Ukraine destroys Russian ‘base point’ at Kinburn Spit: report
Ukrainian forces have reportedly destroyed part of Russia’s main “life force” on the Kinburn Spit, according to the Operational Command South of the Ukraine Army.
The Kinburn Spit, which borders the Kinburn Peninsula in the Black Sea, was first captured by the Russian military in June and has remained one of the last occupied areas in southern Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Operations Command’s Facebook page on Friday, the sandy area was the “focus of the enemy’s vitality, weapons and equipment.”
The Ukrainian military reported that its attack “demilitarized seven Russians and two automatic tank units,” adding that the “base point” was “destroyed.”
forbes The magazine reported Monday that the Spit had been a “strategic streak” for the Russian army, allowing it to exercise control of the Black Sea. The Kinburn Spit is located at the mouth of the Dnieper, forbes wrote, south of Kherson. The Ukrainian Post said on Friday that the occupation of the coastal area enabled Russia to fire “at port tugboats and grain barges” coming from the Dnieper.
But Russian soldiers were ordered to withdraw from the western part of Kherson on November 11, resulting in catastrophic casualties for the Kremlin’s army and an intensified wave of attacks from Ukraine. news week previously reported that the loss of ground in Kherson will leave Russian troops “vulnerable” to further Ukrainian attacks in the southern region.
On Tuesday, Operational Command South reported that Ukrainian troops had carried out “more than 50 rocket and artillery strikes” against Russian troops remaining along the east bank of the Dnieper and in the Kinburn Spit, Euromaidan Press reported.
As Russia continues its efforts to thwart Ukraine’s counter-offensives, the Kremlin’s military has focused on attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, leading to widespread power outages across the country.
On Friday, news week has also reported that the city of Kherson has come under Russian bombardment since troops withdrew, hitting “residential buildings, industrial plants and transport infrastructure.”
Since fleeing the city of Kherson to defend Crimea, which was illegally annexed by Ukraine in 2014, the Russian armed forces have begun to restructure. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pledged to retake the peninsula in late August after his military launched counter-offensives in the region.
Local media reports from Crimea on Friday said Russian citizens have begun fleeing to neighboring Russian territories over fears Ukraine would soon push to retake the region. According to reports, many Russians left after a “strike” by the Ukrainian military.
news week has reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.
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