War in Ukraine today: latest news, September 08, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 562nd 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 8, there were 24 combat clashes. The enemy launched 10 missile and 60 air strikes, fired 37 times from multiple launch rocket systems at Ukrainian troops’ positions and settlements.

The operational situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains challenging.

The situation towards Volyn and Polissia remained unchanged. 

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian invaders launched an airstrike near Bolohivka, Kharkiv oblast. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Hasychivka, Bleshnia in Chernihiv oblast, Vintorivka, Seredyno-Buda, Stari Vyrky, Veselivka, and Hrabovske in Sumy oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy conducted airstrikes near Petropavlivka in Kharkiv oblast. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Krasne Pershe, Kamianka, Fiholivka, Dvorichna, Kucherivka, Tabaivka in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled enemy attacks near Novoiehorivka, Luhansk oblast. The enemy conducted airstrikes near Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, and Spirne, Donetsk oblast. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Nevske and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Verkhnekamianske, Vesele, Spirne, Rozdolivka, Yampolivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy launched an airattack near Bila Hora in Donetsk oblast. More than 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Nyzhyk, and Pivnichne in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Avdiivka, our defenders repelled enemy attacks near Avdiivka, Donetsk oblast. More than 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Novokalynove, Keramik, Stepove, Avdiivka, Sievierne, Pervomaiske in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Marinka, Ukrainian troops continue to hold back the russian offensive in the areas of Marinka and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast. Over the past day, Ukrainian forces repelled more than 10 enemy attacks here. There was an airstrike near Krasnohorivka. About 15 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Krasnohorivka, Marinka, Pobieda, Novomykhailivka, Antonivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy conducted airstrikes near Urozhaine, Staromaiorsk and Novodarivka in Donetsk oblast. About 10 settlements, including Vodiane, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, and Urozhaine in Donetsk oblast, came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the enemy conducted airstrikes in the areas of Omelnyk, Mala Tokmachka, Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia oblast. More than 20 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Olhivske, Hulyaypole, Levadne, Mala Tokmachka, Piatikhatky, Robotyne, and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Towards Kherson, the enemy launched air strikes near Kozatske, Odradokamianka, Burgunka, and Tomyna Balka. Antonivka, Kherson, Veletenske, and Tomyna Balka in Kherson oblast came under artillery and mortar fire.

Ukrainian Defense Forces continue their offensive towards Melitopol, destroying the enemy and gradually liberating the occupied territories. They succeeded in the area south of Robotyno and consolidated their positions.

Aviation of the Defense Forces carried out 9 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel, weapons and military equipment and 1 strike on the positions of  anti-aircraft missile systems.

Rocket and artillery units destroyed 1 ammunition depot, 9 artillery vehicles, 6 control points, and 1 enemy electronic warfare station.

According to the Children of War platform, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, 503 children have been killed. Also, more than 1120 children received injuries of varying severity.

Dmytro Lubinets, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, reports that 9 more Ukrainian children returned home. Among them, 2 children were in the temporarily occupied territories. Also, a guy was returned who was accused by the russians of blowing up a bridge and was held and interrogated in prison for a month. 

Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin announces that 90% of Ukrainian prisoners of war were tortured in captivity. Russia created a sophisticated system of torture and ill-treatment of captured Ukrainians.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Illia Yevlash, Head of the Press Service of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, informed that russians shelled the positions of our defenders 554 times using various artillery systems towards Lyman and Kupiansk. Attack aircraft SU-25 and SU-35 were involved in air attacks. The enemy is not giving up its intentions to break the defenses near Novoiehorivka. There were five combat clashes in the eastern sector yesterday. Ukrainian troops eliminated 101 invaders. Two T-72 tanks, D-20 and D-30 cannons and three UAVs were destroyed.

Kharkiv oblast

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, said that fighting continues on the contact line. Our defenders repelled another enemy attempt to attack near Synkivka, Kupiansk region. The invaders suffered losses and retreated to their positions. 

