There are preliminary reports that Ukraine launched a limited offensive push in the direction of the town of Kreminna in the Luhansk region on Christmas Eve with enough success that the Russian military is said to have withdrawn its command staff from the town and evacuated to the East to the town of Rubizhny. The evacuation suggests the fear of being enveloped as Ukrainian forces tie down Russian troops to their front and then envelope the town and cut off retreat.

In a move reminiscent of Washington’s attack on Trenton New Jersey on Christmas night 1776.  Crossing the Delaware River, Washington’s forces caught a regiment of Hessian mercenaries sleeping in after a night of drunken Christmas celebrations and routed them, killing and wounding more than 100 and leaving 800 more captured or missing.  This was 2/3rds of the Hessian regiment.

Advancing eastward, Ukrainian forces are believed to have first captured the towns of Chervonopopivka and Dibrova, opening the road to Kerminna itself.  The current temperature in the area is 35 degrees with snow on the ground and more on the way this week.

Russian Forces captured Kriminna in April 2022 and it occupies a strategic location in Luhansk Oblast along the North/South supply route of the P-66 highway.  Ukraine’s recapture of this town threatens the supplies of Russian units stationed north of Kreminna and receiving supplies from the hub in Severodonetsk to the South East.  It also gives Ukraine a ready route of advance to Severodonetsk as it continues limited offensive operations in the bitter cold and snow.