Україна Оперативна інформація з регіонів 18.09.2022 (фото)

Ukraine in brief: Latest regional news September 18, 2022 (photo)

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

It has been the 207th day of Ukraine’s resistance to the russian military aggression.

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It has been the 207th day of Ukraine’s resistance to the russian military aggression.

Here is operational information from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as of 6pm:

The enemy continues to focus on trying to completely occupy Donetsk oblast, by launching the defensive, holding the occupied territories and disrupting the advance of the Defense Forces in certain areas. The invaders shell positions of our troops along the contact line, take measures to redeploy their units in certain directions, use reserves and conduct aerial reconnaissance.

The enemy does not stop striking civilian housing and infrastructure. Thus violating norms of International Humanitarian Law, laws and customs of warfare.

The russian occupiers inflicted 3 missile and 11 air strikes, carried out over 40 artillery attacks from MLRSs on objects on the territory of Ukraine. 

The infrastructure of over 20 settlements has suffered, including Biliaivka, Dvorichna, Kramatorsk, Kamianka, Krasnohorivka, Myroliubivka,  Novomykhaylivka, Neskuchne, Poltavka, Siversk, Serebrianka, Spirne, Uspenivka, Verkhnekamianske, and Vysokopillia. 

There is a constant threat of air and missile strikes throughout Ukraine.

Towards Volyn and Polissia, the situation has not changed significantly. 

In other directions, the enemy conducted shelling from tanks, mortars and artillery, namely: 

towards Siversk, Huta-Studenetska, Chernihiv Oblast and Katerynivka, Rozhkovychi, and Sosnivka, Sumy Oblast;

towards Sloboda region, Budarky, Hatyshche, Hoptivka, Kozacha Lopan, Kupiansk, Kudiivka, Mykolaivka, Strelecha, Vovchansk, and Vysoka Yaruha;

towards Kramatorsk, Kryva Luka, Pyskunivka, Raihorodok, Bilohorivka, Ozerne, Hryhorivka;

towards Bakhmut, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Maiorsk, Mykolaivka, Niu York, Rozdolivka, Siversk, Soledar, Yakovlivka and Zaitseve;

towards Avdiivka, Avdiivka, Kamianka, Karlivka, Kostiantynivka, Opytne, Pervomaiske and Vodiane;

towards Novopavlivka and Zaporizhzhia, about 25 settlements were shelled, including Kamianske, Nikolske, Novopavlivka, Prechistivka, Velyka Novosilka, Vuhledar, and Zaliznychne.

Towards the South Buh, the enemy inflicted damage along the entire contact line. More than 30 settlements were shelled. Among them are Kobzartsi, Kvitneve, Myrne, Novorosiyske, Olhyne and Ukrainka.

Due to the lack of human resources to be sent to war in Ukraine, the so-called ‘internal self-mobilization’ measures are being held on the russian territory. There were such cases in Kursk oblast under the guise of recruiting candidates for logistics units, and in Nizhny Novgorod oblast, where employees of the Atomokhrana organization are recruited allegedly to protect important objects. Candidates who signed a contract have a week-long course of rifle training and are immediately sent to the combat zone.

In the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk oblast, in Bilovodsk district, a new recruitment to the so-called ‘units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ has been announced. After significant combat losses, most full-time employees fled or deserted to the russian territory.

Units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repulsed enemy attacks near Kupiansk, Hoptivka, Mykolaiivka Druha, Vesela Dolyna, Odradivka, Marinka, Novomykhailivka and Pravdyne.

Aircraft of the Defense Forces carried out 20 strikes. 15 buildups of enemy manpower and strongholds and 4 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems were confirmed. In addition, our air defense units destroyed one UAV of the occupiers.

Rocket troops and artillery fired at more than 20 enemy targets. Seven control points and 9 strongholds and buildup of personnel and military equipment were destroyed. Air defense facilities and pontoon crossings of russian occupiers were eliminated. Total losses of the enemy are being clarified.

The occupying forces inform that at about 9 am, a colony in Olenivka was shelled. One Ukrainian prisoner of war was killed and five injured. There are no casualties among russians. The enemy is again trying to blame the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Eastern regions

Kharkiv oblast

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the invaders failed to attack Ukrainian troops in Hoptivka, Kupiansk and Mykolaivka Druha. They also shelled Budarky, Dvorichna, Hatyshche, Hoptivka, Kamianka, Kozacha Lopan, Strilecha, Vovchansk and Vysoka Yaruha.

