The two hundred and ninety-seventh day (297) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military large-scale invasion continues.


Northern Oblasts


Today, the russians again launched an attack on Kyiv. There were more than 40 enemy missiles near Kyiv, 37 of which were shot down. This is the largest missile attack on Kyiv since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine. Due to damage to the energy infrastructure, there are interruptions in water supply in all areas of the capital.

On Sofiivska Borschagivka, a fragment of an enemy rocket hit a car parked near a house.

The subway in Kyiv cannot resume work due to a shortage of electricity. Trains will not run until the end of the day.

The capital’s power plants will be equipped with special cameras and sound sensors that will be able to detect a drone or missile and notify the air defense.

Kyiv and the Oblast took first place in the rating for the purchase of generators. A total of 1,593 purchased them and spent 451 million hryvnias.

Kyiv Oblast

In the Kyiv Oblast, fragments of a downed enemy missile fell on private residential buildings in the territory of the Brovary community. The roofs of three buildings and fences were damaged. There are craters in the gardens. There are no casualties.

Zhytomyr Oblast

The russian army fired 2 missiles in Zhytomyr Oblast. One is knocked down. There are no victims or injured. As a result of the missile attack, the energy infrastructure of Zhytomyr Oblast was damaged. Some consumers of the Oblast are without electricity. The damage is being repaired.

In Zhytomyr, they said goodbye to 37-year-old Volodymyr Andriyets. From the first days of the full-scale invasion, the hero defended the Motherland and performed his military duty until his last breath.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded Andrii Verkhoglyad, the commander of one of the battalions of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade named after the Black Zaporozhtsi, the title of Hero of Ukraine with the award of the Golden Star order posthumously. Hero’s mother received the order from the hands of the president.

21 social institutions of Zhytomyr Oblast will receive high-power generators from international partners. Etienne de Ponsin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine, personally handed over one of these generators to the Radomyshl psychoneurological boarding school.

Chernihiv Oblast

In Chernihiv Oblast, they said goodbye to soldier Yuriy Legeda.

Today, an explosion of explosive objects was carried out near the village of Shestovytsia.

In Chernihiv Oblast, under the light of lanterns, volunteers of the public organization «Bo mozhemo [Because we can]» are rebuilding roofs in private houses damaged by hostilities for free. It takes three days to repair one roof, in good weather. Volunteers are currently rebuilding the roof of a house that was hit by shells in February. They are currently finishing one side of the roof and plan to lay slate.

Sumy Oblast 

In Shostka, the inscription «ZSU» was made from Christmas trees. Everyone can decorate them, said the mayor of Shostka, Mykola Noga.

Eastern Oblasts

Kharkiv Oblast 

Today, the occupiers hit Kharkiv Oblast with 10 rockets. Damaged objects of critical infrastructure, energy and emergency services are working at the sites of the hits. No casualties.

There is no electricity in the city of Kharkiv, there are interruptions in the Oblast.

Yesterday, the enemy launched 2 missile strikes on non-residential civilian buildings in Kharkiv. There were no military facilities there. There were no casualties.

Also, the enemy launched attacks from tanks and artillery on populated areas of Kharkiv, Izyum, Chuguyiv and Kupyansk raions. In the Kupyansk direction, the occupiers fired tanks, mortars, tube and jet artillery at the areas of the settlements of Vilshana, Ivanivka, Kislivka, Tabaivka, Kotlyarivka, Berestove and Pershotravneve.

A private house with an area of ​​60 square meters was burning as a result of the shelling in the village of Podoly, Kupyansk raion.

Around 7 a.m. in the city of Kupyansk, russian invaders launched a missile strike on the city’s central hospital. Previously, the S-300 complexes. There is a direct hit in the pharmacy building. The infectious department of the hospital was also damaged. No casualties or injuries were found.

According to the Oblast Center of Emergency Medical Assistance, a 50-year-old woman died yesterday. Details are being clarified.

