Operational information from the regions of the Active Community network (02.03.2022)

About us: The Active Community Initiative, launched by activists of the Respublika Institute after the Euromaidan (2014), focused on activating and involving Ukrainians in the decision-making process. The goal for 2025: to activate and involve at least 1% of citizens in decision-making and promotion of reforms in Ukraine on a systemic basis for the well-being of Ukrainian communities. Today we work in 30 communities in Ukraine.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are beginning to seize the initiative of the Russian occupiers in some areas. The enemy is trying to avoid direct clashes not only with the Ukrainian army but also with civilians who are blocking the movement of its columns.
In the Volyn direction, the enemy has lost the initiative and is not taking active action.
In the Polissya direction, the Russian occupiers continue to advance in the direction of Makarov – Brusyliv – Fastiv, and part of the forces – to Kyiv.
On the routes to Malyn and Irpin, they lost the offensive pace, suffered significant losses, and stopped at unfavorable borders.
The enemy is trying to deploy advanced units in the areas of Gorenichi, Shpytka, Petrushka and deploys field and logistics camps in the areas of Borodyanka, Katyuzhanka, Gavronshchina.
In the Kharkiv region, the enemy suffered losses and was stopped at the borders of Bohodukhiv, Chuhuiv, and Shevchenko.
The enemy is stopped in the Chernihiv direction.
In the Nizhyn direction of the Chernihiv region, the enemy moved in the direction of Nova Basan, Kozelets.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy focused its efforts on reaching the administrative borders of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. There are active battles in Mariupol.
In the south, the enemy tries to continue the offensive in the direction of Zaporizhzhia.
In the Black Sea Operational Zone, the Russian occupants continue preparations for a naval landing operation on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine (Zatoka, Odesa districts).
The enemy is demoralized and continues to suffer losses in personnel and equipment.
Ukrainians are active on social networks, spread information about the state of affairs in their cities, oppose the aggressor’s propaganda, ban false Russian propaganda channels, call on Russians to take to the streets and protest, organize aid for people in the area under fire, demand “green corridors”, gather humanitarian aid, help equip the army and territorial defense with the necessary things, help the displaced. Everyone feels strong cohesion.
Northern regions
The occupier is trying to enter Kyiv from the northwest. However, his attempts were in vain. On March 1st, the occupiers struck the TV tower. The impact killed 5 people, including a cameraman. Russia’s shell also hit the Babin Yar memorial complex, where Holocaust victims rest.
Due to constant shelling, people are left without light, water and food. Where fighting continues, the occupiers do not give a green corridor.
The most dangerous destinations: Zhytomyr highway, Bucha-Irpin-Gostomel, as well as the north of Vyshgorod district. The Russian occupiers continue to accumulate a large number of troops and equipment. Threats of airstrikes are recorded almost throughout the region. In addition, sabotage groups are being fought in all districts of the Kyiv Region.
Borodyanka has been under fire since the beginning of the war. The heavy bombing took place at night. People are looking for their loved ones, many people are under the rubble.
One person was killed during a morning flight to Irpin, not far from Kyiv. Three were seriously injured.
The north of Vyshhorod district is occupied by the enemy. Polissya, Dymerska, Ivankivska communities are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.
During the night, the occupiers hit Zhytomyr and affected the hospital and nearby houses. Two people were killed and 16 were injured.
In Korosten, one of the checkpoints was hit and the TV tower was destroyed. Television broadcasting in the city has stopped. 4 people were killed and 5 were injured.
The advance of the enemy was stopped in this direction.
In the morning in Sumy – artillery shelling. Street fights are taking place in the city.
Konotop remains under Ukrainian rule. The occupiers demanded the surrender of the city, threatening with artillery. Locals surrounded the enemy vehicles shouting “Shame”.
The most difficult situation is currently in Trostyanets. The occupiers are shooting at civilians in homes and on the streets. The head of the Sumy military administration reports hundred of wounded and dead. It is difficult to provide medical care. The city has damaged power lines and broken roads, partly no internet, no television and radio.
The situation is under control, the infrastructure is working. The advance of the enemy is stopped in this direction. However, shelling continues. The mayor of Chernihiv calls to prepare for street fights. Here the occupiers fired on the hospital and the police department. One person was killed and 5 were injured.
Chernihiv region was maximally involved in the resistance movement. People also organize the delivery of humanitarian aid, especially to those communities occupied by the enemy.