Some losses of the invaders during their withdrawal from Kharkiv oblast were revealed. Thus, units of the 11th Army Corps from the russian Baltic Fleet lost more than 50% of their personnel and more than 200 pieces of military equipment. It turned out also that the 64th Independent Motorized Infantry Brigade, which had been committing crimes in Bucha, had lost 90% of its personnel in the region and the military unit is getting ready to be disbanded.

Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that at night, the invaders shelled Chuhuiv community territory. A fire broke out at a non-residential complex of buildings, information on casualties is being clarified.

The enemy heavily shelled Chuhuiv, Izium, Kharkiv and Kupiansk districts. Houses and outbuildings, gas stations, garages and industrial facilities were destroyed. A five-storey residential building in Kupiansk was damaged.

According to the Emergency Medical Centre, an 11-year-old girl in Chuhuiv was killed by the invaders’ shelling. In the border Strilecha village, Kharkiv district, the invaders hit a civilian vehicle from a tank, killing two women.

One person was injured in Chuhuiv district and two in Izium district. In Kharkiv district, 3 people were injured, including a 91-year-old man, while in Kupiansk district, 5 civilians were hospitalized with injuries.

In Strilecha village, Kharkiv district, medics tried to evacuate patients from a psychiatric hospital under fire, risking their lives. They managed to evacuate 30 patients, while there were over 600 in total. During evacuation, the russians began a massive attack. According to preliminary information, four medical staff workers were killed and two patients injured.

Izium Mayor, Valerii Marchenko, informed that the exhumation of the bodies of those killed in Izium may last almost two weeks.

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Exhumation of bodies of the killed in Kharkiv oblast. Photo from social media

According to the Mayor, mobile bank offices are to open in the city on September 19, light will appear “within two weeks, maximum”. After the city’s de-occupation, rescuers are removing debris, removing dangerous structures. Police officers from Kramatorsk and Sloviansk are patrolling de-occupied Izium.

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A house in Izium destroyed by shelling. Photo from social media

Donetsk oblast

According to the Press Service of Donetsk Regional Police, the invaders shelled 14 settlements in Donetsk oblast. Russian troops shelled with S-300 missiles, Uragan, Grad, artillery, air strikes and prohibited cluster munitions in Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Heorhiivka, Karlivka, Kostiantynivka, Kramatorsk, Kurakhove, Raihorodok, Rai-Oleksandrivka, Rodynske, Vuhledar, Zakitne and Zalizne. Two children were injured in Kostiantynivka and Kramatorsk. Fifty-nine civilian objects were destroyed and damaged: 50 residential buildings, a hotel and two shopping centres in Kramatorsk, the Sloviansk thermal power plant building, a transformer, and civilian cars.

Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that russians killed five civilians: two in Bakhmut, one in Heorhiivka and two in Vuhledar. 18 people were injured.

Overnight, the russians shelled along the entire front line.

In Volnovakha district, two people were killed by shelling in Vuhledar. It was also loud in Burlatske and Vilne Pole, Komar community. The aftermath is being established.

In Pokrovsk district, 5 communities were shelled. One person was injured in Kostiantynivka village. In Kurakhove, a power line was damaged. In the morning, Avdiivka was shelled again. Rodynske, Pokrovsk community, was also under fire, 2 people injured and 3 houses damaged.

In Kramatorsk district today, russians hit a road near a hotel in Kramatorsk – one person was injured. In Mykolaivka, the Administrative Service Centre building was hit again. The administrative building of Sloviansk thermal power plant was shelled.

In Bakhmut district, shells hit Siversk, Soledar and Toretsk communities. Three private houses were damaged in Shcherbynivka.

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Building after shelling in Kramatorsk. Photo: telegram channel of Pavlo Kyrylenko/Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Stabilization activities continue in Sviatohirsk. After the occupation, dozens of enemy tanks were destroyed.

Based on the information provided by Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets, the occupation administration of Donetsk reported on the shelling of a penal colony in Olenivka in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk oblast and blamed Ukrainian troops for the attack. Now the Ukrainian side received no information about the names of the victims, but Ukraine made a request directly to Mrs Moskalkova and through the UN and ICRC. He added that the Ombudsman is ready to personally come to Olenivka to examine all the facts and talk to witnesses of the shelling, injured and detained civilians.

