Russian occupation of Luhansk Oblast

Military occupation by Russia
Russian occupation of Luhansk Oblast
Part of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Russian occupation of Luhansk Oblast.svg
Luhansk Oblast:
  Ukrainian territory liberated from occupation
  •   Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine
  • (2014–present)
  •   Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine
  • (2022–present)
Date27 April 2014 - Present
(8 years, 7 months and 1 day)
LocationLuhansk Oblast, Ukraine
Russian control of Ukraine

The Russian occupation of Luhansk Oblast is an ongoing military occupation within Ukraine, which began on 27 April 2014 when part of the oblast came under the control of the Luhansk People's Republic, a Russian-influenced[1] breakaway entity[2] located within it. The oblast's administrative centre is Luhansk; however, its Regional State Administration has been temporarily relocated to Sievierodonetsk because of the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War,[3] which was itself captured on 25 June 2022 after a long battle by Russian and pro-Russian forces.[4][5][6]

Luhansk was the only Ukrainian oblast to fall entirely under Russian occupation over the course of the war after Lysychansk fell on 3 July. However, Ukrainian troops re-entered in mid-September after their successful counteroffensive in Kharkiv oblast and recaptured the village of Bilohorivka on 19 September.

Control of settlements

Chemical plant Azot in Sievierodonetsk after Russian shelling.
Name Pop. Raion Held by As of More information
Alchevsk 106,550 Alchevsk  Russia 2 May 2014 Captured by  Luhansk PR 30 April 2014.
Bilohorivka 828 Sievierodonetsk  Ukraine 19 Sep 2022 See Bilohorivka school bombing
Captured by  Russia/ LPR 3 July 2022.[7]
Recaptured by  Ukraine 19 September 2022.[8]
Hirske 9,274 Sievierodonetsk  Russia[9] 24 Jun 2022 Captured by  Russia/ LPR 24 June 2022.[9]
Hrekivka 53 Svatove  Ukraine[10] 5 Oct 2022 Recaptured by  Ukraine 5 October 2022.
Holubivka 26,838 Alchevsk  Russia 26 Feb 2022 Captured by  Luhansk PR mid-July 2014.
Krasnorichenske 4,020 Svatove  Russia Captured by  Luhansk PR in 2022.
Krasnyi Luch 79,764 Rovenki  Russia[11] 25 Feb 2022 Captured by  Luhansk PR mid-April 2014.
Kreminna 18,417 Sievierodonetsk  Russia[12] 19 Apr 2022 See First Battle of Kreminna, Second Battle of Kreminna
Captured by  Russia/ LPR 18 April 2022.
Luhansk 399,559 Luhansk  Russia[13] 25 Feb 2022 See Siege of the Luhansk Border Base (2014)
Captured by  Luhansk PR mid-April 2014.
Lysychansk 95,031 Sievierodonetsk  Russia[14] 3 Jul 2022 See Battle of Lysychansk
Captured by  Luhansk PR mid-April 2014.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 25 July 2014.
Recaptured by  Russia/ LPR 2 July 2022.
Makiivka 831 Svatove  Ukraine[10] 5 Oct 2022
Novodruzhesk 6,806 Sievierodonetsk  Russia 1 Jul 2022 See Battle of Lysychansk
Captured by  Russia/ LPR 1 July 2022.[15]
Popasna 19,672 Sievierodonetsk  Russia[16] 8 May 2022 See Battle of Popasna
Captured by  Luhansk PR mid-April 2014.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 19 June 2014.
Recaptured by  Luhansk PR 8 July 2014.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 22 July 2014.
Recaptured by  Russia/ LPR 7 May 2022[17]
Pryvillia 6,679 Sievierodonetsk  Russia 1 Jul 2022 See Battle of Lysychansk
Captured by  Russia/ LPR 1 July 2022.[15]
Rubizhne 56,066 Sievierodonetsk  Russia[18] 12 May 2022 See Battle of Rubizhne
Captured by  Russia/ LPR 12 May 2022
Shchastia 11,552 Shchastia  Russia[19] 12 Mar 2022
Sievierodonetsk 101,135 Sievierodonetsk  Russia[20] 25 Jun 2022 See Battles of Sievierodonetsk (2014), Battle of Sievierodonetsk (2022)
Captured by  Luhansk PR late May 2014.
Recaptured by  Ukraine 22 July 2014.
Recaptured by  Russia/ LPR 25 June 2022.[21][22][20]
Stakhanov 73,702 Alchevsk  Russia 2 May 2014 Captured by  Luhansk PR 2 May 2014.
Starobilsk 16,267 Starobilsk  Russia[23] 13 Mar 2022 See Battle of Starobilsk (2022)
Captured by  Russia/ LPR 26 February 2022.
Svatove 16,420 Svatove  Russia[24] 9 Mar 2022 Captured by  Russia/ LPR 6 March 2022.
Toshkivka 4,088 Sievierodonetsk  Russia[25] 21 Jun 2022 See Battle of Toshkivka
Capture claimed by  Russia/ LPR 21 June 2022.[25]
Zolote 13,203 Sievierodonetsk  Russia[26] 24 Jun 2022 Captured by  Russia/ LPR 24 June 2022.[26]
Zolotarivka 631 Sievierodonetsk  Ukraine[27] 21 Oct 2022 Captured by  Russia/ LPR 4 July 2022.

Recaptured by  Ukraine 21 October 2022.

See also

References

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