Ukraine in brief:
The 71st day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the russian military invasion continues.
The enemy does not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone to establish full control over the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and maintain the land corridor between these territories and the occupied Crimea. At the same time, it provokes tensions in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova and the territory of belarus. The enemy carries out regrouping, takes measures to replenish ammunition and fuel, and tries to improve its troops’ tactical position.
In the temporarily occupied territories, the invaders continued to plunder the products of agricultural companies. The russian side continues to accuse the Government of Ukraine of creating a humanitarian catastrophe in the territory controlled by the occupiers. Also, the invaders imitate humanitarian activities with the demonstrative distribution of food packages and medicines to residents.
Russian occupation troops continue to launch missile attacks on transport infrastructure facilities to prevent the movement of relief supplies and items of military-technical assistance.
In the north of Ukraine, the enemy did not take any active actions.
Russian orcs tried to restore the lost positions in the area of Kharkiv. They made an unsuccessful offensive attempt in the area of the settlement of Staryi Saltiv.
Due to the constant sanitary losses of personnel, the enemy is building up the system of medical support for the troops, using a network of civilian medical institutions in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kharkiv Oblast. The enemy uses artillery to shell nearby settlements to Izium, but no avail.
In the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the enemy tried to capture Popasna, take complete control of the city of Rubizhne, and provide favorable conditions for the continuation of the offensive in the direction of Lyman and Severodonetsk but failed to achieve that goal.
In the Mykolaiv Oblast, the enemy concentrated its efforts on fortifying the positions and replenishing stocks of ammunition, fuel, and logistical resources.
Administrative and police measures are underway in the temporarily occupied territories. The invaders continue to carry out filtration measures against residents, preventing evacuation to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.
The consequences of enemy shelling are being removed in Kyiv. So far, utility companies have drawn more than 1500 cubic meters of construction debris.
Law enforcement agencies continue to record the crimes of the russian occupation troops. In the enemy trenches near the village of Vyshehrad, the police found the body of a civilian tortured to death by the aggressors. According to preliminary data, the russian invaders tortured the civilian and then killed him.
The Kyiv Oblast is coming back to life. The territories of settlements are being cleared of mines. The local authorities distribute humanitarian aid while businesses start to resume their work. About 120 architects from all over Ukraine came to Irpin to work out a strategy for the restoration and further development of the city.
Decommunization continues in Zhytomyr. Today, the T-34 tank, which was installed in 1965, was dismantled.
The night in Chernihiv passed quietly, but the occupiers continued to fire at Horodnyansk and Semenivsk raions. The losses of the textile factories destroyed by the occupiers are estimated at more than $400 million. 25 courts resumed their activities. It is predicted that the fuel shortage in Chernihiv Oblast will disappear in 1-2 weeks.
Russia continues to fire at the border communities of Sumy Oblast. Last night, almost 40 mortar struck happened in Hlukhiv and Esman communities. A Russian cruise missile was shot down over the Romensk Raion today.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) pushed the enemy away from Kharkiv in the northern direction. But russia continues to terrorize civilians. The missile strikes are not guided; occupiers strike at residential areas.
The enemy continues to fire from MLRS and artillery. During the day, Pyatykhatky, Zhukovsky village, Saltivka and Pivnichna Saltivka were affected.
A 15-year-old volunteer who was evacuating buffalo bulls died because of the shelling of the Kharkiv Ecopark. Also, two people were injured. In the morning, there were shellings of the Northern Saltivka district. No one was injured.
The town of Izyum remains the hottest spot in Kharkiv Oblast. There, the enemy is constantly trying to attack the AFU positions, in particular near the town of Barvinkove. A Ukrainian journalist and veteran, Oleksandr Makhov, died in the battles near Izyum.
In addition, yesterday, the enemy tried to attack the AFU positions in the Vovchansk direction but was defeated.
In Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, the Ukrainian military resisted eleven enemy attacks and destroyed five tanks, seven units of armored combat vehicles, and five units of enemy vehicles. Air defense units shot down two enemy SU-30 aircrafts and two Orlan-10 and ZALA-421 uncrewed aerial vehicles.
At night, there was an air missile strike on the city. The missiles targeted two places, one of them the city’s residential area. Twenty-five residents were injured in the shelling. No one died only because a significant part of the residents had evacuated.
