War in Ukraine today: latest news, September 06, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 560th 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:   

On September 6, the russian army launched 10 missile and 54 air strikes, fired 31 times from multiple launch rocket systems at Ukrainian troops’ positions and settlements. 

The operational situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains challenging. There were 26 combat engagements. 

The situation towards Volyn and Polissia remained unchanged. 

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy launched an airstrike near Hranivoye, Kharkiv region. More than 25 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Hremyach in Chernihiv oblast, Velyka Pysarivka, Pokrovka, Ponomarenky, Chernatske in Sumy oblast, and Veterynarne, Hatyshche, and Varvarivka in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy launched an air strike in the vicinity of Synkivka, Kotliarivka, Krokhmalne in Kharkiv oblast. Kolodiazne, Kyslivka, and Berestove in Kharkiv oblast came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Lyman, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled enemy attacks near Novoiehorivka, Luhansk oblast. The enemy conducted airstrikes near Bilohorivka in Luhansk region and Vesele in Donetsk oblast. More than 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Nevske and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Verkhnekamianske, Spirne, and Rozdolivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled enemy attacks near Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Donetsk oblast. The enemy conducted air strikes in the areas of Khromove and Pivnichne, Donetsk oblast. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bila Hora, Bohdanivka, and Klishchiyivka in Donetsk region. In turn, as a result of the assault operations, the Defense Forces have a partial success south of Bakhmut, pushing the enemy out of their positions and consolidating their positions.

Towards Avdiivka, Ukrainian defense forces repelled enemy attacks in the vicinity of Avdiivka. The enemy conducted an air strike near Avdiivka. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Oleksandropil, Keramik, Nevelske, Avdiivka, Pervomayske in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Marinka, Ukrainian defense forces continue to hold back the russian offensive in the vicinity of Marinka, Donetsk oblast. The enemy conducted an air strike near Krasnohorivka. Krasnohorivka, Paraskoviivka, and Yelizavetivka in Donetsk oblast came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy conducted an air strike near Urozhayne. More than 10 settlements, including Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Shakhtarske, Zolota Niva, Blahodatne, and Urozhayne in Donetsk oblast, came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the enemy conducted airstrikes in the areas of Mala Tokmachka and Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia oblast. More than 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Olhivske, Levadne, Huliaipole, and Chervone in Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Towards Kherson, the enemy conducted an airstrike near Olhivka. Kherson and Antonivka in Kherson oblast came under artillery and mortar fire.

Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to conduct offensive operations towards Melitopol, destroying the enemy and gradually liberating the occupied territories.

Aviation of the Defense Forces carried out 12 strikes on buildups of personnel, weapons and military equipment and on the positions of enemy anti-aircraft missile systems.

Rocket and artillery units destroyed 1 ammunition depot, 3 artillery pieces, 2 control points, 1 anti-aircraft missile system and 2 buildups of enemy personnel, weapons and military equipment.

MP Yaroslav Zhelezniak reports that Rustem Umerov is the new Minister of Defense of Ukraine. Previously, he served as the head of the State Property Fund. 

Olena Zerkal, Advisor to the Minister of Energy, reports that Ukrainian thermal power plants are about 30% ready for winter. The power grids are 98% ready, and nuclear power plants are 70% ready.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

Towards Kupiansk, russia is completing the preparation of assault units and is shelling Ukrainian positions daily with artillery and mortars. Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrsky, Сommander of the Ukrainian Army, said that russia aims to reach the borders of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, take revenge and get the operational initiative.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that around 7 am, russian invaders shelled Nova Hnylytsia village, Chuhuiv region, with cluster munitions. A private building was damaged and a 50-year-old civilian man sustained shrapnel wounds, who was hospitalised in a moderate condition.

Yesterday the enemy continued to shell settlements of Kharkiv, Chuhuiv, Kupiansk and Izium regions with artillery, mortars and aircraft.

A building was damaged as a result of a guided bomb attack on Petropavlivka village, Kupiansk region.

In Cherneshchyna village, Izium region, grass was burning in an open area due to hostile shelling.

In Vovchanski Khutory village, Chuhuiv region, shelling damaged a private building and caused a large-scale forest fire.

