Artillery systems supplied by the West are already making a difference on the ground for Ukraine and it is “only a matter of time” before its forces regain significant ground in the south, said Wednesday. the governor of the Mykolaiv region. Governor Vitaliy Kim, whose region is partially occupied by Russia but remains one of two that retains significant access to the Black Sea, told Reuters that Ukrainian forces had “some success” in recent weeks during a counterattack in the neighboring region of Kherson.
When asked when Western weapons would begin to make a difference on the ground against the Russian forces that invaded the country on February 24, he replied: “It is already happening…and we will have (more) hit”. “We are talking about artillery,” he said. “It’s already working in our area.” He declined to say what specific Western artillery systems were working there.
While Russia and Ukraine have focused much of their resources in recent weeks on the fight for control of the eastern industrial region of Donbass, the fate of Ukraine’s remaining Black Sea coastline in Odessa and Mykolaiv is crucial to securing the country’s economic future. To make significant inroads in the south of the country, such as retaking the pocket of the Russian-controlled Kherson region over the Dnipro River, Ukraine will likely need more manpower – either by releasing forces in the east or by further mobilization, Kim said.
And Kyiv realizes that there is always a risk that Russia will launch another assault on the major cities Mykolaiv and Zaporizhzhia. “In the coming months, I think they have opportunities to attack Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv. But for now, we don’t see any regrouping, any large army to attack,” Kim said.
While things are moving very slowly right now, “the situation could change very quickly,” he said. (Writing by Conor Humphries; editing by Grant McCool)
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