War in Ukraine today: latest news, September 18, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 572nd 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 18, there were more than 20 combat clashes during the day. Also, at night, the russian federation launched another attack on Ukraine with air-launched cruise missiles and Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs. As a result of combat work, the forces and means of the Air Force, in cooperation with the air defense of other components of the Defense Forces, destroyed all 17 cruise missiles and 18 out of 24 Shaheds. In total, during the day, the enemy launched 17 missile and 33 air strikes, carried out 26 MLRS attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the operational situation has not changed significantly. There were no signs of offensive groups formed. Certain units of the armed forces of belarus are performing tasks in the border areas with Ukraine.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the russian army maintains a military presence in the border areas, and continues shelling settlements from the territory of the Russian Federation. More than 15 settlements were shelled with artillery and mortars, including Bleshnia, Chernihiv oblast; Novovasylivka, Stara Huta, Hirky, Pavlivka, Vysoke, Popivka in Sumy oblast and Odnorobivka, Strelecha, Vovchansk, Ozerne, Stroivka in the Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy carried out airstrikes in the areas of Berestove, Kopanky, Shyikivka of the Kharkiv oblast. Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, and Kislivka (Kharkiv oblast) were hit by artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Lyman, the enemy carried out airstrikes near Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast, and Novosadove, Donetsk oblast. More than 10 settlements were affected by artillery and mortar shelling, including Nevske, Bilohorivka in the Luhansk oblast and Spirne, Rozdolivka, Mykolaivka in the Donetsk oblast.

Towards Bakhmut, the Defense Forces successfully repelled a number of enemy attacks near Klishchiivka, Donetsk oblast. The enemy tried to restore the lost position in the area of Andriivka, Donetsk oblast, but was unsuccessful. It carried out an airstrike near Bakhmut, Donetsk oblast. More than 10 settlements, including Markove, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, and Niu York of Donetsk oblast, came under artillery and mortar fire. 

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy launched an airstrike near Avdiivka. About 10 settlements, including Kalynove, Oleksandropil, Tonenke, Sievierne, Pervomaiske, and Karlivka, Donetsk oblast, were hit by artillery and mortar shelling.

Towards Marinka, Ukrainian defenders repelled almost 10 enemy attacks near Marinka. The enemy launched an airstrike at Krasnohorivka, Donetsk oblast. Such settlements as Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Marinka, Novomykhailivka, Katerynivka of Donetsk oblast were hit by artillery and mortar shelling.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy launched airstrikes near Vuhledar and Staromaiorske of Donetsk oblast. Vodiane, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Blahodatne, Urozhaine, and Rivnopil (Donetsk oblast) were hit by artillery and mortar fire.

Towards Zaporizhzhia, the Defense Forces repelled enemy attacks near Robotyne, Zaporizhzhia region. The enemy launched airstrikes near Mala Tokmachka and Robotyne. More than 15 settlements, in particular, Malynivka, Huliaipole, Charivne, Novoandriivka, Piatykhatky, Plavni, Zaporizhzhia oblast, were hit by artillery and mortar shelling.

Towards Kherson, the enemy carried out airstrikes in the areas of the settlements of Vesele, Odradokamyanka and Mykolaivka, Kherson oblast. About 10 settlements were hit by enemy artillery and mortar shelling, including Zolota Balka, Respublikanets, Kozatske, Mykilske and Tomyna Balka, Kherson oblast.

At the same time, the Defense Forces of Ukraine continue to conduct an offensive operation towards Melitopol and offensive (assault) operations towards Bakhmut, destroying the enemy and liberating the occupied territories step by step. 

During the day, the Air Force of the Defense Forces carried out 8 strikes on buildups of personnel, weapons and military equipment of the enemy. 

Units of rocket forces hit 2 buildups of enemy personnel, weapons and military equipment, 1 anti-aircraft missile system, 6 artillery, and 1 enemy control point.

