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Chronicle of the russian federation Crimes in Ukraine (August 2023)

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Photo for illustration - russian missile attack on Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, July 31, 2023
Photo for illustration - russian missile attack on Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, July 31, 2023

The russian aggression against Ukraine, which began in 2014 with the occupation of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, has shown that the Kremlin is disregarded international law and its international commitments

Defense Express continue to collect violations by russia of the international commitments, which require world condemnation by the community and effective prosecution of offenses in international courts.

The facts of international humanitarian law violations by russian armed forces in Ukraine in February 2022 - July 2023 you can find here.

August 31. Since the outset of the full-scale war in Ukraine, 1,624 objects of cultural heritage were damaged and almost a third of them were destroyed.

This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.

"The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine continues to document damage to cultural infrastructure objects in Ukraine as a result of Russian aggression. Thus, as of August 29, 2023, a total of 1,624 cultural infrastructure objects suffered damage, not including cultural heritage monuments. Almost a third of them (591 objects) have been destroyed," the report reads.

It is noted that over the past month, the total number of affected objects of cultural infrastructure has increased by 19, most of which are in Odesa (five, or 26%). At the same time, the cultural infrastructure in Donetsk, Kherson, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia and Luhansk regions suffered significant losses.

August 31. In the morning, Russian troops shelled the center of Kupyansk town, injuring a man and damaging buildings.

"The occupiers hit the central part of Kupyansk town. As a result of artillery shelling at 10:30, a man born in 1962 was injured and hospitalized," Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, posted on Telegram.

Non-residential premises, administrative buildings, and private houses were damaged. Emergency services work on site.

August 31. On the morning of August 31, 2023, Russian troops shelled the Izium district’s urban-type settlement of Borova in the Kharkiv region.

The relevant statement was made by Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Head Oleh Syniehubov on Telegram.

Around 00:00 (midnight), Russians attacked the Kupiansk district’s village of Vilkhivka. An uninhabited house was damaged, and a fire broke out.

“Around 05:00 a.m., the enemy shelled the Izium district’s urban-type settlement of Borova. A civilian man, 48, was injured and taken to hospital,” the report states.

Over the past day, Russian troops have used cannon and rocket artillery, mortars and other weapons to attack settlements in the Bohodukhiv, Izium, Chuhuiv and Kupiansk districts.

Following Russian attacks, a solid domestic waste landfill caught fire in the Kupiansk district’s village of Osynove.

In Kupiansk, a detached house was damaged, and a fire broke out.

At least two detached houses, household buildings, four garages and a car were damaged in Russia’s multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) attack on the Chuhuiv district’s Vovchansk. Fires broke out.

Power transmission lines and a gas pipeline were hit as Russians dropped a guided aerial bomb on the Izium district’s village of Shyikivka.

In the Izium district’s Zahryzlove, a house was damaged as Russians attacked the village, presumably with cluster munitions from the Uragan MLRS.

August 31. Yesterday, on August 30, Russian invaders fired 85 times at the Kherson region.

Oleksandr Prokudin, the head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration, said this on Telegram.

"Over the past day, the enemy carried out 85 attacks, firing 346 shells from mortars, artillery, tanks, Grad, UAVs and aircraft. The enemy fired five shells at the city of Kherson," he noted.

According to Prokudin, the Russian military targeted residential areas of the settlements.

There were no civilian casualties or injuries, he emphasized.

August 31. Russian invaders shelled the Donetsk region’s Sloviansk, having killed a man.

The relevant statement was made by Sloviansk City Military Administration on Telegram.

According to Sloviansk City Military Administration Head Vadym Liakh, four explosions rocked the city around 00:00 (midnight).

Russian projectiles hit agricultural enterprises in the village of Myrne. A watchman was reported killed.

August 31. Two civilians have been killed and five injured in Russia’s shelling of the Donetsk region over the past day.

The relevant statement was made by Donetsk Regional Military Administration Head Pavlo Kyrylenko on Telegram.

“On August 30, 2023, Russians killed two civilians in the Donetsk region, namely in Bahatyr and Chasiv Yar. Five more people were injured,” Kyrylenko wrote.

Additionally, it is now impossible to count the exact number of casualties in Mariupol and Volnovakha, Kyrylenko noted.

August 31. On the night Russian troops attacked the Dnipropetrovsk region’s Synelnykove district.

The relevant statement was made by Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Head Serhii Lysak on Telegram.

“Last night the aggressor struck the Synelnykove district’s Velyka Mykhailivka community,” Lysak wrote, adding that civilians remained unharmed.

Two houses and a power transmission line were damaged. The effects of the enemy attack are yet to be checked.

No Russian strikes were reported across other districts in the region.

August 30. Russian troops shelled Nikopol with heavy artillery.

"Ten shells hit Nikopol today. The enemy opened fire from heavy artillery," Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Lysak posted on Telegram.

According to Lysak, as a result of the shelling, the premises of two private enterprises, a five-story apartment block, seven cars, and a power line were damaged.

Civilians were not injured.

August 30. In the seaport of Mariupol, captured by the Russian army, the invaders are loading another batch of stolen Ukrainian grain onto a ship.

Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, reported this on Telegram and posted a video.

"They are stealing again. The grain. Another ship. But there is a nuance. The Russians eventually repaired the conveyor belt for loading. This greatly simplifies and speeds up the loading of grain," Andriushchenko wrote.

He noted that now it is quite possible that the grain will go mostly by sea, as the trend of dominance of road transportation has been maintained so far.

August 30. Yesterday, on August 29, Russian troops conducted massive shelling of the settlements of Bohodukhiv, Izyum, Chuhuiv and Kupiansk districts of the Kharkiv region.

Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Regional Military Administration, said this on Telegram.

