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

It has been the 595th 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 72 combat clashes during the day. The enemy launched 1 missile and 36 air strikes, fired more than 35 times from multiple launch rocket systems at the positions of our troops and populated areas. As a result of a missile attack by russian terrorist forces on a gymnasium in the village of Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast, unfortunately, there are killed and wounded among the civilian population. Private residential buildings 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. About 20 settlements, including Turia, Bleshnya, Tymonovychi, Arkhipivka, Mykhalchyna Sloboda in Chernihiv oblast, were subjected to artillery and mortar shelling by the enemy; Seredyno-Buda, Fotovizh, Shalyhyno, Holyshivske, Novodmitrivka and Porozok in Sumy oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, Ukrainian troops repelled three enemy attacks near Synkivka and five attacks near Ivanivka in Kharkiv oblast. The enemy conducted an airstrike near Sinkivka. More than 15 settlements, including Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Kyslivka and Berestove in Kharkiv oblast, were subjected to artillery and mortar shelling.

Towards Lyman, the enemy actively used aviation, launching more than 10 attacks on the positions of our troops in the area of Serebrianka forestry (southwest of Kreminna, Luhansk oblast) and near the settlements of Bilohorivka, Luhansk region, Torske, Spirne, and Vasyukivka, Donetsk region. Defense forces repelled eight enemy attacks in the area of Makiivka, Luhansk oblast, and four more in the areas of Torske and Serebryany forestry in Donetsk oblast. Artillery and mortar shelling affected more than 10 localities, including Nevske and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Spirne, Rozdolivka, Dibrova in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, our defenders repelled three enemy attacks near Andriivka, Donetsk oblast. The enemy launched air strikes near Minkivka, Kindrativka, Stupochky, Klishchiyivka and Andriivka in Donetsk oblast. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Vasyukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, and Bila Hora, Niu York, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, our defenders are bravely holding the line, repelling 10 enemy attacks near Avdiivka and another 8 attacks in the areas east of Stepove and southeast of Severne in Donetsk oblast. Occupiers conducted over 10 air strikes in the area of Avdiivka. About 10 settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Keramik, Stepove, Avdiivka, Opytne, Pervomaiske, Nevelske in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Marinka, Ukrainian Armed Forces successfully repelled eight enemy attacks in the areas of Marinka, Pobeda and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast over the last day. The enemy conducted air strikes in the areas of Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, Kostyantynivka in Donetsk oblast. About 10 settlements, including Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Marinka, Pobieda, Novomykhailivka, and Kostiantynivka in Donetsk oblast, were under occupation fire.

Towards Shakhtarsk, our defenders repelled enemy attacks in the area south of Zolota Niva and southeast of Vuhledar, Donetsk oblast. The enemy shelled about 10 localities with artillery and mortars, including Vodiane, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Staromayorske, and Rivne in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the occupants conducted an air strike near Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast. About 25 settlements, including Levadne, Malynivka, Charivne, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, Stepove in Zaporizhzhia oblast, were subjected to artillery and mortar shelling.

Towards Kherson, Mykhailivka, Ivanivka, Antonivka, Kherson, Veletynske, Stanislav in Kherson oblast and Dmytrivka in Mykolaiv 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. 

Aviation of the Defense Forces carried out 12 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel, weapons and military equipment.

Rocket troops hit a buildup of personnel, weapons and military equipment, 9 artillery pieces, an ammunition depot and an enemy radar station. 

Russia has already killed 507 children in Ukraine. More than 1641 children were affected: 507 children were killed and more than 1134 were injured of varying severity. Most children were affected in Donetsk oblast – 490, Kharkiv oblast – 303, Kherson oblast- 130, Kyiv oblast – 129, Zaporizhzhia oblast – 99, Mykolaiv oblast – 97, Dnipropetrovsk oblast- 96, Chernihiv oblast – 72, and Luhansk oblast – 67. As a result of shelling, a 13-year-old girl was killed in Sumy oblast. A 16-year-old girl was injured in the shelling of Katerynivka village in Donetsk oblast.

