War in Ukraine today: latest news, October 24, 2022 (photo)

It has been the 243rd 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 is trying to hold the ground on the temporarily occupied territories, improve its tactical position, focus its efforts on restraining the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in some directions and launch the offensive towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka. 

The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled the attacks in the area of the settlements of Spirne, Soledar, Bakhmut, Andriivka, Marinka, Pervomaiske. Due to successful actions, our defenders forced back the enemy from the settlements of Karmazynivka, Miasozharivka and Nevske, Luhansk oblast and Novosadove, Donetsk oblast.

Based on the available information, russia continues to train some mobilized soldiers at the general and special forces military training centers. The enemy faces significant challenges with a lack of qualified officers and sergeants among military instructors and advisers at the training facilities due to heavy losses among such experts on the battlefield and a large number of soldiers drafted into military service. Soldiers, who have recently signed the contract and have a little combat experience, are quite often assigned to these positions. 

The russian military command is attempting to raise the morale of russian soldiers by sending chaplains of the Samara based orthodox church to the battlefield. Most of them refuse to go to the front line due to safety concerns and lack of protective means. 

The enemy is firing at Ukrainian defenders’ positions along the entire contact line and conducts aerial reconnaissance. The enemy launched rockets and missiles on the infrastructure and residential buildings by violating the norms of the International humanitarian law, laws and traditions of war. 

The occupiers have launched 3 missiles and air strikes, 3 multi rocket launcher attacks.

The enemy hit the civilian infrastructure of Kupiansk, Kharkiv oblast, Vuhledar, Soledar, Donetsk oblast, and Mykolaiv. 

The situation did not significantly change towards Volyn and Polissia. The territory of Ukraine is exposed to the threat of missile and air strikes from the territory of belarus, namely with attack Iranian UAVs.  

The enemy fired towards: 

Sloboda with tanks, mortars, barrels and rockets in the area of Krasne, Ohirtseve, Starytsia and Chuhunivka; 

Kupiansk and Lyman with tanks and various types of artillery in the area of the settlements of Berestove, Kyslivka, Kamianka, Dronivka, Zarichne, Nadiia and Bilohorivka; 

Bakhmut with tanks, mortars, barrels and rockets in the area of settlements of Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Bilohorivka, Vesele, Klischiivka, Kurdiumivka, Verkhniokamianske, Ozarianivka, Opytne, Soledar, Spirne and Yakovlivka;

Avdiivka with tanks and various calibres of artillery in the area of settlements of Avdiivka, Berdychi, Nevelske, Kostiantynivka, Novomykhailivka, Mariinka and Pervomaiske; 

Novopavlivka and Zaporizhzhia with tanks and all types of artillery in the area of the settlements of Velyka Novosilka, Vremivka, Vuhledar, Huliapole, Zaliznychne, Malynivka, Mykilske, Olhivske, Pavlivka and Shevchenko. 

Towards the South Buh, the enemy fired on the settlements of Kvitneve, Blahodatne, Bilohirka, Pravdyne, Partyzanske, Davydiv Brid and Tryfonivka. 

To slow down the counteroffensive of Ukrainian defenders, the russian occupiers are mining bridges and crossings in Mykolaiv and Kherson oblasts. 

To replenish human losses, russian authorities continue recruiting prisoners to military service in russia and on the temporarily occupied territories. Hence most criminals from the Kherson colony # 90 were released after the so called talks with the russian federal security service. In the meantime, occupiers are evacuating the wounded to the temporarily occupied territory of the republic of Crimea. 

The aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched 17 strikes. 13 buildups of weapons and equipment and 4 positions of anti missile and anti aircraft systems were struck. Air defense forces shot down 2 helicopters in different directions.  

The Ukrainian rocket troops and artillery hit 4 command points, 10 buildups of manpower, weapons and equipment, 6 ammunition depots, anti missile system, firing artillery positions and 3 other crucial targets of the enemy. 

According to the Office of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine, since the full-scale war began, over 1250 kids were affected. Based on the official data of juvenile prosecutors, 430 kids were killed and injuries of various degrees were inflicted on 820 kids. These numbers are yet to be verified on the active hostility areas, temporarily occupied and liberated territories. Most kids were affected in Donetsk oblast – 419, Kharkiv oblast – 260, Kyiv oblast – 116, Mykolaiv oblast – 77, Zaporizhzhia oblast – 69, Chernihiv oblast – 68, Luhansk oblast – 64, Kherson oblast – 57, Dnipropetrovsk oblast – 31. 

