Kherson cut off: Ukrainian counter-offensive gains momentum in the southern city

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Ukraine has made it clear that it intends to retake Kherson, a Russian-occupied city in the south, as its counteroffensive gains momentum. That’s according to a Thursday update from British defense and intelligence officials.

Ukraine’s efforts have virtually cut off Kherson and left thousands of Russian troops stationed near the Dnipro River “highly vulnerable”.

The British Ministry of Defense said Ukrainian forces likely established a bridgehead south of the Ingulets River and used new long-range artillery to damage at least three of the bridges crossing the Dnipro.

A Russian military truck drives past unexploded ordnance during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russian-controlled village of Chornobaivka, Ukraine, July 26, 2022.

A Russian military truck drives past unexploded ordnance during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russian-controlled village of Chornobaivka, Ukraine, July 26, 2022.
(REUTERS/Alexander Ermoshenko)

“The Russian 49th Army, stationed on the western bank of the Dnipro River, now looks very vulnerable,” she said in a regular intelligence bulletin on Twitter, adding that Kherson was virtually cut off from other Russian-occupied territories.

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The update continues: “Its loss would seriously undermine Russia’s attempts to portray the occupation as a success.

A view shows the damaged Antonivskyi Bridge following a shelling, in Kherson, Ukraine, in this screenshot obtained from social media video posted on July 27, 2022.

A view shows the damaged Antonivskyi Bridge following a shelling, in Kherson, Ukraine, in this screenshot obtained from social media video posted on July 27, 2022.
(Ukrinform/via REUTERS)

Ukraine reported that Russia has recently shifted from attack to defense by redeploying troops from the east to the south.

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Meanwhile, Russian forces launched major missile strikes on Kyiv and Chernihiv regions.

An armored truck of pro-Russian troops is parked near the former Ukrainian regional council building during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russian-held city of Kherson on July 25, 2022.

An armored truck of pro-Russian troops is parked near the former Ukrainian regional council building during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russian-held city of Kherson on July 25, 2022.
(REUTERS/Alexander Ermoshenko)

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Ukraine and Russia have been at war since February 24, when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his forces into Ukraine in what Moscow called a “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify ” the country.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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