Ukraine in Brief:
The 78th day of the Ukrainian people’s heroic struggle against the russian military invasion goes on.
No active enemy action has been reported in the north of Ukraine. The threat of missile and bomb strikes from the belarus on infrastructure facilities on the territory of Ukraine remains. The enemy has kept shelling border oblasts of Ukraine in the Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy’s main efforts have been concentrated on preventing Ukrainian troops from advancing, and liberating areas occupied temporarily by the russian invaders. Throughout the past 24 hours, the enemy has shelled the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) troops’ positions in the vicinity of Pytomnyk and Ruski Tyshky.
In the Donetsk direction, the invaders have been using mortars, conventional artillery, multiple rocket launchers and missile and bomb airstrikes to destroy fortifications of Ukrainian units. In the direction of Lyman, the enemy has been trying to capture an area on the right bank of the Siverskiy Donets river to consolidate positions in the vicinity of Oleksandrivka. The aggressor has also been trying to storm towards Novoselivka, without success. In the direction of Severodonetsk, russian occupation troops have been continuing a storm offensive in the area of Voyevodivka, also without success. Enemy storm offensives towards the directions of Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Kurakhovo aimed at improving the tactical positions of its troops have met no luck either.
In Mariupol, the invaders have been proceeding with artillery and air bombardments, focussing their core effort on the blockading of our units in the area of Azovstal Mill. The russian invaders continue suffering losses in almost all directions.
Air raid alerts are wailing in the capital and the Oblast. The exhibition of destroyed russian military equipment continues in downtown Kyiv. The showpieces include a Tiger APV used by russians in fights near Gostomel and an APC BTR-82A. The National Military History Museum has organized the exhibition.
The Kyiv Oblast Council has had its first session since the beginning of the full-scale war. A special commission is documenting the aftermath of russian attacks on population centers’ infrastructure. The UK is to join Oblast restoration efforts. More than 20 tower blocks in Irpin are slated for demolition.
There is a temporary tent camp set up in the town for the locals left homeless.
De-russification goes on: the Executive Committee of the Bila Tserkva City Council has approved a decision to dismantle the monuments to a russian tank and a plane. Local MPs in Kaharlyk have banned moscow patriarchy churches.
A commission in Zhytomyr has surveyed more than 200 facilities damaged by russian strikes. The range of facilities includes schools, kindergartens, and residential buildings, which will be restored with funds from the national budget. Of these, 17 have totaled, 42 will require significant repairs, and 149 will run repairs. The Baltic States will join the revival of the Zhytomyr Oblast.
The russians dealt an airstrike on Novhorod-Siverskiy at night. The attack left three casualties and 12 wounded. Two school buildings, a district administration office, a shop, a medical college hostel, and several buildings were damaged.
Blast technicians have found more than 700 armed submunitions from a russian air bomb in the field, Horodnya Raion. De-russification continues in the Oblast. A monument to ‘the friendship of the people’ of Ukraine, russia, and belarus is being dismantled in the Oblast.
Russia has shelled the Oblast again in the morning. Around 20 heavy artillery shells hit the territory of Novy Vyrky, leaving one casualty. A tractor hit a russian landmine near the hospital in Trostyanets. One person was left with shell shock.
The past 24 hours have been calm in Kharkiv. No enemy strikes the city. However, population centers in the Oblast are suffering from shellings. The invaders used MRLS to shell the village of Mala Danylivka. This morning’s missile strike on Derhachi has left one casualty and three wounded.
Natural gas supply restoration works continue in Kharkiv districts and villages in the Oblast affected by shellings. More than 20 thousand meal kits have been supplied to Kharkiv Oblast residents in the past 24 hours.
In general, the situation is alarming. Explosions were heard in the city. There are no reports of destruction or casualties. There is a shortage of fuel and problems with access to medicines in the city. The military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and local Territorial Defense units were preparing to meet the enemy. Municipal services work in a regular mode. Public utilities tested lawnmowers purchased last year.
