One of Russia's initial greatest achievements in its invasion of Ukraine a year ago came in the south of the country. A region of Ukrainian territory larger than Switzerland has been taken over by Russian troops attacking Crimea in a matter of days.
What happened wrong in the south in those early days has not yet been explained by Ukrainian authorities. The military officers, lawmakers, and campaigners to try and figure out what happened.
Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine's security council, got a red folder containing classified information on February 22, 2022, at 19:15. They issued a dire warning that the president's life was in danger. Mr. Danilov immediately got in touch with the head of the security services, the interior minister, the prime minister, and Volodymyr Zelensky.
But for the time being, the Ukrainian government refrained from imposing martial law. There was no troop mobilization. A few weeks prior, Ukrainian officials had urged everyone to maintain calm and referred to Western predictions of a Russian invasion as "propaganda."
According to this article from BBC, the government had complete knowledge of the planned invasion's schedule. He reveals a hidden map of the Kyiv region and says, "We expected it on February 22. He claims it was taken from a Russian general and supports intelligence reports that the initial Russian invasion plan called for an invasion to take place two days earlier than it happened.
And according to an article in Radio Free Europe, Dioanilov also said that Ukraine is now receiving from Western partners the weapons it needed back in March and April.
High-mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) from the US are among the weaponry provided. HIMARS are more accurate and have a greater range than Ukraine's artillery from the Soviet era. According to Ukrainian officials, their deployment was crucial in the battle to fend off Russian soldiers and attack their supply routes.
On Ukrainian television earlier, Operational Command South spokesperson Natalia Humenyuk said that the Ukrainian counteroffensive had advanced close to Kherson.
In the south of Ukraine, the counteroffensive is progressing. Russian Army morale is low- She continued, mentioning the liberation of two villages (Andriyivka and Lozove) and the fortification of Ukrainian forces' positions.
The Antonivskiy Bridge, which spans the Dnieper River in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian city of Kherson, was originally reported to be closed by a representative of the government that Russia has put there. It had already been acknowledged by officials from both sides that an air attack from Ukraine had hit it.
In an effort to stop Russian reinforcements and supplies from entering Kherson from Crimea, long-range Ukrainian artillery earlier struck three bridges, including the Antonivskiy Bridge.
Initially downplaying the significance of the strike, Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of the Moscow-backed government in Kherson, claimed that the "hysteria that is being spun in the media about how the war is going to be won on this bridge, is just a bluff."