According to him, yesterday morning the shelling damaged the buildings of a meat processing plant in Kupiansk. A 45-year-old security guard was killed. An apartment building and a private household were also damaged. A 67-year-old man sustained shrapnel wounds.

Syniehubov also noted that an administrative building was damaged as a result of a drone strike on the village of Huriv Kozachokin of the Bohodukhiv district. At 4 p.m., a mortar attack on the village damaged hangars and outbuildings of a farm. In the village of Cherneshchyna, in the Izyum district, two guided aerial bombs damaged a cowshed, a barn, a car garage and an MTZ 80 tractor of an agricultural enterprise.

In Druzhelyubivka, in the Izyum district, a 55-year-old man was injured in the shelling and hospitalized in serious condition.

August 30. In one of the districts of Kyiv region, more than six private houses were damaged and three people were injured by fragments of downed Russian missiles and Shahed drones.

As Kyiv region police chief Andriy Niebytov posted on Telegram, a 69-year-old woman received burns as her house caught fire due to falling debris. Two men, 43 and 49, received minor cuts.

Garages and two cars were destroyed.

Niebytov noted that private houses had been damaged also in another district of Kyiv region as a result of the Russian attack. A roof and windows were damaged. Grass caught fire, which was quickly put out by the rescuers.

Emergency services work at the sites. The police record the consequences.

August 30. The Russian army launched 106 strikes on 26 populated settlements of Zaporizhzhia region. Three people were injured.

"During the enemy artillery shelling of Kamyanske, men aged 38 and 40, as well as a 51-year-old woman, were injured. They were taken to a healthcare facility and provided with the necessary medical assistance," Head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Yuriy Malashko posted on Telegram.

Eight airstrikes on Orikhiv, Robotyne, Mala Tokmachka; five MLRS attacks on Levadne, Malynivka, Temyrivka, Poltavka, and Novodarivka; and UAV attacks on Olhivske and Kamyanske were recorded.

Ninety-one artillery strikes were launched on the territory of Temyrivka, Novodanylivka, Zatyshshia, Bilohirya, Poltavka, Stepnohirsk, Kamyanske, Stepove, Pyatykhatky, and other towns and villages in the line of fire. Twenty-two reports on the destruction of residential buildings and infrastructure facilities were filed.

August 30. About 270,000 tonnes of grain were destroyed in the Danube and Odesa seaports as a result of Russian shelling.

Denys Marchuk, deputy head of Ukrainian Agrarian Council, stated this during a briefing at Ukrinform.

"After the termination of the grain initiative, there were over 8 attacks on the port infrastructure of Odesa and the Danube, which led to the loss of about 270,000 tonnes of grain that was contracted and was supposed to go to foreign markets," he said.

Marchuk noted that Ukraine can export up to 2 million tonnes of agricultural products per month through the Danube seaports. The capacity of the ports can potentially be increased to 3 million tonnes per month.

August 29. Rescuers have discovered the body of the fourth victim who had been killed in Russia’s recent missile attack on the Poltava region.

The relevant statement was made by Poltava Regional Military Administration Head Dmytro Lunin on Telegram.

“On the second day after the enemy shelling, rescuers found the body of the fourth victim,” the report states.

A reminder that, on the night of August 28, 2023, Russia attacked Ukraine’s territory with sea- and air-launched missiles. One of Russian projectiles hit an oil mill in the Poltava region. Three people were reported killed and five injured. One more person was listed as missing.

August 29. The Russian army shelled the village of Stanislav, Kherson region.

The Kherson Regional Military Administration said this in a post on Telegram.

"The Russian army attacked Stanislav," the report says.

It is noted that the enemy struck the central part of the settlement at least ten times.

The RMA also published a photo showing the consequences of enemy hits.

August 29. A car with four passengers exploded on a mine on a forest road in the Chernihiv region: adults were killed, two children are in hospital.

This was reported by the police of Chernihiv region on Facebook.

"Yesterday, August 28, at about 7 p.m., the police received a report that a civilian car had exploded in the Chernihiv district. The explosion killed a man and a woman, two children are currently hospitalized," the statement said.

According to the police, it has been preliminarily established that the car hit a mine on a forest road. As a result of the explosion, the car caught fire. The driver and passenger were killed, and two young children were injured.

Read also: Kupiansk direction: Russians create mine obstacles along border in Belgorod region

According to law enforcement officials, the car was driven by an employee of the Patrol Police Office in the Chernihiv region of the Patrol Police Department.

August 29. The enemy army attacked the Zaporizhzhia region 91 times. 49 buildings and infrastructure facilities were destroyed.

Yuriy Malashko, the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, reported this on Telegram

"30 settlements are under attack - the enemy fired 91 times on the Zaporizhzhia region. The Russian military attacked Charivne, Malynivka and Levadne with UAVs, carried out four MLRS attacks on Zaliznychne, Olhivske, Temyrivka and Poltavka, Kyrpotyne and Olenivka came under a missile attack," the post says.

August 29. Russian invaders fired on the Kharkiv, Bohodukhiv, Izyum, Chuhuiv, and Kupiansk districts of the Kharkiv region.

Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Regional Military Administration, reported this on Telegram, according to Ukrinform.

According to him, the enemy fired from artillery, and mortars, and used combat aircraft.

In the villages of Podoly, in the Kupiansk district, and Vovchansk Khutor, in the Chuhuiv district, the grass was burning in the open area as a result of shelling.

August 29. Russian invaders killed five residents of Donetsk region and injured four more.

"On August 28, the Russians killed five residents of Donetsk region: two – in Dalnie, one – in Toretsk, Lyman, and Velyka Novosilka each. Another four people were injured in the region over the past day," Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko posted on Telegram.

