Vladimir Putin’s prized Crimea is virtually in the grip of Ukrainian forces who have been through “fiery hell.”
Ukraine has made incredible gains and they are advancing towards Crimea at pace after making significant progress past the Dnipro River in the Kherson region.
Despite Ukraine’s counteroffensive being slow they have breached Russia’s defence and almost taken the east bank of the Dnipro River.
Kherson was illegally annexed in September 2022 into the Russian Federation and Crimea was annexed in 2014.
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The Kremlin-installed governor of Kherson said that “for some time” they have been watching Ukrainian troops on the eastern side of the Dnipro River in the village of Krynky.
Vladimir Saldo wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian forces sent “more manpower than our means of destruction were able to destroy.”
Saldo added, “The enemy is blocked in Krynky, a fiery hell is arranged for him, bombs, missiles, ammunition from heavy flamethrower systems, artillery shells, and drones are flying at him.
“They sit in basements and run around one at a time at night. Over the last two or three days alone, the enemy’s total losses amounted to about a hundred militants.”
He also claimed that Ukrainian forces were being sent to their “slaughter.”
Speaking to the Hudson Institute, the Ukrainian presidential office chief Andriy Yerman said, “Against all odds, Ukraine’s Defense Forces have gained a foothold on the left (east) bank of the Dnipro.
“Step by step, they are demilitarizing Crimea. We have covered 70 percent of the distance. And our counteroffensive is developing.”