Ukraine in Brief:
The 64th day of the Ukrainian people’s heroic struggle against the russian military invasion goes on.
No substantial changes in enemy activities in the north of Ukraine have been registered. The enemy air force continues its missile and airstrikes from the territory of belarus of facilities across Ukraine.
Additional rosgvardia (russian national guard) units have been moved into the border area towards the Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts.
On the territory of the belgorod oblast near the border with the Kharkiv Oblast, the enemy has deployed up to five battalions of TBMS Iskander-M. The enemy continues regrouping its forces. Enemy units had attempted an offensive of Ukraine’s Defense Forces in the directions of Brazhkivka and Dovhenke but saw no success and had to retreat with losses. The invaders have also failed in an attempt to take control of some key facilities in Velyka Komyshuvakha. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have restored their control of Kutuzivka, Kharkiv Oblast.
Russian occupation troops were firing at positions of Ukrainian defenders in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts using MRLS and artillery practically along the whole contact line. The aggressors had tried to capture Rubizhne yet failed, sustained losses fully, and had to retreat to the previous objectives.
The enemy continued its airstrikes on Mariupol, focussing its core efforts on the blockading of Ukrainian units in the area of Azovstal Mill to prevent them from breaking out of the siege.
The enemy carried on its offensive towards Neskuchne and Vremivka in the direction of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhya, though with no success. It continues strengthening its military task force.
Enemy’s attempts to storm the areas of Oleksandrivka, Tavriyske, Ivanivka, and Zahradivka, Mykolaiv Oblast, have been successfully repelled.
Russia launched a missile strike on the Shevchenkivskyi District of the capital on the evening of April 28th.
The shell hit the lower floors of a residential building. At the moment, three people are hospitalized. Rescuers and medics are working at the scene.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office has identified ten russians who tortured peaceful Bucha residents together with another russian military.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has paid a visit to Borodyanka, which suffered from russian invaders.
It has become known only now that residents of Demydove flooded their village back in March to hamper russian occupation troops’ advancement towards Kyiv.
On the evening of April 28th, three russian missiles hit the city of Fastiv in the Kyiv Oblast. Rescuers are working on the place.
There was an air raid alert at night. The documenting of war crimes and the mine-clearing of freed villages continue in the Oblast. According to inspection results, artillery shellings and missiles, and airstrikes destroyed more than 200 residential buildings and utility premises in the villages of Grezlia, Davydky, Radha, Nova and Stara Radcha, and Rubezhivka in the Narodychi community, rendering them unfit for living and using.
The local government in Zhytomyr has purchased and sent to Mykolayiv a water treatment plant and drinking water reserve for local enterprises. Because russians hit the two water supply systems feeding Mykolayiv with water, the city has been without water for a fortnight.
The russian military has again fired at Ukrainian border guards near Senkivka. This time the russians have used the automated grenade launcher 15 times in the area where the borders of Ukraine, russia, and belarus converge. There are no casualties among the border guards.
Humanitarian aid from the state continues to be distributed in Chernihiv. State Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) staff have detained an Oblast resident who voluntarily collaborated with the russian military during the temporary occupation of one of the population centers nearby Chernihiv.
Russian invaders leaving Sedniv destroyed premises with vandalized walls, broken doors, windows, damaged floors, crippled furniture, and heaps of rubble. They also stole belongings from children’s summer camps, including computer equipment, TV sets, boilers, a washing machine, refrigerators, irons, dish plates, mattresses and cushions, linen, even water taps and no-fuse breakers from switchboard rooms.
Mine clearing operations nearby gas pipeline networks continue in the Oblast. The russian military left mines and tripwires at remote gate valves in the fields and on pipelines near gas-distributing plants.
The russians keep shelling and terrorizing peaceful Oblast residents. The invaders are hitting civilian infrastructure, village streets, and squares, even cemeteries in the Kharkiv Raion.
A strike in one population center has made a building cave. According to the preliminary data, those rescued from under the rubble have only minor injuries, and no hospitalizations are required. As of today, there are four wounded and one casualty in the Kharkiv Raion.
Russia is attempting to force the russian market on the temporarily occupied territories. In Borova, the occupation administration forces agricultural employees to begin spring work in fields in dangerous conditions. Those agriculturalists who refuse are threatened to have their land ‘nationalized’.
The russian military launched an airstrike on Ukrainian New York, killing three people.
Pokrovsk and Pokrovsk Raion
Russian occupation troops attempted to break through the defenses of the Ukrainian forces in the Kurakhovo area. The attempt was unsuccessful.
