War in Ukraine today: latest news, September 15, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 569th 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 operational situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains challenging.

There were 17 military clashes. The russian federation conducted another airstrike using Iranian Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs. The Air Force of Ukraine and its air defense systems neutralized all 17 UAVs. In total, the enemy launched 54 airstrikes and fired 20 times from multiple launch rocket systems at Ukrainian troops’ positions and civilian areas. There have been civilian casualties as a result of russian terrorist attacks.

The situation towards Volyn and Polissia remained unchanged. No signs of offensive groups formed there have been detected. Certain units of the belarusian Armed Forces are performing tasks in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian army maintains a military presence in border areas and continues to shell settlements from its territory. They conducted air strikes in the areas of Leonivka and Hremiach in Chernihiv oblast. Approximately 20 settlements, including Novovasylivka, Seredino-Buda, Vodolahy, and Stepne in Sumy oblast, as well as Hatyshche, Pletenivka, and Vovchanski Khutory in Kharkiv oblast, came under artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Kupiansk, there were airstrikes in the areas of Kotliarivka in Kharkiv oblast and Novoselivske in Luhansk oblast. There were also artillery and mortar attacks in the areas of Dvorichna, Masiutivka, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, and Kyslivka in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Lyman, there were no offensive (assault) actions reported. However, airstrikes were carried out in the areas of Novoiehorivka, Makiivka, Nevske, and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast, as well as Spirne and Vesele in Donetsk oblast. Artillery and mortar shelling affected more than 10 settlements, including Nevske and Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast, as well as Spirne and Rozdolivka in Donetsk oblast. 

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy attempted to regain lost positions in the areas of Yahidne and Bohdanivka in Donetsk oblast. They also conducted airstrikes near Bohdanivka and Niu York in Donetsk oblast. More than 20 settlements were subjected to artillery and mortar fire, including Minkivka, Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, and Druzhba in Donetsk oblast. 

Towards Avdiivka, there were no reported offensive (assault) actions by the russian army. However, approximately 10 settlements experienced artillery and mortar fire, including Novokalynove, Stepove, Avdiivka, Severne, and Keramik in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Marinka, Ukrainian defenders successfully repelled seven enemy attacks in the vicinity of Marinka. There was an airstrike near Krasnohorivka in Donetsk oblast, where artillery and mortar attacks continued. Approximately 10 settlements were under enemy fire, including Krasnohorivka, Mariinka, Novomykhailivka, Kostiantynivka, Katerynivka, and Elizavetivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, Urozhaine and Staromaiorske in Donetsk oblast were subjected to airstrikes. Additionally, around 10 settlements were shelled, including Vodiane, Vuhledar, Prechistivka, Shakhtarske, Zolota Nyva, and Novomaiorsk in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Zaporizhzhya, there were airstrikes near Mala Tokmachka and Robotyne in Zaporizhzhya oblast. Over 20 settlements were targeted by artillery and mortar fire, including Charivne, Orikhiv, Mali Shcherbaky, and Kamianske in the Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Towards Kherson, approximately 10 settlements faced artillery and mortar fire, namely Olhivka and Kherson in Kherson oblast, as well as Stara Bohdanivka in Mykolaiv oblast.

Ukrainian Defence Forces are continuing offensive operations towards Melitopol and conducting offensive (assault) operations towards Bakhmut, resulting in the destruction of enemy forces and gradual liberation of the occupied territories. These assault operations have yielded partial success near Klishchiivka, Donetsk oblast.

In response to significant losses suffered by the occupying forces, mobilization efforts among the local population are being undertaken in the Prymorskyi region and Khabarovsk of the russian federation. Specifically, they are actively recruiting russian military personnel for the newly formed 25th Army from graduates of vocational schools, technical colleges, and boarding schools who have completed their education at these institutions.

Upon enlistment in military service, recruiters for the occupying forces are offered a one-time payment of 600 K rubles and a cash allowance of 200 K rubles.

The Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War reported that the bodies of 51 fallen Ukrainian defenders were returned to Ukraine. This brings the total number of returned servicemen’s bodies to 1,832.

Kherson Regional Military Administration reported that 11 children have been returned from the temporarily occupied left bank of the Kherson oblast. This year, 112 children have been returned from Kherson oblast.