Two houses were severely damaged, ten homes suffered partial damage, including broken windows and damaged roofs. The central part of Kramatorsk was also shelled. Office buildings, a school, and some residential buildings were destroyed.
The Mayor and the Head of the Oblast Military Administration visited the site of the tragedy and coordinated the work of public utilities to eliminate the consequences of the shelling.
Residents are frightened by the night shelling. It became clear to people that there are no safe places anymore. The evacuation of the population intensified. Many are planning to leave the city, although some are trying to return to cure the aftermath of the shelling of their homes personally.
The AFU are preparing to resist the enemy. The coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” coordinated the work of a group of volunteers to clear the debris and provided assistance to a humanitarian organization that was carrying cargo from Kramatorsk.
Pokrovsk and Pokrovsk Raion
The situation is tense, and the shellings continue. The russians continue massive shellings along the entire front line and launch missiles on cities located in the rear.
Avdiivka is under “Grad” fires. There is no information about the victims, but three houses have been damaged and the power line cut off. Maryinka is periodically shelled, and the enemy uses incendiary bomb clusters.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine soldiers (AFU) repel the enemy. Territorial Defense Forces stand guard in the community. According to the Situation Center of the Central Office of the National Police in Donetsk Oblast, the village of Novyi Trud, Pokrovsk Raion, was shelled by the Tochka-U missile system. One soldier is wounded; there is no damage.
The rocket crashed in the field near the village of Shevchenko, the Pokrovsk community. There are no victims. Sappers do their job on that territory. Communal utilities supply water, gas, and electricity without interruptions.
The Myrnohrad community, Pokrovsk Raion, provides internally displaced persons (IDPs) and locals with humanitarian aid from their partners. These are Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Ukrainian Red Cross.
As of May 5th, private trade facilities operate in a limited mode. The Bakhmut City Center for Culture and Leisure continues to serve as a registration center for people evacuated from dangerous areas. The AUI “Active Community” coordinator gave consultations concerning evacuation.
The occupiers are constantly shelling and storming the “Azovstal” plant. There are “Azov” unit soldiers and civilians.
The Adviser to the Mayor of Mariupol told about horrific crimes the russians committed in filtration camps in the villages of Bezimiane and Kozatske. They keep there all civilian men from several Mariupol districts. There are about 2000 people forced to sleep on the floor in the corridors for the fourth week. They receive no medical care. In one of these camps, the first case of tuberculosis was recorded. As a result, the school gym has been turned into an isolation ward where many people are locked together without medical care. Thousands of people can use only one sink with cold tap water. It only intensifies the spread of illness among the detainees. People do not receive their documents back, and they get a paper about filtration completion. But it does not allow them to leave the camp.
At the same time, Mariupol is being turned into a ghetto. Due to the absence of men and many occupiers in some districts, the houses are being looted. Women are afraid of being raped and staying home.
In Mariupol, the occupiers are trying to impose their authority structures. Following the russian pattern, they opened the Department of State Administrative Inspection, which was liquidated in Ukraine in 2015. The occupying “authorities” have also put up a monument of an old lady with the soviet union flag.
Russian occupation troops continue to attack Severodonetsk and Popasna. Their attempts are unsuccessful. Over the past 24 hours, they attacked different cities of Luhansk Oblast 24 times. As a result of the shelling, five civilians died.
Despite the shelling, people’s evacuation from Luhansk Oblast continues.
The situation is difficult. Most of the Oblast remains temporarily occupied by the russians. The enemy’s efforts are focused on the offense in the settlements of Hulyaipole, Komyshuvakha, and Orikhiv. At the same time, the occupiers continue to fire on civilian infrastructure and residential neighborhoods. In Polohy, due to enemy shelling, a one-story residential building was on fire; the fire covered an area of 70 sq.m. A woman was killed in the shelling. A man was killed in the shelling in Huliaipole.
Yesterday explosions were heard in the city. Later, it became known that the russians were trying to carry out a missile attack on Zaporizhzhia, and air defense systems worked perfectly.
Yesterday 344 people from Mariupol, Manhush, Berdyansk, Tokmak and Vasylivka were evacuated to the city. There is a shortage of fuel in the city. As a result, there was a scandal with an illegal increase in fares. Some drivers demanded higher payments from passengers, citing a significant increase in fuel prices.
