War in Ukraine today: latest news, September 17, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 571st day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression. 

What happened in Ukraine today:

Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 6 pm:   

The enemy continues to violate the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, and attacks both military and civilian targets, which results in civilian casualties.

There were 25 combat engagements. The russian federation launched another strike against Ukraine with air-launched cruise missiles and Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs. As a result of combat operations, air defense destroyed 6 cruise missiles and 6 Shaheds. The russian invaders launched 15 missile strikes, 44 air strikes and 35 MLRS strikes at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. 

The operational situation in the east and south of Ukraine remains difficult.

Towards Volyn and Polissya, there were no significant changes. There are no signs of offensive groups being formed. Certain units of the Belarusian armed forces are performing tasks in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy maintains its military presence in the border areas, continues shelling Ukrainian settlements from the territory of russia. They launched air strikes in the vicinity of Hirky, Pavlivka, Popivka, Sumy oblast. Over 20 settlements suffered enemy artillery and mortars fire, including Halahanivka, Hremiach, Chernihiv oblast, Seredyna-Buda, Koreniok, Volfyne, Myropillya, Velyka Pysarivka, Sumy oblast, Ivashky, Kozacha Lopan, Nesterne, Kamianka, Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy launched an air strike in the vicinity of Nadiia, Luhansk oblast. The settlements of Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Kyslivka, Tabaivka, Krokhmalne, Kharkiv oblast came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Lyman, the enemy did not conduct offensive assault actions. The enemy launched air strikes in the vicinities of Terny, Torske, Siversk, Vesele, Donetsk oblast. Over 10 settlements suffered enemy artillery and mortars fire, including Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, Zarichne, Torske, Serebrianka, Verkhniokamianske Vesele, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the Ukrainian Forces successfully repelled 5 enemy attacks in the vicinities of Klischiivka and Bila Hora, Donetsk oblast. The enemy tried to restore the lost position in the vicinity of Andriivka, Donetsk oblast. The occupiers launched air strikes near Andriivka and New York, Donetsk oblast. Over 15 settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Druzhba, Zalizne, Donetsk oblast. 

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy conducted offensives in the vicinity of Avdiivka, Donetsk oblast to no success. The settlement of Avdiivka suffered an enemy air strike. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at about 10x settlements, including Stepove, Orlivka, Avdiivka, Sjeverne, Nevelske, Keramik, Donetsk oblast. 

Towards Mariinka, the Ukrainian defenders repelled as many as 10 enemy attacks in the vicinity of Mariinka. They launched an airstrike near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast, where the enemy continued to shell artillery and mortars. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at various settlements, including Krasnohorivka, Maksymilianivka, Heorhiivka, Mariinka, Pobieda, Novomykhailivka, Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy launched an air strike near the settlement of Staromaiorske, Donetsk oblast. Various settlements, including Vodyane, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Blahodatne, Urozhaine, Staromaiorske, Donetsk oblast, came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the occupiers launched air strikes near the settlements of Verbove, Robotyne and Novodanylivka, Zaporizhzhia oblast. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at more than 15 settlements, including Olhivske, Chervone, Huliaipole, Charivne, Novoandriivka, Kamianske, Zaporizhzhia oblast.

Towards Kherson, the invaders launched air strikes near the settlements of Odradokamianka and Mykolaivka, Kherson oblast. The russian occupiers fired artillery and mortars at about 10 settlements, including Novovorontsovka, Kachkarivka, Boryslav, Lvove, Kizomys, Kherson oblast.

At the same time, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to conduct the offensive operation towards Melitopol  and offensives (assaults) towards Bakhmut, destroying the enemy and step by step liberating the occupied territories. 

The Ukrainian Air Force launched 9x air strikes on the concentrations of troops, weapons, and military equipment of the adversary.

Rocket troops and artillery hit 3 anti-aircraft missile systems, 9 artillery systems, 1 ammunition depot and 1 electronic warfare station of the russian invaders.

