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3 Березня 2022

Operational information from the regions of the Active Community network (03.03.2022)

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About us: The Active Community Initiative, launched by activists of the Respublika Institute after the Euromaidan (2014), focused on activating and involving Ukrainians in the decision-making process. The goal for 2025: to activate and involve at least 1% of citizens in decision-making and promotion of reforms in Ukraine on a systemic basis for the well-being of Ukrainian communities. Today we work in 30 communities in Ukraine.


Ukraine in brief:

(description of battles is taken from the Armed Forces data)

The occupiers continue to use civilians as human shields, taking hostages. Contrary to the norms of international humanitarian law, the Russians use high-power cluster munitions and fragmentation munitions during bombings. During the artillery strikes on the settlements, the occupiers actively used the "Hrad", "Smerch" and "Urahan" multiple rocket launchers.

In the Volyn direction, the enemy turned to defensive actions and tried to stay on the border Bigun, Ovruch, Pirozhky, Riznia, Ukrainka.

In Polissya, the occupiers concentrated their main efforts in the Kyiv direction, incurring losses in personnel and equipment, but did not abandon attempts to block KYIV from the northern and north-western directions. Military groups remain in the Brovary area.

Russian troops are also trying to advance on Kyiv from Chernihiv. Enemy troops are forced to put reserves into operation.

The occupiers continue their attempts to resume offensive operations in the Chernihiv region - Nizhyn and Pryluky.

In the Kharkiv region, after illegally crossing the state border of Ukraine, enemy troops were stopped at the border in the areas of Okhtyrka, Bohodukhiv, Chuguiv, and Shevchenkove. The occupiers are forced to defend themselves near Kharkiv.

In the Sumy direction, the occupiers continue to besiege the settlements of Sumy, Lebedyn and Okhtyrka.

Enemy is also advancing towards the Dnipro and Zaporizhia.

Mariupol is stable in the Donetsk region, and the administrative borders of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are inaccessible to the enemy.

According to activists, one of the challenges today is the evacuation of the population from the shelling zones, there are problems with fuel, food, electricity and heat. One of the dangers is also the enemy's offense in the direction of Energodar, where the nuclear power plant is located. There are frequent shellings from the sky, houses and social infrastructure are being destroyed, which is why it is so important that NATO and the EU cover the skies over Ukraine.

Northern regions

Kyiv oblast

On the night of March 3rd, four explosions were heard in Kyiv. Air alarms continue to be heard in the cities and villages of Kyiv region. The Zhytomyr highway, the Bucha-Irpin-Gostomel highway, and the north of the Vyshhorod district remain dangerous. The house where the founder of the "Active Community" lives was almost shelled.

More than 1,500 women and children were evacuated from Irpin and Bucha. 200 people were evacuated from Borodyanka, who were trapped under the rubble of buildings for more than two days, in basements and cellars. Borodyanka suffered heavy damage to the housing sector and infrastructure as a result of the shelling of the Russian Federation.

Zhytomyr oblast

In the direction of Korosten, the Russian military suffered heavy losses and stopped. Offensive actions are not carried out.

Sumy oblast

The enemy continues to shell the cities of Sumy region. In Okhtyrka, a thermal power plant and a railway station were destroyed.

Sumy. The coordinator of the All-Ukrainian initiative "Active Community" reports "We woke up today from a powerful missile strike on the territory of our 27th artillery brigade, the military department of Sumy state University and the cadet corps." Five people were hospitalized.

Okhtyrka. Russian air force bombs a peaceful Ukrainian city. The bomb hit thermal power plant. Residential neighbourhoods were shelled.

Territorial defence fighters are resisting the Russians. They are trying to keep them out of town.

On March 1st, the Russians completely destroyed the military unit where our servicemen were killed by rocket strikes. The wreckage is still being cleared. Dwelling houses were destroyed, there are many civilian casualties. Children, civilians, doctors and servicemen were killed.

The situation in the city is controlled by our territorial defence fighters.

Activists are collecting humanitarian aid. There is a need to find medical supplies for the seriously ill and those in need.

Chernihiv oblast

Chernihiv is being attacked by large caliber rockets and air raids. A lot of objects and buildings are damaged: historical sights, educational buildings, hospitals, dozens of residential buildings. Oil base was shelled. Today, over 35 people perished as a result of shelling of the city center and residential districts.

Many villages in Chernihiv region have no electricity and connection. Sedniyivsk Community is on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe, there is food shortage.

Enemy forces and divisions concentrated near settlements of Bashyrivka, Nova Vasan, Lubech.

Eastern Regions

Kharkiv oblast

At night occupants were bombarding Izum. Shells hit a residential sector and a city center. Four adults and 2 children died. Houses in the village of Yakovlivka are fully destroyed.