Ukraine organized the first evacuation flight for our citizens who remained in Israel after the invasion of Hamas on October 7. About 1,000 citizens applied to the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel to be evacuated. The Embassy provides assistance to the most vulnerable, including citizens undergoing medical treatment, people with children who have arrived temporarily, and tourists whose flights have been cancelled.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Illia Yevlash, Head of the press service of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that a russian Tor anti-aircraft missile complex was destroyed towards Lyman-Kupiansk. In this part of the frontline, 30 enemy attacks were repelled yesterday. The invaders used aviation 17 times. They attacked 656 times from artillery and mortars.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 21 pieces of enemy weapons and military equipment. In addition to the Tor complex, these include a T-72 tank, seven armoured combat vehicles, two Akatsia self-propelled artillery systems, three mortars, two ammunition depots and five vehicles.

Kharkiv oblast

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that a 72-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man were injured in the shelling of Kupiansk-Vuzlove and received medical assistance.

In the morning, around 5 am, the enemy attacked Borova village, Izium region, with multiple rocket launchers and launched a missile attack from an S-300 missile system. Two residential buildings were damaged. There were no casualties. 

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photos from social media

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy attacked 16 times near Synkivka and 5 times near Ivanivka. Our defenders repelled all the enemy attacks, inflicting significant losses to them.

Yesterday the settlements of Kharkiv, Bohodukhiv, Chuhuiv, Izium and Kupiansk regions were under enemy attack.

Three civilians were injured as a result of a missile attack on Velykyi Burluk, Kupiansk region. Two 45 year old women and a 34-year-old man were injured. One woman and the man were hospitalised. 10 buildings and 4 cars were damaged.

In Basove village, Bohodukhiv region, a private building was damaged by helicopter shelling.

In Kurylivka village, Kupiansk region, a residential building was damaged by artillery shelling, injuring a 47-year-old man. He was hospitalised in a moderate condition.

As a result of the shelling of Petropavlivka village, Kupiansk region, 2 residential buildings and outbuildings were damaged.

Yesterday pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 8.7 hectares of territory and defused 298 explosive ordnance.

According to the latest data, the number of civilians killed as a result of the missile strike on Hroza village, Kupiansk region, is 53. Another 5 people are still missing. Fragments of bodies were found at the site of the strike and need to be identified. In addition, 6 children in the village became orphans. The killed will be buried in Hroza in the near future.

Burial of the killed in Hroza village. Photo from social media

Vitalii Miroshnyk, Deputy Mayor, informed that at least 111 buildings were damaged in downtown Kharkiv as a result of missile attacks on the city on October 6. Out of these, 101 are residential buildings. According to him, more than 400 utility workers are repairing the damage using special equipment.

Ihor Terekhov, Kharkiv Mayor, confirmed that the city is 100% ready for the heating season but 57 buildings will not be able to receive heat. According to him, 32 of them are in Kyiv district and 16 in Saltiv district.

Donetsk oblast

Vitalii Barabash, Head of Avdiivka City Military Administration, reported about ongoing fighting nearby. Enemy troops are shelling Ukrainian positions with Grad MRLS and cannon artillery. On the night there were chaotic hits in the old and central parts of the city. There were no casualties.

Mykola Kovalenko, Head of Ocheretyne Village Civil-Military Administration, told Suspilne Donbas that after every shelling, almost the entire community remains without electricity. There is partial power supply in two settlements.

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, yesterday russians killed 1 civilian in Krasnohorivka. Another 2 people were injured in the region.

Towards Volnovakha, Vuhledar and Maksymivka were shelled, with no casualties.

Towards Donetsk, 1 person was killed in Krasnohorivka and 1 injured in Katerynivka of Marinka community. In Ocheretyne community, Pervomaiske, Netailove and Umanske were targeted. In the morning Avdiivka was under a massive artillery and two missile attacks. The private sector of Kurakhove suffered.

Towards Horlivka, 2 buildings were damaged and 1 person injured in Toretsk community. Another 2 buildings were damaged in Chasiv Yar community. In Soledar community, Rozdolivka was shelled.

