War in Ukraine today: latest news, October 16, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 600 th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

What happened in Ukraine today:

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

The russian occupiers launched yet another missile and air strike on Ukraine, using 5 Kh-59 guided missiles, 1 Iskander-M ballistic missiles and 12 Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs. The Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 2 Kh-59 missiles and 11 Shaheds. 

There were 53 combat engagements. The enemy launched a total of 6 missiles and 39 air strikes, 16 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. The russian terrorist attacks have killed and wounded civilians. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed or damaged.

The operational situation in east and south of Ukraine remains difficult.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, there were no significant changes and no signs of formation of an offensive group. Certain units of the armed forces of belarus continue their missions in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy maintains its military presence in the areas of russia bordering Ukraine. They continue to shell Ukrainian settlements from the territory of russia and increase the density of minefields along the state border of Ukraine. The occupiers launched an airstrike in the vicinity of Buchky, Chernihiv oblast. The enemy fired artillery and mortars at around 10x settlements, including Buda-Vorobivska, Chernihiv oblast, Sosnivka, Turia, Sumy oblast, Udy, Veterynarne, Hatyshche, and Neskuchne, Kharkiv oblast. 

Towards Kupiansk, Ukrainian soldiers repelled 12 enemy attacks in the vicinity of Synkivka and Ivanivka, Kharkiv oblast, and 4 more attacks near Stelmakhivka and Nadiia, Luhansk oblast. In addition, they launched an airstrike in the vicinity of the settlement of Synkivka, Kharkiv oblast. The enemy fired artillery and mortars at around 15 settlements, including Kamianka, Dvorichna, Berestove, Synkivka, and Krokhmalne, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, the enemy launched air strikes in the vicinity of Serebrianske forestry, Luhansk oblast, the settlements of Siversk and Spirne, Donetsk oblast. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 20 settlements, including Makiivka, Nevske, Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, Terny, Torske, Verkhniokamyanske, and Spirne, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian soldiers repelled 3 adversary attacks in the vicinity of the settlement of Andriivka. The enemy launched an airstrike in the vicinity of Klischiivka, Donetsk oblast. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Minkivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Klischiivka, Andriivka, and New York, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy conducted unsuccessful assault operations with the support of aircraft in the vicinity of Avdiivka and Pervomaiske, Donetsk oblast. The Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 7 attacks of the enemy in that area. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at more than 10 settlements, including Keramik, Avdiivka, Sieverne, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Mariinka, Ukrainian Defense Forces successfully repelled 16 enemy attacks in the vicinity of Mariinka, Donetsk oblast. They launched air strikes in the vicinities of Maryinka and Oleksandropil, Donetsk oblast. Around 10 settlements, including Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Mariinka, Pobieda, and Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast, were under the occupiers’ artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Shakhtarsk, Ukrainian soldiers repelled enemy attacks south of Zolota Nyva and south of Prechystivka, Donetsk oblast. The enemy launched an airstrike in the vicinity of Staromaiorske, Donetsk oblast. Around 10 settlements, including Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, and Urozhaine, Donetsk oblast, came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian defenders repelled all of the enemy attacks southwest of Novodanylivka, Zaporizhzhia oblast. The enemy also attempted to regain the lost ground west of Robotyne and west of Verbove, Zaporizhzhia oblast, to no success. Over 20 settlements, including Poltavka, Huliaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Robotyne, Novodanylivka, and Piatykhatky, Zaporizhzhia oblast, came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kherson, the occupiers launched air strikes in the vicinity of settlements of Mykolaivka and Ivanivka, Kherson oblast. The enemy fired artillery and mortars at Antonivka, Kherson oblast and Ochakiv, Mykolaiv oblast.

At the same time, 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.

The Ukrainian Air Forces launched 4 air strikes on the buildup of troops, weapons, and military equipment of the adversary.

The Ukrainian missile troops hit 1 artillery system of the russian invaders.

In two years, the number of women in the Ukrainian army increased by 12 thousand, that is by 40%. Currently, almost 43,000 servicemen are serving. 

155 citizens of Ukraine were evacuated from Israel. Among them are 107 women and 23 children. The first evacuation flight with 207 Ukrainians took off on October 14. 

