May 23,2024

Victory Chronicles-DAY 820

Russians attack Kharkiv and oblast, killing 7 and injuring 17 people

Russian troops launched several attacks on civilian infrastructure in Kharkiv and the surrounding Oblasts, resulting in the deaths of seven people and the injury of 17 others. The head of the Kharkiv Oblast military administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that the 

Russians conducted about 10 strikes, with several targeting civilian facilities such as a printing facility and a private facility. The attack on the printing facility resulted in six wounded individuals and one confirmed death. The Russians also targeted the town of Zolochiv, where two people were wounded, and the town of Liubotyn, where two more people were injured. 

The mayor of Kharkiv mentioned that the Russian attacks also affected the city’s transport infrastructure and a utility company associated with the city’s life support. The whereabouts of three individuals remain unknown.


Symbolic number of the Day


Approximately 11,000 people have been evacuated from three districts in the Kharkiv Oblast of Ukraine. The Head of the Kharkiv Oblast State Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, announced the evacuation on Facebook. The evacuation was necessary due to hostile actions carried out by Russian forces. 

Syniehubov mentioned that eight Russian attacks were repelled in the Kharkiv sector, and fighting is ongoing in the Pletenivka-Vovchansk area. Ukrainian armed forces currently have control of the situation.


War in Pictures


Ukrainian explosives experts are improving their demining skills. Sixteen explosives experts from the Ukrainian police have completed a practical demining course. The week-long course included an obstacle course with invisible traps, night demining, and practical work in simulated de-occupied areas. 


Video of the Day

In Kharkiv Oblast, after a Russian missile strike, the State Emergency Service and police are fighting a large-scale fire and rescuing victims.

The Minister of Internal Affairs posted a video and wrote on social media: “Our emergency services, as always, are the first to arrive at the scene of shelling. The State Emergency Service is fighting a large-scale fire and rescuing victims together with the police.”


ISW report


United Kingdom (UK) Defense Minister Grant Shapps stated on May 22 that US and UK intelligence have evidence that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) “is now or will be” providing lethal military assistance to Russia, a statement that US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan questioned.

Shapps stated that this evidence is a “significant development” as the PRC has previously presented itself as a “moderating influence” but did not provide further information about the supposed intelligence. Sullivan stated during a press conference that he has previously warned that the PRC may supply Russia with lethal military assistance but that the US has “not seen that to date.”

Sullivan stated that he will speak with his British counterparts to ensure that the US and UK have a “common operating picture” and to clarify Shapps’ comment.


War heroes

31-year-old senior fighter Oleksandr Osadchuk, with the call sign Osa, died on October 11, 2023, in hospital. On September 1, while performing a combat mission near the village of Robotyne, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, he was seriously injured. Doctors fought for his life to the last.

Oleksandr Leonidovych was from the village of Stryzhavka, Vinnytsia Oblast. He studied at the local lyceum No. 1. Then he graduated from Vinnytsia Center for Vocational Education No. 1 and received a degree in painting, plastering, and tiling. In 2014, he participated in the ATO. Before the full-scale invasion, he worked at the Kruposvit enterprise.

In April 2022, the man returned to the ranks of the defenders and went back to the front to defend his country from the invaders. He served in the 65th separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He was a sapper in the engineering battalion.

“My brother was a sincere person; he always helped everyone, always smiled, and was positive,” said Ivan Osadchuk. Oleksandr was buried in his native Stryzhavka. He is survived by his brother.

*Oleksandr’s story on the Heroes Memorial – a platform for stories about the fallen defenders of Ukraine.


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