September 28,2023

Victory Chronicles-DAY 582

Armed Forces gain ground near Verbove, Russians on defensive

Ukrainian defenders are consolidating the positions they gained on the ground near the village of Verbove, Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Russian forces are on the defensive.

“If we’re talking about the past day, then we’re consolidating on the gained grounds. For us to move forward, we must be well consolidated, so that, God forbid, the enemy does not strike us somewhere in the flank, or break through our defenses and enter from the other side so that there will be no trouble for our advancing troops. They Russian forces are on the defensive. Sometimes they try to distract us from the offensive with their sorties, these are quite small groups, usually without equipment. But the enemy is trying to repel its positions, sometimes from the left, then from the right” said Oleksandr Shtupun, Spokesman for the Joint Press Centre of the Tavria Operational and Strategic Group of Forces.


Symbolic number of the Day


To date, 534 violations of cultural heritage committed by the Russian invaders have been documented in Ukraine. Of these, 200 violations have been recorded in Crimea, 334 in the temporarily occupied territories of Kherson, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk Oblasts.

This was stated by the project manager of the Crimean Institute for Strategic Studies, Elmira Ablyalimova-Chiygoz, at a press conference in Kyiv during the presentation of a website to document violations against cultural property in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, a Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“Today we have a fairly large database of violations against the cultural heritage of Ukraine. A total of 534 violations committed by the Russian invaders have been recorded. Of these, 200 violations were recorded in Crimea, 334 in the temporarily occupied territories of Kherson, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk Oblasts,” she said.


War in Pictures


Images of the completely destroyed Klishchiivka and Andriivka have emerged. Photojournalists have published images of Bakhmut, captured by Russians, as well as the de-occupied villages of Klishchiivka and Andriivka on its flanks.

Photos by Vladyslava and Kostiantyn Liberov


Video of the Day

Kherson Oblast: a person died as a result of hostile attacks, reported by the head of the Kherson Oblast Military Administration.

“The city and the Oblast have experienced another difficult night. Unfortunately, a man died as a result of enemy attacks. The 41-year-old man was on the threshold of his home. The house of the deceased was also destroyed. The whole street is covered with rubble. The video shows the results of the shelling that claimed a human life,” said Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the Kherson Oblast Military Administration.


ISW report


Ukrainian forces marginally advanced near Bakhmut and in western Zaporizhia Oblast on September 27. Geolocated footage published on September 26 indicates that Ukrainian forces advanced near Orikhovo-Vasylivka (10km northwest of Bakhmut).

Additional geolocated footage published on September 26 indicates that Russian forces likely no longer control a roughly one-kilometer-long trench line west of Verbove (16km southeast of Orikhiv).

The absence of Russian forces in this trench line could facilitate further Ukrainian advances in this area, as this trench line is no longer a significant obstacle for Ukrainian forces. Ukrainian Tavriisk Group of Forces Commander Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi stated that “there will be good news” in the Zaporizhia operational direction and noted that Ukrainian forces are steadily advancing but did not provide additional information.


War Heroes

On September 26, 2023, Dmytro Tsys, a sapper of the State Emergency Service, died in the Kyiv City Hospital No. 2 Burn Center. On September 15, while clearing a forest near the town of Lyman in Donetsk Oblast, the car Dmytro and his colleagues were in hit an anti-tank mine. The man suffered severe burns to his face and upper limbs. Doctors fought for his life for 11 days but failed to save him.

Dmytro was 24 years old. He lived in Poltava. He worked as a sapper in the pyrotechnic department of the Poltava Oblast State Emergency Service and was a sergeant in the Civil Protection Service.

“He studied at Poltava Educational Complex No. 16 and was a classmate of my best friend. Many girls liked him. He had an incredible smile… He wanted to be useful, he was the life of the party. He loved to play basketball. When we were teenagers, we had a fairly large group of friends, we used to gather behind the school and play football, Dracula, basketball. Dmytro tried to play everywhere… He was very smart, clever, principled… He could have lived and lived…”, said Tetiana, Dmytro’s friend. The deceased is survived by his father and other relatives.


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