Russia’s ‘Ghost’ Battalion Commander Killed in Ukraine 

The commander of Russia’s “Ghost” Brigade, Artur Bogachenko, has reportedly been killed in Ukraine.

Information of Bogachenko’s loss of life was reported by the Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Anatoly Shtefan, whereas the Russian Telegram channel “Russian Spring Navy Correspondents” reported that the commander was killed in clashes close to Klishchiivka, a settlement south of Bakhmut in japanese Ukraine’s Donetsk area.

He was reportedly the commander of the Prizrak Brigade (that means “Ghost Brigade”) of the Russian Armed Forces. The Ghost Brigade is a pro-Russian separatist militia working within the Donbas space of Ukraine. It was fashioned within the Luhansk area in 2014 when Russian forces invaded Ukraine and illegally annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

A gun crewmember of the M777 howitzer close to Bakhmut on July 13, 2023, in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. The commander of Russia’s “Ghost” Brigade, Artur Bogachenko, has reportedly been killed in Ukraine.
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It comes practically two months into Ukraine’s push to recapture territory Russia has seized all through the 17-month-old warfare. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has acknowledged that his forces are advancing slowly within the long-anticipated counteroffensive which kicked off in early June.

The Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Examine of Battle assume tank revealed a map of Russian-controlled territory within the space of Bakhmut on July 25, and stated Ukraine’s armed forces continued counteroffensive operations on no less than three sectors of the entrance line. It stated key battles in japanese Ukraine are happening outdoors the settlements of Klishchiivka, Kurdiumivka, and Orikhovo-Vasylivka.

The Normal Employees of Ukraine’s Armed Forces additionally stated in an operational replace this week that Ukrainian forces performed offensive operations within the Bakhmut path.

Newsweek has contacted Russia’s Overseas Ministry for remark by way of electronic mail.

In keeping with Ukrainian information outlet Focus, the earlier commanders of the Ghost Brigade, Alexei Mozgovoy and Alexei Markov, died in 2015 and 2020 respectively.

“The commander of the Ghost Battalion, Artur Bogachenko, was efficiently demobilized. He went to go to Mozgovoy and Markov,” Colonel Shtefan stated on his Telegram channel, posting a photograph of the commander.

Ukrainian President Zelensky stated on July 22 that his counteroffensive was about to “acquire tempo.”

“We’re approaching a second when related actions can acquire tempo as a result of we’re already going by some mines areas and we’re de-mining these areas,” he stated.

Andriy Zagorodnyuk, an adviser to Ukraine’s Protection Ministry in Kyiv, informed Newsweek on Friday that the continued operation is “opportunistic” and deliberately agile, including that Ukraine has been “exploding an immense quantity of the ammunition depots over latest months.” At the least 4 such services have been struck since Kyiv’s counteroffensive started.

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