The first armored “Shvydka” (ambulance car) arrived in Ukraine to help medics evacuate the wounded from the front line to the nearest medical facility. It meets NATO ballistic standards and can protect against damage by kinetic ammunition, fragments of field artillery shells, and detonation of improvised explosive devices. It is also equipped with special tires that can be driven flat in case of loss of pressure. The speed varies from 50 to 150 km. It was custom made in Canada.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Based on the information provided by the General Staff, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 5 russian attacks near Klishchiivka and Andriivka, over 15 attacks were repelled towards Avdiivka and over 15 attacks near Marinka and north of Pryiutne in Donetsk oblast on 15 October. Russian troops did not advance towards Lyman yesterday.

Illia Yevlash, Head of the press service of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that towards Bakhmut and Lyman-Kupiansk, russian troops lost more than 20 pieces of equipment and 387 soldiers yesterday. Also, russian troops attacked towards Bakhmut 608 times and 531 times towards Lyman-Kupiansk.

Kharkiv oblast

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that the enemy keeps trying to conduct the offensive towards Kupiansk . Yesterday our defenders repelled 15 enemy attacks near Synkivka and Ivanivka.

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

A 65-year-old woman, who was injured during the shelling of Borova, Izium region, asked for medical assistance at 6:30 am at Borova settlement, Izium region. She was hospitalised in moderate condition.

Borova was under enemy shelling again at 10:45 pm.

In Hlushkivka village, Kupiansk region, enemy shelling damaged a private building, a garage and outbuildings.  

As a result of shelling of Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, an apartment building and a private building were damaged.

A private building was damaged as a result of a guided bomb strike on Cherneshchyna village, Izium region.

In Yurchenkove, Chuhuiv region, livestock was killed as a result of hostile shelling.

In Kamianka village, Izium region, a 14-year-old boy stepped on a Butterfly mine and sustained a mine-blast injury. He was hospitalised in moderate condition.

Donetsk oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on 15 October, russian troops stormed Avdiivka, Keramika, Stepove, Tonenke and Sieverne with the help of aircraft, where Ukrainian soldiers repelled more than 15 attacks.

Referring to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, yesterday russians injured 4 civilians: 2 in Hannivka, 1 in Netailove and Verkhnokamianske.

Yesterday, the enemy launched a missile attack on Sloviansk community, hitting near an enterprise, without any casualties.

Towards Volnovakha, russians attacked Vuhledar three times and Novoukrainka four times, damaging a building.

Towards Donetsk, one person was injured in Netailove of Ocheretyne community, an infrastructure facility damaged in Novoselivka Persha and two buildings destroyed in Soloviove. In Kurakhove community, 2 people were injured in Hannivka and 4 buildings damaged in Kurakhivka. Avdiivka suffered a missile attack and attacks shelling during the day. Vitalii Barabash, Head of Avdiivka City Military Administration, said that russian troops started shelling the settlements of Avdiivka community less and are conducting fewer assaults.

Towards Horlivka, 9 private buildings, 3 apartment buildings and 2 infrastructure facilities were damaged in Kostiantynivka. In Toretsk community, 2 buildings in Dyliivka and an administrative building in Toretsk were damaged. In Chasiv Yar community, 4 apartment buildings and 2 private buildings were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, a building in Siversk was damaged. Torske, Zarichne, Kolodiazi and Stavky of Lyman community were shelled.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Before the full-scale invasion, 14K people lived in the Velyka Novosilka community. Today, about a third remain. Serhii Yaschenko, Head of the Military Administration, said that the settlements of the community that were under occupation until July this year have been completely destroyed and there is not a single person left. All towns and villages of the community suffer from constant russian shelling. There is no single surviving building in the settlements of the community, Storozheve, Blahodatne, Makarivka, Staromaiorske, Urozhaine, that were de-occupied in July this year. 

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the number of enemy air strikes in liberated villages and positions of Ukrainian military has increased significantly in recent days. Only yesterday Nadiia, Bilohorivka, Novoliubivka and the territory of Serebrianka forestry were hit. Despite the danger, there are still people in some settlements. Also russians are not reducing their artillery influence in Luhansk oblast. Nevske and Bilohorivka were shelled.

