On 1 October, Ukrainian forces liberated the strategic town of Lyman in the Donetsk region, which Russia had used as a logistics and transport hub for its military operations in northern Donbas (The Guardian, 2 October 2022). Ukrainian forces also continued to advance in the Kharkiv region, wresting control of several settlements around Kupiansk and Borova, and closing in on the administrative border with the Luhansk region. The Ukrainian military command also announced the reclamation of over a dozen towns in the Beryslavskyi district of the Kherson region.
Russian forces continued to target civilian infrastructure with shelling and airstrikes last week, killing dozens of civilians. In Zaporizhia, Russian forces shelled residential buildings on 6 October, reportedly killing 17 people (Ukrayinska Pravda, 8 October 2022). Additionally, at least six civilians were reportedly killed and seven injured in landmine explosions in the Kharkiv, Donetsk, Sumy, and Chernihiv regions. Meanwhile, several mass burial sites with the bodies of suspected civilians killed during the Russian occupation were found last week in Lyman and Sviatohirsk (Ukrayinska Pravda, 7 October 2022). As of 6 October, Ukrainian police also claim to have discovered 22 Russian torture chambers throughout the de-occupied Kharkiv region (Centre for Strategic Communications, 6 October 2022).
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