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Last night Ukrainian President Zelensky thanked his forces for taking two colonies in the south and a third in the east.

President Zelensky cited “good reports” from his military commanders and his intelligence chief.

He said:

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the president’s office, earlier posted an image of soldiers hoisting the Ukrainian flag over a village he said is in the southern zone which is the main target of the counter- offensive.

“Vysokopilya. Kherson region. Ukraine. Today,” Tymoshenko wrote on Facebook of a photo of three soldiers on rooftops, one of them securing a Ukrainian flag to a pole.

Ukraine launched the counter-offensive last week targeting the south, in particular the Kherson region, which Russia seized at the start of the conflict.

After the intense shelling by Ukrainian forces of groups of Russian troops in the region, the Russians banned the movement of residents, prohibiting them from crossing the Dnipro River, the Ukrainian General Staff announced on Monday.

Russia has launched 25 missile strikes and more than 22 airstrikes on military and civilian targets in Ukraine in the past 24 hours, the statement added, continuing to focus on establishing full control over the region. from Donetsk.

Christi C. Elwood