By the end of 2024, the so-called “LPR” threatens to complete a full stock control of the housing foundation. According to the invaders, this will allow them to form regional registers of apartment buildings. The stock control is designed to identify housing from which people have evacuated and which is empty.

In Sievierodonetsk, there is only one pharmacy where you can buy medicines. Medicines are delivered there twice a month. There is a shortage of SARS medicines.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Penny Pritzker, the United States Special Representative for Ukraine’s Economic Recovery, has arrived in Kyiv. This is her first visit to Ukraine since her appointment. The President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced a meeting with her to discuss the protection of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, macro-financial support for our country, and the fair use of frozen russian assets.

The National Police has opened a headquarters in Hostomel to document russian war crimes. The police are cooperating with the international human rights group Global Rights Compliance to record and document war crimes. Their joint findings and evidence will be used in the trials of russian war criminals.

The Kyiv City State Administration has reported that more than one billion hryvnias have been allocated to prepare Kyiv for winter and restore the energy infrastructure damaged by the russians. All the necessary routine work to prepare the capital for the heating season has been completed.

A self-defence course for women by the Ukrainian Women’s Guard NGO continues in Kyiv. On October 15, classes were held for two groups of women. During 3 hours of theory and practice class, the participants learned how to choose the right defence stance, use improvised means, and get acquainted with the anatomical features of an attacker for effective defence.

Relatives of captured and missing servicemen held a demonstration in Kyiv called Hear Us. The participants, who came to the capital from different cities of Ukraine, demanded that the authorities effectively search for missing persons, take decisive action to exchange all prisoners, and return the bodies of the fallen soldiers.

According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, a 24-hour training camp for sappers and pyrotechnics was organised in Kyiv oblast. After the training, the participants passed tests to continue demining in the de-occupied towns and villages of Ukraine.

According to Kyiv RMA, a building on Yaroslavska Street in Irpin is being rebuilt. It was home to 360 people. During the active hostilities in the Kyiv Oblast, the building was heavily damaged.

The Kyiv City State Administration reported that a psychological training for military wives will take place in Kyiv on October 17. During the training, participants will learn how to improve their emotional state, learn to increase their resilience and master the ability to effectively cope with stress and anxiety.


Zhytomyr oblast

According to Zhytomyr RMA, the 32nd evacuation train arrived in the Zhytomyr Oblast on October 15, carrying 13 internally displaced people. Since the evacuation route was launched, 538 people have already arrived in the region. Free evacuation of residents of Donetsk Oblast to the territorial communities of Zhytomyr Oblast takes place every 8 days.

Vitaliy Bunechko, Head of Zhytomyr RMA, the communities of Zhytomyr Oblast are allocating another UAH 108 million to support the Defence Forces of Ukraine and strengthen the defence of the region. The funds will be used to purchase the transport and equipment necessary for the military. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Zhytomyr Oblast communities have allocated almost UAH 1.5 billion to support the military.

A two-year-old boy from the Zhytomyr Oblast is among the four Ukrainian children who are being returned to Ukraine with Qatari mediation. According to the Washington Post, he was forcibly taken to russia at the age of six months, after the aggressor invaded Ukraine on February 24 2022.

Free rehabilitation care is available at six hospitals in Zhytomyr Oblast. By the end of 2023, it is planned to create about 7,800 beds for patients with injuries, illnesses and wounds that require active rehabilitation. This will make it possible to provide quality and free rehabilitation services to at least 126,000 patients annually.

The military-patriotic game Obstacle Course was held in Zhytomyr at the State Fire and Rescue Unit No. 3. The event was aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among young people, the basics of life safety, and acquiring skills in navigating emergency situations.

Sumy oblast

It is reported that russians fired 11 times at the border. There were 85 attacks with artillery and mortars. Velyka Pysarivka, Shalyhine, Yunakivka, Krasnopillia communities were shelled.

Sumy RMA reported that russians fired two mortar shells at the Krasnopillia community. There were 13 explosions. 

According to State Emergency Service of Ukraine, over the past week, 13 explosive devices were discovered and destroyed. These included artillery and rocket shells, mortar shells and hand grenades. The dangerous finds were discovered in Sumy, Okhtyrka, Konotop and Shostka districts.

