Ukraine is trying to recapture a crucial headland that could disrupt Russia’s missile strikes

A photograph of the Kinburn Spit taken before the war.

A photo of the Kinburn Spit in Ukraine, taken before the war.iStock/Getty Images Plus

  • Ukraine is trying to take over a small strip of land that would give it a major strategic advantage.

  • The Kinburn Spit has been a site for Russian missile launches and provides control over Ukraine’s main river.

  • Ukraine has launched an operation there and Forbes reported that some Ukrainians have landed.

Ukraine is trying to gain control of a strategic spit of land that would allow it to take command of a major river and thwart Russian missile attacks on parts of the country.

Ukraine has confirmed it is trying to regain control of the Kinburn Spit – a thin strip of land across much of the mouth of the Dnipro River that it lost to Russia in June.

Ukrainian officials have said it will not release details of the operation until it is completed. Forbes reported on Thursday that Ukrainian commandos landed on the spit in small boats during an amphibious assault.

It didn’t say how large or well-armed a landing party was. It was also not clear how much defense Russia made.

But if Ukraine recaptured the Kinburn Spit, it would gain an important new advantage.

Russia is using the strip for its rocket and artillery attacks near Ukrainian cities, according to a recent update from The Institute for the Study of War.

A map showing where the Kinburn spit is located in relation to the Black Sea and the city of Kherson.

A map showing where the Kinburn Spit is in relation to the Black Sea and the city of Kherson.Google Maps/Insider

Ukraine’s retaking of the peninsula would “liberate” those areas from Russia’s attacks by putting them out of reach, it said.

Russia has relied heavily on artillery and rocket attacks for its entire invasion, and in recent weeks has waged an intense campaign of rocket and drone attacks on residential areas, seemingly aimed at knocking out civilian electricity and water supplies.

Depriving Russia of the Kinburn Spit would reduce Russia’s ability to attack some regions, according to the ISW, though it would not in itself end Russian attacks.

Whoever gets the peninsula also gets significant control over access to the Dnipro, Ukraine’s main waterway, the ISW noted.

Russia currently controls most of the area east of the river, while Ukraine controls the west after retaking the city of Kherson earlier this month.

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