About us: The Active Community Initiative, launched by activists of the Respublika Institute after the Euromaidan (2014), focused on activating and involving Ukrainians in the decision-making process. The goal for 2025 is to activate and involve at least 1% of citizens in the decision-making and promotion of reforms in Ukraine on a systematic basis for the well-being of Ukrainian communities. Today we work in 30 communities in Ukraine.
Ukraine in Brief:
42nd day of the Ukrainian people’s heroic struggle against the russian military invasion.
There are no signs of the enemy making offensive groups in the Volyn direction. Specific units of the armed forces of belarus continue covering a segment of the Ukrainian-belarusian border.
There has been no activity of the invaders in the Polissya direction. Some enemy units withdrawn from the mentioned direction are on the territory of belarus.
The recovery of enemy occupying forces withdrew earlier to briansk and kursk oblasts in russia continues in Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts.
The enemy continues its blockade of Kharkiv, shelling some of its districts. In the direction of Izyum, the occupiers won’t let go of their plan to set up an offensive strike group to continue advancement towards Slovyansk and Barvinkove.
In the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the enemy attempts to improve its units’ tactical position. It continues assaults in Popasna, Stepne, Novotoshkivske, Rubizhne, Severodonetsk, and Solodke, though without success.
The russian invaders are actively using the munitions banned by international humanitarian law. They continue storming Mariupol. The city defenders have been heroically resisting the onslaught for more than 40 days and, despite being outnumbered, containing the russian aggressors.
The enemy takes measures to recover its combat capacity and strengthen its positions in Mykolayiv Oblast. Russian occupation troops continue terrorizing the local population on temporarily occupied territories of Kherson Oblast. Due to the offensive by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the enemy has lost control over Dobryanka, Novovoznesenske, and Trudoliubivka. Hostilities near Oleksandrivka continue.
In 40 days of russia’s full-scale invasion, 89 peaceful civilians, among them four children, were killed in Kyiv. The number of wounded stands at 398, of them 20 children.
Some 167 residential buildings of various types, 44 schools, 26 kindergartens, 1 orphanage, and 11 administrative facilities have been damaged.
With each passing day, more and more evidence of the russian military’s crimes against humanity emerges across residential areas previously occupied by the russians.
According to the Main Intelligence Administration, the invaders used every available armament for the genocide against the Ukrainians (https://t.me/DIUkraine/270). Documents listing the arms used to eliminate the Ukrainians were discovered in the remains of the russian military convoy near Dymer, Kyiv Oblast. For example, they would use automatic firearms, bladed weapons, heavy machine guns, and grenades to kill civilians.
Besides, more camouflaged explosive devices are being found in the Kyiv Oblast.
In 35 days in occupation, Gostomel saw 400 residents disappear. Social media have witnessed accounts of locals being kidnapped by the russians to be later presented as captured Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) servicemen.
Zhytomyr has paid last respects to Intelligence Battalion Paratrooper Mykyta Sytnyk, who died because of an airstrike on April 3rd, while on a combat mission.
Since the beginning of russia’s full-scale offensive on the Zhytomyr Oblast, some 1649 munitions of different types have been discovered by blast technicians from the State Emergency Service. Special services found more than 90 mines on a patch in one of the forest ranges of the Narodychy Forestry Department. The citizens have been advised to keep safe and refrain from visiting the woods throughout martial law.
Zhytomyr, Berdychiv, and Novohrad-Volynskyi Taxpayer Servicing Centres have resumed operating in the Oblast.
Air raid alerts keep wailing in the Oblast. Today, the Snov Community has held memorial services for two servicemen, Artem Sheremet and Oleh Kurylenko, who died defending Chernihiv Oblast.
Restoring the centralized water supply system disrupted because of the damage to supply and sewerage lines remains unsolved. The process of de-mining and surveying the lines is underway, but there is no clarity on when the supply can be restored.
The Oblast authorities warn that the threat of russian aggression on Sumy Oblast has not disappeared. Yesterday, April 5th, heavy artillery shelling of one of the border settlements in the Sumy area took place from the territory of russia.
The Security Service of Ukraine neutralized the network of enemy artillery spotters. The russia special services agent turned out to be the head of one of the city’s public organizations, who tried to hand over to the invaders lists with the data of Ukrainian patriots and Territorial Defense Forces fighters.