The first civilian ships passed through the temporary corridor to Ukrainian ports. Bulk carriers RESILIENT AFRICA and AROYAT have confirmed their readiness to use the itinerary to enter the port of Chornomorsk to load almost 20K tons of wheat for the countries of Africa and Asia.

Ukrainian servicemen liberated the settlement of Klischiivka towards Bakhmut, Donetsk oblast. Stabilization measures are currently underway there.

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 towards Lyman-Kupiansk, various models of russian weapons have been spotted. They are “covering holes” using Soviet weapons that are more than 60 years old and should have been written off by now.  The enemy has problems with personnel: volunteer formations such as Veterans, Wolves, Lynxes, Bears, Español are fighting with up to a thousand soldiers but there is no cooperation and poor coordination between these groups.

In the east, the enemy accumulated 150K soldiers, about a thousand tanks, approximately three thousand armoured combat vehicles, approximately one thousand artillery systems and over 600 MRLs.

Kharkiv oblast

The press service of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office informed that russian troops shelled Podoly village at around 12 pm. According to preliminary information, the attack was conducted with artillery. A direct hit  damaged an apartment building, neighbouring private households and cars.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that the enemy launched a missile attack on Kharkiv last night at about 12:30 pm. Four S-300 guided missiles hit the building of a civilian enterprise. A fire broke out.

Also russians struck Kharkiv with 5 Iskander K cruise missiles yesterday at about 11:10 am. Civilian buildings and private buildings were damaged, and fires broke out. Six civilian men were injured. They were hospitalised in moderate condition.

Yesterday the enemy attacked settlements of Kharkiv, Bohodukhiv, Chuhuiv, Kupiansk and Izium regions.

Between Hlyboke and Strilecha villages in Kharkiv region, russian invaders struck a civilian car with a guided anti-tank missile at about 11:30 am. A man and a woman in the car were killed on the spot. Another 72-year-old man, who was in the car, was injured. He was hospitalised in critical condition.

A 23-year-old man was injured as a result of the shelling of Petropavlivka village, Kupiansk region.

The villages of Khatnie and Podoly villages of Kupiansk region, Kozacha Lopanbof Kharkiv region, Shyikivka of Izium region, Ivashky of Bohodukhiv region, Vovchansk of Chuhuiv region and other settlements were also under enemy attacks during the day. Private buildings, outbuildings and commercial premises were damaged and fires broke out.

Yesterday, pyrotechnics of the State Emergency Service examined more than 3.7 hectares of territory and defused 84 explosive ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Illia Yevlash, Head of the press service of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that yesterday russian troops used various artillery systems 590 times towards Bakhmut, there were 16 engagements and the invaders attacked three times from the air. More than fifty thousand russian troops are fighting there. The losses of russian russians towards Bakhmut reach up to 280 eliminated soldiers, two in captivity, two D-20 cannons, one D-30 cannon, six military vehicles, one command and observation post, two observation posts for Buk missile system and a ZALA UAV. There are 52K russian troops fighting in this frontline and they have approximately the following equipment and weapons: 274 tanks, more than 1K armoured vehicles, 150 artillery systems and just over 120 MRLs.

Towards Volnovakha, russians attacked Vuhledar 18 times, with no casualties.

Towards Donetsk, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka and Maksymilianivka of Marinka community were shelled. In the morning, Avdiivka was massively shelled with artillery, damaging two streets.

Towards Horlivka, an industrial building and 2 private buildings were damaged in Chasiv Yar community. The outskirts of Illinivsk community were under attack.

Towards Lysychansk, 1 person was injured in Zarichne of Lyman community.

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

Vitalii Barabash, Head of Avdiivka City Military Administration, informed that 1654 people remain in the city. Five residents were evacuated over the past week. Avdiivka is preparing for the heating season with potbelly stoves and firewood. The community is also waiting for a government subvention to buy firewood for critical infrastructure and vulnerable residents.

