Ukraine in brief:
43rd day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the russian military invasion.
The enemy continues to prepare for the offensive in eastern Ukraine. The invaders are regrouping troops to complete the formation of the offensive group.
In the Volyn direction, there is a possibility of enemy missile and bomb attacks on the military and civilian infrastructure from the territory of belarus.
In the Zhytomyr and Kyiv oblasts, the enemy did not conduct active operations. The units of invaders, withdrawn to the territory of belarus, carry out demonstration actions to prevent the transfer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine units from the specified area to other areas.
It is quiet in the Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts. The enemy completes the regrouping and restoration of combat capabilities of military units in certain areas of bryansk and kursk oblasts. The possibility of further re-deployment of these units to other operational areas, including combat operations in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas, is not ruled out.
In the Kharkiv Oblast, up to five battalion tactical groups of the enemy continue to blockade the city and bombard it using multiple rocket launchers, tube artillery, and mortars. The invaders hold the town of Izium, trying to continue the offensive in the direction of Slovyansk and Barvinkove.
In the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts (south) and the Kherson Oblast, the enemy continues firing and assault operations. It inflict missile and bomb strikes, and conduct artillery fire on the civilian infrastructure of settlements. Russian occupation troops use the port of Berdyansk for the transfer of weapons, military equipment, and personnel. Likely, the invaders will soon try to break through the defenses of the Ukrainian troops in the Severodonetsk, Avdiivka, and Kurakhove raions.
In the Mykolaiv Oblast, the enemy conducted artillery fire and, in some areas, used army aviation. Russian occupation troops are trying to continue offensive operations in the direction of the village of Oleksandrivka.
Enemy naval groupings in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov continue to carry out the tasks of launching missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine, isolating the area of combat operations, and conducting reconnaissance.
“Russia has not yet withdrawn part of its troops from belarus. This means that the invaders can make another attempt to attack Kyiv,” said Brigadier General Oleksandr Gruzevych, Commander of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
Private carriers resumed work on 11 routes in Kyiv. At the same time, the Mayor of Kyiv asks those Kyivites who have not yet come back home to wait for a little and not return yet. The threat of shelling the city remains credible.
In the capital city, they banned access to forests and the entry of transport vehicles and other equipment therein for the period of martial law.
The first 7 out of 12 resuscitation vehicles donated by the mayor’s office of the sister city of Munich arrived in Kyiv. In March, Munich provided Kyiv with 15 railway wagons of humanitarian aid, medicines, and medical equipment.
Three mass graves were found in Bucha, Mayor Fedoruk said. According to him, as of the evening of April 6th, the bodies of 320 people were found, most of them with bullet wounds.
In Bucha, mobile communication was resumed by connecting base stations to the Starlink satellite Internet system.
The repair of the Kyiv-Chop highway, which the invaders damaged with rocket strikes, began. The Ukravtodor state motor road agency promises that they will complete a temporary crossing over the Irpin River in the Kyiv Oblast next week.
Today, the Kyiv city authorities sent 9 units of engineering equipment with drivers and 2 buses with 84 volunteers to Borodianka, who, together with other services, will restore order in the affected city. Also, the city department of the State Emergency Service provided 18 pieces of equipment and 109 personnel who also work in Borodianka. The city of Slavutych received humanitarian aid from the Energoatom company.
In Zhytomyr, they said goodbye to special forces soldier Oleksandr Kobliuk, who died from an airstrike. In Zhytomyr, the Security Service of Ukraine detained a resident, an ethnic russian, who was distributing pro-russian content on social networks, calling on the leadership of russia to seize power.
A different story is about an ethnic Ukrainian, 18-year-old Edward Kostrytsei, who came to Zhytomyr from Norway to volunteer. The guy transports IDPs to Poland, and from there, he brings humanitarian supplies to Ukraine.
In the Pulyny community, residents made almost 100 motankas (thread-wound dolls) and sent them to Europe. Thus, the community joined the initiative of the Association of Ukrainian Cities to create and promote Ukrainian hand-made motanka dolls.
