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Ukrainians advance 16-20 kilometers in 'tactically significant' move

by Igor Kossov August 12, 2023 9:36 PM 1 min read
Ukrainian soldiers shell the Russian trenches with a Soviet-made BM-21 multiple rocket launcher in the Bakhmut direction, Donetsk Oblast, on Aug. 07. (Photo credit: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Ukraine made a "tactically significant" advance along two lines of attack towards the southern coast, according to the Russian and Ukrainian sources.    

The Ukrainian troops seized 16 to 20 kilometers of territory, which the Institute for the Study of War says will likely weaken Russia's defenses in aggregate, raising the chances of a breakthrough.    

Ukraine has been fighting a very tough battle in the south, against Russia's dense minefields and well-fortified defensive lines anchored by captured population centers.  

The two routes of advance run through Robotyne and Staromaiorske. Ukrainian forces are conducting counterbattery fire near Robotyne, as their scouts have reportedly reached the settlement.

Ukrainian troops regularly cross Dnipro River, probing Russian defenses in Kherson Oblast
Kherson Oblast – Ukrainian soldiers board a speedboat one by one. It sinks deeper into the water, weighed down by the men, their weapons, and equipment. The soldiers at the stern push off from the riverbank with oars until, finally, they turn on the boat’s engine, roaring into the darkness toward
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