After almost four months in Russian control, Ukrainian forces have launched their counteroffensive in the Southern regions of their country with the goal of reclaiming the port city of Kherson. Kherson was the first city to fall under Russian control during the invasion.

The Ukrainian military announced the counteroffensive with a simple tweet: “Hold on, Kherson, we’re coming!” they said.

This Ukrainian push into Kherson may possibly be a tactic to spread the Russian military thin further as they battle problems of their own such as limited manpower due to the large number of casualties the Russians have been incurring over the past few months. Couple this with various logistics problems as well as a shorthanded supply of weapons, and they would be forced to reinforce troops in the south while trying to gain complete control of Donbas. This will force the Russians to divide reinforcements into two fronts, making the battle more difficult for them.