FirstFT: Ukraine says it has launched Kherson counter-offensive

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Hello. Ukraine said it had launched a counteroffensive against Russian forces near the city of Kherson, in a move that forced the Russian military to move resources south of the country, a senior official said. the White House.

A senior Ukrainian government adviser has confirmed that Kyiv has launched a major operation to retake the strategically important southern city that was captured by Russian forces at the start of the war.

“The next phase of the counter-offensive begins,” the adviser said. “It started with massive attacks on Russian military infrastructure and logistics.”

The long-awaited assault on Russian forces is aimed at retaking territory seized by Moscow in the first weeks of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, when troops poured in from the Crimean peninsula to the south. Keep up to date with the latest counterattacks with our live blog.

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