Battle of Svatove

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Battle of Svatove
Part of the 2022 Ukrainian Kharkiv counteroffensive of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and Eastern Ukraine campaign
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.svg
Date3 October 2022 – present
(1 year, 1 month, 3 weeks and 4 days)
Status Ongoing
Commanders and leaders
Russia Roman Berdnikov
Russia Aleksandr Lapin
Russia Valery Gerasimov
Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi
Ukraine Valery Zaluzhnyi
Units involved

 Russian Armed Forces

 Ukrainian Armed Forces

~8,000+ ~10,000+
Casualties and losses
Ukrainian claim:
529 killed, 12 wounded
(One battalion, 2 November only)[1]
Unknown, presumed heavy

The Battle of Svatove is a current battle between Russia and Ukraine over the eastern Ukrainian city of Svatove. It is part of the Russo-Ukrainian War and the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and part of the Battle of the Svatove-Kreminna line. The battle began on October 3, 2022, a day after the Ukrainian army recaptured the town of Lyman in Donetsk Oblast.[2]

Background[change | change source]

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Svatove was occupied by Russian and Luhansk People's Republic forces on 6 March 2022. In early September 2022, it was reported that Russian forces were leaving the city.[3] This was because of a Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kharkiv Oblast. However, Russian troops had came back by 14 September.[4] After Putin announced partial mobilization on 21 September, some of the newly recruited conscripts were sent to Svatove to the front line after only 2 days of training at most to counter Ukrainian advances.

Russian forces mined all roads leading to Svatove and Kreminna to defeat Ukrainian advances.[5]

Battle[change | change source]

After the Ukrainian recapture of Lyman on October 2, Ukrainian forces went towards the Kharkiv-Luhansk oblast borders. On October 3, they took back Borova and the nearby town of Shyikivka. To the south, Ukraine took back the villages of Izyumske and Druzhelyubivka on the border of Kharkiv and Luhansk oblasts.[6]

To the north of Borova, Ukrainian forces took back Bohuslavka and Borivska Andriivka.[7] To the east, Ukrainian forces also took Hrekivka and Makiivka.[8] On October 9, Ukrainian forces took back Kruhlyakivka.[9]

Between October 9 and 13, Ukrainian forces made small advances into Luhansk Oblast. They took back the villages of Novolyubivka, Nevske, Novoiehorivka, Nadiia, and Andriivka, all southwest of Svatove.[10] In the north, Ukrainian forces took back Krokhmalne.[11]

By October 24, Ukrainian forces had taken back Kamazynivka, Myasozharivka, and Nevske in Luhansk Oblast, and Novosadove in Donetsk Oblast.[12]

On the night of 2 November, Ukrainian sources claimed to have destroyed an entire Russian battalion near the town of Makiivka, in Svatove Raion. [1]

The offensive and battle slowed down during November, but it still continues.[13]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Battalion of Russian conscripts destroyed in Luhansk Oblast, hundreds killed". Ukrayinska Pravda. November 6, 2022. Retrieved December 22, 2022 – via Yahoo.
  2. "RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, OCTOBER 3". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2022-10-03.
  3. "Russian occupiers are even fleeing from Luhansk Oblast, we will hear great news soon Head of Oblast Military Administration". 10 September 2022.
  4. "Russia-Ukraine war live: Zelenskiy makes surprise visit to recaptured Izium; Russia 'almost certainly' using weapons from Iran". the Guardian. 2022-09-14. Retrieved 2022-09-14.
  5. "Russians are mining roads leading to Svatove and Kreminna". 18 October 2022.
  6. "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, October 24". Institute for the Study of War. Archived from the original on 2022-03-25. Retrieved 2022-12-31.
  7. "RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, OCTOBER 4". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2022-10-04.
  8. "RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, OCTOBER 5". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2022-10-05.
  9. "RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, OCTOBER 10". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  10. "RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, OCTOBER 9". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  11. Hird, Karolina; Stepanenko, Kateryna; Lawlor, Katherine; Kagan, Frederick W. (October 13, 2022). "RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, OCTOBER 13". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  12. "RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, OCTOBER 24". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2022-10-31.
  13. "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, December 3". ISW. Retrieved 2022-12-03.