Towards Lysychansk, 2 buildings were damaged in Siversk and Zarichne of Lyman community. A boiler house was damaged in Lyman.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Donetsk Regional Military Administration

In Krasnohorivka, the White Angels crew rescued an elderly woman whose house was hit by enemy shells. In addition, law enforcers and volunteers delivered humanitarian aid to the residents of Krasnohorivka.

Evacuation. Photo: National Police

Vitalii Barabash, Head of the RMA, said that a man was killed, another man and a woman injured, and two elderly people were trapped under rubble as a result of shelling and air strikes in Avdiivka.

Today, humanitarian organisations delivered medicines, materials for house repairs and other winter necessities to residents of Toretsk, which was destroyed by war. This is the 30th interagency humanitarian convoy to the frontline areas of Donetsk oblast this year, where communities have been destroyed and critical services disrupted by the fighting.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the enemy has gathered enough forces and they have been attacking constantly for a week. They are using a large number of armoured vehicles, including tanks. Yesterday russians hit the outskirts of Nevske with two KAB-500 bombs. They also actively used aviation to attack the positions of our military in neighbouring Novoliubivka and Serebrianka forestry, southwest of Kreminna. Ukrainian defenders are holding back the enemy’s offensive near Makiivka, where five more attacks were repelled, and Dibrova. Makiivka, Nevske and Bilohorivka were under enemy artillery and mortar shelling.

Over the past few days, 10 people have been evacuated from the liberated settlements near the frontline. People are reluctant to leave their homes, putting themselves in danger.

The invaders have failed to prepare the cities they seized last year for the coming winter. While in some places people have at least some of the basic necessities such as gas, light, and water supply, in Novodruzhesk and Pryvillia, which are subordinate to Lysychansk, the population has not had any of these for a year and a half. There was gas but recently its supply stopped. The invaders promised to restore electricity twice: in September 2022 and 2023. There was no talk about centralised water supply at all. Also russians are ordering people to prepare for the winter and restore their homes at their own expense.

Sievierodonetsk residents complain about the constant absence of representatives of the occupation authorities in the city. They say they come only to hold festive events and other propaganda campaigns. There are lower-rank employees but they refuse to make any decision without the so-called leadership. When people ask about the restoration of burnt documents, including property or vehicles, they hear constant refusals. There is no internet and there will not be any for a while so the question of any electronic registers is not even raised.

Patients with diabetes and kidney disease under occupation face significant problems with access to medicines. Hospitals in the temporary occupied territories of Luhansk oblast are full of russian troops.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal announced that the Cabinet of Ministers expanded the veteran’s assistant project to the city of Kyiv and Kyiv oblast. UAH 44.2 million will be allocated to its implementation. It will help in employment, education and social protection of people who have returned from the war.

The UN Development Program will provide Kyiv oblast with technical support in the restoration of 56 objects with funds from the Fund for the Elimination of the Consequences of Armed Aggression. As Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of the RMA reports, the oblast is rebuilding 30 residential buildings and 26 public facilities in 18 communities with its funds. It is planned to restore damaged and destroyed schools, kindergartens and hospitals, and build protective civil defense structures and new shelters.

The city council reports that explosions will be heard in Bucha region, as units of the State Emergency Service will destroy explosive objects. 

The police of Kyiv oblast reports that in a private house in Makariv community, 6 shell fuses were found, which were left by the russian military during the occupation of the region last year. The owners came across a “find” in the oven when they decided to repair it. 

A demonstration of the equipment of the car, which helps sappers to defuse mines and shells, took place in Irpin. As reported by the city council, the Municipal Guard processed more than 600 appeals in Irpin community. Sappers are checking residential premises and outbuildings.

In Irpin, local residents will be additionally issued 16 certificates for the amount of over UAH 68 million under the eRecovery program. This decision was made by city council members. These are funds for compensation for completely destroyed housing as a result of the full-scale invasion of russian troops on the territory of the region. Also, 204 payments of funds for the current repair of damaged apartments were approved.

