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Military command unveils Ukrainian Armed Forces' mission on left bank of Dnipro river

23 October, 2023 Monday
10:30

In order to "make life easier" for the right bank, it is crucial to reclaim and secure a portion of the left bank that continues to be subjected to attacks by Russian troops

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Natalia Humeniuk, head of the Joint Coordination Press Center of the Southern Defense Forces, shared the information on the United News telethon.

In response to the analysts from the Institute for War Studies, she said that making definitive conclusions is challenging, as this analysis pertains to a potential military operation by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the left bank of the Kherson region. Additionally, she noted that statements from Russian military bloggers should not be considered as conclusive evidence.

"We are saying that our combat work is being conducted in different directions, in different ways. We are not talking about advancing on such a scale, we are talking about combat work, which can be declared only when there is a fixed result," said Humeniuk.

She noted that it is necessary to clear a part of the left bank to "reduce the suffering" of the right bank, which remains in the crosshairs of Russian forces.

"We are relying on counter-battery fighting, as there is a task to clear part of the territory of the left bank from the enemy to make life easier for the right bank. The Russian forces continue to shell it, the air attacks are very powerful, so our task is to make life easier for the civilian population," said the head of the Joint Press Center.

Humeniuk said that the statements made earlier interfere with combat activity and actions near a certain settlement without approval are not considered complete.

"It has been repeatedly clarified that the work around a settlement without consolidation is not considered completed. So let's not rush and trust the military doing it," added 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 Defense Forces footholds on the Dnipro's left bank.

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.

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