War in Ukraine today: latest news, October 12, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 596 th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

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Since the beginning of the full-scale armed aggression: 507 children have died, 1,129 children have been injured. 19,546 children have been deported, although according to russian open sources there are over 700,000.

The aggressor country kidnaps Ukrainian children under the guise of rescue and recovery, which is one of the components of the crime of genocide.

What happened in Ukraine today:

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

There were 64 combat engagements. The enemy launched a total of 4 missiles and 65 air strikes, 54 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed or damaged.

Air strikes hit Popivka, Seredyna-Buda, Sumy oblast, Nevske, Bilohorivka, Novolyubivka, Serebrianske forestry, Luhansk oblast, Siversk, Spirne, Vesele, Klischiivka, Andriivka, Novokalynove, Keramik, Stepove, Avdiivka, Novomykhailivka, Staromaiorske, Donetsk oblast, Novodanylivka, Zaporizhzhia oblast, Mykolaivka, Olhivka, Odradokamyanka, Kozatske, and Ulianivka, Kherson oblast.

About 100 settlements in Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts came under artillery fire. 

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy maintains its military presence in the areas of russia bordering Ukraine. The enemy troops conduct active subversive activities  to prevent the deployment of Ukrainian troops. They increase the density of minefields along the state border in Belgorod oblast, russia.

Towards Kupiansk, Ukrainian soldiers repelled 5 enemy attacks in the vicinity of Synkivka and 8 attacks near Ivanivka, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, Ukrainian defense forces continue to hold back the enemy’s offensive in the vicinity of Makiivka, southwest of Kreminna and Serebrianske forestry, Luhansk oblast. The Ukrainian defenders repelled over 5 enemy attacks in that area.

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian defense forces continue assault operations south of Bakhmut, Donetsk oblast, inflict losses in manpower and equipment on the enemy, and consolidate their new positions.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy tries to break through Ukrainian defenses, to no success. The Ukrainian defenders repelled over 20 enemy attacks in the vicinities of Avdiivka, Lastochkyne, Tonenke, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Mariinka, Ukrainian defense forces successfully repelled over 10x enemy attacks in the vicinities of Mariinka, Pobieda, and Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, they did not conduct any offensive (assault) operations.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the invaders made unsuccessful attempts to regain the lost position in the vicinity of Robotyne, Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Towards Kherson, the Ukrainian defense forces conduct counter-battery fire, destroy  supply depots, and successfully strike behind the enemy lines.

The Ukrainian defense forces continue their offensive operation towards Melitopol  and offensive (assault) operations towards Bakhmut, inflicting losses in manpower and equipment on the occupation forces, exhausting the enemy all along the front line.

Ukrainian Air Forces launched 12 air strikes on the buildup of troops, weapons, and military equipment, 3 airstrikes command posts, and on 4 air strikes on the anti-aircraft missile systems of the enemy. 

The Ukrainian rocket troops and artillery hit 1 buildup of manpower, weapons, and military equipment, 10 artillery systems, and 1 command post of the enemy.

Ukraine has created a radio station that is not jammed by russian interception tools and keeps the charge up to 4 days of operation. It can be integrated into a situational awareness system or used as GPS.

As part of the “Shelter” project, since April 2022, compensations in the total amount of over 2.2 billion hryvnias have been paid. These funds were used to pay people who provided free temporary housing to internally displaced persons.

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 towards L6man-Kupiansk, russians attacked our positions 601 times yesterday. The enemy used aircraft 13 times. The enemy also tried to attack with drones 8 times. The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 25 attacks: 10 towards Kupiansk and 15 towards Lyman. They are focusing their attention on Makiivka, Nevske and Serebrianka forestry.

During the fighting, 214 invaders were eliminated. 18 pieces of weapons and equipment were destroyed. Among them are four tanks (two T-72 and two T-80), seven armoured combat vehicles (BMP-1, BMP-2, BTR-80, MTLB), D-20 and D-30 cannons, Acatsia self-propelled artillery systems, Ural trucks and cars.