Mine clearance is ongoing. Yesterday  pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 5.3 hectares of territory and defused 249 explosive ordnance.

A 37-year-old and 25-year-old man were hospitalised with concussion and bruises as a result of a truck explosion in Savyntsi community. Oksana Suprun, Head of Savyntsi Village Military Administration, said that the incident occurred in Nortsivka forestry, where the men had come to pick up firewood they bought Savyntsi community was mined both remotely and with anti-personnel mines, and the forestry, where the truck exploded, was not inspected by sappers so it is dangerous to be there. Yevhen Vasylenko, Spokesman of the Regional Department of the State Emergency Service, said that not only forest roads but also roads passing through the forest could be mined in Nortsivka forestry.

Car exploded on a mine in the forest of Savyntsi community. 6 September 2023. Photo: Kharkiv State Emergency Service

In Kharkiv oblast, seven russian soldiers were sentenced for war crimes. According to Dmytro Chubenko, Spokesman of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office, investigators have opened more than 18K criminal proceedings over russian war crimes, most of them due to the shelling of Kharkiv and the region.

As part of a pilot project of Kharkiv RMA, a shelter in one of the educational institutions in Pisochyn village was equipped with a smart control system. Developed by Kharkiv IT specialists, the system allows the doors to the shelter to open automatically when an air raid alarm starts. In addition, the room is equipped with motion sensors and video surveillance cameras, which allows for operatively monitor the security situation in the shelter.

Shelter in the educational institution of Pisochyn. Photo: telegram channel of Oleh Syniehubov/Kharkiv Regional Military Administration

The fire in Kharkiv’s House of Architects damaged the roof and ceiling, and water from extinguishing flooded frescoes, the ceiling and the parquet. Volodymyr Matias, Chairman of Kharkiv Association of Architects Board, said that the fire also caused moulding to crack. According to him, the damage is being counted and volunteers have opened an account to raise money to restore the century-old architectural monument.

Donetsk oblast

The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that russian troops shelled downtown Kostiantynivka. As of 5:20 pm, 32 people were injured. As of 6 pm, the death toll was 17. The search operation is over. Anastasiia Miedviedieva, Spokeswoman of Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office, informed that twenty shops, power lines, an administrative building and the 5th floor of an apartment building were damaged, cars and 8 commercial facilities were burnt to the ground.

Aftermath of the shelling of Kostiantynivka. Photo from social media

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, towards Volnovakha, Shevchenko village of Komar community, Vuhledar and Novoukrainka of Vuhledar community were under attack.

Towards Donetsk, outbuildings were damaged in Halytsynivka of Novohrodivka community. Overnight there were isolated attacks on Krasnohorivka and Novomykhailivka of Marinka community and Avdiivka. In the morning, Ocheretyne and the outskirts of Kurakhove community were targeted.

Towards Horlivka, 4 people were injured in Kostiantynivka. In Toretsk community, 7 buildings were damaged: 6 in Petrivka and 1 in Toretsk. A building was damaged in Pryvillia of Soledar community. In Chasiv Yar community, 4 private buildings, 3 industrial buildings and 1 non-residential building were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, 3 buildings in Yampil of Lyman community and a building in Siversk were damaged.

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Police officers of the White Angel crew bring bread and humanitarian aid to Torske and Zarichne which are under russian daily shelling. Currently, about 200 people live in Torske and more than 500 in the neighbouring Zarichne.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the enemy tried to attack from two sides – both near Novoselivske and towards Novoiehorivka. They don’t care about their losses, they want to find a weak spot in the Ukrainian defensive line. Every day they advance and then abandon their intentions until the arrival of reserves. Ukrainian troops bravely resist all these numerous russian attempts. Specifically, the pressure from the air, from where the enemy attacked Bilohorivka, has not stopped. Nevske, Bilohorivka and Dibrova were shelled with artillery and mortars.

Branches of banks operating in the so-called ‘lpr’ have started providing information about their clients to recruitment offices, where they are preparing for the next wave of forced mobilization, which is to be announced after the pseudo-elections are over. Therefore, banks have started calling customers to come to the branch to verify their information, which will be passed on to the relevant authorities.