The occupation army shells Avdiivka with all the heavy weapons available to them. It also uses aviation. People have been living in basements for a month now. Since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion, the city has had no water supply or heating. The city authorities organized the supply of drinking and technical water. Also, in Avdiivka, electricity and mobile communications periodically disappear, and there is a partial lack of gas supply.
Mariinka and Ocheretyno are under enemy fire. Only in one small village of Lastochkyne of the Ocheretyno community, as a result of shelling by russians, 27 houses were damaged yesterday. Three of them sustained a direct hit by shells.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) repulsed the onslaught of the enemy. The Territorial Defense Forces units patrolled the city. The last day in the Pokrovsk community was relatively quiet. There are no shellings, destructions, wounded, or dead among the civilian population. The utility companies continue to operate as normal Humanitarian aid continues to be provided to residents, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), who have not received such assistance over the past month. The supply of drinking water to the villages of the community was organized.
Today the situation in the Selydiv community of Pokrovsk Raion is stable and under control. Explosions are heard during the dark hours. The city’s public utilities work as usual: the city is being cleaned, garbage removed, and water, gas, and electricity are supplied.
In Myrnohrad (Pokrovsk Raion), representatives of the vulnerable groups of the population received humanitarian aid. Together with the bodies of self-organization of the population, long-term storage food packages were evenly distributed in all districts of the Myrnohrad community. Support is given to privileged categories of the citizens.
The situation is extremely tense. Private retail facilities operate on a limited basis. The Bakhmut-Khleb company works steadily to meet the needs of the community. The market is functioning.
The regional coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” participated in the planting of the “Victory Gardens”.
All night russian occupation troops bombed Mariupol, including the Azovstal plant. The russians dropped heavy bombs on the military field hospital on the territory of Azovstal and then fired from naval artillery. Part of the hospital premises collapsed, destroying the operating room. Some were killed, shell-shocked, or received new wounds among the previously wounded service members.
In addition to the difficult humanitarian situation, Mariupol faces a sharp deterioration in the epidemiological situation. For more than a month and a half, they have not been able to take out garbage from the city. Wastewater treatment facilities do not work. There is no medical care.
Now the air temperature reaches 20 degrees Centigrade. So powerful and deadly epidemics could soon break out in the city – due to the lack of centralized water supply and sewerage system, the decomposition of thousands of corpses under the rubble, and a catastrophic shortage of drinking water and food. The invaders are forcing residents to dismantle the rubble of the Drama Theater. The russian military controls their work. They only take out the bodies of the dead for mass burial.
Intense hostilities continue in the Luhansk Oblast. Russian invaders shelled Lysychansk for 24 hours. They destroyed 13 houses. Also, three houses caught fire in Novodruzhesk, a store in Severodonetsk, a carpentry workshop, and a transformer in Hirske. The transformer can no longer be repaired as it is destroyed so that people will be without electricity and mobile communications.
In the Oblast, local battles continue along the entire line of contact. Russian occupation troops continue their attempts to advance east of and take control of Velyka Novosilka and improve the tactical position of their army in the direction of Zaporizhzhya. They failed and pulled back with losses. In the area of Huliaipole, the Azov Regiment captured several mobilized citizens of the pseudo-republics of Donbas.
Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the Zaporizhzhia sector destroyed a tank, 7 armored vehicles (2 more were damaged), 4 special vehicles, and 3 uncrewed aerial vehicles. Among them is the Orlan drone, which directed enemy artillery fire.
Russian invaders continue to shell settlements and civilian infrastructure. Last night, rescuers localized six fires caused by russian shelling. In Orikhiv and Huliaipole, residential houses and outbuildings were damaged.
Artillery shelling continues in the temporarily occupied Vasylivka. The sounds of shelling were heard near the train station and in one of the city’s residential areas.
There are fights in Poltava. The village suffered from looting: the russian military plundered abandoned houses and a local store. They also destroyed Stella in memory of the soldiers who died during World War II. The monument to the soldier bore the inscription “This will never happen again.”
In the temporarily occupied territories, the invaders inspect the homes of residents in search of representatives of the security and law enforcement agencies of Ukraine, members of the anti-terrorist operation, and the joint forces operation (ATO/JFO). In addition, the invaders check civilians’ documents and telephone numbers, conduct a census, and put pressure on the local authorities. In Melitopol, Berdyansk, Enerhodar, and Tokmak, the russian military interrogates and searches journalists. They take hostage those who refuse to cooperate.
Zaporizhzhia was hit again by a missile. It was inflicted by russian aircraft using an X-55 air-to-ground rocket. As a result, 12 private sector buildings were damaged. It is known about 5 injured, among them – 1 child.
