Ukraine’s military announced on Sunday that they have successfully moved Russian forces three to eight kilometers away from the left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region. This action aims to prevent Russian mortar fire from posing a threat to settlements on the river’s right bank.
“Tentatively, the distance varies from 3 to 8 kilometers, depending on the specifics of geography and landscape across the left bank. Now their mortars can’t hit the right bank, so we see it as a certain achievement,” said spokesperson for Operational Command South, Natalia Humeniuk, as cited by state news agency Ukrinform.
She also said that the Ukrainian military continue to gain a foothold on the left bank of the Dnipro.
Humeniuk stated: “There is a lot of work ahead for the Ukrainian military operating in the area as the invaders keep massively employing artillery despite losing four to 10 artillery systems every day.”
She added: “The Russians have the opportunity to pull their reserves, and that they do not yet see critical numbers, which also applies to manpower as the invaders are able to replenish their losses, deploying fresh troops.”
Humeniuk estimated that the manpower force on the left bank of the Dnipro was approximately projected to be at several tens of thousands. “There’s a massive force there so we’ve plenty of work to do.”
She highlighted: “The Ukrainian forces are not recording any Russian offensive groupings being formed at the moment, which means the invaders have no capacity to prepare for any assault efforts.”
On the other hand, Russia said on Friday that the Ukrainian military lost over 460 troops on the right bank of the Dnipro River and in attempts to land on islands on the left bank in the Kherson Region over the past week, state news agency TASS reported citing the Russian defense ministry.
“In the Kherson direction, the enemy lost over 460 personnel killed and wounded, 2 tanks and 17 motor vehicles on the right bank of the Dnipro River and in attempts to land on islands,” the Russian ministry said.
Earlier this month, Russia’s defense ministry reported that its forces eliminated roughly 505 Ukrainian troops in the Kherson area. “The enemy’s weekly losses totaled as many as 505 personnel, 18 field artillery guns, 15 boats and 25 motor vehicles as a result of active pre-emptive operations by Russian troops and artillery fire,” the ministry said.
Additionally, Russian forces struck Ukrainian marines attempting to land on islands near Kherson. “Russian forces inflicted damage on two Ukrainian marine infantry units attempting to land on islands near Kherson and on the left bank of the Dnipro River.”
The ministry added: “In the Kherson direction, the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to disembark for seizing a bridgehead on islands and on the left bank of the Dnipro River, in which damage was inflicted on units of the Ukrainian army’s 35th and 36th marine infantry brigades.”