Ukraine claims 200 Russian soldiers killed in Kherson counteroffensive

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Ukraine said on Wednesday its army had killed more than 200 Russian soldiers so far in a counteroffensive aimed at retaking the southern region of Kherson.

“The situation in our operational area remains difficult, but is controlled by the defense forces,” Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command reported. The command issued regular updates on Kyiv’s counteroffensive in the region, which was seized by Vladimir Putin’s forces early in the war.

The command said the Ukrainian armed forces killed 201 Russian servicemen and destroyed six Russian ammunition depots, 12 T-72 tanks and a wide range of Russian military equipment and weapons.

Ukrainian soldiers stand on their tank in the front line in the Donetsk region on August 19, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine said on Wednesday that its army has so far killed more than 200 Russian soldiers as part of its counteroffensive to retake the southern region of Kherson.
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The command also claimed to have destroyed a floating bridge built by Russian troops in the occupied village of Darivka in the Kherson region. The Ukrainian military first reported that Russian forces were attempting to build a pontoon bridge over the Inhulets River in the village of Darivka on July 27, after Ukrainian strikes on the Darivka Bridge which had been used by Moscow as a route supply.

“The blows are effective, the damage is significant. The pontoon established by the occupiers in the Darivka area has been destroyed,” he said.

The Southern Operational Command also said that Ukrainian aircraft carried out 24 airstrikes on areas where Russian military personnel and equipment were concentrated, on command posts, combat positions, logistics centers and transport routes. Russians.

Newsweek was unable to independently verify these claims and contacted the Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries for comment.

Russia rarely discloses its own military losses. Moscow released its latest figures on March 25, when a general told state media that 1,351 soldiers had been killed and 3,825 wounded. The British government said in April that Russia had lost around 15,000 troops.

It comes amid Kyiv’s counter-offensive to retake the Kherson region, which intensified late on Monday after Kherson Regional Council MP Serhiy Khlan said in a Facebook statement that Ukraine had succeeded. to break through the “first line of defense of the Russians in the Kherson region”. front.”

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed this week that an attempt by Ukraine to resume an offensive in the Kherson region had so far been “unsuccessful”.

Yuriy Sobolevskyi, deputy head of the Kherson regional council, said Ukrainian forces had had “success” in Kherson.

On Monday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Russian soldiers defending Kherson to “flee” if they want to live.

“The occupiers must know that we will drive them out to the border, the line of which has not changed,” Zelensky said in a video address. “If they want to survive, it’s time for the Russian army to flee. Go home.”

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