Liberation of Kherson: what is next?

Ukrainian News
Muarrir
14 November 2022, 18:01
Muarrir
14 November 2022, 18:01

In the near future, Kherson will face the fate of Mykolaiv, Nikopol, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Sloviansk, and Bakhmut - the city will probably be heavily bombed.

Such perspectives of the Ukrainian city liberated on November 11 are depicted by Jam.News.

The journalists of the publication note that Russia is at war with the civilian population. It uses artillery, multiple-launch rocket systems, and S-300 class missiles against it, and it is extremely difficult to resist these bombings. "The only option for the Ukrainian army is to expand the buffer zone, that is, to move forward," the publication reads.

As reported by QIRIM.News, with the liberation of Kherson, Ukraine will be able to strike the supply routes of the Russian army on its way out of Crimea. One of the proofs is that explosions sometimes occur in various areas of the city, especially where military activities of the Russian army take place. The Russian generals must understand that after the liberation of Kherson and the south of the Zaporizhzhia region, the Ukrainian army will go on a counter-offensive. This is stated by the President of Ukraine Zelensky.

Meanwhile, going to the left bank, the Russian troops blew up the Antoniv bridge, which is the main crossing near Kherson. Two spans of the bridge closer to the left bank, where the Russian army was strengthened, were destroyed. It was also reported that the bridge at the Kakhovskaya HPP dam, the second crossing over the Dnipro in the Kherson region, was blown up. However, not only the Russian Federation occupied a favorable defensive line along the Dnipro, the Ukrainian army did the same. Thus, significant reserves in the southern direction, which were previously formed for the attack on Kherson, are released from Kyiv.

Zaporizhzhia

As the Mykolaiv publication Novosti N writes, it is possible that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will try to attack through the Dnipro, advancing further east through the left-bank part of the Kherson region. Here a lot depends on how well-equipped the new defense lines of the Russians on the left bank are and what the morale is after the retreat of the units that remained there.

As an example, we can cite the situation in September, when the Russians tried to hold a new front across the Oskol River and the Oskol Reservoir in the Kharkiv Region, but they did not succeed and, as a result, they retreated to the Svatovo-Kremenna line.

The next major counterattack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is being prepared in the direction of Zaporizhzhia - to Melitopol and Berdiansk, in order to reach the Sea of ​​Azov and the borders of Crimea, cutting the land corridor to the peninsula, and at the same time actually taking under fire control all the communication routes of the Russian group of troops on the left bank of the Dnipro river in Kherson, that will force them to retreat to Crimea.

Bild's military expert Yulian Repke also believes that a new attack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be made in the Zaporizhzhia region, Dzerkalo Tyzhnia writes.

According to Repke, by withdrawing troops from Kherson and blowing up the bridges across the Dnipro, the Russian army actually put an end to the war in southern Ukraine. From now on, the Russian military can gain a foothold on the eastern bank of the Dnipro, and the river itself, which is about a kilometer wide, being a natural barrier, will be a reliable defense for them.

"However, if Ukraine manages to break through the defense line in the Zaporozhzhia region and advance to the Sea of ​​Azov, it will be the beginning of the end for the Russian army throughout the territory of southern Ukraine, including the Crimea peninsula," the expert believes.

Negotiations

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, believes that the Ukrainians have achieved reasonable goals on the battlefield that they could count on before winter. And now they should try to consolidate their gains at the negotiating table, the BBC quoted an American official.

But Biden's advisers have resisted the idea, arguing that neither side is ready to negotiate and that any pause in hostilities would only give Putin an opportunity to regroup. I think the conflict will not be resolved until Russian President Vladimir Putin withdraws his forces from Ukraine," the US president told reporters.

The main thesis promoted by the Ukrainian authorities after the liberation of Kherson is that the offensive will continue. And in fact, the fighting is still active in Donbas: in both Luhansk and the Donetsk regions.

The author: Asif Aliyev