Battle of Sievierodonetsk (2022)

battle in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Battle of Sievierodonetsk
Part of the Battle of Donbas in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Date6 May 2022 – present
(1 week and 1 day)
Location
Status

Ongoing

  • Ukraine claims that 70% of Sievierodonetsk is destroyed[1]
Belligerents
 Ukraine
Commanders and leaders
Unknown Oleh Hryhorov[2]
(regional police chief)
Units involved

 Russian Armed Forces

Luhansk People's Republic Luhansk People's Militia
Wagner Group[2]

 Ukrainian Armed Forces

Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The battle of Sievierodonetsk is an ongoing military engagement during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, as part of the Eastern Ukraine offensive. Sievierodonetsk is currently the acting administrative center of Luhansk Oblast. By May 2022, Sievierodonetsk and its direct neighbor, the city of Lysychansk, had become the only remaining Ukrainian strongholds in the otherwise occupied Luhansk Oblast.[2]

Prelude

At around 15:00 on 28 February, Russian forces began to shell Sievierodonetsk.[6] 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.[7]

On 2 March, fighting was reported in almost all the villages near Sievierodonetsk.[8] Russian forces continued to shell the city, including a school gym that was acting as a bomb shelter. No deaths were reported.[9] At 15:20 that day, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces tried to break through Ukrainian lines towards the city, but were repelled.[10]

By 6 April, Russian forces had reportedly captured 60% of the nearby city of Rubizhne,[11] shells and rockets were landing in the city on "regular, sustained intervals".[12] The next day, forces of the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade conducted an offensive which reportedly drove Russian forces 6–10 kilometers away from the other nearby town of Kreminna.[4] Ukraine's foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that the battle of Donbas would "Remind you of World War Two".[13]

By 9 April, elements of the Russian 4th Guards Tank Division were reportedly concentrating near Sievierodonetsk.[3] Between 11 and 12 April, continuing Russian attacks in the area gained no ground.[14][15]

On 18 April, Russia renewed its offensive in eastern Ukraine, launching airstrikes into Sievierodonetsk.[16][17]

Battle

Buildings in Sievierodonetsk destroyed by Russian artillery fire.

On 6 May, Russian and LPR forces made gains in the outskirts of Sievierodonetsk, attacking the village of Voevodivka just north of the city, while also capturing the village of Voronove to the southeast. Other villages were also attacked in an attempt to surround the city.[18] Subsequently, it was reported by the city's mayor, Alexander Stryuk, that Sievierodonetsk was "virtually surrounded".[19] Russian and separatist forces subsequently attacked the villages of Bilohorivka, Vojevodivka, and Lysychansk, intending to cut off Sievierodonetsk from the south.[20]

On 9 May, LPR troops reportedly took control of Nyzhnie and started to attack Toshkivka [uk], two settlements southeast of Sievierodonetsk. Heavy combat continued at Rubizhne, Vojevodivka, and Bilohorivka, as Russia attempted to further encircle Sievierodonetsk from the west.[21] On the next day, Russia continued its attacks on the city and its surroundings. Ukrainian forces destroyed a Russian pontoon bridge across the Siverskyi Donets River in the vicinity of Bilohorivka, attempting to disrupt the Russian advance, and destroying almost an entire Russian battalion in the process.[22][23] According to Ukrainian regional police chief Oleh Hryhorov, Sievierodonetsk and its direct neighbor, Lysychansk, had become tactically encircled, as Russian artillery could freely hit the remaining open roads into the city. Power and water supply was disrupted in the cities, leaving tens of thousands of civilians without basic necessities.[2]

Attacks on civilians

Numerous attacks against civilian facilities have occurred in Sievierodonetsk. On 17 March 2022, the Governor of Luhansk Oblast Serhiy Haidai reported that Russian forces had hit a shelter intended for mothers and children and declared that "there are no safe places in Luhansk Region anymore".[24] It was again reported on 22 March 2022, by Haidai that the Russians had shelled a children's hospital the roof of which caught fire, although no one was wounded.[25] Damage to local churches was reported.[26] On 7 April 2022, Russian forces reportedly struck a humanitarian aid center and set 10 high-rise buildings on fire in the city.[27]

References

  1. ^ "Severodonetsk destroyed by almost 70% - Military Administration".
  2. ^ a b c d Yaroslav Trofimov (10 May 2022). "Nearly Encircled, Ukraine's Last Stronghold in Luhansk Resists Russian Onslaught". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, April 9". Institute for the Study of War. 9 April 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Ukrainian army forces enemy to retreat from Kreminna in Luhansk region". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Russian Soldier Down After Ukrainian Fire Hits Troop on Video". Newsweek. 28 April 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Окупанти обстріляли Сєвєродонецьк: що відомо про загиблих та постраждалих". ukrainenews.fakty.ua (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
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  8. ^ "Бої тривають майже у всіх довколишніх селах навколо Сєвєродонецька – голова Луганської обладміністрації". Інтерфакс-Україна (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 6 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  9. ^ "У Сєвєродонецьку російський снаряд влучив у школу, де ховалися люди (відео)". www.unian.ua (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Новини України: Російське вторгнення: поточна ситуація на Луганщині". Гал-інфо. Archived from the original on 6 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Russian forces control 60% of Rubizhne town in east Ukraine, says governor | Reuters.com". Reuters. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  12. ^ Presse, AFP-Agence France. "Sustained Bombardment Seen In Severodonetsk: AFP". www.barrons.com. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Battle for Donbas to remind World War 2 - Kuleba". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  14. ^ "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, April 11". Institute for the Study of War. 11 April 2022. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, April 12". Institute for the Study of War. 12 April 2022. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  16. ^ "Russia begins Donbas offensive in eastern Ukraine". 18 April 2022.
  17. ^ "Russia begins large-scale military action to seize eastern Ukraine". the Guardian. 19 April 2022. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  18. ^ "RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 6". 6 May 2022.
  19. ^ Guerre en Ukraine : la ville de Severodonetsk quasiment encerclée par les Russes
  20. ^ "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 8". Institute for the Study of Warfare. 8 May 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  21. ^ "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 9". Institute for the Study of Warfare. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  22. ^ "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 10". Institute for the Study of Warfare. 10 May 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
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  24. ^ "Russian invaders fire on shelter for mothers and children in Sievierodonetsk". Ukrinform. 17 March 2022.
  25. ^ "Російські окупанти обстріляли дитячу лікарню в Сєвєродонецьку: дітей та персонал вдалося врятувати". Vilne Radio (in Ukrainian). 22 March 2022.
  26. ^ "When Christians are bombing Christian churches (PHOTOS)". Orthodox Times. 30 March 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  27. ^ Bullen, Lee; News, Zenger (7 April 2022). "Ukrainians blast Russian armor with U.K. missile system". Newsweek. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
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