Ukraine in brief:
The 61st day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the russian military invasion continues.
Russia continues to conduct full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine. There have been no significant changes in the situation in northern Ukraine. No signs of enemy offensive formations were found.
The partial blockade of Kharkiv, the destruction of its infrastructure, and the defeat of the positions of the defenders of the Kharkiv Oblast with the use of aircraft and artillery continue. In the area of the city of Izyum, the enemy tried to improve the tactical situation in the directions Andriyivka – Zavody and Dibrovne – Kurulka. Also, they carry out measures of logistical support for the group of occupiers.
In the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the enemy, intensifying shelling with available means of fire destruction, tried to advance deep into the territory of Ukraine in the areas of the settlements of Koroviy Yar and Rubizhne. In Mariupol, the enemy continues to destroy the city, blocking locals and some of our defenders in the area of the Azovstal plant.
The russian army planned to develop an offensive in the direction of Zaporizhzhia. They failed and suffered losses.
In the Mykolayiv Oblast, the enemy concentrates its main efforts on the Kherson-Mykolayiv and Kherson-Kryvyi Rih directions. Conducts regrouping of troops, consolidates on the ground, strengthens the grouping of barrel and jet artillery, accumulates ammunition.
In the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson Oblast, in the urban-type settlement of Velyka Oleksandrivka, the occupiers announced to the local population that it was necessary to leave the settlement by April 28th. The residents who do not comply with the order will be forced to evacuate to russia.
In the temporarily occupied territory of the Zaporizhzhia Oblast, in the city of Enerhodar, employees of the federal security service of russia continue to carry out filtration activities.
In the temporarily occupied territories of Kharkiv and Luhansk oblasts, the occupiers are engaged in looting, theft, and robbery of the local population. Particular attention is paid to the “removal” of alcoholic beverages and food.
President Volodymyr Zelensky held a closed-door meeting with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin in Kyiv. Topics of the talks were strengthening the sanctions policy against russia, financial support for Ukraine, and security guarantees. US officials plan to return to Kyiv in a week.
A sculpture near the Arch of Friendship of Peoples, erected for the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union to mark the “reunification of Ukraine with Russia,” is being dismantled in the capital, Mayor Klitschko said. The arch itself will be renamed and highlighted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Ukrainian pyrotechnics continue to demine in Kyiv.
Work continues constructing temporary bridges across the rivers of Kyiv Oblast and restoring road infrastructure. As a result of hostilities and russian aggression, 37 bridges in the Kyiv Oblast were damaged or completely destroyed. Since the beginning of the war, pyrotechnics have neutralized 21789 explosive devices.
A rocket exploded in Korosten closer to the railway district. There is no information about the dead. So far, it is known that seven-country houses were damaged. According to the Zhytomyr Oblast Council, rescuers are helping residents of one of Korosten’s country cooperatives to eliminate the consequences of the missile strike.
There was an air alarm in the Oblast. Today, Ukrzaliznytsia has launched four electric trains on the Nizhyn-Chernihiv-Nizhyn route.
In Chernihiv, local businesses start operating after the blockade. They face understaffing, financial costs, logistics problems, and stolen equipment from the russians. Business owners say they must pay salaries and maintain a budget.
Demining of the territory continues in Sumy Oblast. There is disappointing news: in the village of Nyzhnia Syrovatka, a railway worker exploded on a landmine. As a result of the explosion, a 29-year-old man suffered severe contusions and eye injuries. Trostyanets city authorities do not recommend visiting cemeteries due to mines.
The russians set up a concentration camp on the premises of the plant in the Kharkiv Oblast, according to human rights ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are defending themselves. A russian fighter was shot down in Kharkiv Oblast.
Saltivka was shelled. There were two arrivals and one shelling, sounding like hail. The Head of the Oblast Military Administration informed about the shelling, two dead and five wounded civilians, and a destroyed house.
Some residents are being evacuated, but more people are now returning than are leaving despite everything. Russian occupation troops have been shelling Kharkiv since night. Today 3 people were killed, and three others were injured. The AFU hold the defense of the controlled territory and knock out the enemy in the Izium Raion. Ukrainian military successfully demined mines in the center of Kharkiv. There is no other detailed information in the public space.