The National Resistance Centre stated that buses and trucks are being removed from mines in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts for the needs of russian forces. 

Aghasi Barseghyan, a farmer and head of Armenian diaspora in Kostiantynivka, was injured more than ten days ago when he was returning from his farm. The critically injured man managed to drive his car to a hospital in Kostiantynivka, saving the lives of two other people who were travelling with him. Doctors amputated Aghasi’s leg. He is currently in a hospital in Dnipro.

Luhansk oblast

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, notes that in Starobil rajon, summons are delivered to men by address. Thus, in Pidhorivka, even the absence of a russian passport is not a reason not to obtain one. In addition, tens of thousands of people in their cities and villages half-destroyed by the russians have been waiting for the light since the spring-summer of 2022, almost one and a half years, but the occupiers are asking to wait for the light for another two years.

According to Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, during this week, the resettled people received 2,870 household and 1,813 food kits, as well as 121 packs of diapers in the community hubs of Severodonetsk community. In 16 hubs of Luhansk oblast, specialists on employment issues advice internally displaced people.

The occupiers intensified in the direction of Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, where the russians concentrated “Storm-Z” and other units, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported.

russian president vladimir putin persuaded Kim Jong Un to open “diplomatic missions” of North Korea in the temporarily occupied Donetsk and Luhansk, notes Center of National Resistance. The “draft boards” formed by the occupiers at the TOT of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts have begun the process of accounting and confiscation of buses and trucks from coal industry enterprises for the benefit of the occupying forces.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, points out that during the post-election wave of forced mobilization, health requirements for conscripts were significantly lowered. According to the calculations of the occupiers, this will increase the number of the russian army. Nevske and Bilohorivka suffer from artillery strikes, airstrikes have been carried out on Novoiehorivka and Nevske.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The military 135th battalion of Territorial Defense Forces conducted training in Obukhiv region to prepare the civilian population for national resistance. Territorial defense fighters shared theory with civilians and helped consolidate skills in practice. In particular, they taught safe handling of weapons and tried to shoot on simulators. The participants also practiced the basics of engineering and explosives and mastered skills in tactical medicine.

Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko took part in the summit of the Stern Stewart Institute, which is taking place in Germany. Politicians and businessmen from different countries take part in the event. Klitschko, as one of the key speakers, spoke about the importance of increasing support for Ukraine. And, together with former National Security Advisor and US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, took part in the discussion “Marshall Plan II – How to quickly start the reconstruction of Ukraine.”

Zhytomyr oblast

The director of Zhytomyr city social policy department, Victoria Krasnopir, told that the “Veteran” administration service in the “Transparent Office”, where veterans can get comprehensive information about their rights, benefits and guarantees, resumed its work in March 2023. In half a year of work, one thousand and thirty-four applications were submitted.

Andriy Denysiuk, the press officer of the regional department of the State Service for Emergency Situations, told that 60 rescuers of the first state fire and rescue squad received awards on the occasion of Rescuer’s Day in Zhytomyr. Since the beginning of the year, rescuers from the Zhytomyr oblast have been demining territories in the Donetsk, Kharkiv and Kherson regions. At the event, a moment of silence was observed to honor all those who gave their lives to save others.

The battalion commander of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade named after the Black Zaporozhians, the Hero of Ukraine from Zhytomyr oblast Andriy “Livsha” Verhohlyad, who died fighting for Ukraine on June 22, 2022, was posthumously awarded the title of “Honorary Citizen of the City of Boryspil”. The Hero’s family received the award.

Sumy oblast

Sumy RMA reported that  over the past 24 hours, the enemy has carried out 37 shelling of the border, 217 explosions were recorded. 9 communities of Sumy oblast were shelled.

At Velyka Pysarivka community, the enemy fired from SPG, (8 explosions), AGS (20 explosions), mortars (55 explosions) and artillery (26 explosions).

