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Ukraine Crisis: 8-14 October 2022

20 October 2022

Suspected Ukrainian forces triggered an explosion that severely damaged the Kerch bridge connecting Russia with occupied Crimea on 8 October. Four Russian civilians were reportedly killed in the explosion. The bridge is an important supply and logistics artery for Russian operations in southern Ukraine (New York Times, 8 October 2022). While Russian state sources claim…

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Ukraine Crisis: 1-7 October 2022

14 October 2022

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…

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Ukraine Crisis: 23-30 September 2022

6 October 2022

Ukrainian forces made advances in the area of Lyman in the Donetsk region throughout the week and recaptured several settlements in the Kupiansk and Izium districts of the Kharkiv region. Ukrainian forces also continued counteroffensive operations in the Kherson region, shelling Russian positions and re-supply routes.  Following widely discredited “referendums” the week prior, Russian President…

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Ukraine Crisis: 17-23 September 2022

30 September 2022

After retaking most of the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian forces advanced in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions (KyivPost, 22 September 2022; ISW, 23 September 2022). Ukrainian forces also destroyed several Russian command posts and ammunition warehouses in the Kherson region.  Meanwhile, a prisoner exchange took place between Ukraine and Russia on 21 September. Russia returned 215…

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Ukraine Crisis: 10-16 September 2022

22 September 2022

The Ukrainian counteroffensive continued in the Kharkiv region, with Ukrainian forces regaining most previously occupied territory, including the large logistical hubs of Kupiansk and Izium (The Guardian, 12 September 2022). These successes also allowed Ukrainian forces to retake ground in the Luhansk region, which Russian forces had fully occupied since July (ISW, 11 September 2022).…

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Ukraine Crisis: 13 August-9 September 2022

16 September 2022

In the first nine days of September, Ukrainian forces successfully pushed back Russian forces in the Kharkiv region, regaining control over thousands of square kilometers (ISW, 9 September 2022). The gains followed Ukrainian offensive operations in the southern part of the country, with attacks on Russian supply lines and the liberation of several settlements in…

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