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Pentagon: Ukrainians fighting to retake Kherson, now ‘contested’ city

A demonstration against occupying Russian forces in Kherson, Ukraine, on March 9, 2022. (Screenshot)
A demonstration against occupying Russian forces in Kherson, Ukraine, on March 9, 2022. (Screenshot)

Ukrainian forces have launched a counter-offensive in Kherson, the country’s only major city seized by Russian troops, and it is once again “contested,” a senior US defense official says.

“The Ukrainians are trying to take Kherson back, and we would argue that Kherson is actually contested territory again,” the Pentagon official tells reporters.

“We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before,” says the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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