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, said that there were no attacks towards Lyman-Kupiansk yesterday. But russian forces have changed their tactics by not using a “massive artillery barrage” and protecting their equipment. In some places in Luhansk oblast, soviet BMP-1s from the 1960s have been spotted. The invaders conducted 514 strikes and 11 air raids in this area yesterday. Ukrainian troops eliminated 48 invaders and destroyed 1 T-72 tank, 1 MTLB, 3 self-propelled artillery systems, 1 Uragan and 2 Grad MRLs  towards Lyman-Kupiansk.

Kharkiv oblast

Strilecha of Kharkiv region, Pletenivka of Chuhuiv region, Stepova Novoselivka, Kotliarivka of Kupiansk region were under enemy air strikes.  Kucherivka, Kyslivka, Ivanivka, Synkivka, Berestove of Kupiansk region also suffered from enemy shelling and mortar attacks. Neskuchne of Kharkiv region, Nesterne, Okhrymivka, Budarky of Chuhuiv region were targeted.

The enemy continues to support the group of troops guarding the state border. Enemy troops are conducting active explosive activities in the border areas to prevent the deployment of Ukrainian troops and the enemy is increasing the density of minefields along the state border in belgorod region.

Viacheslav Zadorenko, Head of Derhachi City Military Adminstration, said that russian troops shelled the downtown Kozacha Lopan, a border town on the night of 15 September. The church of Archangel Michael, the railway station building, passenger platforms, tracks, and power lines were damaged. Currently, there is no communication in Kozacha Lopan and power supply is partially off.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that 5 private buildings were damaged as a result of artillery shelling in Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, at around 1:20 pm yesterday. There were no casualties.

The enemy shelled Podoly village, Kupiansk region, damaging a private household at around 6:30 pm. No casualties were reported.

An outbuilding of a private household was burning as a result of shelling in Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region, at 10 pm. There were no casualties.

Pyrotechnic units of the region examined 5.4 hectares of territory and defused 56 explosive ordnance over the day.

Kharkiv oblast is the leader in applications for compensation for damaged and destroyed property under the yeVidnovlennia (Recovery) programme.  More than 16.5 K applications have already been submitted. The total amount of compensation under the programme is over UAH 383 million.

Valerii Kharlan, Chief of Maintenance of Kharkivvodovidvedennia complex, informed that more than 2K shelters have been installed by utility companies in Kharkiv since the beginning of this year. According to him, pipes were replaced in basements, water supply restored and toilets and sinks installed where possible.

Postage stamps, envelopes and postcards dedicated to the anniversary of the liberation of Balakliia, Kupiansk and Izium from the invaders were cancelled on Svoboda Square in downtown Kharkiv. Also in Cities of Heroes. Kharkiv Oblast block also includes a stamp with Kharkiv.

Kharkiv artist Karyna Zhernova, who is known for her drawings of birds on closed fibreboard windows on Sumska Street, has created a new mural: for two weeks she painted a 47-metre-long mural on the wall of the water utility that was restored after the shelling.

Donetsk oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Defence Forces have liberated Andriivka village towards Bakhmut. Ukrainian soldiers took control of the village under assault and are gaining a foothold on the achieved positions. The 3rd Separate Assault Brigade reported that during the liberation of Andriivka, Ukrainian troops surrounded a russian garrison and destroyed it, along with officers, combatants and the head of the brigade intelligence.

Andriivka village destroyed by russians. Photo: Yevhen Malolietka

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, 4 buildings were damaged in Novoukrainka towards Volnovakha. Vuhledar was shelled 35 times and suffered 2 airstrikes.

Towards Donetsk, Avdiivka and the outskirts of Ocheretyne community were shelled overnight. One person was injured in Krasnohorivka.

Towards Horlivka, 11 apartment buildings, 3 private houses and 3 outbuildings were damaged in Chasiv Yar community. Kostiantynivka community suffered 7 attacks, which damaged 4 private buildings and a factory in Kostiantynivka, outbuildings in Ivanopillia and 3 private buildings in Novodmytrivka. In Toretsk community, 3 buildings were damaged: 2 in Nelipivka and 1 in Druzhba.

Towards Lysychansk, 3 streets in Siversk and 3 streets in Pereizne of Zvanivka community were under attack. There were 10 attacks on Lyman community.

