40th day of the Ukrainian people’s heroic struggle against the russian military invasion.
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Ukraine in Brief:
It’s the 40th day of the Ukrainian people’s heroic fighting against the russian military invasion.
The enemy continues suffering losses during its full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. The available army hospitals in russia and belarus are overwhelmed with the number of wounded enemy service members coming from Ukraine. E. g., medical staff at the central raion hospital in glushkovo, kursk oblast, has switched to an enhanced duty schedule. It’s related to around 100 wounded invaders admitted from March 29th till April 2nd from the Sumy Oblast.
Due to substantial personnel losses, the invaders were forced to open a field medical camp at the premises of a local school in Izyum.
Russian occupation troops took over and mined the inner area of a Central Raion Clinic in Polohy on the temporarily occupied territory of the Zaporizhzhya Oblast. Both the personnel and patients were warned of a ban on return to the clinic, left with just wounded russians.
There has been no change of situation in the Volyn direction. The probability of missile and bomb strikes on military and civil infrastructure by enemy planes flying in from belarusian airfields remains high in the Zhytomyr and Kyiv oblasts.
The situation in Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts remains unchanged. Russian occupants withdrew their troops, and measures to clean up the aftermaths of russian invaders’ presence continued.
The enemy continues with filtration measures in Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, forcefully taking the locals onto the territory of russia.
Military actions continue on temporarily occupied territories of Kherson Oblast. The enemy enhanced checks at checkpoints. The invaders detain residents, and cases of the illegal takeover of private vehicles have become more common.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) continue pushing the enemy back and liberating the temporarily occupied territories.
It is relatively calm in the capital. There was an air raid alert in the night. The AFU work to uncover enemy agents and agitators in Kyiv.
Nearly all of the schools have resumed education in distance learning mode. Clinics are operational, and the subway continued commuting via the Pivdennyi bridge.
A memorial service for Maks Levin, a photographer, and documentary moviemaker, killed in the Kyiv Oblast while shooting the aftermath of russia’s war against Ukraine has been held in the Mykhailivsky Cathedral in Kyiv.
Russian terrorists killed and tortured thousands of peaceful civilians and raped women in Kyiv Oblast. President Volodymyr Zelensky, on a visit to Bucha, promised to bring the russian perpetrators to responsibility.
The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine published the personnel list of the russian brigade that took part in war crimes against the peaceful civilian population in Bucha.
Bodies of children under 10 y.o. with torture and violence marks have been found in Irpin and Bucha. Also, a whole family has been found killed by the russians, who then tried to burn the bodies to hide the crime.
Meanwhile, russian government officials, among them minister of foreign affairs lavrov, deny any involvement of russian troops in the genocide of Ukrainian Bucha residents. Moreover, their official mouthpieces insist that a considerable part of the peaceful residents were tied to Nazism. The russians promise repression to all the Ukrainians stressing Ukraine should not exist at all: https://ria.ru/20220403/ukraina-1781469605.html.
Air-raid sirens can be heard in Oblast. Farmers of Zhytomyr Oblast have started spring field work. The Humanitarian Headquarters of the Zhytomyr Administration continues to cooperate with UNICEF and private philanthropists. Oblast communities receive help. Olevsk hospital and the Malyn Community have recently received humanitarian aid.
The air-raid warning continues to go off in Oblast. In the Severskyi direction, the enemy has completed the withdrawal of the Central Military District units to kursk oblast and began their further movement. Russian occupation troops left behind many mined roads, destroyed communications, and blown-up bridges in Oblast. The State Road Service, the military, and the Administration provide and organize routes throughout the Oblast territory to restore logistics soon.
As a result of artillery shelling, a pedestrian bridge connecting Chernihiv with the road to Kyiv was damaged. From April 4th, communication routes for residents and humanitarian trucks up to 5 tons will be restored through Honcharivske. The Oblast Administration also asks to refrain from mass car traffic to not interfere with delivering the expected aid and essential goods to the city.
The air-raid warning continues to go off. Russian occupation troops are leaving the territory of Sumy. Small groups of the russian military remain in the liberated territories. The Ukrainian army is clearing the Oblast. However, the Oblast Administration does not advise Sumy residents, who have left, to return to the city yet. The deputy head of the Nova Sloboda community was released from russian captivity. Architects and urbanists came to Sumy Oblast to rebuild the Trostyanets Community.
