Ukraine regains control of eight settlements in Kherson region
Ukrainian armed forces have regained control of eight settlements in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
It is according to the operational command Southreports Ukrinform.
It is noted that in the Kherson region, on the eve of a mock “referendum” on the proclamation of a so-called “republic”, the enemy tried to intensify its offensive.
Russian attempts to advance towards Oleksandrivka and Tavria remained unsuccessful, as did attempts to seize Mykolayivka. Enemy attacks were repelled by artillery fire, the Ukrainian military wrote.
“Our units have regained control of eight settlements in the Kherson region from the positions of observation posts,” the statement said.
Ukrainian units in the Kyselivka area opened fire on enemy forces preparing for the offensive. The Russians suffered heavy losses and retreated towards Chornobaivka.
The total losses suffered by Russian troops are believed to include 74 military personnel and 13 heavy equipment units, including two main battle tanks, a multiple rocket launcher system, six armored and engineering vehicles and four reconnaissance drones.
The Ukrainian army also recalled that on April 23, Russian Tu95 strategic bombers launched missiles at Odessa.
Three of the eight missiles were shot down, while the others hit city infrastructure, including a multi-storey building and a cemetery.
According to the latest update, eight people were killed by the strike, including a 3-month-old baby. 18 other people were injured.
In the Black Sea operational zone, the enemy naval grouping has about 20 units, including submarines equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles. Blocking navigation in the region and carrying out sea and air reconnaissance, they pose a threat of missile strikes on almost all Ukrainian territory, the Ukrainian military noted.
After 22:00, another missile attack on the Odessa region came from the sea. Enemy missiles, fired at the Pivdennyi seaport, were shot down by Ukrainian air defense forces.