Ukrainian forces attacked several targets around the occupied city of Kherson in southern Ukraine on the night of August 2-3.
According to local media, several Russian bases and weapons depots were attacked in Kherson Oblast using US-supplied HIMARS advanced rocket launchers.
The Ukrainian news site Obozrevatel reports that a Russian base was attacked in Chornobaivka, outside of occupied Kherson.
This was confirmed on Facebook by the official page of the Ukrainian army’s “Operation Southern Command”, which said that the target was hit with “rocket and artillery” fire.
Video posted on Telegram, which has not been independently verified by news weekit supposedly shows Russia’s Chornobaivka base under fire.
In a separate incident, Ukrainian forces said they attacked an ammunition depot in Berislav, further up the Dnipro River from Kherson.
According to Obozrevatel, the target was successfully destroyed, with multiple secondary explosions as stored ammunition detonated.
The Ukrainians also reported three attacks on Russian “fortresses” in Berislavsky and Bashtansky districts, along with another on an ammunition depot in the same area.
Ukrainian forces are laying the groundwork for an operation to liberate Kherson, occupied by Russian troops in the first days of the war, and President Volodymyr Zelensky has said they are advancing “step by step.”
The recapture of Kherson would help secure Odessa, Ukraine’s most important Black Sea port and an obvious Russian target.
If all of Kherson Oblast can be retaken, it will break the land bridge between Crimea, which Russia seized in 2014, and the Russian-occupied parts of eastern Ukraine and Russia itself.
On Monday, US National Security Council coordinator John Kirby announced that Washington will provide Ukraine with more rockets for its HIMARS, as part of a new $550 million aid package.
Ukraine has been using its US-provided HIMARS to attack Russian targets far behind the front line, such as ammunition depots and command centers.
According to retired US Army General Mark Hertling, this has been a “game changer” in his fight against the Russian invasion, leaving Kremlin forces “in a desperate state.”
Ukrainian forces have hit three bridges over the Dnipro using HIMARS, making it difficult for the Russians to reinforce their troops in Kherson.
These include the critically important Antonovsky Bridge which has been rendered “probably unusable”.
Russian forces in occupied parts of Kherson Oblast are also facing insurgency from Ukrainian partisan fighters, with sabotage and assassination attempts against several local collaborators.
Speaking to the BBC, one partisan explained how his team tracks Russian troop movements and then passes details to the Ukrainian military for artillery strikes.
An official of the Russian-installed local administration was killed in a car bomb, while several others were injured.
Valery Kuleshov, a pro-Russian blogger, was shot dead in Kherson in April in a suspected partisan attack.
news week has contacted the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.