Ukrainian troops take back 4 villages from Russian occupation, it’s a lie, Russia counters
Ukrainian troops have taken four villages back from Russian occupation in the south near the city of Kherson, a Ukrainian military source tells CNN. Their main “target” is Kherson, the source added.
“The operation began at night with massive shelling of Russian positions and the rear,” the source, who CNN is not naming for security reasons, said.
“The main direction of the attack was on Pravdyne. We hit their infantry from the DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LNR (Luhansk People’s Republic), and they fled. The Russian landing force fled after them,” the source told CNN.
“We have now liberated four villages. Their first line of defense has been broken through in three places,” the military source said.
The source said the village names are Nova Dmytrivka, Arkhanhel’s’ke, Tomyna Balka and Pravdyne.
“Many of them were killed and captured, and a lot of [Russian] military vehicles [were destroyed].”
“We’ll see how it goes from here. Our target is Kherson,” according to the source.
Meanwhile, Russia counters the claim saying the counter-offensive rather suffers heavy losses.
Acknowledging Kyiv’s counteroffensive in Ukraine’s south on Monday, Moscow said the Ukrainian troops “suffered heavy losses” and “failed miserably” in their “attempted” offensive.
Ukrainian forces on Monday “attempted an offensive in the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions from three directions,” the Russian defense ministry said in a statement, adding, “as a result of the active defense of the grouping of Russian troops, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine suffered heavy losses.”
The ministry said that during the fighting, 26 Ukrainian tanks, 23 infantry fighting vehicles, nine other armored fighting vehicles were destroyed and two Su-25 attack aircraft were shot down.
“Another attempt at offensive actions by the enemy failed miserably,” it concluded.