In Rubizhne, a plan was allegedly created to demonstrate the repairs of apartment buildings, where to replace windows, roofs or doors. The list includes only a third of the damaged buildings. They say they will start after the so-called “first elections” or in the spring. In the meantime, people are being provided with window film to help them survive the second winter under occupation. However, the utility companies do not help even the elderly to install it so they are forced to look for funds and hire someone from the outside.

The invaders tried to finish up the passportisation of Luhansk oblast residents before the so-called “first elections”. Almost all observers were brought from the territory of the russian federation. During preliminary voting, members of election commissions go to homes, accompanied by police and russian soldiers. After the pseudo-voting is over, the invaders are to start another wave of forced mobilisation.

A stormtrooper from Luhansk was awarded the III class Order of Courage. The other day, Volodymyr Zelenskyi was at the front line, where he honoured the soldier who managed to bring five comrades out of hell to safety under heavy russian attacks. This is not the first award for this soldier. In 2018, he received the War Veteran badge and this year he received the Badge of Honour for storming russian positions.

In August, 44 children from the community went to the Druzhba health and recreation centres in the Carpathians. The City Military Administration purchased tickets for 24 students of general secondary schools. Another 20 pupils of Rubizhne City Centre of Tourism, Regional Studies, Sports and Excursions for school students received tickets for recreation due to Ukrnafta JSC, doing this for the second year in a row.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The russian troops launched a combined missile attack on Kyiv, simultaneously using cruise and ballistic missiles. According to Kyiv Military Administration, air defense forces destroyed all enemy targets.

Kyiv RMA reported that the fallen missile fragments damaged a commercial establishment, private cars, building facades, and destroyed a truck and an excavator. There were no hits to critical or residential infrastructure, and no casualties reported.

Andrii Nebytov, Head of the oblast police, informed that in one of the regions of the oblast, the falling missile parts smashed windows in a children’s health center, damaged windows and balconies in 3 high-rise apartments, and 11 cars. Glass in the police department was also broken by the blast wave.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen paid a visit to Kyiv. She delivered a speech at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and paid tribute to the victims of war crimes in Bucha. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to discuss a new defense aid package.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is currently in Kyiv. He visited the Berkovetske cemetery, where he paid tribute to the fallen Ukrainian heroes together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed the protection of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, strengthening economic cooperation, enhancing cooperation with American businesses, and progress in implementing reforms.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken pays tribute to the fallen defenders at the Berkovetske Cemetery in Kyiv. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

The third Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen took place in Kyiv. This year’s event was titled Mental Health: Resilience and Vulnerability of the Future. The event was attended by representatives of several dozen countries.

Viktor Liashko, Minister of Health of Ukraine, reported that during the First Ladies and Gentlemen Summit, health ministers from 14 countries signed a joint declaration on the development of medical partnerships. Memorandums of cooperation were also signed between Ukrainian medical institutions and hospitals from around the world, which provide for the exchange of experience between Ukrainian doctors and their foreign colleagues.

A headquarters for documenting war crimes committed by russians in Kyiv oblast was opened in Bucha. Police officers of the Main Investigation Department of the National Police document and process testimonies of victims and witnesses of murders, torture, inhuman treatment, rape, and other atrocities committed by russian invaders in the oblast.

Fraport, one of the largest airport operators in Europe, will donate EUR 100 K to Kyiv. Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klytschko announced this following an online meeting with the company’s CEO Stefan Schulte. They also discussed further cooperation and assistance from German partners in the post-war reconstruction of Ukrainian airports.

The historic center of Lviv and St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv should be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in danger. This was stated by the head of the UNESCO World Heritage Program, Lazar Eloundou. Both sites are currently under threat due to the russian military invasion.

Zhytomyr oblast

The Joint Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that during russian air strikes on August 19 and 30, the crew of the Gepard anti-aircraft artillery system downed all air targets that entered its area of effect in Zhytomyr oblast. Five russian Shaheds were destroyed by the servicemen who had recently completed training on a German anti-aircraft system.

The first Ukraine training and resource center for implementing a universal and progressive model of home visits was opened in Zhytomyr with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). At the opening of the center on August 29, the In Touch Ukraine Foundation, with the support of the UNICEF, handed over telemedicine equipment to 13 primary healthcare centers in Zhytomyr, Kyiv oblasts, and Kyiv city that have already joined the Care from Birth at Home program.

