According to one of the commanders, the Ukrainian armed forces assume that they have breached Russia’s most difficult line of defense in the south of the country. Now they can advance faster, the commander fighting in the south, codenamed Scala, told the Reuters news agency.
“We have passed the mined main roads. We have reached the lines where we can advance. I am sure we will advance faster from here,” Scala said. Ukraine launched a counterattack in June, but progress has been slow.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian forces said they raised the national flag in the settlement of Ropotyn in the southern Zaporizhia region, about 10 kilometers south of the front-line town of Orekyev. “We don’t stop here,” said the commander. The next destination is the port city of Berdyansk. “I immediately made it clear to my fighters: our target is not two robots, our target is the Sea of Azov.” Robotyne is located about 100 km from Berdyansk and 85 km from the strategically important city of Melitopol. Both are under the control of Russian forces.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this week promised to liberate all of Ukraine, including Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022 with the aim of overthrowing the government in Kiev. Russian forces currently control parts of the country to the south and east. In addition to fighting on the ground, Russia regularly fires missiles at Ukrainian cities, hitting civilian targets as well.