At Krasnopillia community, the enemy fired from mortars (11 explosions) and artillery (4 explosions). In addition, 2 unguided air missiles were launched from the territory of the russian federation.

At Sredina-Buda community, there was mortar shelling (3 explosions) and artillery shelling (5 explosions).

At Yunakivka community, 3 mines were dropped by the russians on the territory of the community.

At Khotyn community,  UAV (copter type) dropped 2 VOG munitions (exploded in the air).

At Esman community, UAV (quadracopter type) dropped 1 VOG munition. Mortar fire was also carried out (7 explosions).

At Myropillia community, mortar shelling (12 explosions) was recorded.

At Bilopillia community, there were mortar fire (22 explosions) and SPG fire (6 explosions).

At Znob-Novhorodske community, the enemy fired from AGS (20 explosions).

There are victims in Velyka Pysarivka community, a 47-year-old man was killed on the territory of his own household and a 40-year-old woman was injured.

As a result of enemy attacks, more than 1,300 subscribers were left without electricity in the city of Vorozhba.

According to the results of the executive session, the Okhtyrka City Council reported that according to the state program “eRecovery” 341 residents of the community will receive compensation for damaged property.

In Sumy, a spouse from the russian federation was prosecuted for violating migration legislation. The fact of illegal residence was discovered during a routine check of compliance by foreigners and stateless persons with the requirements of Ukrainian legislation in the field of migration. The couple violated the permitted period of stay and did not leave the territory of Ukraine in a timely manner. A decision was made regarding their forced return to their country of origin.

Chernihiv oblast

The State Border Guard Service of the Chernihiv oblast reports that the russian army shelled the border 5 times during the past day, 121 explosions, grenade launchers and mortar attacks and launches of unguided rockets were recorded. Three communities were shelled.

Novhorod-Siverskyi community – 7 explosions from 82 and 120 mm mortars were recorded in the direction of the village of Hremyach.

Semenivka community – 104 explosions were recorded in the direction of the settlements of Halahanivka and Bleshnya from an 82 mm mortar, unguided aerial missiles were also launched from the AGS.

Snovsk community – 10 hits from the AGS were recorded  in the direction of the village of Klyusy.

There was no information about the dead and wounded as a result of these shellings.

An American billionaire who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, built modular houses for residents of Chernihiv oblast, whose homes were destroyed by the russian invasion. According to the local authorities, Mr. Henesen is actively helping Ukraine. He participated in many reconstruction projects and even met with the President of Ukraine. After the de-occupation of Chernihiv oblast, he visited the Ivanovo community, met with local residents in the village of Sloboda. These meetings made a deep impression on the American businessman. A little boy whose family home was completely destroyed came to meet Mr. Henesen. The boy complained that there were no more toys to play with because they all had burned. Then the businessman got emotional and decided to take custody the village. He bought a car for social needs, built modular houses for those whose homes were destroyed. The businessman is going to continue to help Ukraine. In his plans to build more than 600 such modular houses, multi-apartment residential complexes, family-type children’s homes and rehabilitation centers.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the regional council, the Air Force downed a missile over Dnipropetrovsk oblast at night.  The occupiers also shelled Pokrovske community of Nikopol region with artillery. During the day, the occupiers attacked Nikopol region with drones and artillery. They shelled Myrove and Marhanets communities and the city of Nikopol.

Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Serhii Lysak informed that more than 700 families in the oblast received reimbursement via eRestoration. This is a government support programme. Funds are allocated to those whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the enemy.

Vinnytsia oblast

​​The boy who survived the russian missile attack on Vinnytsia has started dancing again. Roman and his mother were in a medical centre in Vinnytsia when the Russians struck the House of Officers on 14 July 2022. The child’s mother died on the scene, her body was identified a few days after the tragedy. Roman sustained burns to 80% of his body.