As Kyrylenko emphasized, it is currently impossible to establish the exact number of casualties in Mariupol and Volnovakha.

August 29. The Russian army launched 61 strikes on Kherson region over the past day.

"Over the past day, the enemy launched 61 strikes, firing 275 shells from mortars, artillery, tanks, Grad MLRS, UAVs, and aircraft. The enemy fired 18 shells at the city of Kherson," Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration, posted on Telegram.

According to Prokudin, the Russian military hit residential neighborhoods of settlements, territories and buildings of preschool educational institutions in Kherson city and Beryslav district.

"Due to Russian aggression, one person was killed and four more were injured," the governor added.

August 28. The Russian invaders have taken more than 1,000 Ukrainian children from the captured Mariupol to the Russian Federation, and this is not the final figure.

Mykola Komarovskyi, a lawyer of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, said this during the presentation of a legally substantiated submission to the International Criminal Court about the genocide of people in Mariupol by the Russian invaders at the Ukrinform press center.

"Regarding this submission, all the data on the deportation of children are taken from open sources. It is currently difficult to name the exact number because, on the basis of some publications [in the Russian mass media], we are talking about more than a thousand such children. However, it is quite difficult to name the exact figure for the city of Mariupol. But we know about these cases," Komarovskyi said.

As for actual data, he added, there are known cases of children being taken from the city of Mariupol to sports and recreation resorts and camps in Russia.

"It is known that in the children were studying directly in camps so as not to interrupt the educational process. But, as we can guess, this process adhered to the Russian system. Children are taught the Russian version of history, they were told about the events taking place in Ukraine from the point of view of the Russian Federation. That is, children, who lived in Ukraine and studied in their native language, got into a completely different environment, where their native language is clearly perceived as hostile," the lawyer said.

He also noted that the first passports were issued to Ukrainian children in Moscow region on July 5, 2022, and the group included children from Mariupol.

"There was also a publication on the website of the Russian Department for Family and Childhood, which indicated that more than 1,000 children from ‘liberated Mariupol’ found new families in certain regions of Russia," Komarovskyi said.

He noted that Tyumen, Irkutsk, Kemerovo regions, and Altai Territory were mentioned.

"At the same time, it is interesting that when this information got to the Ukrainian mass media, it was later deleted, and the Russians said that the website was allegedly hacked and the information was fake. But when we worked on this submission, we used certain services to store the information. And it was quite obvious that the information was true, but the Russians tried to hide it," the human rights defender explained.

August 28. In Poltava region, the number of people injured as a result of a Russian missile attack last night has increased to five.

"As a result of the explosion, the oil mill premises caught fire. So far, it is known that two people were killed and five more were injured. People were working in the night shift," Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak posted on Telegram.

According to Yermak, the village of Hoholeve, Myrhorod district, came under enemy attack.

As reported, Russian invaders attacked Ukraine with sea- and air-launched missiles on the night of August 28.

An industrial object was hit in Poltava region. Two killed and two injured were reported. The fate of two more people was considered unknown.

August 28. The Russian forces shelled Kherson region 69 times over the past day, killing one civilian and injuring another two.

Oleksandr Prokudin, the head of the regional military administration, said this in a post on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

According to him, in just one day, the invaders fired 395 shells from mortars, artillery, tanks, Grad MLRS, drones and aircraft across the region, including 39 shells - at Kherson.

The Russian military targeted residential areas in the region's settlements, and the territory of one of the Kherson parks.

August 27. The Russian army fired half a dozen shells at Myrove community in Nikopol district.

"During the day, Russian troops shelled Myrove community in Nikopol district twice. They fired half a dozen heavy artillery shells," Serhiy Lysak, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, posted on Telegram.

It is noted that a private house was damaged. Nobody was injured.

In other settlements of Dnipropetrovsk region, the situation was calm today.

August 27.The enemy launched five strikes on populated settlements in Sumy region.

"At night and in the morning, the Russians launched five strikes on populated settlements in Sumy region. Seventeen explosions were recorded. Krasnopillia and Shalyhine communities were hit," the head of the Sumy Regional Military Administration posted on Telegram.

It is also noted that the enemy struck the territory of Krasnopillia and Shalyhine communities with mortars.

According to preliminary information, nobody was injured and civilian infrastructure was not destroyed.

August 27. Russian troops were shelling the Kharkiv region’s Kupiansk district with mortars and artillery.

The relevant statement was made by Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Head Oleh Syniehubov on Telegram, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

Such settlements as Rublene, Ambarne, Bolohivka, Dvorichna, Synkivka, Ivanivka, and others came under enemy fire.

In the Kurylivka community’s village of Podoly, one of Russian projectiles, fired from the 2S7 Pion self-propelled artillery system, hit a café. A woman, 28, and a man, 70, were killed. Another woman, 26, was injured and taken to hospital in grave condition.

August 27. Russian troops attacked the Kherson region 61 times, having fired 272 projectiles on August 26, 2023.

The relevant statement was made by Kherson Regional Military Administration Head Oleksandr Prokudin on Telegram.

Russian invaders used mortars, artillery, tanks, unmanned aerial vehicles, and the Grad multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

The enemy fired 36 projectiles at the city of Kherson.

Russian attacks targeted residential areas across the Kherson region’s settlements. A critical infrastructure object, a health facility and an enterprise were hit in the city of Kherson, as well as a national park and warehouse facilities in the Beryslav district.

Following Russian attacks, one civilian was reported killed and four injured.

August 27. Two civilians have been injured in Russia’s shelling of the Donetsk region over the past day.

The relevant statement was made by Donetsk Regional Military Administration Head Pavlo Kyrylenko on Telegram.