Modern pentathlon competitions dedicated to the memory of the fallen defenders of Ukraine will be held in Zhytomyr on Novyi Boulevard. The decision was made at a meeting of the city council. The competition will be held on September 9 in the laser-ran format, which involves running and shooting with laser weapons.

Sumy oblast

The regional military administration reported that the enemy opened fire 30 times on the border areas of Sumy oblast, targetting Krasnopillia, Khotin, Velyka Pysarivka, Esman, Miropillia, Shalyhine, Bilopillia, Znob-Novhorodske, and Seredyno-Buda. There were 192 explosions.

After shelling Velyka Pysarivska community on September 5, the lyceum building, non-residential and commercial premises, 2 tractors, 2 cars and a private household were damaged. The russian military launched 38 mortar bombs, 22 artillery shells and 4 rounds from SPG on the territory of the community.

According to Sumy RMA, at night and in the morning of September 6, the russians opened fire 7 times at the border areas. There were 50 explosions. Krasnopillia, Shalyhine, and Seredyno-Buda communities were shelled.

According to the State Environmental Inspectorate of the oblast, a russian drone strike on a children’s camp in Sumy on July 20 caused more than UAH 262 million in soil damage. As a result of the strike, one building of the camp was completely destroyed, the second damaged with a fire raging on the territory. The inspectors examined the area and found a 4461 m² land plot contaminated with waste.

Consequences of the Shaheda attack on the territory of a children’s camp in Sumy, July 20, 2023. Photo: from social media

Chernihiv oblast

The russians shelled the border areas of Chernihiv oblast 7 times from their territory. According to the SBGSU, there were 57 shells fired from mortars and barrel artillery. Novhorod-Siversk, Semenivka, and Snovsk communities were shelled.

UAH 110 million of subventions from the European Investment Bank were allocated to the budget of Chernihiv oblast. According to the Chernihiv Regional State Administration, these funds will be used to implement 40 projects that have been pre-selected by the relevant ministry. The selected projects concern construction and reconstruction of shelters, restoration of educational and medical facilities, repair of administrative buildings, and development of design and estimated documentation.

In Chernihiv oblast, 12 communities became winners of the Swiss-Ukrainian project DECIDE. In particular, 15 educational institutions will receive grants to equip a school shelter and create an educational hub on its basis. The amount of the grant for school projects will range from two to almost four million hryvnias.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the regional council, the russians attacked Nikopol with a drone in the evening. A warehouse building, a private enterprise, an educational institution, an infrastructure facility, and a residential building were damaged. There were no casualties. 

In the morning, the russians attacked Nikopol region three times. They shelled Nikopol and Marhanets community with artillery. 

During the day, the enemy shelled Myrove community and Nikopol with artillery. 5 residential buildings were damaged. 

In the evening, Nikopol was attacked with a drone. 

Vinnytsia oblast

​​Memorial plaques in honour of three fallen soldier, Oleksandr Zahorodniuk, Ihor Havryliuk, and Serhii Bordeniuk, were unveiled in Vinnytsia oblast. They were installed on the facade of the Kamarhorod Lyceum of the Tomashivka Village Council, where the defenders studied. 

In Vinnytsia, the funds raised at the charity fair were used to buy a pick-up truck for the battalion of the 21st Separate Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

 Another vehicle was transferred by the deputies to the frontline for one of the battalions of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army fighting near Zaporizhzhia.

Kirovohrad oblast

Kirovohrad oblast will participate in a major reconstruction project in Kherson oblast called Side by Side.

According to Head of the Kirovohrad Regional Military Administration Andrii Raikovych, a room for rehabilitation after injuries and illnesses has been opened in Znamianka City Hospital. It is available for IDPs and the military. Another such facility has been opened in Bobrynets.

Poltava oblast

According to Dmytro Lunin, Head of the Poltava Regional Military  Administration, the eighth mission of architects and builders is heading to Kherson, after the previous team returned home. Specialists from Petrivka-Romenska and Reshitilivka communities and the Local Roads Agency inspected the houses of Kherson residents and the objects damaged by the flooding due to the occupiers’ destruction of the Kakhovka HPP.

