Ukraine in Brief:
The 56th day of the Ukrainian people’s heroic struggle against the russian military invasion goes on.
Russian occupation troops try to continue their offensive in the Eastern Operation Area to establish full control over the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
There has been no active military action by the enemy in the north of Ukraine.
In the Kharkiv Oblast, the invaders reinforce their army air group near the national border of Ukraine. Helicopter pads completed on the territory of the belgorod oblast now host more than 90 assault and multi-role helicopters.
The enemy continues its partial siege of Kharkiv and tries to deal fire damage to our military units and critical infrastructure facilities.
The enemy has regrouped its troops in the direction of Izyum. The invading units continue restocking material and technical supplies from the territory of the russia.
In the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the enemy continues recon missions looking for advancement routes and preparatory moves for further offensive action towards Lyman and from the northeast to Slovyansk. Russian occupation troops attempted digging in in the western and north-western parts of Rubizhne, though without success. An attempted offensive towards Novotoshkivske has become fruitless too.
The russian invaders are launching offensives in the area of Popasna. Russian occupation troops continue airstrikes on Mariupol infrastructure, trying to storm the seaport and Azovstal Mill areas.
An enemy offensive towards Temyrivka, Zaporizhzhya direction, has resumed with artillery support. Russian artillery units in the Mykolayiv Oblast have been shelling Ukrainian positions. Moreover, the enemy’s army and task air forces have been dealing fire damage to individual facilities.
It was a lull in the night in Kyiv: no air raid alerts and no emergency updates had been reported. The capital held an action to support peaceful residents of Mariupol. The objective was to draw the international community’s attention to the need to de-blockade the city.
A super-powerful bomb had been discovered in Irpin. A partial evacuation of residents was carried out to destroy it. According to preliminary data, some 2000 families have become homeless in Irpin.
European Commission President Charles Michel paid a visit to Borodyanka. The russians leave many land mines and tripwires on de-occupied territories. Two foresters tripped the mine yesterday; one has died while the other is in hospital.
Mine-clearing works are underway in villages in the Korosten Raion and the Malyn community in the Zhytomyr Oblast. Road workers are busy making a temporary bridge near the destroyed one over the river north of the Oblast.
The Oblast has paid last respects to its two defenders, Bohdan Stashchuk from the village of Novaky, Korosten community, and Oleksandr Marchenko from the Malyn community today.
The russians keep their mortar fire against population centers of the Chernihiv Oblast, among them Synkivka. An enemy UAV has been a regular sight over the village. An unexploded FAB-500 bomb has been discovered at the Gagarina stadium, Head of Chernihiv Oblast Military Administration (OMA) Vyacheslav Chaus informs. They continue finding hideouts with arms and munitions left by the russian military in the Oblast.
The Ukrainian government has been registering the damage dealt with the Oblast since February 24th; an HQ for population center restoration has been established. In particular, the russian occupation troops damaged 600 km of roads and ruined 20 bridges.
Border guards in the Oblast have been shelled with russian Grad MRLs. The Oblast is being actively restored after de-occupation. The central part of Trostyanets is being cleared from the rubble. Critical infrastructure facilities are restoring their operation.
The Opposition Platform for Life political party, long known to spread russian narratives on the territory of Ukraine, has been dissolved in the Sumy Oblast Council.
A stash of munitions and spare parts for russia for the total value of USD200 mio was found by the State Security Service of Ukraine in the Oblast. The discovered items have already been transferred to the Ukrainian army.
No enemy action has been officially reported. The situation remains ominous, though. The Ukrainian military and the Territorial Defence Forces are readying themselves to face the enemy. The city mayor held a get-together with the staff of local health care institutions. In particular, he thanked them for saving and rescuing residents in this challenging time.
The volunteers keep assisting city residents and the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). Active Community All-Ukraian Initiative (Active Community AUI) regional coordinator in Kramatorsk continues coordinating the humanitarian center operation.
Pokrovsk and Pokrovsk Raion
The enemy attacked Mariinka, fired at Novohrodivka and Avdiivka. The AFU defeated the occupiers in the Mariinka territory. As a result of the counteroffensive of Ukrainian troops, the enemy suffered losses and retreated. The AFU regained control over the settlement. Troops are intensively patrolling the city.
