Війна в Україні сьогодні: останні новини на 18 листопада 2022 (фото)

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It has been the 268th 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 6pm:   

The enemy launched 5 missile strikes and carried out more than 10 attacks from multiple launch rocket systems.

The situation did  not change significantly towards Volyn and Polissia. The republic of belarus continues to support the armed aggression of the russian Federation against Ukraine.

In other directions, the enemy fired towards:

Sloboda from tanks, mortars, barreled and rocket artillery, in the areas of Veterynarne, Hlyboke, Dvorichna, Ohirtseve, Osynove, Starytsia, Khatnie and Fiholivka, Kharkiv oblast;

Kupiansk and Lyman from artillery of various types, in the areas of Berestove, Kyslivka, Kotliarivka, Krokhmalne, Peshchiane and Tabaivka, Kharkiv oblast; Hrekivka, Makiivka, Nevske, Novoselivske, Ploshchanka and Stelmakhivka in Luhansk oblast and Kolodiazi and Torske of Donetsk oblast;

Bakhmut from mortars, barreled and rocket artillery, in the areas of the settlements Andriivka, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Bilohorivka, Verkhnekamianske, Klishchiivka, Kurdiumivka, Ozarianivka, Opytne, Maiorsk, Rozdolivka, Soledar, Yakovlivka and Spirne in Donetsk oblast;

Avdiivka from the whole range of artillery, in the areas of Vodiane, Krasnohorivka, Marinka, Novomykhailivka, Niu York and Pervomaiske, Donetsk oblast;

Novopavlivka from multi-caliber artillery, in the areas of Bohoyavlenka, Neskuchne, Vremivka, Vuhledar and Novopol in Donetsk oblast;

Zaporizhzhia from mortars, barreled and rocket artillery, in the areas of Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Orikhiv, Shcherbaky and Pavlivka of Zaporizhia oblast and Prechystivka, Donetsk oblast;

Kryvyi Rih with artillery, near the settlement of Mylove, Kherson oblast.

Kherson from mortar and artillery in the areas of Antonivka, Bilozirka, Mykolaivka, Odradokamianka and Chornobaivka in Kherson oblast. 

The enemy’s losses in Kherson oblast in the previous days were confirmed. Thus, in the city of Skadovsk, as a result of the strike at the buildup of the occupiers, the personnel death toll made 50 people. In the city of Chaplynka, the destruction of an ammunition depot is confirmed.

According to available information, the movement of certain units of the russian occupation forces from Kherson direction was recorded in the city of Novoaidar in Luhansk oblast.

To enhance engineering equipment of the defensive lines in the area of Mykhailivka, which is on the temporarily occupied territory of Zaporizhzhia oblast, the occupiers plan to use facilities of enterprises in Pryshyb, Zaporizhia oblast, to manufacture protective structures.

During the day, Ukrainian aviation inflicted 4 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel, weapons and military equipment.

Units of rocket forces and artillery of the Defense Forces affected 2 control points, 9 buildups of manpower, weapons and military equipment, 2 ammunition depots and a railway bridge.

Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Department of the General Staff Oleksii Hromov announces that the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated 198 settlements on the right bank of the Dnipro in Kherson oblast. Currently, Ukrainian soldiers have liberated up to 5580 square kilometers of territory and reached the river. 

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says that as a result of russia’s terrorist attacks, almost 50 % of Ukraine’s energy system is disabled. Thus, russia is fighting with the civilian population, trying to deprive people of light, water supply, heat and communication in winter. Shmyhal also stressed that in these circumstances, Ukraine needs additional support from European partners both in the field of energy, supply of additional equipment and financial resources for the purchase of extra volumes of gas.

Head of the State Emergency Service Serhii Kruk reports that about 30% of Ukraine’s territory is mined. This is 10 times more than it was in the pre-war period. More than 8 thousand square kilometers are subject to demining. Of these, about 7 thousand square kilometers are the territory of Kherson oblast and up to 1.5 thousand square kilometers are in Mykolaiv oblast, which approximately makes two territories of Austria.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that the occupiers shelled a dozen settlements in Kharkiv oblast. 

Head of the Kharkiv RMA Oleh Syniehubov informs that restoration work in the oblast does not stop. Electricity has been restored in almost all the de-occupied communities. Gas supply was returned to about 80% of the liberated territories.

During the full-scale invasion, Russian shelling damaged 117 infrastructure facilities of the Kharkiv Heating Networks. Money for their restoration is provided from the city and state budgets. According to the Kharkiv City Council with reference to Mayor Ihor Terekhov, among the damaged facilities: 20 km of main pipelines, 44 boiler houses, one CHP, 46 central and 7 individual heat points, three pumping stations. For the restoration of CHPP-3, UAH 70 million was provided from the city and state budgets.

