donetsk oblast.

In the Bakhmut, the occupiers conducted airstrikes near Klishchiivka and Niu York in Donetsk oblast. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Klishchiivka, Andriivka, Kurdiumivka, Dachne, Pivnichne, and Zalizne in Donetsk oblast.

In the Avdiivka, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled all enemy attacks near Avdiivka and Pervomaiske in Donetsk oblast. More than 10 settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Sukha Balka, Novobakhmutivka, Keramik, Avdiivka, Opytne, Nevelske in Donetsk oblast.

In the Marinka, Ukrainian Armed Forces successfully repelled 12 enemy attacks in the areas of Marinka, Krasnohorivka and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk region over the last day. The enemy conducted an air strike in the area of Maryinka, Donetsk region. About 10 settlements, including Krasnohorivka, Marinka, Pobieda, Novomykhailivka, Antonivka, Katerynivka in Donetsk oblast, were under fire.

In the Shakhtarsk, under heavy artillery fire and air strikes, our defenders repelled eight enemy attacks near Vodiane, Donetsk oblast. The enemy unsuccessfully tried to regain the lost position east of Zolota Nyva in Donetsk oblast. Occupiers conducted airstrikes near Volyn, Donetsk oblast. More than 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Vodiane, Vuhledar, Novoukrainka, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, and Urozhaine in Donetsk oblast.

In the Zaporizhzhia, the invaders launched an airstrike near Pryiutne in Zaporizhzhia oblast. About 30 settlements, including Orikhiv, Novodanylivka, Robotyne, Novoandriivka, Mali Shcherbaky, Lobkove in Zaporizhzhia oblast, were subjected to artillery and mortar shelling.

In the Kherson, Zolota Balka, Nechaeve, Kherson and Shyroka Balka in Kherson oblast came under hostile artillery and mortar fire.

At the same time, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue offensive operations towards Melitopol sector and offensive (assault) operations towards Bakhmut, inflicting losses in manpower and equipment on the occupation forces, and exhausting the enemy along the entire front line. 

The russian occupiers continue to place military hospitals in houses with civilians. For example, in the city of Lysychansk, Luhansk oblast, russian occupation forces set up a military hospital in an apartment building where civilians currently live. Also, in the village of Nyzhni Sirohozy, Kherson oblast, the occupiers moved sick civilians from the hospital to nearby private houses in order to free up hospital wards for russian wounded soldiers.

Aviation of the Defense Forces conducted 8 strikes on buildups of personnel, weapons and military equipment and 5 strikes on enemy anti-aircraft missile systems.

Rocket troops hit an artillery unit, a personnel concentration area and an enemy electronic warfare station.

The Office of the Prosecutor General informs about 506 children killed by russia since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Another 1130 people were injured with varying degrees of severity. 

Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, informs that the government has budgeted UAH 40 billion for economic recovery and business support for the next year.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

Based on the information provided by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, russian troops launched air strikes near Kupiansk, Petropavlivka, Kurylivka and Pishchane. Ukrainian defenders repelled ten attacks near Synkivka and Ivanivka.

Illia Yevlash, Head of the press service of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, confirmed that towards Lyman-Kupiansk, an anti-tank company unit destroyed 25 russian tanks in four days. According to him, russian forces made 774 attacks in this area yesterday: this is one of the record figures as the russian military is using all available weapons.

Serhii Bolvinov, Head of Kharkiv Police Investigation Department, reported that 12 bodies, killed in a missile attack in Hroza village, remain unidentified, 39 bodies were identified. Using a mobile DNA laboratory, 37 body fragments were examined overnight. 

Hroza settlement after the missile attack. Photo: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

According to Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, the enemy launched a missile attack on Peresichne village, Kharkiv oblast. The missile hit between two two-storey apartment buildings. The roofs and facades of the buildings were damaged, glass smashed, and a fire broke out. A 66-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman needed medical assistance due to a strong stress reaction.

Destruction in Peresichne. Photo: Oleh Syniehubov/Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

Last night, at around 3:10 am, the enemy struck Kupiansk with a guided bomb. Three residential buildings were damaged and a fire started. There were no casualties.

Rescue operations have been completed at the sites of missile attacks on Kharkiv. A 68-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy were killed. 30 civilians were injured, including 20 men and 9 women aged 18 to 85 and an 11-month-old boy. Most of the injured, including the child, are in moderate condition. 88 buildings were damaged, 61 of which were residential apartment buildings, and 46 cars.