The coordinator of the Active Community AUI provided 15 service members with food in the city and handed over about 10-12 kilograms of stew and two boxes of medicines, hemostatic drugs, syringes, catheters, and drip systems to the front line. Also, she transferred food for two weeks to one low-income family.
The situation remains worrisome. Air raid alerts have been wailing a lot, and distant explosions could be heard in the city. No reports of damage or casualties have been registered.
The logistics of medicine supplies via evacuation buses are being gradually streamlined. Volunteers buy medicines in safe oblasts to send them to Kramatorsk.
Active Community AUI Regional Coordinator in Kramatorsk has been able to arrange the supply of meals kits to a remote township in the city. The food has been added to personal hygiene kits for two disabled children. Some aid receivers still remembering the horrors of WWII are now forced to relive them again.
Pokrovsk and Pokrovsk Raion
AFU service members repelled the enemy in the raion. The Territorial Defence Forces and law enforcement are patrolling the community territory.
The enemy attempted artillery-supported assaults near Novomykhaylivka and Maryinka, Kurakhovo direction, but saw no success. The invaders used an MRL to shell Avdiyivka. The local by-product coking plant was hit where the third battery in the first coking shop, the Thermal Power Plant, and the by-product recovery shop were damaged.
Russian shellings killed two in Novoselivka and two in Krasnohorivka, Ocheretyn community of the Pokrovsk Raion. The past 24 hours have been calm in Pokrovsk, Myrnohrad, and Selidovo communities. No damage or destruction of local infrastructure has been reported. The utility services continue operating in normal mode.
The Easter time was relatively calm in the communities, and sermons in churches went without incident. The locals continue providing meals kits to IDPs and city residents from aided groups.
The situation in the city is tense because of combat activities around it. Active Community AUI Coordinator has advised on evacuation and humanitarian aid delivery.
There still are around 100 thousand residents left in Mariupol. Meanwhile, the russians continue shelling the city. The Azovstal mill is currently sieged.
The invaders upset the attempt to evacuate the residents to safer oblasts of Ukraine yesterday. The russians rather deport Ukraine nationals onto the territory of russia instead. Some 149 individuals, of them 23 children, were taken away yesterday.
The Easter saw russians in the Luhansk Oblast destroy seven buildings and hit the oil refinery. Russian shellings left the Oblast without power. Besides, most of the population centers in the Oblast have no water supply. The evacuation goes on: it has been possible to evacuate some 73 Oblast residents today.
The russians persist in their attempts to break through Oblast’s defenses. The invading troops have amassed lots of equipment and personnel on the front line section between Velyka Novosilka, Novodarivka, and Malynivka and tried advancing in the direction of Zaporizhzhya and Huliaypole.
Russian occupation troops increase their control and air-defense systems, fires mortars, artillery, and MRLs along the contact line, and use tactical air force to deal with airstrikes.
The Ukrainian military strongly oppos the enemy and continued looking for important targets to deal the maximum damage to the invaders. The defense forces destroyed two tanks, nine armored vehicles, ten road kinds of transport, and one Orlan-10 UAV on Saturday and Sunday.
On April 24th at 7 pm, contact was lost with the humanitarian corridor convoy going from Zaporizhzhya to Mariupol. According to Zaporizhzhya Oblast Military Administration Spokesperson Ivan Arefiev, the last point of contact was 25 km from the village of Manhush, Donetsk Oblast.
Chairs of Novouspenivska and Kyrylivska communities in the Oblast have been freed from russian captivity. Instead, the russian invaders abducted Stanislav Zakharevych, Chair of Sofiyivka Village Council, Berdiansk Raion. Ivan sushko was nominated the chair of administration in the Mykhailivska community by the invaders.
At 10 am on Easter Day, the shelling of Vasylivka began. Russian missiles struck the locations announced earlier for the blessing of Easter bread, and the assault began right when the sermon was started.
It has become possible to bring more than 20 tons of humanitarian and technical cargo needed to support the nuclear power plant and thermal power plant operation in Enerhodar. The supply included fuel for utility companies, emergency teams, rescuers, chlorine for Teplovodokanal water supply company to treat water, humanitarian aid, and medicines.