Yesterday, the situation in the Pokrovsk community was restless. As a result of the russian shelling, one person was killed in Avdiivka, and one person was wounded in Pokrovsk.
Yesterday, the “Krasnolymanska” mine was shelled in Rodynske. The city and the coal mining company were left without electricity. The number of people staying underground is being determined. The number of dead and injured is being clarified.
The russians fired at the Novohrodivka community of the Pokrovsk Raion, damaging ten houses in the private sector and the city library. Most businesses, shops, and pharmacies are currently closed. Humanitarian headquarters provide pensioners with humanitarian aid.
The situation in the city is very tense. Active hostilities occur around Bakhmut, within 40-60 km. It significantly affects the emotional state of the city’s residents and the Bakhmut community. The Active Community Coordinator provides advice on humanitarian assistance and evacuation.
Russian occupation troops have surrounded Mariupol for more than 50 days. Civilians remain in the city. In the temporarily occupied parts of the city, the russians are threatening to kill locals who do not wear white armbands or the russian swastika “Z” on a car.
Over the past 24 hours, the russian military has been trying to carry out offensive operations in the eastern districts of Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Hostilities have become more active and brutal here. The situation at the front suggests that the enemy is trying to attack and move forward in the direction of Zaporizhzhia but suffers losses and focuses its primary efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers. Russian occupation troops continue to shell the positions of Ukrainian troops and conduct offensive operations in the direction of Pokrovske – Hulyaipole.
In the village of Malokaterynivka, russian terrorists damaged the building of a meat-packing plant during a rocket attack. Rescuers put out fires in Orikhiv, where a private hotel, a sanitary facility, and a private house were on fire due to the shelling. On the outskirts of Tokmak, rescuers eliminated the ignition of a poultry farm.
In addition, according to the AFU intelligence officers, russian soldiers begin to riot in Vasylivka and Polohy raions. Soldiers of the occupying army do not want to fight because they are not paid the promised money. The russians deliberately shoot away ammunition and lay down their weapons, refusing to wage war against civilians. However, the Kadyrovites severely punish the rebels. Currently, it is known about the murder of three rebels.
The occupying forces are trying to organize pseudo-referendums in the territories they temporarily occupy. The russians have blocked any opportunity for Ukrainians to leave the occupied territories and do not allow volunteers to deliver humanitarian aid.
Zaporizhzhia Tactical Group units continue to prepare for defense and patrol the city. They put temporary observation posts (TOPs) and protect important objects.
20 people (18 men and two women) were detained and taken to police stations during the curfew. The Security Service of Ukraine has checked the detainees. In addition, one driver was detained for driving under the influence of alcohol, and his car was confiscated.
Zaporizhzhia Oblast Defense Forces destroyed enemy radar near Tokmak, Polohy Raion, Zaporizhzhia Oblast. The russian occupation troops stole a ZAZ car from a Polohy resident. In addition, they broke into the Smyrnove House of Culture and stole 4 computers, 12 monitors, 8 multifunction devices, 2 laptops, and a video surveillance system.
Around 1 pm, a long column of occupiers’ vehicles was noticed moving through Melitopol towards Zaporizhzhia. Most of them were tented trucks with occupying soldiers, a dozen fuel trucks, and tanks. The occupiers have already formed the fourth military base in Melitopol near residential areas and now are accumulating military equipment there.
Larysa Artemova, a former methodologist in the kindergarten №38, works for the occupiers in Melitopol. For being a traitor, she received the position of director of this kindergarten and obliged all employees to work.
Berdyansk media reports that local collaborators and traitors list the addresses of hotels in the resort district whose owners left to hand them over to the occupiers. In addition, they collected people’s personal data, as they saz, to organize the targeted distribution of humanitarian aid from the occupiers.
Yesterday in Rozivka, the occupiers invited locals to the House of Culture, as they said, to discuss social issues. Immigrants from Mariupol and the elderly were the main attendants of the event. The occupiers invited the audience to vote for the so-called “memorandum”, which proposed the election of a new mayor and new deputies and an appeal to the Donetsk People’s Republic for temporary accession of the Rozivka community to the pseudo-republic until Zaporizhzhia is occupied.