According to the Sumy RMA, in Sumy oblast, 15 healthcare facilities operate under the Rehabilitation Care for Adults and Children in Inpatient Settings package. 

Chernihiv oblast

According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, russians fired twice at the border of Chernihiv oblast. There were 3 aerial attacks by enemy helicopters on the territory of Novhorod-Siverskyi community and 2 aerial attacks by enemy helicopters on the territory of Semenivka community.

The head of the Chernihiv RMA reported that last week, the enemy fired 34 times at 15 localities in the oblast. During this period, there were 271 explosions, including 6 air strikes. There were 2 explosions with explosive devices during the week – one person was killed and two were injured.

According to the Chernihiv RMA, in Chernihiv Oblast, the amount of payments made under 928 applications for damaged housing is UAH 95.4 million. Also, 8 certificates have been issued for owners of destroyed housing. 

Yevhen Smaha and Vladyslav Shatilo, veterans from Chernihiv, set a world record in the strongman competition as part of the Ukrainian national team. The eight men pulled four trucks weighing 35 tonnes over 20 metres with a rope. The record was set during the Arnold Schwarzenegger International Sports Festival Arnold Classic Europe.

The team of Ukrainian veterans who set a world record at the ARNOLD CLASSIC EUROPE competition in Madrid. Photo: from social media

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

The invaders launched two missiles at the region. One of them was shot down by the servicemen of the East PMC but another hit the territory of Dnipro region. During the night, the enemy shelled Nikopol region several times with artillery and Grad multiple rocket launchers. They shelled Nikopol and the settlements of Marhanets community. In the city, 2 cafes, 2 shops, an enterprise, a park, an infrastructure facility, an apartment building, 3 private buildings, an outbuilding, a truck, a car, a bus stop, 4 power lines and a gas pipeline were damaged. There is no electricity in 1400 homes. In settlements of Marhanets community, a church, 4 private buildings, an outbuilding and 3 power lines were damaged. Throughout the day, the enemy attacked Nikopol region with Kamikaze drones and artillery. They hit Nikopol and Marhanets community. There was neither destruction nor casualties.

Since the start of the full-scale invasion, more than 10K people have passed through the Social Service Centre in Piatykhatky to escape the war. Some stayed in Piatykhatky, while others went further away. Currently, the centre is home to 35 internally displaced people. On 3 March 2022, the first family from Volnovakha was settled here, followed by families from Bakhmut. The Centre opened a computer room that can be used by adults and children for online learning and work. A large free play space was set up for all children in the community. The Centre has become a cosy place of shelter and relaxation for the displaced.

Vinnytsia oblast

More than 6,500 square metres of camouflage nets, 430 camouflage suits, the so-called “marush”, buffs, knitted socks and rugs, were made and sent to the front since the beginning of the full-scale invasion and this is the centre of the Disguise Fairies women’s volunteer group. The volunteers work at Zhmerynka Higher Vocational School. They weave everything in between classes. They also work at home to meet the needs of the military as quickly as possible. They raise money for the materials on their own and also announce fundraising on the centre’s Facebook page. To draw the attention of the locals to the needs of the volunteers, they made a video. The cost of one roll of spunbond starts at UAH 3,500 and you need a lot of it. In a few weeks after the video was published, almost UAH 45K in were donated. Many orders have already been placed for the winter. Everything is delivered to the frontline on time.

Kirovohrad oblast

Dmytro Raikovych, Head of Kirovohrad Regional Military Administration, reported that all night long, the enemy terrorised Kirovohrad oblast with missiles and drones. Air defence was working. There were shootdowns and hits. One person was taken to hospital.

Poltava oblast

Filip Pronin, Head of Poltava Regional Military Administration, informed about enemy shelling at night. Explosions were heard in Myrhorod region. The enemy launched missiles and UAVs at the region. Rocket debris damaged several private buildings. Three people, including a 10-year-old child, were injured. All of them were hospitalised. This is the third shelling of Myrhorod region since the beginning of October.