Cherkasy oblast

As reported by Ihor Taburets, Head of Cherkasy RMA, 13 children of fallen defenders will spend 3 weeks in the United States. They were invited by the Together Ministry NGO  and the Reformation Movement NGO.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The American Institute for the Study of War reported a successful advance by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the western part of Zaporizhzhia oblast. Geolocation imagery and data from September 5 indicate that UAF forces have moved to the northwest and west of Robotyne, near the settlement whose control was claimed by russian forces, and to the south of Robotyne and northwest of Verbove (approximately 10 km east of Robotyne). The Ukrainian military also confirmed the UAF’s success towards Robotyne-Novoprokopivka, south of Orikhiv. Counteroffensive operations by Ukrainian forces in the border region between Donetsk and Zaporizhia oblasts likely prevented parts of the 7th Guards Airborne Division from being redeployed to critical frontlines in Zaporizhzh ia oblast.

At 10:24, the enemy launched a missile strike on one of the neighborhoods in Zaporizhzhia. As a result of the attack, civilian infrastructure suffered damage, two people were wounded.

On September 5, the enemy conducted 94 strikes on 26 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. There were 80 artillery attacks occurred near Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Mala Tokmachka, Olhivske, Levadne, Shcherbaky, Stepove, and Piatykhatky, Plavni, and other towns and villages along the front line. There were 9 airstrikes in Orikhiv, Robotyne, and Novodanylivka, with UAV attacks in Novodarivka, Malynivka, and Kamianske, as well as MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) attacks in Stepnohirsk and Poltavka. 3 local residents in Novodanylivka were injured as a result of an aerial strike. There were 59 reports of residential houses, agricultural structures, and infrastructure objects being damaged due to artillery fire.

Mykolaiv oblast

A man was blown up on a landmine in Snihurivka territorial community. The 26-year-old man was collecting firewood when he lifted a dry piece of wood and heard a suspicious “click,” immediately falling to the ground. At that moment, an explosive device hidden under the branches detonated. The man sustained shrapnel wounds and is currently in the hospital.

On September 5, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited Mykolaiv. Among the visitors were the head of the ICRC project, Jérôme Guéno, a consultant from GFA Consulting Group, the head of the research group Christopher Scharf, as well as a consultant from GFA Consulting Group and water supply expert Dmytro Tikunov. The Red Cross has been providing humanitarian aid, food, and the necessary materials and equipment for the water supply system in Mykolaiv since the start of the large-scale invasion. During the meeting, they discussed the development of a Master Plan for Mykolaiv, the establishment of shelters in educational institutions, and placed a strong emphasis on ensuring the local population has access to clean water.

According to the press service of the State Ecological Inspectorate of the South-Western region, experts from the inspection department have assessed the damages incurred by the local botanical reserve of regional significance, Ivano-Kepino, located on the left bank of the Ingulets River within the territory of the Snihurivka territorial community in Mykolaiv oblast, due to flooding caused by the destruction of Kakhovka HPP. The total amount of damages is estimated at 489.8 million hryvnias. 

Odesa oblast

This morning, in Izmail, the russian army had been launching drone attacks  for nearly three hours. The South Operational Command reported that 15 drones of the Shakhed-136 type were destroyed over Odesa. An employee of an agricultural enterprise was killed as a result of the shelling. Various objects of port and agricultural infrastructure were also damaged, including elevators, administrative buildings, agricultural enterprises, and power lines.

Wreckage of drones with which russian troops attacked Odesa oblast. Photo: South Operational Command

A volunteer group called Baggi for the Ukrainian Armed Forces from Vinnytsia handed over 11 light off-road vehicles known as Khyzhak (predator) to the South Operational Command. As reported by Odesa military expert Oleksandr Kovalenko, this is the second such transfer of such vehicles, which are created by volunteers and currently produced in small quantities. Baggi vehicles are built on the basis of VAZ cars with several components from the VAZ chassis. These vehicles have a versatile functionality, suitable not only for reconnaissance and diversionary operations but also for transporting cargo, ammunition, food supplies, and evacuating wounded from the battlefield.