“On August 26, 2023, Russians injured two civilians in the Donetsk region, namely in Avdiivka and Shakhtarske,” Kyrylenko wrote.

Additionally, it is now impossible to count the exact number of casualties in Mariupol and Volnovakha, Kyrylenko noted.

August 26. Russian troops have attacked the Dnipropetrovsk region’s Nikopol district three times over the past day.

The relevant statement was made by Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Head Serhii Lysak on Telegram.

According to Lysak, the enemy targeted the Marhanets community.

Initially, based on the preliminary data, Russian invaders attacked with two suicide drones. In the evening, they opened fire with heavy artillery.

No casualties were reported. The effects are yet to be checked.

August 26. Russian occupiers have opened fire on the city of Kherson, leaving two women injured.

The relevant statement was made by Kherson Regional State Administration on Telegram.

“During the day, the Russian army was shelling downtown Kherson. A woman, 41, was injured and taken to hospital with concussion and leg injuries,” the report states.

Another woman, 70, suffered minor injuries and received the necessary medical aid at the scene.

August 26. The police have documented the consequences of 85 Russian attacks, which took place in the Zaporizhzhia region.

The relevant statement was made by Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration.

“All war crimes were documented by law enforcement officers. The investigators from the police and the Security Service of Ukraine opened criminal proceedings under Part 1, Part 2 of Art. 438 (violation of the laws and customs of war) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” the report states.

Over the past day, Russian troops have been shelling 26 settlements in the Zaporizhzhia, Polohy and Vasylivka districts. One civilian man was killed in Russia’s multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) attack on the village of Mala Tokmachka. Another man was reported injured.

On August 25, 2023, Russian invaders used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), MLRS, artillery and aircraft. In the past 24 hours, the police have received 41 reports on the damage caused by Russian attacks.

The following settlements were affected by Russian shelling: Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Stepnohirsk, Zaliznychne, Huliaipilske, Temyrivka, Novooleksandrivka, Novoandriivka, Novodarivka, Levadne, Chervone, Olhivske, Novodanylivka, Bilohiria, Yablukove, Preobrazhenka, Charivne, Verkhnia Tersa, Staroukrainka, Kamianske, Stepove, Lobkove and Mali Shcherbaky.

August 26. Russian troops shelled the border communities of Sumy region three times last night and this morning.

"At night and in the morning, the Russians launched three strikes on the border areas. Twenty-one explosions were recorded. Seredyna-Buda and Khotin communities came under fire," the Sumy Regional Military Administration posted on Telegram.

In particular, shelling from automatic grenade launchers (four explosions) was recorded in Seredyna-Buda community.

The enemy struck Khotin community with mortars (16 explosions). Moreover, a VOG grenade was dropped from a drone.

Augusr 26. A total of 3.7 million tonnes of Ukrainian grain have been stolen in the temporarily occupied territories, excluding the Crimean peninsula.

"In the temporarily occupied territories, excluding the Crimean peninsula, 3.7 million tonnes of Ukrainian grain have been stolen. Of them, 1.4 million tonnes have been stolen in Zaporizhzhia region. The Russians steal all this grain from farmers who are forced to sell their products at fixed prices many times lower than market ones. The grain is then resold to enterprises related to Kremlin-installed officials and sold at market prices in the Russian Federation," the National Resistance Center posted on Telegram.

The National Resistance Center emphasizes that everyone involved in grain theft will be held to account in accordance with the current legislation of Ukraine.

August 26. Russian army shelled 26 settlements in Zaporizhzhia region, killing one civilian and injuring another.

"Over the past 24 hours, the enemy launched 85 strikes on 26 settlements in Zaporizhzhia region," Head of Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Yuriy Malashko posted on Telegram.

According to him, 71 artillery strikes were launched on the territory of Huliaypole, Zaliznychne, Orikhiv, Robotyne, Novodarivka, Levadne, Novodanylivka, Stepnohirsk, Kamyanske, and other front-line villages.

In addition, 10 MLRS attacks on Novodarivka, Temyrivka, Levadne, Mala Tokmachka, Stepnohirsk, and Kamyanske were recorded. Russian drones attacked Huliaypilske and Bilohirya. Tavriyske suffered from air and missile strikes.

"Unfortunately, a 58-year-old resident of Mala Tokmachka was killed in the Grad MLRS shelling. In addition, a 59-year-old man was injured during the artillery shelling of this village. The injured person was promptly taken to a healthcare facility," the governor noted.

August 26. Russian troops attacked the Kherson region 74 times, having fired 377 projectiles.

The relevant statement was made by Kherson Regional Military Administration Head Oleksandr Prokudin on Telegram.

Russian invaders used mortars, artillery, tanks, unmanned aerial vehicles, and aircraft.

The enemy fired 36 projectiles at the city of Kherson.

Russian attacks targeted residential areas across the Kherson region’s settlements. A critical infrastructure object and an educational institution were hit, as well as a poultry factory in the Kherson district, a farm enterprise in the Beryslav district, an enterprise and gym in the city of Kherson.

One civilian was reported injured.

August 25. In Kherson region, the Russian military shelled the village of Khreshchenivka, damaging farm buildings, without casualties. Volodymyr Litvinov, the head of the Beryslav district military administration, reported this on Telegram.

"The occupiers once again shelled Beryslav district. The enemy launched an artillery attack on the village of Khreshchenivka of Novovorontsovka territorial community," the report says.

As a result of enemy shelling, buildings of the farm were damaged.

According to the district administration’s head, no one was injured.

August 25. Over the past day, the enemy army fired 92 times at 23 towns and villages in the Zaporizhzhia region.

Yuriy Malashko, the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, reported this on Telegram.

