Day 614: Ukrainian troops advance near Bakhmut

Ukrainian troops advance over the railway line near Bakhmut, the Institute for the Study of War says. Ukraine hits a Russian air defense unit in Crimea, destroys an S-400 air defense system near Luhansk. Russia launches a missile attack on a ship repair plant near Odesa, injuring two.

Ukrainian troops advance over railway line near Bakhmut, ISW says

Ukrainian troops advanced over the railway line near Bakhmut, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in a report on Sunday. Geolocated footage published on October 29 indicates that Ukrainian forces advanced over the railway line south of Andriivka (10km southwest of Bakhmut).

Ukrainian troops also advanced in western Zaporizhia Oblast, the report reads. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Ukrainian forces continued assault operations south of Bakhmut and continued offensive operations in the Melitopol (western Zaporizhia Oblast) direction.

A prominent Russian milblogger claimed that Ukrainian forces managed to establish stable control over some unspecified Russian positions in the Zaporizhia direction.

A Kremlin-affiliated Russian milblogger claimed that Russian forces attempted to regain lost positions near Klishchiivka and Andriivka and pushed Ukrainian forces from positions near the Berkhivka reservoir (about 2km northwest of Bakhmut) over the past week.

Another Kremlin-affiliated Russian milblogger claimed that there were positional battles south of Bakhmut.

Ukraine hits Russian air defense unit in Crimea, destroys S-400 air defense system near Luhansk

Ukraine targeted a Russian air defense missile unit in occupied Crimea overnight on Monday, October 30, Russian media said. Seventeen Russian soldiers were injured.

The reports alleged that at around 3 a.m, Ukraine struck a site near the village of Olenivka, on the western coast of Crimea, where a Russian air defense unit was deployed.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces confirmed they had successfully hit “a strategic site,” part of Russia’s air defense system in Crimea on October 30. They also confirmed they had destroyed an S-400 air defense system in Luhansk region on October 25. Photos from the town of Bilorichenskyi in Luhansk region that depict the detached tail sections of U.S.-supplied ATACMS missiles began to circulate on Russian social media on October 25. Russia said it shot down two ATACMS missiles for the first time. Ukraine’s Air Force said that was possible, but the footage doesn’t prove it.

Ukraine launched ATACMS missiles at Russian forces for the first time on October 17. Ukrainian Armed Forces then struck military airfields in Russian-occupied Berdyansk and Luhansk, destroying at least nine Russian helicopters. Since then, Ukraine has not officially acknowledged the use of ATACMS missiles. 

In the past several months, Ukraine has conducted a campaign of strikes against Russian military targets in Crimea. Reports of drone strikes and explosions on the peninsula are frequent. The attacks also disrupt traffic on the Kerch bridge. 

Russia launches missile attack on ship repair plant near Odesa, injuring two

On Monday morning, Russian forces unleashed a missile attack on a ship repair plant near Odesa. Missiles have damaged an administrative building and equipment in the shipyard. Two people were injured. “In the morning, Russian terrorists struck the Odesa area with missiles, targeting a ship repair plant,” head of the Odesa regional military administration, Oleh Kiper said.  

“As a result of the attack, a fire broke out, which was promptly extinguished by our rescuers. The administrative building and equipment of the enterprise were damaged,” he added. 

Two people — a 62-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman, are in hospital. They are in a serious condition. They get all necessary treatment. 

Meanwhile, Ukrainian air defenses intercepted all 12 Shahed drones that Russia fired at Ukraine overnight on October 30 and two Kh-59 guided missiles.

“Kh-59 guided missiles were fired from bombers flying over the temporarily occupied territory of Zaporizhzhia region. Shahed drones were launched from the south-eastern direction, Primorsko-Akhtarsk in Russia. Ukraine’s air defenses destroyed all 14 hostile air targets above Mykolayiv, Kherson, Kirovohradska, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi, and Dnipropetrovska regions,” Ukraine’s Air Force said.

Ukraine used aircraft, air defense units and mobile units of its Air Force and defense forces to chase down missiles and drones.  

Ukraine’s Air Command East destroyed two missiles in the skies over Dnipropetrovska region. The debris fell outside the city of Dnipro, damaging a five-story apartment building, a private house and a car.

The struggle to protect stray animals during the war. Ukraine in Flames #526

The number of abandoned animals has increased significantly since the onset of a full-scale Russian invasion. Some animals die from bomb shelling, others lose their homes and owners. But Ukrainians do not leave even animals in trouble: they rescue pets, often risking their own health and life. Zoo activists regularly go on volunteer animal missions to territories affected by Russian shelling or temporarily occupied. Watch Ukraine in flames #526 to find out about stray animals and shelters during the war, particularly their biggest challenges and accomplishments. 


  • Liliya Yemelyanenko, Owner of the Shepherd Shelter “Volier No.1″ 
  • Oleksandra Mezinova, Director and Founder of the Shelter “Sirius”