Ukraine in Brief:
The 69th day of the Ukrainian people’s heroic struggle against the russian military invasion goes on.
The enemy keeps striking from the air and shelling Kharkiv. In the Izyum direction, an offensive towards Izuym-Barvinkove continues. The enemy is taking losses. To support their combat action, the invaders have moved a company of 240 mm heavy self-propelled mortars Tyulpan and a unit of Smerch MRLS from the belgorod oblast territory in russia towards the area Izyum.
Russian occupation troops continue their filtration measures on the temporarily occupied areas of the Kherson Oblast. For this, rosgvardia (russian national guard) units are involved.
The enemy focuses its primary efforts in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts on offensive actions in Lyman, Severodonetsk, Popasna, Avdiyivka, and Kurakhino, aiming at taking complete control of Rubizhne, Popasna and developing an offensive in the directions of Lyman, Siversk and Slovyansk.
Russian occupation troops keep sieging Ukrainian military units in the area of Azovstal Mill in Mariupol. It uses artillery and tanks to pound the territory of the steel mill.
The russian army continues shelling Ukrainian troops in the Mykolaiv Oblast. The situation in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova remains tense.
In the north of Ukraine, individual units of the military force of belarus keep with their task of the enhanced patrol of the Ukrainian-belarusian border in the brest and gomel oblasts. An enemy subversion and reconnaissance group have been exposed in Khmelivka, Sumy Oblast.
A memorial service for Radio Freedom journalist Vira Hyrych killed in a strike against Kyiv, has been held in the St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral. The service was visited by about 50 mourners, acquaintances, relatives, and colleagues.
Brussels Mayor Philippe Close has visited the capital of Ukraine, bringing with him important aid: two ambulances and three tons of medicines. The mayor of the Belgian capital has attended four Kyiv hospitals that Brussels is ready to support with medical equipment of critical importance for prosthetic surgeries on war victims.
Bodies of killed civilians with horrific torture marks have been found in the village of Kalynivka, which suffered the russian occupation. The victims had their hands tied and fingernails separated.
Prosecutor General Iryna Venedyktova informed at a briefing about 290 bodies of peaceful civilians uncovered in Irpin following its liberation from the russian invaders. The tally included 161 males, 73 females, one child, and 53 remains. Only 185 bodies have been positively identified so far. The causes of death included shrapnel and firearm wounds.
Of some 17 435 objects surveyed by the law enforcement in Irpin, 885 are totaled, 2738 are partly destroyed, and 8651 have superficial damage.
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany and the CDU faction in Bundestag Friedrich Merz has arrived in Irpin. The Irpin Mayor has informed the politician about the scale of destruction and the crimes of the russian invaders in the town. The utility services work around the clock in the Oblast to restore natural gas, water, and power supply to population centers.
Another yet war crime by russian troops has been documented in the village of Nova Buda, Zhytomyr Oblast: the local Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which was at least 120 years old, had been destroyed in an airstrike.
A procession of friendship between the Ukrainians and the Poles has taken place on the principal pedestrian street in Zhytomyr. More than 50 pupils from city schools marched the street waving Ukrainian and Polish flags. In this way, the city residents greeted Poland on its Constitution Day.
A charity auction in Zhytomyr collected 13 thousand Hryvnias for a shopping bag with the image of the city mayor and his coined phrase ‘That’s how it should be’ on it. The city mayor used the phrase to calm the residents in late March when explosions could be heard in the city.
Demining of the Oblast’s territory continues. During the day, groups of pyrotechnics and underwater deminers of the State Emergency Service detected and seized 258 explosive devices. A total of 18 940 such items have been taken since the beginning of hostilities. Pyrotechnics from Denmark will demine the Pryluky Raion.
Today Chernihiv rescuers found the body of a missing man. He died in an office building on the outskirts of Chernihiv two months ago due to a russian bombing.
Chernihiv communities continue to receive food packages with state humanitarian aid. Also, food kits are sent by a partner of Chernihiv Oblast – Rivne Oblast. Every day Rivne Oblast delivers more than 10 thousand food kits.
There was an airstrike alarm. An uncrewed aerial vehicle flying over the border was spotted last night. The Head of the Oblast Administration does not rule out possible provocative actions and shelling by russia.
