War in Ukraine today: latest news, October 18, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 602 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 enemy continues to violate 

 the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, attacks both military and civilian objects.

The Kremlin’s terrorist forces have launched another rocket attack on civilian objects in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia cities and Obukhivka settlement in  Dnipropetrovsk region. There were 64 combat engagements. The enemy launched 11 missiles and 46 air strikes, carried out over 30 attacks from multiple launch rocket systems at the positions of our troops and populated areas.

As a result of russian terrorist attacks, there are dead and wounded among the civilian population. A five-story residential building, a church, over 20 private houses and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

The situation towards Volyn and Polissia did not change. There were no signs of offensive groups forming. Certain units of 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 10 settlements, including Popivka of  Chernihiv oblast, Volfyne, Obody, Novomykolaivka, Hrabovske of the Sumy oblast, Pletenivka, Zybine of Kharkiv oblast were hit with enemy artillery and mortar attacks.

Towards Kupiansk, Ukrainian soldiers repelled over 10 enemy attacks in the areas of Synkivka, Ivanivka and Kyslivka of Kharkiv oblast and about 10 more attacks near Nadiia of  Luhansk oblast. The enemy launched an airstrike in the Pischany region of Kharkiv oblast. Over 10 settlements were hit with artillery and mortar attacks, Dvorichna, Petropavlivka, Kucherivka, Ivanivka, Kyslivka, Berestove of Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, the enemy launched airstrikes in the areas of the settlements of Nevske, Novoliubivka, Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Spirne in Donetsk oblast. The Defense Forces also repelled 3 enemy attacks in Makiivka area of Luhansk oblast. 

Over 15 settlements were shelled with   artillery and mortar shelling by the occupiers, including Nevske, Kreminna, Bilohorivka of Luhansk oblast and Novosadove, Torske, Spirne of Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, Ukrainian soldiers repelled enemy attacks in the area of Klischiivka in Donetsk oblast. About 20 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Klischiivka, Andriivka, Odradivka, Kurdiumivka of Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy conducted unsuccessful assault operations with the support of aviation towards Avdiivka area of Donetsk oblast. The enemy also launched an airstrike near Kamianka in Donetsk oblast. About 10 settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Keramik, Stepove, Avdiivka, Opytne, Sieverne, Tonenke of  Donetsk oblast.

Towards Mariinka, the enemy conducted unsuccessful assault operations with the support of aviation in the area of Marinka and Novomykhailivka of Donetsk oblast. The Armed Forces repelled about 15 enemy attacks. The enemy also carried out airstrikes near Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast. About 10 settlements came under the artillery and mortar fire of the occupiers, Krasnohorivka, Oleksandropil, Heorhiivka, Mariinka, Novomykhailivka, Katerynivka of  Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, Ukrainian soldiers repelled enemy attacks in the Novomaiorske area of the Donetsk region. The invaders launched airstrikes near Staromaiorske and Urozhaine in Donetsk oblast. About 20 settlements, notably Vodiane, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Blahodatne, and Urozhaine of the Donetsk region, were hit with artillery and mortar attacks.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, Ukrainian defenders repelled all enemy attacks east of Mala Tokmachka of Zaporizhzhia oblast. Over 15 settlements, including Bilohiria, Orikhiv, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Mali Shcherbaki, Piatykhatky of the Zaporizhia region, were hit with artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kherson, the occupiers launched airstrikes near Novoberyslav, Kozatske, Olhivka, Prydniprovsk and Pishchanivka of Kherson oblast.  Kozatske, Tiahynka, Blahovishchenske, Chornobaiivka of  Kherson oblast and the city of Kherson, as well as Solonchaky of Mykolaiv oblast, were shelled with  enemy artillery and mortar shelling.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces continued offensive operations towards Melitopol and offensive (assault) operations towards Bakhmut, inflicting losses in manpower and equipment on the occupation forces, and exhausting the enemy along the entire front line.

The russian occupiers continue to cynically violate the norms of international humanitarian law, forcibly living together with the civilian population in their homes in order to use civilians as “human shields”. Thus, in Tokmak village of Zaporizhzhia oblast, servicemen of the russian occupation forces are massively resettled in multi-storey buildings where local residents live.

