Date: 25 July 2022 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński

Battle Of Kherson Is Key For Russian-Controlled Southern Ukraine

Ukrainian counterattacks had pushed Russian forces to the east on the easter bank of the Dnipro while Ukrainian forces managed to take back several towns in the Kherson region. In Russian-controlled Kherson, Ukrainian artillery strikes damaged facilities, thus worsening the Russian military standing on the western bank of the Dnipro. Kyiv has announced a major offensive in the country’s south––even if failed, pushing Russian troops to Crimea and eastwards or capturing Kherson is a great achievement for Ukraine while a political and military defeat for Russia.


The Ukrainian military is exerting pressure on the Russian personnel in the south. On July 24, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said his forces were advancing “step by step” into the occupied southern region of Kherson. The area between the front line and Kherson City is rural and primarily composed of small settlements, where Ukrainian troops have recently made some territorial gains. It is not known whether it is the counteroffensive in the south that Kyiv had spoken about. Nor is it clear to what extent Ukraine rebuilt its personnel resources to launch an offensive in Donbas, where the army is stopping the Russian attack. However, Russian forces stationed on the western bank of the Dnipro are in a worsening situation. Moscow’s forces are targeting the Inhulets River, a tributary of the Dnipro. Russian troops are also mining roads and the banks of the Inhulets River in the areas bordering Snihurivka in the Mykolaiv region. The Ukrainian advance meant that Russian supply lines and ammunition depots west of the river were increasingly at risk. Ukrainian forces keep targeting the Antonivskyi Bridge over the Dnipro. Ukrainian shelling badly damaged the bridge in the Russia-controlled Kherson region of southern Ukraine, so all military supplies to Kherson are redirected via a bridge near the settlement of Kakhovka, some 85 kilometers north of Kherson. Since early July, the Russian military appeared to be regrouping units in key towns in the occupied south, moving personnel and military hardware between the southern cities of Kherson, Mariupol, and Melitopol. On July 21, Zelensky said Ukraine has “significant potential” to advance on the battlefield. The statement came after the president met with chief military officials.

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