The Press Service of Kharkiv State Emergency Service reported that in Rubizhne of Vovchansk community, a 45-year-old man stepped on a mini-petal at around 11 am and was hospitalized with a leg injury. Also a combine harvester exploded in Izium region around 11:50 am, the driver was not injured.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the RMA, informed that russian invaders shelled Petropavlivka village, Kupiansk region, around 2:30 am last night. A 68-year-old man was injured and hospitalised. Kucherivka village, Kupiansk region, was also shelled at night, damaging a residential building.

During the day, the enemy shelled settlements of Kharkiv, Bohodukhiv, Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions with artillery, mortars, aircraft and other weapons.

In Hraniv village, Kharkiv region, an enemy drone hit a private building, a 77-year-old woman sustained shrapnel wounds and was hospitalised.

In Kolodiazne village, Kupiansk region, the shelling damaged the canteen building and caused a fire.

As a result of shelling, forest fires broke out in Zidky village, Chuhuiv region, and Kurilivka village, Kupiansk region.

Between Barvinkove town and Chervone village, Izium region, a tractor tripped an explosive device while working in the field, injuring a 42-year-old tractor driver around 11:30 am. He was hospitalised in a moderate condition.

A truck blew up on an explosive device near Mospanove village, Chuhuiv region, at around 11:00 am. A 25-year-old driver and a 20-year-old woman in the vehicle were injured. They were hospitalised in critical condition. The man died from his injuries.

Mine clearance is ongoing. Yesterday pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 4.8 hectares of territory and defused 53 explosive ordnance.

Exactly one year ago, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated Balakliia. This military operation was the beginning of a decisive offensive and the liberation of the majority of Kharkiv oblast. Six months under occupation were a serious challenge for the townspeople.There was no electricity or water in Balakliia and shops and pharmacies were almost closed. 70% of the city’s residential buildings were damaged or destroyed. Almost 90% of educational institutions and the building of the multi-profile hospital were also damaged. Today, basic social services have been restored in Balakliia, damaged homes are being rebuilt and Balakliia hospital has resumed operations.

The Regional Department of the State Environmental Inspectorate reported that as of 8 September, the amount of environmental damage caused by russian shelling of Borove community, Izium region, reached almost UAH 75 million.

Donetsk oblast

Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that russian troops shelled Pivnichne, Toretsk community, injuring two children aged 14 and 15 and their parents.

Donetsk police said that yesterday 11 settlements were shelled: Avdiivka, Kostiantynivka, Toretsk cities, Kurdiumivka, Shcherbynivka settlements, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Novoselivka Persha, Novoukrainka, Soloviove and Shakhtarske villages. Also russian forces attacked civilians with S-300, Uragan and Grad multiple rocket launchers, artillery and tanks. 21 civilian objects, including 18 residential buildings, an enterprise, a police station, and a power line, were damaged.

A civilian was injured in Ivanivske village of Bakhmut community as a result of artillery shelling. 8 private buildings in Shcherbynivka, 2 in Toretsk and 7 in Shakhtarske were damaged.

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, towards Volnovakha, a building in Novoukrainka was destroyed, Prechystivka attacked with artillery and Grad MRLs and Vuhledar shelled 28 times.

russians shelled Avdiivka with artillery, tanks and Grad MRLs, injuring a civilian. A police building was damaged as a result of the shelling. Towards Donetsk, one person was injured in Pervomaisk of Ocheretyne community. Krasnohorivka, Kostiantynivka and Katerynivka of Marinka community were shelled. The enemy launched an S-300 missile at Kostiantynivka, destroying the building of an enterprise.

Towards Horlivka, 7 buildings in Shcherbynivka and 3 in Toretsk were damaged. In Chasiv Yar community, 4 private buildings, 1 outbuilding and 1 industrial building were damaged. In Soledar community, Minkivka and Rozdolivka were targeted.

Towards Lysychansk, russians shelled Zvanivka community with multiple rocket launchers: 2 buildings were destroyed and 4 damaged in Zvanivka, 3 buildings destroyed and 6 damaged in Pereizne. A building was destroyed in Torske of Lyman community and another one was damaged in Siversk.

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

Donetsk Main Department of the National Police reported that the White Angel unit operating towards Bakhmut has received an armoured evacuation vehicle. It was provided by Volyn police.

