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Ukrainian army says advancing at Dnipro river as drones target Kyiv

By AFP
November 20, 2023
Ukrainian servicemen in action while firing a mortar over the Dnipro River toward Russian positions, in an undisclosed location in the Kherson region, on November 6, 2023. — AFP
Ukrainian servicemen in action while firing a mortar over the Dnipro River toward Russian positions, in an undisclosed location in the Kherson region, on November 6, 2023. — AFP

KYIV, Ukraine: The Ukrainian army said on Sunday that it has pushed Russian forces back “three to eight kilometres” from the banks of Dnipro river, which if confirmed would be the first meaningful advance by Kyiv´s forces months into a disappointing counteroffensive.

Ukrainian and Russian forces have been entrenched on opposite sides of the vast waterway in the southern Kherson region for more than a year, after Russia withdrew its troops from the western bank last November.

Ukrainian forces have staged multiple attempts to cross and hold positions on the Russian-controlled side -- with officials in Kyiv finally reporting a “successful” breakthrough last week.

“Preliminary figures vary from three to eight kilometres, depending on the specifics, geography and landscape design of the left bank,” army spokeswoman Natalia Gumenyuk told Ukrainian television Sunday, without specifying whether Ukraine´s military had complete control of the area or if the Russians had retreated.