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On Tuesday, the head of the Ukrainian military administration in the southern Mykolaiv region, just northwest of Kherson, called for civilian volunteers as Ukrainian forces launch a long-awaited counter-offensive in the south.

The Ukrainian military announced on Monday that it had launched several frontline offensive operations in the areas surrounding the strategically important port city of Kherson, where Russia made progress at the start of the war but which Kiev vowed to recover.

Ukrainian infantrymen train on May 9, 2022, near Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine.
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“I appeal to the volunteers,” Vitalii Kim said in a video translated by Pravda. “Contact the military, [find out] what they need.

“Get involved in the work again, because we will soon be reclaiming Kherson,” he said.

Heavy fighting is underway in the south and Fox News Digital has not been able to independently verify whether Ukrainians are still making progress.

The UK Ministry of Defense said that as of Monday “several brigades of the Ukrainian armed forces” had “increased” artillery fire along the front line and that “long-range precision strikes continue to disrupt efforts. of Russian refueling “.

A Ukrainian tank leads an infantryman during a drill on May 9, 2022, near Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine.

A Ukrainian tank leads an infantryman during a drill on May 9, 2022, near Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine.
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Ukrainian troops have begun to show signs of recovery in the south after destroying two key bridges last month that Russian forces relied on for supply routes across the Dnieper River to strong points in the east.

Although the UK Ministry of Defense also said that Russia has made “significant efforts” to bolster its forces on the west bank of the Dnieper River by relying on pontoon ferries, the briefing also said that “most of the [Russian] units around Kherson are likely understaffed and dependent on fragile supply lines. “

A view of the destroyed Fabrika shopping center in Kherson on July 20, 2022, in the midst of ongoing Russian military action in Ukraine.

A view of the destroyed Fabrika shopping center in Kherson on July 20, 2022, in the midst of ongoing Russian military action in Ukraine.
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At the end of last week, reports surfaced that also suggested that Russia was bolstering its military equipment in southern Ukraine by transporting a convoy of heavy military equipment to the Crimea.

The Ukrainian military also claimed on Monday that it hit a large Russian military base behind Russian lines in the Kherson region.

Russia has threatened to annex Kherson and said it plans to hold a referendum on the vote this fall.

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