In a daring move, Ukrainian military operatives sent a national flag aloft, tied to a cluster of red balloons, over the skies of eastern Ukraine’s Avdiyivka.
This symbolic gesture took place on the 245th anniversary of the city’s establishment. However, the significance lay not in the celebration but in the unexpected turn of events that followed.
As the Ukrainian flag drifted into occupied territory, Russian soldiers, presumably aiming to bring it down, unwittingly disclosed their concealed firing positions.
This revelation became a tactical advantage for Ukraine, enabling them to swiftly launch a counterattack against the exposed Russian forces.
Vitalii Barabash, the head of Avdiivka’s city military administration, revealed this remarkable development. He recounted how the Ukrainian flag eventually floated over the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
It was here that Russian soldiers unleashed their firepower in a useless attempt to obstruct the flag’s flight, inadvertently exposing their locations.
The exact details of the ensuing attack by Ukraine’s 110th brigade remained undisclosed. Nevertheless, it was hailed as a remarkable success by Barabash. Notably, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry refrained from immediate comment on this episode.
Barabash expressed his astonishment, considering it one of the most successful flag launches ever, with the Ukrainian flag proudly flying over occupied Donetsk for several hours. Residents in the occupied region eagerly awaited the potential liberation of Donetsk.
This incident occurred against the backdrop of elections in Moscow-occupied territories, including Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia.
However, these elections faced widespread dismissal as “fake” and a “sham” by Kyiv and Western nations, with the Kremlin expected to claim a substantial victory, as reported by The Guardian.