My Dear Kharkiv is an exhibition of ceramic products of the Budyansky faience plant that was presented at the Cherkasy Art Museum. 75 exhibits were donated by Kharkiv collector Andrii Holub to make his private collection survived due to the shelling of the city.

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Exhibition of ceramic products My Dear Kharkiv. Photo from social networks

Buffaloes with offspring returned to the ecopark in Kharkiv. These residents of the ecopark survived under fire, lived in the forests nearby. By spring, Kharkiv Ecopark hopes to remove the consequences of russian shelling and begin recovery. Many animals were evacuated, some died. There were some human casualties. Now it is dangerous to be in the park that has been shelled by the russian army after the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the aggressor. Director of the ecopark Vitalii Ilchenko says that cleaning in the ecopark will begin with a full inspection and demining.

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A newly born buffalo. Photo: screenshot from the video report by Suspilne

The occupiers struck at the critical infrastructure of the oblast. Towards Izyum, there is damage to the gas supply equipment. During the liquidation of the consequences, 8 people were injured – employees and police officers, who after the examination and provision of medical care are treated on an outpatient basis.  

In addition, the russians attacked settlements located near the front line in Kupiansk, Chuhuev, Kharkiv and Izium regions. 

Mine danger in the area remains. In the village of Kamianka, Izyum region, a 60-year-old man was blown up on an explosive device, suffered an explosive injury and was hospitalized. Pyrotechnic units continue to eliminate mining, during the day they destroyed 219 explosive objects.

Donetsk oblast

Near Bakhmut, the National Guard shot down a Russian SU-25 attack aircraft from the Igla-1 MANPADS, which bombed the positions of the Ukrainian military.

According to Petro Andriushchenko, Adviser to the head of Mariupol, military equipment traveling from Kherson direction was sent towards Donetsk, or remains in place. New marks were applied to this technique. Andriushchenko also added that after the liberation of Kherson by the Ukrainian military, Mariupol began to turn into the main military logistics hub and rear base of the russian occupiers. The city records an increase in the number of military equipment and the russian military.

According to Head of the Donetsk RMA Pavlo Kyrylenko, over the past day, russians killed one civilian in Bakhmut. Another 4 people were injured.

Referring to Head of the Ocheretyn Military Administration Mykola Kovalenko, in the Ocheretyn community of Donetsk oblast, over 60% of houses were destroyed. In some villages, the fighting almost does not stop. According to him, the situation is difficult. There are constant fighting on the contact line, specifically, in Pervomaiske and Nevelske. On the streets that are closer to the fighting positions, there is not a single surviving house.

The night in Donetsk oblast passed with isolated shelling in different parts of the front, but without civilian casualties.

Towards Volnovakha, Vuhledar and Novoukrainka came under fire. In Vuhledar, 2 houses were damaged.

Near Donetsk, there was chaotic shelling of the outskirts of Avdiivka and Mariinka communities.

Towards Horlivka sector, shelling was recorded near Vasiukivka, Rozdolivka and Bakhmutske in the Soledar community, as well as on the outskirts of the Toretsk community. The consequences of the shelling are being clarified.

Luhansk oblast

Head of the United Nations Program (UNICEF) for Water Purification, Sanitation and Hygiene in Ukraine Sebastian Truffaut and a specialist in the field of water purification, sanitation and hygiene of the UNICEF Office in Ukraine Kostiantyn Khudobin visited the Mobile Rescue Center for Rapid Response of the State Emergency Service. They handed over humanitarian cargo with water delivery and purification equipment provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The equipment will help meet the needs of more than 3 million people affected by the war.

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Humanitarian cargo with equipment for water delivery and purification . Photo: Lugansk RMA

Units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repulsed the invaders’ attacks from Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka. From tanks and the entire range of artillery, the russians shelled Hrekivka, Novoselivske, Ploshchanka, Makiivka, Nevske and Stelmakhivka toward Kupiansk and Lyman.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports that in a village of Luhansk oblast, units of the russian army, which were previously located towards Kherson, were noticed. According to available information, they are moving to the city of Novoaidar. 

According to the Luhansk RMA, in the temporarily occupied settlements of Luhansk oblast, russians mobilize medical staff and appoint russians to senior positions in schools, while officials are forced to write applications for renunciation of Ukrainian citizenship.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

As reported by the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, the World Bank delegation visited Bucha and Irpin. In Bucha, they visited the St. Andrew’s Church, where a mass grave was located during the occupation, and in Irpin, they saw the destroyed community hall and the town stadium. During the visit, the parties also discussed assistance to the communities affected by the occupation and attracting investments to the oblast.