Despite fuel problems, volunteers managed to organize targeted delivery for residents of the community village – people with disabilities who cannot reach the extradition center on their own. Among these people, there are bedridden, so hygiene kits were very important. People expressed their gratitude to the volunteers.
The coordinator of AUI “Active Community” organized the work of the humanitarian center and assisted foreign journalists who came to report on the war in Ukraine.
Pokrovsk and Pokrovsk Raion
On May 11th, enemy troops again fired on the Avdiivka Coke Plant. Russian occupation troops’ shells hit the plant and the phenol-naphthalene building. The 33-year-old head of the plant shift and an employee of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) department were injured. The aggressor’s troops fired on the following settlements: Avdiivka, Novoselivka, and Krasnohorivka village.
Russian war crimes have been documented. Police have launched a pre-trial investigation under Article 438 (violation of the laws or customs of war) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The AFU repulsed the enemy. Representatives of the local Territorial Defense unit were on duty in the community. The last day in the Pokrovsk community was relatively calm. No casualties or damage were reported. In Pokrovsk and other settlements of the Pokrovsk community, cleaning of streets is carried out, and flowers are planted. Cash is available at ATMs of Privatbank and Oschadbank.
The situation is very tense. There is heavy fighting around the community within a 30-40 km radius. The neighboring Zvanivska community was under fire last night. The shelling lasted for 60 hours continuously.
Russian occupation troops tried to cross the Siversky Donets river. In 4 days of unsuccessful attempts, the rashists lost more than 70 units of equipment and two infantry battalions with engineers.
In the Donetsk direction, enemy units are trying to develop offensive operations in the Bakhmut area. The enemy is storming Pervomaisk and Komyshuvakha, and fighting continues. Private trade facilities operate in a limited mode. The bakery “Bakhmut-Khlib” works steadily to meet the community’s needs. The market is working.
Today, the regional coordinator of AUI “Active Community” in Bakhmut visited the Cherkasy Center for Social Services to talk about the services provided by AUI “Active Community” during martial law. As a result of the meeting, two joint activities were planned for internally displaced children and adolescents.
Russian occupation troops do not stop trying to storm the “Azovstal” plant, which is defended by the Ukrainian military. The occupiers are tightening the police regime in Mariupol. The whole city is blocked by checkpoints. The russian military carefully inspects all cars.
Locals who did not pass “filtration” in the concentration camps were held in prison. They are being taken to a penal colony in Olenivka village (Donetsk Oblast) or the “Isolation” Prison in Donetsk. The minimum term of imprisonment is 36 days. Prisoners are held in inhumane conditions. At least 3000 people are currently in prison.
Adviser to the Mayor of Mariupol Petro Andryushchenko says that the occupiers are preparing to integrate the city into russia. Currently, there is information that a “referendum” is planned to be held in the city on May 15th. He also underlined that the notebooks in Mariupol and Mariupol Raion schools are signed “Mariupol. Rostov region”.
The shelling intensified along the entire Luhansk front. Powerful battles continue in Bilohorivka, Komyshuvakha, and on the outskirts of Severodonetsk. Ukrainian defenders hold back the russian offensive in Bilohorivka and destroy their pontoon crossings across the Siversky Donets river. In the temporarily occupied lands, local activists are missing en masse.
There are almost no surviving livelihoods left in Luhansk Oblast. The vast majority of critical infrastructure will have to be built from scratch. Some power lines can be repaired, but constant shelling in the damaged areas does not allow this. There is no electricity supply everywhere in the region. Only electric generators work. There is also no centralized water supply.
The situation in Zaporizhzhia Oblast remains difficult. The russian military continues to shell settlements. On the morning of May 12th, russian occupation troops fired on the town of Huliaipole from the “Grad” volley fire systems. Infrastructure facilities were damaged. There is currently no information on the wounded or dead.
During the past 24hrs, 18 missiles were fired at Komyshuvakha village; as a result, about 60 houses were damaged. One person was killed, and three were injured. The occupiers continue to terrorize the locals, block the delivery of humanitarian aid, and ban travel to Ukrainian-controlled territories. In addition, the russians take out grain, loot, and destroy companies that repair and maintain roads.
