About a month after Ukraine launched an offensive against Russian forces in the Kherson region, it was reported that several villages were in the process of being restored.
On Sunday evening, there were several unconfirmed reports of Ukrainian advances in Kherson, the only regional capital that Russian forces have successfully captured in Ukraine.
Former Chancellor and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, Anton Herashchenko, published a photo of him Telegram account Soldiers raising the Ukrainian flag in the village of Khreshchenivka.
Gerashchenko also wrote that he is awaiting official confirmation from the Ukrainian General Staff.
The village is located about 127 kilometers northeast of Kherson city center and is said to have been under Russian control until now.
– Without going into details, the success of Ukrainian forces will not be limited to Lyman, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday evening, according to the Reuters news agency.
He also says that the villages of Arkhanhelsky and Mirolubivka in Kherson were restored.
ukrainian soldiers video
According to Ukraine’s Kyiv Independent newspaper, a video clip on social media shows Ukrainian soldiers standing next to local residents in the village of Zolota Balka, north of the Kherson region.
also Kyiv Post It was reported that Ukrainian forces had captured Zolota Balka, as well as the village of Dudchane in the same area.
Several Russian groups on the social media Telegram discuss progress, and point to messages from Russian soldiers.
Expert: – Less incremental attack
Palle Ydstebø told the director of the NRK War School that attacks were being reported along the Dnieper River, but it is somewhat uncertain how far Ukrainian forces have advanced.
– Ydstebø says it is uncertain whether this was a simple attack to take a bite out of the front, or whether Ukrainian forces were getting more movement.
He considers it more likely, given the presence of such large Russian forces in the region, that their offensive is progressively less so.
Since the offensive began, Ukrainian forces have had three to four axes from the far south to the north, striking abruptly at irregular intervals and taking a small bite while keeping the Russians isolated, Yedistibo says.
Lieutenant Colonel and Professor at the Norwegian Defense Academy Turmod Heyer told NRK that in the short term Russia has no chance of responding.
It is believed that they can fight in the spring as soon as possible.
The only alternative is to call in more soldiers, who must undergo long-term training.
Ukrainian attack in the region
At the end of August, Ukraine launched an offensive against Russian forces in the Kherson region. Ukraine was reticent about disclosing information about the attack.
Kherson is located in the north of Crimea, in the south of the country and on the Dnieper River, which divides the country in two. That is why Kherson is of strategic importance.
Kherson One of the four regions of Russia forcibly incorporated into the Russian Federation Friday of this week. Other regions are Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhya.
It represents about 15 percent of the territory of Ukraine. Russia occupied large parts, but not the entire area which they now claim would be part of Russia.
The annexation of Ukrainian territory is strongly criticized and condemned by democracies around the world.
Professor Heyer says Russian President Putin is now in trouble.
Only two political tools remain. One is nuclear weapons and the other is an energy weapon that has already begun to be used very actively against Western Europe, he says.
But Heyer is not sure whether Putin would dare to use this arsenal in Ukraine.
The US authorities have established a highly credible retaliatory capability that applies to all NATO countries. The question is whether it will also include Ukraine.
Victory in Liman
On Saturday evening, President Zelensky announced that the The strategically important city of Lyman in Donetsk is completely under Ukrainian control.
And on Saturday evening, Ukrainian soldiers stood proudly in front of the town hall. The Russian flag, which had been flown since the fall of the city at the end of May, was thrown to the ground.
Ukrainian government forces shocked Russia with their lightning attack on the Kharkiv region at the beginning of September. Within a few days they recaptured large areas while the Russian front line collapsed.
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