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Date: 31 August 2022 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński
Ukraine Starts Counteroffensive In Country’s South
Ukraine’s politicians and top military officials have announced a counteroffensive in the south of the country. Heavy fighting is taking place in almost the entire territory of the Kherson region. Yet Ukrainian forces will not retake Russian-controlled swathes of land quickly. It is another phase of a long-term operation that could last until October after weeks-long artillery shelling.
Ukraine’s armed forces on August 29 announced that they had started offensive action on several fronts in the south. Shelling and heavy artillery fire were reported in Nova Kakhovka to target a Russian military facility. According to the Ukrainian military, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) 109th Regiment and Russian airborne troops have left their positions in an unspecified area of the Kherson region. The Ukrainian military’s Operation Command South on Monday reported destroying three Russian ammunition depots and a pontoon crossing the Dnieper. Ukrainian forces hit a dozen command posts in several areas of the Kherson region near Beryslav and Kakhovka with artillery fire. According to unofficial reports, Ukrainian forces liberated some towns west and northwest of Kherson near the Ukrainian foothold by the Inhulets River and south of the Kherson and Dnipropetrovsk regions. Heavy artillery shelling by Ukrainian forces is reported alongside the front line in southern Ukraine while long-range precision strikes continued to disrupt Russian resupply. Russia has made efforts since the beginning of August to reinforce its troops on the western bank of the Dnipro River. The Southern Military District’s 49th Combined Arms Army has been augmented with components of the Eastern Military District’s 35th Combined Arms Army. Many are yet underused while others are twice as smaller as they should be. “Most of the units around Kherson are likely undermanned and are reliant upon fragile supply lines by ferry and pontoon bridges across the Dnipro River,” according to the British intelligence agency. HIMARS systems have destroyed almost all the big bridges. Russia’s defense ministry on Monday admitted that Ukraine had attempted an offensive in the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions.
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