Ukrainian forces launched a counteroffensive to retake the southern city of Kherson. It is now occupied by Russian troops, a local government official said on Monday. The Ukrainian counteroffensive would represent a major strategic advance for Kyiv forces.
“Today there was a powerful artillery attack on enemy positions along the border of the occupied Kherson region.” The Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council said, Sergey ClanFor TV channel Priyami From Ukraine.
“This is the announcement we have been waiting for since spring: this is the beginning of unemployment in the Kherson region”, The officer added
News about it has been circulating for weeks Ukrainian forces are preparing for a counter-offensive in the south of the countryThat is, in the area Gerson occupied by Russia.
Russian-backed authorities in the region announced the evacuation of nearby residents on Monday Nova GakovkaA city frequently attacked by kyiv forces, for the bomb shelters of their workplaces. Officials cited Ukrainian rocket attacks on the city.
Earlier, two senior US officials confirmed CNN Ukrainian forces began “shaping up” operations in the south, preparing the battlefield for a counterattack.
But in a battle plagued by claims that are difficult to independently verify, Moscow-appointed head of the Crimean region, Sergei Aksyonov, rejected Ukraine’s claims of a counteroffensive in the region. Kherson is false, Ukrainian forces have suffered heavy losses in the south and elsewhere.
In the last 24 hours, the largest number of casualties (eight civilians killed and seven injured) in the eastern Donetsk region.. Russian forces launched overnight offensives in the cities of Sloviansk and Kostanivka, and the area’s Ukrainian governor, Pavlo Kyrilenko, urged the remaining residents to leave immediately.
KharkivUkraine’s second largest city, He was hit by cluster bombs on Monday morning. Regional Governor Oleh Syniehubov said.
Ukraine’s presidential office reported heavy fighting and several Ukrainian attacks in the southern Kherson region. Most of it is occupied by the Russians. Ukrainian forces have recently attacked ammunition depots and Russian military positions there.
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