Eastern regions
The Russian army does not stop bombing Kharkiv, including the city center. The enemy is firing heavy rocket-propelled grenade launchers, the Iskanders.
The tank school was shelled at night. In the morning there were fights near the military hospital. In the afternoon, the Russians hit a station crowded with migrants, apartment buildings, a school, a university building, city council buildings, the regional department of internal affairs, and the Security Service. Kharkiv was under air fire for more than an hour and a half. This prevented rescuers from carrying out their work.
The invader also tried to destroy the TV tower.
At about 16:30 Russian troops entered the city of Balaklia.
The city is quiet. The Armed Forces together with the territorial defense were preparing to meet the enemy. The city is operating normally. Residents are volunteering, preparing for evacuation, and evacuating residents from surrounding cities. The situation is alarming.
Pokrovsk and Pokrovsky district.
Aircraft and explosions were heard over Marinka and Kurakhov. The shelling continues in the Ocheretyn community, and Orlivka and Lastochkyne are partial without electricity. The Russian occupiers continued to strike at Avdiivka, including airstrikes. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are holding the borders and have entered the suburbs of Horlivka.
Territorial defense is on duty in the cities of the district. During a special session of the Pokrovsky City Council, deputies supported the decision to exempt community residents from paying utility bills from February 1 this year. It is proposed to “freeze” payments for water and heat supply, sewerage, waste collection. Entrepreneurs who rent communal property are also exempt from paying rent. To ensure national resistance, Pokrovsk deputies allocated additional funding of 16 million hryvnias to provide defense in the Pokrovsky community. The money is provided for a set of measures, namely ensuring the functioning of volunteers, the livelihood of the population, including those evacuated from the combat zone, ensuring public safety and order in the community.
Even though the connection between the regions is disrupted, the supply of products to local supermarkets continues. In small shops, goods remained in small quantities, but they are. Bakeries in the Donetsk region are fully operational, so bread is supplied to stores without interruption.
During the past 24hrs, there have been no extraordinary events or situations on the territory of the Pokrovsky community. Today another part of Volnovakha residents arrived in Pokrovsk.
Gradually, civilians are being evacuated from Volnovakha. The city is completely destroyed. Novotroitsk bombing by planes this afternoon, directly in a residential neighborhood. The rockets fell between the houses, not on high-rise buildings, there are wounded. Red Cross evacuates people (women and children)
The city is quiet, no panic. During the day, residents move freely. Local authorities are in touch and communicate through the local council’s official Facebook page. The city council organized the transportation of people by buses. Information about this is published.
The city infrastructure is operating normally. There is a delay in replenishing ATMs with cash, but the ATB-Market and Silpo networks have introduced the possibility to withdraw cash at store checkouts up to UAH 6,000 in cash from payment cards. The Internet provider Bakhmut-Online has resumed its work, the Kyivstar network is not working yet.
Additional shelters began to operate in the basements of Orthodox churches. Checkpoints are being built to control the movement of vehicles. Local authorities also remind about the rules of safe behavior during martial law.
Residents are uniting to raise funds for humanitarian aid.
Southern regions
Zaporizhzhia Oblast.
During the evening and nighttime, the enemy attacked the cities of Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia, Berdyans’k, and Mariupol.
Having consolidated their positions on the western and southern outskirts of the city of Vasylivka, the occupiers shelled our defending units’ positions. Having encountered resistance from Ukrainian units in the direction of Orlyans’ke and Vasylivka, they withdrew and refused to continue the attack.
Lacking success, the aggressor focused their efforts on the settlements of Tokmak, Orikhiv, Mykhailivka, and Vasylivka by accumulating military equipment.
In many communities, especially those where the enemy’s movement is recorded, communication problems are occurring and infrastructure is shutting down. Communities, which territories the enemy has left and where the situation is quiet, are trying to restore utility systems (electricity, water supply).
The city is fortified and preparing for defense. Work in volunteer centers is in full swing: residents are collecting clothes, food, medicine, and technical equipment. One of the hostels in Zaporizhzhia provides shelter for internally displaced people. The situation in the city is tense. During the day, saboteurs appeared in the city. Local authorities ask residents not to go outside unless it is necessary. Several evacuation trains departed from the city.
Yesterday the infrastructure of Vasylivka was destroyed as a result of shelling by the Russian military forces. In particular, the surgical and sanitary departments of the Vasylivka Multidisciplinary Intensive Care Hospital were fired upon. Russian troops continued to fire on civilians in the Zaporizhzhia region.
