MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia mentioned on Tuesday that marines, aviation and artillery had scuppered extra Ukrainian makes an attempt to realize a foothold on the jap financial institution of the River Dnipro and on islands on the mouth of the river in southern Ukraine.
President Vladimir Putin despatched troops into Ukraine in February 2022, triggering a serious European land warfare and probably the most severe confrontation between Russia and the West because the depths of the Chilly Struggle.
Ukraine mentioned this month that its forces had crossed the Dnipro and established a number of bridgeheads on the jap banks of the river, although Russia mentioned it was pummelling the Ukrainian positions.
“Black Sea Fleet marines are stopping all makes an attempt by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to hold out amphibious landings on the Dnipro islands and the left financial institution of the Dnipro River,” Russia’s defence ministry mentioned.
The Russian defence ministry printed a video which it mentioned confirmed marines from the 810th Guards Naval Infantry Brigade defeating Ukrainian forces. Troopers had been proven firing quite a lot of weapons, although the results of the preventing was unclear.
It mentioned Ukrainian forces had been struggling heavy casualties and shedding gear in unsuccessful makes an attempt to land on islands within the Dnipro. Reuters was unable to right away confirm battlefield accounts from both facet.
It’s nonetheless unclear how vital the Ukrainian try to realize a foothold on the jap financial institution of the Dnipro is. Crossing the Dnipro leaves Ukrainian items uncovered between river and marshland on one facet and closely fortified Russian strains on the opposite.
Together with Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, Russia now controls 17.5% of Ukraine’s internationally recognised territory. A Ukrainian counter-offensive has did not make any vital positive aspects this yr in opposition to Russian forces.
In line with unverified experiences by pro-Russian bloggers, Russia has been harrying Ukrainian forces close to the village Krynky, close to marshes on the jap financial institution upriver from Kherson, from which Russia withdrew its forces in autumn 2022.
(Reporting by Reuters; modifying by Man Faulconbridge and Ed Osmond)