"79 artillery attacks were recorded on the territory of Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Novoandriivka, Novodarivka, Olhivske, Preobrazhenka, Shcherbaky, Stepnohirsk, Kamianske, Stepove, Plavni and other frontline settlements," the post says.

It is noted that Novodarivka, Poltavka, Huliaipilske and Lukianivske were subjected to nine attacks from multiple rocket launchers, four air strikes were on Orikhove, Mala Tokmachka and Levadne.

August 25. In the morning on Friday, August 25, Russian troops fired on the village of Podoly, in the Kupiansk district, in the Kharkiv region, injuring a 59-year-old man.

Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Regional Military Administration, reported this on Telegram.

"This morning, at 06:30, the enemy fired on the village of Podoly, in Kupiansk district. A 59-year-old civilian man was injured and hospitalized," said the head of the Regional Military Administration.

According to him, over the past day, Russian invaders continued to shell the Bohodukhiv, Kharkiv, Chuhuiv, Izyum and Kupiansk districts.

In Petropavlivka, in the Kupyansk district, a private household was damaged and a fire broke out.

According to the head of the RMA, three private houses, power lines, a shop building and a private car were damaged as a result of shelling from MLRS in Yurchenkove village, in the Chuhuiv district.

In Vovchansk, in the Chuhuiv district, a civilian enterprise building and three private houses were damaged and a fire broke out. There were no casualties.

August 25. Russian invaders killed 503 children in Ukraine and injured 1,116 children.

The Office of the Prosecutor General reported this in a statement on Telegram.

"More than 1,619 children have been injured in Ukraine as a result of Russia's full-scale armed aggression. As of the morning of August 25, 2023, according to official information from juvenile prosecutors, 503 children were killed and more than 1,116 were injured of varying severity," the statement said.

The numbers are not final. Work is underway to establish them in the areas of hostilities, on the temporarily occupied and liberated territories, the Office of the Prosecutor General emphasized.

Most children were injured in the Donetsk region - 485, Kharkiv - 299, Kyiv - 129, Kherson - 122, Zaporizhzhia - 99, Mykolaiv - 97, Dnipro - 95, Chernihiv - 71, Luhansk - 67.

On August 24, a 6-year-old girl was injured as a result of hostile shelling in Kherson.

August 24. Russian troops attacked the center of Kurakhove, in the Donetsk region, injuring three civilians. A pre-trial investigation has been launched.

The Office of the Prosecutor General reported this, according to Ukrinform.

According to the investigation, the enemy shelling took place at about 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 24. The strike was preliminarily inflicted by cannon artillery.

Russian shells hit one of the local supermarkets, where civilians were at the time.

As a result of the hostile shelling, three local women aged 25 to 66 sustained mine-blast injuries and bruises. One of them was pulled out from under the rubble. All the victims received qualified medical assistance.

Another Russian munition hit an administrative building, causing two cars to catch fire. Enemy fire also damaged a critical infrastructure facility, windows, and the facade of an apartment building.

The criminal proceedings were opened on the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war (Part 1 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

August 24. A civilian was injured in the Kherson region as a result of the shelling of Mykolaivka village by the Russian military.

The Kherson Regional Military Administration reported this, according to Ukrinform.

"A resident was injured as a result of the shelling of Mykolaivka," the report says.

It is noted that around 10:00 a.m. the occupants attacked the settlement, probably from a tank. As a result, a 67-year-old man was injured. He was hospitalized in a moderate condition.

August 24. The number of victims of a rocket attack in Dnipro has increased to ten.

Serhiy Lysak, the head of the Dnipro Regional Military Administration, reported this on Telegram, according to Ukrinform.

"The number of victims of the missile attack on Dnipro has increased to ten. Three people are currently in the hospital. These are a 55-year-old woman and men aged 33 and 48. They are in moderate condition," he wrote.

Earlier it was reported that the enemy hit a transport facility at night.

Utilities are working at the scene. One missile was shot down by the Air Defense Forces over Dnipro.

August 24. The Russian military fired at a medical facility in Komyshany, Kherson region. No civilian casualties have been reported.

"Russia has destroyed another hospital in Kherson region," the Kherson Regional Military Administration wrote on Telegram.

It is noted that around 04:00 on August 24, the Russian military shelled the building of a medical facility in Komyshany. Two rooms, the ceiling, the water supply system were damaged, while the roof was completely destroyed.

It is noted the medical facility was not working, the premises were closed. There were no casualties among civilians.

August 24. Over the past day, the enemy army fired 90 times at 26 towns and villages in the Zaporizhzhya region. Six aircraft bombs were dropped on Orikhiv.

Yuriy Malashko, head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, reported this on Telegram.

"71 artillery strikes hit Huliaypole, Zaliznychne, Malynivka, Levadne, Novodarivka, Kamianske, Stepove and other frontline settlements," he wrote.

Orikhiv suffered six air strikes, Chervone, Robotyne, Stepnohirsk, Lukyanivske and Novodarivka were hit by 10 attacks from multiple rocket launchers, Malynivka and Pyatikhatky were attacked three times from UAVs. There were no casualties over the last day.

August 23. An 80-year-old woman was injured in Kherson as a result of shelling by the Russian military, and an investigation has been launched.

The Kherson Regional Prosecutor's Office reported this.

"A pre-trial investigation has been launched in criminal proceedings over the violation of the laws and customs of war," the statement said.

According to the investigation, on August 23, at about 1:15 p.m., the Russian military shelled the city of Kherson once again. One of the Russian shells hit the summer kitchen of a private household. An 80-year-old woman was injured and hospitalized.

According to preliminary data, the Russian military carried out an artillery attack.

August 23. The number of victims following a Russian attack on a school in Romny, Sumy region, has grown to four people.