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The confrontation around the city lasted for two days. Having encountered resistance from Ukrainian units in the direction of Orlyans’ke and Vasylivka, the enemy withdrew and refused to continue the attack.
In addition, the occupiers blew up a railway bridge in Vasylivka. The railway connection with the south of the region is lost. It can obscure the supply of coal and cause problems in the operation of the energy complex of the nuclear and thermal power plant in Enerhodar. Issues that need to be solved in order for the NPP to operate stably are currently being addressed.
There are problems with electricity, water supply, and mobile communications. Technical water supplies are running low.
Enerhodar (Zaporizhzhia NPP)
A column of Russian troops was stopped at the entrance to Enerhodar. For more than two hours, unarmed residents of Enerhodar did not allow a convoy of Russian military vehicles to enter the city. Citizens also drew the occupiers’ attention to the fact that there are international regulations that regulate hostilities and prohibit them in the 30-kilometer zone from the nuclear power plant. Enerhodar was and remains under Ukrainian flags. However, a large number of enemy weapons were placed near the city. The plant works in normal mode, everything is guarded.
For two days in a row, Melitopol citizens have been protesting against the presence of Russian military vehicles in the city, they have been even trying to push them unarmed. People chanted “Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine”, “Glory to Ukraine”, and shouted demands to the Russian military forces to turn around and leave the city. The Russian soldiers opened fire, and according to preliminary data, 2 civilians were wounded. Video resource: https://t.me/nvua_official/20094
As of March 2, 2022, 31 houses in Melitopol were destroyed by hostilities; the situation remains difficult. Cases of looting have been recorded in the city.
The seizure of the radio and television transmission center resulted in absence of local TV channels broadcasting (“TRK-Yug” and “TV-Berdyans’k”) for some time. Finally, the “TRK-Yug” broadcast was resumed. Local authorities are resuming the work of communal establishments. Public transport is not functioning yet. Local citizens, along with police, detained several looters.
According to the head of Prymorsʹk united territorial community, occupiers shot at a car with two civilians at their checkpoint. Connection with the region is complicated.
In Rozivka, the occupiers blew up an ammunition depot. Three people were injured. The situation is currently under control. Elimination of consequences is completed. All civilians were evacuated.
Tokmak is holding its positions, but the situation is difficult. There are very serious battles in the city. Among our soldiers and Russian soldiers, there are killed, as well as among the civilian population. There was air shelling, tank battles, artillery, etc. The city is surrounded by occupier’s troops.
The city leaders do not contact the Russian soldiers and do not agree to any demands, and avoid meeting with them in any way.
For the fourth-day people have problems with electricity, mobile communication, and the internet.
Kherson Oblast
There is no fighting. The enemy’s movement was recorded on the Skadovs’k bypass road in the southern direction. Two helicopters fired and destroyed UkSATSE’s installation and equipment outside the city, resulting in a fire. There are no victims.
A curfew was imposed in the city, and a headquarters was established. Two car patrols, 6 public security patrols, and 70 pedestrian patrols have been set up and have been operating daily.
The city council has established a 24-hour presence of the leadership. Communal establishments function and the social protection service is on duty during working hours. The hospital (admission department and emergency department) is open 24 hours a day. There are problems with the food and medicine supply. The population is provided with bread.
The situation in the community and Skadovs’k district is under control. People behave restrained, there is no panic. The number of volunteer movements is increasing and community cohesion is strengthening.
Odesa Oblast. On March 1, the head of the Odessa Regional State Administration was replaced. Maksym Marchenko, a military officer, a colonel, and a man with combat experience, took office.
Odesa. Russian troops launched an air attack and fired missiles at the coast. The Armed Forces of Ukraine soldiers are resisting and controlling the sky and the sea area. The ranks of Territorial Defense receive new recruits. Volunteers are active. All the people are trying to help the army.
The head of the community is actively speaking in the news, saying that the city has everything they need. The community is united. Odesa is resisting and actively preparing to defend the city and the country.
Central Regions
Poltava Region
As of March 2nd, armed fighting on the territory of the Poltava region was not observed. Territory defense forces to protect the region are being formed. Mobile police units operate in the city, patrolling streets in a special mode. At checkpoints, police inspect vehicles and civilians who move across the territory of this region.
Banks, shops, drugstores, gas stations, other points of sale, and public food services function normally, it is prohibited to sell alcohol and liquids containing alcohol.
Airstrike alerts are now available in the city app Е-Poltava.