Kharkiv oblast

At night russian federation attacked Kharkiv region. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, as a result of the Shahed attack, civilian enterprises in Podvirky, Rokytne villages and Babai settlement were set on fire.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that the enemy struck the Industrial district with a Shahed UAV last night at around 11:30 pm. The strike damaged two private residential buildings and started a fire. A 57-year-old man was injured. A woman also needed medical assistance due to an acute stress reaction.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Donetsk Regional Military AdministrationThe night before, at around 10:45 pm, the enemy attacked the villages of Budy, Babai and Podvirky in Kharkiv district with a Shahed UAV. Civilian enterprises were damaged and fires broke out. There were no casualties.

Around midnight, the invaders shelled  Kivsharivka, Kupiansk region. An artillery shell hit between the entrances of an apartment building. There were no casualties.

Yesterday the enemy attacked settlements of Kharkiv, Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions.

As a result of shelling in Kupiansk, a private building and buildings of a civilian enterprise were damaged and fires broke out.

In Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi, a private building was damaged by shelling. A 72-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man were injured and hospitalised.  

Lukiantsi village of Kharkiv region, Vovchansk and Vovchanski Khutory village of Chuhuiv region were targeted. Private buildings and outbuildings were damaged.

2 men exploded on an unknown explosive device in the field in Hrakove village, Kupiansk region, yesterday after 10 am. They were killed on the spot.

Yesterday pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined 13.5 hectares of territory and defused 77 explosive ordnance.

Critical infrastructure was partially damaged as a result of yesterday’s Shahed attacks on Kharkiv region. Emergency services worked all the night to quickly eliminate the aftermath. All measures are being taken to protect critical infrastructure.

In Hroza village, the remnants of the killed continue to be identified. The number has increased to 59 people. One of the injured women died yesterday in reanimation. The bodies of 2 women previously reported missing were also identified. A working group is on site to organise assistance in burying the killed and helping the injured in Hroza. People received priority assistance to repair damage to their homes. A decision was made to pay the affected families from the regional and community budgets. International humanitarian aid was also delivered to the village.

Based on the previously provided information by Oleksandr Filchakov, Head of Kharkiv Prosecutor’s Office, the Iskander-M missile, that russian troops used to hit Hroza village on 5 October, was launched from the territory of belgorod region.

Donetsk oblast

The press service of Donetsk police informed that russian troops shelled 12 settlements: Avdiivka, Sviatohirsk, Chasiv Yar cities, Zhelanne, Kurdiumivka, Nelipivka, Ocheretyne settlements, Maksymivka, Netailove, Novoselivka Persha, Pervomaiske and Umanske villages. Two people were killed and four injured. 19 civilian objects were damaged: 12 residential buildings, a church, a cinema, an enterprise, an outbuilding and a power line.

Destruction as a result of russian shelling. Photo: National Police

Towards Donetsk, Avdiivka was under numerous attacks: out of 13 attacks, 11 were airstrikes. One civilian was killed and two others injured in the shelling. Five apartment buildings, three private buildings, a cinema and a workshop were destroyed. Avdiivka Coke Plant is also under constant attack. Yesterday russians hit a tank with resin remnants. A fire broke out. In Ocheretyne, 1 person was killed, 2 buildings, an infrastructure facility and an administrative building damaged. In Marinka community, Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka and Kostiantynivka were under attack. In Novohrodivka community, an apartment building and a social facility were damaged in Komyshivka. 

Towards Horlivka, 2 buildings were damaged: in Chasiv Yar and Nelipivka of Toretsk community.

Towards Lysychansk, 4 buildings were damaged in Yampil of Lyman community. A residential building and a non-residential building were damaged in Siversk.

The invaders shelled Ocheretyne with artillery, killing a man. Also russians shelled Maksymivka with Uragan MRLs and damaged three private buildings.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Donetsk Regional Military AdministrationVitalii Barabash, Head of Avdiivka City Military Administration, reported about a non-stop fighting for three days and very intense situation. According to him, 10 October was the largest offensive by the invaders on the city in the entire full-scale war. On 11 October, russians stopped using equipment. Infantry and paratroopers of 20-30 people went on the offensive in 10-12 directions.

