Ukraine claimed Monday the liberation of 7 km2 in a week in the East and South occupied by the Russian army, small advances that Kyiv hopes sooner or later to convert into a breakthrough, after more than three months of counter-offensive .
Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Maliar indicated that Ukrainian forces had recaptured 2 km2 last week in the Bakhmut area, notably the villages of Andriïvka and Klichchiïvka.
In the South, the Ukrainian army recaptured 5.2 km2. In total, since the launch of the counter-offensive, Kyiv says it has liberated 51 km2 around Bakhmout, and 261.7 km2 in the southern part of the front.
The Ukrainian air force, for its part, announced Monday that it had shot down 18 drones and 17 missiles launched by Russia during new nighttime attacks against its neighbor.
“Eighteen drones were shot down” out of a total of 24 launched towards the regions of Mykolaiv and Odessa (south), the air force said on Telegram. The 17 cruise missiles were also destroyed, according to the same source.
In the Odessa region, above which 11 drones were shot down, the attack hit seaside infrastructure in the town of Vylkové located in the Danube delta, without causing any casualties, said regional governor Oleg Kiper .
In the Mykolaiv region, debris from a downed drone caused a fire in an empty building in the town of Snigourivka, also without causing any casualties, according to regional governor Vitaly Kim.