DAY 518

Victory Chronicles
-DAY 518

July 26,2023

Marine veteran Trevor Reed, released by Russia in prisoner swap, hurt while fighting in Ukraine

Marine veteran Trevor Reed, who was wrongfully detained in Russia for three years before he was released as part of a prisoner exchange last year, was injured while fighting in Ukraine, the State Department confirmed Tuesday.

“We are aware that Trevor Reed was injured while participating in fighting in Ukraine,” deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said at a news conference. “Mr. Reed has been transported to Germany, and he is receiving medical care.” Patel did not say how Reed was injured or give his condition. Reed was transferred to Germany by a nongovernmental organization, which Patel did not name.

Reed is being treated at a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, a defense official said. Patel stressed that while he was in Ukraine, Reed “was not engaged in any activities on behalf of the U.S. government.”

Photo: Alexander Nemenov / AFP via Getty Images file

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  • Ukrainian defenders kill 460 Russians and destroy a helicopter and 16 UAVs – General Staff

Symbolic number of the Day - 136

Russian attacks on Sumy Oblast: 136 explosions in a day causing destruction. The Russians fired 24 times on the border areas of Sumy Oblast over the past day, with 136 explosions recorded, causing destruction. Seventeen settlements in 10 Oblast communities came under fire.

War in Pictures

Leaving the Front Line in Ukraine — to Train for the Front Line. A few miles from the fighting with Russia, a grueling obstacle course is a final step in the initiation for Ukrainian marines.

Photos: David Guttenfelder for The New York Times

Video of the Day

Aerial reconnaissance men from the Kara-Dag National Guard Brigade found wounded fighters from the Ukrainian Armed Forces tank brigade in the Zaporizhzhia sector. They used drones to help them with water and medicine and to show them the correct route for evacuation. They managed to rescue two warriors several hundred meters from enemy positions, one of them with a serious injury. At that time, no other means of evacuation were possible.

ISW report

Ukrainian forces continued counteroffensive operations on at least three sectors of the front and advanced on July 25. Geolocated footage published on July 25 shows that Ukrainian forces have made tactically significant gains south of Klishchiivka (7km southwest of Bakhmut). The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Ukrainian forces conducted offensive operations in the Bakhmut, Melitopol (western Zaporizhia Oblast), and Berdyansk (Zaporizhia-Donetsk Oblast border area) directions.

Ukrainian sources reported that Ukrainian forces advanced up to 750 meters in the direction of Staromayorske (9km south of Velyka Novosilka), and Russian sources claimed Ukrainian forces made marginal advances west of Orikhiv. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar reported that Russian forces are dying at a rate eight times higher than Ukrainian forces in the Bakhmut area and 5.3 times higher in the Berdyansk and Melitopol directions. ISW has previously assessed that Ukrainian counteroffensive operations aim to create an asymmetrical attrition gradient that conserves Ukrainian manpower at the cost of a slower rate of territorial gains, while gradually wearing down Russian manpower and equipment.

War Heroes

Sergeant Mykola Myndio, with the call sign Sedoi, died in a battle with the occupiers near the village of Yakovlivka in Donetsk Oblast. The warrior will remain 47 forever. Mykola was born and lived in Pervomaisk, Mykolaiv Oblast. He graduated with honors from Novobuh Technical College with a degree in construction. He worked as a trucker on a grain truck in Ukraine. He was fond of beekeeping.

When the full-scale war began, the man took his family to Chernivtsi and mobilized into the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He served in the 10th separate mountain assault brigade “Edelweiss.” He was a radio operator of a rifle platoon. “Pain and sorrow forever from the loss of a loved one… Mykola was a faithful and beloved husband, a caring and loving father. Our family had its happy world, which was destroyed by the war. I know he could have done a lot of good for people because he was ready to help. He was always happy to help improve the schools where his children studied, in his hometown, where we lived a happy life, and he never refused to help his friends and acquaintances. He was always sincere and smiling in his communication, and many people loved and respected him for that. Someone’s cursed orcish hand ended the life of a wonderful man and a beautiful, kind, romantic nature. Mykola loved nature and bees with whom he spent his free time, and was extremely persistent and hardworking. He improved himself and tried to become better. He had a positive outlook on the world. He supported his fellow fighters and charged them with his confidence and optimism; they were drawn to him and felt safe around him. He told his family: “I am here to the end.” For me, he was and is the whole world and life. I know Mykola is in a better place now because people like him do not die,” Inna’s wife wrote about the deceased.

The defender was buried on the Walk of Fame at the central cemetery in Chernivtsi. The fighter was awarded the medal “For the Glory of Chernivtsi” posthumously. Mykola is survived by his wife and two sons.

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