Minister of Internal Affairs Ihor Klymenko said this in a post on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

According to him, rescuers of the State Emergency Service retrieved the bodies of the school director, deputy director, secretary, and librarian from under the rubble.

The rubble removal at the site of the Russian attack has been completed.

Four local residents, who were passing by the educational institution at the time of the attack, were also injured, the minister noted.

August 23. As a result of the eighth Russian attack on port infrastructure with kamikaze drones, 13,000 tonnes of grain were destroyed in the port of Izmail.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration - Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine reporte.

According to him, several private grain terminals and warehouses, whose cargo was intended for Egypt and Romania, were damaged.

"Russia is systematically hitting grain tanks and warehouses to stop agricultural exports," Kubrakov said.

In his words, overnight alone, the export capacity of the port of Izmail was reduced by 15%. "Before that, there was the port of Reni and 35,000 tonnes of grain destroyed there."

This is the eighth attack on port infrastructure since Russia withdrew from the grain initiative, the deputy prime minister said. In total, 270,000 tonnes of grain have been destroyed in a month of attacks on ports.

August 23. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, 16,544 children have been found in Ukraine.

This was reported by the press service of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine on Telegram.

"As of August 23, 2023, according to the state portal 'Children of War', (1,173 children are considered missing in Ukraine - ed.), 16,544 children are found," the press service said.

As reported, as of August 22, a total of 1,172 children were reported missing in Ukraine.

August 23. The enemy army carried out 97 attacks on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia region over the past day. 24 settlements were damaged.

Yuriy Malashko, the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, reported this on Telegram.

"A missile attack on Zaporizhzhia, an airstrike on Yegorivka, six UAV attacks on Malynivka and Novodarivka, as well as four MLRS attacks on Prymorske, Lukyanivka and Novodarivka were recorded," the post says.

In total, the enemy fired 84 artillery shells at the territory of Mahdalynivka, Orikhove, Zaliznychne, Huliaypole, Mala Tokmachka, Levadne, Stepove, Pyatikhatky, Pavlivka, Kamianske and other towns and villages on the frontline.

There were 13 reports of the destruction of residential buildings and infrastructure as a result of shelling by the Russian military. There were no casualties.

August 23. On the morning of August 23, 2023, Russian invaders were shelling downtown Kherson.

The relevant statement was made by Kherson Regional Council First Deputy Head Yurii Sobolevskyi on Telegram.

Meanwhile, air raid sirens were ringing out in the Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk region due to the missile threat, according to the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

A reminder that, around 02:00 a.m., August 23, 2023, Russia attempted to attack the Odesa region with Shahed suicide drones.

August 22. In September, the UN International Court of Justice will hold public hearings on Russia's preliminary objections to the genocide allegations.

This was announced by the ICJ press service.

"The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings on the preliminary objections raised by the Russian Federation in the case concerning Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation: 32 States intervening) from Monday 18 to Wednesday 27 September 2023, at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the seat of the Court," the statement said.

The hearing will be held in two rounds: Russia will speak on September 18 and 25, and Ukraine will present its arguments before the judges on September 19 and 25.

On February 26, 2022, Ukraine filed with the ICJ Registry an application instituting proceedings against Russia concerning the "dispute... relating to the interpretation, application and fulfilment of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide."

Since October 2022, the Russian Federation has raised preliminary objections to the Court's jurisdiction and the admissibility of Ukraine's application.

It should be recalled that on March 16, 2022, the International Court of Justice ordered that the Russian Federation immediately cease its invasion of Ukraine.

August 22. A total of 1,172 children remain missing in Ukraine since the outset of the full-scale war.

The press service of the Ombudsman's Office reported the update on Facebook.

"According to the report by the children's search portal, Children of War, as of August 22, 2023, a total of 1,172 children are considered missing in Ukraine, while 16,488 missing children have been located,” the report reads.

August 22. In the early hours of Tuesday, the Russian army attacked Kryvyi Rih and Synelnykove district of Dnipropetrovsk region, injuring civilians, damaging houses and infrastructure.

Serhii Lysak, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, said this in a post on Telegram.

"An explosion in Kryvyi Rih rang out at dawn. The enemy launched a missile strike. According to preliminary information, one person was injured. The man was provided with assistance and will be treated on an outpatient basis," he wrote.

Twenty private houses of local residents were damaged. A power line was also damaged.

The Russian army also attacked Synelnykove district with a drone at night, targeting a private enterprise. A fire broke out. Firefighters promptly put out the fire. No one was injured.

The enemy launched another strike on the district in the morning, damaging power lines and other civil infrastructure. The information is being clarified.

August 21. Russians attacked a resident of Zolota Balka in the Kherson region with a drone, injuring the man.

The Kherson Regional Military Administration reported this.

"The invaders attacked a resident of Zolota Balka with a drone," the report says.

As noted, at about 12:00 p.m., the Russians dropped an explosive device on the 43-year-old man.

As a result of the attack, he sustained multiple shrapnel injuries to his chest, abdomen and legs.

The victim was hospitalized and is receiving medical care.

August 21. Russian forces shelled Zaporizhzhia region 92 times on Sunday, August 20. One civilian was killed, and another two were injured.

Yuriy Malashko, the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, said this in a post on Telegram.

"A 61-year-old man was killed on the shelling of Shyroke in Polohy district. A 77-year-old resident of Shyroke was injured, as well as a 58-year-old resident of Mala Tokmachka. The injured were quickly taken to medical facilities, where the necessary medical assistance is provided," the report says.

In total, the enemy launched 92 attacks on 23 towns and villages of Zaporizhzhia region in the past day. 85 artillery shells targeted the territory of Orikhiv, Huliaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Olhivske, Malynivka, Bilohirya, Levadne, Stepnohirsk, Piatykhatky, Plavni, Lukyanivske and other front-line settlements.

