Operational information from the regions of the Active Community network 18.03.2022
Ukraine in brief:
It is 23rd day of the heroic battle of the Ukrainian/people against the russian military invasion.
There are parts where the enemy managed temporary occupy settlements and set control on the roads in Donetsk and Mykolayiv Oblasts.
The enemy tries to strengthen its troops in the Kyiv direction from other oblasts.
There are no substantial changes in occupants’ activities in Volyn, Kyiv, and Chernihiv Oblasts. Enemy directed attention fortifying the occupied positions.
In Kharkiv and Sumy Oblasts, russian occupants don’t do any active offense activities. Enemy regroups and tries to set the logistics. Occupants are more involved in surveillance. Russian terrorist army doesn’t leave attempts to occupy Izum.
In Luhansk Oblast, the enemy intensified offense in Rubizhne and partly succeeded.
Unprotected civil infrastructure continues being shelled to scare locals and limit defense capabilities.
In Donetsk Oblast, there was no active offense from russian occupation troops.
In Kherson Oblast, the enemy tries to set a strict administrative-police regime in temporarily occupied cities.
In Mykolaiv Oblast, there is no active offense from russian occupants. The enemy continues the shelling of civilian infrastructure and strengthens logistics.
The situation in the capital and suburbs remains difficult but under control. There is no offense action towards Kyiv. Citizens continue living under a war-time regime. Third day in a row russians shell capital. The night was restless. Airstrike alarm was blaring the whole night. Today in the morning, the occupant fired at the apartment quarter of Podil Area.
In the evening, air defense shot down 4 rockets above Kyiv. The city’s infrastructure works in regular mode. There are no irregularities in electricity, heat, and water supplies. Hospitals and utility services work in intensive mode.
Humanitarian headquarters operate containing strategic supplies of first necessity goods for long-term defense of the capital.
In Kyiv Oblast, sirens blared the whole night. The hottest spots are Bucha District (Irpin, Bucha, Vorzel, Hostomel, Makariv, Borodianka), Zhytomyr highway direction, Vyshgorod District, and 4 communities in Brovary District.
In Kyiv Oblast, SU-34 was shot down. As of March 18th, russia lost 93 planes since the start of the full-scale invasion in Ukraine. Russian occupation troops try to strengthen their presence in Kyiv Oblast.
On March 18th, russia shelled private hoses in villages of Korosten district and the Malynska community.
The russians fired artillery at the Okhtyrka District and the outskirts of Sumy. In the villages of these districts, the russian occupiers drove people out of their houses and mocked them. On March 18th, in Sumy, as a result of artillery shelling, the building of a warehouse with paint and varnish products with an area of more than 6 thousand square meters caught fire.
“Green corridors” for evacuation from Velyka Pisarivka, Trostyanets, Krasnopillya, Sumy, Lebedyn, and Konotop communities have opened in Sumy Oblast.
The Ukrainian military continues to destroy the equipment of the occupiers. The enemy column was liquidated near Trostyanets.
Over the past day, two attempts to advance the russian military were repulsed near Chernihiv. The occupiers suffered losses in equipment and personnel.
As a result of the shelling of the center of Chernihiv by russian artillery on March 17, 14 people died.
In most neighborhoods of the city, there is no light, water. The situation is difficult in suburban villages, where enemies place their equipment between houses, intimidate people and take away food.
The occupiers are not conducting active offensive operations in the Slobozhansky direction. The enemy is regrouping and trying to establish logistics. Fighting continues in the Izyum, Dergachiv, and Chuguiv directions. Due to constant shelling, the civilian population cannot be evacuated.
This night in Kharkiv was relatively quiet. According to the Defense Headquarters, for the first time in 23 days of a large-scale russian invasion from midnight to 4 am, the enemy did not fire on the city.
Yesterday, the russians fired on the largest market in Eastern Europe, “Barabashovo”. Oleksandr Podolskyi, a rescuer from the State Emergency Service, died in the line of duty.
The situation in the city remains tense. In the morning, two missiles hit the city center. According to preliminary information, 2 people were killed, and 26 were injured. 9 apartment buildings, a school, administrative and commercial establishments were partially destroyed. Disassembly of debris is underway.
Air alarms are activated in the city during the day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine helped eliminate the consequences of the shelling, collected, and neutralized missile parts. The Territorial Defense Forces joined in eliminating the consequences of the shelling and continued to patrol the city.
The situation is under the control of the authorities. The evacuation of residents continues. Additional trains are organized.