Today at about noon, russia opened fire from mortars on the territory of the Hlukhiv community. The Sumy Oblast Prosecutor’s Office reported suspicion of intentionally false information was submitted in the declaration of the Shostka City Council deputy from the Opposition Block for Life political party. According to the investigation, the man hid property and funds in a 6.2 million hryvnias.
Today the russian occupiers fired at the center of Kharkiv. All damaged facilities were civilian. One woman was injured in the shelling. The park area was also damaged, and the car burned down. A hit near the Dynamo Stadium was recorded.
At least nine people were killed in shelling in the Oblast today. In the morning, russian occupation troops fired on Vuhledar. Three people who went out for drinking water were killed.
Explosions were heard in the city, but no destruction or casualties were reported. The military is preparing to meet the enemy. The evacuation of the population continues in the city. The situation is alarming.
The Regional Coordinator of AUI “Active Community” in Kramatorsk continues to coordinate the work of the Humanitarian Center.
Pokrovsk and Pokrovsk Raion
Every day, the russians attack the civilian infrastructure of Donetsk Oblast. In particular, the enemy is actively shelling the Ocheretyn community. In the last two days alone, the first-aid post in the village of Krasnohorivka, a coffee shop, and three residential buildings in Ocheretyno have been destroyed. Four villages have been cut off as a result of the shelling.
The Avdiivka community is also under attack: today, in Avdiivka itself, a residential building was destroyed, and the electricity supply was cut off. Russian occupation troops use artillery, aircraft, phosphorus munitions, and shells in cities and small villages.
The Ukrainian military is repelling the enemy. Territorial Defense Forces are on duty in the community. The last day in the Pokrovsk community was relatively calm.
Due to the disrupted logistics caused by the war, the community’s residents faced a shortage of many goods, including vital ones. Natalia Pavlenko, the head of the Novoelizavetivsk district of the Pokrovsk community, personally bought medicines in Dnipro and brought them to the residents. According to the cash receipts, the medications were handed over to the residents, who paid for them. A 17-year-old boxer, master of sports from Pokrovsk – Maxym Naumov, won a regional tournament in Hungary.
The Bakhmut City Center for Culture and Leisure, named after Yevhen Martynov, has organized a registration point for people evacuated from dangerous areas. Every day people can ask for help in solving the problems of organizing a temporary stay, getting a change of clothes, food, and support from a psychologist. https://www.facebook.com/rada.bakhmut/posts/724362748917251 The AUI “Active Community” Coordinator conducted consultations on humanitarian assistance.
The city is temporarily occupied. Citizens are trying to leave, some to Ukraine, some through russia. There is no sense in staying in the city, there is no water supply, and there is no work either.
All night, russian occupation troops bombed the Azovstal plant with naval artillery and aircraft. In the afternoon, the russian military stormed the plant in several places. As a result of the russian bombing of Azovstal, two civilian women were killed, and ten civilians were injured. In inhumane conditions, the occupiers keep civilian men from Mariupol in filtration camps.
The occupiers started registering private housing in one of the Mariupol schools. Formally, the occupiers do this to determine the amount of compensation for housing, but in reality, there is an inventory and “legalization” of misappropriation of property by the occupiers.
The occupiers opened fire on the village of Vrubivka. Two houses were destroyed. 17 000 tons of wheat remained in the elevator in Rubizhne, purposefully destroyed by the occupiers the day before.
In the occupied territories of the Luhansk Oblast, the “people’s militia” confiscates mobile phones and other gadgets. This way leaves people the opportunity to follow the news and communicate with relatives. The relevant order was issued by the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” occupation authorities. People will be checked for phones, tablets, and other gadgets for the presence of “undesirable” social networks and dialogues with relatives living outside the “republic”. Personal belongings will be confiscated for 30 days, and it is unknown whether they will be returned. People in a hurry began to remove themselves from social networks and “clean” phone numbers. Evacuation from Luhansk Oblast continues. Another 49 locals left for the Dnieper.
The situation in the Oblast remains tense and difficult. The russian military continues to try to sell the line of defense.
During the past 24hrs, the Defense Forces in the Zaporizhzhia direction have destroyed: 4 tanks, seven armored vehicles, the Hail multiple rocket launcher, the Orlan-10 UAV, 5 vehicles, two 2C1 self-propelled artillery units, two 2C19 self-propelled artillery units, 100 anti tank guns MT-12 “Rapira”, 4 120 mm mortars.