The Commander of the Ground Forces Syrskyi says that towards Bakhmut, the Armed Forces of Ukraine broke through the enemy’s defense line, on which they threw all available reserves. Some of the most skilled units of the russian army were completely defeated – the 72nd Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade, the 31st and 83rd Separate Airborne Assault Brigades. Fierce fighting continues.

 Ruslan Striletst, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine states that the amount of damage to the environment is USD 57 billion. In the last 2.5 months alone, environmental damage has increased by almost USD 1.5 billion. Currently, work is underway to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for the environmental recovery of Ukraine from the consequences of the war.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, reported that russian invaders shelled Vovchansk, Chuhuiv region last night around midnight. A building and an outbuilding were damaged. There were no casualties.

On September 17, the enemy shelled settlements of Chuhuiv and Kupiansk regions.

In Petropavlika village, Kupiansk region, a cargo crane was damaged by enemy attack. A private residential building was damaged in Podoly village.

As a result of shelling in Kupiansk, 2 residential buildings and outbuildings were damaged and a fire broke out.

The investigation identified a russian man suspected of torturing locals at the police station during the occupation of Balakliia. According to the SSU, 34-year-old Sultan Pashtov, a member of the Chibis battalion of the 16th separate brigade and a mercenary of the Redut PMC, kidnapped, beat and tortured people with electricity. According to the prosecutor’s office, the suspect also threatened the kidnapped by cutting off their fingers and killing them. Also the russian is to be put on the wanted list.

Donetsk oblast

On September 17, Ukrainian military liberated Klishchiivka, located 7 kilometres from Bakhmut on the southern flank. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that several units of the Defence Forces of Ukraine took part in the operation to liberate Klishchiivka: the 80th Air Assault Brigade, the 5th Separate Assault Brigade, the 95th Brigade and the Liut joint assault brigade of the National Police. Fighting with the advancing forces of the russian federation for the settlement began in November 2022. The Defence Forces began to recapture the settlement in the summer of 2023 during counterattacks around Bakhmut. The liberation of Klishchiivka created a foothold for the Armed Forces of Ukraine to continue their offensive.

Hanna Maliar, Deputy Minister of Defence, informed that over the past week, Ukrainian forces liberated 2 square kilometres of territory towards Bakhmut. During the offensive, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated 51 square kilometres.

Fighting has been going on north of Avdiivka for two days. In the morning, russian troops shelled the old and central parts of the city several times. A woman was killed in the shelling.

The press service of Donetsk police reported that russians attacked civilians 10 times on September 17. The enemy attacked with aerial bombs, Grad and Smerch multiple rocket launchers and artillery. Seven settlements were targeted: Avdiivka city, Kurdiumivka, Ocheretyne settlements, Dyliivka, Komar, Lastochkyne and Novoukrainka villages. 22 civilian objects, including 18 residential buildings, outbuildings, a car and power grids, were destroyed and damaged.

According to Donetsk Regional Military Administration, outbuildings in Novoukrainka were damaged and Vuhledar shelled 17 times towards Volnovakha.

Towards Donetsk, two people were injured in Avdiivka. Krasnohorivka and Kostiantynivka of Marinka community, Kurakhove and the outskirts of Ocheretyne community were under attack.

Towards Horlivka, an infrastructure facility  was damaged in Toretsk community. 5 buildings in Dyliivka of Kostiantynivka community and 1 apartment building in Chasiv Yar community were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, 1 person was killed in Zarichne, Lyman community. A non-residential building was damaged in Siversk.

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

In Donetsk oblast, 42 minors  who are under mandatory evacuation remain in six settlements.

Luhansk oblast

On September 17, Nadiia of Svatove region was attacked with airstrikes. Enemy artillery aimed mainly at Bilohorivka and Nevske.

According to Luhansk Regional Military Administration, while russians are forming new assault groups, they are using all available weapons that can strike from a considerable distance. They are trying to shell more purposefully than at the beginning of the full-scale invasion but their attacks did not become less massive. Specifically, there were 56 explosions in Nevske alone. Some households were destroyed.