Kirovohrad oblast

In Kropyvnytskyi, 311 residents joined the ‘Save a Defender’s Life’ donor campaign organised on the occasion of the City Day.

Poltava oblast

According to Dmytro Lunin, Head of the Poltava Regional Military  Administration, Yevhen Kireionok from Kremenchuk is a medallist at the Invictus Games. The athlete earned a silver medal in the swimming relay.

Cherkasy oblast

Vadym Maznichenko, a veteran from Cherkasy, won another medal at the Invictus Games international competition. The man became one of the best in bow archery.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yesterday, the russian army launched 100 strikes on 20 populated areas in Zaporizhzhia oblast. russian military personnel conducted 5 MLRS attacks on Hulyaiplske, Novodarivka, Chervone, and Mali Shcherbaky, as well as 4 UAV attacks on Zliznychne, Novodarivka, and Mali Shcherbaky. They also dropped 5 aviation bombs on Orikhiv and Preobrazhenka. Additionally, there were 86 artillery strikes on towns and villages near the front, including Hulyaipole, Novodanylivka, Bilohiria, Levadne, Olhivske, Shcherbaky, Stepove, Piatykhatky, Prymorske, and Kamianske. There have been reports of 5 instances of residential buildings and agricultural structures being destroyed.

On September 16, Ukrainian defense forces made advances in the western part of the Zaporizhzhia oblast and continue to break through russian defenses. This information comes from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in the United States. Geolocation footage indicates that Ukrainian forces moved along the russian defense to the west of Robotyne (10 km south of Orikhiv) and to the west of Verbove (18 km southeast of Orikhiv). Over the past few weeks, Ukrainian forces have likely made significant tactical progress along this section of the current russian defense line in the vicinity of Robotyne and are continuing to expand it. The Ukrainian advance in the western part of Zaporizhizha oblast has likely forced the russian command to prioritize defense there and relocate elite units from the russian defense near Bakhmut.

On September 16, there was a traffic accident in the temporarily occupied city of Berdiansk involving russian military personnel. A car driven by russians struck two people on a pedestrian crossing: a woman was killed on the spot, and a young man sustained injuries and was hospitalized. According to Victoria Halitsyna, the head of the Berdiansk RMA, the russians immediately removed the license plates from the car and quickly fled the scene.

Mykolaiv oblast

During the night of September 17, air defense forces destroyed four “Shahed-136/131” attack drones in Mykolaiv oblast  that were used by the russian army during the attack on Ukraine. There were no casualties reported. This information was provided by Vitalii Kim, the head of Mykolaiv RMA.

The international Korean company Hyundai plans to provide construction equipment to Mykolaiv RMA. A relevant memorandum of cooperation was signed by Vitalii Kim, the head of the Regional Military Administration, with a delegation from the Republic of Korea. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Restoration of Ukraine.

Experts from the “Zatyshno Space” for Women and Girls in Mykolaiv propose solutions to address the psychological and legal issues arising from the russian-Ukrainian war. Over the course of four months, more than a thousand women from the city have visited this location. The “Vostok SOS” team, with support from international donors, has already established a network of safe spaces for women and girls in Cherkasy, Kropyvnytskyi, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, and in Khust (Zakarpatska oblast).

Odesa oblast

Today, during the night of September 17, russian military forces attacked Odesaoblast with rockets and drones. Air defense forces destroyed two attack drones and five rockets. The enemy hit the territory of Berezivka region, causing damage to agricultural infrastructure, including fields and grain storage. There were no casualties. This information was reported by Oleh Kiper, the head of Odesa RMA.

A large-scale international MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) tournament titled “Unbreakable Defenders” took place in one of the nightclubs in Odesa, featuring well-known professional fighters. The tournament included a total of 9 matches, including six in MMA and three following K1 rules. Additionally, there were auctions held to raise funds for the Ukrainian army. Prizes included a tube from howitzers with artwork by the artist Art Bendas and items from the Grad rocket, directly from the front lines. However, the highlight of the evening was the Ukrainian flag with the autograph of a living legend, Major General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Dmytro Marchenko, who halted the invaders’ advance in southern Ukraine with his orders. This flag was successfully sold at auction for 400K Ukrainian hryvnias. The organizers managed to raise over a million hryvnias to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine and boost the morale of our soldiers.