The exhibition “War Diaries: Unheard Voices of Ukrainian Children” opened in Kyiv, which includes personal belongings and stories of fourteen Ukrainian children who witnessed the war. The exhibition, which will be shown in the ArtHall D12 art space until October 25, presents drawings, notes, diaries, personal belongings and stories of 14 children from Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Odesa oblasts.

287 avenues, streets, alleys and squares  were renamed in Kyiv, 101 of them in honour of Ukrainian figures and 16 in honour of foreigners. More than 15% of the renamings are related to the Ukrainian military, 14.1% are local names, and 12.2% are Ukrainian toponyms. The map with de-russified streets and their stories was launched as part of the Bird in Flight media project.

Zhytomyr oblast

Vitaliy Bunechko, Head of Zhytomyr RMA, energy facilities in Zhytomyr oblast damaged during the previous russian attacks were almost completely restored. Networks and equipment are prepared for the heating season, repair works of energy and gas transport systems are carried out, structures are equipped with backup power sources in case of power outages.

Zhytomyr RMA reported that 93% of kindergarten students, schoolchildren and students of the oblast attend educational institutions. The rest of the children are learning remotely because their schools have not yet been able to build shelters.

In Zhytomyr, the campaign “Chestnuts for the Armed Forces” continues. Everyone can help collect chestnuts to be sent for processing and used in pharmacology and cosmetology. The money will be directed to the needs of the military to buy heating devices for the 46th Assault Brigade.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that on October 10, a 13-year-old girl was killed in the village of Uhroidy, Krasnopillia community, as a result of russian shelling. She died in an ambulance from her injuries on the way to the hospital.

Vasyl Lavrynenko, Deputy Head of Krasnopillia community, reported that private houses, farm buildings, a lyceum and a kindergarten were damaged due to the attack of the russian military on the community. In the lyceum, 72 windows and part of the roof were broken. According to him, many residents still remain in the 5 km border zone of Krasnopillia community, and the majority of people have evacuated in the 2 km zone.

There were 21 shelling attacks on the border areas and settlements of Sumy oblast with 82 explosions recorded. The communities of Krasnopillia, Khotyn, Bilopillia, Velyka Pysarivka and Svesa came under shelling. The enemy attacked with artillery, mortars, grenade launchers, SPG and AGS, and also carried out aerial bombardment from the helicopter with unguided missiles.

Sumy RMA reported that the russian military shelled Krasnopillia community; there were 8 artillery hits and 4 mortar hits.

The Center of National Resistance reported that special units of the russian federation are preparing sabotage in the border areas of Sumy oblast. Groups of saboteurs arrived in Krasnaya Yaruha of Belgorod region to destabilise the situation in the border areas of Sumy oblast. The Belgorod underground records the movement of russian units in Toyota Hilux cars in groups of 10 special forces.

Consequences of shelling of Sumy oblast on October 10. Photo: the Police of Sumy oblast

Chernihiv oblast

The border of Chernihiv oblast was shelled 8 times from the rf territory. As reported by the SBGS, there were 50 mortar, MLRS, barrel artillery and AGS hits. The communities of Novhorod-Siverskyi, Semenivka and Snovsk came under shelling.

Chernihiv RMA reported that in the oblast, 55% of the places are currently vacant in 6 modular towns, which have more than a thousand places. People are gradually moving into renovated housing. At the same time, one of the towns is reserved to evacuate the population from the border in case of an aggravation of the situation, or other emergency cases, when there is a need to resettle a large number of people.

Chernihiv RMA reported that 10 pickup trucks, equipped with starlinks, searchlights and everything necessary, will protect critical infrastructure of the oblast soon. Such powerful support came to the oblast due to the Foundation for Aid to the Defenders of Ukraine.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

The enemy again terrorised the civilian population of Nikopol at night. They shelled Nikopol twice with artillery. A 78-year-old woman was injured, her condition is not critical, she will be treated at home. An educational institution, a utility company, 2 administrative buildings and 5 apartment buildings were damaged.

Marhanets and Myrove communities were also attacked with artillery. More than a dozen shots were launched.

