A tenacious Ukrainian bridgehead across the Dnipro River Russian state-controlled media last month reported had been eliminated, looks to have just got bigger.

Russian milbloggers and patriotic websites had been livid for weeks following a Feb. 21 nationally televised briefing showing Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu telling his boss Vladimir Putin that Moscow’s forces had overrun positions held by Ukrainian marines on the left bank of Ukraine’s biggest waterway, near the city of  Kherson.

The ragged bridgehead around the fishing and summer vacation village of Krynky, first confirmed in mid-October, is according to independent news reports – and despite Shoigu’s public claim – still manned by a few hundred members of Ukraine’s crack Marine brigades supplied by small boats from the right bank.

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Now Kyiv’s amphibious infantry have crossed the river at a second location, and they’re trying to dig in there as well, multiple pro-Russia sources are now reporting.

The new Ukrainian cross-river incursion according to multiple Russian military information platforms is around the remains of the Antonovsky Bridge, a span linking the city of Kherson to the left bank before being destroyed by Ukrainian precision-guided rockets in September 2022, reports said.

The virulently pro-Kremlin writer Pozyvnoi Osetin, purportedly a service member in the Kherson sector, on March 7 confirmed Ukrainian troops were digging in at the south end of the bridge in formerly Russian-controlled territory, and called for immediate air and artillery strikes to get rid of them.

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“Unfortunately, that’s (Ukrainian expansion of the Dnipro bridgehead) the reality. This is in spite that (general) Teplinskiy told Putin Krynky was captured by Russian forces long ago. So now they’ve been ‘mopping up’ the place (and pretending Ukrainian forces were destroyed) for the last two weeks,” wrote VDV Za Chesnost’, a military blogger promoting Russian paratrooper units.

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The US-based think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) opined on the disconnect between Kremlin narrative and the actual situation in the Dnipro bridghead: “The Kremlin likely prematurely claimed the Russian seizure of Krynky to reinforce its desired informational effects ahead of the March 2024 presidential election, although the Kremlin is likely setting expectations that the Russian military may fail to meet.”

According to Dnevnik Desantnika, another pro-Kremlin milblogger focusing on Russian paratroop units, Ukrainian Marines holding the main Ukrainian bridgehead near Krynky, some 20 km. upstream from the Antonovsky Bridge, had pushed back Kremlin airborne troops and captured the adjacent village of Kozachi Laheri.

“The (vulgar word for Ukrainians) are throwing reserves and strengthening their forces in multiple sectors, but the main areas where they’ve been spotted is around the Antonovsky bridge and next to Kozachi Laheri. The enemy has reinforced his drone units, and the sky is just buzzing with them, from recon drones to strike drones,” he reported on March 5.

Dva Majora, a widely read Kremlin military blogger with more 580,000+ Telegram subscribers, confirmed Ukrainian troops had gained ground at both locations but claimed “the enemy around the Antonovsky bridge is being destroyed methodically.”

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There has been no official Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) comment on recent marine advances on the Dnipro left bank. The AFU Friday morning situation update didn’t even mention recent operations in the Kherson sector.

Reports from both sides agree Russian combat operations against the bridgehead stalled in the face of tough resistance by Ukrainian infantrymen sheltering in basements and ruined buildings alongside the Dnipro, increased effectiveness of Ukrainian air defenses against Russian bomber jets, and hundreds of Ukrainian drones swarming airspace around the bridgehead.

Ukrainian Ground Forces Capt. Robert Brovi, overall commander of most military drone teams operating in the Kherson sector, on March 2 claimed that Kremlin forces operating in the bridgehead sector since the Marines’ October crossing of the Dnipro lost more than 230 armored vehicles and artillery pieces.

Ukrainian Air Force pilots also had blown up close to 300 supply vehicles and 17 small boats operated by Russian forces. Ukrainian official army sources have reported continuing Russian losses in the bridgehead sector, due to drones, for months.

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Kyiv Post could not confirm the precise Ukrainian kill claims. Intense Ukrainian drone operations in the Kherson-Krynky sector, particularly targeting individual Russian soldiers, is well-established.

Over the last few days, Kyiv’s forces have appeared to overcome shell shortages to hit Russian troops in the area with artillery as well, some sources said. In a video reportedly recorded in the Krynky sector, a Russian soldier said it was unsafe to move above ground because of explosives-toting drones. Hiding underground was still dangerous due to newly deployed Ukrainian cluster munitions and conventional artillery shells. During the recording the detonation of dozens of cluster munitions is audible:

“They’re chopping us up. They’re pouring cluster munitions on us. We’re trying to survive until we get evacuated. There’re all sorts of stuff coming down on us all the time. And we’re just lying in this little hole, no space for anything, and we’re just hiding. This is the third day,” said the Russian soldier later identifying himself as a member of an elite Kremlin marine brigade.

“The stories about how they (Ukrainian forces) don’t have artillery shells, it’s absolute bullsh*t. They have boatloads of shells. They (expletive) shoot without stopping, but with us, there really is a shell shortage. Our guys, in response, absolute f*cking silence,” he said.