Aftermath of missile attack on Kharkiv. Photo from social media

Yesterday the enemy shelled settlements of Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions.

A 56-year-old civilian man was injured in Shevchenkove village, Kupiansk region, as a result of shelling from Tornado MRLs.

In Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, a one-storey apartment building caught fire due to the shelling. A 76-year-old man, a 75-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman were injured as a result of the fire.

The shelling of Kurylivka village, Kupiansk region, with multiple rocket launchers damaged warehouses and property of a civilian enterprise.

Petropavlivka, Nechvolodivka and Moskovka of Kupiansk district, Hatyshche and Zemlianky of Chuhuiv region and others were also under hostile fire.

Pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 16 hectares of territory and defused 79 explosive ordnance.

Yesterday russians made another attempt to conduct an offensive near Synkivka and Ivanivka towards Kupiansk but retreated under Ukrainian fire with losses.

Donetsk oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, UKrainian forces were successful east of Andriivka towards Bakhmut on October 6. Towards Avdiivka and Marinka, Ukrainian troops repelled more than 10 russian attacks and five attacks east of Makiivka in Luhansk oblast.

Illia Yevlash, Head of the press service of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that yesterday Ukrainian troops advanced 100 to 300 metres towards Bakhmut.

Anastasiia Miedviedieva, Spokeswoman of Donetsk Prosecutor’s Office, informed that on  October 7, at 10:45 am, russian troops shelled Dronivka village, Bakhmut region, with artillery. A woman was killed.

Aftermath of the shelling. Photo: Donetsk Prosecutor’s Office 

Oleksandr Khaliavinskyi, a member of the City Council, stated that infectious diseases are spreading in occupied Mariupol and neighbouring residential areas. The invaders plan to demolish 19 more apartment buildings in the city by spring and start mortgage construction.

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, towards Donetsk, russians launched four missiles at Avdiivka in the evening, causing no casualties. The night in the city was relatively calm.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was injured in Minkivka of Soledar community. Four private buildings in Chasiv Yar community and five in Toretsk were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, 4 buildings were damaged in Siversk and there were 11 attacks on Lyman community.

Ihor Moroz, Acting Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, reported that yesterday russians injured one civilian in Minkivka.

One thousand hot meals are distributed daily to residents of Sviatohirsk and Bohorodychne by volunteers of the World Central Kitchen organisation. They started preparing meals in October last year, a month after the community was liberated from russian occupation.

Viktoriia Tochena, Head of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, informed that 60-70% of Bakhmut’s museum collections were evacuated. Some of the exhibits from 17 museums were moved to safer places.

Luhansk oblast

The enemy continues to try and push our defences east of Makiivka. Over the course of the day, russians sent infantry into action five times, using all available weapons. There were 153 attacks on Ukrainian positions. About 40 of them were tank attacks. The enemy fired a total of 578 shells.

The invaders launched air strikes in the area of Bilohorivka. Nevske and Bilohorivka suffered from artillery and mortar attacks.

Luhansk Military Administration reports that the occupation administration of Rubizhne started expropriating social infrastructure facilities. These are buildings of banks, pharmacies, trade enterprises, etc. If their owners do not provide the original documents by October, acts will be drawn up on the impossibility of identifying the owners of the property, after which these objects will be transferred to municipal ownership. Sievierodonetsk no longer promises to return mobile phone and internet services. Therefore, the local population was offered an alternative – the installation of a landline. Of course, it’s not free and requires a monthly fee. In addition, it is necessary to purchase the equipment and materials for the installation. There will also be emergency numbers for citizens who will also agree to become subscribers, if they know the number.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA said that residents of occupied Sievierodonetsk were offered to install a landline phone at their own expense. People are not promised to get their mobile phones and Internet back.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

To preserve cultural heritage, 12 Kyiv museums purchased special protective equipment. According to Kyiv City State Administration, the International Alliance for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones (ALIPH) allocated €215 K for this project. In March 2022, the foundation launched the Action Plan for the Protection of Ukrainian Cultural Heritage.

Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn says that in Irpin, 160 children started attending the rebuilt Ruta kindergarten. The Lithuanian government helped to restore the facility. To ensure the safety of the children, the building was provided with a spacious shelter with restrooms and showers. An emergency warning system and video surveillance of the outer and inner perimeters were also installed.