Luhansk RMA added that the invaders are trying to destroy the coal industry in Luhansk oblast by forced mobilisation. Then they made it clear that no one needs this coal in russia either. They made them unprofitable and decided to close more than 85% of coal mining enterprises in Donbas. Now they began to confiscate vehicles and equipment so that people have nothing left to do at work and move. For instance, buses and trucks are being confiscated by russians, allegedly for the benefit of the occupation forces.

In Sievierodonetsk, a year ago, a list of apartments whose owners did not appear in the city within the specified period of time was compiled. They were particularly interested in information about the neighbourhoods that had survived the storming of the settlement. At the beginning collaborators moved there. Empty apartments were repeatedly looted by so-called repair crews. Based on these lists, which are available in the occupation administration, they decided to set up a business, trying to sell these apartments with new, however fake, documents.

Artem Lysohor, Head of Luhansk RMA, reported that everything necessary to provide heat to the de-occupied settlements in winter is being delivered and 120 people are still staying there. He also noted that citizens of the region have submitted 41K reports on damaged and destroyed property.

Roman Vlasenko, Head of the Regional Military Administration, said that after several failures, russian troops are trying to regroup. He noted that recruitment offices launched targeted raids in rural areas as there is a shortage of russian fuel in the occupied Luhansk oblast and crimes committed by russian troops against civilians in the so-called “luhansk people’s republic” are unnoticed by local pseudo-law enforcers. Under the guise of rubble removal, heating and water supply systems are being cut into scrap in Lysychansk. For the second winter in a row, people in the city will be abandoned to fate.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

According to Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of Kyiv RMA, in Belhorod Academic Lyceum No. 2, a shelter with an area of 666 sq.m. was overhauled. 400 children can stay in the repaired shelter at the same time.

Kyiv RMA reports that explosive objects are being destroyed in Vyshрorod region. 

Italian ANSA informs that the EU is preparing to hold a meeting of foreign affairs ministers of the member states in Kyiv at the beginning of October.

Vitalii Klychko, Mayor of Kyiv, announced on his Facebook page that he took part in the summit of the Stern Stewart Institute in Germany as one of the key speakers and spoke about increasing support for Ukraine and the importance of reforms. During the summit he also took part in the discussion “Marshall Plan II – How to quickly start rebuilding Ukraine”. 

Zhytomyr oblast

According to Zhytomyr RMA, the next stage of the programme aimed to help families who have lost a parent in the war, which was initiated six months ago, has been launched. This project covers almost 500 families with 745 children. At the first stage, families from Zhytomyr oblast received financial assistance in the amount of UAH 25 to 33 thousand each.  Now they are receiving furniture, household and computer equipment purchased with the support of UNICEF. 

Preparations for the heating season in Zhytomyr oblast are nearing completion.  The government has maintained preferential energy prices. Institutions are provided with the necessary fuel and backup power supplies. 

In 2023, 48 children from Zhytomyr oblast found loving parents. In total, almost 600 children have found parents and are growing up in 502 adoptive families. 

Zhytomyr foresters turned more than 100K m3 of timber into fortifications. They assisted rescuers in extinguishing numerous forest fires and helped the military to spot enemy units. Almost half a thousand of local foresters joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Sumy oblast

Sumy Regional Military Administration reports that on September 18, russian aggressors shelled Sumy oblast with artillery and mortars. Towards Konotop, Hirky was shelled 4 times, probably by unguided artillery missiles. Towards Shostka, in Bachivsk, there was 1 hit, probably by a FPV drone. Novovasylivka was shelled with motors and barrel artillery. 

The State Emergency Service of Sumy oblast reported that last week, pyrotechnic service specialists found and destroyed 22 explosive objects in Sumy oblast. These are artillery shells, mortar mines, rocket-propelled artillery and aviation shells, explosives, explosive reactive armour elements and hand grenades. Dangerous finds were found in the territories of Sumy, Okhtyrka, Shostka and Konotop regions.

For an hour, the russian forces shelled the civilian infrastructure of Vorozhba in Sumy oblast with artillery.

