Ukraine’s long road in planning an attack on Russia finally happened yesterday. The Ukrainian Ground Forces delivered a counter-offensive attack to recapture Kherson, the first Ukrainian city that fell to Russian forces.

Ukrainian forces used long-range missiles to bombard the Antonivsky bridge, a strategic route that ultimately blocked additional Russian troops and weaponry deployment. Russia retaliated during the offensive and targeted the southern regions of Odesa and Mykolaiv, affecting ports, transport infrastructures, leisure centers, residential houses, restaurants, and parking lots.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Kherson offensive is a strategic “playbook” that enables them to isolate Russian forces.

“Whatever plans they have, we will disrupt them. And we will liberate our territory with military, diplomaty and all other available means until we reach the legal borders of Ukraine.”

This also allowed Ukraine to showcase the outcome of training sessions provided to their military by allies like the US, UK, and Germany.

Map of War in Ukraine
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine – major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War on 24 February 2022 (Source: Homoatrox/Wikimedia)

Ukraine has also gained momentum in the last 48 hours and is now looking at this strategy as an assertive way to reclaim its borders.

Retired Major General Ruper Jones agrees.

“You’ve seen how long it’s taken the Russians to slowly grind their way – small gains – and the Ukrainians with their counterattack again, when they achieved them again,” Maj. Gen. Jones told Times Radio.