The russian military continues to shell civilian infrastructure and residential areas. In particular, the following settlements came under enemy fire: Vremivka, Shevchenko, Zaliznychne, Orikhiv, Kamyanske, Huliaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novosilka, Olhivske, Poltavka, Zelene Pole, Zelenyi Hai, Burlatske, Novomykolaivka, Privilne, Temkerivka, Temerivka.
A local school building and 12 houses were damaged by an enemy rocket fire in the village of Zaliznychne, Huliaipole Raion. Two people were killed in the shelling. In the town of Huliaipole, 2 residential buildings and outbuildings were damaged.
In the village of Novoandriyivka, Polohy Raion, two people were severely wounded by enemy artillery shelling. Unfortunately, one of the injured could not be saved. In the town of Polohy itself, 2 houses were damaged, and a cafe was destroyed. In the village of Novodanylivka, a private home and outbuildings were partially damaged.
In the city of Orikhiv, the artillery shelling by russian terrorists killed one person, and three other citizens were wounded of varying severity. Seven private houses were partially damaged and outbuildings destroyed, as well as six apartments in high-rise buildings were severely damaged. As a result of yesterday’s shelling, new damage to low-pressure inlet pipelines was recorded. A tractor exploded in an enemy mine in the village of Petrivka, killing the driver on the spot.
Russian occupiers continue to abduct pro-Ukrainian citizens and officials. It became known about the abduction of a major of the Civil Protection Service in Melitopol. Another citizen was abducted in the village of Novofedorivka (Polohy Raion), two – in the village of Andriyivka (Berdyansk Raion).
A convoy of people evacuated from Azovstal could not reach Zaporizhzhia yesterday. Of the 14 buses that took residents of Mariupol, only three came to the territory of Zaporizhzhia, controlled by Ukraine. The fate of the people from the other 11 buses is unknown.
Empty buses had to be returned to Zaporizhzhia to evacuate people from Berdyansk, Tokmak, and Energodar. The russian occupiers did not allow people to be taken away, arguing that no evacuation lists had been submitted to the “occupation administration.” People stood for two days to leave, waiting for the column.
Closer to dawn, the occupiers fired on Mykolayiv from the Tornado multiple rocket launcher and hit critical infrastructure. No one was injured. In the village of Novofontanka, the bodies of two locals with traces of gunshot wounds and torture were found in a mass grave. One of the men had his legs tied. Traces of the russian military were found near the men’s grave, including fragments of a typical package of russian biscuits.
The enemy continues to conduct air reconnaissance, but Ukrainian soldiers defend their positions. Fighters of the anti-aircraft missile unit destroyed the russian orlan-10 drone in the Mykolaiv area.
Yesterday, russian occupation troops struck a dormitory. As a result, a 15-year-old boy died. For the second day in a row, Ukrainian defenders are shooting down russian intelligence drones in Odesa Oblast. Today, the russian army lost yet another UAV, “Forpost,” which was shot down by the air defense forces of Ukraine.
Monuments connected with the Soviet past, particularly with Stalin and Marshal Zhukov, are being dismantled in Dnipro. The local authorities plan to create an open-air museum of the totalitarian regime, where the dismantled monument will be exhibited.
In Kirovohrad Oblast, the night passed with sirens, and there were several air alarms with a threat of a missile strike. However, the situation in the territories remains under control.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) guard the Oblast’s borders and military facilities. The Territorial Defense Forces were on duty at checkpoints and patrolled the city with the police.
In the Kirovohrad Oblast, a course of integration into educational relocation projects is ongoing. The first stage was the complete relocation of the Donetsk National Medical University. Now educators are working out in detail the relocation to the area for several leading educational institutions. It was emphasized by the Head of the Oblast Military Administration, Andriy Raykovych.
In the Sokoliv community of Kirovohrad Oblast, trees were planted in honor of the hero cities: pine, birch, apricot, lilac, and others. Residents of Sokolivske, Mykolayivka, Ivanivka, Vyshnyakivka, Dymyne, Vilne, Karlivka, and Nazarivka joined the initiative to support residents of destroyed cities and those internally displaced persons (IDPs) who found refuge in the community.
10 girls and boys were born today. May the kids grow up healthy in a peaceful country! The coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” assisted IDPs in finding housing for permanent residence and work.
