Iryna Vereshchuk: Today we are returning back home 14 Ukrainians

Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk announced in her Telegram channel about another exchange of prisoners. Among the released military is the future mother.

Prisoners were exchanged today. We are returning back home 14 of our people: 7 military and 7 civilians. For me, this exchange is special: one of the military women is in the fifth month of pregnancy. God bless her!

Iryna Vereshchuk

The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has issued an order to close some seaports

In connection with the full-scale war waged by the Russian Federation on February 24, 2022 against Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in violation of international law, launching missile strikes throughout Ukraine and committing crimes against our society, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine issued an order April 28, 2022, № 256, registered with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on April 29, 2022 under № 470/37806 “On the closure of seaports”. According to the order from the date of its official publication, the seaports of Berdyansk, Mariupol, Skadovsk, and Kherson are closed until the resumption of control over these seaports.

Taking this measure is caused by the inability to service ships and passengers, cargo, transport and other related economic activities, ensuring an adequate level of shipping safety, compliance with international treaties of Ukraine, the binding nature of which was approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and also ensuring the protection of the environment at a time when Russia continues to wage hostilities in these regions, which threatens human life and health.

We will definitely resume the work of these seaports after Ukraine’s victory over the Russian occupier.

The project “Ukrainian bookshelf” under the patronage of Elena Zelenskaya has started in Austria

The project “Ukrainian Bookshelf” under the patronage of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska has started at the National Library of Austria. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs implements it, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy and the Ukrainian Book Institute.

The project was planned before the beginning of the Russian aggression and provided for distributing of Ukrainian literature in the original and translations in the world’s top libraries. This would develop cultural ties between countries and promote Ukrainian literature worldwide. According to pre-war plans, the project was supposed to start in March, but its implementation was delayed for some reason. Finally, work on the project resumed.

During the meeting of the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Austria Vasyl Khiminets with the Director of the National Library of Austria, Johanna Rachinger, an agreement was reached on the development and expansion of the Ukrainian segment of the institution: the library is ready to cooperate with Ukrainian publishers and buy books. Vasyl Khiminets provided a list of such publishers for further cooperation.

In addition, a presentation of Lina Kostenko’s poems translated into German was held in the library the day before. The event was timed to the 92nd anniversary of the poetess, which she celebrated on March 19.

The library administration informs that visiting the book collection and its museums is free for Ukrainians.

First Lady Olena Zelenska stressed the importance of the project during the war.

“Even under fire, we want to think not only about survival but also about books, about creativity – about everything that saves us from the chaos of war and destruction and gives spiritual strength. Thank you, Austrian friends. By protecting our literature, you are saving Ukraine in this way. After all, in a sense, we are all that we read,” said the President’s wife.

Operational information on 30.04.2022

The sixty-sixth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues. 

russian  enemy continues to conduct full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine and offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone.

In the Slobozhansky direction, a group of russian enemy troops continues to launch air strikes and artillery shelling on the city of Kharkiv.

In the Izium direction, russian occupiers, with the help of independent units of the 1st Tank Army and the 20th Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District, the 35th Combined Arms Army and the 68th Army Corps of the Eastern Military District, and airborne troops are trying to advance in the direction Izium – Barvinkove and Izium – Slovyansk.

russian enemy continues to concentrate forces and resources both in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kharkiv oblast and in the Belgorod region, in the immediate vicinity of the state border of Ukraine. Thus, the occupiers moved units of the 55th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District to the Volokhiv Yar settlement, and units of the 5th Independent Tank Brigade of the 36th Combined Arms Army of the Eastern Military District to Izyum.

russian enemy is increasing the air defense system, conducting air reconnaissance of the positions of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the use of UAVs in the settlements of Velyka Komyshuvakha, Ivanivka, Chervone, Kurulka, Dovhenke, Nova Dmytrivka and Barvinkove.

russian occupation forces continue to carry out illegal actions in the occupied territories of Kharkiv region. According to available information, russian enemy is forcibly deporting the population to the territory of the russian federation. russian occupiers are spreading misinformation about the capture of Kharkiv, Kyiv and Zaporizhzhia.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy is conducting active hostilities along almost the entire line of contact. Air strikes and artillery shelling of Ukrainian defenders’ positions continue.

The main efforts of the enemy are focused on offensive operations in the Lyman, Severodonetsk, Popasna and Kurakhiv areas in order to take full control of the settlements of Rubizhne, Popasna and, probably, further attack on the Lyman, Slovyansk and Barvinkove.

In the Mariupol direction, russian enemy continued to launch air strikes on the city of Mariupol. The main efforts are focused on blocking units of the Defence Forces in the area of the Azovstal plant.

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, russian enemy regrouped and increased artillery units in order to continue the offensive.

In the Tavriya direction, russian enemy continues to demonstrative actions in order to prevent the transfer of units of Ukrainian troops to other areas, replenishes stocks of ammunition and fuel and lubricants.

In the South Buh direction, russian occupiers forces of the 8th and 49th Combined Arms Armies, the 22nd Army Corps, the coastal units of the Black Sea Fleet of the Southern Military District and airborne troops are fighting to improve their tactical position. The enemy continues to regroup units, take measures to replenish supplies.

Preparatory measures of the enemy to carry out the offensive and reach the administrative border of the Kherson region are underway.

In the Mykolayiv direction russian enemy continues attempts of fire destruction of positions of our troops.

In the Bessarabian direction, russian occupiers are spreading misinformation about the threat to the population of the transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova from Ukraine.

In the Volyn and Polissya directions, units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus continue to perform tasks to strengthen the section of the Ukrainian-belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions.

