Battle of Kupiansk

Battle in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Battle of Kupiansk
Part of the 2022 Ukrainian Kharkiv counteroffensive of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Kupiansk after Russian occupation (2022-10-07) 04.jpg
Russian casualties and damaged equipment in the aftermath of the battle
Date8–16 September 2022
(1 week and 1 day)
Location
Kupiansk, Kupiansk Raion, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine
Result Ukrainian victory
Belligerents
 Russia  Ukraine
Commanders and leaders
Russia Roman Berdnikov[1]
Russia Aleksandr Lapin
Hennadiy Matsegora[2]
Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi[3]
Andriy Nikolaychuk  [4]
Units involved

 Russian Armed Forces

  • Rosgvardiya
  • OMON[5]
  • Russian Airborne Forces

 Ukrainian Armed Forces

  • 92nd Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade SSI.svg 92nd Mechanized Brigade[6]
  • 25 ОПДБр к.svg 25th Airborne Assault Brigade[7]
  • 80 ОДШБр к.svg 80th Air Assault Brigade[8]
  • Kraken logo.png Kraken Regiment [9]

Security Service of Ukraine

  • Нарукавний знак ЦСО СБУ.png SBU Alpha Group
National Guard of Ukraine[10]
Casualties and losses
Ukrainian claim:
130+ killed [11][12]
Unknown
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The Battle of Kupiansk was the third battle of the Ukrainian Kharkiv counteroffensive that began on September 8, 2022 and ended on September 16, 2022. A Financial Times article on 28 September depicted the battle as "The 90km journey that changed the course of the war in Ukraine."[13]

Background

Kupiansk was occupied by Russian forces from 27 February 2022 to 10 September 2022.[14] Although the Ukrainian army had destroyed a railway bridge to slow the Russian advance three days earlier, Kupiansk Mayor Hennadiy Matsehora, member of the Opposition Platform — For Life party, surrendered the city to the Russian Army in exchange for a cessation of hostilities, as the Russians threatened to take the city by force. As a result, the Ukrainian government indicted Matsehora for treason the next day.[15][16] On 28 February 2022, Matsehora was arrested by Ukrainian authorities.[17] Later Kupiansk became the de facto seat of Russian-backed Kharkiv military-civilian administration.

Battle

Prior to the battle, the Ukrainian general staff claimed an attack on a Russian military base in Kupiansk on September 5 killed 100 Russian soldiers.[18]

On 8 September 2022, following a large-scale Ukrainian counteroffensive capturing over 20 settlements in just days, Russian occupation authorities in the city claimed that Russian forces began to defend Kupiansk.[19][20] Ukrainian soldiers of the Kraken Regiment entered the outskirts of Kupiansk on September 9, recapturing the city council building by the next morning.[21] Fighting damaged much of the town's center. Later that day, Ukrainian officials announced that Kupiansk had been liberated.[22]

Maxim Gubin, the pro-Russian mayoral replacement for Matsehora, had fled to Russia following Ukraine retaking Kupyansk.

Russian forces evacuated to the eastern side of the Oskil River, in the town of Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi, and blew the connecting bridge to the town while retreating.[23] During the battle for the adjacent city, Russian forces bombed the local meat factory of Kupiansk, killing around a thousand pigs.[24] Ukrainian forces recaptured the settlement on September 16.[23] In the immediate aftermath of the battle, the bodies of Russian soldiers were strewn around both Kupiansk and Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi.[25]

Aftermath

Following the Ukrainian liberation of the towns, Russian forces have shelled Kupiansk since.[26] The first strikes against the town were on September 13, which killed two civilians.[27] The next day, one person was wounded from airstrikes.[28] On September 18, five people were injured from shelling in Kupiansk.[29] Two days later, two civilians were killed and five injured after Russian shelling on the city.[30] On September 22, a woman and two children were injured by shelling.[31] On September 27, five civilians were injured after a Russian strike on a church in Kupiansk.[32]

On October 3, Russian shelling of a hospital in Kupiansk killed a doctor and injured a nurse.[33] One woman was injured on October 5 by an airstrike.[34]

On September 26, Russian forces shelled a convoy of civilians escaping the villages of Kurylivka and Pishchane, near Kupiansk, killing 26 civilians. Signs of torture were discovered in Russian administration centers throughout the city.[35]

See also

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References

  1. ^ "Командувача військ західного округу РФ Берднікова зняли з посади після успішного наступу ЗСУ на Харківщині". Цензор.НЕТ (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-09-12.
  2. ^ "In Kupiansk, in northeast Ukraine, liberation came at a steep cost". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  3. ^ Ministry of Defence of Ukraine [@DefenceU] (10 September 2022). "[...] The Commander of Ukrainian Land Forces, Hero of Ukraine, Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi is leading the Ukrainian offensive in this sector. [...]" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 11 September 2022. Retrieved 11 September 2022 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Залишилася дружина та маленькі діти: вшануймо хвилиною мовчання військовослужбовця Андрія Ніколайчука". 19 September 2022.
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  7. ^ "Occupiers say they have left Izium and other settlements, while Ukrainian troops show a video: We are in Izium".
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  15. ^ "Mayor of Kupiansk who surrendered his city to invaders indicted for treason". Ukrayinska Pravda. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  16. ^ "In Kharkiv region, mayor admits to handing over city to occupiers". Ukrayinska Pravda. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  17. ^ "Мера Куп'янська, який здав місто окупантам, затримано – джерело" [Mayor of Kupyansk, who surrendered the city to the occupiers, has been detained – source]. LIGA (in Ukrainian). 2022-02-28. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
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  21. ^ Hunder, Max; Hnidyi, Vitalii (2022-09-10). "Russia gives up key northeast towns as Ukrainian forces advance". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
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  24. ^ "IL Ukrainassa: Kraken-yksikkö työnsi venäläiset ulos Kupianskista – taisteluissa kaduilla juoksi sikoja ja venäläiset pakenivat metsään". www.iltalehti.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  25. ^ "IL Ukrainassa: Kraken-yksikkö työnsi venäläiset ulos Kupianskista – taisteluissa kaduilla juoksi sikoja ja venäläiset pakenivat metsään". www.iltalehti.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2022-12-06.
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  27. ^ "Three civilians killed in Russia's shelling of Kharkiv region". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  28. ^ "Three wounded in enemy attacks on liberated territories of Kharkiv region". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  29. ^ "Russian forces shell civilian car in Kharkiv region, killing two women". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  30. ^ "Two civilians killed, nine more injured in enemy shelling of Kharkiv region". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  31. ^ "Russian troops again shell liberated Kupiansk, injuring woman and two children". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  32. ^ "Missile strike on Kupiansk: President's Office shows consequences of attack". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  33. ^ "Zelensky: invaders shell hospital in Kupyansk, killing doctor, injuring nurse". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  34. ^ "Three civilians injured in enemy shelling of Kharkiv region". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 2022-12-09.
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