Russian military seemingly leaves Chornobayivka airfield near Kherson

29 October 2022, 05:06 PM
The occupiers removed all equipment from the airport in Chornobayivka (satellite images) (Photo:Tim Erhart/Twitter)

The occupiers removed all equipment from the airport in Chornobayivka (satellite images) (Photo:Tim Erhart/Twitter)

Russian troops have withdrawn all military equipment from the airfield in Chornobayivka, Kherson Oblast, according to SatelLogic satellite images taken on Oct. 27 and published by the Ukrainian Defense Express outlet.

The photos show only abandoned trenches for equipment, which were dug across the airfield to hide materiel from Ukrainian strikes. A fortified facility at the airfield itself was an important command post for Russian forces in the area, as well as many formations and units, in particular the 22nd Army Corps, the 7th Air Assault Division, the 127th Separate Reconnaissance Brigade, and the 20th Motorized Rifle Division, Defense Express writes.

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Reportedly, the headquarters of the grouping's command has also been withdrawn from Chornobayivka and, apparently, at least some of the units that were engaged in the protection of the facility have also been redeployed.

"In general, the reasons for the Russian army's withdrawal from Chornobayivka are quite obvious, as it is about 20 kilometers away from the contact line, which makes it a frontline zone," the publication explains.

The small village of Chornobayivka near Kherson became world famous as the site for repeated Ukrainian strikes on the Russian army there, and gained a reputation for bad luck.

In October, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin declared "martial law" in the occupied part of Kherson Oblast, and the occupying “authorities” closed the region for entry. At the same time, there were many news reports that the "administration" was leaving Kherson and other cities on the right bank of the Dnipro River.

Tim Erhart/Twitter
Photo: Tim Erhart/Twitter
Tim Erhart/Twitter
Photo: Tim Erhart/Twitter

Collaborators called on ordinary citizens to follow suit, and began large-scale looting operations in the city, including a monument to Imperial Russian general Alexander Suvorov and a coffin containing the remains of 18th century Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin.

Ukrainian military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov predicts that Armed Forces are set to liberate the city of Kherson by the end of 2022.

At the same time, the spy chief says that so far, the Russian military is not really preparing to leave the city, but is instead getting ready for defense.

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