Osnat Lubrani, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, is expected to visit Zaporizhzhia. She will arrive to work on the evacuation from Mariupol, surrounded by russians.
Russian propaganda is spreading misinformation about the attack on Zaporizhzhia on April 26th. The russians claim that three cruise missiles that hit one of the city’s enterprises were supposed to destroy foreign ammunition depots. The video and photos taken by journalists and released by local authorities at the scene clearly show that there was no ammunition at the plant.
Enerhodar and Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP)
Due to the high-voltage line damage, Zaporizhzhia NPP has been downgraded and provides only its own needs. The Zaporizhzhia Oblast Military Administration spokesman, Ivan Arefyev, reported about it.
Russians continue to spread misinformation. In particular, about the drones shot down over Enerhodar. Occupational propaganda declares that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) allegedly equipped UAVs with explosive warheads and launched them at a nuclear power plant. Of course, this is an outright lie. Ukrainian soldiers follow the rules of nuclear safety, unlike the russian invaders.
The russian occupiers looted the Melitopol Museum of Local Lore and exported Scythian gold belonging to the museum funds. Earlier, they mined the National Historical and Archaeological Reserve “Stone Grave”, located near Melitopol. The reserve is a stone shell with many caves and grottoes, on the walls of which are painted several thousand unique petroglyphs (ancient rock paintings).
Robbery and removal of property from Melitopol enterprises continue. The russians are transporting the remains of agricultural machinery and grain to the Crimea by truck. In the temporarily occupied Yakymivka community (Melitopol Raion), an explosion damaged one strip of the railway bridge through which the occupiers supplied weapons and fuel from the Crimea.
The enemy carried out night shelling in Kherson and the Kherson Oblast. A fire is still burning in Kherson. The occupiers continue to plunder farms and agricultural enterprises, including irrigation canals. From May 1st, they want to introduce the russian currency – the ruble. The invaders are preparing in Kherson for the “celebration” of May 9th.
Russian occupation troops continue to kidnap deputies of the oblast council. People are not allowed to leave the occupied territory of the Oblast on their own.
Ukrainians oppose the occupation in all possible ways.
The military of the AFU liberated more than 8 settlements of the Kherson Oblast.
The mayor works remotely and by phone. The executive committee of the Skadovsk City Council works online. The situation is tense and unstable. It is becoming more and more problematic with food and medicine. People continue to volunteer. Banking institutions do not work. The regional coordinator of AUI “Active Community” assisted food supply volunteers.
For the past 24hrs, ten people have been injured in Mykolaiv Oblast. The russian military fired at a construction plant in Mykolaiv. In Mykolaiv, about 500 food sets are distributed to socially unprotected citizens daily. Humanitarian aid is provided in social protection units.
In the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, the russian occupiers targeted an abandoned industrial zone. At night, the settlements of Zelenodolsk, Maryanske, and Velyka Kostromka were shelled with artillery. A strong fire broke out at the Zelenodolsk Thermal Power Plant. The fire was extinguished in a few hours. One employee is in the hospital. Significant damage to the elevator (granary) was inflicted on Maryanske.
In the morning, a russian missile hit a former plant in the Synelnykovo Raion. Ukrainian air defense forces shot down another enemy missile. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) continues to demine the Synelnykovo Raion from cluster munitions. These are the territories bordering on Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk oblasts. Since the beginning of the war, more than 1000 munitions have been destroyed in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
Russian artillery fire intensified near Kryvyi Rih. It has been happening for the last three days. Enemy troops made several attempts to storm the Kryvyi Rih Raion, including with the help of armored vehicles, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) repulsed them. The aggressor fires prohibited ammunition, including phosphorus and cluster munitions.
Sowing in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast is in full swing. Agrarians have already sown spring crops in 90% of the projected areas. It is more than 130 thousand hectares.
An enemy agent was detained in the Oblast. The FSB instructed him to join the Dnipro Territorial Defense Forces ranks. He had his arsenal of weapons. Another russian agent was detained in Kryvyi Rih. He took photos of the fortifications in the Kryvyi Rih direction and worked through closed communication channels. A woman was detained in Synelnykovo Raion for agitating for “russian peace” among the villagers and wearing the banned “St. George’s” ribbon.
Specialists of the IDPs Headquarters of the Kirovohrad Oblast Military Administration report that more than 125000 citizens, including 36279 children, have moved through the Kirovohrad Oblast. As of April 28th, almost 64000 migrants had stopped in the Oblast.