The enemy hit Nikopol with a missile, hitting a school. Three people were killed: a 72-year-old man and two women, aged 60 and 70. Two men, aged 71 and 24, were also injured. The gymnasium building, an infrastructure facility, a grocery store, 50 residential buildings, 18 outbuildings, 17 solar panels, a car and 2 power lines were damaged.

In the morning, the invaders attacked Nikopol region several times with artillery and Kamikaze drones. They shelled Nikopol, Marhanets and Pokrovsk communities. They launched about three dozen shots and used two drones. An infrastructure facility was damaged.

Vinnytsia oblast

An action was held in Vinnytsia to support the captured defenders of Mariupol. The city joined a rally organised to draw attention to the captured defenders. The rally started in Kyiv and will last for four days. From Vinnytsia, it travelled to Khmelnytskyi. On 13 October, the rally in support of the prisoners will take place in Lviv.

Kirovohrad oblast

Andrii Raikovych, Head of Kirovohrad Regional Military Administration, informed that one of the leading hospitals in the regional centre, the Emergency Medical Hospital, has received another humanitarian aid shipment from France. It contains essential medicines, instruments and equipment. The necessary items were delivered to hospitals, social institutions, dormitories in Oleksandriia, Novoukrainka, Holovanivsk, Znamianka, Dolynska and Bobrynets.

Poltava oblast

According to Poltava Regional Military Administration, during the air raid, the sound of an explosion was heard in Myrhorod community. There were neither enemy hits on critical or civilian infrastructure nor reports of casualties.

Cherkasy oblast

Ihor Taburets, Head of Cherkasy Regional Military Administration, reported that Cherkasy oblast is technically ready for the heating season. Taking into account the experience of last year, when the enemy attacked energy facilities, a clear plan to prepare for the 2023/2024 heating season was created. It includes protection of critical infrastructure, backup power supply, fuel and necessary reserves in case of emergency response. 

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yesterday, russian military personnel conducted 127 strikes on 25 populated areas in Zaporizhzhia oblast. 101 artillery strikes targeted the areas of Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Bilohiria, Malynivka, Stepnohirsk, Kamianske, Stepove, Piatyhatky, Lobkove, Lukianivske, and other cities and villages along the front line. The occupiers launched a missile strike on the village of Nadiia, carried out four air strikes on Orikhiv, Robotyne, and Mala Tokmachka, conducted six MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) attacks on Novodanylivka, Robotyne, and Mala Tokmachka, as well as 15 UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) attacks on Levadne, Robotyne, Charivne, Novoivanivka, Temyrivka, Novodanylivka, and Mali Shcherbaky. There were 21 reports of residential buildings and infrastructure damage, but no casualties were reported.

Zaporizhzhia RMA announced that from 13:00 to 17:00, explosive works are scheduled to take place in the territory of Zaporizhzhia region. Residents in the surrounding areas may hear explosions.

Mykolaiv oblast

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Mykolaiv region says that russian forces shelled the open territory of Kutsurub community from the Kinburn Spit. As the result, dry grass and garbage caught fire. A team from the 22nd State Fire and Rescue Department extinguished the fire covering an area of five thousand square meters. There were no casualties or injuries reported. 

Ivan Kukhta, Head of the city’s military administration, reports that a combine harvester was blown up on a landmine near Snihurivka. The driver was injured in the explosion and is currently receiving medical treatment. 

Anti-drone mobile groups are being deployed in Odesa and Mykolaiv oblast. According to Vitalii Kim, Head of Mykolaiv RMA, similar groups have been working in the region since last year, and they have increased their presence. Specific numbers are not disclosed for security reasons.

Vitalii Kim, Head of Mykolaiv RMA, says that an 84 m bridge in Horokhivske community across the Ingulets River, located on one of the main routes connecting Mykolaiv and Kherson oblasts, has been rebuilt. The bridge was reconstructed within five months, which is a record time given its condition after being damaged during combat operations. 

