Title: Ukrainian Forces Gain Foothold on Eastern Bank of Dnipro River amidst Intense Fighting with Russia
Ukraine’s ongoing conflict with Russia in the eastern part of the country has seen a recent development, as the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff confirms that Ukrainian forces now hold a foothold on the eastern bank of the Dnipro river. This comes after Russian troops abandoned the western bank and have since been launching attacks on towns and villages from the eastern side.
The acknowledgment comes after several weeks of contradictory reports regarding the situation in the region. However, it is now clear that Ukraine’s defense forces are gradually demilitarizing Crimea, successfully covering 70% of the distance. This move marks an important step in Ukraine’s strategic plans as it weakens Moscow’s position in the ongoing conflict.
One particular area that holds significant importance to Kyiv’s war plans is the defense of Avdiivka. The town has been a prime target for intense Russian assaults, resulting in the destruction of all its buildings. Russian forces have also captured the nearby town of Bakhmut, increasing pressure on Avdiivka, making it difficult for Ukraine to withstand the assault.
While Russian accounts of the fighting do not mention Avdiivka, there has been some progress made by Russian forces. On the other hand, Ukrainian military spokespersons report constant, intense fighting south of Avdiivka, with Ukrainian forces successfully repelling 18 Russian attacks in the past 24 hours. Ukraine’s counteroffensive has been cautiously securing gains, demonstrating their determination to defend their territory.
In an attempt to discredit Ukraine’s progress, Russia claimed to have foiled a Ukrainian attempt to establish a bridgehead on the eastern bank, resulting in the alleged deaths of about 500 Ukrainian soldiers. However, this claim has been met with skepticism from international observers.
Russian state news agencies briefly reported the relocation of troops to more favorable positions east of the Dnipro river. However, this information was later withdrawn, leaving the true intentions behind the troop movements uncertain.
As the battle for control over eastern Ukraine continues, it is evident that Ukrainian forces are making strides in pushing back against Russian aggression. The situation remains tense, with both sides engaged in fierce fighting. The international community is closely monitoring the developments, hoping for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.