Destruction due to russian shelling. Photo: National Police

Donetsk Prosecutor’s Office reported that russian forces shelled a house of prayer of a local church in Krasnohorivka. The shelling caused a fire. The second and third floors of the building were destroyed. One woman was injured.

Donetsk police informed that the last child was evacuated from Zarichne village. The 9-year-old boy lived with his 77-year-old grandmother. They were taken to Lyman, which was de-occupied last year. Zarichne is located on the border of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and russian troops shell the village every day.

DTEK Donetsk Power Grids reported that over three days, from 11 to 13 September, power engineers restored electricity supply to 38 settlements in Donetsk oblast. More than 21K homes got electricity. 120 settlements remain without electricity.

Luhansk oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports that the settlements of Nadiia and Novoiehorivka, Luhansk oblast were hit by airstrikes. Nevske and Bilohorivka were shelled.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, says that the russian occupiers brought special equipment to the russian-captured Sievierodonetsk of Luhansk oblast to demolish buildings. Before the pseudo-elections, the occupation authorities promised its residents to restore damaged housing. Instead, they are going to gradually demolish the houses and infrastructure destroyed during hostilities in order to get rid of the traces of their own crimes.

According to Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, in Lysychansk, despite the ‘modern multi-functional center’ opened in July, the pro-russian medical staff refuses to serve pensioners, accepting only a few patients a day. In Rubizhne, the situation is even worse, the queue is scheduled almost a year in advance.

According to Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, almost 30 K sq. km of the territory of Luhansk oblast need demining due to prolonged hostilities on the territory of Luhansk oblast.

Pavlo Lysianskyi, human rights defender and founder of the  Eastern Human Rights Group NGO, reported that the russian authorities are reducing the number of underground mines operating in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts by seven times, 15 of them being flooded. At some enterprises, all the workers were mobilized. 

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

In Kyiv, families of servicemen whose loved ones were captured by the russians held an action, demanding compliance with the Geneva Convention in captivity. Also at the event, relatives of Azovstal military personnel were present.

Action of the families of prisoners of war. Photo from social networks

Kyiv RMA reported that as part of the All-Ukrainian project Safety Classroom, 62 classrooms have been established in educational institutions of the oblast in most communities of the region. The goal of the project is to train students in life safety skills in the conditions of martial law and in the post-war period. 

An event was held in Kyiv dedicated to journalists who died as a result of the russian federation’s full-scale war against Ukraine. Since February 24, 2022, more than 70 media workers and journalists have been killed. Journalists, the head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, relatives of the dead and prisoners of war, as well as students gathered to honour their memory. 

In Kyiv, the public organization VETERANKA organized an action to provide female military personnel with women’s ammunition. The mission of the event was to emphasize the importance of the reliable protection of female military personnel.

Zhytomyr oblast

Andrii Bohdanets, founder of the Freedom Space charity project, said that new shelters were built and equipped in two Zhytomyr lyceums as part of the  project. Currently, 90 percent of Zhytomyr’s lyceum students study full-time. There are also plans to build new shelters in three other educational institutions.

Artists Yanina and Oleksandr Yaremchuk from Zhytomyr, together with volunteers of the Swiss Association Solidarity without Borders, brought a fire-rescue vehicle and 10 tons of humanitarian aid collected by the Swiss to Baranivka community.

Yan Kolesnyk, Head of the Social Kitchen charity project said that up to 600 people in Zhytomyr are fed daily. The project is financed by international donors. Over a hundred thousand hot meals have been served during the year of operation.

Sumy oblast

The enemy carried out 26 shelling attacks of the border areas with 151 explosions recorded. As reported by Sumy RMA, Velyka Pysarivka community came under shelling – 5 explosions; Khotyn community – 6 explosions, mortar shelling. The enemy dropped 6 mines on the territory of Bilopillia community, shelling from the AGS (9 explosions) and artillery (15 explosions). Seredino-Buda community suffered from artillery and mortar shelling; as a result of a direct hit by mines, two houses were completely destroyed. Krasnopillia community was subjected to the most intense artillery and mortar shelling, including a hit by an FPV type drone (4 explosions), and shelled from MLRS (12 explosions). A non-residential building was damaged. The russians shelled Nova Sloboda community with MLRS (11 explosions). The VOG munition was dropped from the UAV on Myropillia community. Esman community was shelled with mortars (15 explosions).

