“According to claims from both Russian and Ukrainian sources, the 1000-metre crossing over the Dnipro River, which Russia relies on to resupply the front line, was no longer suitable for crossing with even light vehicles.
Western analysts said Ukrainian troops were seeking to secure a clear advantage in logistics by preventing Russia from resupplying across the Dnipro River.
Yuriy Sobolevskyi, the deputy head of Kherson’s regional council, said Ukrainian troops had enjoyed successes in Kherson, Beryslav, and Kakhovka districts, but refused to elaborate.
“Now is the time to support our armed forces… Now is not the time to talk about the specific successes of our lads,” he said.
In its daily intelligence update, Britain’s Ministry of Defence said Ukraine’s armed forces have continued their assault on several axes against Russian-held positions in an operation to retake Kherson.
“Ukrainian formations have pushed the front line back some distance in places, exploiting relatively thinly held Russian defences,” the MoD added on Wednesday, in what was the first Western acknowledgement of success in the operation.
“In line with its doctrine, Russia will likely now attempt to plug the gaps in its line using pre-designated mobile reserve units. These will likely include some of those from the Eastern Grouping of Forces.”
For the reinforcement, British defence officials said Russia’s 3rd Army Corps, its first new large-scale formation since the war began, was still being pulled together from volunteers with “limited training”.
Rybar, a widely read pro-Kremlin military Telegram channel, backed claims that Ukraine had made inroads into Russian-held territory in the Kherson Region.
The group said Ukrainian had managed to break through at the village of Kostromka, north-east of Kherson, and had begun attacking towards the Nova Kakhovka-Davydiv Brid road, on the eastern banks of the Inhulets River.
After Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, urged enemy troops to “run away” if they wanted to live, Kyiv on Wednesday proposed a special scheme for Russians seeking to surrender.”
Comment: Will Russian troops fight effectively in what may soon be called the Kherson Pocket? We will see. pl