Battle of Trostianets

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Battle of Trostianets
Part of the northern Ukraine offensive and the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
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Destroyed Russian 2S19 Msta in the city center.
Date24 February – 26 March 2022
(1 month and 2 days)
Location
Result Ukrainian victory
Belligerents

Flag of Russia.svg  Russia

Flag of Donetsk People's Republic.svg  Donetsk People's Republic [1]
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Units involved

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

Emblem of the Donetsk People's Militia.svg DPR Armed Forces [3]

Ensign of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.svg  Ukrainian Armed Forces

Casualties and losses
3+ soldiers killed, [3] 10 soldiers captured [4] Unknown
57+ civilians killed [5] [6]

The battle of Trostianets was a military engagement during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The city of Trostianets, in Sumy Oblast, was attacked by Russian forces of the 1st Guards Tank Army in late February as part of the northern Ukraine offensive. Occupied for just over a month, it was re-captured by Ukrainian forces in late March.

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Battle

Russian offensive

Trostianets was attacked in the first hours of the invasion on 24 February. [7] [3] Ukrainian territorial defense forces felled trees on the main routes into town, which slowed but did not halt the advance of Russian troops. [5] Russian troops appeared in the city at about 10:00 Kyiv time and moved through Trostianets to Okhtyrka, Sumy, Lebedyn and Hadyach. The city was captured by Russian forces on 1 March 2022. [2] [8] [7] The Russian military headquarters was established at the town's main train station. [9] [10] In mid-March, some Russian troops were replaced with Russian-supported separatist forces. [3]

Approximately 800 Russian troops occupied the city. [3] During the occupation, Ukrainian police officers remained in the city incognito, supporting both local civilians and partisan forces operating in the area. [3] On February 25, Ukrainian troops blew up a bridge south of the city in the village of Klymentove, stopping the advance of Russian troops towards the city of Okhtyrka. [5]

On 27 February, Ukrainian forces allegedly destroyed Russian tanks attempting to capture Trostianets. [11] The town's mayor, Yuriy Bova, hid in nearby villages, receiving some criticism for his decision not to stay in town, but continued to coordinate Ukrainian resistance, including shelling of Russian positions. [5] Reports of executions of civilians by Russian troops began in early March. [5]

Ukrainian counter attack

A Ukrainian counter-offensive beginning on 23 March recaptured the city by 26 March. [12] [3] During the fighting, the town's hospital was shelled, with residents blaming Russian forces. [3] After combat and shelling around the outskirts of the city, Russian troops largely withdrew overnight before the arrival of Ukrainian forces. [13] An AFP report recorded "a dozen" destroyed or damaged tanks and armored vehicles. [10] The New York Times reported that food had grown scarce by the time the city was recaptured by Ukraine. [3]

Aftermath

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After the fighting ceased, regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi stated that some parts of the town remained mined, and that inflows of humanitarian aid were being arranged. [14] [15] Mayor Bova stated that at least 50 civilians had been killed by Russian occupiers. [5]

After the occupation of the city, seven civilians were killed and at least two wounded due to traps laid by Russian soldiers across the town. [16]

During the fighting and shelling, the Krasnotrostyanets forest experimental station, located in the house of the manager of the estates, Leopold Koenig, was destroyed (an architectural monument of national importance). As a result of the fire, the chocolate factory "Ukraine" "Mondelēz International" (formerly "Kraft Foods") was partially destroyed. The estate of the Nadarzhinskys-Golitsyns, a monument in honor of the 183rd tank brigade, the Smorodino locomotive depot of 1877, and the shop of the merchant Fyodor Kurilo (1908, an architectural monument of local importance) were damaged.

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