The press service of the Prosecutor’s Office of Sumy oblast reports that on September 17, from 13:04 p.m. until 1:50 p.m, the occupiers fired artillery at the civilian infrastructure of the city of Vorozhba from the territory of the russian federation. As a result of the attack, a 27-year-old man was injured. Three private households, a power grid, and a local elevator were damaged. Debris cut the premises of four shops. 

1110 internally displaced persons have applied to the regional employment service since the beginning of 2023. Of these, 196 IDPs were employed.

IDPs are working in the agricultural sector, the processing industry, education, healthcare, public administration, trade, and construction. 

Chernihiv oblast

Chernihiv Regional Military Administration reports that during the week, the enemy carried out 35 attacks on 17 border settlements. There were 297 explosions recorded. 5 airstrikes were launched using a Shahed kamikaze drone. 

It is reported that russian troops continue to shell the border areas of Chernihiv oblast. On September 17, there were 5 attacks and 39 explosions from various types of weapons.

The State Border Guard Service reports that Novhorod-Siverskyi and Semenivka communities were shelled. 

Novhorod-Siverskyi community was shelled from mortars and barrel artillery (19 explosions) near the village of Hremyach.

The North Operational Command  reports that in Semenivka community, there were 18 explosions probably from mortars and barrel artillery and 2 explosions probably from a copter-type kamikaze drone near the villages of Arkhypivka and Bleshnia..

Fundraising for a sniper rifle has been completed. Thanks to the participation of many residents of the city, Chernihiv will have personalized weapons at the front. This is Chernihiv sniper complex, the basis for which (a Ryuger rifle in 338 calibre) was purchased at the expense of a public fundraising among citizens and friends of the city. Chernihiv is the tenth city in Ukraine to join the Guard of Vengeance project. The equipment of the rifle is much more expensive than the weapon itself. But citizens from all over the country helped the city with this issue. In a few days, the modern sniper complex Chernihiv will be handed over to a sniper of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Chernihiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that in March 2022, in the village of Pakul in Chernihiv oblast, during the occupation, the commander of one of the units of the russian armed forces entered the basement of the local forestry, where two villagers were staying. He fired shots at the victims, as a result of which the men received injuries of varying degrees of severity. The russian soldier was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The pre-trial investigation was carried out by investigators of the SBU Office in Chernihiv oblast. So far, the verdict has not entered into force. 

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the regional council, two cruise missiles were downed by air defence forces over Dnipropetrovsk oblast. During the night, the russians fired 4 times at Nikopol region from artillery. They fired two dozen shells at Marganets and Myrove communities and Nikopol. The shelling destroyed 1 outbuilding in the town, damaged a utility company, 5 residential buildings, 6 outbuildings, solar panels, a vehicle and a power line. In the afternoon, the Air Force downed an enemy drone over the region.  The enemy terrorised Nikopol region again. They attacked Marhanets community with artillery and a drone.

A masterclass for doctors was held at a hospital in Dnipropetrovsk oblast. It was conducted by US doctors Alexander Razumovskyi and Kenneth Green. The foreign experts spoke about research on blood supply to the brain in patients with combat-related traumatic brain injuries.

Vinnytsia oblast

Vinnytsia City Council reported that educators from Vinnytsia community purchased 400 turnstiles for the Ukrainian military. These are haemostatic turnstiles made by the Ukrainian manufacturer SICH.

The 100,000th brace for the dugouts of Ukrainian defenders was made by Roman Trynos, a blacksmith from Vinnytsia oblast. He made the last 15 K together with Benjamin Horber, a volunteer from the United States. 

According to the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Vinnytsia oblast, Vinnytsia rescuers are mastering the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. The SES specialists got acquainted with types and features of unmanned aerial vehicles, software for high-quality and safe performance of tasks, indoor tactics, and virtual reality simulators.

Kirovohrad oblast

According to the ‘South’ operational command, air defence forces shot down two Shahed-136/131 unmanned aerial vehicles over Kirovohrad oblast last night. 

