Thursday 6 October 2022 11:43 AM Videos reveal blistering Ukraine counter-attack that pushed Russia back 12 miles trends now
Videos taken in Kherson in recent days show Ukrainian forces storming Russian defences in American-made Humvees under artillery fire, and soldiers advancing en masse across fields in the face of the retreating enemy.
Ukraine's offensive in Kherson - which has been grinding on for more than two months - entered a 'new phase' on October 2 with Kyiv's men advancing 12 miles down the Inhulets and Dnipro rivers, Britain's MoD said today.
Meanwhile more footage shows Ukrainian soldiers fighting near the city of Lyman, in the north of the country, which fell to Kyiv's men at the weekend - exposing other Russian positions in the Donbas to further attacks.
Ukrainian Humvees donated by the US are filmed racing across a battlefield as they attack Russian lines in Kherson, amid a major counter-offensive
Ukrainian armoured vehicles pass by a Russian tank that has either been abandoned or destroyed as they carry out assaults in the south
A Ukrainian armoured vehicle opens fire on Russians (left) while Russian armour sits abandoned in the middle of a road as Kyiv's troops surge forward
Ukrainian troops advance across open country after pushing Russia back (left) as smoke rises over a modified buggy with what appears to be a Second World War machine gun on its roof
The slew of video was posted online by pro-Ukraine accounts after weeks of near-total silence from the frontlines as troops carried out their attacks against Russia.
But now, as they take territory and capture dozens of towns, footage documenting their battlefield heroics has been released.
Two particularly dramatic pieces of footage show American-made Humvees leading a charge across fields in Kherson as Russian artillery shells drop around them.
Navigating between shell-holes and what appear to be destroyed or abandoned Russian vehicles, the Humvees reach a tree-line and unload dozens of troops who then continue the attack.
More footage shows Ukrainian soldiers riding on top of an armoured vehicle somewhere along a forest road in Kherson when they strike two mines.
The troops scramble off the top of the vehicle and into a nearby ditch where they begin firing into nearby trees thinking they are being shot at.
Fortunately, it appears that whichever Russian troops laid the mines were not nearby at the time - and that none of the Ukrainian soldiers were hurt.
Summing up three days of intense action in Kherson, British military intelligence said: 'Ukrainian units have pushed the front line forwards by up to 20km (12 miles).
Russian forces 'have typically broken contact and withdrawn' rather than stand and fight, the Ministry of Defence said, though added that Ukraine does not yet 'threaten the main Russian defensive positions'.
However, Putin's commanders have placed themselves in a difficult position, the MoD notes: To stay and defend the west bank of the Dnipro as Putin is thought to have ordered, or to retreat across the river to better positions on the other side.
It is thought there are up to 15,000 Russian soldiers currently on the west bank of the Dnipro, where Ukraine is attacking, with no easy way back across the river after Kyiv's men blew up the main bridges.
Ukrainian soldiers hunker down as the armoured vehicle they are riding on the top of is struck by two mines, though fortunately nobody is hurt
Ukrainian soldiers open fire thinking they are being ambushed by Russia soldiers, though it appears there were no Kremlin troops nearby
Having realised they are not being attacked, Ukraine's troops regroup in a roadside ditch somewhere in southern Kherson
'Russia has committed the majority of its severely undermanned airborne forces, the VDV, to the defence of Kherson,' the MoD added.
'Russia has few additional, high quality rapidly deployable forces available to stabilise the front.
'It likely aims to deploy mobilised reservists to this sector.'
Relying on Western-supplied weapons, Ukraine has followed up on last month's gains in the northeastern Kharkiv region by pressing deeper into occupied areas and forcing Russian troops to withdraw from the city of Lyman, a key logistical hub.
The Ukrainian army has also unleashed a broad counteroffensive in the south, capturing a string of villages on the western bank of the Dnieper River and advancing toward the city of Kherson.
The Ukrainian gains in the Kherson region followed relentless strikes on the two main crossings over the Dnieper that made them unusable and forced Russian troops on the western bank of the Dnieper to rely exclusively on pontoon crossings, which also have been repeatedly hit by the