The Head of Kupyansk Community Gennadiy Matsegora made a decision to collaborate with occupants. Separatists are negotiating with armed Russians possibility to renew operation of schools and municipal enterprises.

Donetsk oblast

Kramatorsk. The city is calm, but the tension is vivid. Territory Defense Forces are conducting trainings and is getting ready for the enemy’s attack. Local Authorities operate as usual and coordinate volunteering activities. Many locals provide help, number of volunteers increase.

Bakhmut. Territory Defense is gathering volunteers and materials to build fortifications. Six locations accept help for internally displaced people from Volnovakha.

Local administration is in touch, municipal enterprises are operating in a special mode.

Private retail stores operate in limited capacity. Functioning of internet provider “Kyivstar” is not fully restored, yet – that is why cashless payments are still not possible. There are some delays with refilling of ATMs. “Bakhmut Khlib” enterprise (bakery) operates stable to cover needs of the local people. People are worried but try to remain calm. People are arranging basements and are getting ready to defend their territory.

Pokrovsk and communities of Pokrovsk region

No new casualties or destructions in the Avdiyivsk direction were observed. No enemy’s attacks from Maryinsk direction.

In Ocheretynsk community, Krasnogorivka was shelled. However, it was possible to restore electricity supply despite attacks.

Ukrainian Military is trying to keep the frontier. Territory Defense Forces are patrolling the city. The local community managed to take refilling of ATMs and food price increase under control. Municipal enterprises are operating as usual. The city is supplied with water and electricity, utility services operate as usual. Public transportation operates according to the schedule. Medical institutions and drug stores proved services on request.

The town accepts internally displaced people, in particular from Volnovakha and adjoint settlements which were harmed as a result of military actions. The evacuation group managed to remove 26 people from the war zone. Among them are women with kids, men and elderly. They are supplied with shelter, phone connection and other necessary things. Locals provide humanitarian support for evacuated families and orphanage residents, which were also moved from the zone of heavy shelling.

South Region

Zaporizhzhya oblast

The most difficult situation is around Vasylivka, Tokmak, Energodar (the city where the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant is located). The most active fighting happens near Vasylivka. The town of Energodar is calm.

Zaporizhzhia

The city is relatively quiet. Zaporizhzhya is actively preparing for defence. Volunteer centers are working hard in all areas of the city. People are collecting necessary humanitarian aid for the military and internally displaced persons. Fortifications and checkpoints are being built. The crossing of the Dnipro river is complicated, traffic is making a detour.

Vasylivka

The night before, the Ukrainian military destroyed more than 200 units of enemy machinery on the outskirts of Vasylivka. During the night, the Russian occupiers used “Kazan” and “Orlan” UAVs to gather intelligence. It was quiet in the city till 7 am, after that shelling of the city with "Grad" and rockets began. The shelling moved to the city center, hit shops, a four-storied house and a sports club. The shelling lasted till 11am without stopping.

Tanks began to enter from the direction of Skelok and Orlyanka. Fighting broke out in the city center. Ukrainian soldiers resisted the enemy’s attack and destroyed a lot of enemy manpower. As of 1pm the fighting was over, but at 1.30 pm the shelling resumed.

The city lacks food, there are problems with electricity and heating. The hospital was destroyed during the previous shelling, so doctors cannot provide full medical care. A humanitarian corridor is currently being formed to start delivering food to Vasylivka and transporting everyone willing to Zaporizhia.

Tokmak

There has not been any light, water or communication in Tokmak for 4 days. At present, electricity supply is partially restored and connection appears. Drinking water is being delivered, but there is a shortage of fuel. The town is surrounded by the troops of the occupiers.

Melitopol

The rear units of the Russian Federation are stationed in Mariupol and distribute leaflets in the Russian language. The mayor urges residents not to approach and not to talk to the occupiers, because it is dangerous. In one part of the city (Aviamistechko) there is no electricity supply and there are problems with water supply, so drinking water will be delivered to the residents in barrels. The city is on the verge of communal catastrophe. Public transportation does not operate, medical workers cannot get to work. Post offices are open.

Energodar (Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant)

In connection with Russia's military aggression, Ukraine has appealed to the IAEA to impose sanctions on Russia's nuclear technologies, and conduct an international audit of their nuclear stockpiles. In particular, the activity of the occupiers near nuclear power plants is particularly outrageous, posing a potential threat to the whole Europe. The Russian occupiers continue to terrorize the workers of the station and the inhabitants of its satellite city Energodar. As of 5 p.m., more than 100 units of heavy machinery will be delivered to Energodar.

The occupiers have already fired at the checkpoint. They use weapons against civilians. Defense continues - the military is trying not to let the Russian military into the city. Residents are asked to leave the streets immediately and stay away from windows.

