Strategic Advance: Ukraine Approaches Crimea

According to reports, after months and numerous failed attempts, the Ukrainians have managed to gain a foothold on the eastern bank of the Dnipro in the southern part of the Kherson region.

These pieces of information come both from Russian military bloggers and from the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Reports indicate that Ukrainian marines have established tactical positions in the delta of the vast river at Krynki and have brought supplies ashore. In previous attempts, the Ukrainians were repelled with heavy losses approximately 30 kilometers southwest at the large bridge of Dachi between the small towns of Antonivka and Oleshky.

The conquest of the eastern bank of the Dnipro has significant strategic importance in this region of Ukraine, as reported by the German news website The well-developed European route 97 (E97) leads from Oleshky to Armiansk at the northwestern tip of Crimea, over a relatively short distance of around 100 kilometers. If the Ukrainians manage to attack Crimea by land or at least isolate it, the pressure on Russia’s President Putin would increase significantly.

Image:, Vladimir Putin at the site Donguzskij (2015-09-19) 10.jpg, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (Image size changed)

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