VIATOHIRSK: Ukrainian forces have broken through Russia's defenses in the south of the country while expanding their rapid offensive in the east, seizing back more territory in areas annexed by Moscow and threatening supply lines for Russian troops. Making their biggest breakthrough in the south since the war began, Ukrainian forces recaptured several villages in an advance along the strategic Dnipro River on Monday October 3, 2022, Ukrainian officials and a Russian-installed leader in the area said. The southern breakthrough mirrors recent Ukrainian advances in the east even as Moscow has tried to raise the stakes by annexing land, ordering mobilization, and threatening nuclear retaliation.
Ukraine has now made significant advances in two of the four Russian-occupied regions Moscow last week annexed after what it called referendums - votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive.
In a sign Ukraine is building momentum on the eastern front, columns of Ukrainian military vehicles were seen heading on Monday to reinforce rail hub Lyman, retaken at the weekend, and a staging post to press into the Donbas region.
Ukraine’s counter-offensive was gaining fresh momentum on Tuesday 10/04/2022 after its forces recaptured territory and destroyed dozens of Russian tanks to achieve an important new breakthrough in the south of the country.
Several settlements were recaptured as Ukrainian troops advanced towards the southern city of Kherson in a success that also threatens to cut off Russian supply lines.
The advance, which saw the destruction of 31 Russian tanks and a multiple rocket launcher, came at the same time as a separate advance by Kyiv’s forces in eastern Ukraine and was hailed by the country’s president Volodomyr Zelensky, who Putin promised to kill personally, if need be.