October 26,2023

Victory Chronicles-DAY 610

Car with 4 FSB representatives inside blown up in Berdiansk

The Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine has reported that four representatives of the Russian FSB were blown up in a car in temporarily occupied Berdiansk on 23 October.

 “A commotion in Berdiansk: the resistance movement continues to destroy the invaders. On 23 October, a car with four representatives of the Russian FSB inside was destroyed by an explosion in temporarily occupied Berdiansk in Zaporizhzhia Oblast,” reported Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence (DIU). The DIU called the explosion a “revenge action” conducted by representatives of the Ukrainian resistance movement.

The incident occurred on Michurin Street near the Jasmin Guest-House Hotel, which FSB representatives had turned into their hiding place. Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence does not indicate if all of the passengers died in the explosion but notes that “among those killed…is a Russian war criminal who committed brutal torture of local citizens of Ukraine”.


Symbolic number of the Day


Russia continues to suffer losses in its war of aggression against Ukraine − in the past day alone, Ukrainian defenders killed 810 invaders and destroyed 30 artillery systems, 29 tanks, and 18 armored vehicles belonging to the Russians. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported this.


War in Pictures


In the center of London, near Buckingham Palace, in the small gallery ‘Fine Art Commissions,’ an exhibition of paintings is underway, where you can see portraits of Ukrainian military personnel.

The author of the canvasses is the British artist Max Denison-Pender, who visited Ukraine, including the frontline positions. He was inspired by the heroism of Ukrainian defenders and dedicated a series of his paintings to them, which he combined in the ‘Leaving Home” exhibition. The exhibition was visited by the multinational training “OPERATION INTERFLEX” participants led by Commander James Thurstan.


Video of the Day

A consolidated detachment of the National Police’s explosive ordnance service is carrying out demining operations in Kharkiv Oblast.


ISW report


Ukrainian forces marginally advanced in western Zaporizhia Oblast and continued offensive operations near Bakhmut on October 25. Geolocated footage published on October 24 indicates that Ukrainian forces made further marginal advances west of Robotyne.

The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Ukrainian forces also achieved unspecified partial success west of Verbove (9km west of Robotyne). Ukrainian Ground Forces Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Volodymyr Fityo stated on October 24 that Ukrainian forces are conducting offensive operations near Klishchiivka (7km southwest of Bakhmut) and Andriivka (10km southwest of Bakhmut).

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky noted that Ukrainian forces are preparing for a fall-winter Russian strike campaign against Ukraine after another series of Russian drone strikes on the night of October 24 to 25. Ukrainian military sources reported that Ukrainian air defenses destroyed a total of 11 Russian Shahed-131/136 drones over Khmelnytskyi and Mykolaiv oblasts.

Zelensky stated that Ukraine is preparing to defend against a Russian fall-winter strike campaign against Ukrainian energy infrastructure and suggested that Ukraine is planning for its own strikes on Russian military assets in turn. Zelensky stated that the Russian military is aware of Ukraine’s intentions to strike Russian military infrastructure in Crimea and Russia and is moving the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) away from Crimea and Russian aircraft further from the Russia-Ukraine border, likely in response to continued Ukrainian strikes against Russian naval and aviation assets.


War Heroes


Died defending his homeland: a minute of silence for border guard Mykhailo Strishko. Mykhailo was born on January 15, 1985, in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia Oblast. In 2002, he graduated from Cherkasy College of Economics and Management.  Having no military experience and being guided by his civic position, from the first days of the full-scale war, the man applied to the local military recruitment center and was drafted into the ranks of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. He served in the Chernihiv Border Guard Detachment units and performed combat missions in the East.

On October 18, 2023, due to an enemy mortar attack on firing positions near the village of Novomykhailivka, Donetsk Oblast, Sergeant Mykhailo Strishko sustained life-threatening injuries. He is 38 years old forever. Mykhailo is survived by his wife and two children. Eternal memory and eternal glory to the Hero!


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