Ukraine soldiers' videos show 'Kherson advances'

STORY: Reuters was able to confirm the location of both videos from the surrounding structures and vegetation, which match file and satellite photography, but not the date either was filmed.

There was no immediate confirmation of Snihurivka's recapture from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, a day after Russia ordered its forces to retreat from the area.

The town, seen as the last remaining Russian-occupied town in the Mykolaiv region, is important for control of a strategic road that leads to the city of Kherson, which Russia captured in March.

A soldier in the group near the highway held a Ukrainian flag. The 28th Separate Mechanized Brigade broke through the first Russian line of defense and was advancing towards Kherson, he said.

Reuters could not immediately verify the claim.

Ukraine's army chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said on Thursday that Kyiv could not yet confirm whether Russia was indeed pulling out of Kherson, but that Ukrainian troops had advanced 4 miles in the past 24 hours and recaptured 12 settlements.