Vital Ukraine breakthrough underway as Zelensky's men smash through Russian lines

“These fortifications are not the final defensive line in Russia’s defence in depth in western Zaporizhzhia, but rather a specific series of the best-prepared field fortifications arrayed as part of a near-contiguous belt about 1.7-3.5km west of Verbove.”

It warned that Ukraine’s “rate of advance” remained unclear and added that Russian units likely control “tactical high ground” in the south between Robotyne and Verbove.

Still, it appears Ukraine has the momentum on the southern front where its “minimum goal” is to take the strategic hub of Tokmak, according to General Tarnavsky.

That would be a large step in the southern counteroffensive’s ultimate goal of reaching the Black Sea and cutting Russian forces in Ukraine in half.