In the temporarily occupied village of Snihurivka in the Tokmak community, russians are conducting a “census” of the population, announcing the establishment of an occupation administration and the introduction of russian rubles. Such pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories aim to further force “mobilization”. The occupiers want to use the “mobilized” Ukrainians in the hottest parts of the front to storm the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
Agrocoin, an Enerhodar greenhouse plant, was seized by the occupiers with the support of collaborators. Management has no control over the shipment of products, and all funds from sales occupiers use for their purposes.
The Head of the Kherson OMA Gennady Laguta has information that the russian occupiers are preparing a pseudo-referendum in the Oblast in early May. In the Kherson Oblast, occupiers strengthen their positions in the Mykolaiv direction. In the occupied communities, psychological and physical pressure on ATO soldiers and their families, activists, and civil servants who refuse to cooperate with the occupiers has increased. Ukrainian intelligence shares data that the occupiers plan to mobilize in the Oblast.
The mayor works remotely outside the Oblast. Local authorities are silent. People are concerned that there are many enemies in the city, those who can leave the community. Banking institutions and ATMs do not work. There are no medicines in pharmacies. Budget institutions continue to work remotely. Utilities are open daily; all services are provided in full. Volunteering continues.
The coordinator of Active Community AUI follows the news of the city and Oblast, passes all the information to activists. In particular, she reported that now it is dangerous to leave the town and area because there are fights near the road to Mykolayiv Oblast.
The aggressor’s army bombed the hospital in Bashtanka in the Mykolayiv Oblast. The dialysis department and reception department have been destroyed, the operating room remains without double-glazed windows.
In Odesa, the air defense shot down a russian missile.
The Head of the Dnipropetrovsk OMA, Valentyn Reznichenko, said that almost 2000 munitions had been destroyed in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Currently, pyrotechnics work in two raions, Synelnykivskyi and Kryvyi Rih.
Mykola Serha, Ukrainian singer and ex-host of the Eagle and the Tail program, visited a hospital in Dnipro, where he performed for wounded soldiers.
The Dnipro Youth Hub, which provides humanitarian and psychological assistance to the population, has opened based on the Dnipro Youth Center.
The day passed calmly, without air alarms. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) protect the borders of the Oblast and military facilities. Troops are on duty at checkpoints and patrol the city with police officers.
The City Council has already named potential places for housing for internally displaced persons (IDPs). In total, about 43 hectares. It is planned that the houses will be built with standard structures 3-4 floors high. Local constructions and materials should be used in construction.
On the eve of Easter, activists of the Novoukrainska community invite residents and migrants to a master class on creating a patriotic Easter egg. In Gaivoron, based on the Central City Hospital, the Clinical Department of Surgical Disciplines has opened, where six doctors of various profiles have already started working. It is the department of Donetsk National Medical University.
The coordinator of Active Community AUI took part in weaving camouflage nets, in sorting things that citizens brought for IDPs.
Poltava firefighter, who rescued a man from the rubble in Kharkiv, was awarded the Order. Representatives of the Poltava Battalion of Indifferent and other volunteer groups have joined forces to provide the army and people who remain in the cities where hostilities are taking place or are being fought with everything they need.
In the last week alone, volunteers made 114 trips to Kharkiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, Mariupol, and Poltava oblasts. They sent food, medicine, hygiene products, animal feed, etc. In Poltava, the public initiative “Art Anthill” organizes therapeutic classes for displaced children, such as movement and singing, playing musical instruments, drawing, arts and crafts, and communication.
Volunteer Easter cakes were sanctified in the city. Part of the cakes will be sold, and volunteers will use the funds from the sale for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). The rest of the cakes will be handed over to our defenders. Poltava patrols are also collecting cakes for colleagues from Kharkiv. They plan to collect about 100 pieces. They will be delivered to Kharkiv by volunteers, says Poltava Patrol Police spokeswoman Natalia Kostylova.
Canadian rock band Simple Plan presented a video clip by Poltava director Jensen Noen. All proceeds from this music video will help Ukrainians affected by the war. Today the coordinator of Active Community AUI, Lilia Garbuzyuk, received humanitarian aid from Denis Tsutsaev, an activist of Kyiv Oblast, which she unloaded and began distributing to IDPs.