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine informed that 90 settlements with 12K population were liberated in Kherson oblast. Stabilization measures are currently underway there. 

Melitopol mayor Ivan Fedorov informed that russians did not return kids taken to ‘summer camps’ from the occupied Enerhodar. Kids are now in Krasnodar region, and their parents were informed that their arrival date is unknown.  He also added that Melitopol collaborators tried to send local kids to the Crimea, Krasnodar, Tula and Volgograd, however parents resisted them. 

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff, Ukrainian troops repelled russian attacks near Chuhunivka and Zemlianka villages. The invaders shelled at least 9 settlements.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that about 15K residents of 62 liberated settlements have already received UAH 1200 of one-time financial assistance. In total, UAH 18 million were paid to people. The funds are already being given to residents of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv and Kupiansk districts. The critical infrastructure is being restored in liberated territories. Currently, electricity supply has been restored for almost 75% and gas supply for 25% of the population.

Head of Zolochiv community, Viktor Kovalenko, informed that russian troops shelled border villages of the community. A tractor driver was injured.

Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office informed that the invaders launched a missile at the de-occupied Kupiansk. There are no casualties. Preliminarily, the enemy shelled the city with S-300 missiles. One of the administrative buildings was partially destroyed. Missile debris was removed from the scene.

Aftermath of shelling in Kupiansk. Photo: Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office

The enemy shelled the settlements of Bohodukhiv, Chuhuiv, Izium and Kupiansk, districts near the contact line and the border with russia.

According to the Regional Center for Emergency Medical Care, no civilians were injured yesterday. In Kharkiv city and Kupiansk district, 3 men, who were injured, went to see the doctor.

Mine clearance continues on liberated territories. Pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service defused another 418 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

According to the General Staff, Ukrainian troops forced the occupiers out of Novosadove.

Civilians killed during the occupation are being reburied in Lyman community. Since the city and surrounding villages were liberated, 184 dead civilians have already been exhumed.

Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that russians killed 6 civilians: 1 in Bakhmut, 3 in Kurdiumivka and 2 in Velyka Novosilka. Another 5 people were injured yesterday.

At night, russians were attacking the frontline areas from Marinka to Lyman community.

In Donetsk direction, Kostiantynivka, Krasnohorivka and Yelizavetivka of Marinka community were targeted. There were no casualties or destruction.

In Horlivka direction, Shcherbynivka of Toretsk community suffered the most. A local canteen was destroyed by a missile. Also overnight there were attacks on the outskirts of Soledar and Svitlodarsk communities. There were no casualties.

In Lysychansk direction, massive shelling of Lyman community continues. Torske and Zarichne suffer the most. One person was killed in Zarichne.

Based on the information provided by the National Guard of Ukraine, soldiers of Dnipro brigade of the National Guard neutralized a russian drone in Donetsk direction.

In Mariupol, russian invaders have already destroyed 15 cultural heritage sites.

Luhansk oblast

According to the General Staff, Ukrainian soldiers repelled the invaders from Karmazynivka, Miasozharivka and Nevske settlements

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported that in Rubizhne, the invaders, russian troops and collaborators from among residents are moving into empty houses of people who evacuated from Luhansk oblast. According to the military administration, the occupation authorities gave an order to make a list of such “abandoned” apartments and buildings. First of all, it includes abandoned homes of people who are known to have left for a long time.

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported that Ukrainian troops liberated three settlements of the region. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine noted that these are Karmazynivka and Miasozharivka of Kolomyichykha community and Nevske of Krasnorichenske community, Svatove district.

According to Haidai, everything is going according to the command’s plan, the regional administration is ready and waiting for the order from the military to enter liberated settlements. There are agreements with Ukrposhta JSC on deployment of mobile offices, with Ukrzaliznytsia JSC, medical teams. Mobile Administrative Service Centers were formed.

Aviation of the Ukrainian Defense Forces launched 11 strikes. 11 buildups of weapons and military equipment were hit. Air defense units shot down 12 Shahed-136 UAVs.