Poltava oblast

According to Dmytro Lunin, Head of Poltava Regional Military Administration, all medical institutions in the oblast have boiler houses and heating stations prepared for the autumn and winter. In case of large-scale power outages, hospitals will use generators of different capacities. Currently, there are 410 units of such equipment and a supply of fuel.

Cherkasy oblast

The first modular shelters are being built in Cherkasy. They are designed for 20 people and are open non-stop. The buildings themselves are able to protect against debris and blast waves.

According to the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Cherkasy oblast, rescuers visited the Zhaha Zhyttia Centre for Comprehensive Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities on Safety Day. Rescuers explained fire safety rules at home and how to avoid a fire. They also emphasised mine safety – what explosive devices are, what to do if you come across one, and how to call the rescuers.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

On September 17, the enemy carried out 90 strikes on 21 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Among these, there were 73 artillery shelling attacks in the areas of Zaliznychne, Robitne, Novoandriivka, Olhivske, Mala Tokmachka, Temyrivka, Poltavka, Kamianske, Plavni, Lobkove, and other towns and villages along the frontline. There were 4 airstrikes on Orikhiv, 7 UAV attacks on Malynivka, Bilohiria, Kamianske, Mali Shcherbaky, and Piatyhatky, as well as 6 MLRS attacks on Huliaypole, Novodarivka, and Mali Shcherbaky. As a result of artillery strikes at Mala Tokmachka, a 31-year-old man was injured. Eight reports of residential buildings and property damage were received. Five fires broke out as a result of shelling, including a building, two garages, and an outbuilding. There were no reported casualties.

Over the past two weeks, russia has reportedly reinforced its exhausted 58th combined arms army, which has suffered heavy losses, with additional airborne units towards Orikhiv in Zaporizhzhia oblast. This information comes from the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom, citing British intelligence data. According to British intelligence, at least five airborne regiments from the 7th and 76th divisions are now concentrated a few kilometers from the frontline village of Robotyne. In full strength, these forces are estimated to comprise around 10K elite paratroopers. However, most of these units are likely significantly undermanned.

The evacuation of residents from Polohy region to safer areas continues. Currently, there are four children out of 19 who fall under mandatory evacuation measures in Huliaipole community. Out of the 44 mobility-impaired individuals residing in the region, 18 have agreed to leave.

The occupiers have been holding two Zaporizhzhia NPP employees in the building of the occupation police department in the temporarily occupied Enerhodar for several months. These employees are Serhii Potyng, safety engineer at the Centralized Technical and Administrative Department (CTAD), and Serhii Spartesnyi, the shift supervisor of the turbine department of the operational unit. Currently, there are around a hundred Enerhodar residents in the custody of the russian military, including about two dozen ZNPP employees.

Entrepreneur Maksym Puzanov from Zaporizhzhia used to cultivate bitter peppers on his relatives’ land in the village of Tavriiske in Zaporizhzhia oblast before the full-scale war. Due to constant russian shelling, he relocated his production to the village of Baburka, where he leased land. Now, Maksym grows over two dozen varieties of hot peppers and develops the production of spicy sauces. With grant funds, he acquired equipment and is setting up facilities for his business.

Mykolaiv oblast

Mykolaiv RMA reported that russian forces launched multiple waves of drone attacks on southern regions during the night of September 18. UAVs were deployed from two directions: Primorsko-Akhtarsk (russia) and Cape Chauda (Crimea). Ukrainian air defense forces successfully shot down 18 unmanned aerial vehicles of the Shahed-136/131 type, including 5 over Mykolaiv oblast. Numerous civilian infrastructure objects were damaged. 

According to the Regional Military Administration, on September 17 at 08:01, the russian army shelled the waters near Ochakiv community with artillery fire. There were no reported casualties.

The Bekfaer UAV, developed by the Zli Ptakhy (Angry Birds) team, was adopted by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on September 15, 2023. Despite the operation of radio electronic warfare systems, these drones continue to operate, targeting enemy personnel and equipment, and are launched using pneumatic catapults. 