It is possible that russian enemy will provoke in the border areas.

russian enemy remains in danger of launching missile and bomb strikes on military and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. According to the available information, the russian mobile short range ballistic missile systems Iskander-M are still deployed in the territory of the republic of belarus, and some aviation units of the russian Air Force continue to be based at certain airfields.

In the Siversky direction, russian enemy continues artillery shelling of units of our troops and infrastructure in the border areas of Ukraine with the russian federation.

russian occupiers are launching missile and bomb attacks and carrying out artillery shelling of civilian infrastructure and residential areas in the settlements of Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv regions.

russian enemy also continues to illegally detain Ukrainian citizens and tortures and torments them.

As a result of the offensive of the Ukrainian Defence Forces in the Kharkiv region, control over the settlements of Verkhnya Rohanka, Ruska Lozova, Slobidske and Prilesne was restored.

We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine!

Let’s win together!

Glory to Ukraine!

Police conduct large-scale checking in Odessa: weapons and prohibited symbols are found

This was reported in the Department of Strategic Investigations of the National Police.

According to the Department, the special services of the Russian Federation, under the control of criminals, intended to destabilize the situation in the region by inciting riots, organizing mass protests and riots that could undermine statehood and overthrow the state system of Ukraine.

According to the enemy’s plans, they were to influence and act through their proxies who settled in the Odessa region. The final date for implementing criminal strategies was the anniversary of the tragic events – May 2.

In order to prevent the development of such events, operatives and investigative police, together with the DBR, are conducting large-scale training of persons who may be involved in illegal activities.

As a result, a significant number of various weapons, communist paraphernalia, brochures with communist and other forbidden symbols, manuals with instructions on rules of conduct, conspiracy measures, and surveillance for sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been confiscated. In addition, grenades, ammunition, mobile phones, and electronic media.

Activities are currently underway. After carrying out all the necessary procedural measures, the actions of each person will be given a legal qualification.

Servants of Evil or what Ukrainian nationalism looks like
large-scale checking

Stealing grain from Ukrainians is a bad end for the invaders

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine has recently received a lot of information from farmers in the temporarily occupied territories that the Russian invaders are stealing their grain en masse.

These facts were confirmed by the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Mykola Solsky in an interview with Nastoyaschee Vremya TV channel.

“All agribusiness, which traditionally communicates with each other, knows about these facts. I personally hear this from many elevator owners in the occupied territories. This is an outright robbery, which is sometimes even attempted to document, even to draw up some acts. And this is happening everywhere in the occupied territories – an exceptional surge has been observed over the past two weeks,” Mykola Solsky said.

Grain carriers marked with the letter Z in columns take out grain stolen in Ukraine to the Crimea.

According to the Minister, all this is reminiscent of the 1930s and once again shows the true face of the Russian aggressor.

Mykola Solsky predicts that such a situation could threaten certain food problems in the currently temporarily uncontrolled territories.

“There will soon be a wheat harvest in the south. But farmers in this situation may well say: “Here are the keys to the tractor – go collect yourself, if you want,” – he added. According to Mykola Solsky, this path will end badly for the invaders.

As for the course of sowing throughout Ukraine, according to the Minister of Agrarian Policy, farmers in all regions of Ukraine, from Kharkiv to Lviv, are currently facing difficulties. But everywhere, they try to sow.

“Agrarians are confident in themselves, in the army. They have the same support mood as all the citizens who are now fighting for their independence. I believe that those who decide to sow are doing absolutely the right thing, despite some difficulties with the logistics of grain and the availability of fuel, which is currently available,” said the Minister.

The war in Ukraine and the food problems caused by it are affecting many countries around the world and almost the entire African continent.

Сourt arrested 51 Belarusian tank cars that crossed the Chernihiv region border on the eve of the Russian invasion

Investigators of the Territorial Department of the State Bureau of Investigations of Kyiv initiated the arrest of 51 railway tank cars owned by the Republic of Belarus, which crossed the border with Ukraine on February 23. After the invasion, they provided logistics for the occupying Russian troops advancing in the direction of Chernihiv-Sumy. The tanks were filled with 3,000 tons of Belarusian and Russian diesel fuel. The products were allegedly destined for oil companies that are within Medvedchuk’s sphere of influence.

After the liberation of the Chernihiv region from Russian invaders, DBR investigators initiated a petition to the Pechersk District Court to seize the discovered property. Currently, the DBR is taking measures to transfer the seized assets to the Agency for Search and Management of Assets, and further – to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Some of the tanks were somewhat “damaged” after the successful fighting of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but after the conclusions of the examination and repairs, they will also be used by the state.

According to this fact, a criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – planning, preparation or resolution of aggressive war or military conflict, as well as participation in a conspiracy aimed at committing such acts.

The pre-trial investigation is ongoing. The Kyiv City Prosecutor’s Office provides procedural guidance.

Losses of Russia for the period from FEB 24 to APR 30

The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 30.04 were approximately:

  • personnel – about 23200 (+200) persons were liquidated
  • tanks ‒ 1008 (+22)
  • APV ‒ 2445 (+27)
  • artillery systems – 436 (+1)
  • MLRS – 151 (+0)
  • Anti-aircraft warfare systems – 77 (+4)
  • aircraft – 190 (+1)
  • helicopters – 155 (+0)
  • vehicles – 1701 (+6)
  • boats / cutters – 8 (+0)
  • fuel tanks – 76 (+0)
  • UAV operational-tactical level – 232 (+4)
  • special equipment – 32 (+1)
  • mobile SRBM system – 4 (+0)

Russian enemy suffered the greatest losses (of the past day) in the Izyum direction.

Data are being updated

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