Volunteers source items necessary for effective city defense, military support centers are operating in the Poltava City Hall, Dormition Cathedral, and Musical School.
The development company “Combinat vyrobnychykh pindryemsv” started manufacturing of (antitank) Czech hedgehogs. Czech hedgehogs have an inscription in black “Made in Ukraine”. Later a new message will be added: “Putin is a Motherf*cher”.
During the day, Poltava police, territory defense forces, and active citizens have detained 44 people who were conducting subversive actions – placing guide-marks to correct enemy’s fire, as well as gathering information about strategic objects.
Humanitarian columns are being formed for Kharkiv and Sumy regions. Over 40 tons of donations were gathered in Poltava today: food supplies, baby food, clothes, medicines, diapers, pillows. First humanitarian support consisting of two trucks is already heading to its dislocation.
Poltava receives from 2 to 5 thousand internally displaced people from Kharkiv.
Kirovograd Region
Airraids over Kanatovo, Oleksandria, Svitlovodsk. Troopers of the Military Forces of Ukraine managed to resist air raids. In general, the situation in the region is under control, enemy troops are not present.
Representatives of the territory defense is patrolling streets, strengthen checkpoints, build defense systems in the city. People behave in a reserved manner and don’t panic.
A 16-year-old citizen of Kropyvnytskyy lead a group of students, who together joined DDoS-attacks, which resulted in a two-day shutdown of “State services” (Gosusluhi) website, oficial websites of Cremlin and State Parliament, First TV channel, Roscosmos and Russian Railroads. Also, students developed a chat-bot which during 90 days sent over 170 thousands calls and SMS messages to the phone number of propaganda journalist Volodymyr Solovyov.
Vinnytsya Region.
The night was calm. The City administration is asking citizens to remain calm. According to the regional military administration, there were no air raids alarms. All critical infrastructure systems are functional. Public transportation is in operation. Drug stores and groceries are open. Stocks in the stores are renewed.
Fortified city entrances and checkpoints are secured and protected by the territory’s defense forces. In the morning, there was an emergency electricity outage in the central part of the city and in the Podillya district. The electricity supply was promptly restored.
The city receives internally displaced people, they are housed and supplied with all necessary supplies.
Zhmerynka. The territory of the city is calm. Members of the local territory defense forces were supporting the delivery of the military to the front. Ther are first casualties. Citizens are worried, but try to remain calm, there are no lines in from of drug stores and groceries, cash withdrawal is problematic. People and volunteers are working together. They bring water, food supplies, and necessities to the railway station with internally displaced people.
Dnipropetrovsk region
The Russian military is not observed in the region. However, occupant forces are approaching the region – their troops are present in the neigbouring Mykolayiv and Zaporizhzhya regions in close proximity to Dnipropetriv Region. Russian troops were approaching from Mykolayiv region to the Kryvyi Rig of the Dnipropetrovsk region but were shot down.
The City administration was consulting with the Heads of the local territory communities to discuss an action plan of resistance towards the occupation of the settlements. There is an agreement with the Heads of the western regions of Ukraine where internally displaced people from Dnipro will be able to able to relocate (women, children, elderly, and people who have health problems. The situation in the town and region is under control. People are still calm and optimistic. People lead a normal life but are prepared. Jewish community proposes to evacuate their members (except men of 18-60 years old) to Moldova. Enemy forces are not observed in the region. Locals are worried, constantly monitoring news about Kharkiv, Kherson,, and Kyiv, volunteer, buy all necessary supplies needed for the Military Forces of Ukraine and Local defense forces. The city is calm.
Western Regions.
Lviv Region.
Lviv. Lviv is mainly calm, but sirens are heard every day. Lviv is a humanitarian corridor for support from other countries. During the last day, over 500 tones of humanitarian help were delivered. Half of it was already sent to other regions.
Territory Defence Forces are being formed. Lviv locals have started preparing Molotov Cocktails and Czech hedgehogs.
Lviv has over 200 shelters organized by the local administration. This process is coordinated by the City Hall. It is also possible to call any City Administration and receive temporary housing in a hostel.
Lviv shelter takes care of animals belonging to people who have fled to other countries. Also, there are a lot of locals who are ready to take care of the pets at home.
Businesses are actively helping internally displaced people and defenders. For example, the Pizza shop on vul. Pascha 90 is backing free bread.
