On 25 July 1812, Murat contacted Osterman-Tolstoy in the vicinity of Ostrovno. Tolstoy setup a rear guard position in a heavy wood outside the village. Without waiting for the infantry of Eugene's IV Corps d'armée to come up, Murat ordered a series of useless charges against the Russian line. Eventually, Eugene's lead division arrived on the field, outflanking the Russians, and necessitating their withdrawal east toward Vitebsk.

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