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Ukraine launch long-anticipated offensive on Kherson and Russian-held areas

Ukraine has been talking up a planned counter-offensive in its Russian-occupied southern regions for two months.

Ukrainian servicemen ride atop of an armored vehicle on a road in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)© AP/PA Images

Max Hunder and William MacleanReuters

KYIV, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Ukraine has started a long-awaited counter-offensive in the country's south, its southern military command said on Monday.

"Today we started offensive actions in various directions, including in the Kherson region," Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne cited southern command spokesperson Natalia Humeniuk as saying. She confirmed the news minutes later at a briefing.

Ukraine has been talking up a planned counter-offensive in its Russian-occupied southern regions for two months.

Humeniuk said that Ukraine's recent strikes on Russia's southern logistical routes had "unquestionably weakened the enemy," adding that more than 10 Russian ammunition dumps had been hit over the last week.

However, she declined to be drawn into giving more details about the new offensive.

"Any military operation needs silence," she said, adding that Russia's forces in the south are "rather powerful" and have been built up over a long time.


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