Berdyansk

There was an air raid alarm in the city. Local authorities continue to build bomb and dwelling shelters, mobilizing volunteers. Communications and traffic have been restored in the city. Some shops and a central market work. Contrary to the misinformation spread by the Russian occupiers, there is no humanitarian blockade around the city. But the supply is complicated by the movement of military machinery.

Kherson

The situation in the city is very tense, the occupiers in the city have mined public television, there are many casualties and victims among the civilian population.

Skadovsk

The situation in the community is under control. The occupiers are not stationed in Skadovsk. Outside Skadovsk, Ukrainian air traffic was under fire. More than 200 enemy vehicles were found on the bypass roads. The Armed Forces are monitoring the situation and are resisting. Territorial defense is patrolled according to an agreed schedule.

Communal and social institutions are under control, people are developing the volunteer movement, as humanitarian aid and supply of products to stores is not yet possible. The City Head calls to remain calm, alert and informs on security measures in case of a siren. The shelves of grocery stores are empty, but people try not to panic. There is a decrease of medicine supply to pharmacies, there is no transportation and transport connections in the region.

Odesa оblast

Odesa

Air-raid siren goes off every day. Russian troops are firing missiles at the region. The Armed Forces of Ukraine protect the territory from attacks. Territorial Defense is recruiting and preparing men for new battalions. The mayor tells the townspeople about its readiness to meet the enemy. Citizens are actively involved in volunteering. Orientation marks and sabotage in the city are being thoroughly monitored. The city is preparing to defend itself.

Central Regions

Kirovohrad оblast

At 2 am air-raid warning went off, planes flew to the cities of Oleksandriya, and Svitlovodsk. The Armed Forces of Ukraine were defending the citizens of the region.

In addition to defending the region, the military administration is actively involved in humanitarian issues. During the week, the region received and resettled about 5,000 citizens, including nearly 1,300 children. More than 100,000 citizens transited the region or stayed overnight.

Kropyvnytskyi

President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree conferring the title of Hero of Ukraine to fifteen defenders (including to Major Stepan Choban posthumously). The Su-27 pilot diverted enemy aircraft over Kropyvnytskyi.

People were fortifying roadblocks (with barricades, and sandbags).

Poltava оblast

Poltava

The situation in the city is under control, there are no hostilities in the region. In Poltava, police teams work around the clock, patrolling the streets. At the roadblocks, law enforcement officers check vehicles and citizens moving through the region.

Banks, shops, pharmacies, gas stations, and other trade and catering establishments are operating normally. The city collects humanitarian aid and receives internally displaced people from Kharkiv.

Vinnytsia оblast

Zhmerynka

There are no hostilities on the territory of Zhmerynka. Territorial Defense fortifies roadblocks, and patrols the city. As of today, local authorities have not made any statements other than those related to security. Most people do their usual things, go to work. In general, the situation in the city is quiet, there was one air-raid siren heard. Dnipropetrovsk Oblast

There are no hostilities. The situation in the city and region is calm, everything is under control.

Two saboteurs were detained in the town of Kamyanske near the Dnipro. In the city of Kryvyi Rih in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast the evacuation of citizens from the southern part of the city to the north began due to the threat of invasion from the Mykolayiv Oblast.

The “Stop Fake Dnipro” news channel has been launched in Dnipro. According to Mayor Borys Filatov, "anti-drone groups" will start operating in Dnipro and nearby territories.

Volunteers work actively and in unison.

Western regions

Lviv оblast

The situation in the region is mostly calm. It allows Lviv to be a humanitarian hub to receive help from other countries. The Armoured missile plant in Lviv continues to give training. Volunteer centers have been set up in many locations. The enemy did information attacks on a number of local communities’ web-sites that are currently down.

Drohobych

There is no data on the actions of the Russian military in the information space. There are several main fortification roadblocks on the main roads of Drohobych district. The military forces, police, National Guard and volunteers are involved in the work at the fortification roadblocks. The Territorial Defense is being completed. Drohobych receives humanitarian and medical assistance from the cities of Bytom (ambulance and medicines), Krakow, Hamyang, Greifswald, Przemyśl and others. Today, the city council's website was attacked by hackers and is not working as a result of the information war. Therefore, the information is published on Facebook, Instagram and Telegram.

According to Lesia Tatarska, head of the department of culture and tourism, internally displaced children can get master classes in painting, embossing, take part in various readings, quests and more.

From the first days of the war, the Drohobych City Council has been collecting the necessary items, products and hygiene items for both Ukrainian soldiers and internally displaced people from the cities being shelled by the occupiers. In particular, food, water, medicines and hygiene products are collected by the Department of Social Protection. In the offices of the former Administrative Service Center, the city hall collects things for the army such as helmets, camouflage nets, bulletproof vests, flashlights etc. Clothing and footwear for internally displaced people are also accepted separately.

Ternopil оblast

Ivano-Frankivsk оblast

In general, the situation in the region is calm. The mayor said that as of today, they will launch mandatory registration of internally displaced people. Certificates that facilitate the redirection of social benefits will be issued.