The Air Forces of Ukraine carried out 15 strikes on the areas of buildup of enemy personnel, weapons and military equipment and 3 more strikes on the enemy’s antiaircraft-guided missile systems. 

Our defenders destroyed a russian Su-25 aircraft and 4 operational-tactical reconnaissance UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). Units of missile forces hit 2 control points, Tor anti-aircraft missile system, Zoopark-1M radar station and 11 enemy artillery pieces.”

All children were evacuated from 12 front-line settlements in Donetsk oblast. 345 children and their families were saved. Not a single child remained in the settlements of Zalizne, New York, Severne, Bakhmut region, and Yampil, Torske, Zarichne, Orihuvatka, Nikanorivka, Malynivka, Tikhonivka, Vasiutynske, Rai-Olexandrivka, Kramatorsk oblast. 

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine put into service the  model of armored vehicles for the military, three modifications of Leopard tanks, Leopard 2A6, Leopard 2A5 and Leopard 1A5. Leopard tanks of modifications 2A6, 2A5 and 1A5 are designed to break through fortified enemy positions, destroy firing points, equipment and manpower of the enemy, as well as for rapid construction of defensive lines. 

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Illia Yevlash, Spokesman of the press service of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that russian troops are making every effort to capture the dominant heights towards Lyman-Kupiansk before the beginning of winter but Ukrainian troops enhanced fortifications, set up minefields and prevent the invaders from advancing.

Kharkiv oblast

Viktor Kovalenko, Head of Zolochiv community, informed that russian federation launched artillery strikes on Odnorobivka, damaging 13 apartments, two private buildings, power and gas networks. There were no casualties.

In the afternoon, the invaders attacked the Industrial district of Kharkiv. According to the updated information of the specialists of the Regional Emergency Medical Centre, a 67-year-old civilian woman was injured, she received shrapnel wounds and was hospitalised. After the explosion, there were power outages in the town.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that russian invaders keep trying to advance towards Kupiansk. Yesterday our defenders repelled 15 enemy attacks near Synkivka, Ivanivka and Kyslivka. Under the fire of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the enemy returned to their original positions with losses.

Yesterday settlements of Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions were under enemy attack.

The enemy shelled Vovchansk, Krasne Pershe, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Kyslivka, Pishchane and other settlements with artillery, mortars and other weapons. Residential buildings and outbuildings were damaged.

At about 5 pm near Pisky-Radkivski village, Izium region, an MTZ tractor tripped over an unknown explosive device while working in a field and started a fire. The 52-year-old tractor driver was killed on the spot.

During the day, pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 11.5 hectares of territory and defused 86 explosive ordnance.

Borove Village Council said that rescuers found the body of the third person killed in the airstrike on Druzheliubivka on 15 October: 31-year-old Viktor Davydiuk, the son of those killed that night. Viktor Davydiuk has a wife and two minor children.

Olena Barannyk, Spokeswoman of Kharkiv police, reported that the bodies of 52 of the 59 people killed in russian strike on Hroza, Kupiansk region, were passed to their families. Seven more victims remain in the morgue.

According to the RMA, 11 of the 14 children, who lost one or both parents as a result of russian strike on Hroza, were taken under guardianship. The guardianship or foster care issues are being resolved for two children. Another child, who lost one of his parents, does not need to live with relatives.

Aftermath of the terrorist attack in Hroza. Photo from social media

More than 900 Invincibility Centres will operate around the clock in Kharkiv oblast during emergency power and heating cuts. These centres will be equipped with internet access, power generators and autonomous heating.

Donetsk oblast

Illia Yevlash, Spokesman of the press service of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that russian troops are losing ground near Bakhmut and are beginning to retreat to Bakhmut-Horlivka highway to gain a foothold there.

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration towards Donetsk, one person was killed in Netailove of Ocheretyne community. In the morning, there was a massive shelling of the old part of Avdiivka, injuring 1 person. In Marinka community, russians launched 4 air strikes on Kostiantynivka and 2 on Paraskoviivka. Krasnohorivka and Novomykhailivka were shelled with artillery.

Towards Horlivka sector, 3 buildings were damaged in Chasiv Yar community.