From today, municipal buses and trolleybuses will run in Sumy for an hour longer, six branches of Nova Poshta have resumed their work.
At night, the russian invaders inflicted about 27 strikes from various types of weapons on the residential areas of Kharkiv. Russia continues to carry out chaotic attacks on the civilian infrastructure.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) hold the positions. Currently, active battles are being fought in the direction of Izyum. The russians are trying to break through, but they fail and suffer heavy losses.
Since the beginning of the large-scale russian invasion of Ukraine, the russian military has killed 150 civilians and wounded another 605. According to the Head of the Oblast Military Administration, these figures do not consider the casualties in Mariupol and Volnovakha, where the death toll cannot be established.
During the day, the invaders wounded 8 civilians in the settlements of the Donetsk Oblast. In Vuhledar, they fired on a place where people were receiving humanitarian aid. Two people were killed and five more wounded.
Air raid alerts were triggered several times over the last day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and the Territorial Defense Forces are preparing to confront the enemy. The city’s mayor continues to hold meetings with representatives of the utility companies, supporting and inspiring them for further work in this difficult time.
Due to the growing number of people wishing to evacuate, the workload on volunteers has increased significantly. The Association of Public Organizations “Everything will be fine” organized evacuation bus runs to unload the railway station somewhat. The situation remains alarming. More and more citizens are leaving Kramatorsk. Stores and chain supermarkets are gradually being closed and evacuated. There was a slight delay in the payment of social benefits and pensions.
Pokrovsk and Pokrovsk Raion
There were no large-scale offensive operations on the part of the enemy; instead, shelling along the entire line of confrontation continued. Ukrainian military repels enemy attacks. Together with the police, representatives of the Territorial Defense Forces keep watch wherever required.
The police officers evacuated people from Marinka and Novomykhailivka and delivered humanitarian aid to civilians in this area. They worked under fire as the enemy tried to prevent the rescue of the civilian population. There were no casualties.
The police of the Kurakhovo (Pokrovsk Raion) continue to help the residents of the settlements under attack by the russians. The evacuation of the residents of the Selydiv Community to Dnipro and Pokrovsk (for evacuation trains) continues.
Pokrovsk accepts IDPs and provides them with humanitarian aid and accommodation. Citizens of the privileged category receive food packages delivered by volunteers around the city. Volunteers helped with the evacuation of mothers with children with special needs from Pokrovsk. About 250 people were taken to safe cities. The evacuation will continue in the future.
Air raid alerts sound constantly. Police officers conduct intensive patrols of the community streets. The State Emergency Service also works in an enhanced mode.
The Bakhmutelectrotrans company will suspend its work starting tomorrow. The local hospital’s maternity ward also stopped its functioning, and all pregnant women should call 103 to be taken to the cities of Kostiantynivka, Myrnohrad, and Pokrovsk.
In Mariupol, only in the last 24 hours, the enemy carried out 118 air bombardments. Russian terrorists cover their tracks. A week ago, the official death toll of civilians was 5000, although the actual number of victims is much higher. The russians brought mobile crematoria to the city to cover up their crimes. They try to identify all potential witnesses of the invaders’ atrocities in the filtration camps and then liquidate them.
During the day, five “humanitarian corridors” operate in Luhansk Oblast for the evacuation of the population: from Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Popasna, Nizhny, Lysychansk, provided that the russians allow access to the meeting places. It is known that russia does not always follow the ceasefire regime. Neither Popasna nor Hirske ceasefire was observed. In Hirske, shelling continued all night, and it can still be heard. In Popasna, the russians opened fire from the Grad MLRS, mortars, and tube artillery. There was a fire in a significant number of private houses. Evacuation from there is in jeopardy today.
The russian military shelled Severodonetsk. Ten high-rise buildings caught fire, and information about the injured persons is being clarified.
A centralized gas supply was restored in four settlements in the Oblast. 34 settlements remain without gas. There is no water supply in Rubizhne, Popasna, Lysychansk, Nyzhnie, Nyzhnie-1, Novotoshkivka, and it is partially limited in Severodonetsk and other settlements.
In Zaporizhzhia Oblast, 268 households were completely destroyed or partially damaged due to russian shelling.