There was also a scandal over the dismissal of the Head of the Zaporizhzhia Military Hospital. Lieutenant Colonel of the Medical Service Viktor Pysanko headed the hospital staff a few weeks before the war. According to the staff and partners of the institution, he united the team, established international supply channels, ensured effective work during the war, and in general, did a lot for the hospital. The Medical Forces Command could not justify its decision. Zaporizhzhia residents appealed to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) with a request to return him to the Head of the Zaporizhzhia Military Hospital. This request is actively supported by the military, volunteers, employees, patients of the institution, and concerned residents of the city.
Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), located in the temporarily occupied Enerhodar, has shut down due to a lack of coal. Soldiers of the russian armed forces forbade the leaders of the Zaporizhzhia NPP to leave the city. In the nearby town of Dniprorudne, Mykola Pastushenko, a Deputy of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Council, arbitrarily declared himself “acting mayor.”
In Melitopol, the russian occupiers seized one of the branches of Oschadbank and tried to set up a russian bank there. Probably, it is planned to use it for money transactions with utility payments. In addition, the russian occupiers are exporting grain en masse and threatening to take away most of the new harvest from local farmers.
Armed russian occupiers come to the volunteers and demand to stop giving humanitarian aid to the citizens.
Yesterday, russian occupation troops again launched missile strikes on civilians in the city and some settlements in Oblast. 15 people were injured. Objects of civil infrastructure, houses, and cars were damaged. Medicines and turnstiles came to Mykolayiv Oblast from Poland. An ambulance was also sent to the front line.
Yesterday, May 4th, an enemy missile struck the railway infrastructure of the city of Dnipro. It war aimed at the Amur Bridge. Destroyed tracks, administrative buildings, and contact lines. The movement of trains is stopped. Another missile was shot down by air defense.
Mykola Lukashuk, the chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, said that the problem of fuel shortage in the Oblast is planned to be solved within a week or two. In the meantime, fuel can be purchased on coupons and at a high price. Residents of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast should be prepared for the fact that the cost of fuel will be increased. It is because it will come to Ukraine through the European Union.
There was a rocket arrival in Oblast. The missile hit an infrastructure facility outside Kropyvnytskyi. There were no casualties. The Ukrainian military guards the Oblast’s borders and military facilities. Territorial Defense Forces are on duty at checkpoints and patrol the city with police.
Five people have been convicted in the Oblast for collaborating. The Prosecutor’s Office has publicly condemned five people who were found guilty and convicted of collaborating against Ukraine in the interests of russia.
Representatives of the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Eduard Tauil and Volodymyr Kisil visited the Haivoron community today. The purpose of the UN Office visit was to coordinate with the community to involve as many international organizations as possible in the future, ready to assist displaced persons.
More than 71 000 IDPs have expressed a desire to stay in the Kirovohrad Oblast. Specialists from the Kirovohrad Military Oblast Administration’s IDPs headquarters said that 71 318 IDPs, including 21 134 children, had stopped living in the Oblast. More than 136 000 people moved through the Kirovohrad Oblast, almost 39 000 of them children. 400 facilities have been reserved for reception IDPs in the Kirovohrad Oblast.
Oblast has another high sporting achievement at the Deaflympics. The people of Kropyvnytskyi proudly hold the flag of Ukraine. Vladislav Hrytsenko won gold in the relay. And Iryna Tereshchenko added silver to several bronze awards.
The Regional Coordinator of the AUI “Active Community” in Kropyvnytskyi provided IDPs with advice on obtaining IDPs status documents and information on the available resources of employers of the regional center and surrounding communities. The Kirovohrad Oblast’s Library for Youth, named after Evgeniy Malaniuk, held an interactive event – art therapy “Cartoon Heroes of Good Against Evil”, attended by more than 20 people, including children and IDPs.
On the night of May 5th, there were four air raids in the Poltava Oblast. Volunteers in the Poltava Oblast received a uniform certified by the Ministry of Defense. 770 sets of summer uniforms were handed over to 17 volunteer formations that patrol the streets, work at checkpoints and engage in military work.
Since the beginning of the full-scale russian attack in the Poltava Oblast, 19 explosive devices have been found and neutralized. In total, police exploded more than 200 potentially dangerous objects. Poltava residents are urged to be vigilant.
In the Poltava Oblast, 13 searches were conducted on criminal representatives. Some of them have significant ties to the criminal world of russia.