Destruction as a result of russian shelling. Photo: National Police

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, attacks on Makiivka do not stop. Yesterday alone, russians made eight such attempts. However, there are people in villages near the frontline who refuse to leave despite the increased danger. The enemy has also intensified ground offensives in Serebrianka forestry. In addition, they launched more than 10 air strikes on Ukrainian troops’ positions there and near Bilohorivka. Nevske and Bilohorivka suffered from artillery and mortar attacks.

The invaders report that they have allegedly completed their preparations for the autumn-winter period. But the towns they occupied last year will not see the warmth. In contrast to the prepared boiler houses in Luhansk, Alchevsk, Antratsyt and Rovenky, they are using the following formulation to significantly increase the percentage: boiler houses with electricity and water supply will start operating in Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk, Rubizhne, Hirske community, etc. None, except for the hastily installed modular ones near several apartment buildings. Some of them have just started ground work. The main thing for the invaders is the percentage, not the warmth and amenities in the homes of citizens. Also russians neither care about the boilers nor about the houses they destroyed. In the old districts of Sievierodonetsk, they do not promise to restore even the surviving buildings, where one or two apartments were destroyed. There are no roofs, no communications, no payments, which the invaders were showing off before the so-called “first elections”.

Luhansk police confirmed that on 11 October, they evacuated an 86-year-old man from Makiivka, Luhansk oblast, to Donetsk oblast and installed Starlink so that residents of settlements along the contact line could communicate with their families.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The Kyiv City State Administration reported that in Kyiv, representatives of municipal services conducted large-scale training on how to deal with a power outage at critical infrastructure facilities. The capital involved about 500 specialists from municipal, state-owned enterprises and utilities in the training. The purpose of the drills is to prepare the units involved for any development scenario. It also provides clear instructions for specialists to respond in a timely manner in a critical situation.

In Irpin, a 120mm artillery shell was discovered during the reconstruction of a factory building. During the hostilities last year, the shell pierced the roof of the building, cracked on impact, depressurised and did not detonate. The munition was defused by pyrotechnics from the local Municipal Guard. This is not the first time explosives have been found at the plastic goods plant in Irpin, and bomb squads have visited the facility 11 times.

According to Kyiv RMA, a commission has been set up in the Kyiv Oblast to inspect the work at the facilities under reconstruction. It will record all the problems and resolve them promptly. The first inspections will start this week.

Vitalii Klychko, the mayor of Kyiv, reported that since the beginning of the full-scale war, about 281,000 internally displaced persons have registered in Kyiv, including more than 55,000 children. Since 2014, a total of over 400,000 Ukrainians have found refuge in the capital. These are almost 325,000 families. 70 thousand children, about 15 thousand people with disabilities and more than 66 thousand pensioners. 

In Kyiv, IDPs have received 64 permits for new apartments for temporary residence. The capital has already purchased 113 apartments, which are owned by the Kyiv territorial community. They are provided free of charge to IDPs for temporary residence. In total, 956 internally displaced families are in need of housing in Kyiv.

The Kyiv RMA reported that a new shelter will be built for two kindergartens in Hlevakha on Vokzalna Street. The construction of the new shelter will allow children to attend preschools offline. The customer for the work is the Department of Regional Development of the Kyiv Regional State Administration.

Kyiv will supply 2,650 tonnes of fuel to the Defence and Security Forces of Ukraine. This will help the units to enhance the effectiveness of combat and security tasks performed by Ukrainian defenders.

On October 11, Jewish organisations in Kyiv held a demonstration in support of the peoples of Ukraine and Israel. The participants held flags and symbols of the two countries. The participants, together with rabbis, read a memorial prayer, which is said for the raising of the souls of the dead and missing.

