The Ukrainian army claimed this Sunday, November 19, to have pushed back the Russians “from 3 to 8 km” deep on the banks of the Dnieper. If this advance is confirmed, it will be the biggest offensive against the Russians in several months.
The Ukrainian army claims this Sunday, November 19, to have pushed back the Russians “from 3 to 8 km” deep on the left bank of the Dnieper occupied by the Moscow army. A first numerical estimate of the advance of kyiv’s troops in this area after months of disappointing counter-offensive.
“Preliminary figures vary from 3 to 8 km, depending on the specifics, geography and topography of the left bank,” army spokesperson Natalia Gumenyuk told Ukrainian television.
If this advance is confirmed, it would be the largest offensive by the Ukrainian army against the Russians in several months.
Natalia Goumeniouk did not, however, indicate whether Ukrainian forces were in total control of this area of the Kherson region (south) or whether the Russian army had withdrawn in the face of attacks by Kiev troops.
“The enemy continues its artillery fire on the right bank,” she detailed, estimating the number of Russian soldiers present in this area at “several tens of thousands”.
We are unable to confirm all of these claims.
Strong Russian defense lines
Launched last June, the long-awaited counter-offensive by Kiev and its Western allies failed, allowing the Ukrainian army to retake only a handful of villages to the south and east.
But on Friday, kyiv assured that it had taken a position on the left bank of the Dnieper, while reporting “violent fighting” and “strong resistance” from Russia. Moscow, for its part, has so far not mentioned the Ukrainian bridgeheads.
Before that, the last major success claimed by Ukraine in its counter-offensive was the recapture of the village of Robotyne in August, in the southern region of Zaporizhia.
Kiev hoped that this reconquest would allow it to break through the Russian lines and liberate the occupied areas, but the Ukrainian army did not succeed, facing the firepower and solid Russian defense lines.
Taking positions deep on the left bank of the Dnieper could allow a larger assault to the south. But for this, Ukraine must succeed in deploying a significant number of men, vehicles and equipment in this difficult to access, sandy and marshy area.
In this region of southern Ukraine, the Dnieper has served as a front line since the withdrawal of the Russian army from the city of Kherson in November 2022.
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