Russian invaders on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine introduced measures that limit the rights and freedoms of peaceful residents and, in particular, the release of movement. In Melitopol, the invaders intend to cut the exit to the Crimea to prevent Ukraine residents’ spring ‘ mobilization’ from going awry: many Ukrainian men enter the peninsula in transit to go to Georgia, Poland, or Baltic countries.
Citizens with the pro-Ukrainian position are increasingly reported to non-commissioned officers and building administrators. The occupation authorities have placed the train shed personnel under arrest.
The city continues with its preparations for defensive action; the situation is generally worrisome. Air raid alerts go off frequently. Humanitarian centers and volunteer hubs are actively operating in the city. Active Community AUI team has transferred household stuff, clothes, and accouterments for the military and assisted with distributing and delivering medical items and other humanitarian aid.
The number of russian checkpoints is growing by the day. They selectively allow some vehicles in, and which transport is allowed out is anyone’s guess. The russians patrol the cities and villages in groups and ready themselves to enter Oblast administrations. They emptied a grain elevator in one of the villages taking all of the grain to the Crimea.
The residents are getting together but feel unsafe. The banks are out of operation except for PrivatBank, which works several days a week. Foodstuffs and medicines are in a limited supply, but volunteers are on the go.
The AFU have restored control of five population centers near the administrative border with the Kherson Oblast.
Despite air raid alerts, the night was free from shellings for the city of Odesa and the Oblast. At the same time, russian occupation troops attempted enhanced air reconnaissance of the Oblast territory. The utility staff continued clearing debris in and around the Tiras condominium hit by russian missile on April 23rd. Damage of varying degrees has been dealt with in eight flats in the block.
Yesterday, the enemy shelled the village of Inhulets near Kryvyi Rih. No one got hurt. At night, the invaders fired at the Novolatovka community from multiple rocket launchers. The shells hit the outskirts of the village. No casualties have been reported.
Today, the settlement of Velyka Kostromka of the Kryvyi Rih Raion was shelled. As a result of the shelling, the building of an agricultural enterprise was damaged. Over the past day, in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, the police found 130 people being checked for involvement in collaboration with the enemy. Two suspicious citizens were transferred to the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). Thus, in the city of Kryvyi Rih, a citizen who campaigned for the “russian world” was detained. In the town of Nikopol, a man was detained who had dual citizenship (Ukraine and russia) and could work for the russian occupation forces.
The Pishchanyi Brid community extended Easter greetings to the internally displaced persons (IDPs), fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), and children from orphanages and treated them to Easter cakes. The Community residents baked about 600 Easter cakes at the local school. The charity event was held thanks to the support of entrepreneurs, land users, and other residents of the Pishchanyi Brid community.
Dmytro Kudrya, a master in wood carving from Oleksandria, makes wooden construction toys, particularly a tractor towing a captured russian tank. The craftsman named the toy “Ukrainian Trophy”. He donates part of the proceeds from the sale of toys for the needs of the Ukrainian army. The Kompaniivka community called on its residents to take an active part in renaming toponymic names in honor of fellow soldiers who showed courage and dedication in defending Ukraine’s state sovereignty and territorial integrity during russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine.
Air raid alerts sounded one after another; there was a threat of a missile attack. The AFU guarded the Oblast’s borders and military facilities. The Territorial Defense Forces units kept watch at checkpoints and patrolled the city with the police.
An exhibition of works by young artists about the war entitled “Our Home is Ukraine!” was presented on the Oleksandr Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum website. The exhibition participants are students of the Department of Fine Arts of the Children’s School of Arts of Kropyvnytskyi. The exposition of the exhibition comprises almost 100 creative works of 52 artists, aged from 6 to 18, created in different visual art techniques.
The Regional Coordinator of the Active Community AUI worked at the Humanitarian Center for IDPs (prepared food packages, sorted out clothes) and also held interviews with some IDPs from Donetsk and Kharkiv oblasts, who came to the Humanitarian Center with young children, and provided psychological support to them.