Air raid alerts sounded several times during the day. In Chernihiv, they said goodbye to Volodymyr Andriichenko, a soldier of the 1st tank brigade and the chairman of the Oblast Committee of Voters of Ukraine. He was killed on March 16th while trying to evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the suburbs of the oblast center.
From March 31st, per the order of the Head of the Oblast Military Administration, it is prohibited to collect, procure and carry out operations with scrap metal resulting from the destruction or damage of any military equipment and its elements on the territory of the Chernihiv Oblast. Therefore, residents of the oblast are asked to hand over trophy equipment or their components to the premises of local councils. In particular, such information was reported by the Mena City Council.
The air alarm continues to sound. In the village of Deptivka, Konotop Raion, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) neutralized a group of russian servicemen. They were loaded with looted property in Ukraine. In Sumy, citizens said goodbye to the senior gunner of the reconnaissance platoon Daniil Ignatenko.
As of today, Ukrzaliznytsia resumes the movement of suburban trains from Kharkiv to Sumy. After the forced break, Symuteploenergo LLC resumed its work and was open to visitors.
The occupiers continue to put pressure on the civilian population of Kharkiv and destroy civilian infrastructure. The enemy inflicted 48 strikes with MLRS, artillery, and mortars during the day. As a result of yesterday’s artillery shelling in Balaklia, three people were killed, and many houses were destroyed. At night, the russians fired rockets at Lozova; no one was injured.
The occupiers are concentrated in the eastern direction from Kharkiv. The AFU are always ready to defend and hold positions.
The battles for Donbas are approaching. In a speech to NATO, Ukraine’s foreign minister said that the fight for the Oblast would be reminiscent of World War II, the intensity of the fighting and the amount of equipment involved. They were excited.
There are fights. The russian occupiers retreated a little. In addition to the military, the locals expelled them with improvised means and on their own. The Ukrainian military recaptured four settlements. The Territorial Defense Forces also entered the battle, and there were wounded. Yesterday, the occupiers shot dead civilians while receiving humanitarian aid. Everything was planned, as enemy troops fired simultaneously at Vugledar and Novotroitske. Two people were killed and wounded in Novotroitsk. The situation is tense.
Pokrovsk and Pokrovsky Raion
During the night and today, the hottest spots were Avdiivka, Marinka, and Ocheretyne. The enemy fired on civilians from Hail multiple rocket launchers, tanks, artillery, and small arms. The military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) repulsed enemy attacks.
Together with the police, the Territorial Defense Forces were on duty. Russian occupation troops have shelled a residential area in Marinka. Five wounded residents that needed urgent assistance arrived at Kurakhova police. Law enforcement officers took the victims to the hospital. In the most difficult times, the police stay close to the citizens, take out the wounded and displaced, and bring food.
The Myrnohrad Community paid their last respects to Vladislav Pererva, a serviceman who died defending his homeland. He was buried in the “ALLEY OF HEROES” of the city cemetery. Utilities operate on a full-time basis.
Today in Pokrovsk, the first truck with humanitarian aid sent within the project “Saving Lives” framework was met. A total of 6 tons of humanitarian aid will arrive in Pokrovsk.
The enemy struck an airstrike on the overpass near the Barvenkovo station of the Donetsk railway. As a result, three evacuation trains were temporarily blocked in Slovyansk and Kramatorsk. “This is the only Ukrainian-controlled railway exit from cities such as Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, and Lyman.” – Ukrzaliznytsia Chairman Oleksandr Kamyshyn said.
Many people could not leave and stayed at the railway station. The evacuation has been canceled so far. The administration is waiting for the end of the shelling to clarify the situation. Passengers of blocked trains remain at the station.
The situation in the city is very tense. The mayor handed over his powers to the military and called on everyone to evacuate the city.
The russian occupiers forcibly removed the staff and patients of the city hospital to the territory of russia and the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). It is unclear what will happen to these people in the future. The Mariupol City Council is forming a single base of illegally deported people to return every Mariupol resident to Ukraine.