Over the past day, the russians fired 17 shells on the Saltivka, Piatykhatky, and Derhachiv districts. As a result of the shelling of the Slobidskyi District of Kharkiv, 7 people were killed, 34 were injured, and 3 children among them, are in serious condition. In the morning, the russian army continued to shell Kharkiv residential areas. In Derhachi, 3 people were killed, and 7 were injured.
Today on the premises of school №53, representatives of the banned faction of “The Opposition Platform — For Life” gathered and unanimously elected the russian agent, Konstantin Ivashchenko, to be the mayor of Mariupol. Many other officials and representatives of local authorities from Mariupol and nearby villages were brought to this fake gathering at gunpoint to create the “correct” picture. This is direct coercion to cooperate.
Russian occupation troops are accumulating military vehicles and personnel in the Luhansk direction. On the night of March 4th, the Ukrainian military repulsed an attack on the russian occupiers in the territory of Rubizhne. The enemy is preparing for an offensive operation in eastern Ukraine. There is a movement of troops from belarus to russia.
The situation in Oblast remains tense. Due to the hostilities in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, more than 60000 families in 52 settlements are left without a gas supply. Further repair of the power grid is also impossible due to russian occupiers who do not allow repair teams to do their job.
Near Vasylivka, the russian occupation troops blocked the columns with evacuees again and did not allow them to pass through the checkpoints. Rescuers organized the delivery of water and food for people on the buses.
The State Emergency Service workers used special off-road vehicles to tow 20 buses, an ambulance, 4 minibusses, and more than 50 cars from the evacuation column using an unpaved road in Kamyanske. Due to the rainy weather and muddy roads, the transport could not pass on its own.
Russian occupiers continue to shell civilian infrastructure. In the village of Preobrazhenka, Polohy Raion, 9 private houses were damaged due to the shelling. Residential buildings in Orikhiv and nearby settlements were damaged. Information on damages is being clarified. Households in Berdyansk, Vasylivka, and Polohy raions suffered the most injury.
In Melitopol, the occupiers begin to connect the local Internet to the russian Internet. The work of Ukrainian mobile providers is blocked. Residents of the city may find themselves in complete information isolation.
The abduction of civilians continues in Kherson Oblast. The fate of many of them remains unknown.
The situation in the city is tense. The russian occupiers began to go from house to house and gather information. They say they will check the homes of Ukrainian military families. There are russian checkpoints in Skadovsk and the Community on all sides.
Residents hope and wait for the Ukrainian military. There is no local government; all state flags of Ukraine have been removed in the city. People are apprehensive about this, but they are holding on.
ATMs and banks do not work. There is very little food, no sugar, salt, butter, canned food, and household chemicals. Farmers help with vegetables, fruits, and meat. The city produces bread. Many shops are closed. Almost all pharmacies do not work because there is nothing left.
Over the past day, the russian occupiers twice hit Odesa with missiles. At 6 a.m. on April 3rd, they dropped rockets on a refinery. At night, they again fired missiles that did not hit the target. Nonresidential buildings are damaged.
The occupiers continue to destroy Mykolaiv with the forbidden cluster shells.
During two days of attacks in Mykolaiv, at least three medical institutions, five schools, ten kindergartens in different areas of the city, the orphanage, and residential quarters are damaged.
Air alarms in the Oblast are not turned off due to the threat of a missile strike. Despite this, everything is calm in the communities of the Oblast. The Ukrainian military guards the Oblast’s borders and military facilities. The Territorial Defense Forces are on duty at checkpoints and patrols the city with the police. Local authorities set residents on a fixed agenda: go out into the field, return to work, send humanitarian aid, and arrange for migrants.
There are already almost 22500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Oblast; a third are children. 15000 applied for certificates. The Head of the Oblast Military Administration asks all registration services to intensify work so that by April 14th, the maximum number of people will receive certificates of registration and, accordingly, March payments. The Oblast leader also took the initiative to rename streets, squares, and parks in Kirovohrad Oblast in honor of unbreakable cities and towns, in honor of fellow soldiers who gave their lives for their homeland, defending Ukraine from the russian aggressor.
