On November 11, the Ukrainian troops liberated
Kherson. It has been only 42 days since Putin
declared the city will be Russian forever. At Bakhmut
the fighting in the muddy trenches, reminiscent of
WWI, continued. The Russian bombing of the civilian
infrastructure continued as well. As a reaction to it,
the West started to supply Ukraine with the modern
AA defense systems.
The muddy terrain did not allow any significant
movements at the frontline. The Ukrainians, using
the drones, attacked the airports from where
the Russian strategic bombers took off. The USA
promised Ukraine the delivery of the Patriot AA
defense system and later were joined by Germany
and Netherlands as well.
The New Year started with the largest massacre
of the Russian soldiers when the building where
hundreds of them stayed for celebrations, including
the stored ammunition, was hit by HIMARS missiles.
There was an ammunition dumpster in that building
as well. After several months, the Russians
achieved the breakthrough at Bakhmut. They took
advantage of the poorly planned Ukrainian troops
rotation and captured the town of Soledar north
of Bakhmut. Germany and USA promised Ukraine
Marder and Bradley AFVs.
The Russians continued with the push they initiated
immediately after the New Year. They tried to
attack along the whole frontline, from Kupyansk
and Kremnina at the junction of the Kharkov and
Luhansk areas through Bakhmut and Avdiivka in
Donetsk up to Vuhledar. The pressure at places was
enormous accompanied by large losses, but the
advance was minimal. According to some reports,
in two months since the beginning of the year the
Russians captured only 85 square kilometers of
territory. Each square kilometer of the Ukrainian
territory gained cost them 250 soldiers killed …
Especially at Vuhledar, where they stubbornly
Russia launched at least six balloons with corner radar reflectors into Ukraine on
February 15. At least one of them was shot down by Ukrainian air defense forces.
attacked across the large, widely open terrain, the
Russians suffered big losses – they lost more than
hundred tanks and armored vehicles and the whole
Several aircraft and helicopters were reported
shot down on both sides, but these claims could
not be verified. Same as during the previous
months, many of these destroyed aircraft could
be only documented later when the wrecks were
discovered, and the new images surfaced. The
destruction of the Russian Mi-35M helicopter (other
sources stated Mi-24VM) was confirmed however
as it had to perform emergency landing on February
9 near the frontline at Tokarivka in the Kharkov
area, barely 3 kilometers from the Russian border.
Immediately after landing it was destroyed by the
artillery fire from the 14th Independent Mechanized
Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This was
recorded on video by a drone and later photographs
appeared showing a helicopter wreck lying on the
side. On Monday, February 13, the Russian Sukhoi
A Russian Mi-35M had to make an emergency landing near Tokarivka in the Kharkiv
region on February 9 and was subsequently destroyed by Ukrainian artillery.
Su-25 with designation RF-95143 and fuselage number “yellow 37” photographed
in February 2022 in Belarus and destroyed a year later in Belgorod Oblast.