Ukrainian rocket and artillery forces hit four control posts, five buildups of manpower, weapons and military equipment, four ammunition depots, an anti-aircraft missile system, an area of artillery firing positions and other important enemy targets.

The invaders’ attacks were repelled near Andriivka, Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Chuhunivka, Klishchiivka, Marinka, Nevelske, Novomykhailivka, Pervomaiske, Soledar and Zemlianka settlements.

The following settlements were shelled with various types of weapons:

  • in Bakhmut direction – Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Bilohorivka, Klishchiivka, Kurdiumivka, Niu-York, Opytne, Ozarianivka, Soledar, Spirne, Vesele, Yakovlivka and Zelenoplillia;
  • in Kupiansk and Lyman direction – Berestove, Bilohorivka, Hrekivka, Kamianka, Kovalivka, Makiivka, Yampolivka and Zarichne.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

Bodies of civilians killed by the russians continue to be found in the forests of Kyiv oblast. As the head of the police of the Kyiv oblast, Andriy Nebytov, said, the body of another deceased was found by local residents near the place where a few days ago, police officers had already found a person killed by the invaders. During examination of the corpse, the police established that the man died during occupation of Bucha district.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy appointed Serhiy Popko the head of the Kyiv City Military Administration. He will replace Mykola Zhyrnov in this position. Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his belief that the combat experience of Serhiy Popko will strengthen the defense and security of the capital.

Rescue workers at the site of a rocket attack by russian troops in the center of Kyiv. October 10, 2022. Photo: AP

The head of Kyiv police, Ivan Vyhivskyi announced that since the beginning of the full-scale war, the police have registered 1 517 proceedings related to war crimes by the russian military in the capital. Only in the last three weeks, 12 people were killed and another 60 were injured due to russian shelling in Kyiv. Residential buildings, objects of critical infrastructure were affected, and about a hundred cars were damaged and destroyed.

UAH 36.9 million will be allocated from the reserve fund of the state budget of Ukraine to eliminate the consequences of the rocket attacks on Kyiv that occurred on October 10, 2022. This is stated in the order of the Cabinet of Ministers, published on the Governmental portal.

Kyiv RMA reported that a bridge across the Trubizh River is being restored near the village of Zavorychi in Kyiv oblast. It was destroyed by invaders during the occupation of the oblast. A temporary detour was made around the bridge during the repair work.

6 234 signatures were collected by a petition to the Kyiv authorities on renaming Victory Square in Kyiv to the historical name of Halytska. On the site of the obelisk set during the Soviet era, Kyiv locals propose to create a square, and to demolish the obelisk itself, as it has neither historical nor aesthetic value.

The mayor of Irpin Oleksandr Markushyn said that another modular town is being built in the city. 88 residential modules are planned to be installed for people who lost their homes due to russian military aggression. The Polish government is helping to set up the modular town.

Visualization of a modular town in Irpin. Photo: from social networks

The “Region of Heroes” movie is screened in cinemas. It features the events that took place during the russian occupation in Buch, Vorzel, Hostomel, Irpin and other towns and villages. This is a movie about heroes risking their lives to help others, volunteers cooking food for soldiers.

Zhytomyr oblast

The National Police of the oblast reported that locals discovered fragments of a russian rocket in a field between the villages of Savertsi and Parypsy following the russian shelling. According to the police, as of October 24, law enforcement officers have initiated 1 193 criminal proceedings on war crimes committed by the russian aggressor on the territory of Zhytomyr oblast.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Zhytomyr bomb disposal experts have neutralized almost 8K explosive objects. In total, over 600 hectares of the oblast territory and over 230 objects of housing stock and infrastructure have already been cleared of various ammunition and their remains.

Demining on the territory of Zhytomyr oblast. Photo: SES

Electric transport does not work in Zhytomyr for six days. As reported in the city administration, so far the city’s energy system does not allow electric transport to be released on the roads. However, there are 136 buses operating on the routes, which can be used by Zhytomyr residents in case of need.

450K hryvnias were allocated from the city budget of Zhytomyr to replenish the local material reserve for liquidation of the consequences of emergency situations. Another 400K hryvnias will be allocated to provide medical examinations of the personnel of voluntary territorial defense formations.

