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Putin’s logistical base a ‘favourite target’ of Ukrainian saboteurs

Ukraine trying to break Russian morale in Kherson says Bury

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After invading Ukraine on February 24, Russia managed to seize control of Kherson in the south of the country by March 2. However, Ukrainian resistance has persisted in the economically and militarily critical city, and as Volodymyr Zelensky’s forces counterattack those of Putin, fighting is escalating in the Kherson region – with the latest updates suggesting a Russian logistical base has been repeatedly hammered.

Twitter account @bayraktar_1love claims to be a Ukrainian resident of Kherson and shares information about the Russian occupation online. It shared multiple photos of smoke rising from spots in Chornobaevka – a village on the outskirts of Kherson which also holds its international airport.

The user said: “If you are worried that nothing Russian has exploded in Chornobaevka for a long time – stop worrying.”

Responding to the tweet, former SEAL Team Six Squadron Leader, and author Chuck Pfarrer said: “@bayraktar_1love reports that Chornobaevka, a Kherson suburb near the airfield, is a Russian logistical base. It is also a favourite target; UKR Partisans constantly update firing solutions on Russian ammunition dumps. HIMARS does the rest.”

Speaking to Express.co.uk, former UK intelligence officer Frank Ledwidge said Ukraine’s strategy of frustrating Russian ammunition depots and logistics bases with targeted attacks was the “right thing” for them to be doing. According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Ukrainian counteroffensive “is tangibly degrading Russian logistics and administrative capabilities in occupied southern Ukraine”.

The effect on Russian logistics of these strikes can already be seen, as Russia paused plans to hold a referendum in Kherson, right next to Mykolaiv, on whether it should officially become part of Putin’s territory. Conflicting messages about the reason for the pause emerged, with the head of the Kherson occupation regime Kirill Stremousov telling Russian state-owned news agency TASS it was due to “security concerns”, before contradicting himself shortly afterwards.

He claimed on Telegram that, instead, his administration had never set an official date for the referendum.

The ISW reported: “Both of Stremousov’s statements indicate a high level of disorganization within occupation regimes that is likely being exacerbated by the effects of the counteroffensive.”

If Ukraine successfully retakes Kherson it would represent a “decisive shift” in the conflict, retired US lieutenant colonel Alexander Vindman told CNN.

He said of the battle for Kherson: “I would probably describe this as the last major opportunity for a shorter war. If the Ukrainians are able to do this, it will decisively shift the initiative over to the Ukrainian side.

“It will probably break the moral spirit of the Russians, in large portions they will have to ask themselves some significant questions.”

Intelligence from the conflict suggests Ukrainian forces are making good progress around Kherson as the military steadily closes in on Russian occupiers.

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The UK Ministry of Defence confirmed: “Ukrainian formations have pushed the front line back some distance in places, exploiting relatively thinly held Russian defences.”

Kherson is of both economic and military importance. Regarding the military, Kherson represents a gateway to both Russian-controlled Crimea to the south, and the Black Sea ports to the west.

Keeping these areas together is critical for Putin solidifying his grip on the southwest of Ukraine, and for easily resupplying his forces in the region. Meanwhile economically speaking, the flatlands surrounding Kherson are perfect for agriculture.

The Economist reports that, prior to the war, Kherson produced tomatoes, watermelons, sunflowers and soybeans.

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