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Ukraine's Armed Forces gain full control over Dnipro's left bank in Kherson region – military expert

20 November, 2023 Monday
18:34

Dmytro Sniehyryov, a military expert, highlighted the effective strikes by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the rear logistics bases and command posts of the occupying Russian army

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He shared this information on Espreso.

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine control an approximately 10 km-wide territory on the left bank of the Kherson region. Ukrainian forces are expanding their presence, utilizing weapons and electronic warfare systems for cover. The enemy acknowledges difficulties in locating Ukrainian units in the Dnipro due to effective electronic warfare systems and drones employed by Ukraine. Our counter-battery capabilities and the ability to target enemy concentration points and logistics bases are also noteworthy," stated a military expert. 

He highlighted a successful attack on the enemy's rear column on the left bank of the Kherson region, resulting in over 10 destroyed vehicles. Russian estimates suggest several dozen casualties among the occupying army during this assault.

"Successful attacks on the command and headquarters posts of Russian troops on the left bank of the Kherson region are notable. The destruction of the Russian 'Dnieper' troop group's command post is confirmed. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine believes there's no operational reserve on the left bank of the Dnipro River, indicating full control by Ukrainian forces; the destruction of a column signifies that. The width of the left bank, from the Dnipro River to the administrative borders with Crimea, is approximately 70 km. The use of MLRS places the entire left bank under our effective fire control," he added.

The expert believes that the Russian decision to retain control over the left bank of the Dnipro River until the last Russian soldier has a primarily political motive.

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 the Kherson region.

On October 20, ISW stated that the Ukrainian offensive on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the 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 the Kherson region to hold a meeting and present awards.

On October 21, ISW reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces continued 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 had moved a limited number of armored vehicles to the left bank of the Kherson region. Meanwhile, several hundred Ukrainian defenders are operating there.

On November 10, the Institute for the Study of War noted that the Defense Forces cut the Oleshky-Nova Kakhovka road in the Kherson region and created additional logistical problems for the Russian occupiers in this area.

Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Ukrainian Volunteer Army South, noted that disruption of the occupiers' logistics routes is one of the tasks of Ukrainian defenders on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region.

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