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World Bank delegation visited Bucha and Irpin. Photo: Kyiv RMA

The Velyke Vidnovlennia hub held a forum dedicated to energy and the ongoing heating season. As reported by the Irpin Town Council, the forum was attended by representatives of Irpin, Borodianka, Okhtyrka and other communities that resisted the enemy. Representatives of various organizations and businesses shared their own experience at the forum and jointly sought solutions.

The restoration of the oblast continues. As reported by the Kyiv RMA, windows and roofing have already been changed at 42 out of 69 high-rises in Borodianka damaged as a result of hostilities, and some of them are fully restored.

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Roofing is being replaced in the house on Kyivska Street in Irpin. Photo: Olexiy Kuleba

Ukrzaliznytsia has launched a commuter train from Kyiv to Kherson. According to the Kherson Regional Council, the train will transport to the liberated city about 200 passengers who have purchased a “ticket to victory.” The train is painted by Ukrainian artists.

The presentation of the all-Ukrainian campaign Do not Get Lost in the Dark and the first lesson took place in the Kyiv lyceum. Police and State Emergency Service officers informed children about basic safety rules in case of blackout due to the shelling by the russian army and the importance of following the road safety rules when there is no street lighting.

First aid training sessions will be held at 12 underground stations in Kyiv. Specialists from the Center for Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine will once again teach Kyiv residents how to provide first aid in case of massive bleeding rage, airway obstructions, blood circulation stoppage, and thermal burns.

Safety Day will be held by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine on the 4th floor of Hulliver shopping mall in Kyiv. Three zones will be working in the open space area – mine safety, first aid and child psychologists. A separate zone with activities will be organized for children.

Recently, the world-famous British street artist Banksy confirmed on his Instagram page that he created a series of murals in Ukraine, namely in the cities of Kyiv oblast that suffered from russians. A video from this trip appeared on the artist’s page with the text: “In solidarity with the people of Ukraine”.

Zhytomyr oblast

There are more than 36K IDP families in Zhytomyr oblast. According to the regional military administration, the oblast had another 30K vacant places for internally displaced persons as of mid-November.

The Korosten community in Zhytomyr oblast is ready to accommodate from three hundred to five hundred IDPs. The Korosten Town Council reported that currently almost 3K IDPs have found shelter in the city, including 735 children, more than 300 people with disabilities and 100 people aged ninety to one hundred years.

The city council reported that due to the power supply problems, Korosten schools are switching to remote education for a week. During the next week, there may be frequent blackouts in the city due to repairs conducted at the damaged power facilities.

A dam on the Teteriv River damaged by a russian air strike is being repaired in Zhytomyr. More than UAH 1.7 million  was allocated from the city budget for the repair of the dam. The works are scheduled to be completed in late December.

About 60% of damaged houses in the settlements of the Narodychi community, which was seized by the russian army at the beginning of the full-scale war, have been restored. According to Ukrinform, almost all the residents, who had to leave, have returned to the villages, but people are experiencing constant stress due to the proximity of the Ukrainian-belarusian border.

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Destruction caused by the russian army in Zhytomyr oblast. Photo: Ukrinform

Zhytomyr police officers take part in an international project aimed at providing medical and social assistance to the local population. The three-year course, which started in autumn 2021, provides training in crisis intervention for psychologists, doctors, social workers and law enforcement officers. First of all, it is aimed at overcoming the consequences of the war suffered by the military and civilians. The project was initiated by the Caritas Charitable Foundation of the Warsaw-Prague Eparchy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

Sumy oblast

Znob-Novhorod, Esman, and Seredyno-Buda communities of Sumy oblast came under enemy fire yesterday. The State Border Guard Service reported that the enemy applied fire using mortars, barrel and rocket artillery. As of now, there are no battle groups or additional buildups of enemy forces near the borders of the oblast.

Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, Head of Sumy Regional Military Administration, has reported that a fire station of the SES technical service detachment, which was destroyed as a result of enemy air raids and bombings in March, was restored in Sumy oblast. It is planned to create a powerful station for servicing fire and rescue vehicles from all over the oblast.

Repair workers carry out repairs of gas networks damaged after the russian artillery attack in Sumy region. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, 280 damaged network facilities have been detected in the oblast, repair crews have restored natural gas supply to almost 4.5K households.