Demining of the area continues. During the day, the pyrotechnic units of the State Emergency Service eliminated 175 explosive objects.

Donetsk Oblast

On December 15, it became known about 7 civilians of Donetsk Oblast killed by the russians: two people in Bakhmut, two in New York, one in Chasiv Yar, one in Bila Hora and one in Rozdolivka.

Another 7 people in Oblast were injured.

Since February 24, russian aggressors have killed 1,264 civilians in Donetsk Oblast, and injured another 2,749. The number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha is currently unknown.

Pokrovsk and Pokrovsk raion

Last day, russian troops shelled populated areas in the east of Pokrovsk raion: the cities of Avdiivka, Kurakhove, the village of Ocheretine, the village of Karlivka. The occupiers opened fire from aircraft, Grad, Uragan, artillery, tanks, and mortars. Rashists from «Grads» covered Avdiivka, there are wounded.

In the Donetsk direction, shelling of Kurakhove continued all day — 7 buildings and an infrastructure object were damaged. Damage was also caused to houses and the power grid in Kurakhivka. During the night and morning, 1 artillery shelling and 2 shellings from Grads took place in Avdiivka. According to preliminary information, there are no victims.

An informant who «hunted» for HIMARS combat positions in Donetsk Oblast will spend more than 12 years behind bars. The perpetrator collected intelligence on the deployment and movement of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donetsk direction and tried to identify possible combat positions of the HIMARS reactive artillery systems. In addition, he gave the occupiers the exact coordinates of critical infrastructure facilities in the Oblast. It was on his «tip» that the invaders hit the water intake system in the town of Selidove, Pokrovsk raion.

Winter will be without gas and central heating in the town of Selydove, Pokrovsk raion. According to the local authorities, gas can appear only when the front line moves further to the east, so that there is an opportunity to repair the broken gas pipeline.


As a result of regular missile strikes on the infrastructure of the country, Kramatorsk temporarily lacks electricity supply, which forced the suspension of heat supply. Where it is technically possible, generators have been connected.  

In Kramatorsk, Wi-Fi Internet will now work at all “Points of Invincibility”, even in the absence of electricity or mobile communication. There you can warm up, charge your phone and drink hot tea. 

Bakhmut and Bakhmut Raion

In the Horlivka direction, one person was killed in Bila Hora of the Kostiantynivka community, the premises of the enterprise in Ivanopil were also damaged. In Bakhmut 3 people were injured overnight.

Southern Oblasts 

Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Today occupants fired 21 missiles, probably of S-300 type, at Zaporizhzhia and territorial communities of Zaporizhzhia raion. This happened during a massive attack on Ukraine, all missiles struck within half an hour.

The shelling partially destroyed the premises and adjacent territory of critical infrastructure facilities. According to preliminary reports, there were no casualties.

As a result of the attack, some areas of the city lost power. Within a few hours, the power supply was restored. But citizens are urged to remember about the load on the power system and continue to save electricity.

Advisor to the mayor of Mariupol warned of increased movement of russian military and equipment from Mariupol in the direction of Berdiansk-Melitopol. These are mainly enemy APCs, howitzers, artillery, trucks with military personnel.

Kherson Oblast

During a massive missile attack of the russian federation, the Air Forces of Ukraine destroyed three Kalibr missiles over Kherson oblast. In total, 11 missiles were shot down in the area of responsibility of the “South” operational command.

In Kherson at night on December 16 as a result of russian shelling an apartment in an apartment building caught fire. One person was killed and three wounded. The rescuers managed to save five more people from the upper floors. The prosecutor’s office launched a pre-trial investigation into the shelling of a high-rise building in Kherson, which killed one person and wounded three others. 

Five people exploded on mines in Beryslav raion of Kherson oblast – police opened criminal proceedings for violation of the laws and customs of war.

Mykolaiv Oblast

As of 8 am on December 16, no attacks were registered in Mykolaiv oblast. 