A presentation of the report “Analysis of the Adaptation of Ukrainian Legislation and Public Administration in the Field of Culture to EU Standards” was held in Kyiv. The document was presented at the Ukrinform press center. It contains nine recommendations for forming an effective cultural policy in the context of Ukraine’s European integration.

The Department of Culture and Tourism of the RMA reports that  after the full-scale invasion, libraries in Kyiv oblast became places of safety and support. They organize Invincibility Centres, training and psychological rehabilitation for the locals. During the hostilities and occupation of the region, humanitarian aid was distributed in 15 libraries.

A monument to the soviet writer Nikolai Ostrovsky was dismantled in Solomenskiy district of Kyiv. He was involved in establishing the Soviet regime in Ukraine and fought against the insurgency movement for independence. His novels contained an anti-Ukrainian portrayal of the fighters for Ukraine’s independence and were part of the school literature curriculum.

On October 8, the Art Arsenal will host an event featuring well-known Ukrainian performers and public activists to raise UAH 10 million to support the Come Back Alive Foundation. The event will be a continuation of Ukraїner’s Brave Cities video project and include a concert, a photo exhibition, and panel discussions on the recovery of Ukrainian cities after the de-occupation.

Zhytomyr oblast

The Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration reported that 613 Invincibility Centres have been arranged in Zhytomyr oblast. 223 of these were established by socially responsible entrepreneurs.

The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine reported that a pilot project is being launched to install solar power plants on the buildings of Administrative Service Centers in Zhytomyr oblast. The initiative is scheduled for implementation in 2024-2026 in three oblasts: Ivano-Frankivsk, Zhytomyr, and Odesa. The project will be implemented by the Korean company Topinfra and the Ecoclub NGO and supported by the Korea Institute for Technology Development (KIAT).

According to Chopovychi village council, the community allocated more than a million hryvnias from its budget to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine, rescuers and police forces.

Recently, the Polissia National University hosted a charity fair Win Together, where Berdychiv students raised UAH 21 K. The money raised will be sent to support the Ukrainian military.

Sumy oblast

In the morning, the russians opened fire 2 times at the border areas of the oblast. There were 10 explosions. The enemy launched 6 rockets from Grad MLRS on Druzhbivka community, and 4 mortar bombs on Krasnopillia community.

Over the past 24 hours, the russians fired 8 times at the border area. There were 49 mortar bombs and 2 rounds dropped from UAVs. According to Sumy Military Administration, Krasnopilla, Khotin, Bilopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, and Shalyhine communities were shelled.

According to the information posted on the website of the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, since the beginning of August, more than 10K Ukrainians have returned to Ukraine through the Kolotylivka-Pokrovka checkpoint in Sumy oblast. According to the ministry, people from the occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts mostly return through this crossing point between Ukraine and russia. Bus transportation is arranged for people to leave Pokrovka, and once they reach Sumy, they can take a train to the desired location.

The Interregional Rapid Response Center reported that about nine thousand explosive devices have been destroyed by EOD specialists in Sumy oblast since the beginning of the full-scale war. Fourteen such dangerous items were destroyed last week. The regional police reported that since the beginning of 2023, thirteen tractors have been blown up on mines placed in the fields of Sumy oblast.  

Chernihiv oblast

On October 7, the russian military opened fire 6 times on the border areas of Chernihiv oblast from their territory. According to the State Border Guard Service, there were 54 shells fired from mortar systems, barrel artillery and AGS. Novhorod-Siverskyi, Semenivka, and Horodnia communities were shelled.

The National University of Chernihiv Polytechnic will receive over UAH 63 million for reconstruction. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the order to allocate funds from the fund for liquidation of the consequences of armed aggression.

On October 6, the Chernihiv Drama Theater opened its 98th theatre season. The actors performed the play on a large stage in a hall that was damaged by the russian missile strike on August 19. The auditorium was declared an emergency, so the seats for visitors were moved to the stage, a few meters away from the actors.

