Kharkiv. Chronicles of the Attack on the City. Day 87 (21.05.2022)

By Serhiy Petrov

Muscovites continued striking Kharkiv throughout the day, one shell at a time. The northern suburbs are suffering again. The shelling didn’t cause any fires in the city, but there were people who were wounded. Shelling and fighting continue in the northern suburbs. The battle for Kharkiv is not over yet, and the security situation isn’t durable. However, two tram routes were launched in Kharkiv. Losses from a missile strike In Lozova, Kharkiv region, are being assessed, and they are huge.

In Kharkiv, five people were injured as a result of a strike in Saltivka. People are returning to Pivnichna Saltivka, and we have wounded civilians almost on a daily basis. There was also shelling in Oleksiyivka, but no casualties were reported. As for the Kharkiv region, no fires due to shelling were reported by authorities between 7 am and the end of the day.

The northern suburbs continue to be shelled. Ruski Tyshky and Cherkasky Tyshky, Tsyrkuny, Ruska Lozova, Pytomnyk, Dementyivka, Slatyne, and Prudyanka townships, as well as Derhachi were hit. The villages of Kostiantynivka and Chornohlazivka of the Zolochiv hromada were also subjected to muscovite shelling. There are no wounded there, but there are damages to houses and other residential properties. Chuhuiv district was also shelled. As a result, one person was injured.

Fighting continues in the north and the northeast. The General Staff reports that units of the 1st Tank Army are being sent to reinforce the Kharkiv group of ruscist troops. The muscovites do not want to lose their positions. They are trying to improve their positions where possible. The muscovites strike upon our positions with all kinds of artillery as well as aviation. The battle for Kharkiv is not over yet, as suggested by the Institute for War Studies. (The media had understood, mistakenly, that the Ukrainian troops had won the battle already.)

One of the damaged houses in the village of Dokuchayevske, near Kharkiv. Photo: Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv Region. CC BY 4.0

People continue to return to the city. The flow of cars in the daytime is noticeable. There are also more people on the streets, including young people. People continue to slowly go back to Pivnichna Saltivka, mostly to check on their apartments and pick up some things. However, actually returning there, even with utilities being gradually restored, is still very dangerous. By the way, four employees of Kharkivvodokanal were injured during the almost three months of shelling. The company hopes to receive compensation from the money confiscated from the occupiers, as the scale of the damage to the supply lines is large. Many strikes on utility supply lines have been recorded. This is exactly what we’ve been writing about.

Regarding coming back to the city. As I have repeatedly said, it makes no sense to return to the city if you do not have a job in Kharkiv, if your company or organization does not plan to resume business in the near future, or if you do not volunteer or do any other community service. After a few days of quiet, the shelling of the northern areas started again, so silence is a relative phenomenon. Moreover, it is dangerous to return to the northern areas, which also get shelled from time to time. There are no stores that are open in Pivnichna Saltivka, and only one in Pyatykhatky and another one in Selyshche Zhukovskoho. Finally, there are risks for residents. When these areas were completely empty, practically no-one was injured.

Two tram routes were launched in Kharkiv, connecting the Novozhanovo district and the village of Artema with Yuzhnyi Vokzal. This is good, because we all missed the trams

The services sector is gradually coming back online in Kharkiv. More and more food establishments are opening, as well as shops selling all sorts of things, and even beauty salons. But real businesses are not in a hurry to start at full capacity if they are not related to building materials or something like that, which is now in demand.

Markets are coming to life. As things calmed down, the police began catching traders selling in the markets “from the underground.” A week or two ago, there were not many of them, as there were no other similar outlets. In short, some things are beyond my comprehension.

Mayor Terekhov has once again stated that he supports street renaming. When asked a question hinting at the Zhukov Avenue trials, he changed the subject. That’s ok. We’ll have to ask him again at some point. The war does not write anything off, definitely not for Terekhov. In addition, he said that one of the buildings should be left as a museum in memory of the war. In reality, not just one such museum, more of them are needed. It also needs to be done in more than one area of the city, so it would not give the impression that for example Pivnichna Saltivka suffered but other areas not so much. The presence of such sites in different areas will promote tourism and allow us to create tour routes.

According to the Commissioner for Human Rights, Lydmila Denisova, 94 of the 353 documented cases of war crimes committed by the occupiers against the cultural heritage of Ukraine were in the Kharkiv region. Eight monuments of cultural heritage and more than 80 architectural monuments were damaged and destroyed. It’s not completely clear what she meant by cultural heritage, because architectural monuments are also cultural heritage. In short, I need a translator, because my knowledge in the areas of rights defense and cultural heritage is lacking…

Burials of six military occupiers, including Lieutenant Colonel Gerasimov, were discovered in the territory of the Zolochiv Hromada. The muscovites were buried by locals according to the Orthodox tradition.

Oleksiy Navrotsky, a rector of research at the Kharkiv National University and a former Vidrodzhennya party deputy to the city council killed his two children in Turkey and tried to kill his wife (yes, this is Kernes’ party). His colleagues characterize him differently—some positively—but among my acquaintances there are none who characterize him from the positive side, only from the negative one.

Fighting continues in the southeast of the region. Villages near the frontline are under fire. Meanwhile, the muscovites fired upon the territory of the Lozova district of the Kharkiv region. As a result, one person was injured. Damage from the missile strike in Lozova has been estimated: 11 educational institutions were damaged, including five schools, a branch of the Kharkiv Automobile and Road College, and Department of Education. More than 1,000 apartments and a part of the single family home area were damaged as well. The most common form of damage are broken windows and broken window frames.

The situation in the occupied territories is difficult, mainly because the exit to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government is blocked. In addition, in the territory of the Borivka Hromada, muscovites have a poor supply of goods, to the point that some people wear worn out home clothes, women’s leggings (!!!), and some wear galoshes or rubber shoes. In the village of Pershotravnevo, in the same hromada, one collaborator who called himself a “new elder” and provided them with information about residents and their moods did not earn trust of the occupiers. They want to replace him with someone else, because he gets very little respect from the local population.

Another collaborator, from Izyum, Volodymyr Sukhanov, is being suspected of treason. He took the position of the head of the medical service responsible for drugs in the occupation administration and was engaged in the distribution of drugs and so-called humanitarian aid from the ruscists.

The most difficult situation is on the frontline in the area of ​​Sievierodonetsk and in the Bakhmut direction. The muscovites are trying to surround the Sievierodonetsk group of Ukrainian troops, advancing from Popasna. This is where the main battles will take place in the coming days.

Colonel Serhei Musienko, Chief of Artillery of the 36th Coastal Artillery Brigade, was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine for battles in the Kharkiv direction and the defense of Kharkiv from the muscovites. Now we know another name to thank for the reduction in the quantity of strikes on in the city of Kharkiv!

In moscovia, the Tryotkino area of the Kursk region is again under fire, with the Ukrainian military being blamed. In reality, the muscovites are shelling the border areas of the Sumy and Chernihiv regions to prevent the transfer of some of our troops to the Donbas region, where the hottest battle is taking place at the moment.

In the city of Zhukovsky, near Moscow, there was a fire at the transformer substation of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, an institution whose work is critical to development of new military or civilian aircraft or missiles.

Let us believe in the Armed Forces and the victory of Ukraine!