Cherkasy oblast

In Smila, the mother of the fallen defender Yurii Nazarenko received the Order of the Mother of a Soldier. The soldier was killed on 28 July 2023 as a result of artillery shelling of combat positions near Novoselivske settlement, Svatove region, Luhansk oblast.

Mayor Serhii Ananko said that Smila town bid the farewell to soldier Ruslan Zhyhunov. He was killed in Avdiivka, Donetsk oblast, on 5 October during a russian mortar attack.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The enemy attempted four times to regain lost ground in the vicinity of Robotyne on the Zaporizhzhia front. According to the General Staff, they were not successful.

During the defense against an airstrike in Dniprovskyi region of Dnipropetrovsk oblast, the Air Command unit “East” shot down 2 enemy UAVs in Zaporizhia and Poltava oblasts.

Yesterday, the occupiers carried out 134 strikes on 23 populated areas in Zaporizhzhia oblast. This included 111 artillery shelling on the territories of Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, Malynivka, Bilohiria, Levadne, Robotyne, Kamianske, Stepove, Plavni, Mali Shcherbaky, and other front-line cities and villages. The enemy launched rocket strikes on Dniprovka and Prydolynivka, conducted 7 UAV attacks on Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Malynivka, Poltavka, Chervone, and Stepove, and carried out 9 MLRS shelling on Orikhiv, Novodanylivka, Robotyne, Bilohiria, and Mala Tokmachka. Due to artillery strikes, a 76-year-old woman was injured in Mala Tokmachka. Six reports of residential buildings and infrastructure damage were received.

Some people in the occupied city of Tokmak receiving russian pensions do not receive their payments from the occupiers. Additionally, the so-called “authorities” of the occupation do not allocate promised funds for window installation, facade repairs, and compensation for other building materials for damage caused by combat. There is a severe shortage of specialized doctors in the city, and the quality of medical care is very low.

Ukrainian mobile operators are preparing for possible power outages or blackouts. For example, “Vodafone Ukraine” conducted an audit in the accessible part of Zaporizhia oblast and replaced or added high-capacity batteries. They began installing lithium-ion batteries on base stations, adapted to work in conditions of constant power interruptions, requiring 2.5 to 3 times less time for full charging. The company “lifecell” started purchasing batteries that can charge faster and have a higher number of recharge cycles. In case of blackouts, mobile or stationary diesel generators are being installed. The company “Kyivstar” has already installed 80K new batteries and 2,200 generators on base stations.

Mykolaiv oblast

On the night of October 15 and the early morning of October 16, russian military forces carried out attacks on Kutsurub and on the city of Ochakiv and its coastline. There have been no reported casualties. This information was reported by Vitalii Kim, the head of Mykolaiv RMA.

During the night of October 16, the “South” Air Command air defense forces destroyed three enemy strike UAVs of the “Shahed-136/131” type. This was reported by Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration.

The city council continues to work with international partners in preparation for the post-war reconstruction and development of Mykolaiv city. Meetings are ongoing with representatives of businesses from various European countries who are already expressing their willingness to cooperate with the city and consider the possibility of investment in various sectors. Recently, representatives of the business community from the Republic of Estonia visited Mykolaiv on a working visit. Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych and First Deputy Mayor Vitalii Lukov held a meeting with Estonian partners to discuss potential areas of cooperation. The discussions included the creation of industrial parks that would facilitate the economic recovery of the city after the war, provide employment opportunities for the local population, and stimulate the development of industry.

Toon Lambrechts, a journalist from Belgium who collaborates with publications like EOS Wetenschap and De Groene Amsterdammer, visited Mykolaiv oblast. He worked with environmental inspection experts to visit sites that were damaged by shelling in Mykolaiv and the Ivano-Kepyne reserve. It is known that the inspection works systematically to draw global attention to the environmental consequences of the war. Thanks to the work of journalists like Toon Lambrechts, the world will learn about the realities of the war in Ukraine and its impact on the natural environment.

Odesa oblast

A mobile safety class has been set up for children in Odesa, equipped with everything necessary for high-quality and accessible safety education. It includes an obstacle course where children can practice extinguishing fires, tying rescue knots, and have a fun and educational time. Additionally, two “stationary” safety classes have already been opened in Odesa. They fully equipped with the necessary equipment and visual materials to help children easily and effectively learn important safety information. This information was provided by the press service of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Odessa oblast..