Chinese singer Wang Fan sang “Katiusha” on the ruins of Mariupol drama theatre, where russian troops killed more than 600 people. Nikolenko, Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, emphasized that Ukraine respects the territorial integrity of China and expects the Chinese side to explain the purpose of Chinese citizens’ stay in Mariupol and the way they got to the temporarily occupied Ukrainian city.

Luhansk oblast

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, russians attacked near Bilohorivka and west of Dibrova with aircraft, Nevske and Bilohorivka with artillery.

The decision whether to open a polling station or vote at home was made separately in the settlements of the occupied Luhansk oblast. They were allowed to do so by russian Central Election Commission. In other words, even if the police concluded that there was a certain level of security for the elections, the territorial election commission could ignore this opinion and not open the polling stations. The invaders admitted that they had not done enough to force the passportisation of the population before the so-called “first elections” so the election commissions received a verbal decision to allow voting even without a russian passport. For instance, in Alchevsk, employees of a metallurgical plant could only show a pass.

Roman Vlasenko, Head of Sievierodonetsk Regional Military Administration, said that during preliminary voting, people were forced to make their choice at bus stops, in cars and at enterprises. Today, more than 400 polling stations opened in the occupied Luhansk oblast. It is not necessary to have a russian passport to vote as the invaders admitted that they did not have time to complete the forced passportisation. After the so-called ‘first elections’ in the so-called “luhansk people’s republic”, a new wave of forced mobilization is expected.

Valerii Shybiko, Head of Lysychansk City Military Administration, reported that brigades are travelling around the city collecting votes from the population. The invaders make a lot of promises to restore the city but nothing changes in Lysychansk except for the leaders of the town assigned by the invaders. Lysychansk is gradually turning into a complete landfill. There are about 15K civilians left in the city and it is beneficial for russians to reduce the number of locals in order to turn Lysychansk into a military base. It is impossible for civilians to get to some areas of the city because russian troops are stationed there.

In order to increase the rate of forced mobilization in the occupied territories, russian Ministry of Defence is considering changing the regulations on military registration. According to them, prisoners in the lpr will be registered immediately in correctional institutions.

Luhansk RMA informed that two special police officers and three explosives experts of the Main Department of the National Police in Luhansk, who have been trained and received the necessary knowledge, are involved in demining the de-occupied territories of Kharkiv oblast.

In Serednii Bereziv village of Yabluniv community, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, a shelter for internally displaced Luhansk residents has been opened. The building is designed for 20 people and contains everything necessary for living: rooms equipped with furniture, a kitchen with appliances, a washing machine, bathrooms and a recreation area.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The Kyiv City Council reported that former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv Regional Center of Rehabilitation and Treatment. He inspected the hospital and the premises undergoing renovation, talked to doctors and Ukrainian soldiers undergoing treatment or rehabilitation.

According to the information provided by the Department of Social Protection of Kyiv RMA, since the beginning of the year, 1100 internally displaced persons have been employed in Kyiv oblast. 38 IDPs have received microgrants to start or relocate their own businesses. Currently, 79 enterprises have been relocated to the oblast.

Almost 4K windows were installed in Hostomel, Borodyanka and Bucha with the help of international partners. According to Kyiv Regional Military Administration, the non-profit organization Global Empowerment Mission in partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation is installing these windows at facilities damaged as a result of russian military aggression.

Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klychko met with members of the French National Assembly from the France-Ukraine inter-parliamentary friendship group headed by Benjamin Addad. They discussed the need to strengthen the support and assistance of partners in the fight against the russian aggressor and the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine and its capital.

According to Kyiv City State Administration, Kyiv schools will increase hours to study Defense of Ukraine. The capital plans to prepare a program for high-quality training of young people of pre-conscription age in military, tactical and medical disciplines in a short time.

The State Archival Service reported that a ceremony dedicated to the inclusion of the Documentary Heritage of Babyn Yar in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register took place in Kyiv. The basis for obtaining this status was the unique online space of the Memorial Center, which includes more than 3.5 million documents from 13 archives of Ukraine.