Residents are involved in eliminating the consequences of the shelling and organizing the transfer of humanitarian aid to the hospital. The number of those wishing to leave has increased. There are problems with fuel and medicine in the city.
Street fights raged in Maryinka and Krasnohorivka. Avdiyivka was shelled with Grad MRL. Preliminary reports have been of two fatalities and some wounded. Ocheretynska Military Civil Administration: firings overnight in the vicinity of Verkniotoretsk, Novobakhmutovka, Krasnohorivka. Several explosions during the day in Pokrovsk (cluster munitions similar to the ones used against the city on March 3rd) were fixed. The area of weapon impact has been cordoned off. Bomb technicians and combat engineers are working there. The shelling left six wounded and one fatality. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) fight back against the invaders and are on duty watch with law enforcement officers. The elder of the Novotroitskyi Elder County requests assistance with coordinating itinerant trade or goods and drinking water supply to local stores. An evacuation train towards Dnipro is to depart today from Pokrovsk.
Ordnance technicians tend to local dwellers’ reports of suspected UXOs; the specialists worked 14 locations in the past 24 hours. Also, the contact center of the Pokrovsk City Council received 17 appeals from the locals to report property damage after the shelling of March 16th. The second humanitarian cargo from Kovel reached the city.
Evacuation from Vuhledar did happen; Grads shelled the evacuees, nobody was hurt. The territories are occupied; there is information about russian militaries pillaging and plundering vehicles. The local government evacuates residents; many children have already been evacuated. New city managers are being nominated, and streets are renamed in Novotroyitske and other invaded villages. People are helping each other. Volnovakha has been completely destroyed. Demining is being carried out on occupied territories.
The situation is tense in the city. No substantial developments have been registered for the past 24 h. The Bakhmut City Council notifies the residents daily about city operations and possibilities of supporting Territorial Defense Forces and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The information is placed on the Council’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rada.bakhmut/posts/694396855247174 .
The russians wage the most brutal fights in Mariupol that have been blockaded since March 1st. The situation is critical. More than 350 thousand city residents are still hiding in shelters from neverending shellings by the russian invading forces. An average of 50 to 100 bombs are being dropped on the city daily. The devastation is colossal; according to preliminary estimates, the residential stock is almost 80% ruined, with nearly 30% beyond repair.
On March 16th, the russians struck the Drama Theatre disregarding the big CHILDREN sign visible above. It remains unclear how many survivors are there in the rubble. Security Service of Ukraine officers attempted to rescue them from under the ruins but were caught in enemy fire.
Five buses with nearly 500 evacuated Mariupol residents are currently going from Berdyansk to Zaporizhzhya.
In the past two days, the city dwellers have started leaving the city using their private vehicles in the direction of Berdyansk and, from there, to Zaporizhzhya. Near 6,500 private cars have managed to escape the blockaded Mariupol.
The situation is exceptionally dire: no electricity, water, or gas, and only 4% of the cell towers remain operational. The majority of utility lines are complete writeoff. Russia nominally controls the captured townships. The russians continue shelling Rubizhne, Lysychansk, Severodonetsk. Plundering is getting bolder. The AFU continue their defensive and counterbattery activities.
The municipal government informs the residents about ways of receiving humanitarian aid and AFU’s efforts to counteract the enemy and defend the city. The locals are aggressive towards the invaders and support each other.
Some settlements, especially in the southern part of Oblast, are temporarily occupied. The russian occupation troops continue to shell civilian infrastructure, kidnap and loot.
In Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the test mode of the search service for IDPs has been launched. A humanitarian hotline has also been set up. Citizens can share information about the russian military doing any illegal detention of Ukrainian citizens, foreign representatives, or missing civilians.
Since the evening of March 17th, the air-raid warning has sounded four times in the city. In the morning, the russian occupation troops used “Smerch,” multiple rocket launch systems, to fire at the military training ground, plant, and the quarry, located in the Zaporizhzhya suburbs. The fire broke out on the territory of the plant. The extent of the destruction and loss are being established.
Zaporizhzhya continues to host IDPs from Mariupol, Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Polohy, Kharkiv. Today, about 500 Mariupol evacuees are going to the Oblast Center from Berdyansk. People who have arrived in Zaporizhzhya are provided with everything they need. Most of them will go to western oblasts where the situation is calmer.
An evacuation convoy of buses arrived in Berdyansk and a fuel truck with fuel for the private cars of Mariupol evacuees. Centers for temporary accommodation of IDPs have been set up in Berdyansk. More than 2,600 people used its services last night. You can also get help, medicine, food, and clothes in these centers.
