The two hundred thirty-third (233) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.


About us: The “Active Community” initiative was launched by activists of the “Republika” Institute after the Euromaidan (2014), which focused on the activation and involvement of Ukrainians in the decision-making process. The goal for 2025: to activate and involve at least 1% of citizens in making decisions and promoting reforms in Ukraine on a systematic basis for the well-being of Ukrainian communities. Today we work in 30 communities in Ukraine.

The two hundred thirty-third (233) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.

Northern oblasts


On the Day of Defenders of Ukraine, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko laid flowers at the Wall of Memory near St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral and met with the wives and mothers of fallen soldiers.

An exhibition-requiem for the defenders of Mariupol “Azov Regiment – Angels of Mariupol” – photos and short biographies of the defenders of the city who died in the battles in spring – was arranged in the city on Sofia Square.

In Kyiv, a new mural dedicated to Azov fighter Volodymyr Starikov appeared near the Dorohozhychi metro station.

In the Obolon district, Heroes of Stalingrad Avenue was renamed to Volodymyr Ivasiuk Avenue.

Kyiv Oblast

The International Committee of the Red Cross will restore 6 war-damaged high-rise buildings in Irpin.

Yesterday two trucks delivered 1000 beds to Bucha for the arrangement of shelters. And today they began to be delivered to specific addresses and installed. This was implemented within the framework of cooperation between the Bucha City Council and representatives of the MSB project from Sweden with the support of the European Commission.

Zhytomyr Oblast

The Zhytomyr authorities together with the “Zhytomyr” Humanitarian Hub handed over 2 more unmanned aerial systems to the military, the Zhytomyr City Council reports. “Not everything that our Armed Forces need can be purchased at the expense of the city budget. The hub is currently working on the purchase of a significant batch of trucks in Europe, which are needed by the Zhytomyr brigades on the front lines,” commented Mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn.

In Zhytomyr, a new series of stamps “Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine!”, dedicated to our servicemen, was cancelled. This series is “led” by a well-known in the Zhytomyr Oblast representative of the airborne assault troops, who, together with their sworn brothers – border guards, naval and air forces, special operations forces, defend our country from the enemy.

The American city of Noblesville, which is already raising money for prostheses for the defenders of Ukraine, wants to become a sister city of Zhytomyr. Also, the Mayor of Zhytomyr added that a local brewery in Noblesville had produced a special beer called “Azovstal”, and the money from its sale would be used to purchase prostheses.

Chernihiv Oblast

Yesterday, the russians shelled the Semenivka community. Border guards recorded four explosions.

Today explosive devices were destroyed by detonation near the village of Shestovytsia.

Yesterday, junior sergeant, forward observer of a reconnaissance company Viktor Anikiyenko was laid to rest in Snovsk. He was killed while performing a combat mission on September 27 near the town of Lyman, Donetsk Oblast.

In Chernihiv, in the park named after M. Popudrenko, celebrations were held on the occasion of the Defender of Ukraine Day. Those present paid tribute to the indomitable spirit of representatives of all generations who gained and defended the independence of Ukraine, and to the courage and heroism of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. After that, flowers were placed at the memorial steles perpetuating the memory of Chernihiv citizens – heroes of ATO/JFO and Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred.

A new record of Ukraine for the largest knitted flag was set near St. Catherine’s Church in Chernihiv. Its length is 30 m 54 cm and width is 20 m 20 cm. About 350 women from all over Ukraine and abroad knitted the flag for four months.

Sumy Oblast

Yesterday, russians shelled four communities in the Sumy Oblast. In the morning, the Russian military hit the territory of the Bilopillia community with mortars. Mortars were also fired at the Vorozhba community at noon.

Around two o’clock in the morning, russians shelled the Druzhba community in the Sumy Oblast with rocket artillery. 10 hits were recorded there.

At 2 p.m., the Znob-Novhorodske community was hit by a mortar shell fired from the territory of russia.

Yesterday, around 5 p.m., the truck driver, while maneuvering, hit a russian mine with his rear wheel. The mine exploded and damaged the truck trailer.

Today, in the center of Sumy, relatives of prisoners of war organized a rally demanding their release.

Another bridge crossing was restored in the Konotop Raion. Earlier, it was destroyed to stop the enemy. Now everything has been fixed so that the residents of the community, as before, can use the shortest and most convenient way.

Eastern oblasts

Kharkiv Oblast

Today, the head of the Kharkiv State Administration Oleg Syneihubov congratulated and honored Ukrainian defenders.

