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Ukraine has returned home three Ukrainian POWs, who were taken out to Hungary from Russia. – Oleh Nikolenko, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine


On June 20, the Slovak parliament recognized the 1932-1933 Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people. – Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine


Due to the Russian military aggression and destruction, there are currently about 10-12 million tons of garbage in Ukraine. In particular, the amount of construction waste from destroyed or damaged buildings reached almost 450,000 tons. – Viktoriia Kyreieva, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine


Total combat losses of Russian aggressors in Ukraine from 24 February 2022 to 21 June 2023 (approximation): 222000 troops; 4006 tanks; 7771 armored vehicles; 3920 artillery systems; 615 MLRS; 375 anti-aircraft warfare systems; 314 aircraft; 306 helicopters; 6667 military auto vehicles and fuel tanks; 18 military boats; 3428 tactical UAVs; 539 special military equipment; 1214 cruise missiles. – General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


At night, on June 21, Ukrainian defenders shot down all six Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 drones used by Russian troops to attack Ukraine. In addition, on June 20, Ukrainian forces destroyed four enemy reconnaissance drones of various types. – Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, 490 Ukrainian children have been killed, and 1,027 children have been injured. Most victims among children are from the Donetsk region. Moreover, 560 Ukrainian children were reported missing, and 19,499 were deported. At the same time, 13,869 Ukrainian children were found, and 373 returned home. – Press service of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights


In the last 24 hours, Russian troops attacked the Khmelnytskyi, Chernihiv, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Mykolaiv, and Kherson regions. 4 citizens were killed. 15 people were injured. – Information from Regional Military Administrations


Ukraine and the European Investment Bank signed a Memorandum on allocating €840 million for the reconstruction of Ukraine. These funds will be used to rebuild schools, hospitals, water supply infrastructure, transport networks, and other facilities destroyed or damaged due to Russian aggression. – Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine


France will allocate an additional €40 million in financial aid to Ukraine for 2023. – Catherine Colonna, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France


On June 21, the EU Ambassadors agreed on the 11th package of sanctions against Russia. The package includes measures aimed at countering sanctions circumvention and individual listings. – Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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Mykhailo Bakaliuk, 41, a Ukrainian amputee soldier injured during the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Zaporizhzhia region, uses a machine to learn how to walk with a prosthetic leg. Lviv, September 2023.

By Roman Pilipey for AFP News Agency

Bohdan, a Ukrainian soldier from the 10th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade “Edelveis,” keeps practicing playing his musical instrument, a trembita, when he has free time.

By Kostiantyn Liberov & Vlada Liberova

A road sign damaged by cluster munition due to a Russian shelling on the outskirts of Kharkiv.

By Ivan Alvarado / Reuters

A Ukrainian serviceman stands in position near the border with Belarus in the Zhytomyr region. September 2023.

By Gleb Garanich / Reuters

A Ukrainian soldier is preparing to release a drone that will fly over temporarily occupied territories in search of Russian heavy weapons and air defense installations. September 2023.

By Lynsey Addario

At night on September 25, 2023, Russian forces targeted the port infrastructure in Odesa with drones and missiles. Due to another enemy attack, a well-known city location — a seaport building with a nearby hotel, as well as a grain warehouse, suffered destruction.

By Andrii Stavnitser / Facebook

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