- Gains for Ukraine in two of Russia’s four annexation zones.
- Lyman’s key center has been retaken, making access to the Donbas simpler.
- According to Ukraine, 31 Russian tanks were destroyed in the south.
Ukraine troops have breached Russian defenses in the country’s south while intensifying their eastward assault, recovering further territory in Russian-annexed provinces and jeopardizing the soldiers’ supply streams.
Ukrainian military reportedly recaptured three towns on Monday in an advance along the significant Dnipro River, marking their largest success in the south since the start of the conflict, according to Ukrainian authorities and a Russian-installed authority in the region.
In a nightly report, the military’s southern operations command said that Ukrainian soldiers in the south had destroyed 31 Russian tanks and one multiple rocket launcher.
Reuters could not immediately confirm the fighting accounts.
Despite Russia’s efforts to raise the stakes by annexing land, demanding mobilization, and threatening nuclear retaliation, Ukraine’s southern victory mirrors past wins in the east.
Ukraine has made significant progress in two of the four Russian-occupied areas that Moscow took last week after what it called referendums—votes that Kyiv and Western governments condemned as illegal and forced.
According to Reuters, columns of Ukrainian military vehicles moved on Monday to strengthen the rail hub of Lyman, which was retaken over the weekend, as well as a staging point to push into the Donbas region, indicating that Ukraine is gaining progress on the eastern front.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, without offering any details, that the Ukrainian army has retaken a number of cities.
New population centers have been liberated in several locations. Several advanced areas are witnessing heavy fighting. According to the video address of Zelenskiy.
According to Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of Luhansk, one of the two regions that make up the Donbas, a psychiatric institution in the hamlet of Svatovo has been taken over as an objective on the path to retaking the significant cities of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk.
He informed Ukrainian television that they had set up defense positions in the building’s enormous network of underground compartments.
The Ukrainian army has retaken the village of Dudchany in the south along the west bank of the Dnipro River, which divides the country, according to Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed commander in the occupied areas of Ukraine’s Kherson region.
According to Saldo, the Ukrainian military has seized control of certain localities.
The front has moved the fastest in the conflict’s south, reaching Dudchany, which is about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of where it was before Monday’s breakthrough. Russian forces had been locked up in well-fortified positions along a fairly stationary front line since the first several weeks of the invasion.
Although military and provincial officials have given limited material, Ukraine has yet to offer a detailed narrative of the events.
Members of Ukraine’s 128th Mountain Assault Brigade flew the blue and yellow flag of their nation in Myrolyubivka, a town located between the old front and the Dnipro, according to a video given by the defense ministry.
Serhiy Khlan, a Kherson councilman, listed four more places that had been retaken or where Ukrainian soldiers had been seen.
It suggests that our armed forces are pushing strongly along the banks of the Dnipro River into Berislav, he stated.
While Ukraine’s General Staff stated that Russian forces were on their way from Syria and Siberia, Russian missiles struck Kharkiv in the country’s northeast, killing a woman, according to the governor of that city through messaging service.
Reuters was unable to corroborate the events independently.
Soldiers Attacking Capability
The southern operation intends to cut off supplies to up to 25,000 Russian troops stationed on the Dnipro’s west bank. Ukraine has already destroyed the key bridges over the river, forcing Russian forces to use makeshift bridges.
A substantial downstream progress might utterly disable them.
According to Oleh Zhdanov, a military specialist based in Kyiv, “the fact that we have broken through the front means that… the Russian army has already lost the power to attack, and today or tomorrow it may lose the capacity to defend.”
According to Celeste Wallander, a senior Pentagon official, Ukraine seems to be on schedule to meet several of its military objectives, giving it “a considerably better defensive position to ride out what will surely be a taming down of the hot fighting through the winter.”
Ukraine retook Lyman, a significant Russian bastion in Donetsk province‘s north, only hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia to be Russian territory for all time at a performance on Moscow’s Red Square on Friday.
Elon Musk, the entrepreneur, proposed ending the crisis on Monday by calling for UN-supervised elections in the four occupied territories and recognising Crimea, which Moscow seized in 2014.
Zelenskiy and other Ukrainians were quick to condemn the proposal.
As a consequence of the country’s declining fortunes, Russian official media presenters have been admitting defeat and seeking scapegoats.
Things will get tough for us at some point. We shouldn’t anticipate any positive news right now. Vladimir Solovyov, Russia’s most well-known television personality, made a remark.
According to Russian media, the commander of Russia’s western military sector, which borders Ukraine, was dismissed as a consequence of defeats.