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Gas workers are replacing pipes damaged by shelling. Photo: from social networks

Cultural institutions have been turned into volunteer hubs and humanitarian aid warehouses in Velyka Pysarivka, Sumy oblast. According to volunteers, they use community libraries where they weave camouflage nets, hold workshops and organize assistance for military and civilians.

The charity event Gratitude Package was launched by the Sumy Promotion Agency and the volunteer center SBB-Tyl. The organization aims to collect gifts for Sumy soldiers who defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine on the front line. Volunteers plan to collect, equip and deliver 600 packages to the soldiers. In addition to food, clothing and hygiene items, residents of Sumy bring postcards with words of gratitude to the soldiers for their protection.

Chernihiv oblast

As a result of russian shelling of the Semenivka community on November 17, several private houses and a two-storey administrative building in the village of Leonivka, Novhorod-Siverskyi region, were damaged. At the scene, the police have collected evidence of the war crime committed by the russians.

The shelling also destroyed a transformer substation (three transformers and auxiliary equipment), there were about 7 hits. Restoration of electricity supply continues, but residents of five settlements are still without power.

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Aftermath of the russian shelling in the Semenivka community. Photo social networks

Pedestrian crossings in Chernihiv oblast will be illuminated and traffic lights will work in the dark until the beginning of the curfew. This decision was adopted at the meeting of the Regional Defense Council due to the increase in the number of accidents in the dark. Pedestrian crossings and traffic lights are planned to be equipped with autonomous power supply by the end of the year. Also, residents of the communities will be provided with reflective vests, ribbons and stickers.

A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the Chernihiv RMA. According to the UN Refugee Agency, the document sets out the areas of cooperation that are underway to support residents of the oblast. As of today, about 30K people in Chernihiv oblast have received assistance from the UNHCR in protection, humanitarian assistance and through shelter recovery programs. It is also planned to provide assistance with housing repairs to 2K families.

In order to help and support the residents of Chernihiv oblast, the Red Cross of Ukraine arranged 6 mobile medical teams. The teams have made more than 240 trips to visit 94 settlements and provide medical care to almost 7,300 residents. Besides, since July, 24 social assistants of the Red Cross of Ukraine have been working in the oblast and helped 122 people in ten settlements.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the Regional Council, says that Nikopol was shelled again. In the peaceful city, the invaders fired about 40 shells from the MLRS. Half a dozen residential buildings and outbuildings, six garages, and a solar substation were damaged there. Also affected are two cars, a motorcycle, and power grids.  This was announced by the chairman of the DOR .

Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, Valentyn Reznichenko, informas that Kherson residents received humanitarian aid from Dnipropetrovsk oblast, namely  Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Kamianske, Novomoskovsk, and Pavlohrad. Both Nikopol and Manhanets are communities that themselves suffer from the atrocities of russians, yet they also support Kherson. Excavators, dump trucks, car towers, generators were delivered to restore Kherson. 4 more trucks of food containing oil, flour, water, canned food, cereals, baby food, etc. were sent. 

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Help for Kherson. Photo: Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Valentyn Reznichenko

Vinnytsia oblast

The Vinnytsia City Council informs that with the support of the East Europe Foundation in the oblast, school shelters in seven institutions are being improved.  These are first-aid kits, fire protection equipment, blankets, didactic and game materials. 

More than 300 camouflage nets of 12 thousand square meters were woven by volunteers of the Stryzhava Spiders team.

Vinnytsia Strong is a photo exhibition opened in Vinnitsa. This is a series of photographs depicting consequences of the rocket attack on Vinnytsia on July 14. The author of the exhibition is Kostiantyn Revutsky.

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Photo exhibition. Photo from social media

Kirovohrad oblast

Head of the Kirovograd Regional State Administration Andrii Raikovych informa that the first volunteer assistance from Kirovohrad oblast arrived in Kherson. 8 tonnes of food and essential goods have been distributed to locals. Regions, cities, communities, and the RMA team are preparing a large-scale humanitarian convoy: food, building materials, tools for repairing electrical and communal networks. 

Poltava oblast

Head of the Poltava RMA Dmytro Lunin informs that in case of problems with energy and heating, more than 500 points supplied with power, Internet, medicines and heat will be operating. In Poltava oblast, there will be 557 such points. They will be located in the buildings of local authorities, houses of culture and educational institutions.

Cherkasy oblast

Head of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration Ihor Taburets says that Cherkasy oblast sent more than 100 tonnes of aid to Kherson oblast, including food, drinking water, building materials, firewood, generators and stoves. Additional vehicles were also sent. 

