1 August, 03:24 PM

Losing Kherson is absolutely unacceptable to Russia, says Ukraine military spokesperson

Frustrated by gradual Ukrainian advances in the south, Russia views losing Kherson as tantamount to the fall of Moscow, the Ukrainian military’s Operational Command South spokesperson Natalia Humeniuk said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channel Espresso on July 31.

“(We’ve) stuck bridges, vital to the enemy’s war effort,” said Humeniuk.

She noted that the battlefields in southern Ukraine remain fluid.

“The enemy is enraged by Ukrainian successes there; supply lines are getting cut, prompting logistical problems,” Humeniuk added.

Russia is assuming a more threatening posture in the north-western Black Sea, increasing its naval strike group to 14 vessels, according to earlier reports.

“Ships are staying close to Crimean shores, taking cover behind Tarkhankut (a cape in western Crimea),” said Humeniuk.

In recent weeks, Ukraine has liberated a series of settlements some 85 kilometers away from Kherson and disrupted the transit of Russian troops and supply over key bridges across the Dnipro River.

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