Towards Lysychansk, Siversk and Serebrianka were shelled, damaging a building. Lyman community was shelled 7 times.

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

An emergency rescue operation in Sloviansk lasted more than ten hours after russian night attack. The 5-storey building was hit on the night of 17 October. 36 rescuers worked at the site and removed 50 tonnes of rubble. According to Vadym Liakh, Head of the Local Military Administration, there were no casualties.  

Referring to Mariupol City Council, during the blockade of Mariupol, russian invaders have damaged 79 kindergartens, that is, 90% of them, and completely destroyed 8.

The press service of Donetsk police said that forced evacuation of children with their parents will be launched in Toretsk and three villages of this community: Petrivka, Nelipivka and Shcherbynivka. Currently, a total of 240 children remain in the community, the largest number in the city.

Before the full-scale invasion, there were 304 Ukrposhta offices in Donetsk oblast and 118 are currently operating. Maksym Sutkovyi, Head of Donetsk Directorate of Ukrposhta, said that the company did not stop its work after 24 February 2022 but more than 400 employees lost their jobs due to the war.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, russian attacks on Nadiia continued and nine attacks were repelled near the town yesterday. Also russian forces continue to try to find a weakness in the Ukrainian defence, trying to advance in this area. During the day, the enemy launched air strikes near Serebrianka forestry and Bilohorivka. Makiivka, Nevske and Bilohorivka were under enemy artillery and mortar attack.

Residents of Nevske received fresh loaves of bread and another batch of medicines.

In Lysychansk, one boiler house was demonstratively powered up, reporting that it was on circulation. However, the heating pipes around it have been destroyed. There is nowhere to supply heat.

In Kreminna, they promise to heat the buildings where the occupation administration is located. It was decided not to heat other social facilities.

Special Operations Forces attacked the airfields of russian invaders in Luhansk and Berdiansk, Zaporizhzhia oblast. According to the Special Operations Forces, nine helicopters of various modifications, special equipment located at the airfields, an air defence launcher, an ammunition depot were destroyed and runways of airfields damaged. The detonation of ammunition in Luhansk lasted until 11 am.Also russian troops suffered losses, dozens of dead and injured, bodies are still being removed from the rubble.

The National Resistance Centre said that russian invaders are planning to create a training centre for “specialists of Luhansk diocese” of russian Orthodox Church as they have a shortage of “manual” priests in the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk oblast.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

According to Kyiv RMA, by the end of the year, the Kyiv oblast plans to increase the number of rebuilt facilities destroyed or damaged as a result of the full-scale invasion of russia to 18,000. The reconstruction is being carried out at the expense of UNITED24, the Fund for the Elimination of the Consequences of Armed Aggression, regional and local budgets, and government programmes. International partners are also involved: IOM, UNHCR, GEM, UNDP and others.

A radiation shelter is being built in Fastiv district on the territory of the Markhaliv gymnasium at the expense of the Fund for Elimination of the Consequences of Armed Aggression. The shelter is designed for 235 people, which will allow the school to operate in full-time mode. Currently, the educational process is conducted in a mixed form.

A group of well-known American plastic surgeons spent three days in Kyiv operating free of charge on people affected by the full-scale war. The American doctors operated on military and civilians and shared their experience with Ukrainian surgeons.

Denys Shmyhal, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, reported that Kyiv is among the three regions where the largest number of “invincibility points” have been deployed. In total, 13,000 have been deployed across the country. About 2,500 need to be resupplied.

Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Internal Affairs, reported that ten groups of sappers and 14 pieces of equipment are working on demining in Kyiv oblast. Next year, the number of sappers and pyrotechnics is expected to increase. Currently, there are three thousand sappers trained in the country, compared to half that number at the beginning of the year.

The Kyiv City State Administration reported that a project to provide psychological support to military families was launched in Kyiv on October 17. The main focus of the project is psychological training to help them learn strategies to improve their emotional state and cope with stress and anxiety. Participants will receive individual psychological counselling and legal support.

Ihor Sapozhko, Mayor of Brovary, reported that the Brovary community received an ambulance from international partners from Poland and Germany. The modern medical vehicle is fully equipped, filled with medicines and additional medical devices.