Over the past 24 hours, 2216 people arrived in Zaporizhzhia via humanitarian corridors from Mariupol and Berdyansk by their vehicles. Of these people, 1496 came from Mariupol. The rest 720 are residents of the temporarily occupied cities of Zaporizhzhia Oblast: Polohy, Vasylivka, Berdyansk, Melitopol.
Due to untimely informing, only 75 people were evacuated from Berdyansk by 15 buses. Russian occupation troops gave only an hour for people to leave, so the buses left being virtually empty.
Polohy and Huliaipole
Russian invaders continue bombardment of the civilian infrastructure projects. On April 5th, the russian military shelled the village of Komyshuvakha in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. As a result, one person was injured. 20 houses were damaged, and one was destroyed. The shelling resulted in damaging four high-voltage lines in the Polohy Raion.
As a result of shelling by the russian invaders, a private house in the town of Stepnohirsk and the surrounding area caught fire. The total area of the fire is 30 square meters. Rescuers put out the fire. There are no victims or injured persons. The front line near Huliaipole is currently one of the hotspots of hostilities. Due to this, the situation in Polohy Raion remains critical.
In Tokmak, russians are demanding that local health workers sign so-called “contracts” with russia’s health ministry. Employees of the State Emergency Service provided a field kitchen to volunteers in Tokmak to organize hot meals for the locals.
Educators refuse to cooperate with the russian occupiers. Heads of educational institutions in Enerhodar have written applications for dismissal with an open date. As soon as the pressure from the russian occupiers resumes, the leaders will resign. The situation is similar in Berdyansk.
Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP)
Up to 500 invaders and about 50 units of heavy equipment are still stationed at the Zaporizhzhia NPP captured by the russian occupiers. Employees of the Zaporizhzhia NPP once again refused to comment on russian propagandists for filming the campaign video. About two dozen russian journalists arrived at the plant but could not get any comment from staff.
Today another humanitarian convoy with food and medicine left for the city. However, the situation in the Melitopol district remains difficult. Last time, the humanitarian cargo did not reach the residents due to the actions of russian terrorists. Dispensing of necessary medicines is blocked.
The russian military is tearing down Ukrainian flags from office buildings in Vesele, Kyrylivka, Yakymivka, Novobohdanivka, and other communities.
Locals report that the russian military has blocked the work of the humanitarian center. The information is being clarified.
The russian army surrounded Novooleksiyivka. As of April 6th, the Ukrainian army has pushed back the enemy in the southern direction, and hostilities continue on the administrative border of the Kherson Oblast.
Most settlements in the Oblast are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, and many villages and settlements are left without electricity and water.
Mayor Oleksandr Yakovlev was forced to leave Skadovsk. He had the choice to cooperate with the occupiers or become their hostage. Alexander Yakovlev continues to work remotely.
The Oblast is under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). Russia is trying to mobilize existing forces from self-proclaimed Transnistria to support an offensive in the south. Ukrainian troops are ready to respond.
The Odesa Oblast Military Administration once again reminded citizens that moving through the coast of Odesa and the Oblast can be dangerous due to mines. April 6th in the Yuzhne community in Odesa Oblast was declared the Day of Mourning for the victims in the Kyiv Oblast and throughout the country.
One of the factories in the Novomoskovsk district was destroyed by a rocket attack at night. Six fuel tanks were destroyed. The fire covered 500 square meters. As a result, further operation of the enterprise is impossible. Missile strikes also destroyed an oil depot in the Synelnykovo district. As a result, fuel oil was burning. Rescuers took more than 8 hours to put out both fires.
Russian invaders were driven out of Dobryanka, Novovoznesenka, and Trudolyubivka in Kherson Oblast. It means that the enemy is now driven 80-90 kilometers from Kryvyi Rih and 30 kilometers from Zelenodolsk, on the border of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
Roads in the oblast are being actively repaired. A planetarium has opened in Dnipro for everyone. Animals from the Feldman Ecopark, which the russian occupiers destroyed near Kharkiv, are being transported to the regional center at the expense of the city authorities.
The Dnipropetrovsk Oblast has already received more than 38000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the zone of active hostilities. In Petrykivka Raion, IDPs are offered work on farms.
More than 200 000 packages of anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and hemostatic drugs, antibiotics, and surgeries will replenish the reserve of necessary medicines in the medical institutions of Kryvyi Rih.
