Day 107: USSR passports for residents of Kyiv region, preparations to annex Kherson region

Key military updates: Russia prepares to resume offensive on Slovyansk, fighting for Severodonetsk rages.Russia prepares to resume offensive on Slovyansk, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in an evening report on June 10. On the Slovyansk axis, Russian forces conducted artillery attacks on Dolyna, Chervona Polyana, Nova Dmytrivka, Hrushuvakha, and Dibrivne.

On the Severodonetsk axis, Russian troops conduct assault operations to gain full control of Severodonetsk and block Ukrainian troops. Fighting continues to rage. Russian forces conducted artillery strikes on Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Ustynivka, Toshkivka, Zolote, and Hirske.

On the Bakhmut axis, Russia launched attacks near New York, Zolote, Vrubivka, Komyshuvakha, Berestove, and Luhanske.

Russia readied USSR passports for residents of Kyiv region – Ukraine’s Security Service. Russia planned to issue passports of the USSR to residents of Kyiv region after it would have seized the region, Ukraine’s Security Service said.

Reports are based on the data that military counterintelligence of the Security Service collected on Russian forces’ positions and in the occupied areas. Russia wanted to create an occupation administration in Kyiv region and organize a sham referendum to proclaim a “local republic”, the agency said. 

“They wanted to register all residents and forcibly issue them USSR passports in exchange for Ukrainian documents until they issue them Russian passports,” a statement by Ukraine’s Security Service reads. Operatives found empty USSR passport books in an abandoned house near Makariv, in Bucha district. 

“The passport books were issued in the name of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. Ukraine stopped producing the series in 1990. Russia brought them in early days of the full-scale invasion,” Ukraine’s Security Service said.

Russia begins annexation of Kherson region, U.S. diplomat says. Michael Carpenter, U.S. Permanent Representative to the OSCE said Russia began annexation of Kherson region marked by violations of human rights and international law. “Kherson in particular has become part of what I’ve called the Kremlin’s laboratory of horrors. This is where we’re seeing the Kremlin executing on their playbook of trying to absorb Ukraine into Russia.  And we’ve seen elements of this playbook before, so some of this is sadly quite familiar. We still believe that the Kremlin is waiting for an opportunity to try to annex the Kherson region to Russia. We believe a sham referendum is one possibility,” Carpenter said during an online news conference. 

Russia’s occupying forces systematically torture civilians in the seized territories of Kherson region, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the OSCE stated. “We’ve even got reports on their precise locations – for example, at the Kherson Oblast Administration Building or at School Number 17 in Henichesk. The types of people Russia is detaining in these facilities includes democratically elected local officials, journalists, civil society activists, and those whom the Russian forces have identified as having participated in some way in rallies against Russian occupation,” Michael Carpenter said.  

Ukraine in Flames #92: IT army of Ukraine – tech during the war

The Ukrainian IT industry has been one of the most successful business fields, generating great profits – and taxes for the government – and nourishing professionals highly appreciated abroad. With the start of the large-scale war, it was faced with numerous challenges to its sustainability, like many other Ukrainian businesses. Yet the IT sector demonstrated amazing resilience, keeping up with its work, helping Ukrainian citizens to stay connected and finding every opportunity to support the country’s defense efforts. Ukraine In Flames #92 introduces several professionals from the field, sharing the stories about facing the war and its consequences. 


Valentyn Koriako, Delivery Centre Director at Levi9 Ukraine

Oleh Derevianko, entrepreneur, Co-founder & Chairman of ISSP – Information Systems Security Partners

Nadiia Omelchenko, Vice President of IT Integrator

Evhen Hostishchev, Director at Dnipro IT Community