Deputy Prime Minister for Ukraine’s Restoration, Minister of Development of Communities,Territories, and Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov announced that 25 vessels entered the Black Sea ports for loading by the temporary corridor established by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As of today, 21 ships have used this corridor for export, and 25 vessels have entered the ports for loading. Efforts are ongoing to expand the corridor, as this is Ukraine’s responsibility for global food security.

The tanker Ali Najafov, carrying oil products under the flag of Liberia and headed for one of the Ukrainian ports on the Danube for unloading, encountered a mine in the Black Sea near the coast of Romania. The vessel suffered minor damage, but the crew was unharmed. Currently, the tanker is anchored and awaiting tugs. This information was reported by Sky News, citing Reuters.

Graffiti dedicated to the first President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, General Dzhokhar Dudayev, has appeared in the center of Odesa, on Vice-Admiral Zhukov Alley. Dudayev predicted events in Ukraine and described russia as an imperial, dictatorial, and inhumane state in interviews 30 years ago. At that time, he expressed his wishes for Ukraine to succeed and stated that “russia will disappear when the Ukrainian sun rises.”

Graffiti dedicated to Dzhokhar Dudayev in the center of Odesa. Photo: from social networks

Kherson oblast

During the night, once again, the enemy launched attacks using UAVs of the “Shahed-131/136” type, targeting various regions of Ukraine. Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 2 UAVs in Kherson oblast.

Yesterday, the enemy carried out 97 attacks, firing 514 projectiles from mortars, artillery, “Grad” launchers, tanks, ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft systems, C60 systems, aircraft, and UAVs. The enemy fired 40 projectiles at the city of Kherson. russian military targeted residential neighborhoods in populated areas of the region, a school building in Beryslav region, an enterprise in Kherson region, and an enterprise in Kherson city. One person was injured due to russian aggression.

According to the “South” Operational Command, the occupiers continue to use fragmentation munitions, dropping them from drones at crowded areas on the right-bank populated areas, on vehicles, and in yards. There were 11 such drops yestreday, with no casualties reported.

In the past two days, the police opened 19 criminal cases regarding war crimes committed by russian military on the territory of Kherson olast. The russian army attacked civilians with MLRS, mortars, artillery, aircraft, and UAVs. The enemy targeted residential, energy, and transportation sectors, where there are no military objects. In dozens of villages, houses have become uninhabitable after being hit by shells and aviation bombs, infrastructure objects have been destroyed, and people are forced to evacuate.

A 69-year-old local resident was injured by an unknown explosive device in the forest strip near Novovoznesenske. The man suffered blast injuries and shrapnel wounds and was hospitalized. His life is not in danger.

Consequences of russian attacks. Photo: Police of Kherson oblast

Russian military forces have ordered school principals in the temporarily occupied left-bank part of Kherson oblast to issue medical insurance policies to students aged 14 and older. To obtain the policy, adolescents must obtain a russian passport. Additionally, for the policy to be issued, one of the parents must also have a russian federation passport. The list of people who do not receive the policy should be provided to the occupation administration, and schools are required to conduct “educational work” with the parents of such children.

Humanitarian aid continues to arrive for the residents of Kherson oblast. During the past week, 52K liters of drinking water were delivered to the communities of Muzykivka, Chornobaivka, and Tyahynka. 10 generators, food for animals, and clothes were delivered to the Chornobaivka vcommunity. Stanislav community received generators and food kits. The infrastructure restoration service in Kherson oblast received food and hygiene kits, first aid kits, water purification equipment, Eurocubes, a 14 kW generator, chainsaws, power banks, headlamps, and tools. Muzykivka community received food kits.

Food and household items were provided to residents of Kherson oblast, including 111 residents of Novovoskresenske, whose houses were damaged by russian occupiers. Among them were seven people with disabilities. Hundreds of Kherson residents who are subjected to daily enemy shelling received household items: blankets, mattresses, bed linens, pillows, towels, flashlights, and kitchenware. Additionally, a psychologist from the humanitarian center “Proliska – Kherson” conducted a group consultation for local residents and provided advice on improving mental health.