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Aсcording to Head of the Zaporizhzhya Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Starukh, at night, russian invaders attacked the village of Zarichne. As a result of a missile hit, probably S-300, the house of culture was damaged. According to preliminary data, there are no casualties. 

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Destruction in the village of Zarichne after therussian missile strike. Photo: Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration

The police reports that the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in 9 settlements over the past day. There were 5 reports of destruction of houses and infrastructure as a result of shelling by russian military. State Emergency Service specialists found 2 cluster munitions and 2 units of shell remnants from the Urahan MLRS. 

Rescuers found 2 more bodies under the rubble of a two-story building after yesterday’s shelling of Vilniansk, the debris is being cleared. Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Kyrylo Tymoshenko reported that the victims number of the missile attack has increased to 9 people.

During the past day, civilians were evacuated from the temporarily occupied territory. 170 people, including 37 children, were evacuated,.

The IAEA Board of Governors once again called on russia to immediately stop all activities at nuclear facilities in Ukraine. Enerhoatom reports that the third resolution, adopted since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, calls on russia to stop all activities at Ukrainian nuclear facilities. The agency also appealed to russia to immediately leave the Zaporizhzhia NPP. At the same time, Head of the IAEA Rafael Grossi called for the creation of a protective zone around the nuclear power plant to stop the shelling and reduce the risk of a catastrophic nuclear accident.

Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov said that there are tens of thousands of russian personnel and thousands units of russian military equipment in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia oblast. According to him, kadyrovites (informal name for Chechens in the russian army after Ramzan Kadyrov, who is Head of Chechnya) are settling entire villages around Melitopol, and residents are forced to dig trenches. He added that the occupiers are forcing absolutely all the residents regardless of age, gender, and health to build defense lines near Melitopol. Also, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine noted in the evening report that the occupiers plan to illegally use enterprises in Pryshyb, Zaporizhzhia oblast, to manufacture protective structures.

Mykolaiv oblast

The Mykolaiv RMA reports that the russian troops struck outskirts of a settlement in the Kutsurub community with anti-aircraft missiles.

Mayor of Mykolaiv, Oleksandr Sienkevych, spoke about the destruction caused by russian shelling in the city. According to him, Mykolaiv is bombed almost every day mainly from S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems. In total 867 multi-story buildings and 1,035 private houses were partially damaged, 70 of them cannot be restored. Also, as a result of shelling, 78 educational institutions – schools and kindergartens – were damaged.

According to  Head of the Mykolaiv Regional Council, Hanna Zamazeieva, there are 315 people in Mykolaiv hospitals injured by enemy shelling. As the official noted, the number of attacks on Mykolaiv oblast decreased significantly after russians retreated from the right bank of the Dnipro.

Ukraine appealed to international partners with a proposal to extend the grain initiative for at least one year and include the Mykolaiv port in it. According to Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Agrarian and Land Policy Oleksandr Haidu, it will significantly increase the export of Ukrainian agricultural products. A third of agricultural products destined for export were shipped through Mykolaiv ports before the full-scale war. The danger to ports and ships will remain until the Ukrainian Armed Forces push the occupiers out of the Kinburn Spit. Haidu believes that Ukraine will believe in the skill of the military, power of diplomacy, and prudence of international partners, because continuation and expansion of the grain corridor initiative is a matter of global food security.

More than 700 winter firefighting suits, helmets, more than 400 protective anti-fragile vests of protection class 3A+, food kits, and 900 water purification systems arrived in Mykolaiv from Canadian volunteers. The Mykolaiv City Hall thanked the Canadian organization Second Front, Ukraine Medical Support and GlobalMedic, the head of the non-governmental organization Medicine in Action, firefighters and police units from the city of Toronto for their help.

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Mykolaiv received help from foreign partners. Photo: City Council

The Mykolaiv City Center of Social Services reported that baby food arrived in the city. The assistance was provided by the organization Pomozi.ba from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Mykolaiv received humanitarian baby food. Photo: City Council

Odesa oblast

The South Operational Command reports  that 7 warships in the Black Sea are on combat duty. The number includes one submarine missile carrier equipped with 4 Kalibr missiles. However, the military says, the situation at sea may change.

Odesa children’s hospitals received assistance from the Do it Together Charity Fund. The foundation handed over more than 30K packages of baby food. The humanitarian aid was transferred as part of the all-Ukrainian project by the Giving Life Foundation.

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Hospitals receive baby food from the Do it Together Foundation. Photo: screenshot from the video of Odesa City Council.

