The Ukrainian army seems to have taken control of the town of Vysokopillya in the southern region of Kherson.
“There is a flag of Ukraine above the hospital on Gagarina Street, where my grandmother’s and grandfather’s house was. And it’s great,” said Dasha Zarivna , adviser to the head of the office of Ukrainian President Andrii Yermak.
A social media image shows Ukrainian soldiers raising a flag on the roof of a building, believed to be in Vysokopillya. CNN cannot independently verify the location of the image.
A post on a pro-Russian Telegram channel said on Sunday that Russian forces had “withdrawn in battle order from Vysokopillya (Beryslav district). Ukrainian armed forces wanted to take them, surrounded by two pincers, from Olgyne and of Potiomkin”.
These are two neighboring settlements east and west of Vysokopillya, which had about 5,000 inhabitants before the war.
A bit of context: Ukrainian forces appear to have made limited territorial gains in Kherson to date. But the Institute for the Study of War said on Saturday that according to Ukrainian officials the offensive was “an intentionally methodical operation aimed at degrading Russian forces and logistics, rather than an operation aimed at immediately resuming vast expanses of territory”.
A Ukrainian official, Oleksiy Arestovych, told the the wall street journal on Saturday that the current objective of Ukrainian forces in the south is “the systemic crushing of Putin’s army, and Ukrainian troops are slowly and systematically discovering and destroying Russia’s operational logistics supply system with artillery strikes and precision weapons.