Zelensky condemns the attack on the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the Black Sea
Ukraine’s counterattack to liberate the Russian-held Kherson region is “gathering momentum” and has left invading troops “vulnerable”, the British government has said.
The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Ukraine had used its new long-range artillery to damage at least three bridges over the Dnipro River, “on which Russia relies to supply areas under its control”.
It is “very likely” that the Antonivsky Bridge is now “unusable” and that thousands of Russian forces stationed on the west bank of the river are “highly vulnerable”, the Defense Ministry said.
He adds: “Similarly, the city of Kherson, the most politically important population center occupied by Russia, is now virtually cut off from other occupied territories.
“Its loss would seriously undermine Russia’s attempts to portray the occupation as a success.”
On Wednesday, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said Russia was “gathering additional forces” for Kherson and a “very large-scale movement of their troops had begun”.
Meanwhile, Russian forces launched massive missile strikes on the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions, areas that have not been targeted for weeks. Shelling also hit Kharkiv and Mykolaiv.
Separatists blame Ukrainian shelling for killing four civilians
Four civilians were killed by Ukrainian shelling in the eastern Donetsk region on Wednesday, Russian-backed separatists said.
Eleven others were injured, according to a message broadcast on an official separatist Telegram channel.
The report could not be verified by the Reuters news agency.
The city of Donetsk has been controlled by Russian-backed separatists since 2014. Ukrainian forces continue to occupy positions on the outskirts of the city.
Lamiat SabinJuly 28, 2022 10:00 a.m.
“Russian troops on the west bank of the Dnipro are very vulnerable”
Russian forces stationed on the west bank of the Dnipro River are “very vulnerable”, the Defense Ministry said.
It comes after Ukraine used new long-range artillery to damage at least three bridges over the river, “on which Russia relies to supply areas under its control”.
It comes amid a counterattack on Vladimir Putin’s troops in the Russian-held Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
It is “very likely” that the Antonivsky Bridge is now “unusable”, the Defense Ministry also said.
Lamiat SabinJuly 28, 2022 9:47 a.m.
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