Battle of Rubizhne

battle in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Battle of Rubizhne
Part of the Eastern Ukraine offensive and the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Обстріл Рубіжного.jpg
Shelling of Rubizhne, March 2022
Date15 March – 12 May 2022
(1 month, 3 weeks and 6 days)
Status Russian victory[1][2]
Units involved

 Russian Armed Forces

 Ukrainian Armed Forces

Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown
13+ civilians killed, 14+ wounded

The battle of Rubizhne was a military engagement that started on 15 March 2022 and ended on 12 May 2022 during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, as part of the Eastern Ukraine offensive.


At around 15:00 on 28 February, Russian forces began to shell Sievierodonetsk, the acting administrative center of Luhansk Oblast, located just southeast of Rubizhne.[5] According to Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Luhansk Oblast, one person was killed and several were injured. Gas pipelines were also hit by the shelling.[6]

On 2 March, fighting was reported in almost all the villages near Sievierodonetsk.[7] Russian forces continued to shell the city, including a school gym that was acting as a bomb shelter. No deaths were reported.[8] At 15:20 that day, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces tried to enter the city, but were repelled.[9] Four days later, Haidai stated that fighting was taking place on the outskirts of Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk and Rubizhne.[10]



On 17 March, pro-Russian LPR forces advanced into[11] and captured the western and northwestern outskirts of Rubizhne and then proceeded to attack the southern part of the town around noon,[12] while capturing a city administration building. By the following day, the LPR was in control of portions of Rubizhne, while fighting was continuing in the southern part of the town.[13] Between 19 and 20 March, Russian and LPR forces captured the village of Varvarivka, north of Rubizhne.[14]

On 22 March, the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, claimed that "almost 80% of the territory" of the Luhansk region was taken and "Popasna, Lysychansk, Rubizhne, Sievierodonetsk and Kreminna have not been liberated". He noted that the situation in the battlefields is "stably tense" and units of the People's Militia of the LPR are striving to take Popasna and Rubizhne under control.[15] Two days later, Russian forces made advances in Rubizhne.[16]


By 6 April, Russian forces had reportedly captured 60% of the city of Rubizhne,[17] shells and rockets were landing in the city on "regular, sustained intervals".[18] The next day, forces of the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade conducted an offensive which reportedly drove Russian forces 6–10 kilometers away from the town of Kreminna, located northwest of Rubizhne.[4]

On 9 April, elements of the Russian 4th Guards Tank Division were reportedly concentrating in the area.[3] Between 11 and 12 April, continuing Russian attacks gained no ground.[19][20] By 16 April, Ukraine claimed that 70% of Sievierodonetsk was destroyed by Russian shelling.[21]

On 18 April, Russia renewed its offensive in eastern Ukraine, launching airstrikes into Sievierodonetsk.[22][23] That morning, Russian troops entered Kreminna,[24] as Ukrainian forces lost control amid heavy fighting.[25] Haidai claimed that more than 200 civilians were killed during the battle, with four additional civilians being killed and one more wounded as they attempted to escape the fighting.[26][27] During the fighting, a LPR battalion commander was killed when he and his fighters were surrounded by Ukrainian forces close to Kreminna and "fought to the last", according to the LPR. The clashes left an unknown number of killed and wounded.[28] By the next day, Russian forces secured full control of Kreminna.[29][30]

On 20 April, Russian and LPR forces advanced in Rubizhne,[31] capturing the central part of the city.[32] As of 26 April, the Russian military was slowly advancing west and south of the city in an attempt to encircle Ukrainian forces.[33]


Ukraine reported on 3 May, that Russian aircraft bombed a grain elevator in Rubizhne. The grain elevator, owned by Golden AGRO LLC and opened in 2020 was completely destroyed.[34] Also, on 3 May, the village of Mykhailivka near Rubizhne was shelled, St. Elijah's Monastery Barbarian and rector of the church of St. Theodosius of Chernihiv in Mykhailivka, hieromonk Parthenius died.[35] On 4 May, Ukrainian forces claimed that Russian forces tried to take full control of Rubizhne without success.[36] On 8 May, Ukrainian forces announced that they had withdrawn from Popasna, allowing Russia to fully occupy the town.[37] In the fighting near Popasna, Russian forces reportedly damaged or destroyed every property in the town center. Seriy Hayday, the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, claimed that Russian forces were "removing [Popasna] from the map of Luhansk region".[38] It was reported that Russian forces seized Rubizhne and the nearby town of Voevodivka on 12 May 2022.[1]


At least 13 civilians were killed and 14 wounded due to fighting in the city.[39][40][41][42]


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  2. ^ Ukrainian commander in Lysychansk all but confirmed to us the loss of Rubhizne, North of Severodonetsk. The Ukrainians now only control one exit to the town., Twitter
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