War in Ukraine / April 30

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To Hold Kherson

One of the tasks that the Russian president has given to his military leaders is to keep Kherson at all costs. In fact, the city has been under occupation since the first days of the war, and there was no great resistance, as happened in Mariupol. Thanks to this, the city remained intact. Right now, there seem to be preparations for a referendum, as a result of which Russia wants to create another so-called republic – the KPR or the Kherson People’s Republic. The referendum is scheduled for mid-May.

Occupants try to transfer to Russia’s influence the city and the part of the region that is already occupied. In particular, rubles have been introduced in Kherson and the region since May 1, and some locals have been offered jobs for the occupiers for rubles as well. Occupants constantly disconnect Kherson from the mobile connection, destroying equipment of Ukrainian mobile operators, cutting cables for Internet connection, instead providing access to Russian mobile operators.

It is important to note that the region remains pro-Ukrainian and has nothing to do with the events in 2014 in Crimea. Ukrainians go to pro-Ukrainian rallies and try to stop Russian troops and Russian propaganda peacefully by refusing to cooperate with the occupiers. In some cities there is an active guerrilla movement.

The Ukrainian military leadership says that Kherson and the region will definitely be liberated in the near future, as evidence – counteroffensive and deoccupation of the region’s villages. It is also important from the strategic point of view: strengthening the army of the Russian Federation creates a bridgehead for attack on Nikolaev, and behind it – on Odessa. Ukraine is still able to restrain Russian attacks.

Airstrike, missile and MRL damage

Kharkiv region:

  • Russian troops shelled Udy for several hours. As a result of the shelling, three houses and a shop were destroyed, a school and a kindergarten were burnt down, and more than 10 houses were damaged. Kalynove was also shelled, where two houses were completely destroyed.
  • Russian troops shelled Saltivka, Pyatykhatky, Selyshche Zhukovskoho and the airport area. Multi-storey residential buildings, shops, an industrial enterprise, a perinatal center were destroyed and damaged, and fires broke out. As a result of the night shelling, the warehouses of the auto-chemical enterprise also caught fire on an area of ​​~6k m², the fire continued until the evening. A 61-year-old man was injured.
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Zaporizhzhya region:

  • As a result of shelling by Russian troops, the farm infrastructure, equipment and stocks of sunflower seeds were damaged.
  • Russian troops shelled Preobrazhenka, Malynivka, Novoselivka, Chervone, Omelnyk, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Olhivske, Kamyanske, Zaliznychne, Poltavka, Huliaipilske, Temyrivka, and Novoandriivka. In Novoandriivka 5 residential buildings were destroyed. In Temyrivka 2 warehouses with agricultural machinery, an office building, a hangar were destroyed, a church was damaged, 1.7 tons of sunflower burned down.
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Luhansk region:

  • As a result of shelling by Russian troops, 12 houses were damaged. In Severodonetsk and Lysychansk there were 6 artillery shelling recorded, in Popasna – 3. Air strikes were inflicted on Katerynivka and Nyzhnje. In Severodonetsk 5 houses were destroyed, in Komyshuvakha the building of village council, school and a residential building were damaged. Assault operations continued in the direction of Orikhove, Orikhove-3 was destroyed by 70%. It is known about 1 victim in Novodruzhesk.
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Mykolaiv region:

  • As a result of Russian troops’ shelling, 9 people were hospitalized. In the village of Lymany, a cemetery was shelled, prohibited cluster munitions were used.
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Donetsk region:

  • Russian troops shelled Mariupol, Lyman, Avdiivka, Ocheretyne, Drobysheve, Novosilka, Dibrove, and Pisky. At least 24 civilian facilities were destroyed: residential buildings, a kindergarten, a house of culture, and a feed mill. 4 people were killed and 3 were injured, including a 14-year-old child.
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Kherson region:

  • As a result of shelling by servicemen in Novovorontsovka, residential buildings and civilian infrastructure, a volunteer center were destroyed. There is an established number of civilian casualties. A 12-year-old girl was injured in Lyubymivka.
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Chernihiv region:

  • Russian troops shelled the border checkpoint from the territory of the Russian Federation, 40 mines were fired.
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Odessa region:

  • Russian troops attacked the Odesa airport from the territory of the occupied Crimea, with the help of the Bastion coastal missile system. The runway was damaged, its further use is impossible.
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Dnipropetrovsk region:

  • Russian troops inflicted three strikes on the settlements of the region, as a result, 2 hangars for storing grain were destroyed and a hangar for farming equipment was damaged. The warehouse and administrative building of the industrial enterprise were also badly damaged.
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New laws


  • [Support of the economy] The National Bank of Ukraine adopted a number of changes in the procedure for the functioning of the foreign exchange market. They are aimed at maintaining stability, reducing pressure on Ukraine’s international reserves and preventing unproductive capital outflows.
  • [Other] The Cabinet of Ministers reappointed Yuriy Vitrenko as Chairman of the Board of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine for a period of one year.
  • [Other] The National Bank limited the limits of open long and short currency positions of banks from 15% to 5% of their regulatory capital.
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  • [Economic development] Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree on the allocation of funds from the federal budget for the construction, overhaul and modernization of social infrastructure facilities in three regions of the Far Eastern Federal District, according to the website of the Russian government.
  • [Support of the economy] Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved a list of activities to provide enterprises with a one-year deferment in the payment of insurance premiums, according to the government website on Saturday.
  • [Education] About 560 million rubles will be additionally allocated from the federal budget to support specialized educational and scientific centers for gifted children, the corresponding order was signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
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