The head of state noted that collaborators in the region continue to make bold statements.
"This day is in some ways similar to all the previous ones: missile strikes again, heavy fighting in many areas, Donbas, Kharkiv Oblast, shelling again,” Zelenskyy stated.
“But the rest of this day shows how we have progressed towards our victory. It will come. First of all, we can talk now about Kherson Oblast. The occupiers tried to gain a foothold there. Their collaborators made various bold statements, which in Russian are called a very apt word – ‘hat throwing’ (facile optimism – ed.). But how did it help them? The Armed Forces of Ukraine are advancing step by step in the region."
Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov stated on July 10 that President Zelenskyy ordered the military to de-occupy coastal areas in the country's south.
Presidential advisor Oleksiy Arestovych commented that the Russian military command had concentrated up to 15,000 soldiers in Kherson Oblast. These are already depleted battalion tactical groups.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine struck the Antonivskyi bridge in Kherson Oblast on July 19. This bridge is one of the two through which Russia can deploy its troops on the right bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast – or withdraw them.
The Ukrainian military also struck the Dariyivskyi bridge across the Inhulets River on July 23. While the Antonivskyi bridge was a "key element" in the delivery of Russian troops to Kherson through the left bank, this strike undercuts their logistics on the right bank, Sergey Khlan, advisor to the regional governor, said.