Ukraine appears to be making huge inroads into recapturing Russian-claimed territories, days after Putin annexed four provinces.
Ukraine advances, crosses Russian lines in south
Ukrainian forces have achieved their biggest breakthrough in the country’s south since the war began, bursting through Russian defences and advancing rapidly along the Dnipro River, threatening supply lines for thousands of Russian troops.
In a sign Ukraine is building momentum on two fronts, 300km to the north-east columns of Ukrainian troop vehicles could be seen heading to reinforce rail hub Lyman, retaken at the weekend and a staging post to press into the Donbas region.
Kyiv gave little information about the gains in the south, but Russian sources acknowledged that Ukrainian troops had advanced dozens of kilometres along the river’s west bank, recapturing a number of villages along the way.
The breakthrough mirrors the recent Ukrainian successes in the east that have turned the tide in the war, even as Moscow has tried to raise the stakes by annexing territory, ordering mobilisation and threatening nuclear retaliation.