Odesa oblast

On the night of September 18, russian occupation forces carried out a strike with guided aerial bombs on Zmiinyi (Snake) Island and also targeted civilian infrastructure in Odesa oblast. There was an impact on the recreational infrastructure of Vylkove community, resulting in a fire. There were no reported casualties, as confirmed by the South Operational Command.

It is reported that russian forces launched drone attacks on southern regions during the night of September 18. Ukrainian air defense successfully shot down 18 unmanned aerial vehicles of the Shakhed-136/131 type, including 11 over Odesa oblast.

A service center called VeteranHub has been established in Odesa. This space is designed for Ukrainian veterans to access a wide range of social services, legal protection, as well as consultations and advice from specialists regarding treatment, rehabilitation, psychological support, employment, starting their own businesses, and more. VeteranHub will also provide assistance to the families of fallen defenders and veterans who have become disabled as a result of the war.

Memorial plaques were solemnly unveiled in Odesa oblast for two fallen Ukrainian defenders: Senior Lieutenant Oleksandr Pavlovskyi and sniper Mykhailo Marianych, a member of the 28th Odesa Mechanized Brigade named “Knights of the Winter Campaign.” The memorial plaque for Senior Lieutenant Pavlovskyi, who was killed by a mine in Kherson oblast, was unveiled in the main building of the State University of Intellectual Technologies and Communication. Mykhailo Mar’yanych’s plaque was unveiled on September 16 at the Velykomykhailivka School in Odesa oblast, where he studied.

Odesa energy specialists are assisting in restoring power supply in Kherson oblast. They successfully restored the operation of a 150 kV high-voltage line to supply electricity to critical water supply and drainage facilities in Kherson, as reported by DTEK Odesa Power Grids.

Kherson oblast

It is reported that russians attacked an ambulance in Mykolaivtsi. At the moment of the enemy strike, medical personnel were providing assistance to the wounded. The service vehicle sustained damage.

At around 9:00 AM, the russian military attacked civilians in Beryslav, dropping ammunition from a drone on a gathering of people. At that moment, four civilians were near the store, and they all suffered injuries. Assistance to the wounded was provided by an employee of the Beryslav Regional Police Department, who was nearby.

The enemy shelled Kherson oblast throughout the night. As a result of the shelling, a 72-year-old man was killed in Kherson. Another person sustained injuries and received on-site medical assistance. There was a direct hit on a private house in Kizomys. An elderly woman died on the spot from the injuries she sustained, and a 60-year-old man in serious condition was transported to the hospital. Olhivka also was shelled, a 63-year-old woman was injured and hospitalized.

On September 17, the russian army conducted 92 shelling attacks, firing 502 shells from mortars, artillery, Grad rocket launchers, UAVs, and aircraft. The enemy launched 13 shells at the city of Kherson. russian forces targeted residential areas in the region, a field hospital in Kherson region, and the territory and building of an enterprise in Kherson. 2 people were killed, and 4 others injured.

Consequences of russian shelling. Photo: Police of Kherson oblast

It is reported that the russian military unlawfully took a married couple, Valerii and Anastasiia Saksahansky, from their home in the temporarily occupied village of Mali Kopani, and killed them. This was reported by Anastasiia’s colleague, Antonina Pshenychna, a doctor at Kherson City Perinatal Center.

Mobile medical teams visited Limanets, Davydiv Brid, and Vysoke. Over the course of three days, 111 residents of these settlements received necessary assistance and medical consultations. In addition, residents received medications.

The American organization Global Empowerment Mission (GEM), in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), continues to support Kherson oblast. Another humanitarian shipment arrived in the settlements of Inzhenerne, Soniachne, and Molodizhne, delivering drinking water, family, and hygiene kits. Volunteers provide assistance directly to community members in need. 

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

An all-Ukrainian public action dedicated to supporting the families of fallen defenders of Ukraine took place in Lutsk. At the commemorative photo stand Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred – Killed for the Unity of Ukraine, military chaplains held a memorial service. Afterwards, all those present honored the memory of the soldiers with a moment of silence and placed flowers at the foot of the photo booth.