Odesa oblast

On October 10, a roundtable discussion dedicated to the reconstruction of southern Ukraine, which had been devastated due to constant shelling by russian forces, took place within the premises of Odesa National Economic University. Following the meeting, a memorandum was signed between the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Ukraine) and the Union of Builders of Southern Ukraine.

Three more vessels entered the ports in Odesa oblast: two bulk carriers and a dry cargo ship. The bulk carrier IMPERATOR flies the flag of the Marshall Islands, while the bulk carrier WU YANG GLORY is registered under the Liberian flag. The dry cargo ship FALCONA is registered under the flag of Cameroon. This information was provided on October 10 by Andrii Klymenko, the head of the monitoring group at the Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies.

Odesa City Council reports that a festival of canister therapy was held in Victory Park in Odesa. The event was aimed at providing psychological support to adults and children and was dedicated to the World Mental Health Day. During the festival, mental health experts provided consultations, conducted art therapy sessions for both children and adults, and offered guests “letters of happiness” with valuable psychological advice. Animators entertained the youngest festival-goers. The festival also featured a comprehensive program of canister therapy, a method of positive psychosocial and rehabilitative influence on people through specially trained dogs. As part of the Odesa Dog Fest project, representatives from the Canine Association of Ukraine introduced visitors to various dog breeds and organized shows where furry companions demonstrated their skills, tricks, and even danced with their owners. 

Kherson oblast

The occupiers shelled a settlement near Kherson. The russian army dropped munitions from a drone, targeting an area near the cemetery in the village of Kindiika. Three people were injured. Additionally, the occupiers shelled Mykhailivka in Beryslav region, injuring one person.

Funeral vehicle that caught fire after being hit by a russian explosive. Photo from social networks

Yesterday, the enemy launched 82 attacks, firing 435 projectiles from mortars, artillery, Grad MLRS, tanks, small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, and unmanned aerial vehicles. The russian military targeted residential areas of towns and villages in the region, including an educational institution and an agricultural cooperative in Beryslav region. The occupiers carried out an artillery strike on Kizomys, damaging a residential building and injuring a 74-year-old woman. The russian army once again shelled a dairy farm in Novodmytrivka, causing damage to production facilities and the loss of livestock. russian forces are actively shelling Kherson, and residents in all areas of the city are affected by enemy attacks. One person was wounded. Police on the right bank of Kherson oblast recorded 13 war crimes committed by russian occupiers against the civilian population.

130 medical facilities have been damaged in the liberated part of Kherson oblast due to russian shelling, with 26 of them being completely destroyed. This was reported by the Deputy Minister of Health, Mariia Karchevych. Even medical personnel are being targeted, particularly the emergency medical response center workers who are usually the first to arrive at calls. Recently, a brigade from Beryslav station was shelled.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to carry out fire missions in the southern direction. Over the past day, the enemy lost 38 occupiers, 4 cannons, 13 armoured vehicles, and 1 MuroM-M video surveillance system. A military equipment depot was destroyed.

An expert working group has been established in Kherson oblast to protect and preserve cultural heritage. Due to the war, many cultural monuments of great architectural, historical, cultural, and socio-cultural significance for the region have been damaged or destroyed by occupiers.

Within the Side by Side project, builders from Vinnytsia have repaired 6 residential buildings in Kalynivka. Repairs are still ongoing in 4 more buildings. Experts have completed inspections of objects in the villages of Krasnoliubetsk, Mala Seidemynukha, and Novopoltavka in Kalynivka community, and construction work will begin there soon.

The Ukrainian civil organization ANTS – National Interests Advocacy Network, in collaboration with Taiwan, has implemented a million-dollar project to meet the humanitarian needs of the residents of Kherson oblast and Mykolaiv. As part of the project, 370 laptops and computers, an interactive screen, and technical equipment for a situation center, as well as 50 charging stations for hospitals and other critical institutions in Kherson, were purchased. Building materials were also acquired.

The Proliska humanitarian mission delivered 45 tarpaulins and 60 construction sets to the region. These will be used for repairing shelters and vocational schools damaged by enemy shelling. Volunteers also provided blankets, mattresses, pillows, bed linens, sleeping bags, hygiene kits, flashlights, water canisters, and cookware to local hubs where people who lost their homes are staying.

