Battle of Toshkivka

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Battle of Toshkivka
Part of the eastern Ukraine offensive's battle of Donbas in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
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Map of combat operations in the vicinity of Toshkivka
Date9 May – 21 June 2022
(1 month, 1 week and 4 days)
Location
Result Russian victory [1]
Belligerents
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

Territorial Defence Forces branch SSI.svg Territorial Defense Forces

The battle of Toshkivka was an armed conflict around the city of Toshkivka, a mountainous municipality in the Sievierodonetsk Raion of Luhansk Oblast, as part of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

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Background

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, in a steep escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War, which had begun in 2014. The invasion caused Europe's fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II, [3] [4] with more than 6.5 million Ukrainians fleeing the country [5] and a third of the population displaced. [6] [7] On 8 May, Serhiy Haidai, governor of Luhansk Oblast, said on his Telegram channel that the Russians controlled only half of the city of Popasna, [8] but later admitted Ukrainian forces had pulled out. [9] By 12 May, Russian forces had defeated Ukrainian forces in the battle of Rubizhne and established full control of the city, furthering their attempts at encircling Sievierodonetsk. [10] [11]

Toshkivka is a village of 5,000 just south of the major city of Lysychansk and, with the nearby town of Ustynivka, was a strategic city for Ukrainian and Russian/pro-Russian forces in the battle of Donbas. For whoever holds the town, there is access to Lysychansk and the other few towns in Luhansk Oblast west of the Donets river.[ citation needed ]

Battle

The battle began on May 9, after Russian and LPR forces launched multiple attacks on the settlements of Toshkivka, Voevodivka, and Nyzhnie, but were repulsed by Ukrainian forces. Nine tanks, one Orlan-10 drone, and various other equipment on the Russian side were destroyed. [12] After a few days of low-level fighting, the battle raged again on May 20 and May 23, although the Russian forces were unable to gain much ground. [13] [14] In an attempt to relieve troops fighting in the much larger battle of Sievierodonetsk, Russian forces launched an assault on Toshkivka, which partially succeeded. [15] On June 21, both the Russian and Ukrainian Ministries of Defense stated that Russian and LPR forces were in control of Toshkivka, with the Ukrainian side stating that their troops had also withdrawn from the pocket enveloping the towns of Hirske and Zolote. [16]

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