deliveries – 21 decommissioned Mig-29 fighters
for the spare parts and 14 Su-25 combat aircraft.
The deliveries were made through the mediating
In their advance in Donbas the Russians took
advantage especially of their overwhelmingly
superior artillery. Therefore, the Ukrainians started
to receive the new 155 mm howitzers from the Allies
and above all HIMARS rocket launchers which are
crucial for destroying the Russian ammunition
dumpsters, bridges and command posts. In June the
Czech Mi-24 and Slovak Mi-17 helicopters arrived
in Ukraine. In the end of the month, after another
series of successful Ukrainian attacks, the Russian
troops had to flee from the Snake Island. On the
other side, after a long-lasting effort the Russians
managed to capture the city of Severodonetsk in
the Luhansk area.
The front line practically stalled. In the beginning
of month, the Russians captured Lysychansk but
did not advance any further. The fiercest battles
were fought for the town of Bakhmut and have been
going on until the present time. The Ukrainians
started to successfully deploy HIMARS rocket
launchers to destroy the Russian ammunition and
fuel dumpsters. The Russians retaliated by bombing
the civilian targets.
The memorial with the MiG-17 aircraft in Bachmut underwent
renovation shortly before the war.
A Ukrainian soldier takes a picture in
front of the memorial in Bachmut during
The Ukrainians received the anti-radar HARM
missiles a started to use them successfully to
blind the Russian AA defense. During this month
the large-scale attacks were launched against
the Russian military airports on the occupied
Crimea. On August 29 the long-awaited Ukrainian
counterattack was launched in the Kherson area.
While the Russians focused on the defense of
the Kherson area the Ukrainian troops launched
a surprise attack on the other side of the front
line. In a couple of days, they liberated Balakliya,
Kupyansk and Izyum and by the end of the month
Lyman and practically the whole Kharkov area.
Putin reacted by declaring partial mobilization even
though only in March he promised that there would
not be any. The hastily organized referendums about
the annexation to Russia took place on the occupied
territories. The Russians started to use the Iranian
kamikaze drones to bomb the Ukrainian cities.
Belarusian volunteers from the Kastuś Kalinoŭski regiment in Bachmut.
The counterattack towards Kherson continued.
On October 6, in the vee hours, the explosion took
place on the Kerch bridge connecting the occupied
Crimea with Russia, one road lane was destroyed,
and the railway section was seriously damaged. On
October 29 in Sevastopol the attack of the remotecontrolled boats against the Russian warships
at anchor took place. The Russians launched the
bombing campaign against the Ukrainian energy
The MiG-17 at the memorial was eventually destroyed like most of the town of Bakhmut.