Yesterday evening, around 9:00 p.m. the russian occupiers launched a rocket attack on the Kholodnohirsky district of the city of Kharkiv. The road surface hitting was recorded. No casualties.

In the Chuhuiv Raion, an infrastructure object was damaged by 4 rocket strikes. One person was injured.

During yesterday the enemy shelled Kupiansk. Three shops and a trade pavilion were damaged, there were fires. The enemy also shelled populated areas of the Kupian, Kharkiv and Chuhuiv raions with barrel and rocket artillery and mortars.

During the day, six people were hospitalized with injuries in the Kupiansk Raion, including a 16-year-old boy. Another 16-year-old boy was injured in the Izium Raion.

Reconstruction of infrastructure continues in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv Oblast. Gas supply was restored to Izium today. The first 500 families of the city have already had gas in their homes. In addition, gas supply to 15 villages of the Izium Raion is being restored. About 900 households are already connected to gas there. Work is also ongoing in the villages of Balakliia.

Today, the light appeared in the village of Velikiy Burluk and in 18 nearby settlements. More than 4,000 consumers already have electricity.

Demining continues in the oblast, during the day, units of the State Emergency Service neutralized 702 explosive objects.

Donetsk Oblast

The enemy fired in the Kramatorsk direction from artillery of various types in the areas of the settlements of Spirne, Terny, Zarichne, Nadiia, Olhivka, Torske, Bilohorivka, Yampolivka and Travneve.

In the Avdiivka direction they shelled from tanks and artillery of various calibers in the areas of Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Vodiane, Marinka, Novomykhailivka, Nevelske, Pervomaiske, and Zolota Niva settlements.

On October 13, law enforcement officers found the bodies of four civilians in the Donetsk Oblast who died earlier: two in Lyman and two in Yakovlivka. Another six people were injured in the past day.

Currently, it is impossible to establish the exact number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha.

Since February 24, the russians have killed 994 civilians of the Donetsk Oblast, wounded another 2,396. The number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha is currently unknown.

Restoration of gas supply in villages and towns of the Donetsk Oblast is possible where hostilities are not currently taking place. Therefore, Bakhmut and Toretsk are not included in the list yet. This was announced by the chairman of the board of JSC “Donetskoblgaz” Vadym Batii. He explained that it will not be possible to renew the gas supply everywhere. For example, it is likely that there will not be gas supply to Lyman this winter: the gas networks are destroyed and the territory is mined. In Kramatorsk, Sloviansk, Kostiantynivka, Pokrovsk gas workers will connect utility companies and then private houses. They will not be able to connect gas in high-rise buildings.


After a six-month break, the first train arrived in Kramatorsk at the Kramatorsk railway station. This is “Intercity» train connection “Kyiv-Pasazhyrsky – Kramatorsk”. You can view the timetable, ticket prices and the route at the link.

In addition, a stone was placed at the station where the Memorial to the victims of the shelling of the station on April 8 will be opened.

The regional coordinator of AUI «Active Community» Oleksandr Ivanov held a networking meeting with volunteers from other organizations. During the meeting, further plans were discussed and a series of training sessions for teenagers and volunteers in pre-medical care were agreed upon.

Pokrovsk and Pokrovsk Raion

During the day, russian troops shelled populated areas in the east of the Pokrovsk Raion. These are the cities of Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Toretsk, the town of Ocheretine, the villages of Karlivka, Novy Komar. According to the Donetsk Oblast Military Administration, people were injured in Avdiivka and Krasnohorivka.

The situation in the Pokrovsk community is relatively calm.

In the Pokrovsk Raion, the enemy informant was detained by the Security Service of Ukraine and she was sentenced to 9 years in prison. In particular, the facts of her transfer of coordinates of the ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Pokrovsk, information about the number of units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in the area and the route of the movement of the column of armored vehicles and military transport of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were proven in court. With her actions, the informant endangered the lives of a large number of servicemen. Only thanks to the timely response of the defense forces, the unit of the Armed Forces changed its position in time.

The Myrnograd Center for Complex Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities of the Myrnograd community of the Pokrovsk Raion received humanitarian aid from the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

200 Crimean pines were planted in the “Jubilee” Park of Pokrovsk for the Day of Defenders of Ukraine.


In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery along the entire demarcation line in particular, in the areas of the settlements of Bilohorivka, Yakovlivka, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Ivangrad, Zelenopillia, Soledar, Maiorsk, Chasiv Yar and Opytne.


Since March, 12 elderly people have lived in the basement of the destroyed railway hospital. They survive only through the help of their neighbors. The occupying power simply does not notice such problems.