A meeting between the Odesa Oblast Prosecutor’s Office and an expert group from the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding investigations of international crimes committed by representatives of the aggressor country took place. Issues related to identifying, documenting, and preserving evidence of russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and the application of international humanitarian law were discussed. As reported by the Prosecutor’s Office press service, it was agreed to continue cooperation and international support for war crime investigation.

A project called Displaced Animation will be held in Odesa. It will allow children displaced from conflict areas to create cartoons as a form of art therapy. These children have come from conflict zones and require both psychological support and resources to adapt to their new environment. Also, their mothers will have the opportunity to take a break on weekends while their children interact with peers and professional mentors and learn the art of animation.

Kherson oblast

On September 5, the enemy conducted 65 shelling attacks, firing 279 projectiles from mortars, artillery, Grad multiple rocket launchers, UAVs, and aircraft. The enemy shelled Kherson city with 18 projectiles. The russian military targeted residential areas in settlements within the region, including a mobile communication tower in Beryslav region. As a result, three individuals were wounded. The police initiated 23 criminal investigations related to war crimes committed by russian military personnel in Kherson oblast.

Kherson RMA reports that due to the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP by russian forces, almost 4 K buildings on the right bank of Kherson oblast were submerged underwater, with approximately 1,300 of them considered irreparable. Assessing the scale of destruction on the left bank of the region is currently not possible due to the occupation. Nearly 19K residents who suffered as a result of the explosion have submitted compensation claims to the government. Approximately 14 K of them have received payments totaling UAH 70 million.

In 2023, the Tavria Melpomene festival, founded  25 years ago in Kherson, will be held on September 8-16 under the slogan “We Are Home,” symbolizing its return to the de-occupied Kherson. This year’s program is planned to be held in a safe location of Kherson and partially in other cities in Ukraine and abroad on the stages of participating theaters. In total, the festival will feature 70 performances by 66 theater companies from countries including Portugal, Turkey, Slovakia, Germany, and Ukraine. The 25th festival will be inaugurated by 25 theaters, and on September 8, a joint event with the charitable foundation Library Country and the Summit-Book publishing house is scheduled within the framework of KyivBookFest at the Pochayna Event Hall. You can find the festival program by the provided link.

A United Nations interdepartmental commission visited Kherson. During the visit, measures to improve the humanitarian situation in the region were discussed. Topics included compensation payments to residents affected by both the armed aggression of russia and the flooding.

Residents of Osokorivka received 40 cubic meters of drinking water. The village continues to face water supply problems due to the depletion of wells in the community’s territory resulting from the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station. Water reservoirs have been installed in the village, and they are replenished weekly thanks to charitable donations.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Volyn received 22 fans from the Malvy Ukraine CF (Italy, Verona). The average cost of one is EUR 35-40K.

The All-Ukrainian charity run I Honor Soldiers, I run for Heroes of Ukraine took place in Lutsk for the 6th time. So, over 400 residents from the oblast ran a distance of 1,2 K meters to honour the memory of Ukrainian defenders. Over UAH 5K was collected for the needs of one of the military units of Volyn oblast.

Zakarpattia oblast

All institutions of Zakarpattia oblast that provide mental health and psychosocial support services will appear on a convenient interactive map. Mapping of such centers is provided by the All-Ukrainian mental health support program How are You?, initiated by First Lady Olena Zelenska.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the UN Foundation for Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine, in particular, with Khrystyna Katrakis, Ambassador of the UN Foundation of the Central African Republic, and Roman Kudlai, Crisis Coordinator. They discussed helping military units from the oblast and medical care for IDPs.

Lviv oblast

The RMA held a meeting with the Estonian delegation led by Hanna Vsevyov, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia. Protecting the civilian population and helping IDPs in wartime were discussed.

Child psychologists will start working in all offices of the Coordination Center at OVA from September thanks to UNICEF, the NEEKA Carpathian Region, USAID and the people of Japan.

The RMA reported that Drohobych region and the KOLO CF sent a car to the Ukrainian air defense forces.

UAH 4 mln was provided to construct memorial signs on the graves of fallen (deceased) Defenders of Ukraine under the Comprehensive Program of Social Support in Lviv oblast this year. 45 memorial signs will be made and installed on the graves, including 19 memorial signs at the Lychakiv cemetery.