Luhansk oblast

The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled the enemy’s attacks in the area of Mykhailivka Druha, Vesela Dolyna, Odradivka, Mariyanka, Novomukhailivka and Pravdyne. 

The Ukrainian aviation hit 13 areas of buildup of the enemy’s manpower and military equipment and 3 locations of air defense missile systems. The Ukrainian air defense troops shot down five enemy’s UAVs and one Ka-52 helicopter. 

Air defense troops and artillery hit over 200 enemy’s targets. There are 12 control points, ammunition depots and fuel and lubricant storages, artillery gun positions and areas of buildup of manpower and military equipment.

The enemy fired from tanks, mortars and artillery at the following settlements: 

  • in Bakhmut direction – Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Bilohorivka, Maiorsk, Mykolaivka Druha, Niu-York, Odradivka, Rozdolivka,  Soledar, Sukha Balka, Vesela Dolyna, Vyivka, Yakovlivka, Yurivka and Zaitseve;
  • in Kramatorsk direction- Hryhorivka, Kryva Luka, Mykolaivka, Ozerne, Pyskunivka, Raihorodok, Serebrianka, Shchurove, Siversk, Sosnove, Spirnne, Staryi Karavan, Sviatohirsk, Verkhnokamianske, Vesele, Yaremivka and Yarova.

According to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Ukrainian military leadership values military life, so it does not take rash steps – all operations are planned carefully.

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported that in the occupied Luhansk oblast, residents observe concentration of russian equipment in almost all settlements near the administrative border to other regions, in particular, Popasna, Rubizhne, Svatove and Troitske. He added that russian troops are taking away men from the streets of Antratsyt, Dovzhansk, Khrustalne, Luhansk, Rovenky, Sorokyne and other cities of occupied Luhansk oblast. In Svatove, tonight about 200 russian soldiers were killed after the explosion in a hotel. 

He also noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine crossed the Oskol river in Kharkiv Oblast. He did not specify the exact location of the crossing but said that Luhansk oblast is getting closer. As of yesterday, Ukraine also controls the left bank.

Northern regions

Kyiv oblast

The head of Kyiv RMA, Oleksiy Kuleba, announced that Kyiv oblast expects UAH 600 million from the reserve fund for capital expenditures, which will make it possible to complete preparations for the heating season. He noted that there are 26 000 damaged objects in Vyshgorod, Brovary and Bucha districts. 5 thousand private houses were completely destroyed, 127 educational institutions and 107 medical institutions were damaged or partially destroyed.

The damage caused to the infrastructure of Borodyanka village is estimated at almost 150 million dollars.  The Kyiv School of Economics (KSE Institute) published such research data.  Residential and homestead buildings were most affected ($94.9 million), and social, industrial, and administrative infrastructure buildings were also damaged.  There are no military units, warehouses or objects of strategic importance in Borodyanka.

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Borodyanka destroyed by the russians. Photo from social networks

The training program on military security and countering Ukraine’s armed aggression by the russian federation will be organized in Kyiv region.  Attention will be paid to issues of mobilization, the legal regime of wartime, foundations of national resistance, economic and social components.  First of all, the heads of district military administrations and communities will be trained.

According to the Kyiv City State Administration, heads of the city’s general educational institutions attended the regional center for civilian protection and territorial defense training. More than 500 people took part in it.

Kyiv joined the flash mob in support of female prisoners of war who were taken out of the Azovstal plant by the russian military.  The action was initiated by the Association of Families of Defenders of Azovstal.  The purpose of the flash mob is to draw society’s attention to women prisoners of war.  Today, there are more than 520 non-combatants in russian captivity who were taken from the Azovstal plant to the territory not controlled by Ukraine. More than 130 women, including pregnant women, are in captivity.

As well, the medic Maryana Mamonova, who is in captivity and is about to give birth, was last seen on video from Olenivka, her relatives do not have any information about the exchange or the condition of the pregnant woman.  The organizers have invited everyone who cares to join the flash mob by posting a photo of yourself during pregnancy to network, as well as adding a photo of a pregnant medic to the carousel, putting the hashtag #save_pregnant in the caption.

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Azovstal is the persistent pain of Ukraine. Photo from Ukrinform

The first major photo exhibition “Heroes Without Weapons” is being held in Kyiv. Its opening is timed to the Savior’s Day.  Photos taken by Ukrainian photographers during the liquidation of the consequences of military actions on the territory of Ukraine are collected here. As part of the exhibition, as a sign of gratitude and respect, the leadership of the Service awarded dedicated members of the public for their significant contribution to the work of units during emergency situations in wartime conditions.

