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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says troops ‘firmly holding’ Dnipro River bridgehead

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday rejected Russia’s claims to have seized Krynky, Ukraine’s bridgehead on the Russian -occupied side of the Dnipro River.

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“Krynky - our marines are firmly holding the bridgehead,” which was established last year by Ukraine’s troops in what was touted a major success, Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram, adding that “the enemy managed only a disinformation operation.”

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s military dismissed a statement by Russia’s defense minister that Moscow’s forces had secured full control over Krynky.

A statement on Telegram by the Ukrainian military’s southern district said Russian forces had made no headway on the eastern bank and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s statement was “falsification of the facts.”

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Russian troops abandoned the western bank of the Dnipro in Kherson region in late 2022, but remain in areas on the eastern bank. Ukrainian forces captured some districts on the eastern bank last November.

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