Centres of Invincibility are being prepared for the autumn-winter period in Sumy oblast. Currently, 82 of them are working on a regular mode, with 523 registered in the oblast.

A modern congress center was opened in Velika Pysarivka community. As reported by the local authorities, this is done to distract residents from constant tension associated with round-the-clock shelling.

Residents of Sumy collected signatures for the petition “Moratorium on non-critical expenditures and funding of air defense” in just one day. The petition says that considering that Ukraine remains in a difficult military situation and is under constant threat, the most important task now is to support our military who protect the country.

Residents of the German sister city of Celle presented the Sumy hospital with a Toyota Land Cruiser, which is fully equipped with all the necessary medical equipment.

Volunteers from Sumy oblast create thermal imaging protection for the military in order to effectively perform combat tasks at night. These protective suits should also protect our soldiers from water and wind. Volunteers have already handed over several such suits to border guards.

Chernihiv oblast

Yesterday, the enemy hit Chernihiv oblast with artillery, mortars and AGS, 19 explosions were recorded. Novhorod-Siverskyi community came under shelling from the AGS near Hremyach. There were 7 explosions in Semenivka community. The enemy fired artillery and mortars towards Orlykivka and Karpovychi. There were 10 explosions and mortar shelling near Kliusy village in Snovsk community. No casualties were reported.

A cache of ammunition of the russian occupiers was found in one of the villages of Chernihiv oblast, which had been under occupation. After examination by experts, the ammunition will be handed over to units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine.

In Pryluky, 40 soldiers of the territorial defense received badges For service and Valour of the 3rd degree from the commander of the Combined Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the five-month mission in Donetsk oblast, the fighters performed combat tasks near Bakhmut and were able to advance.

In Chernihiv, the local authorities reported that 30 stands with biographies of the fallen defenders will be set up on Heroes’ Alley. Later, they will be supplemented with the stories of all the fallen heroes, defending the city. 

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipro Oblast Council, reported that overnight the enemy attacked Nikopol region twice. They shelled Chervonohryhorivka and Marhanets communities with artillery. About two dozen shots were launched. Grass caught on fire because of enemy shelling. A transport facility was damaged. Over the day, the enemy shelled Nikopol with artillery 6 times. An educational institution, a private enterprise, an outbuilding and a power line were damaged.

A long-term accommodation centre for IDPs with large families and people with disabilities was opened in Dnipro. This is the first project of such kind in the city. Volunteers renovated the building at the expense of international sponsors. They also provided barrier-free access for people in wheelchairs.

In Dnipro, the Museum of the Modern russian-Ukrainian War hosted a presentation of the documentary film, Invisible. The film tells three stories of people held hostage by russian soldiers. The heroes from Kherson and Donbas tell about the trials they went through, including torture, beatings and humiliation.

Vinnytsia oblast

Five medical institutions in Vinnytsia received the ten-tonne humanitarian aid delivered by the French AIMA association. It includes beds, wheelchairs, bed linen and medical boxes.​​ 

Kirovohrad oblast

The third social dormitory was opened in Kropyvnytskyi. It is designed for 19 IDPs. Accommodation is free of charge. Since the beginning of the russian invasion, the regional centre has accommodated more than 26K people.

Serhii Yakunin, Chief of the City Council press service, informed that Flowers for the Armed Forces charity event was organised in Kropyvnytskyi. Citizens created bouquets and brought them to the fair. In eight hours, the fair raised UAH 150K for Ukrainian forces. The money will be used to buy a drone.

Poltava oblast

Dmytro Lunin, Head of Poltava Regional Military Administration, said that Veteran Development Centres will start operating in Poltava oblast soon. They will become hubs for training veterans’ assistants. Later, war veterans will also be able to be taught  there. The vice-rectors of the universities have already presented possible trends of cooperation. The universities are ready to offer specialised training and courses, consulting and rehabilitation services.  

