Ukrainian troops managed to cross the Dnipro river near the southern city of Kherson this week. Several parties confirm this, including the Russian-installed governor of the largely occupied Kherson region.
The news about the crossing of the Dnipro was announced by the Ukrainians on Tuesday. A day later, Russian occupation governor Volodymyr Saldo admitted that the Ukrainian army was active on the eastern bank of the river. Also the Institute for the Study of War reports the operation in the occupied part of the Kherson region. The city of the same name on the western bank was already recaptured last year.
The Ukrainian army is now said to be active in small numbers on an approximately 20 kilometer long strip along the river. The Russians would be pushed back in certain places, the Ukrainians claim. The Russian occupation authorities claim the opposite. Ukrainian soldiers are said to be stuck near the village of Krynky and unable to proceed any further. Neither claim has been independently confirmed.
However, the Ukrainian army is said to have succeeded for the first time in setting up a so-called bridgehead on the eastern bank of the Dnipro. This means that it has sufficient control over an area on the other side to enable the supply of additional troops.
Earlier this week there was already reason to believe that something was going on around the Dnipro near Kherson. Russian state media reported on Monday morning that Russian troops had partially withdrawn from the Western Bank. They quickly retracted their messages later that day. The Russian Ministry of Defense spoke of “incorrect publications”.