Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Troops Push to Gain Ground in Russian-Held River Area

People hold a giant Ukrainian national flag near the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery during a demonstration in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. People gathered to protest against corruption and demand the reallocation of public funds to the Armed Forces. (AP Photo/Alex Babenko)


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“Ukrainian Troops Push Back Russian Forces Across Dnieper River”

The battle for control of the Dnieper River in Ukraine has intensified, with Ukrainian forces making significant strides on the eastern bank. This strategic advance has the potential to shift the dynamics of a war that has been at a standstill for some time.

Ukrainian Successes and Russian Resistance

Ukrainian troops have reported successfully securing multiple bridgeheads on the Russian-held bank of the Dnieper River, pushing back Russian forces in the process. The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces confirmed that their troops repelled 12 attacks by the Russian army, highlighting the fierce resistance encountered in this critical area.

Efforts to Ease Western Bank Shelling

Natalia Humeniuk, spokesperson for Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command, revealed that Ukrainian forces are now focused on pushing back Russian army units to reduce the shelling faced by communities in the western bank of the Kherson region. These efforts are vital in minimizing the impact of the conflict on civilian populations.

Challenges and Retaliations

Facing resistance from Russian forces, Ukraine has had to contend with the use of “tactical aviation,” including Iranian-made Shahed exploding drones. While the Ukrainian air defenses were successful in shooting down 29 out of 38 Shahed drones, one managed to strike an energy infrastructure facility in the southern Odesa region, resulting in power outages for 2,000 homes.

Public Outcry and Demands

The situation has also sparked public outcry in Ukraine, with hundreds of people gathering in Kyiv to protest against corruption and demand greater allocation of public funds to the armed forces. The demonstrators emphasized the need for prioritizing the army over other municipal projects, with banners bearing slogans like “We need drones not stadiums.”

A Call for Change

Maria Barbash, an activist with the organization Money for the Armed Forces, emphasized the urgency of prioritizing the army in the budget. She stressed the need for reallocation of funds to support the armed forces, calling for a shift in priorities to address the pressing needs of the military.

In the midst of this conflict, it is evident that the battle for control of the Dnieper River is not only a military maneuver but a struggle that impacts civilians and raises larger questions about resource allocation and priorities in the region. As the situation develops, the international community will need to closely monitor the evolving dynamics of this critical battleground.


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