Cherkasy oblast

One hundred students of Cherkasy SURA Vocational College completed military training. They learnt tactical medicine and how to handle weapons.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

On September 14, the russian army conducted 118 shelling attacks targeting 31 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast.  Novoivanivka, Uspenivka, Novodarivka, Charivne, Levadne, Robotyne, Mali Shcherbaky, and Lukianivske were shelled 9 times with multiple rocket launchers along with 6 airstrikes on Orikhiv, and 9 drone attacks on Trudove, Mali Shcherbaky, Piatyhatky, and Malynivka. 94 artillery strikes hit the frontlines settlements, including Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Bilohiria, Temyrivka, Olhivske, Luhivske, Preobrazhenka, Stepnohirsk, Stepove, Plavni, Pavlivka, Lobkove, and Kamianske. As a result of artillery fire in Preobrazhenka, a 34-year-old man was injured and hospitalized. There were 28 reports of damage to residential buildings, economic structures, and infrastructure facilities.

Firefighters extinguished 8 fires caused by russian shelling in Vasylivkya and Polohy regions. No  casualties were reported.

According to Mayor Ivan Fedorov, on the morning of September 15, there was an explosion in the temporarily occupied Melitopol near the airport. Details regarding casualties are currently under investigation.

Local businesses continue operating under wartime conditions, slowly recovering. The number of economically active business entities increased by 497 units in the second quarter of this year, bringing the number of employees to 114,700.

Mykolaiv oblast

Vitalii Kim, Head of Mykolaiv RMA, reports that the enemy conducted a drone attack using Shakhed-136/131 drones. The South air command destroyed seven enemy Shakhed-136/131 attack drones.

On September 14, at 16:02, the enemy struck in the waters of Ochakiv community. There were no casualties reported. At 5:04 on September 15, occupiers launched an attack from the Kinburn Spit using MLRSs on Radisnyi Sad territorial community. There were no casualties or damage reported.

On September 15, ahead of the Rescuer’s Day, a meeting took place in Mykolaiv between representatives of the Danish Red Cross and the emergency rescue service in Ukraine. Mykolaiv volunteers received a vehicle capable of transporting large volumes of humanitarian cargo.

Mykolaiv RMA reports that a water tower with a capacity of 25 cubic meters has been installed in Halytsynove community to provide drinking water to over 1,700 local residents. It was provided by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) with funding from the Embassy of Denmark in Ukraine. 

A special redemption of a new stamp set from the Vlasna Marka series took place in Mykolaiv. The Israeli public organization Common Cause ordered stamps, envelopes, and cards titled “With Ukraine in the Heart” from the Mykolaiv branch of Ukrposhta. For the past year and a half, the organization has been raising money and buying tactical medicine for the Ukrainian military, primarily tourniquets and bandages. In the first year, we purchased and donated 3 K turnstiles, 4K bandages, 1K sets of thermal underwear, and other supplies to Ukraine.

Odesa oblast

Natalia Humeniuk, Head of the coordination press center for the South Operational Command, reported that there has been an unusual deployment of a russian naval group in the Black Sea recently. Currently, 20 ships and boats have been put on rotation, including combat vessels, support ships, and border guard boats. Among this naval group is one missile cruiser capable of carrying up to eight Kalibr missiles.

On September 14, Hennadii Trukhanov, Mayor of Odesa, handed over four powerful autonomous lighting systems to the regional branch of the State Emergency Service. These lighting systems were received from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. According to the press service of Odesa City Council, these mobile lighting systems are very convenient for rescuers who are often the first to arrive at the scene of shelling, regardless of weather conditions and time of day. The city received a total of 23 such systems, with three of them, with the consent of the foundation’s leadership, being transferred to Mykolaiv. The remaining 16 have been distributed among municipal emergency services. Previously, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation covered the city’s needs for generators to ensure the uninterrupted operation of heating plants. This includes 53 generators of various capacities, which have already been installed and will provide heating plants with power in case of electricity grid failures.

Odesa City Council reports that on September 12 and 13, thematic training sessions on increasing resilience in wartime conditions were held for employees and adult wards at the Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities. Issues of mental health and stress prevention were covered.

Kherson oblast

On September 15, the russian military dropped an aerial bomb on a residential quarter in the temporarily occupied Nova Kakhovka. Currently, the area where the strikes occurred is surrounded by russian forces. As reported by Natalia Humeniuk, the head of the press center for the South Operational Command, russian troops launched a guided airstrike on Nova Kakhovka, attempting to deliver another aviation strike on Beryslav region. According to preliminary information, several apartment buildings were damaged, and there were casualties among the local population.