According to The Kyiv City State Administration, in Kyiv, 29,857 babies have been born in maternity hospitals and shelters since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the country.

Zhytomyr oblast

According to State Emergency Service of Ukraine, in the Zhytomyr Oblast, sappers destroyed a modern FAB-500 aerial bomb. The munition was discovered by foresters on the territory of the Narodychi community in Korosten district.

A modern FAB-500 bomb was discovered in Korosten district. Photo: State Emergency Service of UkraineAccording to Zhytomyr RMA, the communities of Zhytomyr Oblast have allocated more than UAH 35 million for the restoration of Tryfonivka village in Kherson Oblast. In Tryfonivka, 43 facilities have been fully restored, and the same number of facilities are still in operation. There are 10 building teams from Zhytomyr employing a total of 40 people.

In Zhytomyr, the city commission for compensation for housing destroyed and damaged by russian shelling has processed 122 applications received under the eRestoration programme in the Diia system. A total of over UAH 36 million in compensation has been awarded to people.

Sumy oblast

According to the Sumy RMA, russians fired 9 times at the border areas. There were 41 attacks with mortars and artillery. The Shalyhine, Krasnopillia and Bilopillia communities were under enemy fire. The night in Sumy Oblast passed without any attacks.

Volodymyr Artiukh, Head of the RMA, reported that since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, 35 accidents involving explosive devices have occurred in Sumy Oblast. As a result, 10 civilians (including 1 child) were killed and 38 were injured. Negotiations with UNDP are currently underway to continue demining in Sumy Oblast.

The Sumy RMA reported that healthcare institutions in Sumy oblast received 100 medical bulletproof vests from the Lviv Defence Cluster. The protective equipment was provided for doctors working in the Velyka Pysarivka, Krasnopillia, Khotin, Bilopillia and Nova Sloboda communities.

According to the Sumy RMA, Sumy Oblast has approved a schedule for the operation of the “invincibility points”. On weekdays, they will be open from 8.00 (9.00) am to 5.00 pm (6.00 pm), provided that all life support systems are in place. In case of emergency or critical situations, they will operate around the clock.

On October 17, the mobile safety class arrived in the village of Bezdryk, Sumy district. There, a game-based event on mine and fire safety, medical care and cybersecurity was held for 40 children. Each participant tried on the uniforms of rescuers and police officers and received educational products developed in cooperation with UNICEF.

Chernihiv oblast

According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, russians fired 9 times at the border of Chernihiv oblast. There were 73 explosions. Novhorod-Siverskyi community – 4 mortar attacks; Semenivka community – 20 attacks with cannon artillery, multiple rocket launchers and mortars; Horodnia community – 49 attacks with AGS.

Oleksandr Lomako, acting mayor of Chernihiv, reported that three of the six broken roofs on buildings damaged by a russian missile strike on August 19 have been repaired. The work is expected to be completed by the end of October.

According to the Chernihiv RMA, representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kyiv visited the modular towns in Chernihiv. Poland has allocated charitable aid for these towns. The purpose was to get acquainted with the living conditions of people and discuss options for their possible use. The option of preserving the empty sites as backup housing for the possibility of resettling people from the border area was considered.

In 2023, the Zviahel and Berdychiv city councils allocated UAH 270 million for 150 military families. Recently, a decision was made to provide families of fallen defenders of Ukraine with additional benefits from local budgets for housing and utility bills in the amount of 50% of state social standards.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

At night, the invaders shelled Nikopol region three times with artillery. They launched about two dozen shots. They hit Nikopol, Marhanets and Myrove communities.

The enemy hit private buildings in Dnipro region. A 31-year-old woman was killed, three other women aged 56, 65 and 75 and a 35-year-old man injured in a missile attack on Obukhivka. The attack destroyed a private building and an outbuilding, damaged 21 other buildings and 11 outbuildings. A car and a low-pressure gas pipeline were also damaged.

Vinnytsia oblast

In Vinnytsia, the city authorities have announced tenders for the purchase of 120 thermal imagers and 35 unmanned aerial complexes for the defenders. On the website of Vinnytsia City Council, the executive committee announced three tenders for the purchase of equipment that will help the military perform combat missions at the front. Specifically, it is the purchase of 120 MT-EVO-SHOT-S-1900 thermal image monoculars and 35 aviation systems, including 110 Ukrainian-made drones. After the tender procedures are completed, the thermal imagers and drones will be delivered in several batches to military units in the “hot zones”.

