Ukraine Claims That A New Southern Offensive Is Breaching Russian Defenses
More than six months after the invasion began, Ukraine is using high-tech weapons from the West to hit Russian ammunition depots and mess up supply lines.
Ukraine claims that a new southern offensive is breaching Russian defenses.
MYKOLAIV, Ukraine – Ukraine said it broke through enemy lines in several places near the southern city of Kherson as part of a new campaign to retake territory.
However, Moscow said Kyiv's counter-offensive had failed as Russia shelled the port city of Mykolaiv.
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Ukrainian forces begin offensive operation in Kherson
After a few weeks of not much happening in a war that has killed thousands, displaced millions, destroyed cities, and caused a global energy and food crisis as well as economic sanctions that have never been seen before, Kyiv moved.
Oleksiy Arestovych, a top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said:
I should note today the (Russian) defenses were broken through in a few hours.
He also said that Ukrainian forces were firing on the ferries that Moscow uses to bring supplies to a pocket of Russian-controlled land on the west bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region.
RIA news agency reported that Russia's defense ministry said earlier on Monday that Ukrainian troops tried to go on the offensive in the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions but lost a lot of people.
It said that the enemy's attempt to attack failed terribly.
But a barrage of rockets fired by Ukraine left the Russian-occupied town of Nova Kakhovka without water or electricity, according to the RIA news agency.
Even though Russia bombarded Mykolaiv many times during the war, it stayed in Ukrainian hands. On Monday, city officials and witnesses said that new Russian shelling killed at least two people, hurt about 24 others, and destroyed homes.
A Reuters reporter said that a strike that killed one woman hit a family home right next to a school.
Olexandr Shulga, the owner of the property, said he had lived there his whole life and that his wife died when she was buried under debris.
He told Reuters that it ruined everything.
It hit and the shockwave came. It destroyed everything.
The conflict, which was the biggest attack on a European state since 1945, had mostly turned into a war of attrition, mostly in the south and east, with artillery bombardments and air strikes. Early on, Russia took over large parts of the south.
On Monday, August 29, the southern command of Ukraine said that its troops had begun offensive actions in several places in the south, including the Kherson region, which is north of the part of the Crimean peninsula that Russia has taken over.
In the past week, Ukraine attacked more than 10 sites and "unquestionably weakened the enemy," according to a spokeswoman who wouldn't say more about the offensive because Russian forces in the south were still "quite powerful."
After more than six months of the invasion, Ukraine has been using high-tech weapons from the West to attack Russian ammunition depots and mess up supply lines.
Russia says it is running a "special military operation" in Ukraine to get rid of nationalists and protect Russian-speaking communities.
Ukraine and the rest of the West say that Russia is starting a war of aggression without any reason.
The world is working hard to prevent a disaster at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which is occupied by Russia and is the largest nuclear plant in Europe.
Both sides have accused the other of shelling the area around the plant.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was sending a team to the facility, which was taken over by Russian forces in March but is still being run by Ukrainian staff.
The team was set to arrive in Kyiv on Monday and start working in the next few days, Ukraine said.
The mission, which will be led by Rafael Grossi, the head of the IAEA, will look at physical damage, work conditions, and safety and security systems, said the Vienna-based organization.
It will also "perform urgent safeguards activities," which means it will keep track of nuclear materials.
The Kremlin said that the IAEA mission was "necessary" and asked the rest of the world to put pressure on Ukraine to stop the fighting at the plant.
Russia's foreign ministry said that the mission must do its work in a way that has nothing to do with politics.
The UN, the US, and Ukraine have all asked for military equipment and people to be taken out of the complex so that it doesn't become a target.
John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said:
We continue to believe that a controlled shutdown of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactors would be the safest and least risky option in the near-term.
But the Kremlin said again that it would not leave the site.
Liliia Vaulina, a 22-year-old civilian who left Enerhodar for the city of Zaporizhzhia, which is held by the Ukrainians and is about 50 km (30 miles) upriver from the plant, said she hoped the IAEA mission would lead to demilitarizing the area.
She told Reuters, "I think that they will stop the bombing."
On August 30, 2022, at 4:00 a.m.
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