Consequences of the russian airstrike in Nova Kahovka. Photo from social media

On September 14, there were 91 shelling attacks carried out with 349 shells fired at Kherson, Antonivka, Novodmytrivka, Mykilske, Dariivka, Tokarivka, Poniativka, Sadove, Beryslav, Mykhailivka, Olhivka, Mykolaivka, and Vesele. The enemy fired 20 shells at the city of Kherson. The russian military targeted residential quarters in the region, targeting an administrative building, a church in Beryslav region, a critical infrastructure object in Kherson region, and the territory of a plant in Kherson. Due to the aggressor’s actions, 14 private and 4 multi-apartment buildings, a church, the building of the community council, and police vehicles were damaged. One child was killed, and 6 people injured, including 1 child. The police initiated 13 criminal cases related to war crimes committed by the russian military personnel in Kherson oblast.

The South Defense Forces continue to carry out their fire tasks. Yesterday, Ukrainian defenders eliminated 36 occupiers, 1 TOR anti-aircraft missile system, 3 cannons, 6 units of automotive equipment, 3 boats, and 2 FPV-type drones.

Construction workers from Zhytomyr have been restoring Tryfonivka for two months. Three teams, consisting of 40 specialists, are working there. Their task is to repair and sometimes completely rebuild housing damaged by the occupiers. Repairs have been completed on 36 objects, and work is ongoing on 38 more.

A water tower has been installed in Bobrovyi Kut, Kalynivka community, thanks to the charitable foundations RESCUE NOW and For Kherson. This will solve the drinking water problem for 250 households with over 400 residents.

Humanitarian aid with building materials has been sent to the communities of Kherson oblast. Nearly 2K sheets of slate have been delivered for housing repairs to Novooleksandrivka and Borozenka communities. Residents of Chornobaivka community have received 40 cubic metres of wood, including timber, rails, and planks.

Another social route “Petropavlivka – Novovorontsovka” has been introduced in Kherson oblast. All social route buses are free of charge. Currently, 14 social routes operate in Kherson oblast.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The personalized Barbie doll of fencer Olga Harlan was sold at auction for $10,400. The proceeds from the auction will go to the BODRO rehabilitation hospital in Novovolynsk. It is a rehabilitation center for Ukrainian soldiers returning from the combat zone. The fencer emphasizes that rehabilitation is an important part of the soldiers’ future lives.

Zakarpattia oblast

RMA representatives met with the families of missing persons living in Khust region. The participants received consulting support and free legal aid.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

A meeting with benefactors and volunteers from Germany and the Czech Republic was held at Ivano-Frankivsk City Council. They discussed rehabilitation of the military, veterans’ space, training programs for the military, etc.

The RMA reports that 4 thermal imaging scopes worth UAH 566 K were transferred to the soldiers of the 102nd separate territorial defense brigade. 

As part of the Caring for Hero’s Family project, the children of fallen heroes went for another trip to the Carpathians for rest and recreation. Five children will be vacationing with their mothers. 228 children have participated in the project.

The RMA handed over the For Courage Order of the III degree (posthumously) to the parents of Hero of Ukraine Serhiy Dyadenko. The soldier died as a result of artillery shelling in Donetsk oblast in July 2012.

A memorial plaque to Oleksandr Strutynskyi, who fell in the russian-Ukrainian war, was unveiled on the facade of the local utility company. It was here that the soldier worked before the war.

Lviv oblast

The two-day Lviv Eco Forum-2023 entitled “Rebuilding Ukraine Together” will take place in Lviv. Ukrainian and foreign experts will discuss the principles of rebuilding Ukraine and the water industry.

According to the RMA, a modular shelter for about 80 people is being installed in Buchaliv school in Lviv region.

52 hygiene kits were transferred to schools and preschools in Yavoriv region. The humanitarian aid was delivered by UNICEF.

According to the RMA, Drohobych Military Administration together with the NGO Anticorruption Security Union handed over two cars to the front line for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 

For the first time in Ukraine, the Western Ukrainian Specialized Children’s Medical Center has started treating patients with cystic fibrosis with innovative drugs – chloride channel modulators. Therapy with modulators is expensive, costing about USD 300 K per year for one patient. However, Ukrainian patients will receive the medicines free of charge. Representatives of the Direct Relief charitable foundation handed over the drugs as a charitable donation from the drug manufacturer.