Air-raid warnings went off one after another. There was a threat of missile strike. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) guarded the Oblast’s borders and military facilities. Territorial Defense Forces stood guard at checkpoints and patrolled the city along with the police.
The international organization of emergency medical care Medecins Sans Frontiers “Doctors Without Borders” has started its work in Kropyvnytskyi. Representatives of the organization met with Kropyvnytskyi Deputy Mayor Oleksandr Mosin to discuss further cooperation in the healthcare sphere. Organization workers are already conducting training with doctors of the city maternity hospital to provide psychological help to victims and teach them how to act in case of chemical and biological threats.
As an alternative to posters with a message about a russian ship that has lost its aesthetic appearance over time, children’s drawings are placed on billboards in Kropyvnytskyi. One of the initiators of such social advertising is Kharkiv artist Mykola Lomakin. Today he lives with his family in Kropyvnytskyi and is actively volunteering. Kropyvnytskyi museum workers and other willing citizens helped implement the initiative. The words from Tina Karol’s song “Ukraine is you” were chosen as the project’s name.
The Regional Coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” worked at the Humanitarian Center for IDPs and conducted interviews with some IDPs who arrived at the Humanitarian Center with young children and provided psychological support.
On April 28th, there was an air alarm in Poltava Oblast during the nighttime. For the past 24 hours, Poltava Oblast police officers have been checking vehicles and citizens. Three people were detained; they are being checked for involvement in cooperation with the enemy. Two soldiers from Poltava Oblast died defending Ukraine.
The Poltava City Council and the home of Poltava Mayor Oleksandr Mamai were searched.
Searches were conducted without a court decision. The Poltava Oblast Prosecutor’s Office and the Security Service of Ukraine Office in Poltava Oblast have not officially commented on this situation.
Representatives of the Czech International Humanitarian Organization “People in Need” visited Poltava City Council. The First Deputy mayor Valeryi Parkhomenko met with them. It is not the first time that the organization members have seen Poltava. Still, this time they came to inspect the places of residence of IDPs arranged by the city authorities in public educational institutions. Members of this organization have already formed a working group. Today it will review the living conditions of migrants and create a list of necessities for them.
The Regional Coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” in Poltava continues to provide targeted help by providing IDPs families with children with hygiene products and baby food.
There are no hostilities on the territory of the community. The situation is generally stable, and the number of air-raid warnings has decreased. The city of Zhmerynka is recovering from rocket fire. The missiles hit critical infrastructure. 5 people were killed, and 18 were seriously injured. The doctors are trying to save their lives, and entrepreneurs calculate the losses.
In Khmilnyk, there was a master class on pre-hospital care. The police received operative information about a young man filming military facilities in Vinnytsia Oblast. Law enforcement officers immediately identified who he was. It turned out to be an 18-year-old resident of Slovyansk, Donetsk Oblast, who had moved to Vinnytsia Oblast. The man was handed over to the relevant security services.
The Regional Coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” in Zhmerynka resettled IDPs. Another AUI “Active Community” coordinator spoke with psychologist Anastasia Moroz (Khmilnyk) about measures to reduce the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder in children from IDP families.
There was one air-raid warning in Oblast. There was a threat of a missile strike from the southeast of the Black Sea area.
Lviv Oblast is applying for membership in the Assembly of European Regions. Ukrainian officials have already submitted the relevant application to the organization. Membership in the Assembly will be free for Ukrainian oblasts. Another 1484 people from other oblasts were sheltered in Lviv Oblast.
30 jeeps and pickup trucks arrived in Lviv Oblast. They will be delivered to the Ukrainian defenders on the front line. They were purchased with funds raised by the Kyiv School of Economics Charitable Foundation, “Skhid” (“South”) Charitable Center, and the Ukrainian Diaspora around the world as part of the joint initiative #CARFORVICTORY. Four more off-road vehicles (three Ford Ranger cars and one SsangYong Actyon Sportscar), bought by the Mostyska Dry Port Industrial Park and the West Ukrainian Business Club, will be transported from Lviv to Ukrainian defenders.
As of April 25th, the Oblast budget received more than 1.1 billion hryvnias, which is 31% more than in the same period last year.
The Drohobych Department of Culture and Tourism Development organized a charity event and fair supporting the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). Folk houses of the territorial community villages and artisans from Drohobych and nearby cities sold homemade products, embroideries, honey, and sweets. The money they have collected will be transferred to the AFU.
During the full-scale war, the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast officially accepted 139000 IDPs. The Head of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Military Administration, Svitlana Onyschuk, said there are still 18,000 beds in reserve.
