Ukraine on the Brink of Massive Counterattack

At least three people were killed on Saturday when Russian forces launched a missile assault at an airbase in central Ukraine.

Ukrainian forces responded by launching rocket attacks on rivers in a Russian-occupied area in the south.

Ukraine Looking to Turn the Tide

Upon this 150th day of Russia’s campaign in Ukraine, missile assaults on vital infrastructure signaled further attempts by the combatants to swing the balance of the protracted fight in their favor.

An airbase and a railroad complex were hit by 13 Russian missiles in the Kirovohradska area of central Ukraine.

According to the governor, at least one service member and two security personnel were murdered. The attacks near the city of Kirovohrad, according to the regional government, injured an additional 13 persons.

Ukrainian troops prepping for a possible counteroffensive launched rockets toward Dnieper River bridges in the southern Kherson area, which Russian soldiers captured early in the assault, in an effort to cut off supplies to the Russians.

Hours after Moscow and Kyiv struck agreements with Turkey and the UN to prevent a worldwide food catastrophe, further assaults took place.

The agreements pave the way for the transfer of millions of tons of grain from Ukraine, as well as certain grain and fertilizer shipments from Russia that have been halted by the conflict.

Despite the advancement on that front, fighting continued in the Donbas, the region’s industrial center in eastern Ukraine, as Russian forces attempted to advance, despite fierce Ukrainian opposition.

In the Kherson area, which is immediate to the north of the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia seized in 2014, Russian soldiers also encountered Ukrainian counterattacks, but generally maintained their position.

According to Kirill Stremousov, deputy chairman of the regional government in Kherson that Russia elected, Ukrainians shelled the Antonivskyi Bridge across the Dnieper River.

This happened early in the week, using the High Mobility Artillery Launch Vehicle (HIMARS) that was supplied by the United States.

Is This Effective?

According to Stremousov, the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric facility, which is the only other Dnieper crossing, came under fire from rockets fired with Washington-supplied armaments, but was unharmed.

HIMARS, a GPS-guided rocket launcher that can hit targets up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) distant and beyond the range of most Russian artillery weapons, considerably improved the Ukrainian striking capacity.

Additionally, Stremousov informed Tass that Ukrainian soldiers fired a car bridge across the Inhulets River in the Darivka settlement.

He said despite taking seven strikes, the bridge immediately east of the provincial seat of Kherson stayed open to travel.

Unlike the Antonivskyi Bridge, the little bridge in Darivka, according to Stremousov, has no strategic significance.

The Donbas, a largely Russian-speaking area of eastern Ukraine wherein pro-Russia rebels have declared independence, is where the Kremlin has focused its efforts since April.

Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, stressed on Wednesday that Moscow intends to maintain control over other places that its soldiers are occupying throughout the conflict.

This article appeared in Powerhouse News and has been published here with permission.