Russian occupation of Chernihiv Oblast

Military occupation by Russia

Russian occupation of Chernihiv Oblast
Part of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
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Chernihiv Oblast:

  Ukrainian territory never occupied
  Ukrainian territory liberated from occupation

Date24 February 2022–3 April 2022
(1 month, 1 week and 3 days)
LocationChernihiv Oblast, Ukraine

The Russian occupation of Chernihiv Oblast was a military occupation that began on 24 February 2022, the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Steadily, Russian troops started capturing large parts of the Chernihiv Oblast to try and take the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv. The capital city of the oblast, Chernihiv, was never captured. By April 3, Russian forces left the oblast, ending the occupation.

Occupation

Chernihiv

On 25 February 2022, Russian Ministry of Defense announced that Russian forces were laying siege to the city. [1] The following day, Ukrainian forces in the city claimed they defeated one of the units imposing siege.[2]

On 1 March, governor of Chernihiv Oblast, Vyacheslav Chaus claimed that every access point to the city was heavily mined. [3]

On 10 March, Mayor Vladyslav Atroshenko said that Russian forces had completed the encirclement of Chernihiv, adding that the city was completely isolated and critical infrastructure for its 300,000 residents was rapidly failing as it came under repeated bombardment. He also claimed that Russia attacked 7 civilians escaping through an evacuation convoy.[4] A Russian airstrike also damaged the Chernihiv Arena.[5]

On 11 March, Ukrainian forces claimed to have destroyed a Russian missile unit shelling the city, with some Russian troops surrendering. [6]

On 25 March, Ukrainian authorities said that Russian forces had cut off the northern city of Chernihiv after destroying a road bridge across the Desna River in the south, while attempts to fully encircle the city remained unsuccessful.[7]

On 31 March, the Ukrainian Army recaptured the M01 highway connecting Kyiv and Chernihiv, ending the siege.[8] The Mayor reported the first quiet night since the war began. [9]

On 2 April, Ukraine recaptured the villages of Sloboda [uk] and Shestovytsia [uk] near Chernihiv.

Horodnia

On 25 February 2022, Russia captured Horodnia, a city in the Chernihiv Raion and established their military headquarters there. Ukraine later retook the city on 2 April 2022. [10][11]

Withdrawal by Russia

On 30 March, Russia began withdrawing troops from Northern Ukraine, including Chernihiv Oblast. [12] Ukrainian forces started recapturing many towns and settlements and by 3 April, Ukrainian officials and the Pentagon claimed Russian forces left Chernihiv Oblast for redeployment in Donbas and South Ukraine.

Aftermath

After Russian forces withdrew, Ukrainian forces began demining operations in the Kyiv and Chernihiv Oblasts. [13]

On August 9, the United States Department of State announced that it will send $89,000,000 to Ukraine to help with demining operations. [14]

Russian forces still shell small towns and villages near the border with Russia.[15]

Control of cities

Name Pop. Raion Held by As of More information
Bakhmach 17,192 Nizhyn  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022
Bobrovytsia 10,742 Nizhyn  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022
Borzna 9,632 Nizhyn  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022
Chernihiv[a] 285,234 Chernihiv  Ukraine[18][19] 25 Mar 2022 See Siege of Chernihiv, Chernihiv bombing, Chernihiv breadline attack
Horodnia 11,710 Chernihiv  Ukraine[20][21] 2 Apr 2022 Captured by  Russia 25 February 2022.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 2 April 2022.
Koriukivka 12,409 Koriukivka  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022 Captured by  Russia 25 February 2022.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 4 April 2022.
Kozelets 7,646 Chernihiv  Ukraine[22] 29 Mar 2022 Captured by  Russia 3 March 2022.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 31 March 2022.
Mena 11,096 Koriukivka  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022
Mykhailo-Kotsiubynske 2,851 Chernihiv  Ukraine[23] 2 Apr 2022 Captured by  Russia 25 February 2022.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 2 April 2022.
Nova Basan 2,929 Nizhyn  Ukraine[19][24] 1 Apr 2022 Captured by  Russia 4 March 2022.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 1 April 2022.
Novhorod-Siverskyi 12,647 Novhorod-Siverskyi  Ukraine[25] 11 Mar 2022
Novyi Bykiv 2,024 Nizhyn  Ukraine[21] 2 Apr 2022 Captured by  Russia 25 February 2022.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 31 March 2022.
Ripky 6,807 Chernihiv  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022 Captured by  Russia 25 February 2022.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 2 April 2022.
Sedniv 1,063 Chernihiv  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022
Semenivka 7,952 Novhorod-Siverskyi  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022 Captured by  Russia 25 February 2022.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 4 April 2022.
Snovsk 12,315 Koriukivka  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022
Sosnytsia 6,708 Koriukivka  Ukraine[16][17] 4 Apr 2022

See also

Notes

References

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  4. ^ "Ukraine says Russian forces kill seven civilians in evacuation convoy". ABC News. 12 March 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  5. ^ adminhq (10 March 2022). "Слідом за стадіоном Гагаріна рашисти обстріляли Чернігів-Арену". ЧЕРНІГІВСЬКИЙ СПОРТ (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  6. ^ ""Північні котики" знищили ракетний підрозділ росіян, який обстрілював Чернігів". Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Institute for the Study of War". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  8. ^ Axe, David. "Ukraine's Best Tank Brigade Has Won The Battle For Chernihiv". Forbes. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  9. ^ "Ukraine war latest: Biden calls for Putin war crimes trial as more evidence of atrocities emerge". BBC News. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  10. ^ "Institute for the Study of War". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  11. ^ "Суспільне Чернігів". Telegram. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  12. ^ DeCamp, Dave (2 April 2022). "Russian Forces Withdrawing From Ukraine's Northern Chernihiv Region". News From Antiwar.com. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  13. ^ "A demining team of a pyrotechnic unit of the State Emergency Service..." Getty Images. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  14. ^ "US approves $89 mln for Ukraine demining efforts". Al Arabiya English. 9 August 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  15. ^ "Operational information on Russian invasion (August 4)". UATV. 4 August 2022. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
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  19. ^ a b Clark, Mason; Barros, George; Hird, Karolina (1 April 2022). "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, April 1". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
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  21. ^ a b "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, April 2". Institute for the Study of War.
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  24. ^ "Soldado visita os pais em Nova Basan depois de cidade ser reconquistada". Notícias ao Minuto. 4 April 2022.
  25. ^ "What is the humanitarian situation in the Novgorod-Siversk region?". Suspilne. 11 March 2022. Archived from the original on 18 March 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
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