The Ukrainians are trying to conquer the Kinburn peninsula

Fighting was ongoing on Tuesday between Ukrainian and Russian forces at Kinburn Point, a narrow strip of land located at the extreme left bank of the Dnieper in southern Ukraine, south of Nikolaev (Mikolaiv), according to Ukrainian authorities, quoted by AFP.

“We have three towns left to conquer on the Kinburn peninsula” before completely liberating the Nikolaev (south) region, the governor of the region, Vitali Kim, said on Tuesday.

The spokeswoman of the Southern Command of the Ukrainian army, Natalia Gumeniuk, had indicated on Monday that a “military operation is underway on the Kinburn peninsula, ‘silently'”.

“We keep fighting. As soon as there is a result, we will report it”, she assured, without giving more details about the ongoing hostilities.

The Ukrainian army’s recapture of the last three villages in the Nikolaev region from Russian hands would mark a major victory for Kyiv, days after it drove Moscow’s troops out of Kherson, the main city occupied until then.

The release of this strip of land will allow the armed forces of Ukraine to improve their positions in the area and unblock the activity of the ports of Nikolaev and Kherson, notes a Ukrainian military expert, quoted by the Focus publication.

Russia had captured this area in the early days of its invasion of Ukraine at the end of February.

Restoring control over the Kinburn peninsula at the mouth of the Dnieper estuary can help Ukraine drive the Russians out of the Kherson region and Crimea, Ukrainian media note.

An initial assault was launched on the peninsula by military divers in a landing carried out by inflatable boats, and Russia appears to have moved its troops to the interior of the peninsula to block the advance of Ukrainian forces, writes express.co.uk.


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