The Kotsiubynsky Library in Chernihiv hosted the awarding ceremony of the winners of the Book of the Year competition, which has been held for 24 years. The book “Unconquered Chernihiv Region: Real Stories of War” won the competition in the nomination “Literature about the Ukrainian-russian War”. This publication is a collection of journalistic reports by five authors about the true stories of people who survived the occupation of Chernihiv and the siege of the city.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, confirmed that at night, the enemy attacked Marhanets community, Nikopol region, twice with artillery. About fifteen shots were launched. The enemy shelled Nikopol with artillery three times during the day. More than a dozen shots were launched. The shelling damaged an educational institution, a utility company, 11 residential buildings, 11 outbuildings, 2 power lines and a gas pipeline.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Mykola Lukashuk/Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council 

In Kryvyi Rih, a sewing workshop was opened at the local vocational college of the State University of Economics and Technology as a workspace for internally displaced persons. Iryna Nesenenko, Dormitory Commandant, said that three IDPs are currently studying there. She and two assistants teach people how to make bed linen, clothes and other items.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​ UAH 100K was raised by Yakushyntsi community to buy a Mavic drone with a thermal imager for the defenders. The device is needed to perform tasks in one of the hottest spots on the frontline, where Denys Husliakov, a resident of Zarvantsi village, is serving.

Kirovohrad oblast

Students of Kropyvnytskyi Research Lyceum raised almost UAH 100K during a school fair, which was attended by 54 classes, parents and teachers.  Part of the money will be used to buy boats ordered by the soldiers and the other part will be spent on a thermal imager.

Poltava oblast

Dmytro Lunin, Head of Poltava Regional Military Administration, reported about the enemy attack. During the air raid, the sound of an explosion was heard in Myrhorod region. At night, a rocket explosion damaged 9 private buildings there.

85-year-old Mariia Chychkalo from Poltava sews adaptive clothes and things for soldiers in a military hospital and at the front. These include underwear and bed linen, pillows and bolsters. Volunteers bring her fabric for sewing.

Cherkasy oblast

Valeriia Bandurko, Head of Cherkasy Regional Military Administration, informed that an inpatient department was created in one of the hospitals of Korsun-Shevchenkivska community to provide prosthetics and rehabilitation for servicemen. The department has 40 beds, 20 of which are allocated for the rehabilitation of servicemen who have sustained limb injuries and need prosthetics.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Zaporizhzhya Regional Military Administration said that 113 attacks were conducted by the russian army on towns and villages of Zaporizhzhya oblast on October 6. Mahdalynivka, Orikhove, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Levadne, Temyrivka, Kamianske, Stepove, Piatikhatky and other frontline settlements. Two residents of Orikhove were wounded in the hostile shelling. 

The State Emergency Service of Zaporizhzhia oblast reported that at 8:00 am, russians attacked Bilenke village.  Seven private houses were damaged. Currently, there is no electricity in the village, and people are being provided with the necessary building materials. One person was killed and two others injured. According to preliminary data, the village was shelled with cluster shells. 

Yurii Malashko, Head of Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, reported that on October 7, the Ukrainian Armed Forces tested the operation of Zaporizhzhia-made attack drones. Before the FPV drones are handed over to combat units, each one undergoes a thorough test both at the factory and in the field. 

Mykolaiv oblast

According to Vitalii Kim, Head of Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, on October 7, there were two explosions in the suburbs of Mykolaiv. More detailed information is being clarified. 

The department of labour and social pProtection of the City of Mykolaiv reported that city authorities and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), provided families registered in Mykolaiv with children aged 0-6 with children’s winter clothing. 

As part of the literary scene of the Homo Ludens XII+I open theatre festival, on 6 October, the Central City Library named after M.L. Kropyvnytskyi hosted a memorial evening for poet and warrior Hlib Babich, a Ukrainian poet, songwriter, blogger, participant in the russian-Ukrainian war, and co-founder of the Res_Publica volunteer initiative. In 2014, he volunteered for the ATO, with the call sign Lazybones. He died on 28 July 2022 in a battle with the russian occupiers.

Odesa oblast

According to Defence Forces of Southern Ukraine, the russian army attacked Odesa oblast with Oniks missiles at night fired from the Bastion coastal missile system in the temporarily occupied Crimea, hitting a boarding house in a recreational area and a grain storage facility in the port infrastructure of Chornomorsk. Missile fragments and a blast wave caused a fire in a garage cooperative, damaged several apartment buildings and a kindergarten. Four people were lightly injured by shards of glass. They were provided with all the necessary medical care.