Mayor of Zhytomyr, Serhiy Sukhomlyn, announced that each district boiler house should receive a generator with a capacity of 500 kW. UAH 65 million has been allocated from the reserve fund of the city community budget for this purchase.

The mayor of Mykolaiv Oleksandr Sienkevych announced that a communal worker team from Zhytomyr went to help Mykolaiv fix the windows broken by shelling. According to the team leader 8 people voluntarily agreed to help the city, which is under constant fire of the russian army.

Sumy oblast

The “North” OC reported that russian occupiers shelled border areas of Sumy oblast once again this morning. 7 mines were launched on the territory of Rozhkovychi village from 120-caliber mortars. The village of Sosnivka was attacked. 10 hits from barrel artillery were recorded.

Yesterday, the enemy shelled 6 communities of Sumy oblast with mortars, rocket and barrel artillery. As a result, a 68-year-old woman received a shrapnel wound.

The Sumy regional prosecutor’s office reported that two russian occupiers will be judged in absentia. They intentionally shelled a hospital in the city of Trostianets from a tank. The crime was committed on March 18. The investigation revealed identities of the crew members. The whereabouts of the accused are currently being established.

Trostyanets hospital, fired from a tank by the russian military in March 2022. Photo: from social networks

Up to 12.6 million hryvnias of losses were caused by military actions due to the clogging of the Boromlia River. This was reported by the State Inspectorate of Sumy oblast. After the bridge destruction near the village of Oleksyne of Trostianets community, 57.5 tons of structures ended up in the river, which caused pollution recorded by eco-inspectors.

In Trostianets community, a project on restoration of damaged housing for socially vulnerable sections of population was launched by the Czech organization “Man in Trouble” with the support of the European Union. The most affected settlements in the community will receive assistance: the city of Trostianets, the villages of Stanova, Bilka, and Soldatske.

Head of the Okhtyrka Central Library reported that local librarians collect funds for paraffin to make trench candles, which are then sent to the front to the defenders. Soldiers on the front lines have already received 169 candles from the library.

Children, border guards and military personnel of Sumy oblast planted an apple orchard together. The video with this promotion was posted by Sumy Life. 140 apple trees were planted in one of the forests of Sumy oblast as part of the “Let’s create a forest together” campaign.

Chernihiv oblast

The “North” OC reported that the enemy attacked the border territories of Chernihiv oblast again. This time, the village of Senkivka was shelled. Shelling lasted for 10 minutes, 5 rounds from 120-caliber mortars were recorded. According to preliminary data, there are no victims and destruction.

The head of Chernihiv RMA Vyacheslav Chaus announced that 40 bodies of russian soldiers were recovered on the territory of Chernihiv oblast. The bodies will be exchanged for fallen soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Patrol Police of Chernihiv oblast reported that policemen in Chernihiv seized a hand grenade from a curfew violator. A 30-year-old resident of the city could not explain to the law enforcement officers the reason for being on the street during the prohibited time, and during inspection, an explosive object was found in the man’s pocket.

Chernihiv law enforcement officers seized a hand grenade from a curfew violator. Photo: patrol police of Chernihiv oblast

As part of the “Mark yourself on the road” campaign, policemen of Koryukiv district department distributed to local residents reflective elements visible from the distance. This was reported by the police of Chernihiv oblast. The law enforcement officers noted that it starts to get dark earlier, besides, the street lights are not turned on, therefore, pedestrians must take care of their safety. It is important to put reflective elements on children’s clothing.

A new book written by the Ukrainian writer Vasyl Ivanyna “The Sun on the Plow” was presented in Chernihiv as part of the “Outstanding Women of Chernihiv Oblast” project. At the meeting, the historical figure of Natalia Rozumikha, the mother of Hetman Kyryl Rozumovsky, the main character of this historical book, was discussed.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Head of the regional council Mykola Lukashuk, there was no enemy shelling  in any of the districts of the region overnight.

Five large passenger buses from Rivne oblast arrived in Dnipro. They will operate instead of the public transport damaged during the airstrike on the city on September 30.

In Dnipro, children evacuated from Luhansk region, suffering from diabetes, can get glucometers and “Accu Check” test strips for free.