Zhytomyr oblast

Vitalii Bunechko, Head of Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration, reported that on September 7, Rõina Sikkut, Minister of Health of the Republic of Estonia, came on a working visit to Zhytomyr oblast and attended the Center for Vertebrology and Rehabilitation. Cooperation with Estonian partners to help rehabilitate Ukrainian military and civilians was discussed.

Zhytomyr Regional Medical Center reported that since the beginning of the full-scale war, rehabilitation facilities in the oblast have already provided assistance to more than 22 thousand servicemen. 33 medical institutions in Zhytomyr oblast signed rehabilitation service packages with the National Health Service. In addition, the Regional Medical Center for Vertebrology and Rehabilitation offers inpatient rehabilitation care for 165 patients.

In Zhytomyr oblast, UNDP will finance repairs, purchase of furniture and equipment for 31 schools in 12 communities of the oblast. This became possible thanks to the ECHO4SCHOOLS-UA project for war-affected oblasts. At the first stage alone, 9 educational institutions will be renovated, supplied with furniture and equipment, and undergo necessary repairs worth UAH 100 million.

Sumy oblast

According to Sumy Regional Military Administration, in the morning, the russians launched a missile attack on the private sector of Sumy. As a result of the shelling, a two-story residential building was destroyed, more than 20 houses and 8 vehicles were damaged. Seredyno-Buda community was also under enemy fire in the morning. There were 4 mortar bombs and 9 artillery shells recorded. 

The regional police reported that three people were wounded as a result of a russian missile attack on Sumy. Rescuers saved a man and a woman under the wreckage at the site of a missile strike. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine reported that as a result of the strike, a fire broke out in a large area. It was extinguished.

Operational headquarters of Sumy City Council was launched in Sumy to eliminate the consequences of the enemy attack that took place on September 8.

Police rescued a wounded dog at the site of a russian missile attack in Sumy, September 8, 2023. Photo: Sumy police

On September 7, russian invaders opened fire 18 times on the border areas of the oblast. There were 133 strikes. According to Sumy RMA, Krasnopillia, Miropillia, Bilopillia, Khotin, Velyka Pysarivka, Putivl, and Shalyhine communities were shelled. As a result of the shelling of Krasnopillia community, a kindergarten, an administrative building, a grocery store, a private house, and a power line were damaged.

SBU counter-intelligence detained a russian forward observer who coordinated the air attack on Sumy on the night of September 7. The woman detained turned out to be a russian citizen who had a residence permit in Ukraine and had been remotely cooperating with the General Staff of the aggressor country since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Besides, she fulfilled another task of the russian GRU by establishing her own agent network in the regional center. 

Chernihiv oblast

The russian forces fired 9 times at the border areas of Chernihiv oblast from their territory. According to the State Border Guard Service, Novhorod-Siversk, Semenivka, and Snovsk communities were under enemy fire. There were 90 shells fired from mortars and barrel artillery systems. Also, one VOG round was launched from a UAV.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited Yahidne village in Chernihiv oblast on September 7. He went down to the basement of a local school, where russian troops held 366 people for 28 days in March 2022, 11 of whom died of suffocation.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visits Yahidne in Chernihiv Oblast. Photo from social networks

According to Oleksandr Lomako, Acting Mayor of Chernihiv, five Chernihiv schools will receive grants to equip school shelters and create educational hubs on their basis. He mentioned that schools No. 22, 19, 13, 34, 32 will receive about UAH 16 million as winners of the initiative of the Swiss-Ukrainian project DECIDE. The work will be carried out on a co-financing basis – 30% of the funds must be allocated by the community.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Serhii Lysak, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, informed that the russians shelled Pokrovske community of Nikopol region with artillery at night. A transport company was damaged. A russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih killed 1 person and injured 72. Psychological support was provided to 74 people. There was a fire at an infrastructure facility, garages and trucks were destroyed. 14 administrative buildings, a religious building, 62 apartment buildings, 7 private houses, and 35 cars were damaged. The russians attacked Nikopol region three times. Nikopol was attacked with a drone and shelled with artillery. An administrative building and a residential building were damaged. Marhanets community was also shelled with artillery.

Consequences of russian shelling. Photo: Mykola Lukashuk

Vinnytsia oblast

​​ President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has awarded soldiers of the Chervona Kalyna Brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine from Vinnytsia oblast. He presented the awards personally during a working visit to Zaporizhzhia oblast.