On April 6th, russian occupation forces attempted to capture Novotoshkivske and shelled Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Popasna, Zolote, and Hirske. The Ukrainian military repulsed the russian occupation forces from Kreminna in the Luhansk Oblast for 6-10 km.
In Luhansk Oblast, two mines have been completely lost since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, and it will be impossible to restore them.
The situation remains tense. Over the past 24 hours, the russian occupation troops has continued shelling the settlements of Shcherbaki, Komyshuvakha, Novodanylivka, Mala Tokmachka, Lukyanivske, Preobrazhenka, and Huliaipole. As a result of enemy shelling in Stepnogorsk and the village of Verkhnya Krynytsia near Vasylivka, houses were on fire, and rescuers put out the fire. At night, the occupiers fired on the village of Magdalinivka near Komyshuvakha. As a result of the shelling, residential buildings were damaged. The transformer is also damaged. Work on the restoration of the electricity supply has already begun.
During the past 24hrs, the energy supply was restored in Berdyansk, 6 settlements of Orikhivska, and 4 settlements of Yakymivska Community. It is currently impossible to carry out work in Huliapole, Vasyliv, and Orikhiv raions due to active hostilities and inadmissibility by the russian occupiers.
Traffic is blocked in the russian-occupied territories. Many settlements were left without gas and water supply. It is not possible to restore them at this time. The situation is tense in Polohy, Melitopol, and Berdyansk raions.
The russian occupiers continue to terrorize the civilian population, including detaining and capturing residents. On April 6th, Iryna Besedina, a lecturer at the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Melitopol State Pedagogical University, was abducted. On April 5th, in Tokmak, the russian occupation military captured six minibus drivers who were bringing humanitarian aid and evacuating those to Zaporizhya. The men are being held captive.
In Berdyansk, the russian occupational military blocked the work of a local humanitarian center. The occupiers surrounded the workers for several hours. Subsequently, most people were released, except for three employees of the executive committee and the director of the Center for Children and Youth Creativity. According to eyewitnesses, they were taken away in an unknown direction. Currently, the work of the humanitarian center, which has been assisting Berdyansk residents and IDPs for a month, has been suspended.
Convoys of buses to evacuate residents of Melitopol and Tokmak, who were at the russian checkpoint in Vasylivka for more than a day, began moving to their destinations.
There was no calm in the city in the evening and the morning; air alerts wailed frequently and longer. Residents heard explosions in various city districts. The local government reported successful engagement of the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses. According to the preliminary information, three cruise missiles were destroyed over the city. The locals have been advised to heed air raid alerts without delay. The city has imposed a ban to visits to wooden, park, recreation areas, and embankments of local water bodies.
The Kherson Oblast and the city of Skadovsk have been fully occupied. The russians want to hold a fake ‘referendum’ and hence, mistreat the local government. They visit the military homes to talk to family members; they break in when they do not open the door. The Territorial Defence Forces patrol the city and villages.
The mayor appeared on social media to inform locals he had to leave the city because of a tough choice of either collaborating with the russian orcs or being sent to the dungeon for torture. He further assured Skadovsk citizens he is in 24/7 contact with the local government and the Territorial Defence Forces and called for calm. The locals are united but panicking. The city is not in its best shape. No Ukrainian flags can be seen in Skadovsk. Food stocks are drying out. The locals engage in volunteer activities. Pharmacies and banks are closed; the residents have been left without medicines, and their children have no infant formula or diapers. The bakery makes bread, though.
Air reconnaissance of the area is being carried out. There was shelling in the Oblast. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) defend the territory, and the anti-aircraft defense is engaged. The Territorial Defense Forces reinforce their positions, the coastline, and checkpoints. The local government speaks about defending the Oblast and its readiness to protect the residents. The locals are united and assist volunteer organizations. The Oblast is readying to defend itself.
The AFU continue driving back the enemy in the southern direction of the Kherson Oblast, further away from the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Borys Filatov, Dnipro Mayor, has addressed local women with children and retirees to explore every avenue to leave the city and advised IDPs from the war zones to move further west.