On May 12th, residents of Kyrylivka, neighboring villages of the Kyrylivka and Yakymivka communities, and two migrants from Mariupol were able to evacuate to the territories of Zaporizhia Oblast controlled by Ukraine. In total, there are 60 people.
On May 12, around 10:00 am, russian occupation troops launched a cruise missile at the city of Zaporizhzhia. According to preliminary data, a private building caught fire due to the shelling. The information is currently being clarified.
The Security Service of Ukraine prevented a terrorist attack at a mass gathering in the center of Zaporizhzhia. The perpetrator was detained. He planned to hide explosives, nails, bolts, and other elements of the improvised explosive device in crutches.
There are no plans to hold a referendum in Kherson in the near future. The invaders are engaged in looting: grain, machinery, warehouses, cars, property, and possessions of people – everything is taken to the territory of russia.
Drug business has been added to other forms of crime in the Kherson Oblast: the russian military and their subordinates in the Oblast are engaged in creating cannabis plantations.
The damage caused to the Chornobayivska poultry farm amounted to 1.5 billion hryvnias. It is the largest poultry farm in Europe. Due to the blockade, it was impossible to feed the poultry and dispatch the finished products, which led to its mass extinction. In every possible way, the local public demonstrates its disagreement with the occupation.
The situation continues to be critical. In Skadovsk and the Kherson Oblast, mobile communications and the Internet began to disappear again. The exchange of medicines works. There is less and less food; a lot of humanitarian aid remains in Mykolaiv and cannot be delivered for several days now. People stick together, join volunteering, and some try to leave the city and the oblast.
At checkpoints, passports are now checked, and personal belongings and mobile phones are thoroughly inspected. Currently, the Skadovsk occupying “authorities” are Serhiy Shvaiko and Tetiana Kalinovska, who russian military leaders have appointed. They aim to request the president of russia to incorporate this Raion into the russia.
There are no Territorial Defense units in the city. The mayor works online, following what is going on in the city. He thanked the partners from Lithuania for their humanitarian aid. The municipality of the town of Šilutė donated food, hygiene products, and a Mercedes Sprinter minibus to Skadovsk. All these relief supplies will be delivered to the city soon. The bus is specially designed for people with limited mobility. It has 8 individual seats and is equipped with a wheelchair lift. The bus will carry out a humanitarian mission in the territory controlled by Ukraine during the occupation. And after the liberation from the invaders, it will work for the needs of the members of the Skadovsk community. The Skadovsk community expresses its gratitude to the Mayor of Šilutė, Vytautas Laurinaitis, all the residents of the Šilutė district, and all the people of Lithuania for their unfailingly steadfast support of Ukraine in its struggle for freedom.
The AUI “Active Community” coordinator is engaged in the exchange of medicines in Skadovsk and is also looking for opportunities online to deliver them to the city.
In the Mykolaiv sector, the enemy continues serial shelling the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and the industrial zone of Mykolaiv, using multiple launch rocket systems. The invaders are destroying infrastructure and exerting psychological pressure on the civilian population. The unique Kinburn Spit Reserve is being destroyed in this Oblast. Over the past day in the Mykolaiv Oblast, 11 people were wounded.
The situation is tense, and missile attacks are always possible. The russians are building up their military presence on Zmiinyi Island to block Ukrainian maritime communications. The enemy constantly conducts reconnaissance of the territories, shelling the area from the sea. Air defense works in the Oblast. The local Territorial Defense units strengthen the defense capability of the Oblast. According to the local authorities, the situation is under control in the Oblast.
De-russification is underway in the oblast. In Izmail, the main avenue, named after Suvorov, was renamed Independence Avenue, and Moskovska Street will now be called Defenders of Ukraine Street.
People are active and close-knit, and many join volunteering.
The regional coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” provided information to IDPs on humanitarian, social, and psychological assistance.