The money for the kamikaze drones was raised in Vinnytsia at the Glory to Ukraine exhibition of paintings by Diana Podolianchuk. It was set up in the lobby of the city hall. There are more than 20 paintings on display. 

Kirovohrad oblast

An educational campaign was held in Kropyvnytskyi on the occasion of World First Aid Day. The aim of the event was to inform civilians about emergency procedures and first aid rules. The event was hosted by Red Cross volunteers and ambulance representatives.

Poltava oblast

The project “Formation of a Unified System of Rehabilitation Assistance” is being developed in Poltava oblast. The involvement of educational institutions in training rehabilitation specialists and introduction of a training mechanism have been discussed at the meeting.


Poltava Regional Military Administration reported that about half a thousand Invincibility Centres will be opened in Poltava oblast on 1 October. These will become centres of stability for people during power outages. People will be able to keep warm, charge their gadgets, or use the internet there.

Cherkasy oblast

The exhibition Ruined but not Exterminated  was presented at Cherkasy Museum of Local Lore. 17 stands depict the history of Mariupol and Greek cultural heritage of the Azov Sea region.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

In the morning, russian military personnel launched a missile strike on Zaporizhzhia, injuring a man. As a result of the strikes, two fires broke out in a two-story administrative building and a gas module nearby. The fires have been extinguished.

Yesterday, the enemy shelled 29 cities and villages in Zaporizhzhia oblast 93 times. The occupiers fired missiles at Shyrokе and Trudove, shelled Chervone with MLRS, conducted 6 UAV attacks on Komyshuvakha, Novodarivka, Malynivka, Charivne, and Kamianske, and targeted Orikhiv and Robotyne with 6 air-to-ground missiles. 78 artillery shelling attacks targeted Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Novoandriivka, Levadne, Temyrivka, Bilohiria, Stepnohirsk, Piatyhatky, Prymorske, Stepove, Plavni, and other settlements on the front line. A 54-year-old woman was killed as a result of a missile strike on Prymorske. There have been 40 reports of residential buildings, farm structures, and infrastructure facilities being destroyed.

Due to the attack by russian forces on the residential quarter of Orikhiv on September 7, local residents’ houses were destroyed. During the removal of debris, law enforcement officers discovered the bodies of a 63-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man.

During the night in the temporarily occupied Berdiansk, two explosions occurred at one of the ‘polling stations’ located in the municipal lyceum building. It is known that an explosive device detonated near the Berdiansk municipal lyceum. After the second explosion, ambulances were dispatched.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv RMA reports that on September 7, russian forces struck the waters near Ochakiv community. Kutsurub community was shelled from artillery. There have been no reported casualties or injuries. 

The Ukrainian Air Force reports that on September 8, Ukrainian defense forces destroyed 16 drones within Odesa and Mykolaiv oblasts. russian forces attacked Odesa oblast with Shahed-136/131 drones from the southeast and south directions. In total, there were 20 drone launches. 

Educational institutions in Mykolaiv oblast received almost 1000 laptops. The devices were provided by  the First Lady Olena Zelenska’s foundation and the wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia, Anna Akopyan. Also Mykolaiv RMA handed over four buses. The handover ceremony was attended by Deputy Chief of Mykolaiv RMA, Oleksandr Traitli, and the Director of the Department of Education and Science of Mykolaiv RMA, Alla Velikhovska.

Recently, Anatolii Petrov, Deputy Mayor of Mykolaiv, held a meeting with representatives of the United Nations World Food Programme to discuss further cooperation for the benefit of Mykolaiv residents. The city authorities and the UN are beginning to implement an initiative to provide multifaceted financial assistance to the most vulnerable groups of the local population.

The use of loud vehicles and fireworks has been banned in Mykolaiv. This includes the use of pyrotechnic devices and driving vehicles that generate excessive noise. Additionally, motorcycle and car festivals are not allowed. These restrictions are in effect during the state of war. The decision was approved by Mykolaiv deputies during the last session.

