The Ukrainian military insists that it is pressuring and causing heavy damage to Russian forces in the southern province of Kherson, but the Russian side has not yet commented on Kiev’s statement.
On September 1st announcement Southern Ukrainian Operations Command said. “Our missile and artillery units fired at three checkpoints, one radar station and two places where the enemy’s manpower, weapons, and equipment were gathered,”.
The agency also announced that Ukraine raided to prevent Russian forces from building a new pontoon bridge in Darivka, Kherson province.
The shelling of the Kakhovsky Bridge, near the city of Novaya Kakhovka, further punctured the surface of the structure and made it impossible for Russian forces to move through.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army announced on the same day that attacks with tanks, artillery, and mortars in the south continued in an attempt to weaken the defenses of Russian forces.
Ukraine Pravda news website, citing a press release of the Southern Regional Tactical Operations Command, said that the Ukrainian army removed a large number of Russian servicemen from the battle, and destroyed 6 ammunition depots and much military equipment.
The agency accused Russian forces of shelling 15 residential areas in the area, mainly along the border between the two provinces of Mykolaiv and Kherson, which have been front lines for more than two months.
Ukrainian planes carried out 24 airstrikes on positions of concentration of Russian troops and equipment, command posts and bases, logistics centers, transport routes, and combat positions of the Russian Federation.
Ukrainian missile artillery units carry out combat missions to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), destroy electronic and radar systems, multiple rocket launchers (MLRS), and air defense systems of Russia.
The Ukrainian military maintained fire control over the bridges in Kakhovka and Dar’ivka, making it impossible for Russian forces to use for transporting equipment and ammunition, and logistics.
According to the Southern Regional Tactical Operations Command, the precision fire of HIMARS has caused great damage to the Russian army. The pontoon bridge over the river near Dar’ivka was destroyed.”
The press release of the Ukrainian side said: that Russian military casualties amounted to 201 servicemen, 12 T-72 tanks, and 18 steel tanks.
The Ukrainian army destroyed one TOS-1A Solntsepyok thermobaric rocket launcher, one Buk-M3 anti-aircraft missile system, five Msta-B trailer cannons, one Akatsia self-propelled howitzer, two self-propelled howitzers, and three mortars.
6 ammunition storage points in the districts of Beryslav, Henichesk, and Kherson, the field command posts of the 331st Anti-Air Shock Regiment and the 56th Mechanized Infantry Regiment of the Russian army were also attacked by Ukraine.
The Russian side has not yet commented on the statements of the Ukrainian side.
Ukraine’s military on August 29 launched a counter-offensive to retake Kherson province, which Russian forces have controlled since the first weeks of the military operation.
An official in Ukraine’s Kherson province said the “long-awaited” counter-offensive was the beginning of the Kherson liberation process.
At a press conference on August 30, spokeswoman for Ukraine’s Southern Operations Command Natalia Humeniuk said: “The enemy is trying to mobilize reserve forces from the eastern bank of the Dnieper. However, this is impossible. due to Ukraine’s precision strikes on bridges on the vital transport route, making it impossible for heavy equipment to pass through.”
Ms. Humeniuk said that Russian forces no longer have the transportation capacity to ensure logistics in the region.
“They can continue to try to set up ferries or pontoon bridges, but the entire deployment area is within our range and will be hit,” the Ukrainian official added.
However, Ukraine’s presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych acknowledged that the country’s military reserves were limited, so they had to launch a slow counter-offensive in the south, while denying “a quick victory”. when launching a counterattack against Russia.