More than 19K fire starters and 3,500 trench candles for the military were made by volunteers Alona Onishchuk and Nadiia Halinska from Zhmerynka. They make up to 50 candle preparations per day. Locals and philanthropists from abroad help with the materials. At the same time, the volunteers make fire starters for the military.

In Vinnytsia, the I Am Mariupol centre collected warm clothes for the defenders. woollen blankets, knitted socks and gloves, about one hundred kilograms of warm clothes for the defenders. The Warm Collection for the Armed Forces campaign was initiated two weeks ago. The items, along with children’s greeting cards and trench candles, will be sent to Ukrainian defenders. The centre organised the campaign to support the defenders.

Kirovohrad oblast

Every day the communities of Kirovograd oblast send the most necessary things to the frontline. Boats with powerful engines were sent to the defenders of Ukraine from Svitlovodsk and the Turbota Charitable Foundation of Oleksandria donated half a million hryvnias to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Greek Catholic Church in Kropyvnytskyi has a social wardrobe for IDPs. They do not accept things from the townspeople but distribute them from Ukrainian and foreign parish donors. To avoid misuse, people are asked to bring their passports and IDP certificates.

Poltava oblast

Since the beginning of the year, 1766 people received rehabilitation assistance in inpatient departments in Poltava medical facilities, including 1468 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Currently, 15 medical facilities in the region provide inpatient rehabilitation assistance, and 22 provide outpatient rehabilitation. Three more inpatient rehabilitation departments will be opened in three hospitals in the region. These are in Myrhorod, Khorol and Poltava’s 2nd City Hospital. Preparatory work is ongoing, including preparing the premises and training specialists. Each of the departments will have 30 to 60 beds.

Cherkasy oblast

A new shelter was opened for kindergarten and lyceum students in Cherkasy. It took three months to renovate the shelter: remove the soil, equip bathrooms and install ventilation. The shelter can accommodate more than three hundred people. UAH two million three hundred thousand were allocated from the city budget for the repairs. The shelter meets all the requirements.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Today at night, during the time period from 01:33 to 01:48, russian forces launched 6 missile strikes on the territory of the city of Zaporizhzhia. The enemy used ballistic weaponry, specifically S-300 missiles. One missile hit a multi-story building, destroying the entrance from the third to the fifth floor. Nearby residential buildings and vehicles were damaged by debris and the explosive shockwave. As a result of the strike, two civilians were killed, and three others were injured. It is probable that three more residents of the building are trapped under the rubble. Occupying forces targeted industrial facilities with two other missiles and a private residence with one more. The explosion and debris caused damage to buildings and outbuildings.

According to Anatolii Kurtiev, the secretary of Zaporizhzhia City Council, as of 14:52, approximately 30 multi-story buildings (mostly with shattered windows), 11 private houses, 2 educational institutions, and 2 medical facilities have been damaged due to the russian mass attack. The Information and Education Department of the Ukrainina Orthodox Church reported that the Pokrovskyi Cathedral was damaged as a result of the russian shelling, with all the windows shattered, window frames broken, and the facade damaged.

A multi-story building damaged during the night attack. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

Yesterday, the enemy conducted 138 artillery strikes on 18 populated areas in Zaporizhzhia region. russian military personnel launched 6 missile strikes on Zaporizhzhia, carried out 7 UAV attacks on Huliaipole, Novodarivka, and Mala Tokmachka, and shelled Orikhiv, Mala Tokmachka, and Novodanylivka with MLRS. Additionally, they dropped 4 aerial bombs on Robotyne and Novodanylivka. The territories of Novoandriivka, Maliyivka, Robotyne, Bilohiria, Levadne, Chervone, Charyvne, Piatyhatky, Mali Shcherbaky, Stepove, Plavni, Kamianske, and other frontline towns and villages endured 118 artillery shelling incidents. There were 33 reports of residential buildings and infrastructure objects being destroyed.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv RMA reported that during the night of October 18 at 02:54, enemy shelled the waters near Kutsurub community with artillery. There were no casualties reported.