Due to the morning missile attack, emergency power outage schedules were introduced in Mykolaiv and oblast. The work of some boiler houses of “Mykolaivoblteleploenergo” was suspended. Trolleybuses and trams in Mykolaiv temporarily do not work. Also, the delivery of purified water by electric transport is not carried out.

Odesa Oblast

Air defense destroyed 11 missiles during a massive missile attack over Odesa oblast.  

Odesa received another humanitarian cargo from the Japanese city of Yokohama. 1900 sets of winter clothes, 80 warm jackets and 10 thousand sets of disposable chemical foot warmers. In summer Yokohama provided Odesa with 33 portable water purification systems. Some of them were transferred to Mykolaiv, which had been living without water for a long time.

On December 16, 2022, a contract for the supply of new multi-section articulated trams with a low floor level and related services was solemnly signed between the communal enterprise Odessmiskelectrotrans and the association of Tatra-Yug LLC and ROSEMARY GIDA DIS TIGARET LIMITED SIRKETI LLC. 13 multi-section articulated low-floor trams will be delivered to Odesa and related services will be provided.

Central Oblasts

Kirovohrad Oblast

In Kropyvnytskyi, pumping stations of the water supply network are disabled, because of this, the pressure in the networks has decreased, water sometimes does not reach the upper floors of high-rise buildings. Pumping stations in Svitlovodsk and Oleksandria are de-energized. The city authorities are solving the problem.

On December 16, the small hall of the Oleksandria City Council hosted the presentation of the Order of the Defender and state awards to the families of the military who died in the war. The Order “For Courage” of the III degree was presented to Sergeant Roman Graf for courage and selfless actions displayed in the protection of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. According to the Decree of the President of Ukraine, Senior Lieutenant Valerii Korzhov was awarded the Order “Bohdan Khmelnytskyi”, III degree (posthumously). Orders “For Courage”, III degree, were awarded (posthumously) to

Chief Sergeant Mykola Volozhskyi, Senior Lieutenant Denys Karpenko, Senior Lieutenant Maksym Melnychok, Senior Lieutenant Anatolii Nazarenko, Lieutenant Colonel Oleksandr Pryvedenyi.

Twin brothers Andrii and Pavlo have been serving in the 121st Brigade of Territorial Defense of Kirovohrad oblast since the first days of the full-scale invasion of the russian federation. The men are married, have two children and seven grandchildren. Their sons are also serving in the combat brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and are holding the defense in the Donetsk direction. On January 1, 2023, the men will turn 60 years old and will have to leave the service due to reaching the age limit for service. 

Dnipropetrovsk Oblast

The Dnipropetrovsk Oblast was completely cut off as a result of the morning rocket attack by the russians. The russians hit energy infrastructure facilities in various regions of the region. There is serious destruction. Three workers of electrical substations were injured in Nikopol and Kryvyi Rih raions. In Kryvyi Rih, critical infrastructure has switched to generators.

As of evening, the city of Dnipro remains without electricity, water, heating, Internet, and normal communication. First of all, hospitals, sewage pumping stations, water pumps, and boiler houses will be connected. And only after that – houses.

A russian rocket hit a residential building in Kryvyi Rih. As a result, 2 people died, 8 were injured, and 2 more remained under the rubble. 

Russian occupation forces attacked the community of Marganets. They covered it with fire from heavy artillery.

Air defense forces shot down 10 russian missiles over the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

Defender from the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Bohdan Vystorop died in the fierce battles in the East of Ukraine. Dnipropetrovsk Oblast also lost Serhiy Zabutny, a tank commander.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, presented the order of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, 2nd degree, to Dmytro Bukhal with the call sign “Sensei” of the 93rd “Kholodny Yar” motorized infantry battalion. The commander received the award for the defense of Bakhmut, during which he was seriously wounded.

In the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, almost 3,000 residents joined socially important works. These are persons engaged by the State Employment Service.