Mykolaiv volunteers, in collaboration with foreign partners, donated a mobile water purification unit to Stanislav community. The equipment, worth EUR 22K, will provide 24-hour access to drinking water for over 4,500 residents as it travels through four villages on a schedule.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The RMA reported that Oksana Zholnovych, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, inspected some rehabilitation centres in Volyn.

Lutsk City Council purchased and sent to the military a DJI Mavic 3T quadcopter with the latest thermal imaging camera for detecting objects at night.

Zakarpattia oblast

Volunteers of Owl’s Nest and employees of the city council from Uzhhorod visited the sister city of Darmstadt. Here, during workshops, meetings with government officials and local volunteers, they analyze what has already been done and discuss directions for future cooperation.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Memorial plaques were placed on the facade ofthe educational institution where defenders of Ukraine from Solotvyn community Andrii Kobzei, Mykola Prokopyshin, Ruslan Belyuzhenko and Andrii Oheri, studied. All soldiers were killed during the fighting in Donetsk oblast, two of them near Bakhmut.

Zalukvian Lyceum received a modular boiler room and a generator from UNICEF in Ukraine. The cost of the project is over UAH 2,6 mln.

Lviv oblast

The Icelandic organization will give Lviv $100K to develop accessibility. This was agreed upon during the working trip of city council representatives to the partner city of Reykjavik (Iceland). The RampUp initiative is successfully working on accessibility for those who use wheelchairs in Iceland.

The RMA held a meeting with Jacob Jensen, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Kingdom of Denmark, and Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark to Ukraine. They discussed cooperation with Ukrainian producers in the field of agriculture.

In Lviv oblast, facilities for heat and water supply and drainage were checked. Local self-government bodies were instructed to eliminate deficiencies.

A Safety Classroom was opened in Chervonohrad region. Here, rescuers, police and representatives of other services will conduct interactive lessons for children.

During a charity mini-football tournament in memory of Roman Shpytko in Birki, Yavoriv region, UAH 17K was collected for the purchase of cars for the 71st separate hunting brigade of the National Security Service.

The war drama The Path of Generations is being released in Lviv. Mykhailo Uhman, Director of the film, is a volunteer who fought in Mariinka and Pisky in Donetsk oblast. Part of the funds from ticket sales will be donated to drones for the Armed Forces.

Rivne oblast

The RMA held a meeting of the Coordinating Center for Civilian Support. They discussed provision of services for veterans and their rehabilitation, creation of veteran spaces in the oblast, support for IDPs, and implementation of state programs.

Rivne oblast received 20 930 Ukrainian language textbooks for 5th grade students. These books were printed with funds from the European Union program.

Ternopil oblast

The RMA held a meeting of the Coordinating Council for Mental Health of Residents and a discussion panel for family medics, psychologists, deputies, social workers, and psychologists. In particular, they discussed how the mental health service works in different areas.

The RMA held an online meeting with representatives of Oschadbank and USAID. Cooperation regarding assistance to local entrepreneurs, grant programs from the Government of Ukraine and USAID, possibilities of expanding cooperation within the framework of compensation mechanisms for the segment of micro, small and medium businesses in the oblast were discussed.

Serhii Nadal, Mayor of Ternopil, reported that from the city, 3 thermal imagers were sent to the military at the front.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

In Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine’s first support department for war veterans and their families was opened in Khmelnytskyi RMA. In the veterans’ hub, qualified specialists provide psychological support, help in solving legal issues by providing legal information, consultations, clarifications, etc.

During the week, 73 IDPs from Kherson oblast arrived in Khmelnytskyi oblast by evacuation trains, 53 of them placed in the territory of the oblast.

Work on increasing the number of civil defense protective structures continues. A protective structure is being built in the territory of Lyceum # 4 in Horodok, for which funds have been allocated: UAH 6 mln – from the local budget of Horodok community and UAH 10 mln – a subsidy from the state budget.