Residents of Mykolaiv are invited to attend an XR (Extended Reality) exhibition titled “The real causes of war, or How russian propaganda works.” The exhibition will take place at the Library named by M.L. Kropyvnytskyi from October 28 to November 4. The purpose of the event is to increase public awareness and media literacy, as well as to counter russian propaganda. The exhibition will feature a series of posters created using artificial intelligence by analyzing a vast amount of data on the given topic. Visitors will have the opportunity to activate and “animate” these posters using the edAR application on their smartphones, gaining a deeper understanding of the russian propaganda system and debunking well-known manipulations that have been used against Ukraine for years. This new XR technology tool will be introduced in 5K schools and public institutions in Ukraine and 20 other countries around the world.

Odesa oblast

Currently, there are no enemy units on combat duty in the Black Sea, but russian occupiers continue to attack maritime routes by dropping guided aerial bombs, as well as other explosive devices or mines in that direction. This information was reported by Natalia Humeniuk, the head of the Unified Coordination Press Center of the “South” Operational Command.

812 Centres of Invincibility with internet access have been set up in the Odesa oblast in preparation for the upcoming winter and heating season. Depending on the state of the energy system, they will have varying operating schedules. Serhii Hotko, the director of the Department for Civil Protection, Defense Operations, and Interaction with Law Enforcement Agencies of Odesa RMA, noted that these centres can operate according to the schedule of the respective institution or establishment in the absence of blackouts.

Energy workers are working to repair the infrastructure and electrical equipment damaged by the enemy as soon as they receive permission from the Armed Forces and the State Emergency Service. As a result of an attack on October 17, power grid facilities were damaged, leading to power outages for 368 families. At present, they have been reconnected to the power grid, as reported by representatives of DTEK Odesa Electric Networks.

Kherson oblast

Today, occupiers shelled Zolota Balka with artillery fire, with 12 impacts recorded. A 78-year-old woman was injured and has been hospitalized. Private homes were damaged as a result.

On October 18, around 01:15, russian forces targeted Novoberyslav. The attack was reportedly carried out with guided aerial bombs, focusing on a private residence. The owner, who was in the yard at the time, lost his life due to the injuries sustained. Civil infrastructure objects were damaged as well. Later at night, Blahovishchenske was shelled by the occupiers. A 69-year-old woman got multiple injuries, and later passed away in the hospital.

Yesterday, the enemy conducted 70 artillery strikes, firing a total of 404 projectiles from mortars, artillery, Grad rocket launchers, BMPs, tanks, aircraft, and UAVs. Powerful bomb explosions damaged 2 multi-story and 6 private houses, along with 5 garages in Beryslav. 11 private houses sustained significant damage in Vesele. The city of Kherson was targeted with 16 projectiles, and the enemy dropped an aviation bomb on a railway infrastructure object in the suburbs. 6 people were wounded as a result of russian aggression. The police initiated 16 criminal investigations related to war crimes committed by russian military personnel on the territory of Kherson oblast over the past day.

Consequences of enemy attacks. Photo: Police of Kherson oblast.

The municipal enterprise “Khersonteploenerho,” which provides heating for more than a third of the city’s residential buildings, reports a readiness level of 94%. As of October 18, 33 boiler houses have been prepared for the autumn-winter period, with repair work ongoing on four of them.

Charitable organizations are helping set up shelters in the settlements of Vysokopillia community. These shelters are being equipped in Vysokopillia and Ivanivka with all the necessities for staying there during russian shelling, including benches, tables, fire extinguishers, water containers, and more. This aid was provided by the Charitable Foundation “Liudyna v Bidi” (A Person in Need). In the near future, the same equipment is planned to be delivered to other settlements within the community.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The RMA held a meeting with a delegation of businessmen from Romania. They discussed investments in the construction business of Volyn oblast.

Zakarpattia oblast

A charity solo concert by Serhii Vasyliuk, frontman of the Shadow of the Sun rock band, currently a soldier of the 130th separate territorial defense battalion, will be held in Uzhhorod. All funds will be donated to the 130th separate battalion and the Carpathian Sich unit.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Ivano-Frankivsk City Council reported that they sent 4 Mavic 3 drones to the 50th regiment of the NSU named after Colonel Semen Vysochan.