Throughout the night, along the entire line of confrontation, the enemies were shelling, including the use of prohibited phosphorus and cluster munitions. The invaders shelled Velyka Kostromka and Zelenodolsk. One person was killed and one wounded. An energy infrastructure facility was destroyed.
Mykola Lukashuk, Chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, addressed the Sejm of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. He spoke in detail about the current situation in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, the enemy missile attacks, destruction, casualties, the number of IDPs in the Oblast, and the progress of the sowing campaign.
The Kramatorsk plant of special fasteners was evacuated to Dnipro and has already produced 10 tons of products. These are various complex screws for mining and metallurgical equipment and the heavy engineering industry. Some batches of such products have already gone on sale in Ukraine and abroad. https://adm.dp.gov.ua/news/pershij-zavod-pereselenec-dnipropetrovshchini-vipustiv-startovi-10-tonn-produkciyi
Dnipro received an ambulance as a gift from Stryi, Lviv Oblast. In Dnipro, 15 IDPs were offered jobs in the Parks and Recreation Department. Also, more than 800 residents of Kryvyi Rih provided free housing to IDPs under the Shelter program.
IDPs from Donetsk planted 200 rose bushes in the Petrykivka community. The beauty in the village was created by the residents of Pokrovsk, Donetsk Oblast. In this way, the IDPs sought to thank local citizens for the shelter given to them and create a nook reminiscent of their hometown.
The Dnipro Academic Drama and Comedy Theater organizes concerts for IDPs and Ukrainian soldiers. The theater team organized a unique event with the participation of actors from Dnipro and Kharkiv cities and the Luhansk Oblast.
The day passed quietly, without air sirens. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) guarded the Oblast’s borders and military facilities. Troops were on duty at checkpoints and patrolled the city with police. On May 12th, the ninth session of the Kropyvnytskyi City Council resumed its work, in which deputies condemned russia’s aggression against Ukraine and upheld Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Igor Shcherbanovsky from Kropyvnytskyi planted flowers grown in his greenhouse on the Fortress Walls in Kropyvnytskyi. He planted flowers on the central flowerbed of the memorial complex. It’s 300 petunias of different colors. “I planted it from the heart, in honor and memory of children and mothers of the dead. Let these flowers grow and bloom so that people remember, do not forget our heroes, who laid down their lives,” says Igor.
Patriotic Kherson residents, who were forced to leave their native home and settle in Alexandria, continue to do good deeds. At their own expense, Yuri Efremov, together with his daughters, contribute to the improvement of the city. This time the children offered to paint a bench near the entrance, where they live in the state flag and with the inscription “I am Ukrainian and proud of it.”
The center for sewing clothes for the AFU in Novoukrainka was organized by the community’s residents of the and operates based on the ZORIT Center for Children and Youth Creativity. More than twenty streets and alleys in Kropyvnytskyi, whose names are associated with russia or the history of the communist movement, have received new Ukrainian names. The Kropyvnytskyi City Council unanimously supported the decision. The toponymic city commission continues its work – more than a hundred city toponyms are still being studied.
The coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” took part in weaving camouflage nets and sorting things and food brought by citizens.
Yesterday, the occupiers struck at the infrastructure of the Karlovy Vary community with a missile built in the 1960s. Investigative actions are underway there.
Today, from 8 to 12 enemy missiles hit Kremenchuk – refineries and other infrastructure facilities. Weapons continue to be detected and seized in the Poltava Oblast. In the north of the Oblast, many weapons and ammunition are confiscated from people because there used to be russian troops there, who later fled. Police are currently investigating more than 70 criminal cases. Explanatory work is also being carried out among the population.
Poltava artists announce a big joint premiere. The project “All that is Ukraine” is a creative work on the platform of which almost 40 Poltava artists came together and recorded a polyphonic song-anthem of the same name.
Today, during the meeting of the Executive Committee, a number of decisions were made concerning assistance to the AFU, local Territorial Defense units, and internally displaced persons (IDPs). A Renault Duster car was handed over to the 72nd separate mechanized brigade named after the Black Cossacks.
