It’s "absolutely necessary" for Ukraine to liberate Nova Kakhovka said military expert Dmytro Snehiryov on Radio NV on July 16, referring to a town north of the Crimean peninsula in occupied Kherson oblast.
“Control over Nova Kakhovka solves two problems,” Snehiryov believes.
“The first is the so-called land corridor from the territory of occupied Crimea to the territory of the temporarily occupied Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts. This is one of the goals of the “special operation”. The second is to prevent the supply of Ukrainian water to the territory of the occupied regions of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.”
Snehiryov added that if the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberate Nova Kakhovka, then Russia’s so-called "special operation" will lose its "political, military, economic meaning”, due to the difficulty of regaining that territory.
On July 11, the Ukrainian army launched a missile attack on the Russian ammunition depot in Nova Kakhovka, killing about 150 Russian invaders, including a general and five officers.
After that the Ukrainian military launched another missile attack on warehouses in the city.
The head of the press center of Operational Command South, Natalia Humeniuk, said that the Ukrainian military continues to advance on the Kherson axis.
Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov during his interview with The Times said that Ukraine is gathering “millions” in fighting forces equipped with Western weapons to liberate the south from Russian invaders.
The President and the leadership of Ukraine have repeatedly stated that Ukraine will liberate all of its occupied territories.