Symbols of combat actions on a HIMARS missile launcher of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
wise they would have been surrounded.
This was repeated at several other places
and on September 10 the Ukrainians reached Kupyansk and Izyum. By September
12 the whole Kharkov area was liberated
when the Ukrainian troops reached the
Russian border in the north. On the liberated territory they captured hundreds of
pieces of the military equipment left behind
in panic by the fleeing occupiers. The captured equipment included the undamaged,
most modern Russian T-90M tank which
is supposedly being studied somewhere
in the West at this time.
There has been a lot of speculation if the
Ukrainians just took advantage of the weak
Russian defense lines in the Kharkov area,
or they had planned the attack from the
beginning and the Kherson counterattack
was only a bait which the Russians took.
As usual the truth is somewhere in between. The Ukrainians supposedly wanted
to attack in two places from the beginning
and the Kherson direction was not only
a bait and both attacks were planned as
the full scale operations. Even before the
second operation was launched the information from “secret services community”
leaked into the Western media according to
which the Ukrainians had intended to attack
in two directions but the American allies,
who were consulted, advised to focus on
Kherson. It is clear now that leaking this
information was to confuse the Russians
and divert their vigilance to the other front-line sectors. And it seems to have worked
out. The Russians only managed to react
in their typical fashion – by shelling the
civilian targets far behind the front-line.
After the Kharkov area liberation on Sunday September 11 there were attacks on the
power stations and transformer system.
On September 14 the attack on Karachuniv
dam at the city of Krivyy Rih followed.
It was hit by eight rockets launched from
the bombers. It’s damage caused floods
in the surrounding area. 112 houses were
flooded. Article 56 of the Supplementary
Protocol for the International Humanitarian
Law from 1977 forbids the military attacks
on the facilities that release the destructive
forces. Specifically, the dams, levees and
nuclear power stations are listed.
After a short operational break necessary to consolidate the liberated territory,
re-supply and give troops some rest, on
Friday September 23 the Ukrainian troops
on the north-eastern front continued to
advance. The target was city of Lyman. The
Ukrainians repeated the successful scenario from the beginning of September. They
did not waste time re-capturig the strongly
fortified city but by-passed it on both sides
threatening to surround it. This time the
Russian troops did not retreat immediately. They planned to ambush the Ukrainians
While fleeing the battlefield, the Russian soldiers also left behind an undamaged state-of-the-art T-90M tank.