Ukrainian forces have begun an advance toward the southern city of Kherson, the only regional capital to be overtaken by Russians since the invasion began on February 24.
Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s Operational Command South, said Monday that Ukraine’s armed forces launched an offensive “in many directions in the south of Ukraine,” as the “tense” situation reported by the Kyiv Independent has been controlled by Ukrainian soldiers while Russians refrain from attacking following successful Ukrainian counter-aggression.
Ukrainian officials previously pushed U.S. officials for more help in targeting Russian supply chains that have aided its occupation of Kherson, Foreign Policy reported on August 10. Sasha Ustinova, a Ukrainian member of parliament, said then that the focus involved “a counterattack in the south to get Kherson back and to keep Mykolaiv.”
In an August 28 Facebook post, Ukraine’s Operational Command South (OCS) said that “the situation in the operational zone” in Ukraine’s southern region “is difficult but controlled,” adding that Russians continue “to conduct hostilities along the occupied defense line.”
The command unit reported that on Sunday, Mykolaiv, which is under Ukrainian control, was struck twice by Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems, causing a fire on local infrastructure but no casualties. Later that evening, Mykolaiv’s industrial infrastructure was hit by a “hurricane” (a Russian-made BM-27 Uragan multiple-launch rocket system) that resulted in no casualties or “significant destruction.”
Ukrainian air forces said they had eight successful strikes on Russian “strongholds and accumulations of enemy manpower, weapons and equipment” in the Novovoznesenskyi, Blagodativka, Novopetrovka, Lyubomirivka, Ivanovka and Vavilovo areas.
In addition to 41 Russian troops being killed, OCS said that damage to numerous Russian artillery including two drones, one T-72 tank, an Uragan multiple rocket launcher, a Pantsir missile system, a NONA self-propelled mortar system, one electronic warfare station and six armored vehicles. The Ukrainian army also struck eight strongholds and concentrations of Russian equipment and personnel, OCS said.
“The threat of missile strikes, sabotage measures and demonstrations, as well as artillery shelling, in areas geographically within reach of the enemy’s means of destruction, remains relevant,” OCS said.