Ukrainian soldiers are using recreational watercraft to mount hit-and-run raids (Picture: EAST2WEST NEWS)
Soldiers have been seen using the high-speed recreational watercraft to carry out lightning-fast attacks as they attempt to hold onto occupied territory.
Kyiv’s GUR military intelligence produced the footage showing the ‘preparation and implementation’ of incursions to the annexed peninsula.
These were ‘carried out by the Stugna and Brotherhood soldiers of the Timur special unit of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine’, and demonstrated ‘courage and composure during combat missions’.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops are working to push back Russian forces positioned on the east bank of the Dnieper River, the military said.
It comes a day after Kyiv claimed to have secured multiple bridgeheads on that side of the river that divides the country’s partially occupied Kherson region.
A masked soldier prepares to carry out another attack from the water (Picture: EAST2WEST NEWS)
The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said its troops there had repelled 12 attacks by the Russian army between Friday and Saturday.
The Ukrainians now are trying to ‘push back Russian army units as far as possible in order to make life easier for the (western) bank of the Kherson region, so that they get shelled less’, said Natalia Humeniuk, spokesperson for Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command.
In response, the Russian military used ‘tactical aviation’ – including Iranian-made Shahed exploding drones, to try to pin down Ukraine’s troops, Ms Humeniuk said.
The wide river is a natural dividing line along the southern battlefront.
Since withdrawing from the city of Kherson and retreating across the Dnieper a year ago, Moscow’s forces have regularly shelled communities on the Ukrainian-held side of the river to prevent Kyiv’s soldiers from advancing toward Russia-annexed Crimea.
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