Multiple reports suggest a heavy ongoing battle in Snihurivka, a strategic town that would open the road for Ukrainian forces towards Kherson. Earlier, reports said that Ukrainian forces have partly liberated Snihurivka. However, RIA Novosti reports that Kremlin forces have repelled the assault. This comes amid the intense fighting raging between Russia and Ukraine in the eastern Donetsk region. Putin has long eyed Kherson, critical to the entire southern region that was used by Ukraine as a base to target key Russian supply routes. The Kherson region borders Crimea and provides Moscow with a land bridge to the Black Sea peninsula that it seized from Kyiv in 2014. Meanwhile, the battle of Kherson is in full swing.