August 21. Over the past day, August 20, Russian troops shelled Kherson region 78 times. Two people were killed, and three more were injured.

"Over the past day, the enemy launched 78 strikes, firing 377 shells from mortars, artillery, tanks, Grad MLRS, UAVs, and aircraft. The enemy fired 47 shells at the city of Kherson," Head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Prokudin posted on Telegram.

August 21. The Russian army injured seven civilians in Donetsk region over the past day.

"On August 21, the Russians injured seven residents of Donetsk region: three – in Chasiv Yar, two – in Krasnohorivka, one – in Petrivka and Avdiyivka each," Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko posted on Telegram.

Currently, it is impossible to establish the exact number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha.

August 20. The invaders plan to settle 300,000 Russian citizens in Mariupol, temporarily captured by the invasion army.

This was reported in the National Resistance Center.

"The enemy has developed a ‘plan’ for the temporarily occupied Mariupol, which provides for an increase in its population by approximately 300,000 due to migration from the Russian Federation," the report says.

It is noted that the National Resistance Center learned about this from sources in the Ukrainian underground movement, which received access to the relevant paperwork of the occupation administration.

The planned demographic changes shall be implemented by Russian authorities by 2035. In order to stimulate them, the Kremlin launched a program of preferential mortgages for citizens of the Russian Federation. In addition, the invaders bring to the temporarily occupied territories seasonal workers and civil servants from Russia’s most depressive regions.

At the same time, local residents are forcibly deported to the territory of the Russian Federation, the report emphasized.

The National Resistance Center emphasized that these actions bear the signs of genocide according to international law. "All those involved in the genocide of the Ukrainian nation will suffer a just and inevitable punishment," the Center said.

As Ukrinform reported earlier, Russia's aggression caused a major humanitarian disaster in Mariupol. Almost 90% of the city was destroyed as a result of enemy shelling.

August 20. Last day, Russian troops shelled 12 settlements in Donetsk region where they damaged 25 civilian objects - households, businesses, and gas stations.

This was reported by the Donetsk Region Police Department.

"The occupiers hit 12 settlements in Donetsk region – a civilian was injured. In the past day, the police documented 18 enemy attacks on the civilian population. Russian troops launched R-77 missiles, S-300 air defense missiles, drones, Smerch, Uragan, and Grad surface-to-air rockets, as well as employed artillery, tanks, and mortars... 25 civilian objects were damaged," the report said.

It is noted that among the damaged civilian objects were 15 residential buildings, enterprises, gas stations, garages, and vehicles.

August 20. Russian troops this morning shelled the city of Kupiansk, Kharkiv region, seriously wounding a man of around 40.

Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the regional military administration, announced this on Telegram.

"Today, at around 07:00, the enemy shelled Kupiansk. A civilian man of about 40 years of age was seriously wounded. Currently, medics are fighting for his life," he said.

He said that in the last 24 hours, the enemy shelled settlements in the Bohodukhiv, Kharkiv, Chuhuiv, Izium and Kupiansk districts.

In Kupiansk, shelling damaged a private house, and a fire broke out at a meat processing plant.

As a result of shelling in the village of Kruhliakivka, Kupiansk district, a fire broke out at a forestry.

Four private houses were damaged in Kozacha Lopan, Kharkiv district, Syniehubov said.

Shelling in the village of Cherneshchyna, Izium district, damaged the building of an agricultural enterprise.

In the village of Oleksandrivka, Bohoduhiv district, warehouses and commercial buildings of civilian enterprises were significantly damaged by shelling, Syniehubov said.

Artillery fire in the village of Vilcha, Chuhuiv district, damaged 11 private houses, a kindergarten, a boarding house, a bakery, and a church.

August 20. The Russian army shelled Kherson region 77 times on Saturday, August 19.

Oleksandr Prokudin, the head of the Kherson regional military administration, reported this on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

"Over the past day, the enemy launched 77 attacks, firing 422 shells from mortars, artillery, tanks, Grad MLRS, UAVs, and aircraft. The enemy fired 14 shells at the city of Kherson," Prokudin said.

August 20. As a result of yesterday's missile attack on Chernihiv, 148 people have been injured.

Viacheslav Chaus, the head of the Chernihiv Regional Military Administration, announced this on Telegrams.

"As a result of yesterday's enemy attack, 148 people have been injured. 41 patients remain in hospital, 15 of whom underwent surgery yesterday," said Chaus.

August 20. A 74-year-old woman was injured as the enemy attacked Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region, on Saturday evening, August 19.

Serhii Lysak, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, said this in a post on Telegram.

"In the evening, the enemy attacked Nikopol with heavy artillery. A 74-year-old woman was injured. She is in the hospital with a shrapnel wound," he wrote.

August 20. Russian troops shelled the border communities of Sumy region 26 times. Almost 250 explosions were recorded.

The Sumy Regional Military Administration said this in a post on Facebook.

"Throughout the day, Russians 26 times shelled border territories and settlements of Sumy region. 248 explosions were recorded," the report says.

Krasnopillia, Bilopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Seredyno-Buda, Shalyhyne, Znob-Novhorodske, and Khotin communities came under enemy fire.

Velyka Pysarivka community came under fire from AGS-17 and artillery (47 and 8 explosions, respectively). A private residential building was damaged.

In Krasnopillia community, the enemy used mortars (19 explosions), self-propelled grenades (15), AGS-17 (58), and self-propelled guns (13).

In Seredyno-Buda community, Russian forces fired mortars (four explosions).

The territory of Khotin community was hit by airstrikes from a Russian helicopter - the launch of 17 unguided air missiles. A household was hit, a private house caught fire.

