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The next day of confrontation was remembered for the drone attack on the positions of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in Sevastopol and the subsequent decision of the Russian authorities to withdraw from the “grain deal”, under which grain was exported from Ukrainian ports along a safe corridor. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation suspected of involvement in the attack of the British Navy, as well as in sabotage on the Nord Streams (in London, the accusations were called lies). Also, the career fate of the commander of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation, General Alexander Lapin, was actively discussed on the Russian side. After another stream of criticism of the military leader from the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, a number of media outlets, citing sources, announced the removal of Lapin from his post. This has not been officially confirmed. Meduza shows the main photographs of the 248th day of the war.

Important warning. Every day since the beginning of the Russian invasion, Meduza’s editors have selected key shots taken during the previous day of the war. These pictures contain scenes of cruelty, violence and death, but most of them are not placed under a special plate, which the editors usually hide such images with. In this series of photo stories, we try to document the war as it is.

HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems at the front near Kherson

MLRS HIMARS is one of the most important types of weapons and a real symbol of the war in Ukraine. It was thanks to the supply of Western missile systems that the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to turn the tide of the conflict: effective strikes on the rear of the Russian group disrupted the supply of the Russian Armed Forces and helped the Ukrainian army to recapture vast territories in the Kharkiv region. At the same time, until recently, HIMARS remained a “ghost” weapon on the front: the last pictures of the systems dated from the beginning of July. On October 29, HIMARS hit the photographer’s lens again – this time in the north of the Kherson region, in one of the hottest spots of the war right now.
HIMARS has three key advantages over Soviet multiple launch rocket systems: first, the standard missiles for them are GPS homing, making them more accurate than “competitors”; secondly, HIMARS are both more mobile and more securely armored; thirdly, due to the design features, Western systems spend less time recharging.
According to the newspaper The New York Times, all the advantages of HIMARS of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were fully used in the Kherson region – Ukrainian artillery in this sector of the front is superior in accuracy and combat power to the Russian one, sources say. We talked about exactly how the Western MLRS helped the Armed Forces of Ukraine disrupt the supply of the RF Armed Forces, we talked about here.

Ukrainian positions in the Donetsk region

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Kherson is not the only “hot” section of the front: intense fighting also continues in the area of ​​​​the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, where Wagner PMC forces are attacking from the side of the Russian group. In the photo – one of the howitzers of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is firing at enemy positions.
Weapons and a resting place for a Ukrainian soldier named Viktor in one of the villages of the Donetsk region near the front line
Ukrainian soldiers chop wood for heating and cooking in a village near the front line in the Donetsk region
APU fighter performs maneuvers with the shooting of heat traps in the sky over Bakhmut

The apartment of a pensioner in Bakhmut burned by shells

AFP photographer Dimitar Dilkoff captured the aftermath of an artillery shell hitting a residential building in Bakhmut, specifically the apartment of 63-year-old local resident Lyudmila Kharchenko. In the photo – a fireman is struggling with the consequences of a fire in the room.
The pensioner herself miraculously did not become a victim of the blow – during the bombardment, she left the apartment for an hour, going to buy bread. Returning from the store, Lyudmila found ruins at the site of her apartment.
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Burnt furniture and a surviving portrait of Lyudmila’s relatives are practically all that remains of the pensioner’s apartment.

Volunteers clear rubble in Chernihiv region

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Even in those Ukrainian regions from which the Russian army left a few months ago, the liquidation of the consequences of the invasion of the RF Armed Forces is still ongoing. So, on October 29, a group of volunteers gathered in the village of Novoselovka, Chernihiv region, to dismantle the ruins of private houses destroyed by artillery strikes during active hostilities in the region.
The work of volunteers in the Chernihiv region is coordinated by the spontaneous organization “Bo Momomo”. Today it unites not only residents of the affected settlements, but also residents of Chernihiv region and other regions of Ukraine in general.
Debris clearing is only a part of the support that Bo Momomo activists provide to the residents of Novoselivka and other affected localities in the Chernihiv region. The main task of the organization is to provide people left without a roof over their heads with safe and warm housing for the winter.
After clearing the rubble, the Bo Momomo volunteers have lunch at a common table laid right in the courtyard of a private house in Novoselovka.

The main photos of the previous – two hundred and forty-seventh – day of the war can be viewed at this link.

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