Aftermath of the russian army’s attack on Odesa oblast on 7 October. Photo: Defence Forces of Southern Ukraine

A fuse from a live grenade exploded in the hand of an elderly man in Odesa oblast. While cleaning the Sarata-Artsyz road, a utility company employee found a package with three grenade fuses. As a result of careless handling, one of them exploded in the man’s hands. The victim was taken to a local hospital with multiple injuries to his upper limb.

The Odesa Police Dog Training Centre received four German and Belgian Malinois shepherds from American partners at the initiative of the Howard Buffett Foundation. In times of war, the main task of police dogs is to detect weapons, mines, and unexploded ordnance. In addition to the dogs themselves, necessary accessories for their care, ammunition, training and training equipment were received. A special box with explosive imitator odours was also donated.

Kherson oblast

Roman Mrochko, Head of Kherson Regional Administration, says that as of 18:00 October 7, two people were injured in Kherson community as a result of russian shelling – a 52-year-old man in Dniprovsky district and a 53-year-old woman in Komyshany. They received medical assistance.

Komyshany, Kherson oblast, was shelled by the russian military. A woman was injured and taken to hospital in moderate condition.

On October 7 at night, russian troops attacked Kherson and Sadove with artillery and mortars.

Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Regional Military Administration said that russian troops fired 52 times at Kherson oblast using various types of weapons. They hit residential areas of the region’s settlements and the territory of a plant in Kherson. Two people were injured. 

On October 6, the russian army attacked Kherson community with 47 shells. The hits were recorded in Kherson, Sadove, Antonivka, Prydniprovske and Inzhenerne. One person was injured.

On October 6 towards Kherson, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 40 russian servicemen and their equipment. This includes 9 armoured vehicles, three boats and two cannons.

Kherson Regional Military Administration reported that since the liberation of the right bank of Kherson oblast, nearly 40K residents have evacuated from the oblast. The region is also undergoing a mandatory evacuation of families with children from dangerous communities. In three weeks, 305 children and their families have already left. 

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Lutskvodokanal received new special equipment and that for monitoring the quality of wastewater, which was purchased as part of cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB). The investments for the specified measures make UAH 21 mln.

Zakarpattia oblast

Representatives of the Italian foundation, Let’s Help Them Live, visited Zakarpattia and discussed the organization of vacation for Ukrainian children abroad, provision of humanitarian aid and strengthening of the region’s medical sphere. They also discussed possible participation of the Foundation’s team in the construction project of a rehabilitation center for military personnel in Uzhhorod.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The 3th degree For Courage Order and the For the Glory of Bukovyna Honorary Medals of the RMA were presented to the families of the fallen defenders in the RMA.

Lviv oblast

This year, UAH 18.3 million has been allocated in the regional budget of Lviv Oblast to equip classrooms for the subject “Defense of Ukraine.” In addition, the same amount of co-financing should be provided by local budgets.

Lviv sent three cars to the military. In particular, a Nissan Qashqai car worth almost UAH 623K was sent to the West air command, a Mitsubishi L200 pick-up worth UAH 785K was sent to the 76th Separate Regiment of Communication and Radio Technical Support named after Viacheslav Chornovol (A2166), and a military A Volkswagen Crater minibus worth UAH 868K was sent to part A4714.

The RMA reported that during the charity fair in Vynnyky, UAH 320K was collected for the needs of the Armed Forces.

In Novyi Rozdol, a sports ground was opened in honour of the fallen Hero Rostislav Balzan. The construction was financed by the soldier’s parents. The 22-year-old senior lieutenant fought in the 17th separate Kryvyi Rih tank brigade named after Kostiantyn Pestushka. He held the position of platoon commander and was killed in battle near Novotoshkivka, Luhansk oblast, in March 2022.

With the funds collected during the charity fair in Busk on October 1, 16 camouflage nets were purchased and sent to the soldiers of the 420th separate rifle battalion of Lviv oblast. The rest of the funds was donated to prosthetics of Nazarii Sapeta, Ukrainian defender from Buska.

On October 8, a social project will start in Lviv – a photo exhibition of patient stories of the UNBROKEN Kids Children’s Rehabilitation Center. All heroes of this project are children who suffered as a result of landmine and gunshot wounds. The goal is to collect funds for the treatment and rehabilitation of every child who became a victim of the war in Ukraine.

