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Ukraine Plans ‘Systemic Grinding’ of Putin’s Army to Take Kherson: Official

As Ukraine seeks to regain Khersona city that Russia has occupied because the beginning of its invasionthe Ukrainian strategy involves “the systemic grinding of Putin’s army” an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Within an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Saturday, Oleksiy Arestovych said there’s “no rush” to get back the town and that with regards to targeting the Russians, the Ukrainian forces would like “to discover their operational logistical supply system and destroy it with artillery and [HIMARS].”

HIMARs, or High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, have already been provided to Ukraine by america lately as an instrument for combating Russia on the battlefield. A senior U.S. military official said this week that HIMARs have resulted in falling morale among Russian troops.

Justin Conelli, a senior U.S. Air Force fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, said within an interview published Thursday by the council he expected Ukraine’s strategy in Kherson to involve “operations targeted at further weakening Russian defenses and offer lines rather than full-scale conventional raid to retake terrain.”

Ukraine Plans 'Systemic Grinding' of Putin's Army
Above, a view of the destroyed Fabrika retail center in Kherson on July 20, amid the ongoing Russian military action in Ukraine. As Ukraine seeks to regain Kherson, the Ukrainian strategy involves “the systemic grinding of Putin’s army” an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. STRINGER

Conelli added a successful operation in Ukraine “means Ukrainian forces achieving sustained effects in crippling Russia’s capability to supply its forces in Kherson.”

“The U.S.-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) have already been impressive in destroying bridges, effectively cutting off Russian forces nearer to the type of contact and allowing the Ukrainians to conduct the specific counteroffensive,” he said.

Kherson was the initial major city to are categorized as Russian occupation following the invasion of Ukraine began in late February.

“Retaking the occupied territory of the Kherson province on the west bank of the Dnieper will be a major psychological and political win for Kyiv,” said Peter Rutland, professor of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, at Wesleyan University told Newsweek late last month. He added that regaining the territory “will be a major psychological and political win for Kyiv.”

Ukrainian political scientist Ihor Reiterovych told NV Radio last month that the return of Kherson to Ukraine will be a significant loss for the Kremlin.

“It could indeed be considered a colossal blow in their mind, when it comes to their general prospects in this war they’re waging against Ukraine, and Russia’s capability to win it,” he said, based on the New Voice of Ukraine.

Newsweek has already reached out to the Russian Ministry of Defense for comment.

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