A mini-museum dedicated to Ukraine’s modern war against russian aggression has appeared in Dnipro

Cherkasy Oblast

In Smila, they said goodbye to policeman Ihor Melnyk, who died in the Kherson Oblast. On the 7th of December, four Cherkasy policemen were blown up by a mine. Among them is bomb technician Ihor Melnyk.  

As a result of the damage to the energy infrastructure, several railway stations in the Cherkasy Oblast were de-energized. Because of this, suburban trains are delayed and canceled.

Due to the russian attack on infrastructure facilities, the residents of Cherkasy have problems with water supply. The city authorities promised to normalize the pressure in the pumping stations and fully restore the water supply in a few hours.

Poltava Oblast

Poltava – without electricity. There are also problems with electricity in various areas of the region. This is a consequence of the massive shelling of the territory of Ukraine by russian missiles.

25-year-old Yuri Bukalo, a defender from Poltava Oblast, died fighting for Ukraine. He lived in the village of Puzyri, Kremenchuk raion. A soldier died on the 6th of December as a result of enemy fire. Yuriy Ivashina was taken on the last journey. Before the russian invasion, the 38-year-old man worked as a driver, had a wife and a daughter. He lived in Karlivka. Died during mortar shelling near the village of Kalinove, Donetsk Oblast.

A new army corps is being formed in Poltava. Therefore, the premises of one of the district councils in the city will be handed over to the military. The defenders independently chose him for logistical reasons to maintain communication with security forces. The corps is at the stage of formation. This process is planned to be completed by the new year.

The Poltava authorities handed over six cars to soldiers from the 116th brigade of the local Territorial Defense forces. In particular, four trucks, each with a lifting capacity of 12 tons. Another car is equipped with a mobile kitchen. The equipment was manufactured by a local enterprise. It won the tender purchase. Cars were bought with funds from the regional budget.

Educational institutions of the Poltava Oblast received 200 Wi-Fi routers thanks to cooperation with the “HUMAN” organization. This technique will close 100% the issue of connecting schools to educational process management systems in order to fully use electronic journals and diaries. In total, routers were handed over to 160 schools, 29 technical vocational schools and 11 institutions of vocational pre-higher education.

Western Oblasts

Khmelnytsky Oblast 

Kamianets-Podilskyi is preparing to host a group of children from Dergachi and Malynivka communities of Kharkiv Oblast. Here they will undergo psychological rehabilitation as part of the “Children of War” project. The project is implemented by the SOS: Civil Defense Headquarters in cooperation with city and district authorities, public and volunteer organizations.

Rivne Oblast

On the Belarusian border, Ukrainian troops are preparing to counter an enemy landing. As part of the exercises organized in the north of the Rivne Oblast, fighters practiced strikes against ground and air targets. The command reported on the full provision of Ukrainian fighters with weapons and heating of the facilities where they spend the night, and the servicemen on the readiness to retaliate against the enemy in case of need.

As of today, 37,515 internally displaced citizens live in the region. The Rivne raion received 25,213 people (7,368 children), Dubno district – 4,973 people (1,626 children), Sarny district – 4,677 people (1,419 children), Varash district – 2,492 people (770 children).

In the Rivne Oblast, older women help the Ukrainian defenders by knitting warm socks for the front. Grandmothers are from 70 to 90 years old. They have already made a hundred pairs of socks. They put notes with words of support.

Chernivtsi Oblast

Bukovyna bid farewell to the Hero who defended the freedom and independence of Ukraine: soldier Stepan Tkachuk was laid to rest at the Sadhirsky Central Cemetery.

UOC bishop Nikita sued “Left Bank” over the publication of photos from the search of the cathedral in Chernivtsi. The lawsuit concerns two photos with images of Nikita and a naked underage boy. According to Nikita, these photos were taken by Security Service of Ukraine employees during searches. He believes that a fake was created on the basis of the photo, which was spread by other media after “Left Bank”.

In Chernivtsi, the majority plan to purchase more than three thousand energy-saving lamps for street lighting. They will save 40% of electricity.

Last modified: 17 Грудня, 2022