Kherson oblast

The police department reports that the enemy shelled Kherson oblast with MLRS. There is destruction and casualties among the civilian population. 21 criminal proceedings have been initiated on the facts of war crimes committed by the russian occupiers in Kherson oblast. They include shelling of populated areas, abduction of the civilian population, and numerous cases of looting.

The russians hit the residential quarters in the Beryslav region with multiple rocket launchers. Several private houses were completely destroyed. The russian military also shelled Kherson, there was a victim among the civilian population. Police officers discovered the body of an 84-year-old local resident in the de-occupied territory of the Visokopillia community. It was preliminarily established that the man was killed in his own yard at the end of July as a result of enemy artillery shelling by russian troops. The body was sent for autopsy.

The police also received a statement from a resident of Kherson that in September FSB representatives kidnapped her relative during illegal searches. According to preliminary information, the 41-year-old man was initially held in one of the torture chambers, after which he was sent to Moscow allegedly for a trial.

The russian occupying forces continue to deport residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Kherson oblast. Vladyslav Nazarenko, the spokesman of the South Operational Command reported about the forced deportation of people from Novokyivka, Skadovsk region, by the occupiers. According to him, the russian military not only deports people, but also continues to loot property.

During the occupation, the russian military took about 15K museum exhibits from the territory of Kherson oblast. According to Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Tamila Tasheva, the occupiers had been loading works of art and office equipment from local history and art museums to the occupied Crimea since the end of October. Ancient objects were transported improperly, simply wrapped in rags. She also noted that the russian military conducted purposeful raids on the homes of local historians, collectors and antique shops, where valuable items were taken.

In the liberated Beryslav region, law enforcement officers of Ukraine discovered the burial place of people who died as a result of shelling by the russian occupiers. According to preliminary data, the people were killed in September 2022 as a result of artillery shelling by russian servicemen. The bodies have been sent for autopsy, and investigations are underway. A pre-trial investigation into the violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with intentional murder, is ongoing. Prosecutors are also investigating into the shooting of 7 civilians, including a minor girl. According to preliminary data, the russian military shot dead seven civilians in a house during the occupation of the Kherson region. After that, the occupiers blew up the house with the bodies of the shot people.

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Investigation of war crimes in the liberated territories of Kherson oblast. Photo: Kherson Regional Prosecutor’s Office

The first heating points called Points of Unbreakability were put into operation in Kherson. These are specially equipped tents where locals can warm up, get hot drinks and food, charge their phones and use the Internet. Such points are planned to be set up throughout the city and the oblast.

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Heating points in the de-occupied Kherson. Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko

State services continue to return to liberated Kherson. Today, the State Emergency Service resumed work in the city. The city still remains without electricity, water and heat.

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Local resident of Kherson welcomes a rescuer after the liberation of the city. Photo: State Emergency Service

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

Volyn volunteers delivered two trucks of humanitarian aid to Kherson oblast liberated from the occupiers. Residents of the region received food kits, 17 tonnes of flour and 8,100 pieces of canned meat and vegetables, as well as personal hygiene products, clothes for adults and children, disinfectants, drinking water and household utensils.

Zakarpattia oblast

Zakarpattia Oblast and its inhabitants are not left out of the war.  Head of the RMA Viktor Mykyta and his team visited Kherson, which was liberated by our Armed Forces a week ago and handed over 55 modern generators to the de-occupied city.  In addition, the Uzhhorod wing of the Serhiy Prytula Charitable Foundation constantly helps the Armed Forces. The volunteers have handed over 400 cars to defenders of Ukraine.

Graffiti artist Stepan ‘Slam’ from Mukachevo presented Transcarpathia at the charity street art festival United by Victories, which took place in Lviv.  He depicted the Transcarpathian region as a bunch of grapes.  At the same time, the shape of the bunch echoes that of a combat grenade, and the ring from a grenade hangs on the grape branch. Stepan painted the background with bright camouflage.  Transcarpathian classical artists used similar colors when painting Carpathian landscapes.  “The number 128 is a dedication and honor to the 128 separate mountain assault brigade from Transcarpathia, which heroically defends and reclaims our motherland,” the artist noted.

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Artist from Mukachevo dedicated graffiti to the 128th brigade. Photo from social networks

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

From November 13 to 20, 10 rescuers from the Ivano-Frankivsk region are in the city of Nowy Sonch of the Republic of Poland, where they participate in joint training on conducting search and rescue operations in case of building collapses and organizing a headquarters for liquidation of large-scale emergency situations.  The training takes place within the framework of the project “Increasing the effectiveness of the response of the rescue services of Ukraine to crisis situations – stage IV”, which is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland at the expense of the funds of the “Polish Aid” program.

