Ukrainian forces, under the command of Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak, have successfully established a foothold on the left (eastern) bank of the Dnieper River, marking a significant strategic development. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) acknowledges this achievement, highlighting the importance of Ukraine's ability to maintain its position on the coast.
This advancement follows Russia's withdrawal from the right bank of the Dnieper a year ago. Since then, the Ukrainian army has persistently attempted to cross the river and create a bridgehead toward Crimea. The village of Krinki, situated two kilometers from the river and 30 kilometers from Kherson, has become a focal point in this ongoing conflict.
Yermak confirmed the Ukrainian military's success in securing a foothold, particularly in the village of Krinki, during an address to the Institute for the Study of War. However, Russia has admitted that small groups of Ukrainian forces have indeed established positions on the left bank while maintaining the assertion that these positions will soon be eliminated.
Vladimir Saljdo, the governor of the Kherson region, reported on the challenging conditions faced by the Ukrainian army in Krinki. He described the area as a "hell" created by the Russian army, resulting in the loss of approximately a hundred Ukrainian soldiers in just two or three days.
The Russian forces have escalated their presence in the region, employing various weaponry, including bombs, rockets, missiles, and drones, to suppress the Ukrainian stronghold. Despite previous unsuccessful attempts to cross the river during the spring and summer, Ukrainian forces have managed to navigate the Dnieper in small boats.
However, the lack of air support from Kiev complicates operations in the Kherson region. Once a stronghold is established, the focus will shift to transferring armored vehicles and anti-aircraft defense systems across the river.
Reports from Ukrainian officials to The Guardian confirm that groups ranging from several dozen to several hundred soldiers are holding their ground on the left bank. These forces acknowledge the intense assaults from Russian artillery and drones.
The Wall Street Journal adds that Ukrainian marines are fortifying positions in three villages on the eastern bank, disrupting a key supply route used by Russian troops in the area. The situation remains fluid, with the international community closely monitoring the evolving dynamics in this critical theater of the conflict.