The village of Katiuzhanka in the Dymer community paid tribute to Vitalii Baranov, commander of the 206th Territorial Defence Battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, call sign “Biba”. He died on October 8 while performing a combat mission in Donetsk region. Vitalii again stood up to defend his homeland after russia’s full-scale invasion, when his family and wife were under occupation in Katiuzhanka.

Zhytomyr oblast

According to the city council a radiation shelter will be built on the territory of Lyceum No. 8 in Korosten. It will accommodate 250 students at a time and will be located 15 metres from the school premises. An additional UAH 27 million was allocated from the city budget for its construction.

The Zviahel City Council reported that in 2023 the community bought military bonds worth UAH 200 million. Last year, the community allocated more than UAH 136 million to help the Security and Defence Forces of Ukraine.

Sumy oblast

The Sumy RMA reported that russians fired 5 times at the border areas and settlements of the region. In total, there were 21 attacks with mortars and cannon artillery. Znob-Novhorodske, Seredyna-Buda, Druzhbivka and Esman communities were shelled.

Serhii Naiev, commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that an 8-member subversive reconnaissance group was neutralised at night on the border with Sumy oblast. The saboteurs were trying to cross the state border of Ukraine and planned to move towards one of the civilian critical infrastructure facilities. The enemy was hit by fire, the subversive group suffered combat losses and retreated.

The Northern Forestry Office reported that the enemy fired on the territory of a structural unit of the Svesa Forestry. The attack was carried out from a helicopter at around 9am. The attack damaged the administrative building and garage.

On October 11, the enemy fired 39 times at the border of Sumy Oblast – a total of 286 explosions. Nine communities of the region were under hostile fire: Khotin, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Druzhbivka, Znob-Novhorodske, Seredyna-Buda, Esman, Shalyhine. 

The Sumy RMA reported that on October 11, a person was wounded in Sumy Oblast as a result of russian shelling. 8 private residential buildings, a school building and an outbuilding were damaged. A woman was wounded during the shelling of Druzhbivka community by russian MLRS. She was hospitalised in a medical facility. 

Consequences of russian shelling in Sumy Oblast, October 11, 2023. Photo: National Police of Sumy Oblast

Oleksii Kuleba, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, is on a working visit to the region. One of the most important issues to be addressed is ensuring the educational process in the region, which is constantly under fire, and arranging shelters there. Kuleba visited a school in the town of Romny that was destroyed by russians. The strike had destroyed the school and killed four educators.

According to Sumy RMA, in Sumy oblast, a headquarters has been set up to respond quickly and ensure normal living conditions for the population during restrictions and/or interruptions in electricity supply.

Chernihiv oblast

According to the State Border Guard Service, russians fired 5 times at the border of Chernihiv Oblast. There were 32 attacks with mortars and cannon artillery. Novhorod-Siverska and Semenivka communities came under fire.

The United Kingdom will provide £93,000 for the restoration of the regional music and drama theatre in Chernihiv. This was announced by the British Ambassador to Ukraine, Martin Harris during a visit to Chernihiv. The drama theatre was included in the list of 50 sites whose restoration will be funded by the UK.

The State Border Guard Service reported that Martin Harris visited the SBGS units guarding the border in Chernihiv oblast. He got acquainted with the situation on the Ukrainian-russian and Ukrainian-belarusian border, the available means and equipment used to protect the border. 

Viacheslav Chaus, head of the RMA, reported that Thanks to the Partnership for a Strong Ukraine Fund, which is funded by the governments of six countries, 34 projects have been implemented in Chernihiv Oblast. These include equipped shelters in schools, kindergartens, administrative buildings of five communities; building materials and full repair work in educational, healthcare and social protection institutions; special equipment and financial support, installation of a modern warning system in the regional centre.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, stated that the Air Force shot down an enemy drone over the region at night. The invaders shelled Marhanets community, Nikopol region, with artillery at night. Last night and in the morning the enemy also shelled Nikopol with artillery. Two private buildings were damaged. The enemy used a Kamikaze drone and attacked Nikopol region 5 times, including the morning attack on Nikopol.  According to the updated information, 2 hotel complexes, 9 private buildings, 5 outbuildings, a garage, 3 gas pipelines and a power line were damaged as a result of artillery shelling. A hit from a Kamikaze drone damaged the roof of an apartment building, windows on the technical floor and in an apartment. Villages in the Marhanets community were also hit. Five private buildings, two gas pipelines and a power line were damaged.

