9 May: Battles in Bakhmut, the story of a family from the Kharkiv region

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Situation summary of the war in Ukraine by region for Tuesday, May 9, 2023.
Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s Official Facebook Channel

Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s Official Facebook Channel

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Kyiv Region

Kyiv region was attacked by Russian cruise missiles at night. Air defense was working. No hits were recorded. According to preliminary data, as a result of falling rocket fragments, one private house, and farm buildings were damaged. There are no casualties. The information is being clarified.

Luhansk Region

The aggressors attacked Nevske and Bilohorivka from aviation. The enemy again tried to advance in the direction of Bilohorivka.

Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, and Bilohorivka were subjected to artillery and mortar attacks.

During the day, the Russians carried out 99 shellings in the Luhansk Region, firing 475 shells.

Donetsk Region

In the Donetsk region, the enemy carried out 30 shellings, and used the «S-300» air defense system, the «Hrad» anti-aircraft missile system, and artillery.

Kramatorsk, Kostyantynivka, Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Kurakhove, Chasiv Yar, Velyka Novosilka, Karlivka, Predtechyne, Umanske, Chervone, Druzhba came under fire.

32 residential buildings (including three multi-apartment buildings), the workshop of the Novokramatorskyi Machine-Building Plant, the building of a furniture workshop, a garage, a gas pipeline, two civilian cars, power lines, a heating network, an economic building, a church, a police building were damaged.

During the day, one person was injured in the Donetsk region.

Chernihiv Region

The enemy launched seven attacks from mortars, barrel artillery, and self-propelled guns during the day. Chernihiv and Novhorod-Siverskyi districts were under fire.

As a result of shelling, 15 settlements remain without electricity, most of them in the Novhorod-Siverskyi district.

Sumy Region

9 shellings (75 explosions) were recorded at night and in the morning. Settlements of Velyka Pysarivka, Seredyno-Buda, Esman, Bilopillia, Yunakiv, and Nova Sloboda territorial communities were shelled.

The Russians launched an air strike with two missiles on the Seredino-Budsk community. In the village of Romashkovo, three private residential buildings and a grain warehouse of an agricultural company were damaged.

Yesterday, during the day, the Russians carried out 12 shellings. 70 explosions were recorded. Settlements of Yunakiv, Bilopillia, Znob-Novhorod, Shalyhyne, Esman, and Nova Sloboda communities came under fire.

The Nova Sloboda community was attacked with barrel artillery (four explosions). Two private cars, four private residential buildings, and a power line were damaged. There was also a mortar attack. As a result of another shelling (three explosions), a private residential building was damaged.

Kharkiv Region

In the Slobozhansk direction, the enemy shelled Hoptivka, Krasne, Zelene, Staritsa, Ohirtseve, Vovchanski Khutory, Karaichne, Mala Vovcha, Mykolayivka and Nesterne with mortars and artillery.

In the Kupiansk direction, the Russian army carried out airstrikes on the areas of Zapadne and Masyutivka settlements. Kamianka, Topoli, Petro-Ivanivka, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Zapadne, Lyman Pershyi, Vilshana, and Buhaivka were subjected to artillery and mortar shelling.

Yesterday evening, the enemy carried out a massive missile attack on the Kharkiv district. In the village of Novyi Korotych, rockets hit the ground, one S-300 rocket hit the area between the railway stations «Zarichanka» and «Shpakivka» near the village of Solonytsivka, Kharkiv district. Electric wires of railway tracks were damaged, and a forest plantation near the «Zarichanka» railway station was on fire.

A rocket hit also damaged a private residential building in the village of Tsapivka, Bohodukhiv district.

Yesterday, Russian troops shelled Vovchansk, Chuhuiv district twice, damaging a private residential building.

As a result of the shelling, two private houses were damaged in the village of Fiholivka, Kupiansk district.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

At night, troops from the «Skhid» air command shot down all eight enemy missiles.

Debris fell on a four-story building in Dnipro. A 32-year-old woman was hospitalized with an injury. The roof and ceilings of several apartments were damaged in the building. The warhead of the missile was found on the third floor. The dangerous debris was neutralized.

The aggressor fired heavy artillery at Nikopol and the Marhanets community. One private house was destroyed, and four more were damaged. An economic building and power lines were also damaged. There are no casualties.

Yesterday afternoon, the Russian army fired missiles at the Pavlohrad district. Two explosions rang out in the Mezhyrich community. Probably, the enemy used «Iskanders». There were no casualties or injuries due to the rocket attack.

Zaporizhzhia Region

19 front-line settlements suffered 68 strikes. Recorded 65 artillery shells, two attacks from the MLRS, and an attack by a UAV.

Malynivka, Ukrainka, Gulyaipilske, Orikhiv, Gulyaipole, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Olhivske, Mala Tokmachka, Chervone, Poltavka, Shcherbaki, Bilohirya, Charivne, Novoivanivka, Kamianske, Stepove, Mali Shcherbaki, Plavni were under fire from the Russians.

38 reports were received about the destruction of residential buildings, cars, and other private property, premises of social institutions, and utility networks.

A 15-year-old resident of the Matviyivka community was wounded during the shelling from the BM-30 Smerch.

Kherson Region

The invaders shelled the Kherson region 46 times during the day (fired 320 shells), including one shelling from artillery (two shells) on Kherson. Areas of 22 settlements were affected by enemy fire.

In Antonivka, a 67-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man were wounded by Russian shelling. They were hospitalized.

In the village of Stanislav, 10 people were injured, including a 9-year-old child. The boy received mine-explosive injuries and head injuries.

The Russians shelled the village of Zolota Balka with barrel artillery, and the administrative building and the dispensary were partially damaged.

As a result of an artillery strike, one person was injured in the village of Kachkarivka.

In just one day, 14 people were injured due to Russian aggression, one of them was a child.

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The occupation of Kharkiv region: a family was forced to leave their home at gunpoint, the father was never found

The family was forced to leave their home at gunpoint.

In the Kharkiv region, local authorities continue to restore the infrastructure of settlements that were occupied by the Russians. So, in the village of Grakove, Chuguyiv district, the power grid, which was destroyed by 80%, is already fully operational.

This is reported by Channel 24.

As noted, from February to September 2022, part of the Kharkiv region was under occupation. Currently, the details of the gruesome war crimes committed by the Russians are still being revealed. The village of Grakove suffered significant losses during the invasion, its part is still mined.

On the territory of the house of Kateryna Ponomarenko, who is a resident of the settlement, there were from eight to 12 flights – you can spot them by the holes left after the bombs were hit. Now the family is rebuilding the destroyed home with the help of volunteers. Russians lived in it during the occupation.

«They evicted the family from the house, threatening them with weapons. Cadets of a Russian university were settled there. They amused themselves by detonating grenades in canisters in other premises,» said Anna Chernenko, a correspondent from Kharkiv.

The father of the family is still considered missing. The man disappeared, and the family has had no contact with him for 10 months. They were forced to leave their home at gunpoint.

«The occupier holds his son at the sight of a machine gun and says: ‘You have 10 minutes to leave here, if you want him to be alive and you to be alive,’» said Kateryna’s mother.

It is unknown where the man is now.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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