KYIV: The Ukrainian army has recaptured more than 40 settlements in the major southern region of Khersonas Kyiv The local governor said on Monday that he wanted to drive back Russian troops in a retaliation.
During the first days of the offensive, which began on 24 February, Moscow seized almost all of the economically and strategically important territory bordering the occupied Crimean peninsula.
But in recent weeks, Ukrainian forces strengthened by Western-supplied long-range artillery deliveries have sought to retaliate in the area.
Kyiv forces are attacking Russian military warehouses and positions behind the front line and bridges that serve as vital supply routes for Moscow’s troops in the city of Kherson.
“Today, 46 settlements in the Kherson region have already been captured,” the head of the Ukrainian regional administration, Dmitry Butry, told National TV.
Butriy said most of the reclaimed villages are located in the northern part of the region, while some others are located in its southern part, close to the Black Sea and the heavily bombed Mykolaiv region.
The governor said that some of the recaptured villages were “90 percent destroyed and are still under constant fire today”.
Butrie said the humanitarian situation in the area was “serious” and reiterated the call for officials who still live in the area to “evacuate to safe areas”.
Last month, a Ukrainian official vowed that the Kherson region would be recaptured by Kyiv’s forces by September.
Russian forces captured the region’s capital, also known as Kherson, on March 3, the first major city to fall into Russian hands since the start of the invasion.