100 days of war. Battles and operations of the Ukrainian army that impressed experts

June 06, 2022

In more than three months of war against Russia, the Ukrainian armed forces managed to win their first victories and prove themselves both in individual clashes and in battles of strategic importance. BBC News Ukraine interviewed military experts who presented their own top fights by the Ukrainian army in this war.

When the Russian Federation launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, Western intelligence and manyforeign governments predicted that Kyiv would fall in 2–3 days, and all of Ukraine — in a matter of weeks. This did not happen.

Even more, the first 100 days of the war showed that the Ukrainian army is capable of defending successfully and even advancing despite the enemy's significant superiority in weapons and manpower.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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