According to the Kyiv RMA, repairs of shelters in 22 educational institutions are ongoing in the Kyiv region in cooperation with UNICEF. One of them is Bucha Lyceum #5. Repair works are planned to be completed within a month.

317 kindergartens have already opened in the capital, which is almost 60% of the total number. 12500 children attend them.  This was reported by the Kyiv City State Administration. In summer, all communal kindergartens were inspected for the availability and condition of shelter.  The Department of Education and Science of the city noted that as many children and workers can be in the kindergarten at the same time as the shelter is designed for. This is the only restriction regarding the admission of children to kindergartens in Kyiv.

In Kyiv, a competition among the rescuers of the Kyiv region “The strongest firefighter-rescuer” was held.  According to the regulations, races were held in individual, tandem and team relay formats.  Difficult tests required not only physical endurance, but also dexterity, fortitude and the ability to work in a team.

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Competition “The strongest firefighter-rescuer”. Photo from State Emergency Service of Kyiv oblast

Zhytomyr oblast

In Zhytomyr oblast, the bravest foresters of Zhytomyr oblast, who saved the forest industry and many Ukrainians in the first months of the full-scale war, were honored. Currently, the foresters deliver wood for the needs of the military, act as guides for the military, sappers and rescuers, help evacuate people, and are engaged in volunteering.

The premiere of the movie “Dark Spring” took place in Zhytomyr on the basis of the Goncharenko Center.  According to the organizers, the movie was edited from archival materials shot by director Dmytro Sichny, the founder of the “Salvation Angels of Ukraine” Charitable Foundation. It contains testimonies of inhabitants of the settlements of the Korosten district of Zhytomyr oblast, which suffered as a result of hostilities in the spring of this year.

Sumy oblast

3 communities of Sumy oblast, Seredina-Buda, Bilopillia, and Shalygine, were affected by russian shelling from mortars and self-propelled guns. This was reported by the head of Sumy RMA, Dmytro Zhivytskyi. A private house of civilians was damaged, windows in neighboring houses were broken, and a car was damaged due to mortar shelling in one of the villages of the Bilopillia community. About 2 tons of hay burned in the Shalygine community.

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Consequences of enemy shelling. Photo from Ukrinform

The enemy fired at the Bilopillia community with a 120-caliber mortar. As reported in Sumy OTC, more than 40 hits were recorded in the village of Volfine. A local resident was killed, a farm, a water tower and a house were destroyed.

Sumy RMA reported that the infrastructure is gradually being restored in the oblast. The administrative building with a fire station and a family-type dormitory of the technical service unit of the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service in Sumy oblast has been restored. The building was destroyed as a result of russian air raids in early March.

The Sumy public fund purchased and handed over to fighters of 117 brigades the equipment worth $35 000. It was purchased using the funds that an 85-year-old man from Sumy donated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the end of August from the sale of his real estate. The rest of the amount of $800 was used by the volunteers as the basis for future fund-raising for the video surveillance complex along the border line.

The Sumy Operational-Tactical Group reported that sports competitions are organized among units of border guards, rescuers, national police and military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stationed in Sumy oblast. The game took place during the day, despite the rainy weather, more than 10 teams took part in the game. Interaction and coordinated work among units continues not only during combat missions, but also during duty at checkpoints and street patrols.

The festival of living history “Vorgol” took place in Putivl. The festival program includes a lecture, master classes, reading of author’s poems and a rock concert. Guests could also taste traditional dishes, buy painted gingerbread cookies and share recipes. According to the organizers, the goal of the event is to popularize modern Ukrainian culture in the russian-speaking environment. The funds will be used to support the Armed Forces.

Chernihiv oblast

The enemy continues to shell the border areas of Chernihiv oblast. As reported in the SBGS, the enemy fired 120 mm mortars on the territory of Snovsk community, 14 explosions were recorded.

The regional employment center reported that 57 regional employers will receive compensation for labor costs for employment of 135 internally displaced persons.

15 streets and alleys of Chernihiv will be re-named in the near future. Such decision is planned to be taken at a meeting of the city council. Chernihiv frees the urban space from the influence of the aggressor country and changes the names of toponyms, through which promotion and assertion of russian dominance takes place.

