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Ukrainian army advance on Dnipro River's left bank is natural outcome — official

9 November, 2023 Thursday
21:28

The spokesperson of the Southern Defense Forces, Natalia Humeniuk, noted that the results of the Ukrainian Armed Forces' combat work on the left bank of the Dnipro River will be discussed when the security of operations allows it

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She shared the information on Espreso TV.

"There is some movement near the Dnipro River. It takes place in the context of a logical development of events. We talked about liberating our territories. But we do not discuss the order of combat operations until the moment when it is allowed by the security of operations and certain results are achieved," emphasized Humeniuk.

According to the 1st Rank Captain, at this stage, discussing the situation on the left bank of the Dnipro will provoke a deterioration of the situation by intensifying shelling and bombardment by Russian forces.

"Civilians remain in these areas. They should not suffer, even when they are on the front line. Let's wait for the moment when the Ukrainian Defense Forces will be able to speak about this openly," emphasized Humeniuk.

Operation on the left bank of the Kherson region

On September 14 and 15, Ukrainian troops crossed the Dnipro River, presumably to consolidate their positions and prepare for an offensive on the left bank of the Kherson region. The Russian forces claim that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been preparing to cross the Dnipro since July.

On September 20, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on new footholds of the Defense Forces on the left bank of the Dnipro.

The Institute for the Study of War said that units of two Ukrainian marine brigades probably crossed the Dnipro River on October 17-18 and landed on the left bank of the river in Kherson region.

On October 20, ISW stated that the Ukrainian offensive on the left bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson region appears to be larger than previous raids. Geolocation footage shows that the Ukrainian Armed Forces maintain a presence along the Dnipro bank and near the Antonivskyi Bridge. On the same day, Zelenskyy came to Kherson region to hold a meeting and present awards.

On October 21, ISW reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to conduct larger-than-usual ground operations on the left bank of the Kherson region. In particular, Ukrainian soldiers are fighting in the village of Krynky. 

Also, according to the spokesperson of the Southern Defense Forces, Natalia Humeniuk, in order to "make life easier" on the right bank of the Dnipro River, it is necessary to clear a part of the left bank, which remains under fire from the Russian troops.

On November 1, the ISW reported that the Ukrainian military attempted to breach the Russian defenses near Pishchanivka and Poyma on Dnipro's left bank in the Kherson region. The army is also maintaining positions in Krynky and near the Antonivskyi roadway.

On November 8, it was reported that Ukrainian forces have moved a limited number of armored vehicles to the left bank of the Kherson region. Meanwhile, several hundred Ukrainian defenders are operating there.

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