Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the south of the country consists of attacks across a broad swath of the front along the line of the Dnipro River, the UK Ministry of Defense said in its Defense Intelligence daily report on Sept. 3.
The Ukrainian military, which launched its long-predicted counter-offensive against invading Russian forces on Aug. 29, is currently focused on three axes within the temporarily occupied Kherson Oblast, the ministry wrote.
An earlier announcement from the Ukrainian military’s southern command indicated that the Ukrainian forces had begun to take offensive actions at multiple points in the south of Ukraine.
“The operation has limited immediate objectives, but Ukraine’s forces have likely achieved a degree of tactical surprise; exploiting poor logistics, administration, and leadership in the Russian armed forces,” the UK report said.
Furthermore, according to UK intelligence sources, in view of the Russian military operations in the Donbas and in Kharkiv Oblast in eastern Ukraine, over the coming days, the command of the aggressor country will be forced into a key decision — where to deploy any operational reserves that Moscow can generate.
Bolstering the UK analysis of the Kherson counter-offensive, Deputy Chairman of Kherson Regional Council Yuriy Sobolevskyi previously stated that Ukrainian troops had achieved success in three separate districts across the territory of Kherson Oblast.
They were not named, however, as the Ukrainian military’s South Operational Command said that it would not immediately announce the liberation of settlements in the south as doing so could expose them to retaliatory enemy strikes.
UK Guardian newspaper journalist Dan Sabbagh, citing Western officials, reported on Sept. 2 that Ukrainian defenders had pushed back Russian troops in several sectors near the city of Kherson.
The Ukrainian military has said that amid a hybrid war, euphoria in response to news from the front harms the Ukrainian army.