The staff of the Chernihiv educational and rehabilitation center #2 is preparing for the new academic year. 209 children with special educational needs study and undergo rehabilitation in it. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, a volunteer center has been operating on the basis of the institution, where hot meals were prepared and delivered to checkpoints, hospitals, and bomb shelters, and food kits were delivered to those who needed it.

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Field kitchen of volunteers that saved lives in Chernihiv. Photo from social networks

People’s Artist of Ukraine Zhanna Bodnaruk visited Chernihiv for the first time since February 24. According to her, she was stunned by what she saw: dozens of bombed and burned buildings in Chernihiv and the oblast, a destroyed bridge across the Desna, many new graves of Ukrainian heroes and burials of civilian Chernihiv residents.

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Destroyed houses of Chernigov. Photo: from social networks

Residents of Chernihiv were going on a volunteer bike ride to Tovstolis. This was reported in the Agency of City Initiatives. The road to Tovstolis is one of the favorite routes for cycling or training athletes, but now it is a route to villages that have been under occupation for a long time and need help.

“Diary of Chernihiv resident (100 days of anxieties and hopes)”, the debut book of Larisa Sivoplias, who wrote down her emotions and observations during active hostilities, was published. The author plans to transfer all funds received from the book sale to the needs of the Armed Forces.

Central regions

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

At night, the Nikopol district came under enemy fire again. Thirty houses were destroyed, three people injured. 

There were twenty Grad MRLS shells and almost a dozen shots from barrel artillery. Three people were injured , 82- and 26-year-old men and a 49-year-old woman. They were hospitalized with shrapnel wounds on their legs. A fire broke out in the territory of the market due to the shelling. The building of the regional state administration, a tire repair shop, several shops, a hairdresser`s and a kindergarten were damaged as well as 25 high-rise buildings, 5 private residential buildings, 3 power lines, a gas pipeline and cars.

The occupiers fired from barrel artillery at Marganets community at night, too. This was announced by the head of the regional council Mykola Lukashuk.

Also, in the afternoon, russians struck Pokrovska, Chervonohryhorivska, and Nikopol communities four times with Grad MRLS and heavy artillery. More than 60 shells were targeted at civilians. Unfortunately, two men were killed. Two more men and a woman were wounded. This was announced by the head of the Regional State Administration, Valentyn Reznichenko.

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Consequences of the enemy shelling in Dnipropetrovsk oblast. Photo from Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Valentyn Reznichenko

Vinnytsia oblast

In Vinnytsia, the all-Ukrainian project “Bag of Dolls on Wheels” was launched for the first time. These are creative workshops for internally displaced children aged 5 to 15. The participants created paper amulets using the traditional Ukrainian technique, vyryvanka.

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Project “Bag of dolls on wheels”. Photo: from social networks

In Vinnytsia, five sculptors from Ukraine and Lithuania spent ten days making park sculptures as part of the “Ladyzhynskyi Hai”. festival. There was a charity auction and more than 13K hryvnias were collected for the Armed Forces.

Kirovohrad oblast

Oleksandr Sklyarevskyi, one of the organizers of the game, told that in the village of Pervozvanivka, Kirovohrad oblast, a charity match was held between the veterans of “Dynamo” Kyiv and the “Sich” team from Kropyvnytskyi. During the match, about 300K hryvnias were collected to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They plan to use these funds to buy a car for the military.

Cherkasy oblast

In Cherkasy, volunteers collect waste paper in order to monetize it and direct the funds to the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to volunteer Pavlo Pasiechko, they have collected about 50 kilograms so far.

Southern regions

Zaporizhzhia oblast

The situation towards Zaporizhzhia has significantly changed. The enemy concentrates its main efforts on holding the occupied borders.

The occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in Vilnoandriivka, Poltavka, Dorozhnianka, Orikhiv, Temyrivka, Tavriiske, Huliaipole, Biloghiria, Zaliznychne, Olhivske, Shcherbaky, Stepnohirsk, Preobrzhenka, Novoiakovlivka, Mala Tokmachka, Pavlivka, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Novopavlivka, Chervone, Charivne, Nove, Malynivka, Novokarlivka, Prymorske, Kamianske, Mali Shcherbaky, Stepove.

The police received 30 reports about destruction of civilian infrastructure as a result of shelling by the russian forces.