Rivne oblast

The RMA held a meeting with medical and educational staff, regional heads and community leaders. In Rivne oblast, medical and educational institutions are checking generator inventories and identifying additional needs where generators are not available.

A Council for Internally Displaced Persons was established at Rivne Regional Military Administration and held its first meeting. The Council will deal with the needs of IDPs, including housing, employment, and legal assistance.

A family from Sarny received UAH 200 K in compensation for their war-damaged house. In the oblast, 222 objects have been damaged or destroyed due to russia’s aggression, most of them residential. About two hundred buildings have been promptly restored thanks to local funds and donors.

More than 170 professional rescuers, patrol police officers and medics from all over Ukraine are involved in two-day training drills RESCUE DAYS UKRAINE 2023 in Rivne oblast.

Medical institutions in Rivne oblast are getting ready for the winter. Air conditioning units are being installed in wards and resident rooms of local hospitals. Currently, the level of provision of such facilities is 31%. The energy factor is another priority.

Ternopil oblast

Another evacuation train arrived in Ternopil. The rescuers assisted in meeting the train organized by the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, russian forces attacked Khmelnytsky oblast with 17 UAVs moving towards the region via different routes. All of them were destroyed. The debris fell in a village in Khmelnytskyi oblast, damaging 12 households, windows in a boiler room, 28 windows in a school, and power lines. Restoration work is already underway. No injuries were reported.

A meeting of the executive committee was held at Khmelnytsky City Council. Over UAH 1 million was allocated to the families of the dead and wounded, treatment of children, and restoration of housing after the terrorist attacks.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi City Council posthumously honoured the defenders of Ukraine from Chernivtsi. The awards were presented to the families of the fallen soldiers.

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

The UN Shelter and Non-Food Item Cluster in Ukraine plans to provide winter kits to up to 1 million people. In particular, special winter kits have been prepared, which include high-temperature winter blankets, mattresses, bedspreads, electric and solid fuel heaters. Firewood and coal briquettes will be also delivered.

The Come Back Alive Foundation for Competent Assistance to the Army has handed over two maintenance workshops worth 740 K euros to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Thus, the charitable organization has completed an international project funded by about $1.8 million from the funds raised by the people of Poland on Bayraktar for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Kareem Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. They discussed the responsibility of the russian federation for war crimes.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Israel reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled meetings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden are officially confirmed.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, had a phone conversation with Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to the President of the United States. They discussed the current situation at the front, the measures taken by the defense and security forces to liberate Ukrainian lands from russian invaders, security needs of the Ukrainian army and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula.

Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine,  held a video conference meeting with representatives of civil society and political communities from a number of Latin American countries. Supporting Ukraine was under discussion.

Desislava Taneva, Bulgarian National Assembly, informs that Bulgaria‘s parliament has voted to lift the ban on grain imports from Ukraine starting September 15, regardless of the European Commission’s decision. 

The US Treasury Department informs that the United States imposed new sanctions on more than 150 companies and individuals who help Russia circumvent restrictions. 

The UK Home Office has added the private company wagner to the list of terrorist organizations. Thus, membership in the wagner PMC or active support of the group will be considered a criminal offence by the UK, which can lead to 14 years in prison.

US President Joe Biden appoints Penny Pritzker as special representative for Ukraine’s economic recovery. Her responsibilities include working with the Ukrainian, US and partner governments, as well as the private sector.

Jose Andres, chef and founder of World Central Kitchen, has become a UNITED24 ambassador. Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, the World Central Kitchen has been feeding thousands of Ukrainians at the border, and opened offices in Kyiv, Lviv, and Kharkiv. In addition, $300 million was raised in the seven months of its operation in Ukraine.

NewsMaker reports that the Romanian Ministry of National Defense has closed the airspace at a distance of 20-30 km from the Ukrainian border, and the altitude ceiling of the prohibited area for flights is 4,000 metres. “As russian attacks on Ukrainian ports intensify, it has become necessary to strengthen the measures previously taken. This will allow for more effective monitoring and control of airspace use,” said the country’s Defense Ministry .

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