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

Serhii Lysak, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, reported that the military received 11 quadcopters and 3 ambulances from Dnipropetrovsk oblast. The defenders also received 4 more powerful pick-up trucks.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​Vinnytsia City Council stated that the region delivered a batch of more than 200 drones of various types, including Mavic, to the frontline for Ukrainian soldiers.

Almost UAH 300K was raised to support the defenders at a charity fair at Vinnytsia Gymnasium No. 24. The money was used to buy an off-road vehicle for the defenders at the front.

Kirovohrad oblast

Viktor Kovalenko, Academic Advisor, reported that Vlasii Svintsytskyi, eleventh-grader from Kropyvnytskyi, created a device for automatically sending air raid and warning signals. He tested it at the lyceum where he studies. As soon as an air alert is announced in the region, the device transmits a signal to all classrooms. Thanks to cooperation with the Ministry of Transformation and the Emergency Service, the development team gained access to the server from which broadcasts air raid alert throughout Ukraine.

Poltava oblast

Mayor Vitalii Maletskyi reported that Poltava received a large humanitarian aid from France. The shipment includes multifunctional hospital beds with mattresses, lifts for bedridden patients, special anti-bedsore pneumatic mattresses, etc. Also, clothes, shoes and children’s toys for IDPs, food for kitchens where meals are prepared for them. The mayor also announced an agreement on a shipment of generators which is expected in the near future.

Cherkasy oblast

Ihor Taburets, Head of Cherkasy Regional Military Administration, informed that air defence forces shot down an enemy attack drone in the sky over Cherkasy oblast at night . Another Shahed drone hit an open area. The dry vegetation fire was extinguished.

Students of a Cherkasy school raised UAH 60K for technical support of air defence. This is how the volunteers who launched the fundraiser decided to help.

More than 1,600 shelters were equipped in Cherkasy oblast. This is four times more than last year. Along with this, modular shelters are being set up.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

In Zaporizhzhia, the russian army carried out 128 artillery attacks, targeting locations such as Guliaipole, Malynivka, Bilohiriia, Levadne, Verkhnia Tersa, Olhivske, Shcherbaky, Temyrivka, Kamianske, Piatikhatky, Lobkove, and other towns and villages on the frontline. The enemy also launched a missile attack on Pryvitne, conducted 11 UAV attacks on Chervone, Novodarivka, Malynivka, Robotyne, and Novoivanivka, and initiated 7 MLRS attacks on Novodanilivka, Preobrazhenka, Robotyne, and Mala Tokmachka. Additionally, aerial shells were fired at Orikhiv, resulting in the unfortunate death of a 74-year-old woman due to a missile strike on Pryvitne.

The East Air Command reported that in Zaporizhzhia, the air defense forces successfully destroyed a russian Shahed-131/136 UAV. 

The head of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov reported that the russians intended to orchestrate an artificial overload of the system and a controlled release of radiation at the temporarily seized Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). 

The President of the Energoatom Company, Petro Kotin, reported that despite russian pressure, 812 ZNPP employees did not sign contracts with Rosatom, while 2600 couldn’t refuse to do so. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts gained access to the roof of the second reactor unit of ZNPP and found no mines or explosives there, as confirmed by the agency’s Director General, Rafael Grossi.

Furthermore, the first batch of 50 kamikaze drones, known as General Chereshnia’s drones, was manufactured in Zaporizhzhia. These drones have the capability to fly up to 12 kilometers and carry a payload of up to one and a half kilograms.

