Putin gathers more Russian forces for NEW attack on Ukraine: Long convoys are gathering again, according to British intelligence, as Kyiv prepares for a new offensive in the south in a bloody war of wear
- The occupied city of Kherson, near Crimea, awaits Russian reinforcements amid battle
- Putin’s tanks, trucks and artillery move from Donbass to Kherson: UK MOD
- Long convoys described by British intelligence as a ‘new phase’ of war about to begin
- It comes as new footage shows a Ukrainian missile strike on a Russian armored car
Russian tanks, trucks and artillery are piling up in southern Ukraine as Putin’s forces seek to tighten their grip on the region amid a valiant Kyiv counteroffensive.
The Kherson region near Crimea has been under Kremlin control since March 2 after a bloody six-day battle as the Russians moved north from the occupied peninsula.
Still, the invaders have faced an intense crackdown from Ukraine in recent weeks, with Kyiv now confident it will liberate the region by September.
According to the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) daily intelligence update this morning: “Long convoys […] continue to move away from the Ukrainian region of Donbass and head towards the southwest.
The ruined Fabrika shopping mall in the occupied southern capital, Kherson (July image)
Residents examine the damage caused by Russian airstrikes on a residential street in eastern Ukraine
The Ministry of Defense added: “Battalion Tactical Groups (BTGs), which include between 800 and 1,000 soldiers, have been deployed in Crimea and would almost certainly be used to support Russian troops in the Kherson region.
“Ukrainian forces are focusing their targeting on bridges, ammunition depots and railroad connections with increasing frequency in southern regions of Ukraine.
“Russia’s war against Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting moving to a front line of about 350 km stretching southwest from near Zaporizhzhia in Kherson, parallel to the Dnieper River.”
Meanwhile, footage posted on Telegram appeared to show Ukrainian rockets hitting a Russian armored car – the type likely to be in the “long convoys” supposedly heading to Kherson.
A resident stands on ruined plants in Kostiantynivka, 80 km south of Kramatorsk, held in Kyiv
The news comes amid reports of heinous Russian war crimes in Kherson “on a scale almost too sickening to contemplate”, according to Ukraine.
The city’s pro-democracy activists claim that in Kherson, Russians are being chased by snipers, ambushed and shelled. Thanks to Western arms shipments, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have the power to inflict serious damage.
The weapon Russians fear most is the US-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), capable of firing barrages of missiles from the back of an armored truck.
Both maneuverable and deadly precise, these rocket launchers are effectively unstoppable. They can annihilate an ammunition depot or a column of tanks with a single hit.
The last shipment of HIMARS was to support the AFU for a month. But they ignited everything in three days – and with devastating effects.
Homeowners suffer horrific airstrike damage in Kostiantynivka yesterday
Kherson Regional Governor Serhii Khlan promised last week: “We can say that the Kherson region will be definitely liberated by September and all the plans of the occupiers will fail.
The bold prediction came after a week in which Ukraine struck two key bridges leading to Kherson in an apparent attempt to cut off the city from reinforcements, and as the video revealed, Russian anti-aircraft systems been destroyed in the area.
Kherson is the only regional capital to have fallen to Putin’s troops in the five-month war and is Russia’s only stronghold on the west bank of the Dnipro River which flows through central Ukraine.
Retaking it would deal a major propaganda blow to Putin’s forces and end his attempts to push west along the Black Sea to the port of Odessa.
Russian generals have previously said that cutting off Ukraine from the Black Sea – preventing Zelensky’s government from accessing its most lucrative trade routes – was a key objective of their war.
Ballet dancers take part in a Ukraine Independence Day rally in Odessa earlier today