The situation in Berdyansk District is still tense, and the presence of the russian military hinders the normal operation of infrastructure. There is a need for medicines, pills, and materials. Humanitarian aid is provided, but it is not enough for everybody.
The federal security service of russia has probably detained Victoria Roshchyna, “Hromadske” journalist, in temporarily occupied Berdyansk. Newspaper employees reported that her whereabouts are unknown; she has not contacted anyone for almost a week.
Melitopol is under the control of the russian military. People stand in numerous lines to withdraw money from ATMs in the city. Mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, released from russian captivity, was awarded the Order for Courage. Meanwhile, the russian occupation troops are trying to establish a puppet regime in the city.
Polohy District has been left without mobile communication, medicine, and food for two weeks now. The russian occupation troops do not allow humanitarian aid trucks into the community. The russian military is looting and robbing. Civilians suffer from losses; there is destruction in the town.
The Kherson Oblast is occupied. The armed forces of russia are trying to take Kherson communities under control. Armed russian occupation troops are constantly moving around the city and neighborhoods.
In Kherson, the occupiers tried to distribute humanitarian aid at the railway station, but the citizens refused to take it. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are fortifying their border positions. As of March 18th, Ukrainian authorities control the situation.
There is a curfew, and patrol units are working. District needs a humanitarian corridor for medicines, diesel, and food to be delivered.
There is no cash, but most payments are made in cash. Television, Internet, and mobile communications are intermittent. People are united, and there is no panic. Education in secondary schools is conducted remotely. The occupiers continue to misinform the locals actively.
The occupiers launched a missile strike on the Velykodolynske community. On March 18th, at 5 am russian submarine-launched cruise missile was shot down in the Odesa Oblast.
Rescuers found a modern OFAB-500 aircraft bomb near the village of Bilenke, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi District. Pyrotechnicians defused it.
The Territorial Defense Forces keep the russian army on the distant approaches to the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Borys Filatov, the Mayor of the Dnipro city, criticized the German Chancellor for saying that “the russian people are not to blame for the war, it is solely vladimir putin’s fault,” and Israel for not accepting Ukrainians and abolishing the visa-free regime with Ukraine. In Dnipro, the staff of the PRoector agency began to create a military chronicle of how the city is preparing for defense and how the residents help the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Territorial Defense Forces, as well as protect architectural and historical monuments. According to the oblast police, the number of serious and severe crimes in the oblast has decreased 8 times recently. Every day, the police receive 500-600 reports of enemy saboteurs’ activities in the oblast, of which 1-1.5% are confirmed. There are no russian troops or military equipment on the oblast’s territory and the so-called “DPR”. IDPs from other oblasts continue to arrive in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
It is quiet in the oblast. The situation is under control, without any air raid alerts. The Armed Forces of Ukraine protect the oblast’s borders, and guard military facilities. The Territorial Defense Forces keep watch at checkpoints; they also patrol the city with the patrol police. Central Ukraine’s State Pedagogical University, named after V. Vynnychenko, makes available all online resources that will help study according to the academic mobility programs provided for IDPs.
Andriy Brodsky, manager of the Velta company, stated that after Ukraine’s victory in the fight against the russian invaders, his dream would be to get involved in the restoration of the An-225 “Mriya” aircraft.
Over the past 24 hours, officers of the territorial police units of the Poltava Oblast inspected more than 690 vehicles and checked 1,367 suspicious persons. More than 20 citizens were taken to police stations to be checked for their possible involvement in collaboration with the enemy and participation in sabotage activities. For drunk driving, one car was confiscated, and 5 people were assigned to community works for violating the curfew.
Agrarians of Poltava Oblast took to the fields. So far, due to weather conditions, the feeding of winter crops continues.
The Coordination Center for the settlement of IDPs in the Poltava Community is open 24 hours a day. Within the last day, 1546 citizens got accommodated.
There are no active hostilities on the territory of the Vinnytsia Oblast. Today, the air defense forces shot down three enemy cruise missiles.
There are no military activities there. The Territorial Defense Forces patrol the city. The situation in the community is under control. People keep calm; the city is busy working.
Lviv Oblast official centers for resettlement of IDPs received more than 200,000 residents from other oblasts of Ukraine.
Over the past 24 hours, Lviv Oblast has dispatched 1,300 tonnes of humanitarian aid to various cities in Ukraine.