Vinnytsia oblast

The children’s brass band of the Brailiv House of Culture purchased a VAZ 2104 car for Ukrainian defenders. Thanks to charity concerts, members of the orchestra managed to collect UAH 460K for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

A car from a children’s brass band. Photo: from social networks

Over two thousand energy bars were prepared and sent to the defenders in Donetsk, Mykolaiv and Kherson oblasts by the residents of the village of Koneva, Mohyliv-Podilskyi district. Tetiana Adamchuk, who moved to the village with her family  from Kalanchatsky district of Kherson region during its occupation, came up with this idea.

Kirovohrad oblast

According to head of the Kirovohrad Regional State Administration Andrii Raikovych, Kirovohrad oblast has already received 32 evacuation trains from Donetsk oblast. The region is the first in Ukraine to accept and resettle refugees as part of mandatory evacuation. Communities have already sheltered 3 714 people, including 849 children, and 167 people with disabilities. 

The Onufriiv community in Kirovohrad region allocates 2 million hryvnias to compensate for the damage caused by the airstrike. According to the head of the community Vitaliy Bereza, 5 houses were badly damaged, as well as the premises of the village council, school, children and youth center and sports hall. 

In Kropyvnytskyi, Taekwon-Do Cup in memory of defenders of Ukraine took place. 120 athletes took part in the competition. Veronika Yarysh from Kropyvnytskyi won the tournament. 

Poltava oblast

Dmytro Lunin, head of the Poltava Regional State Administration, informed that 4 cars were sent to defenders in Poltava oblast. Cars were sent to Poltava paratroopers, one of them to the All-Ukrainian Union of War Veterans. This car is equipped with a lift, it can be used by veterans with disabilities. 

Cars for defenders. Photo: Dmytro Lunin, Head of the Poltava Regional State Administration

Cherkasy oblast

According to head of the Cherkasy State Administration Ihor Taburets,  2 cars were sent to our defenders.

In Uman, electricity was restored in most parts of the city. As reported in the press service of the Uman City Council, the city’s needs are covered by 50%. Until the repair works are completed, there will be emergency power-on schedules.

A man who filmed the consequences of russian airstrikes was detained in Cherkasy region by the Security Service of Ukraine.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The occupiers continued shelling populated areas of Zaporizhzhia oblast for two days. The enemy fired with artillery, tanks, MLRS and mortars.

On October 22, the troops launched 3 missile strikes on the village of Zarichne. There were no casualties. Two S-300 rockets hit the sports field of the village school. Another S-300 hit the green zone in the center of the village of Zarichne. As a result, the shop and nearby houses were damaged by the shock wave and rocket fragments.

The russian army attacked the cities of Huliaipole, Orikhiv, the villages of Stepnohirsk, Primorske, Stepove, Mali Shcherbaky, Zarichne, Zaliznychne, Temyrivka, Shcherbaky, Dorozhnianka, Novodanylivka, Olhivske, Bilohiria, Novoandriivka, Charivne, Malynivka, Poltavka, Mala Tokmachka, Zatyshshia. As a result of shelling, some houses were completely destroyed, kindergartens, schools, shops, private households, apartments, cars were damaged.

On October 22, a 56-year-old citizen died under the rubble of a house in Orikhiv. The same day, a 64-year-old local resident was fatally wounded in Zaliznychne following a russian cluster munition attack.

Pit from rocket fire. Photo: National Police.

According to the updated information, destruction of three BM-21 “Grad” MLRS, as well as evacuation of about seventy wounded enemy servicemen on October 22 in Mykhailivka settlement, Zaporizhzhya oblast, has been confirmed.

Russian occupiers rotated personnel at the nuclear power plant in the temporarily occupied Enerhodar. Further, the facts of physical and moral pressure on employees of the Zaporizhzhia NPP to force them to sign contracts with the Rosatom Corporation are recorded. In addition, the invaders forbade the employees of the power plant to enter the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.

Evacuation buses for those who want to evacuate to Zaporozhzhia have been resumed from the city of Huliaipole. The bus to Zaporizhzhia will run three times a week: on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Planned evacuation will be carried out this week, and only by request of local residents from next week.

Mykolaiv oblast

At night, the enemy hit civilian infrastructure objects in Bashtanka district with guided missiles of the S-300 system. One of the munitions hit near a school in the Inhulske community. 3 private houses, an educational institution and a power line were damaged. There were no injured or killed civilians.

