The Ukrainian army carried out a breakthrough to the south through the first line of defense of the Russian army near Kherson. Kyiv is also shelling Russian positions in the nearby area – Novaya Kakhovka. The Pentagon believes this is a front-line probe preparing a major counter-offensive against Ukraine. Specific information is currently scarce.
According to CNN’s Ukrainian military source, 4 villages have been liberated – Novaya Dmitrovka, Arkhangelskoe, Tomina Balku and Pravdino.
On Monday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Russians to flee or surrender.
Ukraine has broken through the front line in several places (in the Kherson region, note ed.) and in these places is advancing into the territory controlled by Russia, the adviser to the Ukrainian presidential administration Oleksiy Arestovich announced late on Monday.
He said that around 9 p.m., Kyiv also struck ferries on the Dnieper River loaded with equipment for the Russian army. At the same time, Ukraine is also shelling Russian bases on the other side of the Dnieper, where there is equipment prepared to send help to the Russian units.
Control of the Dnieper is important because supplies for the Russian army pass through, and only from there could the Russian army withdraw relatively safely in case of need.
Earlier in July and August, the supply lines of the Russian army were almost completely cut off over the bridges over the Dnieper (Antonovsky road and Antonovsky railway, as well as the one to Novaya Kakhovka) and over the Ingulets River, a tributary of the Dnieper (Darievsky). After Arestović’s announcement from Monday evening, it is clear that it is already difficult to cross the river with ferries.
The Ukrainian army has liquidated about 450 Russian soldiers
According to the latest summary from the General Staff in Kyiv, the Ukrainian army has eliminated about 450 Russian invaders in the last 24 hours of fighting, with a total of 47,550 Russian soldiers having lost their lives in the full-scale war. On Monday, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 7 tanks, 19 artillery systems, 3 MLRS (Reactive Volley Fire System), 2 air defense systems, 1 helicopter, 3 Russian drones, 29 cars and tanks, and two more units of special equipment, the summary says.
On August 29, the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces officially announced the start of a military counter-offensive in the Kherson region. The advance of Ukrainian forces has been accompanied by the destruction of Russian logistics in the occupied territories.
Russia claims that the VSU counteroffensive was quelled the same day in the evening. However, according to the VSU, the Ukrainians repelled the enemy attacks in five directions – Kharkiv, Slavyansk, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Yuzhnobuhsk. Artillery shelling continues in some areas near Avdiivka.
Simultaneously with the start of the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russia again launched missile strikes on the civilian population in Nikolaev. On the morning of August 30, there was a Russian missile attack on Zaporozhye.
Russia also shelled the central part of the eastern city of Kharkiv this morning, killing at least four people and wounding four others. The Chairman of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleg Sinegubov, announced this on his Telegram channel.
The British Intelligence Forecast
The success of the Ukrainian armed forces in liberating the territories in the Kherson region will depend on their ability to conduct sustained offensive operations and on how cohesive the Russian forces, made up of different military formations, will be, according to UK Ministry of Defense intelligence.
“Since the beginning of the day on August 29, several brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have increased the power of artillery fire in front-line sectors in southern Ukraine. Ukrainian long-range precision strikes continue to disrupt Russian supplies. It is now impossible to confirm the scale of the Ukrainian progress,” the report said.
It is also noted that since the beginning of August, Russia has been making significant efforts to strengthen its occupation troops on the west bank of the Dnieper River near Kherson.
“The 49th Joint Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation was probably supplemented by units of the 35th Joint Army of the Eastern Military District. Most units near Kherson are probably undermanned and dependent on unreliable supply channels due to the ferry and pontoon bridges across the Dnieper,” the intelligence service said.
At the same time, the integration of the two armies foresees a significant reorganization of Russian forces in Ukraine.
According to the intelligence, there is a real possibility that Russia has moved to streamline several semi-independent operational commands, which at the beginning of the invasion showed low effectiveness.
“If Ukraine manages to conduct sustained offensive operations, the unity of this untested structure is likely to be a key factor in the resilience of Russian defenses in the southern part of the country,” the report noted.