Battle of Rubizhne

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Battle of Rubizhne
Part of the eastern Ukraine offensive and the battle of Donbas
Rubizhne after the battle (101).jpg
Ruins of Rubizhne after the battle
Date15 March – 12 May 2022
(1 month, 3 weeks and 6 days)
Result Russian and Luhansk Republic victory [1] [2]
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Casualties and losses
13+ civilians killed, 14+ wounded

The battle of Rubizhne was a military engagement on the eastern theatre of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The city came under Russian control on 12 May.



On 2 March, fighting was reported in almost all the villages near Sievierodonetsk. [3] Four days later, governor of Luhansk Oblast Serhiy Haidai stated that fighting was taking place on the outskirts of Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk and Rubizhne. [4]


Ruined buildings in Rubizhne following the battle Rubizhne after the battle (102).jpg
Ruined buildings in Rubizhne following the battle


On 17 March, Russian forces advanced into Rubizhne. [5] By noon, they had captured the western and northwestern outskirts, and were assaulting the southern part of the city. [6] Separatist troops raised the flag of the Luhansk People's Republic above a city administration building. Fighting continued the following day. [7] Between 19 and 20 March, Russian and LPR forces captured the village of Varvarivka  [ uk ], north of Rubizhne. [8]

On 22 March, the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, claimed that while "almost 80% of the territory" of the Luhansk region had been taken, Rubizhne had not yet been "liberated", noting that units of the People's Militia of the LPR were still fighting to take the city under their control. [9] Two days later, Ukrainian government officials in Luhansk Oblast said that Russian forces had made advances in Rubizhne. [10]


By 6 April, Russian forces had reportedly captured 60% of the city of Rubizhne, [11] shells and rockets were landing in the city on "regular, sustained intervals". [12] On 11 and 12 April, continuing Russian attacks gained no ground. [13] [14]

On the morning of 18 April, Russia renewed its offensive in Donbas, Russian troops entered Kreminna, [15] as Ukrainian forces lost control amid heavy fighting. [16] [17] [18] 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. [19] [20] During the fighting, a LPR battalion commander, Mikhail Kishchik, otherwise known as "Misha Chechen", [21] 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. [22] By the next day, Russian forces secured full control of Kreminna. [23] [24]

Russian and LPR forces continued advancing in Rubizhne on 19 and 20 April, [25] capturing the central part of the city. [26] As of 26 April, the Russian military was slowly advancing west and south of the city in an attempt to encircle Ukrainian forces. [27]


On 2 May, Haidai reported that the village of Mykhailivka, Sievierodonetsk Raion  [ uk ] was shelled by Russian forces, resulting in the death of a priest. [28] The Ukrainian military claimed on 4 May that Russian forces yet to take full control of Rubizhne. [29] It was reported that Russian forces seized Rubizhne and the nearby town of Voevodivka on 12 May 2022. [1]

Writing for the BBC, Quentin Sommerville claimed that during the fighting for Rubizhne, Russian forces fired up to 1500 shells per day to "wipe out" ground resistance before they advanced. [30]


At least 13 civilians were killed and 14 wounded due to fighting in the city. [31] [32] [33] [34]

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