Chernivtsi oblast

Sokyriansk Hospital received part of the medical equipment for the rehabilitation department, which will soon open on the basis of the hospital. Rehabilitation devices for verticalization of the patient and rehabilitation of the upper limbs, stretchers, walkers, etc. were provided by the Public Organization Hromada Hub. In addition, benefactors sent a number of consumables, which were also delivered to the department.

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

A meeting of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine in the Rammstein format was held in Germany. Ministers of defense and senior military officials from almost 50 countries of the world arrived at the 16th meeting of Ukraine’s partners. Lloyd Austin, Head of the Pentagon, Charles Brown, new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, took part in the meeting.

The UN General Assembly did not support the election of russia as a member of the Human Rights Council. There is no russian federation among the 15 members of the UN Human Rights Council for 2024-2026, who were elected by the General Assembly.

Germany announced a package of military aid to Ukraine worth €1 billion, which includes a Patriot anti-aircraft missile complex (CP + radar + 8 anti-aircraft missiles + over 60 anti-aircraft missiles); a IRIS-T SLM anti-aircraft missile complex with medium-range missiles; a IRIS-T SLS anti-aircraft missile complex with short-range missiles; anti-aircraft guided missiles to the specified complexes; 10 Leopard 1A5 tanks; 3 Gepard; 15 protected cars; 20 protected sanitary machines; ammunition of 155-mm caliber. Germany will also reinforce Ukrainian special forces with transport, weapons and equipment.

Grant Shapps, Defense Minister, announced that the United Kingdom sent a new aid package to Ukraine worth $123 million, which include equipment for demining, maintenance of vehicles, and strengthening defensive structures to protect critical infrastructure. In addition, the UK plans to sign further air defense contracts procured through the International Fund for Ukraine.

Lloyd Austin, Head of the Pentagon, announced a new aid package to Ukraine worth $200 million, which include short-range air-to-air AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, ammunition for HIMARS, TOW anti-tank missiles, and 155-mm and 105-mm shells. All this will be allocated from the Pentagon stocks.

Trols Lund Poulsen, Minister of Defense, announced that Denmark plans to deliver the first F-16s to Ukraine in the spring of 2024.

Ludivin Dedonder, Head of the Ministry of Defense, reported that Belgium will send “several” F-16 fighters to Ukraine in 2025.

The first batch of 5,000 FPV drones from Operation Unity is already in Ukraine. There will be a total of 10K – they will be supplemented with Ukrainian-made ammunition and handed over to the Armed Forces. These kamikaze drones were purchased thanks to the joint collection of UNITED24, the Come Back Alive Foundation and monobank.

Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, announced that next year, Ukraine will receive  the first €1,7 billion from frozen russian assets from Belgium.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met with Nicolae Chuke, Chairman of the Senate of Romania, and Alfred Simonis, Acting Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies. Support for Ukraine was discussed.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met with Marcel Colaku, Prime Minister of Romania. Defense support of Ukraine and strengthening of bilateral cooperation of defense-industrial complexes were discussed.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General. Support for Ukraine was discussed.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met with Alexandra De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium. They discussed how the frozen assets of russia can be used right now.

A group of 12 suspected of exporting dual-use goods to the russian federation was detained in Bulgaria. Mariia Pavlova, Deputy Prosecutor General of Bulgaria, said that some russians, a belarusian and an Albanian are among the detainees. 5 of them have already been charged with participation in a criminal group and illegal export.

Global impact of russian aggression 

The German Zeit newspaper reports that Poland has completed an investigation into the Nord Stream bombing and found russian involvement. It provided Germany with evidence of russian involvement in the explosion on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, identifying part of the crew of the Andromeda yacht that was in the area of the incident. The publication notes that Andromeda played a decisive role in the attack on Nord Stream on September 26, 2022. According to the Gdańsk Prosecutor’s Office, on September 19 of the same year, the Polish Border Guard checked the crew of Andromeda during a stopover in the Polish city of Kolobrzeg and recorded the personal data of the crew members. The German government and investigative circles are sceptical of these reports and believe that they could be a distraction from Warsaw.

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, 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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