In the village of Cherniiv, Ivano-Frankivsk community, it was planned to build 5-story buildings with approximately 2.5 thousand apartments and equipped infrastructure for the needs of internally displaced persons. However, Chernivtsi residents opposed housing construction for IDPs in the village for international money. Ivano-Frankivsk Mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv assured that the authorities would offer another plot of land for construction if the community opposed it.
The Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk announced a reduction in the staff of the city executive committee and a reduction in salaries for officials. He stressed that this is a forced step to win together. Also, the head of the community added that part of the salary the workers decided to transfer to the needs of the AFU.
There were no air alarms during the day. AFU soldiers patrol the border with belarus. Territorial Defense Forces are patrolling and on duty at checkpoints.
Today in Volodymyrka, they said goodbye to the deceased defender – Oleksandr Kartavy. He died in battle near Izyum in the Kharkiv Oblast.
Humanitarian aid was received for the migrants from geriatric boarding schools in the Rivne Oblast. The Charitable Foundation “To Victory Together” donated food, hygiene products, groceries, and shoes to the elderly.
The Rivne Oblast received three tons of state aid for IDPs. Pillows, blankets, food, canned food, snacks, personal hygiene products, detergents, and more.
In Rivne, the city authorities dismantle soviet monuments. The military administration from Kreminna moved to Rivne. The city in the Luhansk Oblast is temporarily occupied, so officials are currently working remotely in a specially equipped place. (https://suspilne.media/233573-u-rivne-pereihala-vijskova-administracia-z-kreminnoi-ak-pracuut-ta-dopomagaut-zemlakam/). In general, citizens are united and help volunteer headquarters financially and morally.
The general situation is calm. There were no air alarms during the day. Territorial Defense Forces continue to be on duty at checkpoints. The village council actively supports and monitors the stay of IDPs in the Zdovbytsia community. The collection for the AFU needs also continues. Citizens actively volunteer, weaving nets at school and purchasing the necessary ammunition in the Czech Republic.
At the beginning of the full-scale hostilities in Khmelnytskyi, providers ware set up to respond to the city government’s initiative to build bomb shelters and shelters in residential and communal buildings with Internet-enabled equipment. InfoDom, Volia, x-city, Happy.net.ua, and Everest joined the initiative.
Employees of the companies have installed the appropriate equipment in more than 100 storage facilities, and now there is a wi-fi signal. Providers also service networks and ensure their continued operation. Companies work on a volunteer basis. In this way, they contribute to the joint Ukrainian victory. The work will continue.
All books published in Russian were removed from the Shevchenko Oblast Children’s Library shelves. It’s about 45 thousand publications. They were transferred to the repository, and such literature can now be taken only on request. Works by russian writers translated into Ukrainian have been made freely available. The regional coordinators of the AUI “Active Community” inform IDPs and provide information on receiving assistance.
Everything is calm in the Kamyanets-Podilsky community. Considerably fewer IDPs are now arriving in the city than before, and only 28 people yesterday. The Department of Social Protection continues to receive documents to obtain an IDP certificate. There is a separate area for IDPs where they can submit relevant documents. There is also a workplace where advice is provided on any issues.
Today, the community has summed up the following results: during the war, military equipment, generators, household appliances, first-aid kits, foodstuffs, etc. – for almost UAH 2 million!
Four educational institutions are preparing to conduct a national multi-subject test, which will be performed instead of external evaluation in the city under martial law. Yesterday, one of the stadiums hosted masterclasses by the Ukrainian national track and field team athletes, who were forced to move from dangerous cities to Kamianets-Podilskyi. For security reasons, this event was not widely announced.
The coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” took part in the focus group on work with IDPs.
Chernivtsi Oblast (Bukovyna)
The security situation in Bukovyna remains stable and under control. More than 700 IDPs have applied to the employment center in Oblast, and 99 have already found work. Bukovynian gasmen repaired a gas pipeline destroyed by an air bomb in the Chernihiv Oblast. Now gas is available again in 800 apartments in the village of Kiinka.
Cargo arrived in Chernivtsi from the Czech city of Olomouc, where food, children’s belongings, medicines, wallets and generators, water tanks, and chainsaws were handed over.
In Chernivtsi, the car design studio sews more than 30 bulletproof vests for the Armed Forces of Ukraine per day. The company was reformatted when it became known that the military needed ammunition.
Today, the regional coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” in Chernivtsi, Inna Pashanyuk, was engaged in solving operational tasks related to the functioning of the social kitchen, namely finding volunteers, ordering bread, and attracting humanitarian aid.Last modified: 15 Травня, 2022