Zakarpattia oblast

Pyrotechnicians of Zakarpattia carried out 16 rotations on liberated territories of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Mykolaiv oblasts, disabling over 12K explosive objects. 4 pyrotechnics were injured during these operations.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

10 night vision devices, tablets, multifunctional devices, charging stations EcoFlow, which will become a source of power in field conditions, worth UAH 1,2 UAH were sent to the military unit of the National Guard. The equipment was purchased with the funds of the regional budget, allocated within the framework of sectoral military support programs.

Hrystinka Harasymchuk, a student of the 4th grade of Lyceum #25, donated UAH 100K for drones for the Sapsan tactical group. From March 2022, the young volunteer collected about UAH 1 mln for the needs of the Ukrainian army.

Lviv oblast

Yurii Huliak (Hyria), a soldier of the 80th Separate Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was included in the ranking of the Forbes publication 30 to 30, in which the 30 most successful figures of Ukraine under the age of 30 were recognized. Yurii was awarded with the 2th and 3th degrees Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky. He took part in battles for Nova Kakhovka, Voznesensk, Bakhmut, Lysychansk, and Kharkiv oblast. He is one of the youngest combatants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

A charity evening of music and cinema was held in Lviv. Over UAH 13K raised will be donated to repair evacuation vehicles for the Hospitaliers volunteer medical battalion.

Rivne oblast

In Rivne oblast, the network of rehabilitation institutions in the field of health care, social protection, and education continues will be established. As reported by the RMA, this will be a single system for providing such services and meet the requirements of the National Strategy for barrier-free space creation.

In Kostopol, students of the Children’s and Youth Creativity Center weave camouflage nets in their spare time. Young volunteers work diligently. Adults supply them with things or fabrics of dark colours.

Ternopil oblast

Ternopil City Council informed that 8 soldiers were posthumously awarded with the title Honorary Citizen of the City of Ternopil.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Khmelnytskyi City Council reported the title Honorary Citizen of Khmelnytskyi City Territorial Community was awarded to 128 soldiers who gave their lives for Ukraine.

Chernivtsi oblast

The RMA reported that captain Oleh Horbatyuk and senior sergeant Mykola Kuchera from Bukovyna were awarded with the 3rd degree For Courage Order.

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

Bill Blair, Minister of National Defense of Canada, stated that Canada allocates almost $25 mln for the purchase of air defense equipment for Ukraine. Funds will be directed to the International Fund for Ukraine, led by Great Britain.

The 2nd meeting of the International Working Group on the Environmental Consequences of War was held under the co-chairing of Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, and Margot Wallstrom, former Vice Prime Minister, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. Andrii Kostin, Prosecutor General, informed that Ukraine is investigating 14 cases of ecocide committed during russia’s aggressive war against our country. There have been 252 war crimes that resulted in environmental damage in Ukraine so far.

6 Ukrainian children arrived in The Hague to tell about the crimes of russian occupiers. The Ministry of Reintegration was involved in the return of three of them. These are Veronika from Kharkiv oblast, Ivan and Maksym from Mariupol.

Polish Radio reported that Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, and Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, will meet in New York on September 19. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Duda said that it is planned to discuss the export of Ukrainian grain, which Poland unilaterally blocked.

Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to the US President, met with Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister. They discussed the war in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Day in Moldova was held in Moldova. This event is an open platform that combines a number of activities aimed at popularizing the common cultural heritage, creating a basis for an open discussion of representatives of the Ukrainian community, strengthening mutual assistance and an integrative approach to cooperation between Ukraine and Moldova, as well as promoting intercultural dialogue.

58-year-old American actress Christine Davis, best known for her role as Charlotte York in the Sex and the City HBO TV series, arrived in Moldova on September 15 to meet with Ukrainian refugees and Moldovan communities. Since 2014, the actress has been a goodwill ambassador of the UNHCR – the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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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