Mykolaiv oblast

According to Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, on October 11 and on the night of October 12, russian troops shelled Kutsurub and Ochakiv communities with MLRS and artillery, and launched drones into Mykolaiv oblast. On the night of October 12, air defense forces destroyed 4 Shahed-136/131 attack drones in Mykolaiv oblast. Also, on October 11, a Supercam reconnaissance drone was destroyed in Mykolaiv oblast. Fires broke out twice in localities due to the fall of drone wreckage. There were no casualties. 

Thanks to the support of the international organization Lions Clubs International, Mykolaiv region continues to receive humanitarian aid, with a focus on the medical sector. Lions Clubs International, which unites about 1.5 million members, has become the largest public association in the world. Last time, the Lions Club de Toul center in Toul, France, sent two ambulances to Ukraine through its Moldovan colleagues. Today, these special vehicles have been handed over to the medical staff of the Stepivska and Vesnianska communities in Mykolaiv oblast.

Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration reported that on October 11, dump trucks with a carrying capacity of 15 tons were delivered to four communities in Mykolaiv Oblast. The trucks were purchased by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) at the expense of the Royal Danish Embassy in Ukraine. The dump trucks were received by Snihurivska, Pershotravneva, Radsadivska, and Horokhivska communities. The equipment will help in eliminating the consequences of russia’s armed aggression and further restoring infrastructure. In addition, the vehicles will be needed for landscaping and will help utilities. 

Odesa oblast

The Southern Defense Forces of Ukraine reported that on the night of October 12, the russian army sent drones across the Danube port infrastructure. In an attempt to bypass air defense systems, the kamikaze drones came from different directions, using complex trajectories and terrain features. The attack in Izmail region damaged warehouse buildings in the port area, including a grain storage facility and private homes. Fires broke out and were quickly extinguished. One person was injured. 10 Shahed-131/136 drones were shot down over Odesa oblast.

The aftermath of a russian drone attack on the Danube River in Odesa oblast, October 12, 2023. Photo: Odesa Regional Prosecutor’s Office

Residents of the Sarata community in Odesa oblast never cease to amaze with their talents: they hold fairs to support the community, cook for their fellow countrymen, and now they are making equipment. For example, local radio-telecommunications technician Volodymyr Fomin made a homemade powerful power bank from the remains of an inverter generator, which has already been sent to the soldiers of the 88th separate marine battalion, where a soldier from Sarata is serving. In addition, volunteers from the village of Svitlodolynske purchased and delivered 5 camouflage nets, 14 camouflage helmets and hygiene products. The locals also donated more than 200 sacks, which are very much needed by the soldiers at the zero line, as they are convenient for bringing provisions and other necessary items to the front line.

On the night of October 11, a new art object in support of Israel appeared in an open-air gallery on Deribasovskaya Street. According to the curator of the exhibition, Volodymyr Umanenko, Odesa artist Yaroslav Voitsekhovsky painted a six-pointed star of David with the coat of arms of Ukraine inscribed in it. Next to it, he wrote the word “Together” in Hebrew and Ukrainian. The drawing appeared as part of the 73rd exhibition “Freedom is not Death”

Kherson oblast

According to the rector of Kherson State University, Oleksandr Spivakovsky, the russian military shelled University, with the shells hitting the university’s assembly hall.

At 12:20 today, russian troops attacked Beryslav district with artillery, resulting in one man being wounded. He received medical assistance on the spot. Private houses and outbuildings were damaged, according to the prosecutor’s office.

In the afternoon, russian troops shelled Chornobaivka, where a 71-year-old man died on the way to the hospital, and one local resident was wounded. Dozens of houses in the village were damaged, and there was a partial power outage.

The russian military also struck Beryslav in the Kherson region, hitting residential areas of the city, resulting in one man being wounded. Further information about damage and casualties is being updated.

Kherson Regional Military Administration reported that a 70-year-old man was killed in his own yard as a result of the night shelling of Chornobaivka by the russian military. According to eyewitnesses, he was going to shelter during the shelling.

Additionally, a kindergarten building was damaged after the night shelling of Bilozerka by the russian army in the Kherson region. Three people who were in their own homes at the time of the attack were injured.

