Russian troops resume assault on Nestryga island in Kherson Oblast

Southern Ukraine Defense Forces Strategic Communications Center head Dmytro Pletenchuk
Southern Ukraine Defense Forces Strategic Communications Center head Dmytro Pletenchuk

Russian troops resumed their assault on Nestryga island on the left bank of the Kherson Oblast after a prolonged pause, the Southern Ukraine Defense Forces Strategic Communications Center head Dmytro Pletenchuk reported.

Nestryga island has tactical importance, its control prevents Russian military from advancing towards Ukrainian positions, Pletenchuk said during a TV interview.

"Regrettably, we must acknowledge an escalation along the combat line," he said.

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Russians have been amassing strength for this offensive. There were seven attempts to storm the left bank of Kherson, over the past 24 hours, with six of those targeting Krynky village.

Russian troops attempted 19 assaults throughout the day, with 12 of those in the Orikhiv sector, particularly around Staromaiorske village in Donetsk Oblast.

Pletenchuk linked this surge in attacks to preparations for the Peace Summit in Switzerland.

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"This is a traditional method of Russian geopolitical strategy," he said, adding that the Russians aim to strengthen their positions and push for negotiations.

Ukrainian units had advanced in the Kherson direction, gaining control over the area near Velykansky and establishing control over Nestryga Island, Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander Oleksandr Syrskyi reported on April 28.

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