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Another exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia has taken place. 108 Ukrainian women have returned home. There are 96 servicewomen and 12 civilians among them. – Press service of the Presidential Office of Ukraine


On the evening of October 17, the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down 8 more «Shahed-136» kamikaze drones in the Center of Ukraine. – Press service of the Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces


The Italian government has transferred to Ukraine the fifth military aid package. – Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defence of Ukraine


On October 17, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 2 Russian mortars, an enemy self-propelled large-caliber howitzer Acacia, a Russian anti-aircraft missile system Tor, and 2 Russian ammunition depots in the South of Ukraine. – Operational Command “South”


Russian aggressors fired missiles at the Donetsk region on October 17. 6 people were killed. 8 citizens were injured. – Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration


Total combat losses of Russian aggressors in Ukraine from 24 February to 18 October (approximation): 65850 troops; 2548 tanks; 5219 armored vehicles; 1622 artillery systems; 372 MLRS; 188 anti-aircraft warfare systems; 268 aircraft; 242 helicopters; 3985 military auto vehicles and fuel tanks; 16 military boats; 1276 tactical UAVs; 144 special military equipment; 318 cruise missiles. – General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


Rocket attacks on 2 thermal power plants of the Ukrainian company “DTEK Energy” on October 18. 1 person was killed. 6 people were injured. – Press service of the DTEK Energy


On October 18, Russian occupiers shelled and damaged the object of the critical infrastructure in the Desnianskyi district in Kyiv. As a result, there are power outages for the residents of the Troieshchyna housing estate and water supply. – Press service of the DTEK Kyiv Electric Networks


Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, 425 Ukrainian children have died, 815 children have been injured. Most victims among children are from the Donetsk region. Moreover, 251 Ukrainian children were reported missing and 8,276 were deported. – Prosecutor General’s Office


On October 18, Ukrainian air defense forces shot down a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft, 6 Iranian «Shahed-136» kamikaze drones, and 5 Russian cruise missiles in different regions of Ukraine. – Press service of the Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces


Ukraine has received another tranche of macro-financial assistance of €2 billion from the European Union. These funds will be used for social and humanitarian expenditures. – Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine


Over the last 2 days, Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 51 Iranian «Shahed-136» kamikaze drones, 10 cruise missiles, and a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft. – Yurii Ihnat, Spokesman for the Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces


Russian occupiers shelled an object of the energy supply in Kyiv on October 18. 3 people were killed. 1 person was injured. – Press service of the Kyiv City Prosecutor’s Office


Due to shellings by Russian troops, as of October 18, there is no electricity in 552 Ukrainian settlements. – Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the President’s Office


In the last 24 hours, Russian troops shelled the Mykolaiv, the Dnipropetrovsk, the Kharkiv, the Kyiv, the Zaporizhzhia, the Zhytomyr, the Donetsk, the Sumy, the Luhansk, the Mykolaiv, and the Kherson regions. 25 people were killed. 24 citizens were injured [conservative estimates, real numbers are likely higher]. – Information from Regional Military Administrations

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