Air alarms were heard in the Oblast, and there was a threat of a missile strike. The situation is calm and controlled. The Ukrainian military guards the Oblast’s borders and military facilities. The Territorial Defense Forces are on duty at checkpoints and patrol the city with the police.
Today Sergeant Andriy Hershkul was paid his last respects on the Alley of Honorary Military Burials of Rivne Cemetery. President Volodymyr Zelensky posthumously awarded Lieutenant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Andriy Zinoviev the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky III degree (he lived before the war in the Olexandria Community of Kropyvnytskyi Raion).
Kirovohrad Oblast continues to receive IDPs. Currently, almost 19000 people in the Oblast have applied for certificates. Housing and work are the most important things for settled people. Thirteen displaced medical workers have already been placed in the Novoukrainka Raion’s healthcare facilities. Among them are nine doctors.
In Kropyvnytskyi, the Initiative “Feed the Patriots” brought together about 300 people who prepare thousands of dry soups and borschts every week for the military, Territorial Defense Forces, IDPs, and residents of the temporarily occupied territories. After the russian attack on Ukraine in 2014, the idea emerged of how to pass food to Ukrainian defenders and make it convenient. It’s how the “Culinary Hundred of Kirovohrad oblast” was created. After a full-scale invasion of the occupiers, previously developed recipes for dry soups were restored in 2022. It is how the community “Feed the Patriots” was created. The initiator is Natalia Buryanenko, an IDP from Luhansk.
200 Swiss bandages and 130 Turkish turnstiles were handed over by public activists of charitable organizations “100% of life” to the Poltava Oblast Police.
In the Poltava Oblast, IDPs hotlines of Oblast and city contact centers operate around the clock. The distribution point of baby food and milk formulas received humanitarian aid – baby food and diapers. IDPs living in the city’s schools have received antiseptics and oranges thanks to the Rotary Club Poltava.
In Horishni Plavni, IDPs from neighboring oblasts help with resettlement and necessities. More than 3000 people have already arrived in the city. They live in private apartments and dormitories; children are placed in kindergartens and schools for distance learning.
An explosion was heard in the Vinnytsia Oblast during an air raid last night. There are no victims. Information is not yet disclosed; residents are again urged to be careful with suspicious objects.
In the Tulchyn community, 165 children’s books were displayed in the square in front of the Central Public Library to honor children killed during the war. Vinnytsia Oblast continues to collect and receive humanitarian aid. The oblast received humanitarian medical aid worth 29800 euros. In particular, these are materials and devices for treating wounds in severe gunshot and explosive injuries. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, 80 tons of rubber aid for migrants has been handed over to Vinnytsia by Ukrainian Olga Herstorp from Germany.
Residents of three high-rise buildings in Vinnytsia donated 100000 hryvnias to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). The residents collected this money for six years to repair their houses.
More than 3000 IDPs have been resettled in the Lviv Oblast. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion – almost 287 thousand people. More than 340 pallets with humanitarian aid were sent from the warehouses of Lviv Oblast to the oblasts of Ukraine: food, clothing, hygiene products, household chemicals, mats, and bedding.
The International Headquarters for Assistance to Ukrainians received 75 tons of humanitarian aid from Croatia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Canada. These include food, medicine, clothing, ammunition, tactical equipment, and pickups.
48 enterprises have already moved to Lviv Oblast. Thus, 524 jobs were saved. The UN World Food Program is ready to provide food for IDPs in the Lviv Oblast. In particular, this applies to schools, kindergartens, and dormitories. At the same time, the organization will help form dry provision units, both for the eastern oblasts and for local needs – for IDPs or the military.
There were two air danger alerts. The military shot down two cruise missiles. According to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), rockets were fired by occupier fighters from the territory of belarus. Drohobych is ready to build new high-rise buildings for IDPs. The city can build more than 15000 new shelters for IDPs. The search for investors is underway.
Renovations of dormitories that will be able to serve as temporary housing for IDPs are underway. From the first days of the war, about 15000 IDPs arrived in Drohobych, of which 8000 were officially registered. Drohobych managed to obtain and transport about 1300 tons of humanitarian aid, 7 ambulances, and 5 SUVs for the AFU needs.
The Department of Social Protection of the Population of Drohobych City Council ensures uninterrupted payment of all state social benefits on time and in full.