Lviv oblast

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi told on the air of the telethon about the situation in the city with the power outage. According to the mayor of Lviv, the city has up to a thousand heating points that residents build in shelters. Also, local authorities provide medicines with everything they need so that they can work even in the absence of electricity and heat supply. Sadovyi added that the entire system in the city is being rebuilt in order to survive in difficult times. He added that now it is important to help Ukrainians who have moved to the west of the country, fleeing the war.

The First Lviv Sculpture Week has started. The event will last until November 27. This was announced in a Telegram by Head of the Lviv regional military administration Maksym Kozytskyi. “More than 200 works were presented, which were created in the XX and XXI centuries. The main theme of the event has a very clear name for us now – Chaos. Lviv Sculpture Week will last until November 27,” Head of the RMA wrote. He added that the main exposition of the week was presented in the building of old workshops of the Academy of Arts (Snopkivska Street, 47). The continuation of the program can be seen in the art center of Pavlo Hudimov – I am the Gallery. Oleksa Furdiiak and Ihor Slobodian’s work Dudinnia on Petrushevych Square is also part of the program.

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60 artists from different cities of Ukraine will take part in the Lviv Sculpture Week. Photo: Maxim Kozytsky’s Telegram channel

Rivne oblast

First Deputy Chairman of the Rivne Regional State Administration Serhii Podolin reports that another humanitarian aid from the International Charitable Foundation Ukrainian Dream – XXI Century with the coordination of the NGO Center for Integration and the Rivne OVA was sent to the oblast. 

In Rivne, on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, there is a mobile exposition of Ukrainian illustrators about the EU’s assistance to Ukraine in the context of the war with implementation of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.  It aims to raise awareness of Ukrainians about the wide range of EU assistance that has already been provided and continues to be provided in key areas of life. This was reported on the page of the Department of Culture of the Rivne City Council. The exhibition will run until December 7, 2022.

Today, in Rivne, on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, a heating point for the population has opened. It is known that in August this year, Mayor Oleksandr Tretiak organized a meeting where the idea of purchasing such mobile heating points for Rivne was proposed. Representatives of the Vow of Peace mission responded to the proposal. After the required amount was collected, the tent with the necessary equipment was purchased. It was this point that was opened on the square. The cost of the tent together with the equipment amounted to about UAH 500 K. The tent will work around the clock. In addition to being able to keep warm, there will always be cookies, tea and goodies on the tables. It takes 40 minutes to get the point warm. Also, it is planned to open an even larger point on Peremohy Square in the near future, where food will be distributed. In total, it is planned to open about 30 such points in Rivne so that residents of all districts of the city have a place to warm up.

Ternopil oblast

Mayor Serhii Nadal says that about two dozen apartment buildings in Ternopil, in which individual heat points did not work in the absence of electricity, will be able to receive heat. In the next few days, the employees of Ternopilmiskteplokomunenerho will carry out the necessary work for this. Payment for heat for the days on which the ITP did not work will not be charged. 

Assistance to the army from Ternopil was sent to Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts. More than 50 parcels were handed over to relatives of the military. Also, a car was loaded with thermal underwear, winter shoes, first-aid kits, medicines, preservation and long-term storage products.

Khmelnytskyi oblast

The Khmelnytsky Regional Military Administration formed and sent 9 wagons of food sets with a total weight of 133.3 tonnes for the needs of Kherson oblast. 

Residents of Kherson, which has been temporarily occupied by Russians since March 2, 2022, are now in dire need of help.

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Khmelnytskyi oblast has been identified as a donor region for Kherson oblast. Today, from the main square of the regional center to Kherson oblast, 8 units of large-sized transport and another 4 cars left. Recently, the oblast has formed and sent 9 wagons of food sets for the needs of Kherson oblast. Another batch was sent. 

Chernivtsi oblast

Representatives of the charitable organization Medici per i Diritti Umani – MEDU (Doctors for Human Rights) have held their first appointment. Italian doctors started working in the Novoselytsia community. The psychologist and the therapist consulted the displaced. Patients were also provided with medication. This was reported by the press service of the Chernivtsi Regional Council. Italian doctors will work in the community for five months. They will hold receptions in Novoselytsia and villages.  It is assumed that they will provide assistance not only to internally displaced persons, but also to residents of the community who find themselves in difficulty.

