Ukrainian army says it has made major gains over the last day around Kherson, after Russia said it was withdrawing from the southern city.
Ukrainian troops say they have taken back the key town of Snihurivka, 50km (30 miles) to the north of Kherson.
Kyiv has also claimed big pushes on two fronts near Kherson, including advances of 7km in some places.
Russia says it has started to exit the city – its top gain in the invasion – but the process could take weeks.
There was no immediate evidence of any mass-scale Russian withdrawal from Kherson.
Ukraine’s commander-in-chief Valeriy Zaluzhny could not confirm or deny the pull-out but said his own forces had made important advances.