There were three air raid alerts in the Poltava Oblast. Yesterday there was the heaviest shelling of the Poltava Oblast during the full-scale russian invasion, and one person was killed (an employee of the thermal power plant), seven people suffered injuries of varying severity. The day before, 9 enemy missiles hit the Kremenchuk Thermal Power Plant and again the Kremenchuk Refinery. There is no hot water in almost all districts of the city because of the shelling of the thermal power plant.
The mayor of Kremenchuk, Vitaliy Maletskyi, said that the destruction of the thermal power plant jeopardizes the heating season of 2022-2023 and the supply of hot water to the city. Soon, they will hold a meeting of the commission for emergencies and consider an action plan to restore the thermal power plant before the start of the next heating season.
Over the past day, law enforcement officers of the Poltava Oblast inspected and checked 520 vehicles and more than 1220 people; one person is being checked for involvement in collaboration with the enemy.
The Poltava Oblast will receive 500 tons of humanitarian aid from the Polish government: food, hygiene products, and household items. The first 80 containers have already arrived. The Oblast administration will deliver everything to IDPs. The coordinator of the Active Community AUI draws up lists for the provision of hygiene kits to the IDPs’ families.
The situation in the Oblast is stable. Thanks to the continuous and round-the-clock service, law enforcement officers of the Cherkasy Oblast documented more than 17 offenses last week. There were 2 attempts to transport unregistered weapons. The police detained three saboteurs who were denied the opportunity to commit crimes and sabotage work in the Cherkasy Oblast.
The utility companies work as usual. Work is underway with temporarily displaced persons: accommodation and humanitarian aid at the Humanitarian Center of the Cherkasy City Council. Almost 16000 IDPs have officially registered in the oblast center. However, the total number of IDPs in the city is much higher. The coordinator of the Active Community AUI assists in the volunteer center for IDPs.
Today there is a general panic in the Oblast. Six missiles were fired at the community’s territory, three of which were shot down by air defense, and three hit the Oblast’s facilities. According to preliminary information (there has been no official confirmation yet), the missiles hit the railway electrical substation (which caused train traffic failure) and the elevator on the outskirts. The place hit by the third missile is unknown, but the locals clearly heard three explosions. Currently, the fires have been extinguished. As a result of the missile attack by russian troops on Zhmerynka and Koziatyn, 5 people were killed and 18 wounded. It is important to note that most Zhmerynka residents did not hear air raid alert signals during the missile attack.
The mayor of the city urged the people to remain calm and informed them about the work of the relevant services at shelling sites. Repair services are running. There were interruptions in electric power and water supply. People are scared, and there is a lack of sufficient official information, so unverified fake news is actively spread.
The coordinator of the Active Community AUI disseminated official information and carried out explanatory work with children on the safety rules.
During the air raid alert in the morning in Lviv, the air defense was working. As a result of the missile strike, an explosion occurred at the traction substation of the Krasne railway station. The fire was extinguished. There are no casualties.
Another missile in the territory of the Lviv Oblast was destroyed by the anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Command “West” of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). The missiles flew towards the west of Ukraine from the south-eastern direction. The russian invaders launched them from strategic aircraft, probably Tu-95.
According to Ukrzaliznytsia Ukrainian Railways Company, trains of different directions are delayed on their way due to the damage caused by the enemy to the railway infrastructure, in particular traction substations.
In the Drohobych Raion, the Czech organization People in Need, which began its work a week ago, continues to provide financial assistance to IDPs. To receive aid, IDPs must register by filling out the appropriate form of this organization.
Easter night in the community and the Oblast passed peacefully. City and local authorities feared provocations during Easter services. More than 800 law enforcement officers, together with National Guard service members and cadets of the police university, were involved in public safety, law, and order, including near temples and crowded places until religious events were completed.
The general situation in the Oblast is relatively calm. There were two air alarms. The enemy fired three missiles at the Oblast’s railway infrastructure during one of them. According to the head of the Rivne Oblast Military Administration, there are no victims. One employee was slightly injured. Windows and roofs of nearby houses were damaged. Passenger trains have resumed traffic.