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Representatives of the charitable organization Medici per i Diritti Umani treat residents of Chernivtsi oblast. Photo from social networks

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

Another 70 Ukrainians found a temporary home in Poland. A new refugee center was opened near Warsaw. Rector of the Higher Pallotine Seminary in Oltažev and at the same time the director of the center, Father Miroslav Meisner, notes that the institution consists of two parts. The first is residential. It has 48 rooms with a bathroom, 3 living rooms and a study room. There is also a kitchen, a dining room and an assembly hall. The second part of the center is educational, which is now under repair. There will be classes conducted with children.

Finnish authorities have confiscated three private jets owned by russians. In total, the Finnish Debt Collection Authority has carried out 187 sanctions seizures and interim measures worth almost EUR 200 million since February.

Bulgaria has extended the state program of accommodation of Ukrainian refugees until February 24 next year. It is reported that payment for accommodation of refugees from Ukraine in places included in the National Tourist Register will be accepted only if they were included in the list as of October 31, remained from November 1 to November 15 and will stay there until February 24. The state will pay 15 leva for accommodation, excluding value added tax per day, and for the non-categorized – 18 leva excluding VAT, which will also be covered by the authorities.

Finland plans to spend €139 million on a fence on the border with russia. So far, the parliament has allocated only EUR 6 million for a trial project. The country’s border service department says it plans to build a fence 130-260 km long and arrange border crossing points and adjacent areas in southeastern Finland.

In Kyiv, the Vice President of the European Commission discussed  emergency financial assistance and reconstruction of Ukraine with President Zelenskyy. The Fast Recovery Plan and involvement of the European Commission in the launch of the Reconstruction Fund of Ukraine were also discussed, namely a mechanism for using frozen russian assets in the EU.

The works of ten Ukrainian artists dedicated to russia’s war crimes were presented at an exhibition in Colorado Springs in the United States. Nastia Haidainko, Oleksandr Hrekhov, Mykola Honcharov, Zakentii Horobiov, Katia Lisova, Dasha Podolskeva, Oleksii Saia, Mykyta Shilimov, Nikita Titov and Albina Yaloza presented their works. Previously, posters were shown at the National Center Ukrainian House in Kyiv and in the Tourist Information Center of Zaporizhzhia.

Head of the United Nations Program (UNICEF) for Water Purification, Sanitation and Hygiene in Ukraine Sebastian Truffaut and specialist in the field of water purification, sanitation and hygiene of the UNICEF Office in Ukraine Khudobin Kostiantyn visited the Mobile Rescue Center for Rapid Response of the State Emergency Service. During the meeting, a humanitarian cargo with equipment for water supply and treatment provided by the UNICEF was transferred. The equipment will help meet the needs of more than 3 million people affected by the war in Ukraine. The assistance will be aimed at meeting the needs of the population in Kyiv, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia, Volyn, Zakarpattia, Zhytomyr, Cherkasy, Poltava, Kirovohrad, Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy oblasts, and will be actively used in the liberated city of Kherson.

Political groups in the European Parliament agreed on the text of a resolution recognizing russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, a vote on which is scheduled for next week. The resolution is expected to be discussed and put to a vote in the European Parliament during the session on November 21-24.

Princess of Wales Kate Middleton visited the Ukrainian Community Centre in Reading UK, where she also took part in an art workshop for children.

The IAEA Council for the third time called on russia to stop all actions at Ukraine’s nuclear facilities. The text of the resolution was proposed by Canada and Finland. Russia and China voted against the resolution, while Kenya, Namibia, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Vietnam abstained. IAEA Chairman Rafael Grossi called for the creation of a protective zone around the ZNPP in order to stop shelling and reduce the risk of a catastrophic nuclear accident. The council resolution states that the board supports Grossi’s efforts.

The Pope said the Vatican was ready to mediate between Ukraine and russia. “The Holy See is ready to do everything possible to mediate and end the conflict in Ukraine,” the pontiff said in an interview with La Stampa. During the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Pope was criticized several times for actions or words regarding the war.

Ukraine sent the first two ships as part of the new food initiative – Grain from Ukraine. Ukraine has purchased 50 thousand tonnes of grain for the first two vessels under the humanitarian program Grain from Ukraine at public expense – they will go to Ethiopia and Somalia. “For grain recipients, these are free supplies. Ukraine starts – everyone else joins. There will be money and efforts of all countries, but the grain will be Ukrainian. It is bought from Ukrainian traders, who, in turn, are buying it from Ukrainian farmers. Thus, grain for two ships was purchased at the expense of the Government of Ukraine, for other vessels it will be purchased at the expense of other countries as a result of negotiations and tenders on absolutely transparent terms,” said Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solsky.

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аngelina Lopatina

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya 


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