Russia may launch southern offensive to regain momentum, says Ukrainian general


By Reuters IST (Released)

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The Ukrainian general said Russia had brought a large number of weapons and equipment to the northeast of the strategically important southern region of Kherson, much of which is occupied.

Russia may launch an offensive in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine to try to regain Kyiv’s momentum and has visibly strengthened its forces, Ukrainian General Oleksiy Hromov said on Thursday.

Russia holds swathes of southern Ukraine it captured in the early stages of its Feb. 24 invasion, but Kyiv has vowed to mount a major counteroffensive and has used sophisticated Western weaponry to strike at the lines. supply and ammunition dumps.

Hromov said Russia had brought a large number of weapons and equipment northeast to the strategically important southern region of Kherson, much of which is occupied.

“It is possible that the enemy will try or try to carry out offensive operations deep in our territory to seize the initiative and threaten the development of our success to force (the Ukrainian army) to stop expanding the bridgeheads and to go on the defensive,” he told a news conference.

In the east, he said Ukraine had improved its tactical position around the eastern town of Sloviansk, recapturing two villages, but Russian forces had tried to take the eastern town of Avdiivka and the village of Pisky.

Ukrainian forces were forced to concede territory there, moving to the defense of the southern town of Avdiivka and leaving the Butivka coal mine, he said.


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