The British Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Moscow's forces are not only losing ground on the northeastern front, but are also having trouble reinforcing the front in the south, where Ukraine has launched a major counteroffensive in Kherson province with the goal of isolating thousands of Russian soldiers on the western bank of the Dnipro River.
In this regard, a spokesman for Ukraine's southern command said that Ukrainian forces had recaptured 500 square kilometers of territory in the south, information that did not require immediate independent verification. "Our successes in the last two weeks are quite convincing," Natalia Humeniuk told reporters.
"In various sections we have advanced (between) four and several tens of kilometers. We have liberated areas totaling around 500 square kilometers," Humeniuk added, naming five settlements in the Kherson region that he said had been recaptured by Ukraine.
"It is very likely that the majority of the (Russian) force in Ukraine will be forced to prioritize emergency defensive actions," says the latest update on the conflict published by London. "Ukraine's rapid successes have significant implications for Russia's overall operational design."