Russia-Ukraine: Ukraine says 2,400 square kilometers of territory recaptured in the south

The Ukrainian army has recaptured 2,400 square kilometers of territory in the Kherson region in the south of the country “since the beginning of the large-scale wara senior Ukrainian official said Friday.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, said six settlements had been liberated in Kherson district and 61 in Beryslav district.

Tymoshenko said the evacuation of civilians continued amid massive destruction of critical infrastructure in cities such as Arkhanhelske, Vysokopillia and Osokorivka, where there had been fierce fighting and indirect fire for weeks. Demining is underway, he added.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kiev has recaptured more than 500 square kilometers of territory in the southern Kherson region since Oct. 1. (President of Ukraine to CNN)
Ukrainian troops have been making steady progress in Kherson since launching an offensive late last month, and their successes have led to rare criticism of Moscow’s war effort under pro-Russian figures.

On Thursday, Kirill Stremousov, the Russian-appointed deputy leader of occupied Kherson, blamed “lacunae” on the battlefield in the Kherson region on “incompetent commanders.”

“Indeed, many say that the Defense Minister [Sergei Shoigu], who allowed this situation to happen, could as an officer shoot himself. But you know, the word officer is an unfamiliar word to many,” Stremousov said in a video on Telegram.

Stremousov’s comments come as Kiev makes successful progress in its campaign to recapture parts of southern and eastern Ukraine that Russia conquered in the early weeks of the war.

A man pumps water for a destroyed house in the recently recaptured city of Lyman, Ukraine. (AP)

Pro-Russian propagandists and military analysts have blamed the string of losses on what they see as Russian military mistakes, but few Russian-installed officials on Ukrainian soil have so publicly pierced Moscow’s grueling war effort.

Members of the Russian parliament and regional officials have begun to make similar criticisms of the country’s military, claiming that insufficient troops had been deployed to hold the parts of eastern and southern Ukraine that Moscow’s troops had invaded. first weeks of the conflict.

Colonel Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, the head of the Russian Duma’s defense committee, said on Thursday that officials should “stop lying” about developments on the ground.

“People know. Our people are not stupid,” Kartapolov said in an interview with a Russian journalist.

Ukrainian soldiers sit on a T-80 tank that they claimed was captured by the Russian army in Bakhmut, Ukraine. (AP)

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised his troops’ counter-offensive in his evening address on Tuesday.

“The Ukrainian army is making quite a rapid and vigorous advance in the south of our country in the course of the ongoing defensive operation,” Zelensky said in his evening speech.

“Our warriors don’t stop. And it is only a matter of time before we will drive the occupier from our entire country.’

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