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If this advance is confirmed, it would be the biggest thrust of the Ukrainian army facing to the Russians for several months.

Agence France-Presse

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Ukraine claimed on Sunday to have pushed back the Russian army “three to eight kilometers” deep on the left bank of the Dnieper river occupied by the army of Moscow.

Preliminary figures vary from three to eight kilometers depending on the specificities, geography and topography of the left bank, said a spokesperson for the x27;army, Natalia Goumeniouk, on Ukrainian television.

If this advance is confirmed, it would be the biggest push by the Ukrainian army against the Russians in several months.

Natalia Goumeniouk did not indicate, however, whether the Ukrainian forces completely controlled this area of ​​the Kherson region (south) or whether the Russian army was #x27;was withdrawn in the face of attacks by troops from Kiev.

The enemy continues its artillery fire on the right bank , she said, estimating the number of Russian soldiers present in this area at several tens of thousands.

AFP was not able to confirm all of these claims.

Launched last June, the long-awaited counter-offensive by Kiev and its Western allies only allowed the Ukrainian army to recapture a handful of villages in the south and east .

But on Friday, Kiev said it had taken positions on the left bank of the Dnieper, while reporting heavy fighting and strong Russian resistance.

Open in full screen mode< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">A Ukrainian soldier monitors enemy positions in the Kherson region.

The last major success claimed by Ukraine in its counter-offensive was the recapture of the village of Robotyne in August, in the southern region of Zaporizhia.

Kiev hoped that this reconquest would allow it to break through the Russian lines and liberate the occupied areas, but the Ukrainian army did not succeed, facing the firepower and solid Russian defense lines.

Taking positions deep on the left bank of the Dnieper could allow a larger assault in the south. But for this, Ukraine must succeed in deploying its army in this difficult to access, sandy and marshy area.

At the same time, explosive drone attacks, signatures of the war in Ukraine, have increased in recent days.

During the night from Saturday to Sunday, Kiev and Moscow were targeted by opposing attacks from these small devices, which were however largely intercepted by anti-aircraft defenses and did not cause any casualties, according to the respective authorities.

According to the report given by the Russian Defense Ministry, a drone was destroyed by air defense equipment […] over the territory of the Bogorodsky urban district in the Moscow region.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Ukrainian drone attacks targeting Moscow were particularly frequent in the spring, ahead of and at the start of Kiev's counter-offensive that began in June, but they have been very rare in recent weeks.

For its part, Kiev was the target, for the second night in a row, of a barrage of explosive drones launched by the Russian army, of Iranian manufacturing Shahed, according to local military authorities, who reported an intensification of attacks on the Ukrainian capital.

In total, 15 of 20 enemy drones were destroyed, claimed in a statement from the Ukrainian General Staff.

The deputy head of the presidential administration, Oleksiï Kouleba, assured on Telegram that Kiev was increasing the number of mobile units to counter these Russian attacks and strengthen the protection of energy infrastructure.

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A Russian drone was seen in the sky over kyiv on Sunday.

In a statement, the Russian Defense Ministry said it hit a fuel depot in the central Kirovograd region and an ammunition warehouse near Kiev.

The day before, the Ukrainian Air Force claimed to have shot down 29 of the 38 Shahed drones launched by the forces Russians across the entire territory in the largest nighttime drone attack since the end of September.

Anticipating new strikes on energy sites, Volodymyr Zelensky had called on his army on Saturday to be 100% effective, despite all the difficulties and fatigue.

Sunday, a Russian bombardment in Kherson (south ) left five injured, including a three-year-old girl, according to Interior Minister Igor Klymenko.


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