The occupiers show “pictures” of the resumption of life in a few central areas, but they hide what the whole city looks like. There are broken and burned houses, destroyed electricity pylons, garbage is on the streets.

Luhansk Oblast

Retreating from the Luhansk Oblast, the russians are deliberately shelling the de-occupied settlements. Now they are preparing for a long-term defense. They densely mine the entire area from Svatovo to Kreminna. There is no free access to the de-occupied settlements, as they are under constant shelling by the russians.

Southern oblasts

Kherson Oblast

In the temporarily occupied city of Kherson, the occupiers seized 13 out of 15 barge-type watercraft for transporting personnel and equipment across the Dnipro River from the local river port.

Mykolaiv Oblast

Emergency and rescue work in a five-story residential building after the night of shelling on October 13 continues. Five people were freed from the rubble, an 11-year-old boy died in the hospital. Currently, as a result of yesterday’s enemy missile attack on Mykolaiv, the number of victims is seven.

Enemy shelling of the territory and nearby settlements of the Bereznehuvate community continues. Today, during the shelling of one of the settlements of the community, trade facilities and administrative buildings were damaged.

Also, yesterday the enemy shelled the outskirts of the village of the Ingul community. There were no injuries or damage.

Odesa Oblast

On October 14, air defense destroyed eight “Shahed-136” barrage munitions in the southern and eastern directions. Five of them were destroyed by anti-aircraft missile forces of the Air Force and three others by air defense of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was reported by the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

A Cossack Cross was opened on Heroes’ Alley, one of the city’s cemeteries, as a symbol of the Cossacks, people of Zaporizhzhia, Ukrainian chivalry and the Army. “The heroes who lie here defended the Ukrainian land in the war for our independence and freedom. Today our flag flies over them. They protected us at the cost of their lives, and their memory will be eternal, because Heroes do not die! Glory to the Armed Forces! Glory to Ukraine!” commented the Odesa mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov.

Celebrations on the occasion of the Day of Defenders of Ukraine were also held in Odesa.

The situation is tense due to the threat of missile attacks. People are united and active, engaged in volunteering.

The coordinator of the Active Community in Odesa, Hanna Ilyina, helps IDPs with obtaining information about employment in Odesa.

Central oblasts

Kirovohrad Oblast

There was a threat of a missile attack on populated areas of the Kirovohrad Oblast. Air sirens sounded.

On October 14, the action “Write to the defender” started near the coordination center of volunteers in Oleksandria. The organizers have equipped an exhibition of used russian weapons, which the military brought from the front line, and Ukrainian flags, each of which has its own history. A letter was placed nearby, where everyone could write congratulations and wishes to the defenders.

Defenders of Ukraine received “For Courage and Boldness” awards of the Kirovohrad Oblast on the occasion of the national holiday.

Anatoliy Stoyan, the regional coordinator of the AUI «Active Community» in Kropyvnytskyi, worked at the St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Humanitarian Center, congratulated citizens on the holidays and helped in obtaining food holiday packages.

Poltava Oblast

In the Poltava Oblast, they say goodbye to the soldiers who gave their lives for Ukraine: Stanislav Zakharchuk, Oleksandr Teslia, Oleksandr Nevmerzhitskyi, Anatoly Kucherenko, Serhiy Mazniak.

In the Kremenchug community, it is planned to arrange shelters in secondary education institutions. The funds allocated from the stabilization fund of the city budget will be used to repair the simplest shelters in 15 secondary education institutions.

Western Oblasts

Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast

Yesterday, October 13, a soldier from the Prykarpattya region was released during another exchange of prisoners. He was among 20 released prisoners. This was announced by the head of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Military Administration, Svitlana Onyshchuk.

On the “hundred-meter street” in Ivano-Frankivsk, an Alley of Glory for the fallen soldiers of the community was established. On the stands are photos and names of Heroes who gave their lives in the confrontation with the russian invaders from 2014 to 2022. In September, Mayor Ruslan Marcinkiv reported that 69 soldiers from the Ivano-Frankivsk community had died since the start of the full-scale war. 21 defenders are considered missing. Unfortunately, news about dead defenders will continue to come from the front. Therefore, the number of fallen heroes is greater now.

Prykarpattya region continues to hold the rear and does not lose pace in volunteering. So, every day, women and girls gather in the premises of the Kalush organization of the Ukrainian Youth Union to prepare gifts for the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At first it was dry soups, energy bars and trench candles. Later, the volunteers started making cigarettes, because the soldiers at the front are in great need of them. Volunteers even came up with their own brand – “Bandera Homemade Cigarettes”. Last week, volunteers rolled the millionth cigarette.

