Battle of Brovary

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Battle of Brovary
Part of the Kyiv offensive during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Date9 March – 1 April 2022
(3 weeks and 2 days)
Location 50°30′41″N30°47′25″E / 50.51139°N 30.79028°E / 50.51139; 30.79028
Result Ukrainian victory
Belligerents
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Units involved

Banner of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (obverse).svg  Russian Armed Forces

Ensign of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.svg  Ukrainian Armed Forces

Ensign of the National Guard of Ukraine.svg National Guard of Ukraine

Flag of Ukrainian National Police.svg National Police of Ukraine

Casualties and losses
Per Ukraine: 80 vehicles destroyed (90th Tank Division) [3] Unknown
30+ civilians killed [4] [5] [6] [7]

The battle of Brovary was a military engagement during the Kyiv offensive of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine for control of the suburb of Brovary, to the east of the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv. Russian forces advanced west from southern Chernihiv Oblast and were engaged by Ukrainian forces. Control of the suburb was contested until Russian forces withdrew on 2 April 2022.

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Battle

Ukrainian civilians evacuating Brovary before the arrival of Russian troops Civilians leaving Brovary before the arrival of Russian troops.jpg
Ukrainian civilians evacuating Brovary before the arrival of Russian troops

March

On the evening of 9 March 2022, a column of Russian armored vehicles advanced into Brovary from the north via Highway M01. [8] [9] [10] The column, consisting of the 6th and 239th Tank Regiments of the 90th Guards Tank Division, [1] moved very slowly and included a number of obsolete vehicles, such as older T-72 tanks, advancing without infantry support. [11] In addition, the convoy was headed by self-propelled artillery such as TOS-1, which were especially vulnerable targets. [10]

On 10 March, at Skybyn village near Brovary, [12] Ukrainian forces saw an opportunity to ambush the Russian troops and attacked. Using artillery and antitank missiles, the Ukrainians disabled several tanks and armored personnel carriers. [11] A Ukrainian soldier later stated that the ambushers initially targeted the first and last vehicles in the convoy to trap the rest in the middle. The attack was not entirely successful, as the Ukrainians were unable to cut off the Russians' route of retreat. [10] However, the Russian column suffered heavy losses and was forced to retreat. [13] [14] Ukrainian officials claimed that the commander of the 6th Tank Regiment, Colonel Andrei Zakharov, was killed in the skirmish. [1] [15] Some Russian soldiers reportedly fled on foot into the nearby woods and villages. [11]

Between 11 and 12 March, the Ukrainians claimed to have destroyed a column of 80 military vehicles belonging to the 228th Motorized Rifle Regiment of the 90th Tank Division near the outskirts of the city. [16]

Despite the retreat of the 90th Guards Tank Division, heavy fighting erupted in villages east of the ambush site, [10] where fighting lasted for several days between Russian and Ukrainian troops. [10] Russian survivors of the ambush shot civilians in the villages, suspecting them of aiding the local defenders. [11]

Food warehouse in Kvitneve village after the strike on 12 March Warehouse in Kvitneve after Russian shelling, 2022-03-12 (01).jpg
Food warehouse in Kvitneve village after the strike on 12 March

On 12 March, Russian strike destroyed a food warehouse in Kvitneve village near Brovary (one of the largest food storage facilities in Europe). 50,000 tons of food were destroyed. This could be an attempt to cut access to food for Kyiv. [17] [18] Russia claimed it had disabled the Ukraine military's main centre for radio intelligence in Brovary with a high-precision strike. [19] The mayor of Brovary, Ihor Sapozhko said fighting were taking place nearly 25 kilometers from the city and claimed the Russians had suffered heavy casualties, and was quoted "We are ready for them." [20]

On 29 March, Russia started to shell the Brovary area. A warehouse was set ablaze and nearby villages sustained heavy damage. [21]

On 30 March, Sapozhko stated that Ukrainian forces had pushed back Russian troops and recaptured the villages of Ploske, Svitylnia, and Hrebel'ky, with ongoing clashes in Nova Basan. [22]

April

On 1 April, Ukraine claimed the recapture of the villages of Rudnya, Shevchenkove, Bobryk, Stara Basan, Nova Basan, Makiyivka, Pohreby, Bazhanivka, Volodymyrivka, Shnyakivka, Salne, Sofiyivka, and Havrylivka. [23] Sapozhko claimed that Russian forces had "almost left" the entire Brovary district, [24] with Ukrainian forces engaging in "mopping up" operations.[ citation needed ]

On 2 April 2022 the whole of Kyiv Oblast, where Brovary is located in, was declared free of Russian troops by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. [25]

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