6 educational institutions of Starosambir community, where over 100 students study, received sports equipment thanks to the Tech StartUp School and the United Nations Children’s Fund Representation in Ukraine.

The RMA reported that partners from the German city of Aachen sent 300 school bags for children from vulnerable categories of Lviv district.

Rivne oblast

Rivne city council reported that a Mavic Pro reconnaissance drone was sent to the 14th separate rifle battalion from Rivne.

A mobile mine safety classroom started working in Rivne oblast. Students of Myrohoshchan Lyceum of Pyrotechnics of the Regional Department of the State Emergency Service learned the algorithm of actions when explosive and suspicious objects are detected.

Anton Savkov, military serviceman of Mlynivsk community, shot down an enemy helicopter in Kupiansk on June 5 this year. For his bravery, he was awarded with the Golden Cross from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ternopil oblast

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Needs and assistance of oblasts that host IDPs were discussed.

The readiness of the oblast for the heating season is 80%. Currently, over 1K infrastructure facilities, educational institutions, budgetary institutions and organizations are equipped with generators.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Khmelnytskyi City Council received a grant of EUR 8.4 mln for the construction of housing for IDPs from the European Union.

Chernivtsi oblast

State awards were presented to families of fallen soldiers in Vyzhnytsk RMA. By decree of the President of Ukraine, soldier Serhii Bledniuk, senior sergeant Yurii Plyska, and junior sergeant Oleksandr Cheban were awarded with the 3th degree For Courage Order (posthumously). .

25 IDP children studying at Hertsaiv Lyceum #1 received high-quality European shoulder bags with a full set of stationery thanks to the Man in Need, the Slovak Republic International Humanitarian Organization.

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

The European Defense Agency signed 8 contracts with European enterprises for purchasing 155-mm ammunition for Ukraine. It was the first step in history towards the use of the European Union for the collective procurement of weapons.

Germany provided Ukraine with another package of military aid, includes 10 080 ammunition for Gepard anti-aircraft guns, over 8.5 mln rounds, 27K 40 mm ammunition, 32 Zetros trucks, 4 heavy tractors with trailers for transporting tanks, 4 border vehicles, 20K protective goggles for soldiers and a Beaver armored bridge-builder.

Mercedes provided Ukraine with over 100 cargo SUVs for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The company specified that even before receiving Zetros, the drivers had completed training courses and went on assignments in new hoodless cars.

For the first time since the beginning of the war, Armenia sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The amount of the aid and which organization sent it to Ukraine have yet to be officially announced.

Herman Halushchenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine, announced that Ukraine received the second powerful autotransformer from Lithuania. It will be installed at a high-voltage substation to transform the voltage from the main line to the distribution one, providing power to up to 200K households.

Britain will send 23 Scimitar MK II reconnaissance vehicles to Ukraine.

Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State, arrived in Kyiv on an official visit. He visited the Berkovets cemetery to honor the fallen defenders of Ukraine.

Mette Frederiksen, Danish Prime Minister, arrived in Kyiv on an official visit. The Prime Minister spoke in the Verkhovna Rada.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, addressed visitors of the russian War Crimes exhibition, which opened on September 4 at the Humboldt University of Berlin, in a video format. The project showcases photographs taken throughout Ukraine since the beginning the full-scale russian invasion. In a video message, Andrii Yermak once again emphasized the importance of following the Peace Formula proposed by the President of Ukraine and holding the russian federation accountable for war crimes.

The Ministry of Migration and Asylum of Greece reported that the country extended temporary protection for Ukrainian asylum seekers until March 4, 2024.

Over 60% of russians living in Latvia did not pass the Latvian language exam. This was required to extend documents for stay in the country. Now, starting in September, they will receive letters from the Ministry of Internal Affairs ordering them to leave the country.

The new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands spoke about providing F-16 aircraft to Ukraine. “The priority of the Netherlands is for F-16 fighter jets to appear in Ukrainian sky as soon as possible,” said Hanke Bruins Slot.

Ben Wallace, former UK Defense Secretary, mocked putin for asking North Korea for obsolete weapons: “And this is how it ends, mr. putin … the once mighty russia has been prowling around looking for friends and begging North Korea for 1960s weapons.”

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

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

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