We questioned earlier the place Ukraine bought the troops for its counteroffensive towards Kherson. Now we all know:
Ukrainian forces launched a counter-offensive in direction of Kherson. The operation was supported by parts of twenty eighth Mechanized Brigade that arrived to Mykolaiv from Odesa. Ukrainian troops pushed alongside street M-14 and liberated Posad-Pokrovske (in Kherson Oblast).
Ukraine should be feeling fairly assured of Odesa’s security, and this primarily ensures it. 1,500 Russian marines, if certainly they’re floating off the coast of Odesa (they may very well be decoys to pin down defenders) wouldn’t get far within the metropolis of 1 million. The one different Russian forces placing the town in peril the place camped off the improper financial institution of the Southern Bug close to Mykolaiv, and so they’ve now been pushed midway again right down to Kherson. What’s extra, right here we see Ukrainian artillery shelling targets in a single day.
This doesn’t seem like a Ukrainian military blissful to easily maintain Mykolaiv out of Russian artillery vary. They’re softening up targets down the street, making an attempt to interrupt Russian morale, and with a coordinated rebellion inside Kherson, there’s a situation during which Ukraine marches again into the town with little bloodshed.
A lot of chatter (all rumors) that Ukraine is trying to bust the siege of Mariupol. Retaking Kherson would give Ukraine an opportunity to chop off Crimea (and provides) from Russian troops working north and east of it. This is able to drive Russia to maneuver troops from Mariupol again towards Kherson, making any transfer on Mariupol simpler for Ukraine. Fingers crossed that I get up to some excellent news on this entrance.
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