reasons, the Ukrainians attacked this airfield
only on June 30, several weeks after the satellite
imagery was published. Prior to that, they had
repeatedly targeted other military facilities
in Berdiansk with Storm Shadow missiles.
After the airfield attack, Russian helicopters
departed from there, and their activity on the
frontlines decreased. The reduction in activity
is also related to the change in Ukrainian tactics
– they deploy less equipment on the front lines
and use consequent infantry attacks in groups.
This lack of targets makes it impractical for
the Ka-52s to risk further losses. At least 39
helicopters of this type have been destroyed
during the war in Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the offensive, the
Ukrainian advance has been supported by
strong artillery and missile attacks. These
attacks not only destroy Russian trenches but
also target logistical and command centers
in the rear, as well as Russian artillery. Last
summer, Russian artillery played a significant
role in their offensive, but now it’s merely
a shadow of what it used to be.
Ukrainian plans was the destruction of the
Kakhovka Dam on the Dnieper River. Its 3.2 km
long wall exploded in the central part early
A Russian Ka-52 helicopter with a damaged tail was
captured on video on June 19.
in the morning on June 6, just two days after
the start of the Ukrainian offensive. The dam
held back over 18 cubic kilometers of water,
which flooded the city of Kherson and another
40 villages downstream on both sides of the
Dnieper. Approximately 60 civilians lost their
lives, and the floodwaters took several days to
Although both sides blamed each other
for the dam’s explosion, it is certain that the
Russians had control over it. The massive dam
The destruction of the Kachovska dam caused enormous damage.