The community is calm, and the situation is under control. 32000 IDPs are officially registered in the city. Although in fact, this number is twice or even three times greater. Free courses are organized for all IDPs: language, shooting skills, home care.
The city regularly conducts thematic tours of the city’s history. Volunteers are active and organize developmental classes and workshops for children of all ages. Parents and children can work with psychologists.
25 business entities have moved to the territory of Ivano-Frankivsk from the oblasts where the shelling is taking place. Of these – 8 industries (tailoring, production of accessories), 2 – IT services, 5 – industry.
The city continues to accept volunteer assistance from abroad. A small part of necessities remains in the city for the needs of IDPs, and the rest is sent for the needs of the AFU and residents of those areas where there is a humanitarian crisis.
There were no air alarms during the day. The general situation in the Oblast is relatively calm. Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) patrol the border with belarus. Representatives of the Territorial Defense Forces are patrolling and on duty at checkpoints.
After reports of an enemy rocket crashing into a liquid mineral fertilizer facility in the Kremenets Raion and leaking from reservoirs of a substance that leaked into the Ikva River, the Rivne Oblast checked the drinking water quality in neighboring towns bordering the Ternopil Oblast. As a result of measurements confirming that the water is fit for consumption, the indicators are normal.
In Rivne, a psychological assistance program for children, “Child and War,” was organized. From April 11th, classes are planned in groups of ten children. This is a program for children who have survived certain events, have been in bomb shelters, are afraid of anxiety, or are in a state of stress. The program is not only for migrants but also for local children who feel anxiety and may feel fear and panic.
Citizens are united and help volunteer headquarters financially and immaterially. At the beginning of March, humanitarian aid from Poland arrived in the Smyz Community in medicines, personal protective equipment, and bandages. NGOs, volunteers, and the Smyzka Village Council initiated the formation of tactical first aid kits for the military. They were able to attract almost UAH 32000 to purchase fabric and accessories for sewing the results for first aid kits. As a result, 271 sets of tactical first aid kits are already in Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Chernihiv, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Mykolaiv, and Zhytomyr oblasts.
The situation in the city is calm and under control. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) perform their duties according to the staffing schedule. Territorial Defense Forces guard strategic objects and patrol at checkpoints. The team of support of evacuated enterprises continues to work. The City Development Association works with the business that has already started.
Thanks to a relocated company from Kyiv, two additional municipal buses run on the city’s roads. It is planned to replenish the fleet with other vehicles soon. The provision of hot double meals to IDPs who have officially registered continues. Yesterday 1680 people had lunch in the canteens and dormitories, and 1835 had dinner. 167 more people settled in Kamianka during the day.
Targeted assistance is provided to people in dire need of it and who are officially registered at resettlement sites. Cargoes are being formed daily for the oblasts currently suffering the most from the fighting. To date, 90 tons of humanitarian aid have been issued from the central city warehouse.
Hours of communication in Ukrainian “With Ukraine in the heart” were resumed. The online course on the Ukrainian language, “We write and speak Ukrainian,” continues. The Department of Social Protection, which accepts applications from IDPs for registration, has issued about 2900 certificates, almost 9000 of which are being processed.
Chernivtsi Oblast (Bukovyna)
The security situation in Bukovyna is completely under control. Additional new units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are being created in the Oblast, and those who wish are invited to join their ranks.
Since the beginning of the humanitarian base in Chernivtsi, IDPs with children have been given 150 necessary devices for toddlers: prams, cots, and children’s tables. Representatives of the Active Community of Chernivtsi continue to work in the social kitchen, where they prepare more than 400 lunches every day for IDPs, the military, and volunteers. 73000 IDPs have already arrived in the Oblast. 20 brave Bukovynian drivers delivered ambulances provided by the French to Sumy and Chernihiv.
The situation in the city and the Oblast is calm and controlled. Together with the Territorial Defense Forces, the AFU are preparing to meet the enemy. Local authorities have amended the budget. Remains of soviet life and symbols are being demolished in the city. In Zakarpattia, activists have already prepared a list of streets in various settlements for their de-russification.
In Uzhhorod, internally displaced children made patriotic postcards. The master from Kyiv Oblast, a forcibly displaced person, conducted the classes.Last modified: 9 Квітня, 2022