The utility companies operate in normal mode. The water supply company has enough chlorine and treatment chemicals in stock. The same can be said of local hospitals: these have months-long stocks of medicines. The city expects and additional supply of drugs from Israeli partners soon.
According to Dnipro City Council Secretary Oleksandr Sanzhara, the city is learning from the Mariupol experience to prepare for possible negative scenarios. Charitable organizations assist in collecting everything needed in the event of city blockade and assault.
An individual with a camera taking photos of the missile strike aftermath was detained in Novomoskovsk. Another suspect with military information he was not supposed to possess and contacts abroad ware detained in Dnipro.
Seven kindergartens in Kamyanske opened short-stay groups for internally displaced children. The rest of the kindergartens are gradually reviving the education process on the condition of one of the parents being present at the premises for the learning process.
The situation in the Oblast is calm and controllable. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) guard the Oblast limits and its military facilities. The Territorial Defense Forces are on duty at checkpoints and patrol the city jointly with the police.
Serhiy Prytulenko from the Novoukrayinka community perished while defending Ukraine from russian aggressors. A mid-level staff member from the Kirovohrad County Administrative Court has been apprehended on suspicion of collaboration with the enemy. According to the information from the Security Service of Ukraine, right after the beginning of the russian military invasion, he started proactively disseminating materials justifying, deeming rightful, and denying the fact of russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
Library reserve collections in Kropyvnytskyi are being scoured from books in russian and by russian authors. These will be replenished with titles by Ukrainian authors or Ukrainian translations of international authors.
Hairdressers and hair stylists in Kropyvnytskyi, known to be rather expensive in the city, have decided to thank the country’s defenders and launched an initiative titled Barbershop for Our Defenders. They are providing hair cutting, shaving, and hair coloring services free of charge for service members. The initiative, since its conception, has already become popular with hundreds of fighters, Barbershop staff says. The barbershop is currently servicing two to three servicemen a day.
The Haivoron Community collected and sent to Bucha a humanitarian aid supply of foodstuffs and personal hygiene items (canned foods, cereals, homemade dumplings and pastries, bread, sweets, milk, infant formula, and diapers).
Air raid alerts are becoming more frequent in the Oblast: at least seven of them on the territory of the Poltava Oblast or its raions. The anti-aircraft defense forces downed a missile traveling in the direction of Poltava.
Yesterday the law enforcement officers in the Oblast checked more than 1400 vehicles and upwards of 2400 suspects. Of the latter, 14 are currently being checked for collaboration with the enemy and involvement in subversive activities.
The Poltava Oblast police are working overtime. They have detained a police officer found to ‘siphon’ information about Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) positions to the invaders. The individual served in various police units across the Oblast in the past. SMS on his mobile phone contained promises of providing the aggressors with information about the positions of AFU for a certain fee. If found guilty of collaborationism, he may face 10 to 15 years to life behind bars.
The Poltava community has abolished the garbage removal fees until the war’s end. A social outreach project aimed at support of pregnant women from the occupied territories of Ukraine has kicked off in the city.
In a matter of weeks, the Poltava Battalion of Not Indifferent that assists home pets has managed to dispatch more than 2000 kg of pet food to Kharkiv, more than 1000 kg to Okhtyrka, 1,500+ kg to Sumy, and 300 kg to Trostyanets. They also distribute nearly 700 kg of it in Poltava itself. The fundraising campaign for pet food continues.
There was an air-raid warning in Oblast. The official who wanted to sell a car for humanitarian aid for 100000 hryvnias was detained in Oblast. He was the First Deputy Mayor of one of the City Councils in Oblast.
Since the beginning of russia’s invasion, prosecutors in Lviv Oblast have approved the transfer of 25 cars and almost 4 million hryvnias for the army. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) also received 4,7 thousand liters of fuel, weapons, ammunition, and components for military vehicles. An interdepartmental working group has also been set up in Lviv Oblast to search for the property of russian citizens and residents.
The construction of the first container town for IDPs has started in Lviv. The first town will consist of 88 housing containers, accommodating more than 350 people. Several same towns are planned to be constructed in the territory of the Lviv community.