In the morning, russian army fired at the territory of Shevchenkove community in Mykolaiv district. Cars and non-residential buildings were damaged. There were no losses.

The russian military attacked the village of Shevchenkove located on the front line with kamikaze drones. This is the first use of “Shahed-136” drones on the front line, and not strikes in the rear. Iranian-made drones hit Shevchenkove twice.

Consequences of the drone attack in the village of Shevchenkove. Photo: from social networks

During the week, from October 17 to 23, windows broken as a result of shelling by russian troops were repaired in 59 high-rise buildings in Mykolaiv. This is approximately 2 594 square meters. OSB plates were used for the works. Also, during the week, repair crews managed to restore 25 roofs with a total area of approximately 3 166 square meters.

Odesa oblast

Two cruise missile carriers are ready to use missile weapons in the waters of the Black Sea. The total volley is 16 Kalibres. The naval group in the Black Sea includes 11 ships and boats, including 3 large amphibious ships, which are on duty and maneuvering along the coast of Crimea.

According to the Ministry of Information Infrastructure of Ukraine, russia is intentionally delaying inspection of ships in the Bosphorus. There are currently more than 170 vessels in the queue. Because of this, Ukrainian ports are forced to work at only 25-30% of their capacity. As part of the “grain initiative”, 6 ships left the ports of Great Odesa today. On board they carry 227 thousand tons of agricultural products for the countries of Africa, Asia and Europe.

The Podil border detachment, a canine service of Odesa oblast, received bulletproof vests and muzzles from Ukrainians to protect service dogs trained to search for and detect mines and other explosive objects.

Service dog in bulletproof vests. Photo: Southern Regional Office of the State Border Service of Ukraine

Kherson oblast

The situation in the South Buh direction is dynamic and steadily tense, but controlled. Units of the Defense Forces continue to hold their positions and inflict fire damage on the enemy.

The Southern Defense Forces liberated more than 90 settlements in Kherson oblast. More than 12K people live there. Stabilization measures are implemented in liberated villages.

The main enemy efforts are focused on conducting an active defense and holding occupied lines. During the night, it shelled the positions of our units and nearby territorial communities along the front line.

The russian occupying forces are actively recruiting prisoners in the temporarily occupied territories in order to replenish current losses. Thus, most of the criminals were released from the correctional colony No. 90 in Kherson, after the so-called talks with representatives of the federal security service of the russian federation.

The occupiers continue to evacuate the wounded to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

At night, our aircraft attacked deployment points of enemy anti-aircraft defense positions in the Beryslav district. Ukrainian rocket and artillery units struck enemy positions, and manpower and equipment buildups. Enemy losses are being investigated.

The police opened 12 criminal proceedings on the facts of war crimes committed by the russian army in Kherson oblast. The enemy fired with mortars and artillery at the front-line and recently liberated settlements of the Beryslav district. There are victims among the civilian population.

There are reports of missing people from Kherson. They do not get in touch with their relatives, and after some time, their relatives receive suspicious messages from their phones.

The recording of looting by the russian military in de-occupied territories continues. The occupiers stole mopeds and cars with trailers from the local population. Terminals and money were stolen from shops, all property was taken from houses, starting from dishes, carpets to household appliances and furniture. The army of looters crushed and destroyed everything that could not be taken. 

Destroyed occupiers’ military equipment. Photo: Police of Kherson oblast

Prosecutors found evidence of war crimes committed by russian servicemen in one of the de-occupied settlements of Kherson oblast. They were discovered at the place of deployment of the russian military in a local educational institution.

According to the regional council, the russian occupiers dismantled two monuments in Kherson – Suvorov and Ushakov. A list of objects and valuables that the russian occupiers are going to take out of Kherson appeared in the propaganda media. These are a monument to Potemkin, values of local history, art museums, drama and puppet theaters, and others in the list, in addition to the monuments of Ushakov and Suvorov.

Collage: the empty pedestal of the Ushakov monument and the place where the Suvorov monument stood. Photo: from social networks

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The 6th Volyn border detachment reported that since February 1.6 million Ukrainians have left abroad through Volyn checkpoints.

UAH 1 million was allocated from the budget of the Lutsk City Council to repair 12 private houses that suffered various damages due to the debris of the rocket and the shock wave from the explosion.

The power supply in Kovel can be stabilized. There is no electricity supply in the city since the alternative system lacks power.

