Zelensky aide claims major victory in Kherson, Russians caught pants down

Troops and equipment of a tactical group of the Russian Battalion (BTG) were destroyed by Kyiv’s forces fighting a counteroffensive in the southern Kherson region, said an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Oleksiy Arestovych said that Ukrainian troops benefited from tactical mistakes made by Russian forces trying to advance near the village of Inhulets on the river of the same name.

He said Russian forces were about to attack with air defenses, tanks and other equipment, but coordination by the Moscow military command had been done “very poorly”.

“And ours [troops] caught her with her pants down again. I won’t say it happened the night before the offensive, but very close to it, when they were in their most vulnerable position,” Arestovych told YouTube channel Feygin Live on Thursday, which is run by a lawyer and former Russian opposition politician is moderated by Mark Feygin.

Arestovych said Ukrainian forces organized three river crossings and created a beachhead from where they targeted Russian forces, which lost dozens of pieces of equipment and at least a hundred soldiers. He said that there were Ukrainian losses but the Russian BTG was wiped out.

Kherson was captured by Russian forces early in the war and its liberation would be gradual, according to Arestovych, who said Kiev’s forces would not storm the region’s capital.

The Russian Defense Ministry news week contacted for comment, did not mention the Kherson region in its daily update on Thursday, although it rarely acknowledges military setbacks.

Arestovych did not specify when the attack took place. However, his comments echo those of the head of the Kherson Regional Military Association, Hennadiy Lahuta, who said on Thursday that Ukrainian forces in the Kherson region were making progress and had “liberated” 20 small towns and villages.

The Kherson region is part of a Russian-occupied strip of land between Crimea and Donbass and is of strategic importance for Moscow. Control of the coast has allowed Russia to block Ukraine from exporting grain and other products from its Black Sea ports, raising fears of a global hunger crisis.

Meanwhile, in their daily assessment on the 100th day since President Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began, British defense officials said that Russia is “now making tactical successes in the Donbas,” although pointing out that “none of these are strategic goals.” “, which Putin intended, “have been achieved”.

The British Ministry of Defense said that Russian forces in the region “apparently have the initiative over the Ukrainian opposition”. It now controls over 90 percent of the Luhansk region, which it is likely to have “complete control over in the next two weeks,” the defense ministry added.

Russian troops in Kherson, Ukraine
Russian soldiers are seen at a roadside in the Kherson region on May 19, 2022. An aide to Ukraine’s president said a Russian battalion had been destroyed by Kiev’s forces in the southern region.
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