Ukraine’s defense minister explains slowness of advance in Kherson Oblast

13 September, 03:03 PM
Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

The counter-offensive by Ukraine in Kherson Oblast is making slower progress than in Kharkiv Oblast because it is an agricultural region “with irrigation channels” the Russians use as defensive trenches, Ukraine’s defense minister has said in a newspaper interview.

UkrainianDefense Minister Oleksii Reznikov also told the UK’s Financial Times newspaper on Sept. 12 that Chechen troops were being used in Kherson Oblast to stop Russia frontline troops from deserting their positions.

As reported on Sept. 12, the Ukrainian Army has already liberated Vysokopillia, Novovoznesensk, Bilohirka, Sukhyi Stavok, and Myroliubivka in Kherson Oblast.

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U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported the Armed Forces had inflicted a major operational defeat on Russia, recapturing almost the entire Kharkiv Oblast in a rapid counter-offensive.

Although this will not put an end to the war, it has already turned its course in favor of Ukraine, the U.S. think tanks said in a report.

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