The AFU patrol the border with belarus. Territorial Defense Forces patrol and are on duty at checkpoints.
Yesterday Dobrovychchyna community paid his last respects to the deceased defender. Citizens are united and help volunteer headquarters financially and immaterially.
The situation is uneasy. In the morning, an air alarm sounded, and there were explosions on the railway. Three russain occupation troops’ missiles hit the railway infrastructure in the Zdovbytsia community. Representatives of the Territorial Defense Forces are guarding the checkpoints.
On the eve of Easter, at the request of the local military unit, the Zdovbytsia community purchased and handed over a Volkswagen T-4 for the AFU needs. Before that, the car was loaded with Eastern cakes and goodies for the Ukrainian military.
Residents of the community, educational and cultural institutions employees, local entrepreneurs, Ukrainians who are currently abroad and foreign volunteers joined the fundraiser. Volunteers continue to help the AFU by purchasing the necessary ammunition in the Czech Republic.
The situation in the community is tense but under control. Due to the damage to the railway infrastructure by occupiers, there are delays of trains in the direction of Shepetivka – Kozyatyn, Zhmerynka – Kozyatyn, Kozyatyn – Fastiv.
Today, more than 150 000 IDPs live in the Oblast. More than 321 000 people came to Khmelnytskyi Oblast from other oblasts during the war.
Today, two cruise missiles fired by the russian aggressor were recorded over the Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). The enemy is thoughtlessly shelling the territory of Ukraine, releasing cruise and other strategic and tactical missiles in the most critical proximity to nuclear facilities. Three Ukrainian service members returned home from captivity.
The Active Community, AUI team in Khmelnytskyi is constantly involved in volunteer activities: weaving camouflage nets, working in the headquarters to inform IDPs, and providing consultations. Team members take an active part in fundraising for the car for the residents of Khmelnytskyi, who are now in the Territorial Defense Forces on the front line.
Air alarms have often been heard since the night. A missile was shot down near the village of Maly Zhvanchyk. As a result, the AFU reported the death of one of the service members of the military unit stationed in the city.
The city is working to strengthen the Castle Bridge. A specially created commission of specialists worked there for several days to inspect its technical condition. Experts have identified many technical problems requiring urgent restrictive measures and repair work, including permanent monitoring of installed “beacons” status.
Many events are held daily for internally displaced children. Today the National Scout Organization of Ukraine “Plast” held checkers and chess games for children of different ages. Children can come alone or with their parents.
The Active Community, AUI coordinators work with the humanitarian headquarters, which provides humanitarian assistance to those in need. Cargo from Germany is expected soon.
Chernivtsi Oblast (Bukovyna)
Bukovyna is outside of active hostilities, but since the beginning of the war, it has been actively helping the AFU.
Unscheduled inspections of institutions, enterprises, and organizations for compliance with legal norms on keeping military records will be conducted in the Oblast by representatives of local territorial centers of recruitment and social support. Bukovyna has already sheltered more than 100 000 Ukrainians who had to flee the war. At the same time, it is ready to receive another 50 000 IDPs.
Local active citizens are implementing various initiatives to help both IDPs and residents during the war. For example, the NGO “Laboratory of Cultural Studies” organizes AR/VR development training so that Ukrainians can learn a new profession and work remotely. One local businessman gave Chernivtsi more than 30 sirens.
Ukrainians are a very human nation: they always support each other and take care of animals. A woman from Kharkiv took more than 40 dogs to Bukovyna, saving them from death.
Through the media, the Active Community AUI Inna Pashanyuk coordinator covers the activities of concerned citizens and invites residents and guests to participate in volunteer activities.
In the highlands of the Carpathians, crocuses bloom from under the snow, but at the same time, the danger of avalanches remains.
Over the past week in Zakarpattya Oblast, under the simplified procedure of customs clearance of cars in Ukraine, brought more than 14 thousand cars. It was, in particular, discussed today during the briefing of the First Deputy Head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine, Oleksandr Shchutsky.
In a week, 47 children were born in Mukachevo St. Martin’s Hospital – 26 boys and 21 girls, according to the Mukachevo City Council.Last modified: 2 Травня, 2022