Alarms were on in the Oblast. The Poltava Mayor asks not to ignore alarms and proceed to shelters. In Poltava Oblast, the police detained a man with a grenade during the curfew. The investigation is in process. The man faces imprisonment for a term of three to seven years. Seven more people are being checked for possible collaboration with the enemy. Over the past 24hrs, the law enforcement officers inspected more than 890 vehicles and more than 2230 people.
Poltava Maternity Hospital received humanitarian aid from UNICEF. The Municipal Clinical Maternity Hospital received supplies for childbirth, expensive medicines, kits for women in bomb shelters, and hygiene products.
Pregnant women from Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts come to Poltava and plan to give birth here. Therefore, hospitals create all the conditions for childbirth during the war. The Department of Health of the Poltava City Council informed that last week (April 22-29th), 86 children were born in Poltava, including 44 boys and 42 girls. The Regional Coordinator of AUI “Active Community” in Poltava advises IDPs on available housing.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have been transferred to an enhanced service mode in the Oblast. Vinnytsia has already sheltered more than 34 000 IDPs. The Oblast center received 40 tons of humanitarian goods for IDPs. It is the first part of the humanitarian aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross Organization. The cargo includes 2440 food packages, which contain long-term storage products.
Vinnytsia resident Olga Klybanska organized an auction to support the AFU. The woman sells her paintings on social networks. Her boyfriend, 20-year-old Ivan, went to war to defend Ukraine from russian invaders. Olga plans to spend the money she earns at the auction to help him and his department.
Representatives of the Khmilyky Territorial Defense Forces were on duty in the community. The Office of the Security Service of Ukraine in Vinnytsia Oblast has identified two men who promoted “russian peace” on social networks and supported russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. The 46-year-old resident of one of the villages in Khmilnyky Raion distributed letters in which he fully supported the russians’ actions to destroy the Ukrainian military and politicians. The man is a native of russia. In his publications and reposts, he admired quotes from Putin and Lavrov and was looking forward to the destruction of Ukraine’s patriots.
IDPs living in Khmilnyky can register for financial assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
During the first two months of russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine over the Lviv Oblast, specialists from the Air Command “West “ of the Air Force of the AFU shot down more than 20 missiles and about ten russian drones.
Another 361 IDPs were settled in the Oblast today. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of russian occupation troops into Ukraine, this number has reached 338 000.
225 000 people have already registered as IDPs in the Unified Information Database. 73 000 of them are children. In the Oblast, another 11 000 places have been set up in state and municipal institutions, and about 200 in the private sphere for people forced to leave or lose their homes due to the russian military action.
Today 500 bulletproof vests were sent from Lviv Oblast to the front line. They were made in the Lviv Defense Cluster. As of February 24th, the cluster has manufactured and handed over 30 000 bulletproof vests to Ukrainian soldiers. The night vision devices (thermal imagers) were also sent to the front. They were handed over by the Association of Ukrainians in Luxembourg.
Lviv Oblast continues to be one of the largest senders of humanitarian aid by rail. In March-April 2022, 3932 tons of humanitarian assistance were transported by passenger trains. The most humanitarian aid was received by Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Zaporizhzhia, and Dnipro.
There was an air alarm. Drohobych Mayor Taras Kuchma stressed that the task of every headman today is to carefully monitor whether there are vacant or unused agricultural lands in the settlements and use them.
A problematic issue in the community is the plots that were once leased for growing agricultural products. However, these activities are not carried out in these territories. The state and local governments urged tenants to be honest owners, especially in difficult times of military aggression, and sow the land.
In Ivano-Frankivsk, for the second time during the full-scale war, the city council convenes a session to change the names of streets. After the first scandalous decision on the so-called de-russification, the city authorities received a lot of criticism. There were even official appeals from politicians, intellectuals, and public activists to return certain street names. The deputies decided to correct their mistakes partially and, at the same time, rehabilitate themselves for the disappearance of Sakharov and Repin streets in the city. So now, in Ivano-Frankivsk, the new names have been added to the past two: Volonterska, Dmytro Bortnyansky, and Potocki streets.
As of 5:30 pm, there was one air alarm. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) patrol the border with belarus. Territorial Defense Forces patrol and are on duty at checkpoints.