A russian military base was destroyed in the area of Molochny Liman in Zaporizhzhia oblast. The day before, they redeployed part of their military equipment and personnel there. This was reported by the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov. In addition, the railway line near Tokmak was destroyed by the local resistance forces.

Cardinal-deacon Konrad Krajewski came under fire near Zaporizhzhia while delivering humanitarian aid on behalf of Pope Francis.

882 people, including 192 children, were evacuated from the temporarily occupied territory.

In the temporarily occupied Melitopol, the occupiers did not pay 10 000 rubles of so-called “social assistance” to parents whose children went to school. This was reported by the Center of National Resistance.

Mykolaiv oblast

The enemy launched a rocket attack on the residential area of Mykolaiv with Smerch multiple rocket launcher. 3 rockets hit the garage cooperatives, and the hospital was damaged. There were no casualties.

The occupiers shelled the center of Ochakiv with 152-caliber heavy barrel artillery and Grad MRL. Several private residential buildings were destroyed, two civilians were seriously injured.

Yesterday, September 17, Ochakiv, Dmytrivka and Lupareve came under fire. Three private residential buildings and an infrastructure facility were damaged.

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Consequences of shelling in Mykolaiv oblast. Photo: National Police

Polish volunteers brought humanitarian aid to Mykolaiv. Mykolaiv residents received food, baby food, animal food and hygiene products.

Odesa oblast

The storm forced the enemy naval group in the Black Sea to be reduced to 6 units. The ships are still hiding along the southern coast of Crimea. One 8-caliber carrier ship and 3 large amphibious ships are on combat duty.

8 ships with agricultural products left the ports of Odesa oblast through the “grain corridor”. 2 more ships are waiting for their turn and favorable weather conditions. 169.3K tons of agricultural products are planned to be delivered to the countries of Africa, Asia and Europe.

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A ship with Ukrainian agricultural products. Photo: Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine

Kherson oblast

According to the South Operational Command, the situation in the South is tense, complex, but controlled. The defense forces continue active efforts to consolidate liberated territories. Under their pressure, the enemy is taking measures to regroup troops in separate directions, looking for ways to pull up reserves, and conducting aerial reconnaissance. Inspections are being intensified in the occupied settlements, but now the occupiers are looking not only for “Ukrainian Nazis”, but also for their own troops, who fled the battlefield and, dressed in civilian clothes, looking for ways to evacuate.

The enemy concedes positions, losing a tactical advantage. However, the russian forces don’t stop trying to test the strength of our units. The enemy again made an unsuccessful assault attempt with the forces of the platoon supported by two T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles. Having lost two amphibious assault vehicles and a third of the manpower, the enemy retreated.

The enemy continued active aerial reconnaissance, rocket and artillery fire and launched 12 airstrikes on our positions and populated areas along the front line.

Ukrainian defenders ensured fire control of the enemy’s transport routes, logistics centers, maneuvers and redeployment, base and management points. The occupiers’ plans to restore the capacity of the Antoniv railway bridge were destroyed. The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a barge loaded with equipment and accompanying russian military personnel in Kherson oblast.

The occupying forces resort to provocations: shooting on the streets of Kherson and other populated areas. They pass it off as counter-subversive measures, trying to accuse the Armed Forces of Ukraine of mindless street fighting among the civilian population.

On September 17, a large-scale shooting took place in Kherson center between mercenaries of a private military company, russian prisoners, russian military, FSB and “Kadyrovites”. This was reported by the adviser to the head of the Office of the President Mykhailo Podoliak.

An explosion occurred near the Iuvileyny movie concert hall in Kherson. According to information from Kherson RMA, a fire engine was working, and there was also a large number of russian military personnel in that area.

The so-called “authority” of Kherson oblast created its own “Novokakhovsky communal service”. Russians demand to pay for all communal services to this service bank account. Occupation authorities also announced “write-off” of all debts as of September 1, 2022.

Western regions

Volyn oblast

The Rozhyshchensk community received 5 modern gasoline generators from the American project. Their main task of generators is to supply power to medical facilities and other critical infrastructure facilities.

The second part of the Lutsk Food Fest started in Lutsk, where food was served and funds collected for a car for defenders. Its organizers will donate half of the proceeds to the Angar volunteer headquarters.

The coordinator of the Club for Helping Immigrants with Animals Veronika-Solomia Fedosofa-Tsybulska reported that during six months of operation of the club in Lutsk, several tons of pet fodder were distributed.