Bilopillia community was also subjected to airstrikes - unguided air missiles were fired from a helicopter. In addition, the enemy launched attacks using automatic grenade launchers (13 explosions), mortars (26) and artillery (16).

In addition, Russians dropped eight mines on the territory of Znob-Novhorodske community. Ten explosions were heard in Shalyhyne community as a result of mortar fire.

August 20. The Mariupol resistance movement has obtained lists of children who were killed by Russian invaders in 2022. Mariupol City Council announced this on Telegram.

"According to the list of the occupiers, 87 out of 101 children from Mariupol could be identified. The obtained data allowed us to verify the number of children who died during the siege of Mariupol. That's a terrible number. Unfortunately, we understand that this number may be higher. This is terrible information and the whole civilized world should know what tragedy Russia has brought to Ukraine and to our Ukrainian Mariupol. But the world should not only know, but together with us, it should also make sure that every war criminal receives a fair punishment," said Vadym Boichenko,

the Ukrainian mayor of Mariupol.

Thanks to the Mariupol resistance movement, it was possible to obtain the lists of children killed in the eastern Donetsk region in 2022. Children from Mariupol went through registration in the morgues of the temporarily occupied cities of Mariupol, Manhush and Novoazovsk. Figures confirmed by the occupiers show that 101 children were killed in Mariupol during the merciless bombing of the city by the Russian invaders.

August 19. Seven people have been killed and 129 injured as a result of a Russian missile strike in the center of Chernihiv, and the search and rescue operation has been completed.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko announced this on Telegram.

"Seven dead, 129 injured, including 15 children and 15 police officers," he said. Russian forces launched a missile attack on Chernihiv on Saturday, August 19.

Most victims of the enemy attack on the city were those staying in vehicles, crossing the road and returning from church.

August 19-21 were declared days of mourning in the city.

August 19. The Russian army wounded five residents of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region on Friday, August 18.

Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said this in a post on Telegram.

"On August 18, the Russians wounded five residents of the Donetsk region: four in Chasiv Yar and one in Kurakhove," he wrote.

August 19. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed the consequences of a missile attack by Russian invaders on the center of Chernihiv on Saturday, August 19.

According to Ukrinform, in a post on Telegram, the head of state published a video from the scene of the tragedy and said: "This is what a neighborhood with a terrorist state is, this is what we unite the whole world against."

"A Russian missile hit right in the center of the city, in our Chernihiv. A square, the polytechnic university, a theater. An ordinary Saturday, which Russia turned into a day of pain and loss. There are dead, there are wounded. My condolences to those who lost loved ones!" he wrote.

All services are at the site: rescuers, police, medics, everyone who is needed, Zelensky added.

"Let's do even more to consolidate the world against Russian terror. Let's give even more to our state to protect life. Russia must lose this war for life to win," Zelensky said.

Oleksandr Lomako, acting mayor of Chernihiv, said there were dead and wounded following a Russian attack on the center of Chernihiv.

August 19. In Ukraine’s Khmelnytskyi region, eight people were injured as a result of a Russian kamikaze drone attack overnight Saturday.

That’s according to Serhiy Tiurin, the first deputy chief of the regional military administration, who reported the news on Telegram.

"Last night, during the air raid alert, the enemy once again attacked our Khmelnytskyi region. In several villages across the Khmelnytskyi district, the explosive wave damaged 30 households. Windows were shattered and doors were blown off in 32 households," he said.

According to Tiurin, two women suffered cuts from glass shards and six more people in a state of shock required medical assistance.

The response teams continue their work to assess the consequences of the latest attack, added the first deputy head of the administration.

August 19. Russian troops attacked one of the infrastructure facilities in Zhytomyr region with kamikaze drones. The debris caused a fire.

That’s according to Vitalii Bunechko, head of the Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration.

"The enemy attacked one of the infrastructure facilities in our region with kamikaze drones. The debris from the downed drone caused a fire broke out, which was contained by the State Emergency Service team," the official wrote on Telegram.

August 18. During the day, the Russians shelled Kozacha Lopan in Derhachi territorial community, Kharkiv region, about 20 times, damaging houses and an outbuilding.

"During the day, the Russian occupiers launched two dozen strikes on Kozacha Lopan. Chaotic artillery fire on residential buildings began around 11:00, the second wave occurred at 15:30," Vyacheslav Zadorenko, Head of the

Derhachi Town Military Administration, posted on Telegram.

According to him, at least two houses were significantly damaged and an outbuilding caught fire as a result of the shelling.

Emergency services immediately arrived at the scene and began eliminating the consequences of the Russian terror attack, the fire is already put out. Local residents were not injured.

August 18. The enemy army fired a dozen heavy artillery shells at Nikopol district.

"Day after day, Russian shells slam into Nikopol district. And today, the district center is again under enemy artillery fire. The terrorists fired a dozen shells at it," Serhiy Lysak, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, posted on Telegram.

It is currently known that no one was injured. Information about the destruction is being clarified.

The situation in other towns and villages of the region is quiet.

August 18. The Kherson Diocese of the OCU showed the church in the village of Dniprovske that was shelled by Russians.

The Kherson Diocese of the OCU posted the photos on Facebook.

"This morning, the Russians sent a festive greeting on the eve of the Transfiguration of the Lord. They seriously damaged the Church of the Ascension in the village of Dniprovske near Bilozerka with their enemy shelling," the statement reads.

As noted, this is not the first time that this church has been attacked by the enemy since the liberation of Kherson.

August 18. Russian troops fired missiles at one of Zaporizhzhia city districts.

“The enemy launched a missile attack on one of the districts of the regional center,” Head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Yuriy Malashko posted on Facebook.