Russia’s ‘lightly held’ defenses destroyed by Ukrainian counter-offensive: UK

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Ukraine’s counter-offensive in occupied Kherson is destroying Russia’s “lightly held” defenses in the region that were seized by Moscow at the start of the war, the British Ministry of Defense said recently.

The British Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence update on Wednesday that Ukrainian armored forces had continued to attack Russian troops on several axes across the south of the country since Monday.

“Ukrainian formations have pushed the frontline back some distance in places, exploiting the relatively weak Russian defences,” he added. the ministry said.

Ukraine’s counter-offensive to retake the Kherson region from Russian forces intensified this week.

Kyiv said on Monday that Ukraine had managed to break through the “first line of defense of the Russians on the Kherson front”.

Kherson Regional Council MP Serhiy Khlan said in a Facebook statement that it was “the beginning of the end of the occupation of the Kherson region” and “a prepared and well-balanced start of a counter- offensive”.

The Russian army, for its part, declared that it had succeeded in repelling an offensive by Ukrainian troops, who suffered “heavy losses”.

Newsweek has not been able to independently verify either claim. The Kherson region has seen heavy fighting this week, according to local media and government officials.

Kherson Most media reported on Tuesday that intense gunfire was heard in the streets of Pivnichnyi and Tavriiskyi neighborhoods. Ukrainian news agency UNIAN also reported that gunshots could be heard outside a penal colony in the southern region of Kherson.

A man poses for a photo with a banner that reads ‘Kherson is Ukraine’ under a 430 meter long Ukrainian national flag on August 28, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The action was meant to symbolize Ukraine’s unity amid its war with Russia, whose forces occupy large swathes of eastern and southern Ukraine. According to the British Ministry of Defence, the Ukrainian counter-offensive to retake the region destroyed some Russian defensive positions.
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Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command reported on Tuesday that “positional battles” were continuing. He said key bridges over the Dnipro River in the region had been struck to cut off supply routes and to ensure they could not be used by Russia to transport military equipment and personnel.

In a Wednesday afternoon update, the command said Ukraine launched attacks on two checkpoints, two ammunition storage sites, air defense systems, radar stations and large amounts of weapons. Russian artillery.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that an attempt by Ukraine to resume an offensive in the Arkhanhelske, Olgino and Ternovy Pod areas of Kherson had been “unsuccessful”.

“The enemy suffered heavy casualties and was pushed back by Russian troops,” the ministry said.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday that Russian forces were likely “under-equipped” in Kherson, amid mounting Ukrainian attacks on key bridges in the region. Ukraine has used HIMARS weapons provided by Washington to carry out strikes.

“Most of the units around Kherson are probably understaffed and dependent on fragile supply lines by ferry and pontoon bridges over the Dnipro,” he said.

“There is a realistic possibility that Russia has decided to rationalize the several semi-independent operational commands that contributed to its poor performance at the start of the invasion.”

Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.

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