The round-the-clock psychological support hotline in the Rivne Oblast has already received more than 700 calls. Phone calls come from different parts of Ukraine: https://www.facebook.com/RivneODA/posts/321614436776918
Elements of the military memorial at the Dubenske cemetery are being dismantled in Rivne. The dismantling began with a star from eternal fire. The facility is on the list approved by the executive committee as part of the process of de-sovietization of the city:
Every day Rivne Oblast delivers more than 10 thousand food packages to Chernihiv Oblast. These sets include cereals, canned food, and oil – these are eleven items. In total, the Oblast has declared its readiness to send 850 000 such packages. Citizens are united and help volunteer staff financially and immaterially. The general situation is relatively calm.
The situation in the Oblast and the city is under control. Khmelnytskyi continues to support Ukrainians affected by the russian invasion. Today from the Oblast Humanitarian Hub at the Khmelnytskyi Oblast Military Administration, the next humanitarian cargo left for the Kharkiv Oblast. The load of 10 tons contains food, baby clothes, baby food, and medicines. All this was shipped by volunteers of the logistics center in response to a Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration request.
During the last 69 days of the russian-Ukrainian war, 26 Khmelnytsky residents died in battles in different parts of our country. To remember each hero, photos of fallen defenders are placed in the city’s center – on Proskurivska. Currently, there are 180 portraits. The installation “They died for Ukraine” will now be permanent and will remind citizens of the price at which Ukraine win.
Territorial Defense Forces guard strategic objects. During the past 24hrs, 15 people who escaped the shelling were registered at the resettlement points. They fed 2777 people. Assistance is provided to those in dire need.
Yesterday, the Department of Social Protection issued 827 IDP certificates. As of today, 20 000 IDPs have been considered and assigned status. 5130 families of migrants for 36.5 million UAH have already received housing benefits.
The mayor has set a task to create a working group that will work on the public initiative “Victory Gardens” project. On behalf of the mayor, the land department is preparing session decisions – on granting permission to develop a project to allocate land for low-rise housing for IDPs.
Many thanks were received from the defenders of Ukraine for their help with ammunition, food, and necessities. An exhibition of artists who moved to Kamianets-Podilskyi from dangerous oblasts will open in the exhibition hall today at 4 pm.
Due to problems with fuel supply at the gas station and huge queues, 40 private buses did not leave today. Public transport provides transportation in the usual way. The coordinator of AUI “Active Community” took part in the work of the toponymic commission. More than 150 toponyms associated with Soviet and russian figures have been proposed for renaming.
Chernivtsi Oblast (Bukovyna)
Currently, active hostilities are not taking place in the Chernivtsi Oblast. Recruitment to the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) is underway in the Oblast. Today, Bukovyna said goodbye to the heroes killed in action in the war, who died in fierce battles with russia – soldier Vasyl Hlinskyi and senior soldier Valentyn Semehena.
In the Chernivtsi Oblast, construction work has resumed at two checkpoints on the Ukrainian-Romanian border with the assistance of the government. The Krasnoilsk checkpoint is 95% completed, and the Dyakivtsi one is 75% completed.
In the communities of the Chernivtsi Oblast, more than 60 plots of land have been identified for the construction of housing for IDPs. The total area of the plots is over 200 hectares. Bukovyna is now among the leaders in delivering humanitarian aid by rail. Thus, in March-April 2022, 2063 tons of cargo arrived from Chernivtsi to other oblasts of Ukraine.
Juvenile police sent another batch of humanitarian aid from Bukovyna to the south of Ukraine. Chernivtsi hosted two charity concerts by pianist and composer Mike Kaufman-Portnikov. During the concerts, funds were raised for the AFU’s needs. Visitors could transfer money to the army using a special QR code or put it into a charity box.
Today, the regional coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” in Chernivtsi Inna Pashaniuk was looking for volunteers who are ready to join the cooking free meals for those in need. Three caring women from among IDPs responded to the call for help.
A social laundry cafe, “Bulka,” for IDPs has started operating in Uzhhorod. It was opened with the help of the Caritas Charitable Foundation. In it, IDPs will be able to wash what they need using the centralized approach, and while they wait, they can drink coffee.
The Pokrovsk City Council in Donetsk Oblast donated 500 rose seedlings. A large package of seedlings was delivered to Uzhhorod by rail. And the conductors of one of the evacuation trains undertook to convey the beauty from another, now a very “hot” spot of Ukraine.
Last modified: 7 Травня, 2022