The Ukrainian military has liberated 2,400 square kilometers (more than 926 square miles) of territory in the south "since the beginning of the full-scale war," a senior Ukrainian official said Friday.
Almost all of that land has been recovered in the past two weeks as Ukraine has stepped up its counteroffensive in Kherson.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president's office, said the progress in Kherson includes:
- Six settlements that were liberated in the Kherson district, which is to the north of the city itself.
- 61 settlements that were recaptured in the region's district of Beryslav
Meanwhile, the evacuation of civilians continued amid massive destruction to critical infrastructure in towns like Arkhanhelske, Vysokopillia and Osokorivka, all of which saw weeks of heavy fighting and indirect fire, Tymoshenko said, adding that de-mining was in progress.
Ukrainian forces have been making steady progress in Kherson since beginning an offensive at the end of last month. In his Thursday night evening address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kyiv has retaken more than 500 square kilometers (about 193 square miles) of territory in the southern Kherson region since Oct. 1.