The head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration, Oleksandr Prokudin reported that over the past day, the russian military launched 98 attacks on the Kherson oblast, firing 500 shells. The attacks resulted in damage to a school in Beryslav district and a cemetery in the suburbs of Kherson, with four people being wounded. 

Over the last 24 hours, the russian army dropped nine guided aerial bombs on Kozatske, Odradokamianka, Zmiivka, and Stepne in Kherson region, resulting in damage to twenty houses and a warehouse building.

Additionally, the Stanislav community received a mobile water treatment plant capable of producing up to 12 tonnes of potable water. One significant advantage of this station is its mobility. The assistance was made possible through the efforts of the Rotary Club Ukraine Unity.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

A job fair for IDPs took place in Lutsk. In addition, specialists of the employment service spoke in detail about actual services for IDPs: voucher for training; a grant for the development or opening of one’s own business; professional training or advanced training, etc.

As part of the pilot project to assess the state of the anti-corruption system of territorial communities, a working group was created in Lutsk City Council to assess corruption risks in the activities of Lutsk City Council. The working group included employees of structural subdivisions of the city council, as well as representatives of public organizations who have practical experience in developing an anti-corruption program and assessing corruption risks.

Zakarpattia oblast

Representatives of the RMA and the regional council, Antal Heizer, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Ukraine, and Jozef Bochkai, Consul General of Hungary in Uzhgorod, visited the Memorial to the fallen Ukrainian soldiers on the Hill of Glory in Uzhgorod. They honored the memory of fallen soldiers with a moment of silence and laid flowers.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

This year, 453 IDPs were employed in the oblast. Since the beginning of the year, 707 IDPs have received the status of unemployed.

The Main Department of the State Emergency Service in the oblast reported in Ivano-Frankivsk, a Safety Classroom was opened in the shelter of the Lyceum named after Ivan Pulyuy and in the Lyceum of the Tysmenytsia community. Emergency services, police, military personnel and medics will be involved in the safety lessons.

Lviv oblast

Olivia Paroldy, famous French artist who works in the technique of engraving, taught young Lviv residents to create in a special style. She came to Lviv for the first time to conduct a master class on engraving techniques for orphans and children deprived of parental care.

In the main building of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, a ceremonial opening of the Warriors of Light charity exhibition of Max Vityk’s paintings took place. This series of paintings was painted by the artist during the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. He depicts childishly sincere fantasy heroes who represent the guardian of our peace and light and combine symbolic, folklore and even religious features.

Warriors of Light exhibition. Photo: Lviv RMA

Rivne oblast

Residents of Rokytnivsk community bought a car for a resident of the village of Tomashhorod, Rokytniv community, who serves in the 58th motorized infantry brigade. The funds was collected at a charity fair.

A meeting of the city commission took place, during which they approved the list of Invincibility Centers, towns of invincibility and heating points that will operate in Rivne community.

Ternopil oblast

A Mental Health Center was opened for the first time in Ternopil oblast. The Center was opened on the basis of the outpatient clinic of the general practice of family medicine of Velikohayiv community. A psychologist and a social worker will work there. All residents of the community, IDP and military personnel can contact the center and receive qualified psychological help and support.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The RMA reported that an inclusive Safety Classroom was opened for students of Kamianets-Podilskyi educational and rehabilitation center of Khmelnytskyi Regional Council, and a new local fire brigade started working in the village of Sakhkamin of Humenets community.

60 FPV drones and three control systems for them were sent from Khmelnytskyi to one of the combat units of the Special Operations Forces. The aid was purchased from the local budget.

Chernivtsi oblast

Captain Stanislav Slivka, Commander of the self-propelled artillery battery of the Iron Brigade from Bukovyna, received the 3th degree For Courage Order. The award was presented personally by the President of Ukraine, while in the area of ​​hostilities.


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

The Ministry of Finance reported that Ukraine received a $1.15 billion grant from the US for social benefits and salaries.

