In the north-Kherson direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated the villages of Novovoskresenskoye , Trifonovka and Novogrigorovka . A video was posted on social networks showing the military raising the Ukrainian flag over Trifonovka.
On the eastern front , Ukrainian troops liberated the villages of Makeevka and Petrivske in the Lugansk region. Thus, they are moving closer and closer to Svatovo. The head of the Lugansk region, Sergei Gaidai , announced the liberation of the village of Grekovka by the Ukrainian military. The picture with the Ukrainian military near the sign with the name of the village was published on October 5, but there was no official confirmation of the capture of the settlement then.
Ukrainian forces in the Luhansk region are conducting an offensive, including in the direction of the city of Kremennaya. Grekovka is located about 40 kilometers from Kremennaya.
After the liberation of Liman , the direction of Kremennaya became the site of the main battles on the front line. The head of the Lugansk regional military administration, Serhiy Gaidai, in an interview with Donbass Realia, said that the enemy is actively mining the territory on the front line, digging in and pulling up reserves in the Kremennaya area. In Kremennaya itself, according to him, “Petal” mines were scattered. “They are preparing for a long defense, if they succeed,” Gaidai said. “<...> In principle, it will be more difficult in the Lugansk region [than in Kharkiv].”
In pro-Russian publics, they are also waiting for the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Svatovo and Kremennaya. The Military from Russia Telegram channel reports that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are taking active steps north of Svatov, thus planning to bypass and surround the city. The 14th separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is trying to reach the area of the settlements of Pershotravneve, Kislovka, Tabaevka, Berestovoe (about 40 km north of Svatov). Also, according to pro-Russian forces, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are concentrating forces around the village of Makeevka, located between Svatovo and Kremennaya. The reserves of the 17th tank and 25th airborne brigades are being pulled up there.
The Shaykovka airfield , where Russian nuclear-capable Tu-22 strategic bombers are based, was attacked by a Ukrainian drone on October 7. This air base, located 200 kilometers from the border with Ukraine, houses the 52nd Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment (several dozen Tu-22M3s). In March 2021, three Tu-22M3 pilots died there due to an abnormal operation of the ejection system. In June 2022, the command of the air forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Tu-22Ms were raised from Shaykovka, which hit the shopping center in Kremenchug with Kh-22 missiles.
In the Bakhmut direction , representatives of the "DPR" announced the capture of the village of Zaitsevo . CIT notes that this is not the first time that this settlement has been taken under control. Prior to that, he had already been “captured” on August 19 and September 20. A similar situation was with the village of Peski in the Donbass, on the capture of which the Russian Ministry of Defense and the “DPR” forces reported four times.
According to the evening summary of the Ukrainian General Staff, Russian troops are advancing in the Bakhmut and Avdeevsky directions . The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks in the areas of the settlements of Vyemka, Bakhmutskoye, Krasnaya Gora, Bakhmut, Mayorsk, Andreevka, Pervomayskoye, Veseleye, Kamenka, Pobeda, Nevelskoye, Novomikhailovka and Ternovye Pody.
Over the past 24 hours, the Russian military has launched 2 missile and 5 air strikes, fired more than 10 times from the MLRS. More than ten settlements were affected, including: Redkodub, Gulyaipole, Novoandreevka, Zaporozhye, Nikolaev, Slavgorod. Four Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones were used for attacks on Zaporozhye and Nikolaev.
Aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine delivered 11 strikes, the General Staff reports. Air defense shot down two UAVs and two Russian helicopters.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military is reporting disruptions to Starlink on the front lines. The Financial Times writes about this with reference to high-ranking Ukrainian officials. Some of the devices stopped working after the Ukrainian Armed Forces liberated their territory and crossed the front line. Some of the outages have resulted in "catastrophic" loss of communications in recent weeks.
On September 29, a UA insider, citing sources, reported that at least 20 Shahed-136 Iranian kamikaze drones and control systems for them were delivered to the Luninets airfield in Belarus . Also, according to the channel, representatives of Russian special forces (possibly PMCs) arrived in Gomel, who were accommodated in hotels. This information is indirectly confirmed by the OSINT Twitter account Benjamin Pittet, which reports that over the past few months, Russia has been modernizing the Belarusian air base, building new hangars there and making other improvements.