There was one air alarm in the Lviv region. The action of Russian troops here is unknown. Local authorities invite internally displaced persons to go to Drohobych. Drohobych has 2,000 places ready for women with children. Already accepted 400. Accounting is underway. All men arriving in the Lviv region from the war zone must register for military service.
Residents are also volunteering here and there is an initiative to sew bulletproof vests.
There were isolated moments when they tried to develop hostility towards internally displaced persons.
There are checkpoints in the city. All critical infrastructure is working. All residents of the community are urged to be careful, to report only what they saw with their own eyes, and not to spread fakes. Do not react to false and unverified information.
Active citizens are setting up a signaling system in the city. Actually 7 sirens have already been repaired and installed (this is one third of those in operation) and continue to be adjusted.
A saboteur was detained for directing at the Ivano-Frankivsk airport and a fuel depot nearby. These warehouses were blown up by the occupiers on the day of the beginning of the war on February 24. He was detained in the process of merging new information about important objects of the city and is accused of “treason”.
Rivne region
One air alarm was sounded in the region during the day. Patrols on the border with Belarus have been stepped up. Territorial defense together with the police is on duty at checkpoints.
During the briefing, the head of the regional military administration noted that the night was calm, humanitarian aid was arriving from abroad, the humanitarian cargo was distributed, routes were planned and sent on.
The number of volunteers is increasing, helping volunteer headquarters, weaving nets.
In the town of Zdolbuniv, Rivne region, military soldier Pavlo Nikitchuk, who was mortally wounded in battles with the occupiers in Vasylkiv, was paid his last respects. In the war with the Russian occupiers Rivne region lost 15 heroes.
Representatives of the territorial defense continue to patrol the territory and set up checkpoints. The sale of alcoholic beverages was banned in the community.
Women of the Zdovbytsia territorial community who have medical education are asked to join the creation of a medical unit for first aid!
Assistance in the rear continues, women are weaving camouflage nets. Against the background of the war with Russia, the crime rate is zero. No crime took place during the day.
Khmelnytsky region
There was no fighting in the region.
The city is actively building a defense. The construction of the checkpoint continues. Residents welding a lot of metal anti-tank hedgehogs. Excavators are digging ditches around the city to prevent enemy vehicles from passing. Also, there are dozens of firing points around the city, where defenders are on duty.
As for the communal sphere, the services are provided in full, the public transport runs.
Meetings with psychologists for children of our community were held yesterday. And today meetings with our local psychologists were organized for adults. Psychological consultations were conducted using the Skype program at 17.00.
In the Khmelnytsky region, in the Staroushytsia united territorial community, people unite. They weave protective nets for the military. They also collect food and clothes, which they then hand over to our military. Many residents are willing to provide housing for internally displaced persons.
The city is quiet. Territorial defense patrols checkpoints, erects fortifications at the entrance to the city, redirects medicines and other humanitarian goods inland, delivers goods from Poland, provides assistance to internally displaced persons, weaves camouflage nets. Checkpoints are intensifying. The community is relatively calm. Everyone is helping as much as they can to accelerate our victory.
Chernivtsi. There is no active hostilities on the territory of Chernivtsi and the region. A sabotage and reconnaissance group was detained. Recruitment to the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues. The number of members of the territorial defense of the city is constantly increasing, in parallel with their training in military affairs, medical care, etc. The streets are being patrolled.
Bukovina has already received about 15,000 migrants, almost 3,300 of them children. Most people come from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions. There is a call center for their needs, and it currently handles more than 2,500 calls. The volunteer movement has gained unprecedented momentum, the main areas: collecting aid to the army and migrants, weaving protective nets, sewing bulletproof vests, etc.
Today, volunteers delivered 120 lunches to internally displaced persons and 20 guides from Sumy.
People help as much as they can and even more. Mykola Hryhorovych Shevchuk, a pensioner from Novodnistrovsk, Chernivtsi region, transferred his own UAH 100,000 and USD 10,000 to support the Armed Forces
There is no fighting in the city. It’s quiet there. The flow of internally displaced persons has decreased. People stay for a day or two and go abroad. Others are settling in the private sector. It is almost impossible to find free housing in big cities. In rural areas they accept apartments. Shelters are being deployed through a network of schools and kindergartens.
Regarding the checkpoint at the border. Road crossings are congested with private vehicles. Pedestrian crossings are practically free. The main wave of internally displaced persons took place in the first three days since the beginning of the war. Trains to the Czech Republic appeared. Trains to Slovakia and Hungary continue to run.
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