A social laundry in Kherson operates for those affected by flooding and shelling. The laundry is located at a compact temporary residence for Kherson residents. Thanks to the support of international partners, UAid Direct, the laundry has added three more drying machines. They will be installed in the renovated laundry complex soon.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Representatives of Lutsk City Council visited the city of Piotryków Trybunalski (the Republic of Poland) at the invitation of the partners of the Cor Ignis Foundation. The foundation presented a gift of MAVIC AIR for the military of the 14th brigade who protect the borders of Ukraine in the East.

15 DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo and 15 DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise were sent to the military thanks to Lutsk city budget.

Zakarpattia oblast

Marek Shafin, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Ukraine, visited Yasiniansk community and discussed further cooperation.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Leading Canadian and American plastic surgeons and nurses arrived in Prykarpattia to conduct a number of reconstructive operations for military and civilians.

Lviv oblast

In Lviv, Zamarstynivskyi Park will be rehabilitated. The park is located near the UNBROKEN rehabilitation center. The city will provide infrastructure and comfortable conditions for the rehabilitation of military and civilians, including children who suffered from russian aggression. At the first stage of renovation, only everything necessary for rehabilitation will be done.

Rivne oblast

In cinemas of Rivne, the screening of the The Path of Generations historical film by Mykhailo Uhman began. This is a story based on real events and dedicated to the struggle for Ukraine’s independence at different times. The film tells about the struggle of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army with the NKVD soldiers and the modern Ukrainian military against the russian invasion of Donetsk oblast in 2015.

Ternopil oblast

A Fine Run charity half-marathon was held in Ternopil. The collected UAH 270K will be used for military equipment for the 105th separate territorial defense brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

From Khmelnytskyi, 8 DJI Mavic 3 Thermal quadcopters worth UAH 1,8 mln were sent to the military thanks to the city budget. At the next session, it is planned to allocate another UAH 13 mln for the purchase of FPV drones and quadcopters of various modifications.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi regional center of emergency medical aid and disaster medicine received a new ambulance thanks to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine with the funds collected within the United24global initiative of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The Swabia Region sent the all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz Sprinter flatbed car to Nedoboiv community. Also, Nedoboiv, Khotynsk and Brusnytsk communities received chainsaws, tools and various accessories for repair work.

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

Ukraine received the first armored ambulance that arrived in Ukraine thanks to the United24 collection. These ambulances will help medics evacuate the wounded from the front line to the nearest medical facility. They have real armor. The machines meet NATO ballistic standards and can protect against damage by kinetic ammunition, fragments of field artillery shells, detonation of improvised explosive devices and the like. Cars were specially made to order in Canada.

Armored ambulance. Photo from social networks

The Netherlands sent 4 mobile hospitals to Ukrainian border guards. These are ballistic-armored stabilization and diagnostic modules together with a dental office. Here, medics will provide first aid, perform operations, and deploy a hospital. At the same time, this hospital can receive several dozen patients per hour.

Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Adviser, stated that the USA are preparing a joint aid package for Ukraine and Israel. According to him, President Joe Biden will this week convince Congress of the need to approve the package. The package is expected to be “significantly larger” at $2 billion.

Buyar Osmani, Chairman of the OSCE, Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, stated that OSCE and will continue to support Ukraine on its path to recovery. Also, Ukraine is and will remain a priority during North Macedonia’s chairmanship of the OSCE.

Penny Pritzker, US special representative for the reconstruction of Ukraine (auditor), arrived in Kyiv. This is Pritzker’s first visit to Ukraine since he was appointed to this position in mid-September 2023.

Qatar will return 3 more Ukrainian children from russia. On Friday, Qatar already facilitated the return of a 7-year-old Ukrainian child who was reunited with her grandmother and is on her way to Ukraine via Estonia. Now, 2-year-old and 9-year-old boys and a 17-year-old girl will be returned to Ukraine. Lolvah Al Khater, Qatar’s Minister of State for International Cooperation, confirmed the mediation and called this week’s repatriation “just the first step.”

Jan Lipavskyi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, announced that the new round of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not divert the world’s attention from the war in Ukraine. 

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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