The fifth ship carrying agricultural products and metals has departed from Ukraine following the rupture of the grain deal by russia and its blockade of Ukrainian Black Sea ports. The dry cargo ship PUMA left the port of Odesa with 30K tons of rapeseed and metal. This was announced by Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov.

Kherson oblast

Today, the russian army shelled Sadove. A law enforcement officer suffered a back injury as a result of the shelling. Additionally, around 14:50, the occupiers attacked Tomyna Balka, where a man born in 1954 was fatally injured. Medical personnel who arrived at the scene confirmed his death. At least five private houses and agricultural structures in the populated area were damaged.

During the night, russians shelled Mykilske. The strike damaged the building of a medical facility Windows and doors were shattered, and the interior rooms were vandalized.

Yesterday, the enemy conducted 77 shelling incidents, firing 334 shells from mortars, artillery, Grad rockets, drones, tanks, and aircraft. The city of Kherson was targeted with 13 shells. russian forces aimed at residential neighborhoods in populated areas of the region, as well as an educational institution and two hydraulic structures in Beryslav region. One person was injured due to russian aggression.

A tractor driver ran over a russian landmine in the field in the village of Maksyma Horkoho in Beryslav region. As a result of the explosion, the 45-year-old man suffered shrapnel wounds to the head, right eye injury, blunt abdominal trauma, chest injuries, leg injuries, and third-degree burns. He was hospitalized in critical condition, but he succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. It is also known that a 26-year-old man was injured and hospitalized in moderate condition.

The 15th social route “Novokairy – Novovorontsovka” has been reopened in Kherson oblast. This route had not been operational for a year and a half due to hostilities in Novovorontsovka community area. Most of the passengers are elderly individuals, and they now have the opportunity to travel to the regional center on a weekly basis. All travel on social buses is free of charge.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has confirmed the status of the captured Mayor of Kherson, Ihor Kolykhaiev. According to Ihor Kolykhaiev’s son, Sviatoslav, the russian side included Ihor in the list of prisoners, and he is currently on the territory of russia.

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

From September 1, 2023, the implementation of the Multisectoral Humanitarian aid for IDPs, Returnees, Veterans and their Host Communities in Ukraine international project began in Volyn. The project will be implemented with the support and assistance of the Volyn Perspectives NGO. The implementation of the project will last until December 31, 2024. The project is implemented with the support of the European Disability Forum and the Christian Mission of the Blind. Its goal is to improve living conditions and ensure access to inclusive humanitarian aid.

Zakarpattia oblast

The Owl’s Nest humanitarian aid center issued humanitarian aid to IDPs, namely: 60 packages with essential items for children under 2 years of age, 100 food kits, 50 hygiene kits, as well as clothes, bed linen and dishes (a total of 2,4K units were issued) thanks to PDUM Partnerschaft Deutschland-Ukraine/Moldova e. V., Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V., AMDA.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

With the funds of international donors, 2 houses will be built in Prykarpattia for large foster families who were left without housing because of the war. These are single-story buildings, barrier-free and energy-efficient. The area of ​​each house is 285,5 m2. Social housing built within the project is transferred to the balance of the community. Families will be able to live in it for as long as their large adoptive family exists. Ivano-Frankivsk oblast is included in the list of 8 oblasts of Ukraine where the Childhood Address project is implemented, initiated by Olena Zelenska, First lady of Ukraine. It is planned to build homes for 14 families who have adopted 5 orphans and children deprived of parental care.

