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BBC Newsnight: Ex-CIA chief claims Ukraine aims to ‘cut off Russian forces’ in Kherson

David Petraeus, who served as director of the Central Intelligence Company from 2011 to 2012, appeared on BBC Newsnight to debate the battle between Ukrainian and Russian troops within the occupied area of Kherson. Ukraine and Russia have been combating in Kherson for a while after the southern area fell to Vladimir Putin’s troops shortly after the Kremlin launched its invasion on February 24.

Talking to the BBC’s Kirsty Wark, Mr Petraeus stated: “I feel they are going about this in a really cautious method.

“They’re positioning their very own property, they’re step by step taking again the outlying villages and once more – having as soon as minimize off the Russian forces from the logistical resupply and so forth – they may truly maintain that space, repair them there and even bypass them in the event that they select and simply wait till they give up.”

Petraeus additionally claimed it will be unlikely to see Russian troops undertake a scorched earth coverage within the area given they already “have sufficient issues” to take care of.

Putin suffered a serious blow in Kherson earlier this week after an enormous explosion reportedly lit up the very important provide hyperlink of Antonovsky Bridge.

Consultants contemplated whether or not the Ukrainian strike had destroyed the bridge or merely broken it.

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Nevertheless, ex-Tory MP Louise Mensch stated: “[It is] essential to notice that it doesn’t matter if the bridge is destroyed or not.

“It solely issues if Ukraine can render it functionally inoperable for Russian navy autos to flee throughout it.

“If Ukraine has broken the Antonovsky that a lot, it’s all that counts.”

Regardless of stories concerning the assault, the Kremlin was fast to dismiss such claims.

RIA Novosti, a Russian-state-owned information company, took to the social media platform Telegram to disclaim the bridge had been destroyed.

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They stated: “Ukrainian troops tried to strike at Kherson for the third time in a day, the air defence intercepted all of the missiles, the administration of the Kherson area informed RIA Novosti.

“The authorities denied the details about the destruction of the Antonovsky Bridge throughout the Dnieper.”

Mr Petraeus’ intervention got here simply hours after the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed Kyiv’s counter-offensive in Kherson had been gaining momentum.

In an intelligence replace, the MoD stated: “Ukraine’s counter-offensive in Kherson is gathering momentum.

“Their forces have extremely doubtless established a bridgehead south of the Ingulets River, which kinds the northern boundary of Russian-occupied Kherson.

“Ukraine has used its new long-range artillery to break at the least three of the bridges throughout the Dnipro River which Russia depends upon to provide the areas below its management.”

They added: “Equally, Kherson metropolis, probably the most politically important inhabitants centre occupied by Russia, is now just about minimize off from the opposite occupied territories.

“Its loss would severely undermine Russia’s makes an attempt to color the occupation as a hit.”

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