Odesa oblast

It is reported that russian occupiers continue to attack Odesa oblast. Over the past week, the enemy has carried out five mass drone kamikaze attacks. During the night of September 8, 20 Shakhed drones were launched towards Odesa oblast. The enemy attacked southern regions from Primorsko-Akhtarsk (russia) and Cape Chauda in the temporarily occupied Crimea. Ukrainian military forces destroyed 14 Shakhed-136/131 drones over the region. According to the Ukrainian Air Force, there were no casualties reported.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported that russian forces have been using drones extensively to target the infrastructure of Odesa oblast for the past five days, attempting to destroy ports and agricultural infrastructure. During the last five days, the enemy has launched 135 Shakhed-131/136 drones, with the vast majority directed towards targets in Odesa oblast. The beginning of this operation can be clearly traced back to the night of September 3, when the enemy launched 25 drones. The following night, 32 drones were deployed (partially for strikes on Dnipropetrovsk oblast). After a brief pause on September 6, another combined attack was carried out, including cruise missiles and a ballistic missile, with an additional 25 Shakhed drones targeted at Odesa oblast. On September 7, 33 more drones were launched, and during the night of September 8, 20 more UAVs were detected.

The results of the annual charity project Weeks of Good Deeds were announced in Odesa by the press service of Odesa City Council. This year, the project lasted for 91 days, equivalent to 13 weeks. During this period, over 300 events were organized, with the participation of volunteers from 111 organizations. More than 50 educational forums and civil society forums were held. Assistance was provided to Mykolaiv and Kherson, with the donation of 80 tons of water and over 100 tons of humanitarian aid. Special attention was given to children, with over six thousand children from southern Ukraine participating in the events of the project.

As reported by Bolhrad RMA, residents of Odesa oblast received 10 powerful generators from the United Nations Development Programme as part of the project Supporting People’s Safety in Ukraine through Multidimensional Crisis Response Caused by War. These generators will be provided to educational institutions.

UNESCO’s committee has made a decision to include 20 objects located in Ukraine under enhanced protection. Among them are the Astronomical Observatory of Odesa of I.I. Mechnikov National University and the Struve Geodetic Arc located in the village of Staro-Nekrasivka, Izmail region.

Kherson oblast

On September 8, russia conducted an airstrike on Odradokamianka. Seven people were injured. Due to the impact of a guided air bomb, two women and one man sustained life-threatening injuries, while four other women were wounded. Additionally, russian forces shelled Vesele with mortars, injuring a 67-year-old man who is currently hospitalized.

On September 7y, the enemy carried out 62 shelling attacks, firing 281 shells from mortars, artillery, Grad rockets, UAVs, AGS (automatic grenade launchers), ATGMs (anti-tank guided missiles), and aviation. russian forces conducted an airstrike at Olhivka and Lvove, where these populated areas have been subjected to frequent russian aerial attacks. Occupiers used kamikaze drones in Odradokamianka, resulting in the death of a 56-year-old man. The enemy fired 7 shells at the city of Kherson. russian terrorist forces targeted a nine-story building, with one shell hitting an apartment, causing a fire that was quickly extinguished by firefighters. As a result of russian aggression, one person was killed, and two more injured. The police opened 26 criminal cases related to war crimes committed by russian military personnel in Kherson oblast.

Three deminers from The HALO Trust, an organization specializing in humanitarian demining, blew up on a russian landmine in Kherson oblast. A 24-year-old man sustained severe head and neck injuries. He is currently undergoing surgery, and doctors are doing everything possible to save his life. Two other men, aged 32 and 31, suffered fragmentation injuries and are receiving medical treatment.

Natalia Humeniuk, Head of the United Coordination Press Center for Defense and Security of the South, reports that Ukrainian defense forces on the left bank of Kherson oblast are destroying russian army positions in areas from which they attempt to target residential areas on the right bank with maximum accuracy. According to her, Ukrainian military personnel destroyed 33 russian soldiers, two tanks, four large-caliber cannons, and a boat during September 7. Additionally, according to the South Air Command, air defense forces destroyed a reconnaissance UAV Merlin-VR in Kherson oblast.

