Ukraine says its troops pushed back Russia on eastern bank of Dnipro River

Ukraine's military says its forces have pushed back Russian troops on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River in the southern region of Kherson.

The eastern bank of the Dnipro River is one of the three frontlines where intensive ground battles are believed to continue between Ukrainian and Russian forces. The other two are Kupiansk in the eastern region of Kharkiv, and Avdiivka in the Donetsk region.

Meanwhile, Kherson's regional governor said in a social media post that the Russian military targeted residential areas in the region. The governor said five local residents, including a 3-year-old child, were injured in the attack.

In a related development, the British Ministry of Defence said on Sunday that Russia is likely considering bringing Soviet-era reconnaissance aircraft back into service. The aircraft reportedly can reach an altitude of more than 20,000 meters.

The ministry also said the aircraft has been recently employed as an earth-sciences research platform. But it has been observed carrying a military reconnaissance pod.

The ministry said while the Russian military has failed to establish adequate intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities, it is trying to bolster such capabilities by using reconnaissance aircraft.