In the Oblast, the Defense Council has banned satellite TV operators from providing services to connect and configure the broadcast of russian television channels.
Poltava volunteers bought the car and will hand it over to the soldiers. This car was bought with the funds raised during the Easter action on baking and selling Easter cakes, organized by the Poltava Battalion of Indifferent. The car will be handed over to Ukrainian defenders.
Over the past week, the Humanitarian Aid Headquarters at the Center for Culture and Leisure has processed about 2500 applications from IDPs. In particular, IDPs issued 2300 sets of personal protection and 600 sets of utensils. More than 2000 units of clothing and footwear were issued to IDPs and more than 520 units of children’s clothing and footwear. The smallest IDPs were given more than 1000 units of baby food (milk formulas, vegetable and fruit purees, juices).
The food regiment of Poltava collected over 170 thousand hryvnias in a month in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and Territorial Defense Forces. The charity event Food Regiment from cafes and coffee shops lasted throughout April. Last week alone, battalions raised almost 40 000 hryvnias.
In Poltava, employees of a Kharkiv restaurant feed migrants for free. Volunteers used to work in a Kharkiv restaurant but had to be evacuated to Poltava because of the war. Equipment and machinery for cooking were taken out directly from the shelling. Already in Poltava, workers have found premises where up to half a thousand migrants are now fed during the day. Philanthropists bring food. Today, almost 12 000 servings of food have been prepared and distributed.
The coordinators of the AUI “Active Community” provide targeted assistance to the IDPs families raising children with disabilities.
The AFU have been transferred to an enhanced service mode. Territorial Defense Forces are on duty. Vinnytsia residents make Bayraktar biscuits for the military. Useful, nutritious, and energetic. They buy meat, cheese, and fish in their free time. Dry them in a dehydrator and pack. Add candied fruit and nuts. More than a hundred sets have already been sent to the forefront. They are compact and easily fit in your pocket.
Employees of the Sokoliv Gymnasium of the Khmilnytsky City Council (Sokoliv Starostynsky District) are actively involved in improving its surrounding areas – creating a tidy comfort for locals and migrants.
The situation in the city is calm. There was no fighting in the community. The mayor once again urged not to ignore air raids. People react calmly and actively help volunteer centers.
An air alarm sounded four times a day. There was a threat of a missile strike from the Black Sea and strategic russian aircraft from the southeast. Thanks to the Ukrainian Air Defense Forces, the situation is under control.
On May 3rd, Ukrainian Air Defense Forces shot down two of the six enemy missiles over the Lviv Oblast. Three missiles hit electrical substations in Lviv Oblast. Another one hit an electrical substation in Zakarpattya Oblast. It is assumed that the rockets flew from the Caspian region. Three electrical substations in Lviv were severely damaged. There is a delay in the movement of trains.
Last week, Lviv Territorial Defense Forces representatives went east to the combat zone. 137 bulletproof vests, two night vision devices, and medicines were sent from Lviv Oblast to Ukrainian defenders in Donetsk Oblast. Another 100 bulletproof vests of the 4th class were transferred to Luhansk Oblast. Such assistance was organized jointly by the Lviv Oblast Military Administration, the International Headquarters for Assistance to Ukrainians, the Lviv Defense Cluster, and the Luxembourg community.
86 residents of Mariupol, who were evacuated from “Azovstal”, arrived in Lviv by evacuation train. These are mostly women, children, and the elderly. In particular, today’s citizens will be settled in a new place within the project “Where you are expected.”
During the day, another 212 people from other oblasts who were forced to leave their homes were received and settled. More than 40 Nobel Prize winners have already agreed to give lectures to children living in the Lviv Oblast. Lviv Oblast Military Administration is deepening cooperation with the Small Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. They will work toward intellectual leisure for internally displaced children and residents of the Oblast.
The Drohobych community plans to cultivate and sow suitable land plots to make the most of the land potential not yet used in agriculture.
Eight newborns were born in Drohobych last week. These are four girls and four boys. Among the baby girls is one from an internally displaced family. Due to the military occupation, the family from Slovyansk was forced to migrate to a safe place and chose Drohobych.
The Counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast detained a member of Viktor Medvedchuk’s party “Ukrainian Choice”. According to the investigation, he was preparing to overthrow the constitutional order in Ukraine, coordinating his actions with representatives of the russian secret services.
The Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk announced the cancellation of all planned events for City Day on May 7th. He also urged citizens to stay at home or leave the city on May 7-9th.
The Oblast is relatively calm; there were two air alarms. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) patrol the border with belarus. Territorial Defense Forces patrol and are on duty at checkpoints.
The Rivne Oblast Military Administration Head held a briefing on the situation with fuel at gas stations. The Cabinet of Ministers is seeking a balance between the interests of traders, the level of fuel prices, and the interests of consumers. At the same time, the government is currently providing fuel to the AFU, rescuers, police, and people involved in protecting the state. The problem will be solved within 1-2 weeks.
In the Rivne Oblast, mobile teams began to visit the places of residence of IDPs and vaccinate against COVID-19.
Citizens are united and help volunteer headquarters financially and immaterial. The website “Roadmap of the Migrant” was created in Rivne. Students and teachers of the National University of Water and Environmental Engineering worked on it.
One of the leading parquet production companies in Ukraine now operates in the Rivne Oblast. LLC “Art Wood Parquet” was relocated from Kyiv. The company specializes in producing high-quality natural parquet of various types.
The day in Khmelnytskyi Oblast was relatively calm, and the situation was under control. The Oblast Humanitarian Headquarters continues to support service members and war victims. Yesterday, 900 kg of humanitarian aid (food, medicine, and hygiene products) was sent to one of the military units stationed in Kharkiv Oblast.
Another higher educational institution, Kherson National Technical University, moved to Khmelnytskyi Oblast. Khmelnytsky National University will provide the premises for the team.
Air raid alerts were blaring at night and during the day. Territorial Defense Forces were patrolling strategic facilities.
The situation in Kamyanets-Podilsky is under control, the city mayor informed. All the municipal services are operating in an enhanced mode. Ukrainians from the territories engulfed in active combat actions have arrived in the city. The local community accepted 29 of them yesterday. Also, the city is still hosting IDPs from the Kyiv Oblast, Kharkiv, and Chernihiv.
The city was awarded a letter of acknowledgment from the AFU Command and personnel of a recruitment and social support center for the assistance it has been providing, the mayor further shared.
Like other population centers, the city also faces fuel shortages.
Chernivtsi Oblast (Bukovyna)
The situation in Bukovyna is calm and under control. Drills for National Guard service members are taking place in Chernivtsi.
Roman Mamavko, a colonel from the area, was awarded the distinguished title of the Hero of Ukraine by decree of the President of Ukraine on May 3rd. The serviceman from the Sokyriany Raion was also awarded the Golden Star order.
According to Chernivtsi City Mayor Roman Klichuk, more than 33 000 IDPs have received humanitarian aid – meals and essentials kits, clothes, and underwear – since the start of the full-scale war. The local educational institutions have accepted one and a half thousand students. https://www.facebook.com/klichuk.roman/posts/405054564960150
Bukovyna received lung ventilators from Italy. The Chernivtsi Oblast Military Administration’s Health Care Department transferred 15 of them to the military, and 66 more units were distributed among health care institutions in the area.
Residents of Saskatoon in Canada collected 250 thousand CAD for Chernivtsi during a charitable lunch event. The money will be used to purchase medical and rescue equipment, communication devices, diesel power generators, and firefighting gear.
The State TV and Radio Committee, jointly with Ambient Event House, will hold Ukrainian Books for Ukrainian Children! charity event for internally displaced children on May 7th at the premises of the Zakarpattya Oblast Philрarmonic Hall in Uzhhorod (11:00 – 14:00, 10 Teatralna Ploshcha St.) The announced bill includes a book presented by Ukrainian publishers and the State TV and Radio Committee, a performance by Tornado Cheerleading Support Group, and a show from Kosmodrom Studio, to name but a few.
Vice President of the National Federation of Mixed Martial Arts Anton Blank from Kharkiv has decided to set up a sports center in Mukachevo as the one used by athletes before has been flattened during enemy shellings with only some of the equipment spared.
Physician assistant from Chernihiv Zoya Vinohradova has been working at Uzhhorod Emergency Service for a month now; she and her family came to the city after their hometown had been subjected to barbarous enemy bombardment.
Actors from the Zakarpattya Oblast Academic Theatre Bavka in Uzhhorod have organised ‘art therapy’ for internally displaced children, offering puppet shows and games.Last modified: 7 Травня, 2022