Deputy head of the presidential administration Kirilo Tymoshenko said that six settlements in the Kherson district and 61 settlements in the Belislav district had been liberated.
Tymoshenko said the evacuation of civilians continues amid massive destruction of vital infrastructure in towns such as Arhanherske, Vysokopilia and Osokolivka. These towns saw weeks of heavy fighting and indirect fires. Demining is underway, he added.
Ukrainian forces have made steady progress in Kherson since launching an offensive late last month, a success that has sparked rare criticism of Moscow’s war effort among pro-Russian factions.
On Thursday, the Russian-appointed deputy leader of occupied Kherson, Kirill Stremsov, blamed an “incompetent commander” for the “gap” on the battlefield in the Kherson region.
“Certainly, the Minister of Defense [Sergei Shoigu], who allowed this situation to happen could shoot himself as an officer. But, as you know, the word officer is an unfamiliar word to many,” Stremousov said in a video posted to Telegram.
Stremousov’s comments come as Kyiv is successfully advancing a campaign to retake parts of southern and eastern Ukraine that Russia occupied in the first weeks of the war.
Pro-Russian propagandists and military analysts attribute the series of losses to the Russian military’s fault, but one of the officials Russia has stationed inside Ukraine has openly criticized Moscow’s struggling war effort. there are few
Members of the Russian parliament and local officials have argued that the forces deployed to hold parts of eastern and southern Ukraine, which Russian forces occupied in the first weeks of the conflict, were inadequate. began to express similar criticisms against
Colonel Andrei Kartapolov, chairman of Russia’s Duma Defense Committee, said on Thursday that officials should “stop lying” about developments on the ground.
“People know. Our people are not stupid,” Kartaporov said in an interview with a Russian journalist.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised his army’s counterattack in a speech Tuesday evening.
“Ukrainian forces are making fairly quick and strong advances in the south of our country in the course of ongoing defensive operations,” Zelensky said in his evening speech.
“Our warriors won’t stop. And it’s only a matter of time before we drive the occupiers out of all our lands.”