In a significant victory for Ukrainian forces, they have successfully pushed Russian forces back by approximately 3 to 5 miles from the banks of the Dnipro river. This progress marks a rare success in Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russian aggression.
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has resulted in a standoff between the two forces on opposite sides of the Dnipro river in Kherson. Russia had previously occupied the western part of the region but retreated last year. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Ukrainian troops have crossed the river and secured “a foothold on several bridgeheads” on the eastern bank. This is a noteworthy achievement as it marks the first time armored vehicles have successfully crossed the river.
The distance that Ukrainian forces have managed to push back Russian forces varies from three to eight kilometers, depending on the challenging landscape. However, the battle is far from over, with thousands of Russian troops still in the area. Initially denying any territorial losses, Russia has reluctantly admitted to the presence of small groups of Ukrainian soldiers along the eastern bank.
Ukraine’s successful hold on the eastern bank of the Dnipro river has significantly limited the mobility and capability of Russian occupiers. Despite their outnumbered status of 10 to one, Ukrainian soldiers have shown determination and resilience in maintaining their momentum against Russian defenses. However, they face challenges due to difficult terrain, hindering their progress and making it difficult to achieve significant breakthroughs.
The counteroffensive, which commenced in June, has thus far encountered obstacles in making significant gains. Nevertheless, the recent success in pushing Russian forces back from the Dnipro river instills hope and optimism among Ukrainian forces. The world will be watching closely as the conflict continues to unfold and both sides strive to gain an upper hand.