The Lutsk City Council and the CF Only Together allocated UAH 47 million to purchase 5K sets of winter uniforms and pairs of shoes for soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under the terms of co-financing.

Volunteer auto mechanic Ivan Buldakov makes metal furnaces for the military from car wheel rims. He adds that one furnace requires four discs and two days of work.

Metal stove. Photo: from social networks

In Lokachy, students and teachers of the local lyceum collected funds and purchased a Starlink user terminal. The communication system has already been transferred to the front line.

Zakarpattia oblast

In Zakarpattia, the charitable project Providing assistance to people who found shelter in Mukachevo from the CF Change One Life is being implemented. Its goal is to provide IDPs with humanitarian aid, namely, food products, special baby food, hygiene products, medicines, etc., with the financial support of the EU.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

15 Carpathian territorial communities will receive 2K hygiene kits for IDP families. Humanitarian aid was provided to communities that sheltered most displaced persons by the UN International Organization for Migration.

Kolomyia City Council reported that children of people entitled for benefits and wounded soldiers from Kolomyia community will be able to improve their health in swimming pools for free once a year.

Lviv oblast

The Lviv City Council reported that during the war over 110K Ukrainians received medical care in Lviv.

Using funds from the regional budget, the heating system and shelter will be repaired in the  Yuriy Drohobych theater. The cost of the project is about UAH 3.7 million.

The Maltese aid service in Ukraine sent a school bus for the needs of Strilki territorial community in Sambir region. The bus was purchased by caring Europeans who cooperate with the Malta Service. They personally brought it from Switzerland.

In Krasnensk community a charity festival-fair and a football tournament for children and adults was held. The collected 400K hryvnias will be sent to defenders of Ukraine.

Rivne oblast

Head of RMA, Vitaliy Koval, announced that damage to energy infrastructure associated with missile strikes was eliminated. At the same time, the electricity will be supplied according to the schedule.

The Main Directorate of the National Police in Rivne reported that they received a report about the mining of the court building. The relevant services conducted an inspection, no explosives were found.  

Ternopil oblast

The Ternopil Regional Disease Prevention Control Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine received a refrigerated vehicle for transporting vaccines from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Power supply has not yet been restored in the city of Netishyn after the russian missile strikes. Water trucks with a volume of 30 cubic meters (30K liters) help provide drinking and technical water to city residents. In the yards, people set up boilers to cook food and heat water. The city has equipped locations where gadgets can be charged.

Chernivtsi oblast

Bukovyna boiler houses are 100% ready for the heating season. The same indicator for residential buildings in the oblast.

In Chernivtsi, the camp ‘I am a Ukrainian’ was opened by the Department of Youth and Sports, the Department of Education and Science, and the Department of Culture of Chernivtsi oblast for 30 forced internally displaced young people aged 14 to 20.

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

Germany will send three more Iris-T air defense systems to Ukraine in the near future.

The Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands announced that the Netherlands will provide Ukraine with an additional €500 million for military equipment as part of the sixth aid package,

Elon Musk will not shut down Starlink in Ukraine, even if the Ministry of Defense refuses to provide funding.

Message from Elon Musk. Photo: from social networks

Ukraine became a full member of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO). EOPP is an international organization created in 2004 in Athens (Greece). Its objective is to spread knowledge in the field of public law and promote European values ​​through public law.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a phone conversation with the director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva.

The Netherlands has already sent the second group of investigators to Ukraine to investigate russian war crimes. They will work at the sites of mass burials in the liberated territories.

In a joint statement on the official website of the US State Department stated that the US, France and Great Britain reject any pretext of the russian federation for escalating the war.  

Olaf Scholz and Ursula von der Leyen called for creation of a Marshall Plan for  reconstruction of Ukraine, in which the EU will play an important role.

President of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced that Ukrainians themselves must decide when it is necessary to return to negotiations with russia.

At the Frankfurt Book Fair, German booksellers presented the Peace Prize to Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan.

In Prague (the Czech Republic), the exhibition Invincible by the Lviv art project We and the World was opened. The exposition presented paintings, ceramics and sculptures created by artists from various regions of Ukraine, including occupied regions. In total, 50 works of 26 Ukrainian artists, who donate most of the funds collected to charity, have been placed here.

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

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



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