The General Staff reported that about 30 russian occupiers entered the territory of an agricultural enterprise in the settlement of Dnipriany in the occupied Kherson oblast. The invaders consumed alcohol and began to quarrel, which ended up with a shootout with 5 occupiers killed.

Farmers in Kherson oblast received 8 new John Deere combines for harvesting and 10 modern John Deere and New Holland tractors. This necessary equipment for field work was provided by the International Charitable Foundation Harvest of Victory and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Ten municipal shelters are being equipped with all the necessary amenities for people to stay in during russian shelling. Tables, chairs, benches, and fire extinguishers will be provided. This assistance came from Poland.

Residents of Liubymivka in Novovorontsovka community have renovated the entrance sign. During the occupation by russian forces, the sign was vandalized. The residents also improved and cleaned the surrounding area.

Renovated entrance sign in Liubymivka. Photo: Kherson RMA

Builders from Bukovyna have been working in Zarichne as part of the Side by Side program for a month. They are repairing roofs and fixing damaged walls. There are 112 residential buildings in the village that need repairs, and during the first stage, specialists are reconstructing 37 homes.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

For the funds collected during the charity concert, Despite the War. Faith. Hope. Vesna, members of the Restless Hearts veterans’ club choir of the Palace of Culture of the city of Lutsk purchased 10 anti-drone nets, designed to cover and protect trenches from enemy kamikaze drones worth almost UAH 35K. The equipment has been sent to the military unit from Volyn oblast.

Zakarpattia oblast

In Uzhhorod, fallen Heroes were honored at the city-wide Viche for the City Day. After a minute of silence for fallen soldiers and civilians, adults and children, they watched the video and remembered all the Heroes who are buried on the Hill of Glory in Uzhhorod – participants in the russian-Ukrainian war of 2014, as well as the full-scale war from 2022.

Erik Hleba, military medic of the 15th separate mountain assault battalion, was awarded an honorary award by Uzhhorod City Council in the Professional Activity in the Field of health care nomination. During the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine, a military medic evacuated almost 500 wounded comrades from the battlefield.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

In Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, the Little Hearts project is being implemented as part of the all-Ukrainian mental health program, financed by the Yellow Blue Wings and Terre des Hommes public organizations.

At a charity auction in Halychi, UAH 2 mln was collected for the military. The most expensive lot, sold for UAH 300K, was a painting donated by the Head of the UGCC, His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

Lviv oblast

 The City Council reported that Lviv and the Japanese city of Kobe signed an agreement on cooperation.

Sokoliv community purchased 25 DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo quadcopters for servicemen of 2 units of the Armed Forces. 

Lviv City Council reported that the community sent 2 cars to the military thanks to the citizens’ taxes.

Lviv National Medical University named after Danyla Halytskyi signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Vienna Medical University.

Rivne oblast

The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to be supported in Rivne oblast. Residents of Rokytniv community bought a quad bike with a trailer. 100 liters of cucumbers were salted and will be handed over to the front by Hoshchan volunteers. 3 quadcopters, 4 night vision devices, 3 rangefinders, 2 Starlink satellite communication systems and a car for a total amount of over UAH 1 mln were handed over to the military by RANP nuclear workers.

Ternopil oblast

The RMA held a meeting with representatives of the board of the Civic Council. Helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine was discussed.

The scientific and engineering team of the Civic Council and Ternopil National Pedagogical University named after Hnatiuk is engaged in implementation of projects related to development and production of electronic warfare equipment and a multi-purpose drone for military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. All works are carried out at the expense of representatives of the Civil Council. The first complex has been sent to the combat zone.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

RMA representatives visited Khmelnytskyi Regional Hospital for War Veterans to present the award of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine – the For Wounded (severe) medal to one of compatriots who was seriously injured during a combat mission.

The RMA presented high state awards to the relatives of the fallen Heroes. In accordance with Decrees of the President of Ukraine, Anatolii Sikorskyi, Ihor Kirsanovskyi, Oleh Tsymbaliuk, and Kostiantyn Ahapov were posthumously awarded with the 3th degree Order of Courage.

Chernivtsi oblast

Maxim Matveiev, resident of Chernivtsi, and Dmytro Kachmarik from Hlyboka were awarded with the Golden Cross badge of honor.

