Chronicle of the war
June 20, 2022 (day 117)

 Ukrainian troops repulsed the Russian troops from the first line of defense in the Kherson region. Now the occupiers are strengthening the second and third lines. At the same time, Ukrainian defenders struck accurate blows at the enemy’s depots in the rear, said Serhiy Khlan, an adviser to the Head of the Kherson Military Administration and a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The commander of the Azov unit Rodion Kudryashov stated that in the Zaporizhzhia direction the Defense Forces are moving to offensive operations.

In the area of the village of Bohorodychne our defenders repulsed the enemy’s assault. A sabotage and reconnaissance group tried to operate near Mykolayivka. Russians attempted to storm, but were unsuccessful. The enemy launches a large-scale offensive in Luhansk region. In Severodonetsk, fighting is already taking place in the industrial zone, Ukrainian troops control only the territory of the Azot plant. At the same time, the enemy is advancing along the Lysychansk-Bakhmut route, and nearby settlements are under constant fire. Lysychansk has been suffering from massive Russian shelling all day. The number of victims is currently unknown. This was announced by the Head of the Luhansk regional administration Serhiy Haidai. According to him, the Defense Forces do not control the town of Metiolkine.

According to  Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov, Syrian militants entered Melitopol. They are located on the territory of the airfield.

 The aggressor continues to launch missile and air strikes on both military and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

The official announcement of the Operational Command "South": during the day for 3 hours the enemy massively hit the southern regions of the country with 14 missiles. The occupiers fired the town of Ochakiv, the mouth of the Danube, the Bilgorod-Dniprovskyy district of Odessa region and the city of Odesa. In the Kherson region, the situation is consistently difficult in Beryslav and Kakhovka districts.

As a result of hostilities, houses and a lot of mined infrastructure were damaged and destroyed. Civilians talk about the continuous looting of the occupiers, threats to farmers, businessmen, kidnappings. The intensity of shelling in Kharkiv and the region has increased. In particular, they are active in the Izyum direction, where the fighting continues. In the village of Ivanivka three children were injured by a shell explosion, said Volodymyr Tymoshko, Head of  Directorate of National Police in Kharkiv region. Half a million people remain under occupation in the Kherson region. This was stated during a briefing by the Head of the Kherson regional Military Administration Hennadiy Laguta.

EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore visited the destroyed Irpin police station, the Romanivka bridge, the civilian infrastructure damaged by the occupiers, and the mass grave in Bucha. For the first time, Ukraine has been invited to participate in the Three Seas Initiative summit.

The Verkhovna Rada ratified the Istanbul Convention. This document is an international standard for the protection of women from all forms of violence, including domestic violence.