The Ukrainian army has pushed Russian forces back from the banks of the Dnipro river in the southern Kherson region.
Why it matters
The progress made by the Ukrainian army in pushing back Russian forces is significant in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The situation on the front line has remained largely unchanged, with intense fighting concentrated in certain areas. The targeting of Kyiv by Russian drones adds to the tension and highlights the ongoing threat faced by Ukraine.
What the papers say
Al Jazeera says that the Ukrainian army has pushed Russian forces back from the banks of the Dnipro river, but the United Kingdom's defence ministry believes that there are few immediate prospects of major changes in the front line. The Independent reports that Russian drones have targeted Kyiv, but Ukrainian anti-aircraft systems have shot down 15 of them. AP News also mentions the targeting of Kyiv by Russian drones and the shooting down of 15 drones by Ukrainian anti-aircraft systems. The Guardian provides additional context, stating that the Ukrainian army has established positions on the eastern bank of the Dnipro river, which marks the frontline for a stretch of territory in south-east Ukraine.
How we got here
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has been ongoing for more than a year, with Ukrainian and Russian forces entrenched on opposite sides of the Dnipro river. Russia withdrew its troops from the western bank of the river last November. The Ukrainian army has been making efforts to push back Russian forces and regain control of territory.
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