More than 800 passengers from Rubizhne, Lysychansk, and Severodonetsk arrived by train №142 from Kramatorsk to Lviv. Today, Lviv residents have settled about 1500 more people in the Oblast. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of russian troops into Ukraine, 279000 IDPs have arrived in the Oblast. There are 7 humanitarian headquarters in Lviv Oblast, where humanitarian aid is received and transferred to IDPs and the Ukrainian military.
For the past 24hrs, more than a hundred pallets with cargo have been sent from the Oblast’s warehouses to the oblasts of Ukraine. The most common requests from other military administrations are food, clothing, household chemicals, mats, bedding, etc.
The Mayor of the Georgian Municipality of Tsalendzhik visited the Lviv Oblast with a humanitarian mission. The Foundation at the Higher Medical Chamber of Poland donated an ambulance to the Lviv Children’s Hospital.
With the assistance of the City Council and partnership with the Krakow Vodokanal company, laptops for children from the eastern parts of Ukraine arrived in Drohobych today. The children live in one of Drohobych’s hostels.
The city will host a charitable project, “Big Palyanytsia Unity”! The funds raised will be used to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Drohobych is ready to build new high-rise buildings for IDPs. This information was announced by Vasyl Bokhonok, head of the municipal enterprise “Capital Construction Department”. The city can provide the construction of more than 15 thousand new houses for IDPs.
The situation in the city is relatively quiet. There were two air raid alerts during the last day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) patrol the border with Belarus. Representatives of the Territorial Defense Forces patrol the streets and watch at checkpoints.
Kindergartens will start operating in the Rivne Oblast tomorrow. Opening any of such pre-school institutions is possible only in case of the availability of a protective structure (shelter) and compliance with the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and appropriate temperature regime.
The Mayor of the Rivne noted that IDPs with children can visit the Rivne Zoo for free every Monday.
Citizens are united, and they provide financial and non-financial assistance to the volunteer centers.
Ostroh schoolchildren began to make souvenirs bearing patriotic symbols. The souvenirs will be sold here, and in Poland, the profit will be spent on the needs of the AFU. (https://www.facebook.com/RivneODA/posts/302679438670418)
The situation in the Community is under AFU control. The Territorial Defense Forces continue to patrol outposts for the safety of the residents.
The Zdovbytsia Community has lost a wonderful person and volunteer, Mykhailo Suprun, who disappeared 23 days ago. As it became known, the russian occupation troops fired at his car marked with a red cross near Borodyanka in the Kyiv Oblast. They burned his body and the vehicle. Only recently, the residents who witnessed the bloody massacre were able to bury Mykhailo Suprun on the outskirts of the village. The killed volunteer left six children.
The community provides IDPs with everything they need. Zdovbytsia invites IDPs from other communities to get temporary housing. In the lyceum, volunteers cook and make camouflage nets for soldiers. Volunteers also dispatch humanitarian aid coming from Europe to the affected people. All utility companies work as usual.
The situation in the Khmelnytskyi Oblast is steady and under control. Another five tons of relief supplies were delivered by the humanitarian aid center of the Khmelnytskyi Oblast Military Administration to the city of Slovyansk in the Donetsk Oblast. Every day, trucks with humanitarian aid are sent from the center to different parts of the country, where active hostilities continue, and the people suffering from the russian military aggression remain. In general, such essential items as food, hygiene products, baby food, diapers, medicines, etc., were delivered to the above city.
The situation both in the city and Oblast is quiet and under control.
A resident of Zhytomyr provides sound therapy sessions in Uzhhorod.
The Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Lifestyle held a master class on making motanka (thread-wound dolls) for the children of Uzhhorod residents and IDPs.
Organized trips abroad for IDPs are carried out in Mukachevo.
As part of his visit to Zakarpattia Oblast, former New York State Governor George Pataki donated assistance from the George E. Pataki Leadership Center and The Ukrainian Relief Fund to Ukraine. 18 special modular houses that can provide temporary accommodation for people under any conditionsLast modified: 4 Квітня, 2022