Zakarpattia oblast

The 8th International Festival Faith, Hope, Love and Wisdom – Everything That Brings Us Together is being held in Prague in support of the Ukrainian school. With the assistance of the Zakarpattia RMA Ukraine at a charity event represent creative teams of the Uzhhorod Institute of Culture and Arts.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ruslan Marcinkiv, reported that the city plans to build social 5-story buildings. First, forced migrants will be settled there, and later, if needed, housing will be provided to families of combatants and people in need.

Lviv oblast

The head of RMA Maksym Kozytskyi announced that the readiness of boiler houses is 93%. In case of critical situations, reserves are being prepared, which will be used in case of strikes or in emergency situations. 

The RMA reported that a two-story modular town for 1300 people will be built in Lviv for internally displaced persons. Residents will be settled before the beginning of the heating season.

The Drohobytsk City Council reported that a charity exhibition and sale of paintings about the war was opened in Drohobych. All proceeds from the sale of paintings will be given to the military.

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Charity exhibition and sale of paintings. Photo: Drohobytsk City Council

Within the framework of the project Travel along Lviv oblast, The history of the second home held a tour to Lviv downtown for displaced persons. The project was initiated by the Maltese Aid Service in partnership with the Department of Tourism and Resorts and the Department of Social Protection of the Population of Lviv oblast.

Rivne oblast

The Rivne NPP reported that RANPP employees transferred over UAH 2.7 million collected during the I Help the Armed Forces campaign to the account of the Union of Afghanistan Veterans in the city of Varash. Funds are used to purchase quadcopters, thermal imagers, binoculars, generators, rangefinders and communication amplifiers (Starlink satellite communication systems), cars and their repair.

Ternopil oblast

The RMA reported that 304 preschools in the oblast operate in the traditional mode, 16 remotely, 108 institutions chose the mixed form of education. In total, 11 are registered in regional institutions 541 preschoolers.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

At the Khmelnytskyi NPP, they discussed restoration of the high-voltage transmission line of the Khmelnytskyi NPP – Rzeszow. The works are planned to be completed within the next three months. After resumption of operation of this transmission line, Ukraine will be able to supply up to 1K MWh of electricity to European countries.

In winter, 50% of houses in Khmelnytskyi may be left without electricity. Many buildings in the city have outdated electrical wiring, which may not withstand if the residents of Khmelnytskyi turn on the heaters en masse.

Chernivtsi oblast

Head of the Chernivtsi RMA Ruslan Zaparanyuk announced that Bukovyna is over 81% ready for the heating season. He said that in schools, kindergartens and hospitals with gas heating, they decided to “play it safe” with solid fuel boilers as well.

The Department of Social Protection of the Population of Chernivtsi oblast reported that representatives of the international organization Danish Refugee Council provide assistance with non-food items, as well as financial support for internally displaced persons.

International support

The Prime Minister of Estonia Kaya Kallas called for an increase in aid to Ukraine against the background of the success of the Armed Forces. Kaya Kallas emphasized that the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine testifies to the effectiveness of the assistance received from the Western allies.

Head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that she wants russian president putin to appear before the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Ukraine.

The Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic, Jana Chernokhova, after the atrocities in Izium were uncovered, said that Prague would continue to provide support to Ukraine to end the war with “putin’s nazis”.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Gabrielus Landsbergis, after the news about hundreds of graves in the liberated Izium, said that it is necessary to react to it not with words, but with actions.

The President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, condemned the russian atrocities committed in Izium, liberated from the occupying forces.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Jan Lipavsky, after the news about the mass burial in the liberated Izium, emphasized that all war criminals should be brought to justice.

73% of Americans support Ukraine joining NATO. About this the survey results show Chicago Council Surveys.

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Survey results. Photo: from social networks

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania opposed the public statement of ex-minister Andrii Marga that Ukraine should give its territories to other countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania considers such statements unacceptable.

Ambassador of the Pope Cardinal Konrad Krajewski came under fire from the russian occupiers during a humanitarian mission. “For the first time in my life, I didn’t know where to run. After all, it was necessary not just to run, but to know how to act in such a situation,” commented the cardinal. The shelling began when the cardinal, accompanied by two bishops and a military man, was delivering humanitarian aid to the front.

In the US, in a village in the state of New York, a family of farmers created a giant maze of the words “We stand with Ukraine” in a corn field.

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Corn field in the US. Photo: UWG NEWS

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