Lviv oblast

Over 20 defenders of Ukraine climbed Mount Klyuch in the Skoliv Beskydach. Among them was 20-year-old Andrii Holopapa, who made his way to the top with a prosthesis. He lost his leg on October 25, 2022 near Horlivka. Prosthetics took place at the Superhumans Center. Vasyl Nikorak lost his right lower limb near the village of New York in Donetsk oblast. Part of the way to Mount Klyuch was climbing on a “juliet” chair. This is already the 2nd ascent, which was organized within the framework of the Concept of Support for Defenders.

Nazar Danyliv, defender from Mykolaiv (Strii region) was awarded with the For the Defense of Ukraine President’s award and the Cross of Valor medal of the Ministry of Defense. The soldier received a serious wound in Bakhmut.

Horodotsk community received a CASE 570T self-propelled backhoe loader as part of the USAID HOVERLA project. The excavator will be used by the communal service in performing various earthworks.

In Veliki Hrybovychy, a mural appeared on the building of the People’s House, which currently serves as a shelter for internally displaced families. The wall painting depicts a mother with 2 children heading towards the light of a lantern, there are also many windows with light and a symbol of peace – a white dove. The background for the drawing was the map of Ukraine. The mural was created as part of the City Workshop 2023 urban planning festival.

Mural in Veliki Hrybovychy. Photo: Lviv City Council

Rivne oblast

In October, Invincibility Centers will resume their work. Currently, their inventory is being carried out in the oblast – the necessary inventory is checked, fuel and firewood are purchased, and the planned number of objects is compiled. Last year Invincibility Centers provided assistance to over 43,5K residents of Rivne oblast.

Ternopil oblast

From October 1, 135 Invincibility Centers will be operational in Ternopil oblast. All territorial communities have been instructed to conduct an inventory of available material and technical resources.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The RMA reported that a charity run was held in Khmelnytskyi in support of defenders. Anyone could take part in the race for a charitable contribution of UAH 100 or more. Thus, the military, residents of the city and oblast, as well as representatives of communal institutions joined the marathon.

Chernivtsi oblast

Chernivtsi City Territorial Center for Procurement and Social Support reported that Andrii Sihitov, Director of Chernivtsi Philosophical and Legal Lyceum #2, was awarded with a certificate from Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “In this way, the work of the entire teaching staff regarding the national-patriotic education of the youth and the provision of support to the defenders of Ukraine was recognized,” the message reported.

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

On September 18-27, the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague will hold a hearing on the case of Ukraine against the russian federation “Regarding accusations of committing genocide in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”

Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported that already 86 leading defense companies from 21 countries have confirmed their participation in the defense forum in Ukraine.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure, announced that the first civilian vessels passed through the temporary corridor to Ukrainian ports. RESILIENT AFRICA and AROYAT bulkers have confirmed their readiness to use the route to the entrance to the port of Chornomorsk to load almost 20K tonnes of wheat for the countries of Africa and Asia.

Mariusz Kaminskyi, Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration, announced that Poland introduced a ban on the entry of cars registered in the russian federation.

North Macedonia expels 3 russian diplomats. This is already the third such decision of the country since February 2022. In total, Macedonia expelled at least 11 russian diplomats.

The russian federation spends about $300 mln on the war with Ukraine every day. According to Forbes calculations, which were based on data from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the direct military costs and the cost of lost russian equipment during 18 months of the war amount to about $167,3 billion, excluding constant defense expenditures. In January-June 2023, more was spent than planned to spend for the whole year 2023. Despite this, russia is doubling its military budget, and the value of a russian soldier is becoming less and less.

At the 2023 Invincible Games in Dusseldorf, Germany, Ukraine won a record number of awards for the entire history of its performances. The heroes won 34 medals: 12 gold, 14 silver and 8 bronze. This year, about 600 athletes from 22 countries took part in the competition. Ukraine was represented by 25 participants: servicemen and veterans of the Armed Forces, National Guard, National Police and volunteer battalions.

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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