A Ukrainian soldier with a destroyed tank near Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia region in southern Ukraine (Reuters)

I joined Times Radio’s Rosie Wright on Monday to analyze a “significant advance” by Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the south of the country, breaking through Russia’s heavily-fortified first line of defense in the Zaporizhzhia region.

I evaluate the advance of 10 to 15 km (6.2 to 9.3 miles), putting into the context of the effort still to come not only in the south but also in the east.

It’s still going to be a long slog. This war will go into 2024.

But I think we’re talking about a gradual Ukrainian liberation of territory rather than Russia holding the line.

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I also discuss today’s removal of Ukraine Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov amid a corruption scandal involving bribery and excessive payment for sub-par food rations for troops.