Russia is trying to regain lost territories in Ukraine with new bases near Kherson

In the nine months since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has not backed down from its maximalist goal of regaining control of Ukraine.

But according to the Institute for the Study of War, Moscow has partially clouded its goals in an attempt to mislead Western countries and force Ukraine to demand peace.

As Euronews correspondent Sasha Vakulina explains, Russian troops are now continuing defensive operations on the eastern coast of the Kherson region.

Satellite imagery shows the construction of Russian fortifications north of Radensk, 25 kilometers southeast of Kherson, along the highway leading to Armyansk.

The ongoing construction of defensive positions in the Zaozerny area, along the road to Genichesk, has also been proven.

Both Armyansk and Genichesk are close to the border with Russian-occupied Crimea.

The UK Ministry of Defense says that over the past two weeks, Russia has likely transferred the main elements of its airborne forces from the Kherson region to the Donetsk and Luhansk fronts in the Donbass.

To watch Sasha Vakulina’s full report, click on the video above.