City hospitals function around the clock for both IDP and community residents. Citizens continue to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they prepare food for long-term storage, sew linen, prepare first aid kits, raincoats, etc. They organize the delivery of aid from abroad. Many people volunteer to provide as many internally displaced people as possible with everything they need.

Rivne oblast

Rivne

As of 16:30 there was one air alarm in Rivne region. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are intensifying patrols of the border with Belarus. The Territorial Defence together with the police continues to patrol the checkpoints. The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the territory of Rivne region, shelters are being equipped. The head of the regional state administration stressed that they should take care of socially vulnerable groups. The residents of the city are united - they help the volunteers in the headquarters materially and immaterially. The general situation is relatively calm.

Zdovbytsia

As of 16:00 the siren were not heard. Every day at 16:00 in St. Michael's Church of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the village Zdovbytsia a service to the miraculous holly image of the Pochaiv Mother of God will take place. Many women, especially those with children, go abroad en masse. According to Poland, Germany provides temporary housing and assistance to refugees from Ukraine

Khmelnytskyi оblast

Khmelnytskyi

The situation in Khmelnytskyi is under control, and there was no fighting. The city continues to prepare for the potential clash with the Russian occupation forces: the construction of checkpoints on the city’s outskirts continues. City’s municipal services work in a regular mode and provide services to residents constantly.

Local psychologists continue to work online with children in the region. Children will receive invitations to join the initiative from their class teachers. Also, the cycle of online psychological meetings with adults will be continued.

As for now, the civil protection system of the population is growing - new shelters are being opened in Khmelnytsky.

Khmelnytsky musicians support the military in the rear. From the first days, singer and bandura player Maryna Krut has been helping to distribute food to migrants and weaving camouflage nets. Musicians of the band "Motor'Rolla" in one of the Khmelnytsky public baths gather firewood for checkpoints.

Today, the sites of some local government authorities have been cyberattacked, and viruses are spreading on social media.

Four buses with humanitarian aid from Lithuania arrived in Khmelnytsky today. These are medicines, clothes, and equipment for the Ukrainian military forces. Everything collected by Lithuanians will be inventoried and handed over to the needs of internally displaced persons and our defenders.

Kamianets-Podilskyi

Soldiers of the city are on the front line and patrol the territory of military facilities. Territorial defense continues duty at checkpoints. As of March 3rd, the situation in the Kamyanets-Podilsky territorial community is calm. All community utilities are working to ensure the city's livelihood as usual.

A meeting was held to discuss the provision of food. The mayor instructed to carefully work out measures to provide the community's granaries with grain. Currently, the situation with providing the community with bread is under control. City entrepreneurs provide bread to military units free of charge.

After yesterday, according to the order of Khmelnytsky regional state military administration, external lighting of streets of settlements in the area was restored.

The reception of humanitarian goods from foreign partners has begun. All cargoes are subject to accounting in the deployed volunteer points and further redistribution.

Every day, volunteer units compile a list of needs for military and internally displaced persons. Volunteer assistance points were set up. This morning they received help from foreign partners - mats and sleeping bags, which were handed over to the military.

The city is guarded by the military, territorial defense, law enforcement, the National Guard and volunteer groups. The city authorities are working. The operational headquarters works around the clock.

Over the last 24 hours, 412 internally displaced persons have been officially registered in the city through reception centers. Psychological assistance is provided.

Banks and terminals in the city work as usual.

Newsletters with important telephone numbers and step-by-step instructions on how to act in an emergency were published today. They will be distributed through management companies, educational institutions, etc.

The people are patriotic, everyone is trying to do what they can to bring our victory closer. Women weave camouflage nets, prepare food for defenders, work at reception points for displaced persons, and so on.

Chernivtsi оblast

Chernivtsi

The situation in Chernivtsi and the region is calm. In a few days, more than 150 shelters were restored and equipped in the city.

Camouflage netting centers have been opened in 95 educational institutions.

Recruitment to the ranks of the Armed Forces continues. More than 530 men (internally displaced persons) who arrived in Bukovina entered military registration. Bukovynians continue to join the territorial defense. Within one day after the announcement of volunteer assistance, the urgent needs of territorial defense in Chernivtsi were covered.

Mayor Roman Klichuk spoke with the mayor of Klagenfurt (a sister city of Chernivtsi), Christian Scheider, about the supply of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. In total, Bukovyna received almost 16,500 internally displaced persons in educational and social protection institutions. 4,800 of them are children. There is a humanitarian headquarters that has received several aid trucks from Romania.

Zakarpatska оblast

Uzhhorod

The city is quiet. There is no fighting. Volunteers and entrepreneurs receive internally displaced persons. Residents of the city also provide various assistance to internally displaced persons.

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