Rivne Oblast

As of 04:20 p.m., there were no air alarms.

In Rivne, the last respects were paid to defender Oleksandr Zubar. He was 56 years old. On July 3, a car driven by a soldier blew up on enemy mines near Lysychansk. Oleksandr Zubar was wounded. After a long struggle with serious injuries, he died on October 7.

From October 17, the time of the curfew in the Rivne Oblast will be changed. It will last from 00:00 a.m. to 05:00 a.m. Such a decision was taken today by the Oblast Defense Council. The Order of the Chief of the Rivne Oblast Military Administration dated April 13, 2022 №119 “On the establishment of restrictions on trade in alcoholic beverages and substances produced on an alcohol basis” was also canceled. 

In Rivne, the authorities, together with energy and utility workers, conducted the first tests of generators in case entire houses are left without electricity or heating. Such generators were purchased at the expense of the city budget, their number is not specified.

Khmelnytskyi Oblast

Khmelnytskyi Oblast honors defenders who gave their lives for Ukraine

The postage stamp “Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine” was canceled in the oblast. It was produced by “Ukrposhta” (the state postal service) in honor of the Day of Defenders of Ukraine. This block of stamps features the Special Operations Forces, Air Assault Forces, Navy, Territorial Defense Forces, Ground Forces, and Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to Mykola Gromov, the head of the Khmelnytskyi Directorate of JSC “Ukrposhta”, the stamp’s circulation is 1 million copies. These stamps can be bought from today at post offices. This edition is for charity and 8 hryvnias from each stamp will go to the special needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Members of the volunteer military formation “Balu” joined the ranks of the 86th separate battalion of the Territorial Defense of Khmelnytskyi Oblast. Soldiers of this battalion have been fighting the enemy and defending the borders of Ukraine since the first months of the war. Now, together with other units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they are conducting a counteroffensive and helping to liberate cities and villages in the Kharkiv direction from the russian invaders. 


On the Day of Defenders of Ukraine, residents of Kamianets prayed for the souls of fallen soldiers in Heroes’ Square, honored their memory on the Alley of Glory, near memorial signs on the territory of the community, in churches where memorial services were held.

Regional coordinators of the AUI “Active Community” took part in the rally dedicated to the Day of Defenders of Ukraine. Also, together with representatives of the public organization “PROSVITA” and veterans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they honored the fallen defenders and laid flowers at the monument to the fighters for the Freedom of Ukraine in 1919. It was on this day, October 14, during the Ukrainian revolution 103 years ago. Kamianets, being in the status of the United Capital of Ukraine, witnessed the acceptance of the Oath of Loyalty to Ukraine by the soldiers of the Ukrainian People’s Republic.

Chernivtsi Oblast 

On the Day of Defenders of Ukraine, military personnel who are currently on the front lines received drawings and letters from students of Putyla and Vovchansk schools. The children willingly joined the flash mob “Honor the defender of Ukraine” and prepared gifts for the military in advance of the holiday. 

The public broadcaster of Bukovyna continues its stories about local residents who defend Ukraine. Thus, Olena Fomenko, a military psychologist from Chernivtsi, went to the front with her sons after the start of a full-scale invasion. The younger one serves with her in the battalion, the older one is fighting in another oblast. Prior to that, the psychologist had been rehabilitating ATO (Anti-terrorist operation) participants since 2014. On the first day of the full-scale invasion, Elena went to work, and after lunch – to the military unit.

Andriy Kurov, a senior soldier from Chernivtsi, worked at the utility company “Chernivtsivodokanal”. He joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine voluntarily. He says he wanted to protect his country and his people from the invaders. Andriy was wounded in the battle near Pisky, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation. Despite the injury, he wants to return to his military comrades as soon as possible and continue to defend the freedom, Chernivtsi and Ukraine.

In Chernivtsi, volunteers have been making trench candles for the front for several months. Such products from improvised materials will help soldiers warm themselves or prepare food. One candle is enough for 8 hours of burning. Bukovyna resident Olga Topyrkina organized the process. She used to make and sell jewelry, but now she changed her profile and retrained for more important requests.

Zakarpattya Oblast

Ceremonies were held in Uzhgorod on the occasion of the Day of Defenders of Ukraine. Solemn events took place near the Memorial to fallen soldiers on the Hill of Glory.

The Zakarpattya Museum of Folk Architecture opened the exhibition “They defend Ukraine!”, dedicated to the Day of Defenders of Ukraine.

Last modified: 15 Жовтня, 2022