Ukrainian War: Kiev Secures Key Dnieper Foothold – Report

The report said Ukrainian forces had taken up positions on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River, south of the Kherson region. The area is partly under Russian control, and crossing the river could play an important role in future offensives.

The US-based Institute for War Studies said Russian military bloggers posted enough geo-located video and text reports to confirm the offensive. BBC Ukraine reported that military sources reported “certain movements across the Dnieper” near the city of Kherson. Ukrainian forces did not confirm these moves, and Russia denied the reports.

But if the reports that Ukraine has secured a bridgehead on the east bank are correct, it could be significant in helping Kyiv drive Russian troops back. A Ukrainian advance in the area could, in the future, even cut the land corridor to Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014. However, military experts say any Ukrainian troop movements in the bridgehead area which is crisscrossed by floodplains, irrigation canals and other water obstacles would be a tough task.

And Ukrainian advances would be further complicated by Russia’s significant advantage in the air. Ukraine’s military has for some time publicly spoken about preparations for a major counter-offensive, without specifying where and when it could be launched. Until now, all of the Kherson region on the east bank of the Dnipro has been under Russian control, with the wide river serving as a natural barrier.

The regional capital sitting on the west bank was liberated by Ukrainian forces last November. Celebrations as Ukraine takes back key city Kherson Putin visits occupied Kherson region in Ukraine In Sunday’s report, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said “geolocated footage published on 23 April indicates that Ukrainian forces are operating in areas north-west of Oleshky on the east” bank of Dnipro.

The ISW added there was not enough information to analyse the scale of the reported Ukrainian advance or the further intentions of the Ukrainian military. On Monday, Russia’s WarGonzo military blogger reported that Ukrainian troops were “trying to gain a foothold on Bolshoi Potemkin [Velykyi Potyomkin Ukrainian] island”, which is located between the new and old channels of the Dnipro. Nataliya Humenyuk, a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s South Command, neither confirmed nor denied reports that Ukrainian forces had secured a bridgehead on the east bank.

She told Ukraine’s TV channels that “difficult work is continuing”. A military operation requires “informational silence until it is safe enough for our military”, the spokeswoman stressed. Meanwhile, the Russian-installed head of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, said on Sunday “there were no bridgeheads on the left [east] bank near Oleshky, or any other places” on that side of the river. In separate developments on Monday: Moscow’s Vnukovo airport was closed for some time over reports of an identified drone in the area,

Russian media said Russia-installed officials in Sevastopol, Crimea, reported an unsuccessful Ukrainian naval drone attack Kyiv has not commented Ukraine’s military said “the fiercest battles” continued in Bakhmut and Mariinka two key towns in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region

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