The Executive Committee of Poltava received free humanitarian aid from charitable organizations:
International Committee of the Red Cross – hygiene kits, mattresses, food kits, and solar led lamps;
Association for participatory community development – 30 dormitories;
Charitable organization “CHARITY FOUNDATION KIRY DENYSIVNY” food products – cereals, pasta, oil, canned beef, pork, chicken, beans, condensed milk, etc.;
The AUI “Active Community” team held a regular meeting of the Ukrainian talk club online.
In the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova, units of the operational group of russian troops have been put on alert “Full”, and the security forces have been transferred to a reinforced mode of service.
20 cars were driven from the Netherlands for the needs of the Ukrainian military and the Vinnytsia Oblast’s Military Administration. They were handed over to the needs of the Ukrainian army and the Vinnytsia Oblast’s Military Administration by the Foundation’s partners from the Netherlands. The chairman of the Representative Council of the Podilska Hromada Community Foundation, Viktor Bronyuk, agreed on the supply of cars and coordinated their arrival. www.vinnitsa.info/news/z-niderlandiv-na-potreby-ukrayins-kykh-viys-kovykh-ta-vinnyts-koyi-ova-pryhnaly-20-avtomobiliv.html
Residents of the Oblast continue to participate in volunteer work in various areas. In Vinnytsia, resident Oleksandr Muzyka organized master classes, educational games, and needlework classes for migrants. He involved teachers, artists, and psychologists in the cooperation.
7-year-old Anya and 8-year-old Andriy, a native of Vinnytsia, sold flowers from their grandmother’s flowerbed to passers-by to earn money for the AFU needs.
In the Yampil community, residents of the village of Bila made about 2500 cans of stew a month for Ukrainian defenders. Women sell their branded sweets at the fair every Friday to raise money for meat.
Local Territorial Defense units patrolled key positions. Local authorities urge citizens not to ignore air-raid warnings. In general, the situation is calm. The infrastructure objects are working. Some IDPs return home. These are mostly residents of Kharkiv Oblast. The AUI “Active Community” coordinator informs residents about the free psychological the organization provides.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) soldiers had an enhanced mode of service. The local Territorial Defense units patrolled the community. The vital activity of the Khmilnyk community is fully ensured. Municipal utilities participate in landscaping, municipal transport runs on schedule, and Khmilnyk residents receive all housing services.
The AUI “Active Community” coordinator in Khmilnyk, Vinnytsia Oblast, met with the Head of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Khmilnyk City Council, Yuliia Supryniuk. Ms. Yuliia told about the work of the institutions entrusted to her. These include the Historical Museum, Khmilnyk School of Arts, Center for Children and Youth Creativity, and House of Culture. They discussed joint events for IDPs and citizens.
No air-raid warnings went off during the day. In general, the situation is relatively calm. The AFU soldiers patrol the border with belarus. The local Territorial Defense units patrol and stand guard at checkpoints. The Rivne Oblast Military Administration informs about the availability of fuel at gas stations in Rivne Oblast twice a day.
The renaming process of streets in the Rivne community continues. Municipal utilities in the Rivne community work in their usual mode.
In the Rivne community, IDPs and anyone willing can rent sports equipment free. Rivne City Center for Physical Health “Sport Dlya Usikh” (“Sports For Everyone”) provides sports equipment on the territory of the vocational college.
Today the Oblast coordinators held a master class, “Vyshyvanka zbyranka,” dedicated to the Vyshyvanka Day for internally displaced children. Their parents and grandmothers also joined. Participants made an embroidered paper suit using the origami technique.
The situation in Oblast is under control. A chatbot to find a job was launched in Khmelnytskyi Oblast. The Master of Code Global team, together with the IT specialists of the Oblast Administration, created a chatbot to post vacancies in Khmelnytskyi and Oblast. It will simplify communication between the employer and the candidate through the Telegram channel, validated by the moderator of the state body. Chatbot for employers is “Search for workers in Khmelnytskyi Oblast”.
