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Battle of Ivankiv

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Battle of Ivankiv
Part of the Kyiv offensive and the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Date25–27 February 2022
(2 days)
Location
Result Russian victory
Belligerents
 Russia  Ukraine
Units involved
 Russian Armed Forces  Ukrainian Armed Forces
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The battle of Ivankiv was a military engagement that was part of the Kyiv offensive in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine for control of the town of Ivankiv which is the location of a key crossing over the river Teteriv. The combatants were elements of the Russian Armed Forces and Ukrainian Ground Forces. The battle lasted from 25 February 2022 to 31 March 2022 and ended with the withdrawal of Russian forces. The battle was part of a larger tactic to encircle Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine. While Russian forces captured the village on 27 February, the armed forces of Ukraine resisted the Russian advance in the capital's western suburbs of Irpin, Bucha, and Hostomel.

Battle

In the early morning of 25 February 2022, Russian forces approached Ivankiv from the northeast after making a breakthrough in the Battle of Chernobyl. Ukrainian forces destroyed the bridge crossing the Teteriv River at Ivankiv, halting the advance of Russian tanks heading towards Kyiv. Ukrainian airborne assault troops engaged Russian soldiers at Ivankiv and the nearby village of Dymer.[1] Among reported Russian units involved was the 5th Separate Guards Tank Brigade, losing some vehicles.[2]

Some Russian forces were able to break through Ivankiv and captured the strategically significant Antonov Airport after a skirmish. The airport is located just 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest from Kyiv.[3]

Fighting in Ivankiv continued into the afternoon and evening of 25 February, with Russian forces shelling the town with artillery, causing some civilian casualties. Ivankiv is also the location of a major gas pipeline, which if destroyed could halt the transfer of Ukrainian gas to much of Europe.[4]

On 26 February, fighting in Ivankiv continued[5] and on 27 February, the Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum was destroyed by Russian forces during the battle, with the loss of over twenty works by Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko.[6][7] In response, the Ukrainian Minister of Culture, Olexandr Tkachenko, requested that Russia lose its UNESCO membership.[8]

On the morning of 27 February, a convoy of Russian vehicles more than 4.8 kilometres (3 mi) long was seen on satellite images heading towards Ivankiv.[9] By 28 February, the convoy had grown to around 64 kilometres (40 mi) long.[10] The capture of Ivankiv by Russian forces was confirmed on 2 March.[11]

Aftermath

On 31 March, Ukrainian forces retook control of Ivankiv following a withdrawal by the Russian military from the town.[12][13]

References

  1. ^ "The fight for Kyiv: Ukrainians offer resistance but know the biggest battle is ahead". The Independent. 25 February 2022. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 26 February 2022.; Gazeta.ua (25 February 2022). "Українські військові під Києвом зупинили колону російських танків". Gazeta.ua (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.; "Ukraine capital under missile fire as Russian troops advance". euronews. 24 February 2022. Archived from the original on 24 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.; "ЗСУ ведуть бій в районах Димера та Іванкова на Київщині – Генштаб" (in Ukrainian). Ukrinform. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.; "Ukrainian military blow up bridge near Kyiv, stopping column of Russian tanks from Ivankiv". Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  2. ^ "7. On 25/02/22, UAF destroyed a key bridge in Ivankiv on the Teteriv River". 19 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Russia claims to take control of Hostomel airport just outside Kyiv". Times of israel. AP. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Окупанти обстрілюють "градами" місто Іванків на Київщині: є жертви серед цивільного населення". Інформаційне агентство Українські Національні Новини (УНН). Всі онлайн новини дня в Україні за сьогодні – найсвіжіші, останні, головні. (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Ukraine invasion: Video appears to show home troops in firefight with Russians near Ivankiv". Sky News. Archived from the original on 27 February 2022. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Russian invaders burn down Ivankiv Museum. Maria Prymachenko's artwork destroyed". Ukrayinska Pravda. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  7. ^ Giorgobiani, Natia (28 February 2022). "A museum with unique works by Maria Primachenko burned down near Kiev". Perild. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Museum of Maria Pryimachenko's paintings burns down during Russian offensive (video) (видео)". LB.ua. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Satellite images show more than three-mile-long Russian military column on roadway to Kyiv". CNN. 27 February 2022. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  10. ^ Beech, Eric (28 February 2022). "Russian military convoy north of Kyiv stretches for 40 miles -Maxar". Reuters. Archived from the original on 1 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  11. ^ Abdurasulov, Abdujalil. "Town under Russian control 'not losing spirit'". BBC News. Archived from the original on 5 March 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  12. ^ Zinets, Natalia; Hunder, Max (1 April 2022). "Ukraine says Russian forces pushed back around Kyiv but fighting rages". Reuters. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  13. ^ RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, APRIL 1
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