Russian Defense Ministry map confirms heavy losses in Ukraine’s Kherson region

Ukrainian forces are breaking through Russian defenses in the Kherson region as they continue the southern offensive, with more areas liberated “every day”, Yurii Sobolevskyi, deputy head of the regional council, told Ukrainian television on Tuesday morning .

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Monday that “superior enemy tank units” struck Russian defenses in the direction of Zolota Balka, a town in Kherson on the west bank of the Dnipro, but said Russia was responding with ” massive fire.”

CNN reported on Monday that Ukrainian troops had captured Zolota Balka, citing a regional official and a pro-Russian military blogger.

During the night, Ukrainian forces tried to go even further, towards the village of Dudchany, about thirty kilometers (more than 18 miles) south of Zolota Balka, separatist leaders said on Tuesday.

The head of the Russian-backed Kherson regional administration, Vladimir Saldo, wrote on Telegram: “They managed to break through… Yesterday and this morning there were quite disturbing reports about what is happening the low.” But his deputy, Kirill Stremousov, later said the advance “has practically come to a standstill, and now the air force and artillery are finishing off everyone who broke into the sovereign territory of the Russian Federation in a sack on fire,” according to Russian state news agency TASS. , citing a video posted on his Telegram channel.

Russian forces appear to have retreated to fallback positions on this southern front, according to Igor Girkin, a pro-Russian military analyst who served in the government of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in 2014.

“Avoiding the emerging encirclement, the armed forces of the Russian Federation withdrew along the entire front of the Inhulets River east of the previously captured enemy bridgehead on this river,” Girkin said on Telegram. “Apparently, the goal of our group command is to reduce the front line, at least to the state of creating a continuous front line covering Beryslav and the Nova Kakhovka dam.”

The successful push into the south comes as the Ukrainians celebrate crucial victories on the eastern frontline after capturing Donetsk’s key city of Lyman.


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