Ukraine goes on the attack and begins long-awaited counter-offensive in the country's south

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Ukraine claims it has breached done Russian lines successful a large caller counter-offensive successful the southbound arsenic Kyiv forces spell connected the onslaught against the invading troops.

The 'Kakhova' Ukrainian subject radical said it had seen 'the retreat' of pro-Russian separatist fighters from their positions successful Kherson.

Russian forces seized Kherson connected March 3, the archetypal large metropolis to autumn pursuing Putin's barbaric invasion.

The confederate subject bid announced contiguous they had carried retired the long-awaited manoeuvre, reflecting Kyiv's increasing assurance arsenic Western subject assistance flows in.  

'Today determination was a almighty artillery onslaught connected force positions successful ... the full territory of the occupied Kherson region,' Sergey Khlan, a section lawman and advisor to the determination politician told Ukraine's Pryamyi TV channel.

'This is the announcement of what we person been waiting for since the outpouring - it is the opening of the de-occupation of Kherson region.'

Ukraine has gone connected the onslaught and launched a counter-offensive to onslaught backmost astatine Russian forces successful the southbound (pictured: Ukrainian servicemen successful Donetsk yesterday)

Khlan said Ukrainian troops present had 'the advantage' connected the confederate front. 

Several strikes successful caller weeks person targeted bridges successful the region, successful a bid to hamper logistics for the Russian military. 

In precocious July, Khlan said the portion would beryllium recaptured by Kyiv's forces by September.

Southern bid spokesperson Natalia Humeniuk said that Ukraine's caller strikes connected Russia's confederate logistical routes had 'unquestionably weakened the enemy,' adding that much than 10 Russian ammunition dumps had been deed implicit the past week.

However, she declined to beryllium drawn into giving much details astir the caller offensive.

'Any subject cognition needs silence,' she said, adding that Russia's forces successful the southbound are 'rather powerful' and person been built up implicit a agelong time.

Russia rapidly captured swathes of Ukraine's southbound adjacent the Black Sea coast, including Kherson, successful the aboriginal signifier of the warfare successful stark opposition to its failed effort to seizure the superior Kyiv.

Ukraine has been utilizing blase Western-supplied weapons to deed Russian ammunition dumps and wreak havoc with proviso lines. 

Humeniuk told a briefing connected Monday that Ukraine had struck much than 10 specified ammunition dumps successful the past week, adding they had 'unquestionably weakened the enemy'.

She declined to springiness details of the counter-offensive, saying Russian forces successful confederate Ukraine remained 'quite powerful'.

Communal workers cleanable the debris of a damaged gathering aft a rocket shelling downtown Kharkiv today

The politician of Ukraine's Russian-annexed Crimea Peninsula, Sergei Aksyonov, dismissed the announcement of a counter-offensive connected Telegram arsenic 'another fake of Ukrainian propaganda'. Crimea is adjacent to the Kherson region.

The quality came arsenic a squad from the U.N. atomic watchdog headed to Ukraine to inspect the Zaporizhzhia atomic works - captured by Russian forces successful March but inactive tally by Ukrainian unit - that has go a hotspot successful the war.

Moscow and Kyiv person traded accusations of shelling successful the vicinity of the atomic plant, Europe's largest and adjacent to frontlines successful the war, amid fears of a radiation catastrophe successful a state inactive haunted by the 1986 Chornobyl disaster.

The IAEA said the ngo would measure carnal damage, measure the conditions successful which unit are moving astatine the works and 'determine functionality of information & information systems'. It would besides 'perform urgent safeguards activities', a notation to keeping way of atomic material.

The Kremlin said connected Monday the IAEA ngo was 'necessary' and urged the planetary assemblage to unit Ukraine to trim subject tensions astatine the plant.

The United Nations, the United States and Ukraine person called for a withdrawal of subject instrumentality and unit from the atomic analyzable to guarantee it is not a target. But the Kremlin again ruled retired vacating the site.

A Russian serviceman fires a man-portable anti-tank guided rocket 'Kornet' astatine an undisclosed determination successful Ukraine

Russian servicemen basal successful presumption during fights for the colony Blagodatnoye, Mykolayiv region

With fears mounting of a atomic accident, Zaporizhzhia authorities are handing retired iodine tablets and teaching residents however to usage them successful lawsuit of a radiation leak.

Earlier, Ukraine's subject reported shelling of 9 much towns connected the other broadside of the Dnipro from the plant.

Russia's defence ministry said its forces had changeable down a Ukrainian drone that was trying to onslaught the atomic powerfulness station, Russian quality agencies reported. It said determination was nary superior harm and radiation levels were normal.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports.

Two of the plant's reactors were chopped disconnected from the electrical grid past week owed to shelling.

Ukrainian authorities atomic institution Energoatom said it had nary caller accusation astir attacks connected the plant.

In the Donetsk portion of eastbound Ukraine, Russian forces shelled subject and civilian infrastructure adjacent Bakhmut, Shumy, Yakovlivka, Zaytsevo, and Kodema, Ukraine's subject said aboriginal connected Monday.

Russian strikes killed 8 civilians successful Donetsk state connected Sunday, its politician Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

Russia denies targeting civilians.

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