Khmelnytskyi vets helped almost hundreds of animals from Kyiv Oblast. From the first days of the full-scale war, vets from the First Military Hospital of Veterinary Medicine, led by Kyrylo Chumakov, helped both the animals of IDPs, who came to Khmelnytskyi and those who served with Ukrainian defenders. Recently, a group of hospital specialists visited the liberated cities of Kyiv (Irpin, Bucha, and Vorzel) to provide the necessary help to animals affected by the war. Together with the dog training center members of the Main Department of the National Police in Kyiv Oblast, Khmelnytskyi vets examined 30 service dogs of different breeds and performed ultrasound diagnostics of 10 dogs serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), the National Guard, and the National Police. They also provided advice to pet owners. In addition, 20 bags of dog food were donated to the Khmelnytskyi Oblast Military Administration.
The Oblast coordinators delivered humanitarian aid and provided informational advice to citizens.
The situation in the community is stable. There were no air alarms. The AFU reported the death of two soldiers – community residents. Residents of Kyiv continue to leave the city and residents of Irpin. Fewer and fewer people are seeking refuge in the city. However, about 2.6 thousand IDPs still eat for free in the community every day. The city authorities are working on the idea of opening a social canteen. Playgrounds in the city are being repaired. More than half of the 192 have already been restored. The City Council’s passenger transportation department monitors the fuel situation daily. There are currently five fuel stations at the gas station. Public transport runs as usual. Preparations are underway for holding balance commissions, which will consider the financial condition of utilities and ways to solve problems.
Proposals for renaming toponymic objects in the Kamianets-Podilsky community are being accepted until May 18th. Kamianets-Podilskyi is a hospitable and friendly city. Despite the challenges of today, every citizen works in an intensified mode so that it is a reliable rear for the defenders of Ukraine.
Slavko Polyatynchuk started working as a co-organizer of the “Kamyanets Spring” art exhibition. Exhibitors will present their paintings for sale, and the proceeds will be used for the AFU.
Chernivtsi Oblast (Bukovyna)
Currently, active hostilities are not taking place in Bukovyna. Almost 5000 conscripts who came to Bukovyna from other oblasts have registered in the Chernivtsi Oblast.
Today they said goodbye to the soldier Ruslan Donets on the Walk of Fame of the Central Cemetery in Chernivtsi. Senior soldier David Pinchuk was seen on his final journey in the village of Zarozhany. Honor and eternal memory to the defenders of Ukraine!
A Kyivan in Chernivtsi organized the sewing of bulletproof vests and military clothing, dressing 3500 soldiers.
An Oblast program to support IDPs has been approved in Bukovyna. UAH 18 million will be allocated for the needs of IDPs living in institutions of education, healthcare, culture, social protection, and public organizations. The money was allocated from the oblast budget; it will go to pay for utilities and energy and provide IDPs with food, medicine, hygiene products, and necessities.
Specialists from the Chernivtsi Oblast Employment Service provided services to 1033 IDPs, including assistance to 129 IDPs. Since the beginning of the war, 262 pregnant migrants have arrived in Chernivtsi. Almost 80 of them have already become mothers.
The area was calm. People who were forced to move to Zakarpattia Oblast are starting a new life here. In Uzhhorod, a couple of IDPs from Kharkiv opened a confectionery, which they had previously planned to open in their hometown. Currently, the confectionery bakes more than ten types of cakes.
In Zakarpattia Oblast, volunteer Maksym Adamenko makes periscopes from plastic plumbing pipes and sends them to the military at the front. The cost of such a product is 100 hryvnias.
In Uzhhorod, representatives of public organizations, creative and scientific institutions of Zakarpattia Oblast, and the media, joined the Coalition of Organizations “Zakarpattia for de-Russification” and appealed to the Uzhgorod city authorities to promote the immediate elimination of graphic images of Bolshevik leader and one of the founders of the USSR V. Lenin. also the ideologist of communism K. Marx, preserved from Soviet times on the facades of high-rise buildings in the city.Last modified: 15 Травня, 2022