The Ukrainian presidential chief of staff said on 14 November that Kiev forces “have secured a strong position” on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
“The Ukrainian army crossed the Dnipro River despite all difficulties” – reuters Quoted by Mr. Andrey Yermak.
The statement by the Chief of Staff of the President of Ukraine comes in the context that the counteroffensive to reclaim the territory from Russia over the past few months has not made as much progress as expected.
Mr Vladimir Saldo, who had been appointed governor of the Kherson region by Russia, acknowledged on 15 November that Ukrainian forces had crossed the river which Russia considered a major obstacle for Kiev’s troops.
Ukrainian Marine Corps. Photo: New York Times
However, the Russian side declared that the enemy would face “hell fire” and that Kiev troops “may only survive 2 days”.
“We have mobilized additional forces. The enemy is trapped in the Krinki settlement. A fiery hell has been prepared: bombs, missiles, heavy flamethrower systems, artillery shells and unmanned aircraft” – announced Mr. Saldo.