Canada announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine worth about $19 mln, including winter clothing and equipment. Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of National Defense, announced that the country would provide assistance from the inventory of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF): 2K additional 155 mm shells; smoke munitions, including 955 rounds of 155-mm artillery smoke shells and over 2K rounds of 81-mm smoke mortars; 2 260 gas masks; 277 1K-pound aerial bombs and blasters; various types of 76 mm naval ammunition.

Spain confirmed the transfer of the Hawk air defense system to Ukraine and announced the provision of 155-mm and 105-mm artillery shells. Margarita Robles, Spanish Defense Minister, said that 6 new anti-aircraft missile systems will be integrated into the US battery. And from November 2023, training for Ukrainian HAWK operators and maintainers will be held in Spain. Robles also announced the delivery of batches of 155 and 105 mm artillery ammunition and heavy machine guns to strengthen countermeasures against drones.

Finland announced the allocation of the 19th package of military aid worth EUR 95 mln to Ukraine. The contents of the package are not disclosed. “There is a war going on in Ukraine, the outcome of which will decide the security order of Europe and Finland in the distant future. We will continue to resolutely support Ukraine together with our allies,” said Antti Hakkianen, Defense Minister.

The Netherlands announced the transfer of a new batch of military aid to Ukraine. “The Netherlands sent military goods to Ukraine. The package includes drones, demining equipment and ammunition,” the Dutch Ministry of Defense said. Thus, the total value of everything delivered by the Netherlands to Ukraine during the entire war is EUR 2,1 billion.

Lithuania will send to Ukraine 2 NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, 155 mm artillery ammunition, electric generators, army mobile beds and warm uniforms. In addition, training and rehabilitation for the Ukrainian military continued.

Denmark will deliver the first F-16s to Ukraine in early 2024. “We expect that in March-April we will be able to hand over the first batch of combat aircraft to Ukraine. But a lot of work still needs to be done so that the Ukrainians can operate them,” said Troels Lund Poulsen, Danish Defense Minister. The minister emphasized that Ukraine should not only get fighter jets, but also be able to maintain them

The Czech Ministry of Defense reported that Denmark and the Czech Republic will deliver almost 50 infantry fighting vehicles and main battle tanks, 2,5K pistols, 7K rifles, 500 hand machine guns and 500 sniper rifles, means of electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, newly manufactured and from the warehouses of Czech companies. In the future, it is planned to send another 500 large-caliber machine guns, 280 self-propelled guns, 7K anti-tank weapons, 10K hand grenades and 60 mortar systems, and much more. The supply will also include a significant number of anti-drone systems.

Norway, Sweden and Denmark together will buy artillery shells for Ukraine. They jointly founded the so-called ​​Nordic Ammunition Initiative. “3 countries contribute about NOK 600 mln together, and Ukraine will receive these ammunitions in 2023,” said Bjorn Arild Gram, Norwegian Defense Minister.

Norway will allocate $18,5 mln for demining Ukraine.

Croatia and Spain will provide Ukraine with €6,5 mln for humanitarian demining needs.

The Pentagon reported that the US will lead a coalition of countries that will help Ukraine develop its own air force. Denmark and the Netherlands will jointly lead this coalition with the US. Estonia and Luxembourg already work in a coalition aimed at supporting the Ukrainian IT infrastructure, and Lithuania in a mine clearance coalition.

Oleksii Kuleba, Deputy Head of the Office of the President, met with Karolina Lindholm Billing, representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ukraine. Supporting Ukraine was discussed.

The Office of the President of Ukraine held a meeting with representatives of the World Congress of Ukrainians. They discussed commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine, the genocide of the Ukrainian people.

Andrii Smirnov, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, held a meeting with members of the Board of Directors and co-chairs of the Legal Policy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. They discussed priority steps for the further implementation of the judicial reform.

On October 9-11, the Congress of Cross-Border Cooperation was held in Lublin (Poland). During panels, workshops and internships, experts from Poland, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Moldova, Norway, Ukraine and Great Britain discussed how to support Ukrainian society today after long-term stress, war and violence.



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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