Ukraine's counter-offensive gathering momentum: UK

STORY: A man being pulled from the rubble in Bakhmut, Ukraine, after what emergency services say was Russian shelling.

He's alive. Reuters was able to verify the footage location using satellite data and street photography.

Thursday marks Ukraine's Statehood Day holiday.

And as it honors its soldiers killed in the conflict with Russia, British intelligence is saying that the Ukrainian military's ongoing counter-offensive to retake the city of Kherson in the country's south appears to be gaining momentum.

Russian military vehicles seen here in the occupied city this week; a street vendor's sign proclaiming that they will take Russian Roubles.

The UK says its ally has virtually cut off the city from the rest of Russian-occupied territory.

Ukraine says it's stepping up the assault with air strikes.

But it also says Russia is massively redeploying its troops into defensive positions, pulling forces in the from the east. Ukraine has also acknowledged a loss elsewhere, confirming that Russian forces captured the country's second largest power plant, in Donbas. It's downplaying the importance of Russia's gain.

Neither side has disclosed the number of soldiers killed in the conflict, either, but U.S. intelligence says it estimates about 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed so far, and three times as many wounded. It says Ukrainian losses are probably slightly less than Russia's.

The U.N. says over 5,000 civilians are confirmed to be killed, but the actual number is likely much higher.

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