Chornobaivka / Kherson

24 February – 11 November 2022

Chornobaivka, Kherson region

From the first day of the full-scale invasion, International airport Kherson in the village of Chornobayivka became the epicenter of the battle for the south of Ukraine.

On the morning of February 24, Russian troops launched a rocket-bomb attack on the airport. It was a strategic target for the Russian military in its attempts to occupy the southern part of Ukraine.  

On February 27, the Russians seized the airfield. On the same day, the Ukrainian army targeted the arriving Russian military with Bayraktar TB-2 drones. The released footage was the first evidence of the drones’ use in combat.

On March 7, Ukraine conducted another missile attack against the Russian troops. Reportedly, 30 military helicopters and dozens more items of military equipment were destroyed.

On 16 March, the Wall Street Journal reported that "Ukraine carried out an airstrike on the Kherson airport, which is now a Russian airbase, and satellite imagery of the tarmac showed seven destroyed or damaged Russian helicopters, some of them engulfed in flames".

In March 2022, the Ukrainian military conducted overall 12 strikes at Russian positions at the airport.  

In April and May the strikes continued. On May 15 the Ukrainian army reported they carried out the twentieth strike, claiming to destroy 20 units of military equipment, an ammunition depot, and two maintenance workshops.

Overall, by the end of the summer of 2022, the Ukrainian military had carried out at least 30 missile strikes on Russian equipment, manpower, and ammunition depots at the airport.

At the beginning of November, due to constant pressure from the Armed Forces of Ukraine amid the Ukrainian Kherson counteroffensive, the Russians were forced to leave the airport: Chornobaivka and the airport were liberated.

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