Military expert outlines two conditions for liberating southern Ukraine

20 July, 05:04 PM
Graffiti in temporarily occupied Kherson (Photo:Operational Command «South» via Facebook)

Graffiti in temporarily occupied Kherson (Photo:Operational Command «South» via Facebook)

Deploying additional military reserves and blowing up several key bridges near Kherson would allow Ukraine to take back occupied territories in the south, Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) analyst Kyrylo Mykhailov told NV Radio on July 19.

Deploying additional military reserves and blowing up several key bridges near Kherson would allow Ukraine to take back occupied territories in the south, Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) analyst Kyrylo Mykhailov told NV Radio on July 19.

According to Mykhailov, around 15,000 Russian troops are deployed across the Dnipro River in occupied areas of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.

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“Russia’s 49th Army, 20th Mechanized Infantry Division, and some regiments of the 11th Airborne Division are currently deployed there,” said Mykhailov.

“They are reinforced by troops mobilized from Moscow’s proxies in Donbas. These units are deployed to a small portion of the front, and have a chance only against minor Ukrainian units which are currently advancing there.”

With proper reserves committed, and after key bridges in the region are destroyed, a Ukrainian counteroffensive “would be very difficult to contain.”

A Russian staging area near Antonivsky Bridge in Kherson Oblast was hit by a long-range Ukrainian strike on July 19. According to Kherson regional official Serhiy Khlan, the attack left Russian forces in the area disoriented.

If the bridge becomes inoperable, Russian forces in Kherson could be left without a way to retreat, commented the deputy head of the Kherson Regional Council, Yuriy Sobolevskyi.

Mykhailov said that the bridge is a strategic target, as it’s one of only three bridges across the Dnipro River in the area.

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