DAY 517

Victory Chronicles
-DAY 517

July 25,2023

Ukrainian defenders drive Russians out from around Andriivka, gain success near Staromaiorske in Donetsk Oblast

Andriy Kovalov, Spokesman for the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, stated that the Ukrainian troops had succeeded in Staromaiorske on the southern front, and the defenders were also advancing near Bakhmut. The Armed Forces of Ukraine were successful in the area of Staromaiorske. The Ukrainians are gaining a foothold in the reclaimed territories. The enemy continues to put up strong resistance, moving its units and using reserves.” The Defense Forces also drove the Russians out of their positions near Andriivka on the Bakhmut front.

The spokesman said Ukrainian troops are conducting offensive operations north and south of Bakhmut: “During the offensive and assault operations by the Defense Forces, the enemy was forced to withdraw from its positions in the area of Andriivka.” At the same time, the Russians unsuccessfully advanced in the areas northwest of Orikhovo-Vasylivka, south of Ivanivske, and west of Klishchiivka.

Symbolic number of the Day - 600

Russia continues to suffer losses in the war of aggression against Ukraine – over the past day alone, the defense forces destroyed 600 occupants, 30 artillery systems, 13 armored personnel carriers, and 14 drones.

War in Pictures

Operation Interflex lasted for nine months. During one year, 3500 Ukrainian fighters receive training from Norwegian forces. Hundreds of Norwegian instructors have lined up, and there will be a need for even more in the future.

Under the expert guidance of the instructors of the Norwegian Home Guard and the British Army, the recruits of the Armed Forces of Ukraine became more prepared for combat conditions.

The Kingdom of Norway and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland continue to support the people of Ukraine and work tirelessly with our international partners to provide ongoing support to Ukraine in response to russia’s ongoing violations of international law.

Video of the Day

Special Operations Forces demonstrate how to destroy Russian electronic warfare systems. The electronic warfare systems “Tirada” and “Leer-2” were destroyed thanks to the aerial reconnaissance men of one of the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. It happened in the Bakhmut sector. The defenders reconnoitered the enemy’s positions there, and after identifying the targets, they successfully aimed and adjusted the artillery of the Defense Forces.

In total, 9 enemy targets were hit by accurate fire in a short time. In addition to electronic warfare systems, artillery pieces, and enemy armored vehicles were also destroyed. Along with the scouts, FPV drone operators are also practicing their tasks, striking not only equipment and manpower but also destroying enemy surveillance equipment.

ISW report

Ukrainian forces continued counteroffensive operations along at least three sectors of the front on July 24 and have reportedly advanced in certain areas. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar reported that over the past week, Ukrainian forces have advanced gradually on the southern flank of Bakhmut and in the Berdyansk (western Donetsk-eastern Zaporizhia Oblast border area) and Melitopol (western Zaporizhia Oblast) directions. Malyar also noted that these counteroffensive actions are taking place against the backdrop of continued Russian offensive operations in the Kupyansk, Lyman, Avdiivka, and Marinka directions. 

Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian forces conducted limited ground attacks in western Donetsk Oblast south of Velyka Novosilka and advanced south of Orikhiv in western Zaporizhia Oblast. The Ukrainian General Staff indicated that Ukrainian troops are continuing offensive actions in the Berdyansk and Melitopol directions but did not specify locations or outcomes.

War Heroes

Combat medic Hlib Rabushyn, with the call sign Alabai, died on March 4, 2023, while performing a combat mission near Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast. The defender was 23 years old.

Hlib was from Zaporizhzhia Oblast. He lived in the village of Balabine. He graduated from the Zaporizhzhia Center for Vocational Education of Water Transport and received a degree as a chef-waiter. In civilian life, he worked as a sous chef in a restaurant. He was good at drawing, cooking, playing the guitar, and playing sports.

During the full-scale Russian invasion, Hlib joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine and became a senior combat medic in the 53rd separate mechanized brigade named after Prince Volodymyr Monomakh. He saved his fellow warriors and bravely performed combat missions. “Hlib graduated from the 9th grade of Malokaterinivska gymnasium. He was a gifted boy; he drew very well. He was shy and had no bad habits. It’s a shame to talk about him in the past tense…” wrote Lyudmyla Volyk. 

“Hlib was loyal to his family, his homeland. He was very talented; he could have done so much more! It hurts so much; I miss him!” wrote the fighter’s sister Raisa. Posthumously, Junior Sergeant Rabushyn was awarded the Order “For Courage” of the III degree. The hero was buried in the village of Balabine, Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Hlib is survived by his father and younger sister.

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