Ukraine Launches Kherson Counter-offensive

Ukrainian forces have launched counter-offensive attacks in Kherson, striking the Russian-occupied Antonivskyi Bridge.

Kirill Stremousov, Ukrainian separatist and Moscow-assigned administrator for Kherson, said the bridge remained standing, but the attack caused holes in the deck, preventing vehicles from crossing.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that the “successful missile strike” has brought Russian forces “an impossible dilemma.”

“Retreat or be annihilated by [Ukrainian Army]. The choice is theirs,” the defense ministry wrote on Twitter.

Sergiy Khlan, an aide to the Kherson region’s administrative head, said that Kherson could be liberated by September as Ukraine has shifted from defensive to counter-offensive actions.

On March 3, Russian forces occupied Kherson, making it the first Russian-captured Ukrainian region.

In early July, Russia also captured Luhansk province in eastern Ukraine.

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