President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the Ukrainian Defense Forces for their advance on the east bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast and showed photos from the bridgeheads in a Nov. 17 Telegram post.
They show Marines moving along the Dnipro River on boats, as well as a drone operator.
"The left (east) bank of Kherson Oblast," he wrote.
“Our warriors. Thank you for your strength, and for moving forward! Glory to each and every one of you who is returning freedom and justice to Ukraine!”
The Marine Corps confirmed on Nov. 17 that Ukrainian soldiers had gained a foothold on several bridgeheads on the occupied east bank of the Dnipro River. They have reportedly already destroyed more than 1,000 Russian troops and dozens of pieces of equipment.
One of the main goals of the operation is to push the Russian occupation forces as faraway from the west bank as possible to protect the civilian population from constant shelling.
Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence assumes that Russian troops will try to regroup.
Developments on the Left Bank of Kherson Region
There have been reports of successes by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and advancements on the left bank of the Kherson region since mid-October. There were also reports of a breakthrough across the Dnipro into the occupied region near the villages of the Oleshkivska community.
Judging by the reaction of Russian "war correspondents," this operation could be more significant than previous similar raids by the AFU, the Institute for the Study of War said.
Analysts reported progress towards the village of Krynka at the end of October, and on Nov. 10, there were indications of a likely expansion of the foothold and the cutting of a crucial road from Nova Kakhovka to Oleshky.
The AFU captured a foothold on the left bank of the Dnipro, Presidential Office head Andriy Yermak confirmed on Nov. 13.
Citing unnamed officials, The Guardian reported that Ukrainian military personnel managed to transfer three brigades to the left bank of the Dnipro.
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