Already 160 companies have applied to the oblast authorities for relocation from the combat zone. Three manufacturers moved their production equipment to Lviv Oblast and settled in private premises.
The 109rd detached brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which is defending the Lviv Oblast and Ukraine from the russian aggressor, was caught on camera by world-famous fashion photographer Vera Blansh.
In the morning, the enemy launched a missile strike on Lviv. Four missiles hit the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant. The Armed Forces of Ukraine intercepted two missiles. The enemy fired rockets from the Black Sea area. Firefighters are currently putting out the fire. There were no casualties at the site of the explosion. One person was injured and is in a state of moderate severity. Citizens were once again urged not to publish photos from the scene on social networks.
The action “109 prams” took place in the city – people came out with empty prams in memory of the killed children https://www.facebook.com/lviv.adm/posts/333175268838512
A 5-year-old girl from Kryvyi Rih got on the interactive cover of the Time magazine, which was designed in Lviv https://fb.watch/bQkC0uJKhh/
An evacuation train, in which residents of the oblasts where the shelling continues, arrived in Drohobych today. There are many women with small children among them. The majority of them went to the border.
Dynamo Kyiv football club visited Drohobych District. After being forced to stay in the capital’s defensive structures and basements, the Drohobych District became a breath of fresh air for football players. Now the players of the capital’s football club do not miss training.
The wards of the Drohobych Territorial center tied scarves for soldiers – defenders of Ukraine. Drohobych City Territorial Center for Social Services (provision of social services) and the organization Stanytsia Drohobych Plast continue to help the Ukrainian military.
In the morning, there was an air alarm. Today, the registration of IDPs continues in the community. Now there are more than 13.5 thousand of them. Yesterday there was an attack on local news sites, where the enemy posted banned symbols. In the evening of the same day, the cyber-attack was repulsed. All resources are now working normally.
Police officers are heavily patrolling the community. The city is fortified. Authorities urge not to take photos of defense facilities.
There were two air raids during the day. The military is patrolling the border with Belarus. The regional authorities invite to involve IDPs in volunteering – weaving nets, sorting humanitarian aid, making dumplings.
Rivne City Mayor said that the border with Belarus was not violated. The night passed peacefully despite the air alarms.
The city said goodbye to volunteer Serhiy Ilchuk, who was involved in the evacuation of citizens. The volunteer was wounded on March 11th, during the shooting of humanitarian goods in Borodyanka.
The city authorities remind that IDPs looking for work can apply to the Rivne City Council’s economic department.
An artistic action, “Free Sky,” took place in Rivne. In one of the markets of Rivne, entrepreneurs set up a center for the free distribution of clothing for IDPs. Citizens are united and help volunteer headquarters financially and non-materially.
The situation in the city and oblast is under control. In Khmelnytskyi, the center for business assistance, “Hot button for business,” was opened. The center will work with issues of taxation, labor relations, business location, and business consulting in martial law. The center focuses not only on local businesses but also on those who have moved their activities from the war zone.
Khmelnytskyi City Hospital received an ambulance from a sister city. The ambulance is equipped with the necessary equipment, including a defibrillator, devices for cardio monitoring, and oxygen supply.
Humanitarian aid continues to come from abroad, including much help for children. The cargo received from the logistics warehouse will be distributed among the regional institutions that have accepted mothers with children from temporarily displaced persons. The rest will be included in humanitarian aid, which will travel from Khmelnytsky to the most affected oblasts.
There was one air alarm. The Armed Forces of Ukraine patrol the city, keep watch at checkpoints, guard strategic facilities. In the morning, a minute of silence was observed in memory of Ukrainians who died due to the armed aggression of the Russian enemy. A meeting of community volunteer center coordinators and a commission to receive and distribute volunteer assistance was held.
A system of targeted assistance to IDPs who have been officially registered with a clear list of needs is being introduced. The city officially hosted more than 400 people a day, in total – 13.5 thousand. Unofficial statistics are much higher.
At the beginning of the war, 5.5 million hryvnias were allocated from the community budget to improve Territorial Defense Forces’ material and technical base. More than half a million hryvnias had already been spent on military needs.
From Monday, all medicines received from humanitarian aid will be concentrated in a single item – the Department of Health. The cargo is being prepared for shipment to Okhtyrka. Out-of-school educators work with internally displaced children every day.
There is no military action in the oblast. The situation is calm, but citizens are being actively mobilized in some areas. Local authorities cooperate with IDPs and businesses during martial law and in the new environment.
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