Ukrainian and Russian forces have been locked on reverse sides of the huge waterway within the southern Kherson area for greater than a 12 months.
KYIV, Ukraine: Ukraine’s army stated on Sunday it had pushed Russian forces again “three to eight kilometers” from the banks of the Dnipro river, which if confirmed can be the primary important advance by Kyiv forces in months. a disappointing counteroffensive.
Ukrainian and Russian forces have been locked on reverse sides of the key waterway within the southern Kherson area for greater than a 12 months, after Russia withdrew its troops from the west financial institution final November.
Ukrainian forces have mounted a number of makes an attempt to cross and maintain positions on the Russian-controlled aspect — with officers in Kyiv reporting a decisive “success” final week.
“The preliminary figures fluctuate from three to eight kilometers, relying on the peculiarities, geography and panorama design of the left financial institution,” army spokeswoman Natalia Gumenyuk instructed Ukrainian tv on Sunday, with out specifying whether or not the Ukrainian army had full management of the realm or whether or not the Russians had full management of the realm. retreated.
“The enemy artillery hearth continues on the fitting financial institution,” she stated, estimating that there are “a number of 1000’s” of Russian troops within the space.
“We have a whole lot of work to do,” she stated.
It comes after Kyiv’s much-anticipated counter-offensive launched final June largely fizzled, with Ukraine taking a handful of villages within the south and east.
The final important success claimed by Kyiv was the recapture of the village of Robotyne within the southern area of Zaporizhzhia in August.
Ukrainian forces have been not in a position to pierce the Russian defensive strains.
A bridgehead on the left financial institution of the Dnipro would permit an assault deeper within the south, though extra males and armor would have to be deployed within the marshy, hard-to-reach area.
Moscow reported no progress in Ukraine.
The AFP is unable to independently affirm the claims made by officers.
– Drone assaults –
Meanwhile, drone assaults, an indicator of the struggle in Ukraine, have intensified this week.
Kyiv and Moscow have been focused on Saturday night time, though either side claimed to have intercepted a lot of the assaults and no casualties have been reported.
According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the air protection gear destroyed a drone on the territory of the Bogorodsky city district, within the Moscow area.
Ukrainian drone assaults on Moscow have been significantly frequent within the spring, earlier than its counter-attacks have been launched in June, however have been uncommon in current weeks.
Meanwhile, Kyiv was additionally focused for a second night time by a barrage of Iranian-made Shahed drones full of explosives despatched by Russian forces, native authorities stated.
In whole, “15 of the 20 enemy drones have been destroyed,” the Ukrainian army stated in an announcement.
A day earlier, Ukraine’s air pressure stated it had shot down 29 of the 38 Shahed drones despatched by Russian forces throughout the nation – probably the most drones launched by Moscow in an in a single day assault since late September.
On Saturday night time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated he anticipated Russia to extend its assaults on Ukraine’s power system to paralyze the nation’s warmth and energy provide.
“The nearer we get to winter, the extra Russian efforts will probably be made to make the strikes extra highly effective,” he stated in his day by day tackle, calling on his army to be “100% efficient, regardless of the all difficulties, regardless of all of the fatigue. “.