In light of the acceleration of field and political developments in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, a military map published by the Russian Ministry of Defense, on Tuesday, during a daily press conference, showed a significant retreat of its forces in the Kherson region and in southern Ukraine.
The map showed that the Russian forces exited from a large number of areas, including Dudchane, located on the western bank of the Dnieper River, while the Ukrainian army launched a counterattack in the area.
For his part, Vladimir Saldo, governor of the Russian-occupied Kherson region (south), admitted that there had been a Ukrainian “infiltration”, especially the loss of the town of Dudchany, before confirming that Russian aviation had “stompled” the Ukrainian advance, according to an interview with him published Tuesday on his private channel on the “Telegram” application. .
After that, one of his deputies, Kirill Strimosov, said in a video posted Tuesday on his Telegram channel, that “the Ukrainian advance in the Dudchany region has been halted … We should not panic.”
From Kherson, southern Ukraine (archive – AFP)
cut off supplies to Russia
The Russian “Raybar” channel on Telegram, which tracks the movements of Russian forces, also indicated that the Ukrainians are advancing in the Arkhangelsky and Dudchany regions to “cut off the supplies of the Russian groups located on the right bank of the Dnieper River.”
About 20 thousand Russian soldiers are stationed in this region, according to Western and Ukrainian estimates.
In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces focused their fire on Russian positions and warehouses on the right bank of the Dnieper River, and on the bridges extending over this river as well, in order to cut off Russian supply lines.
For its part, the Ukrainian forces are silent about the progress in the south of the country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his speech on Monday evening that “new towns have been liberated in several regions.”
At the beginning of their operation in Ukraine, Russian forces took Kherson on the Dnieper River, the only regional capital they had so far been able to capture.
After a series of crushing defeats in northern and eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to annex four Ukrainian regions partially or completely occupied by Russian forces: Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, and also issued a decree to mobilize hundreds of thousands of reservists.
But two days after the annexation ceremony, Zelensky announced the restoration of Lyman, an important railway hub in eastern Ukraine, which caused a new setback for Moscow.
Vladimir Putin has vowed to defend the annexed territories, even threatening to use nuclear weapons, calling on Ukraine to stop fighting.
The Westerners, for their part, promised to continue to support Kyiv, in particular by sending modern weapons and munitions that inflicted great damage on the Russian forces.