Lviv oblast

Lviv district and Aachen, Germany, signed the Agreement on Solidarity Partnership. It provides support for Lviv oblast and Ukraine in general in overcoming military challenges, exchange and cooperation in the fields of education, science, health care, culture and economy, development of expert networks, partnership with business and communities, participation in European Union initiatives and youth programs.

Lviv defense cluster sent 100 body armor to Sumy oblast to ensure working conditions for medical workers in border communities.

Military personnel of the Western region received 2 drones with thermal imaging cameras, as well as the necessary equipment for them from the Meest international logistics and postal company. The equipment will help perform reconnaissance tasks.

The RMA reported that Residents of Zhovtanets community purchased a Dji Mavic 3 quadcopter for the 24th OMBr named after King Danylo, as part of which their compatriot defends Ukraine.

Firefighters of the 25th State Fire and Rescue Department of the city of Pustomyty received a new fire engine from Sokilnytsk community.

Rivne oblast

A mural with portraits of Vasyl Lisovsky and Al Shami Fares was placed in the school corridor of Rivne Lyceum #1. They once studied in these walls. In September, Al Shami Fares was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine with the Golden Star Order. On May 12, the defender came under enemy fire and was fatally wounded. Senior sergeant Vasyl Lisovsky was the commander of the department. In the first days of the war, he went to the front as a volunteer. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet on May 23 in Donetsk oblast.

New mural. Photo from social networks

Ternopil oblast

Medics of Ternopil City Dental Clinic have already returned home from another trip to the front. This is already the 14th visit of dentists to Ukrainian soldiers. During the entire period of operation of mobile dentistry, medics have provided assistance to over 1 950 soldiers on the front lines.

Ternopil oblast received 5 three-phase 5 kW diesel generators thanks to the Strong Life public organization and German partners.

Ternopil City Council held a meeting with representatives of the Wheels of Victory CF. They discussed cooperation and support for the Ukrainian military at the front.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Information on 36 citizens has been entered into the SHLYAH telecommunication system in order to speed up the border crossing process by male citizens of Ukraine aged 18 to 60, who are involved in the transportation of humanitarian aid.

Chernivtsi oblast

10 Bukovyna educational institutions and the sphere of social protection of the population received 40 tablets thanks to the Strengthened Partnership for Sustainable Recovery project with the support of the Swedish government, which is implemented by the UN Development Program. Tablets will be used to teach children with special educational needs and disabilities.

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

The US sent about 20 long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine. These are cluster munitions capable of dropping 950 bombs.

The European Commission has already provided over €50 mln to the Energy Support Fund of Ukraine, created to support the Ukrainian energy system against the background of russia’s shelling of critical infrastructure. Kadri Simson, Profile European Commissioner ,said that she “expressed unwavering support from the European Commission on the eve of another very difficult winter for Ukrainians” to Herman Halushchenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine.

The European Parliament voted to create a €50 billion Ukraine Aid Fund. This is about a new tool, the Ukraine Facility, on which €50 billion will be pledged for the years 2024-2027 in the form of grants and loans to support the recovery, reconstruction and modernization of Ukraine.

Canada imposes sanctions against 6 Moldovan media outlets that spread russian disinformation. In addition, 9 Moldovan persons related to influential oligarchs, who were previously subject to Canadian sanctions, were sanctioned.

Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, announced that the country will give up oil from russia within a few months.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, had a long phone conversation with Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa. They discussed the continuation of the export of Ukrainian grain, the Grain From Ukraine summit and the Ukrainian Formula for Peace.

The UN estimated the damage to Ukraine from the explosion of the Kakhovska HPP dam at $14 billion. “The initial estimate of the total needs for recovery and reconstruction is $5,04 billion, and this figure is expected to grow as more detailed assessments are conducted,” the report says. “In the short term, $1,82 billion is needed for recovery measures in 2023/2024,” the UN added.

Nikolay Schmidt, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, announced that Ukrainian refugees helped reduce the labor shortage in the EU. In 11 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, over 60% of Ukrainians of working age who were registered as job seekers found work. 


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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