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

The US announced a new $600 mln aid package to Ukraine, which includes equipment for air defense systems of Ukraine, additional ammunition for highly mobile artillery rocket systems (HIMARS), 105-mm artillery shells, means of EW and anti-radio electronic warfare, ammunition for clearing obstacles, demining equipment, support and equipment for training and maintenance.

The British government has announced that the British military and security services will monitor the Black Sea to deter russia from attacking cargo ships carrying grain from Ukraine to developing countries. They will also allocate 3 mln pounds to finance the Grain from Ukraine initiative.

Armenia sent over 1K smartphones, laptops, tablets for those oblasts of Ukraine with the largest number of schools operating online.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, had a conversation with Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of Great Britain. The situation on the battlefield and defense cooperation were discussed.

Andrii Kostin, Prosecutor General of Ukraine, met with Dr. Alice Jill Edwards, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. As noted by Andrii Kostin, almost 90% of Ukrainian prisoners of war were tortured.

Oleksii Kuleba, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, met with Shtefan Shloining, newly appointed Head of Cooperation Programs of the EU Representation in Ukraine. Supporting Ukraine was discussed.

Representatives of the Office of the President of Ukraine met with the delegation of the European Network of Equality Bodies, led by Tena Symonovich Ainwalter, Ombudsman of the Republic of Croatia, and Lars Arrhenius, Swedish Equality Ombudsman. Ukraine’s accession to EQUINET was discussed.

Dariia Herasymchuk, Adviser to the President of Ukraine on children rights and rehabilitation, and Dariia Zarivna, Adviser to the head of the Office of the Head of State, took part in a panel discussion in the Bundestag dedicated to deepening cooperation between Ukraine and Germany for the return home of Ukrainian children kidnapped by russia.

The 3rd Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen, founded by Olena Zelenska, wife of the President of Ukraine, took place in Kyiv. The theme of the third Summit is Mental Health: Fragility and Resilience of the Future.

Kaya Callas, Prime Minister of Estonia, announced that the country wants to offer neighbors a joint embargo on trade with russia.

Britain plans to organize a summit of countries that suffer from high prices for products due to the unleashed russian war. The summit is planned for November 20 in Britain with the participation of representatives of countries’ governments, non-governmental organizations and businesses.

Cesar Rodríguez, Colonel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Cuba, stated that 17 people who recruited mercenaries for the russian federation’s war against Ukraine were arrested in Cuba.

Anthony Blinken visited Yahidne in Chernihiv oblast, where occupiers were holding hundreds of civilians hostage in a basement. The US Secretary of State emphasized that the russian occupation army continues to commit atrocities on the territory of Ukraine, and recalled the recent shelling of Kostiantynivka in Donetsk oblast, which killed 16 people.

NATO regrets not holding russia accountable for the occupation of Crimea. “There was Georgia in 2008, there was Crimea in 2014, and then a full-scale invasion in 2022. russia managed to avoid responsibility, and I regret it,” said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General.

Nauseda, President of Lithuania, stated that Baltic and Polish ports can transport 10 mln tonnes of Ukrainian grain per year.

John Neal, CEO of the Lloyd’s of London British market of insurance services, announced that the company is negotiating with the UN regarding the insurance of ships with Ukrainian grain, if the corridor resumes its operation.

UNESCO added 20 locations in Ukraine to the list of objects under enhanced protection.

As part of the 3rd Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen, which this year is called Mental Health: Resilience and Vulnerability of the Future, memorandums of cooperation between Ukrainian medical institutions and hospitals from different countries of the world were signed. In particular, 25 Ukrainian hospitals found international partners.

The first Ukrainian school named after Lesia Ukrainka was opened in Niredgaza (Hungary). This is a branch of the Ukrainian school in Budapest, which also rang the bell for the first time this year. About a hundred children will study in both institutions.

The Eyes of Mariupol exhibition of photos from the book of Anastasiia Dmytruk, Ukrainian writer, is taking place in the center of Milan. Images represent stories of soldiers who bravely defended the city of Mariupol and fought at the Azovstal plant.

Eyes of Mariupol exhibition. Photo from social networks

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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