The Ukrainian journalist Anatol Tsiaplienko posted the video in his personal Telegram channel on Sunday. Kyiv Post reviewed the video and determined it was very likely authentic evidence of Ukrainian conventional shell and cluster munition strikes on a Russian position, but it was not possible to confirm the combat took place in the Krynky sector.

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In another soldier video widely shared across Ukrainian military platforms, a Russian military doctor describing himself as a surgeon deployed to the south of the Ukrainian bridgehead tells of a flow of wounded soldiers that has not stopped for days. Most of the wounds were caused by close explosions ripping apart victims that “are so awful no one should be injured that way,” he said.

Ukrainian troops are hitting Russian troops with fixed-wing drones launching guided munitions, FPV drones hitting with kamikaze tactics, agricultural drones dropping mortar shells, and artillery and mortar strikes adjusted by observation drones hovering over Russian positions, the doctor said.

Ukrainian drone operators are using munitions designed to inflict debilitating casualties but not to kill immediately, to overload Russian army capacity to treat wounded, and the Ukrainian strikes are ruthless and without quarter, the Russian medic claimed.

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I don’t know what’s wrong with them. (Ukrainian drone operators). They’ve become somehow inhuman. How is it that they can hate other people so violently?” the Russian medic says in part. Kyiv Post could not confirm the video’s authenticity. Ukrainian attack techniques described were consistent with well-established Ukrainian army tactics in the Kherson sector.

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Dat
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Would be great if you include the original Telegram posts by the orcs. I'd like to check your quotes too

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PutinIsACoward
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Wait a sec; Russians are shocked the Kremlin lied? Seriously?! Wow!, #MindBlown

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dfowensby
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welcome to ukraine, sukhas

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D Ingonthis
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The Russian doctor thinks that only the Russians matter. A typical Russian view of the world. What he does not realise is that the rest of the world thinks that THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO DO NOT MATTER ARE RUSSIANS A world without any of them would be a much safer place.

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Incredulousiconoclast
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One must never regard the op-ed merchants of ISW as a source. Holding every sentence together around the word 'likely', plus relying lazily on meaningless filler-phrases such as 'setting conditions for' and 'setting expectations for' doesn't even qualify for the obsolete Sovietology is trying to emulate. Their daily propaganda tailored specifically for endless copy-paste re-expectoration by content-creators and social media barely even meets the standards of a junior high school book report. The way western media (Kyiv Post among them as the American propaganda rag that it is) hang on the every word of ISW is the primary reason that news coverage in this war has been at such an appallingly low standard.

Here's an idea: REPORT FACTS. If you don't have any, bloody well do your job as journalists and find some. Be sure and corroborate them, if you remember how, and please, in the name of all that is journalism, never, ever, EVER put the word 'likely' in print again. It has done quite enough harm already, both to your credibility as a profession and to the credulity of your audiences.

John
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@Incredulousiconoclast,

So here's what I've noticed about the MRGA trolls trying to spread putin propaganda here folks:

They tend to insult Kyivpost and its authors sometimes professing they are never coming back to this site....only to return shortly thereafter. They are all as 'journalistic experts", so deeply offended by the caliber of any news on any publication that remotely is supportive of Ukraine. So shocked that they just had to share with all the other readers how disappointed they are. Yet of all the sites they have access to, they just must come back to this one each day to say the same thing....sigh.... so transparent....so boring.

Its' pretty amateurish really, but I suppose in keeping with the low quality of orc putin also sends to the physical war front.

Putinrump promoting remains the gold standard in quickly identifying trolls. That, and the tendency to use new poster names to sow allied dissent each time they get debunked under their past fake names.



Anyone ever seen the name "@Incredulousiconoclast" here before? NO? Thats right! New name....same crap. Repeat and rinse tomorrow.

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HistoryGuy
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@Incredulousiconoclast,

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Alon
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Every russian that invade another country must perish..

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Imokru2
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The katsaps brought this on themselves. They inflict torture and murder on soldiers and civilians alike then expect Marquis of Queensbury rules in return. They can expect cruel and ruthless treatment without mercy in return, but always within the Geneva Convention.
It may take a long time, but they will suffer and lose badly in the end. Ukraine will arm itself to the teeth so that this can never happen again.
It’s a nightmare isn’t it vlad?

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darrenp
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Obviously the Orc medic has been brainwashed, but its good to hear what he has to say about UKR relentless attacks on their positions. The resolve of the Ukrainians is nothing short of remarkable! Give them all the hardware capabilities then sit back and watch!

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JOhn
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As per putins cronies, the 3 DAY SMO in Ukraine is "all going according to plan. So far the plan included Ukraine inflicting these losses on them:

422310 dismantled Russian troops


6706 Russian scrap metal tanks


10375 Russian scrap metal artillery


12798 

Russian scrap metal armed-vehicle

347 

Russian scrap metal aircraft

325 Russian scrap metal helicopters


26 

Russian scrap metal ship


Has it ever been more noble and productive to help a sovereign nation its defence?

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Love your neighbours
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oh, those whining Rasshists, I hate them
they start a war for no reason or untrue arguments and then they get pissed off because the dogs don't like it and then they start complaining and calling for their mommy

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Giles
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Does that Russian medic not know about the horrors that the Russians are doing to the Ukrainians, civilians and soldiers alike? Very one sided as usual from the Russians.

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