Music therapy sessions are introduced at the UNBROKEN Mental Health Center in Lviv thanks to the British composer Nigel Osborne. This is another effective method of psychotherapeutic treatment of patients with post-traumatic disorders.

The RMA reported that in Lviv district, educational work was conducted among internally displaced persons regarding the moratorium on russian-language cultural products.

Rivne oblast

Various events are organized in communities of Rivne oblast to collect funds for the Armed Forces. The campaign Chestnuts for the Armed Forces was launched in Hoshchansk, Dubensk and Veliko Omelyansk communities. People collect chestnuts, give them for the production of medicines, and the money earned goes to the army. In Holovinsk community, they bought a car for the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the next fundraiser. In Sarny, UAH 9,3K was collected at the charity tournament, and UAH 28,7K – at the fair in Vyriv community.

300 tonnes of mineral fertilizers will be given to agricultural producers of Rivne oblast. Free assistance is provided within the framework of the USAID AGRO Program together with Zernovyi SOK. This type of support will help farmers plant their fields and continue working during the war.

Ternopil oblast

In Chortkov, children and parents of the Sunday School collected funds for the Ukrainian military after the service in the Church of the Holy Intercession.UAH 24,4K was donated to the Pokrova Chortkiv CF, which will contribute to the support of the military on the front lines.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

A meeting of Enerhoatom specialists was held at the Khmelnytskyi NPP to discuss maintaining a water-chemical regime, the results of key activities of chemical shops and divisions of the NPP of Ukraine, the review of regulatory documentation requirements and other issues, including those caused by the new challenges of wartime.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi City Council reported that the community bought four jeeps and two buses for the Armed Forces. Very soon, the cars will go to the soldiers on the front line. 

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

The Netherlands will allocate EUR 102 mln to Ukraine. From this new tranche, EUR 60 mln will go to support Dutch companies that want to contribute to the reconstruction of the country. EUR 30 mln will go towards the purchase of gas and the supply of components for the power grid to help Ukraine prepare for winter. The remaining EUR 12 mln to help Ukraine implement reforms through the provision of technical assistance.

Two autotransformers capable of providing light to half a million people have arrived in Ukraine thanks to the UN Development Program together with Japan. Matsuda Kuninori, Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine, announced that two more such transformers will arrive in Ukraine by the end of the year.

Daniel Blazhkovec, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic, stated that the country allowed Ukraine to open production lines of its own development of the CZ BREN 2 assault rifle, which in local versions was named “Sich”.

The US expanded sanctions against companies that supplied the russian federation with microelectronics for missile guidance systems and drones used to strike Ukraine. Over 40 Asian companies that supplied integrated circuits of American origin to the russian federation were included in the sanction list. Also, the USA introduced export controls on seven companies from Finland, Germany, India, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Great Britain.

Media regulators of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Ukraine signed the Declaration on cooperation in the fight against disinformation. They will conduct joint training of citizens on detection, response and prevention of disinformation, as well as establish cooperation between European and national fact-checking platforms.

Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President, met with William Taylor, Ambassador of the United States of America to Ukraine, the Vice President for European and russian Affairs at the US Institute of Peace, and the Institute’s experts. Supporting Ukraine and implementing the Ukrainian peace formula were discussed.

Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President, had a phone conversation with Ajit Kumar Doval, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India. They discussed the current security situation, in particular, russia’s terrorist acts, which caused a significant number of casualties among Ukrainian civilians.

Ferenc Kraus, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Physics, decided to donate the prize funds to support Ukrainians affected by the war. This year, the Nobel Prize provides a cash prize of approximately $1 mln.

Gillian Anderson, American actress, writer and activist, recorded a touching video message to her 2,6 mln audience on Instagram. In a short but insightful video, the winner of the Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her role in Secret Materials called for support for Ukrainian children who suffered from russian military aggression.

Global impact of russian aggression 

Estonian volunteers came under fire during a russian missile attack. Representatives of the organisations Vaba Ukraina and Ukraina Abi did not specify the location of the incident, but said that their convoy had come under a missile attack, and that a russian Iskander missile had fallen 20 metres away. They also clarified that a child was killed in the attack, so it was most likely the morning shelling of Kharkiv on October 06. The vehicles were destroyed in the attack, yet the volunteers were not injured. 

Consequences of the attack in Kharkiv. Photo: MTÜ VABA UKRAINE Facebook page

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

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

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