Ivano-Frankivsk citizen teaches internally displaced children how to make sweets and gives these treats to the soldiers on the front line. The Active Community coordinator also joined such an event. //galka.if.ua/nasha-zbroya-v-tilu-cze-pryaniki-frankivka-vchit-vimusheno-pereselenih-ditok-robiti-solodoshhi-ta-peredaie-smakoliki-bijczyam-na-front/
A priest from Novytsia returned from the United States to become a chaplain for the Territorial Defense Forces members (//vikna.if.ua/news/category/kl/2022/04/07/132414/view).
The situation in the city is relatively calm, and there were two air-raid warnings. The AFU patrol the border with Belarus. The Territorial Defense Forces members patrol and stand guard at the checkpoints.
Citizens are united. They help volunteer headquarters by giving money and not only. Communal establishments operate; in particular, they repair potholes in the city.
Free master classes on Cossack martial arts were organized for children in Rivne. These include cources on Combat Hopak, fencing, and self-defense techniques based on the system of Cossack martial arts, for 6-13-years old children.
The situation in the city and Oblast is under control. Khmelnytskyi Humanitarian Center received aid from Italy. Having seen and heard about the atrocities of russian soldiers against civilians, Mr. Andrea Stefano from Italy could not stay away from these events and immediately decided to collect the necessary things for the people who remain in these cities.
Free food for pets was also distributed in Khmelnytskyi. Activists of the Ukrainian Humanist Movement “UAnimals” initiated such a charity event and financed it. Today, 100 bags of food for cats and dogs were distributed.
Charitable performances in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) took place at the Mykhailo Starytskyi Oblast Theater. Young visitors had a chance to watch the performance. On April 1st, the theater resumed work.
The AFU perform their duties according to the staffing table. The Territorial Defense Forces guard strategic objects and patrol the checkpoints. The city continues to host Ukrainians from dangerous oblasts. The number of people fleeing the war has decreased. Kamyanets hosted 213 IDPs yesterday.
People who have moved to Kamyanets adapt and take part in good deeds. Yesterday, more than 20 IDPs took part in an online course on the Ukrainian language concerning “Writing and Speaking in Ukrainian”.
Due to the Children’s Book Day, the City’s Parents’ Council invited children to join a competition “Angels of Defense”. Brovary resident, one of those who left home due to shelling and bombing, offered the communal workers help as a specialist in trimming boxwood topiary. Together with the employees of “Kamyanets Park”, the lady arranged boxwood bushes along Lesya Ukrainka Street, and created beautiful topiaries.
Chernivtsi Oblast (Bukovyna)
The situation in Chernivtsi and Oblast is under control. Entrepreneurs of the Hlyboka Community raised funds to purchase 20 cars for the AFU. More than a thousand food kits from the Bukovyna humanitarian headquarters were sent to the residents and military in Mykolayiv.
The Department of Health of Chernivtsi Oblast Military Administration received the batch of “StarLink” global systems stations.
12 enterprises have been evacuated to Zakarpattya since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. One of such entrepreneurs is a Kyiv citizen Svyatoslav Sevash from Vyshhorod. He came here with his family and employees. They make leather goods and sell them also abroad.
In addition to enterprises, the Kyiv Youth Theater “Teater Birzha” has moved to Zakarpattya. The founder of this team is the People’s Artist of Ukraine, famous actor and teacher Lev Somov. Having almost two dozen performances in its repertoire, “Teater Birzha” changed from a festival into a theater permanently. Currently, the production team, which includes people from different parts of Ukraine, temporarily lives in Mukachevo and Chynadiieve. Therefore, according to the agreement with the Zakarpattya Drama Theater, performances will be given on the Uzhhorod stage every Friday.
A master class on velvet clay modeling for internally displaced children took place in Uzhhorod. Such creative classes give children the opportunity to learn about the world around them, realize what part they take in it, and develop imagination and artistic abilities.
Another Kyiv resident, Yevhen Savkin, who moved to Zakarpattya in late February, has evacuated about 300 residents of Kyiv and Mariupol since the start of a full-scale russia’s invasion. He volunteers.
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