Kherson: Ukraine benefits from southern counterattack against Russia

The past week saw the most ambitious ground attack by Ukrainians since the start of the invasion, according to video and satellite imagery geolocation.

US monitors Ukrainian military achieve some success According to senior US officials, it is attacking Russian supply lines with the intention of cutting off and isolating Russian forces currently deployed west of the Dnipro River.

“The first thing we saw in the Kherson area was the continued offensive operations by the Ukrainians,” said the Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brigadier General. General Pat Ryder told reporters. “They continue to advance. We are aware that they have recaptured some villages.”

Ryder also said the US had seen “aggressive Russian activity … near Bahmut.”

According to Ukrainian officials, the goal is to capture at least all territory north or west of the Dnipro River, which includes not only the city of Kherson, but also Nova Kakhovka, the site of an important hydroelectric power station, It also includes canals that supply Crimea with many goods. of that water.

At the same time, the Ukrainian military is stepping up its offensive in eastern Ukraine to prevent Russia from shifting troops south to repel a Ukrainian counterattack, said a US official. Recently, Ukrainian forces advanced toward Russian supply lines south of Kharkov, taking several villages and towns in the process.

The current offensive in the south is spread over 100 miles wide to prevent Russian forces from concentrating. In addition, sabotage and attacks on pro-Russian officials in occupied territories are on the rise.

U.S. officials have admitted that Ukraine’s goal of retaking Kherson by the end of 2022 is ambitious, but is still possible if Ukraine continues to advance on its current operations.

the Ukrainian army planning a long and brutal campaign Recapture Russian-controlled territories. The current Ukrainian offensive is expected to last into the spring, with some of the offensive aimed at preparing the battlefield for the planned advance over the next few months.

Ukraine has publicly stated its intention to launch a major counteroffensive to recapture territories lost to Russia in the six-month war.

And even before Ukrainian forces began stepping up rocket and missile fire on the front lines in southern Ukraine, Kyiv was actively sabotaging Russian supply efforts and command and control across the region.

In the accumulation up to the present Ukrainian counterattackto avoid being overextended and bogged down on multiple fronts, the U.S. urged Kyiv to keep its operations limited both in its objectives and its geographic reach, said multiple U.S. and Western officials. A Ukrainian source previously told CNN.

Those talks included engaging in a “war game” with Kyiv, sources said. This analytical exercise was intended to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces understand the force levels needed to succeed in different scenarios.

Ukrainians were originally wider counterattackbut in recent weeks have narrowed their mandate to the southern part of the Kherson region, US and Ukrainian officials have previously said.

CNN’s Paul LeBlanc, Katie Bo Lillis, and Natasha Bertrand contributed to this report.


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