Calm down, and the situation is stable. Territorial Defense Forces patrol the city and checkpoints. The city is working, and repairs of roads and power grids have begun.
The situation in Ivano-Frankivsk is stable. The community is preparing for Easter. Fairs are held in the city, where local producers sell their products.
Volunteer headquarters continue to work. According to the mayor, the aid that arrives in the city is distributed on an 80/20 basis – 80% goes to cities with a humanitarian crisis, and 20% remains for the needs of local IDPs. The previous day passed without air alarms.
The situation in the Oblast is relatively calm, and there were no air alarms. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) patrol the border with belarus. Representatives of the Territorial Defense Forces are patrolling and on duty at checkpoints. In the Rivne Oblast, they plan to buy housing from developers for migrants. Currently, almost 48 000 officially registered IDPs live in the Oblast. The Rivne Oblast Military Administration (OMA) has begun to form a housing stock that will be offered for ransom for the needs of IDPs.
The Rivne community encourages citizens to join the process of renaming streets whose names are associated with historical and cultural figures of the aggressor country.
The humanitarian hub of Rivne Oblast received aid and transported 4.5 tons of assistance to the affected oblasts of Ukraine.
Citizens are united and help volunteer headquarters financially and immaterially. Zdovbytsia village council has launched the initiative “Together for VICTORY!”, which provides the renovation of bus stops, public buildings, monuments, and architectural structures. The plan is to build 10 infrastructure facilities. The community started with the patriotic mural “Unbreakable Ukraine. Our strength is in unity “, located along the highway.
1 million UAH was allocated at the session of the City Council for local defense. The city continues to accept migrants. As of yesterday, 80 people were officially registered at the resettlement sites.
The community received another consignment of humanitarian aid, this time from Romania. Everything that is received is accounted for and distributed according to needs. Food for IDPs was transferred from the central city headquarters for humanitarian aid. Work is underway with six more business entities that plan to move their production from dangerous oblasts to Kamyanets.
The current repair of playgrounds in the yards of Kamyanets has started. A cycle of various activities for children from Kamyanets begins in the park of Heroes of Euromaidan, in the pavilion town. Extracurricular institutions and teen clubs also organize events for children according to separate schedules. Community schools organize tree planting events near their institutions. The coordinator of Active Community AUI was a member of the toponymic commission approved at the city council session. Today he shipped humanitarian aid to the residents of Bucha.
Chernivtsi Oblast (Bukovyna)
The situation in Bukovyna remains stable and under control. In the Chernivtsi Oblast, for the last two weeks, the Security Service of Ukraine officers conducted more than half a thousand checks on people for their potential involvement in sabotage and reconnaissance groups. They also detained a blogger who posted a video of a strategically important facility on social networks.
In Chernivtsi, artists painted the walls of the bomb shelter, highlighting the phrase “I Say No to War!”.
Employees of the Chernivtsigaz Company planted the Alley of Peace with trees together with 20 internally displaced children.
The regional coordinator of the Active Community AUI in Chernivtsi continues to help organize the work of the volunteer kitchen, where they cook free lunches for IDPs, the military, and the Territorial Defense Forces units.
The situation in the Oblast is quiet. In Uzhhorod, the SOS Children’s Villages charitable organization launched a project to support IDPs. The project in Uzhhorod aims to work with IDPs from Kharkiv, Donetsk, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. A whole team of experts works with them here. For example, social workers interview parents to assess the needs of their families. Social educators and psychologists organize support groups for adults and arrange games for children according to modern methods. As a result of such actions, the youngest Ukrainians learn the basics of mutual respect, cohesion, and well-coordinated teamwork.
Uzhhorod confectioner Valentyn Shtefanio made a chocolate “Easter egg” weighing 22 kg and dedicated this product to the United Kingdom and the country’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The confectioner also baked many Easter cakes and sent them to the East of Ukraine to support our fighters on the eve of Easter.
The regional coordinator of the Active Community AUI in Uzhhorod assists in conducting a focus group study on internally displaced persons in the Uzhhorod community.Last modified: 21 Квітня, 2022