Russia’s military recently said that its forces had thwarted a Ukrainian attempt to forge a bridgehead on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River.
- Dnieper River is the fourth-longest river in Europe (after the Volga, the Danube, and the Ural).
- In Russian, the river’s name is Dnepr. In Ukrainian, it is Dnipro, and in Belarusian, it is Dnyapro.
- Located in Eastern Europe, the Dnieper River and its tributaries drain much of Belarus and Ukraine.
- Historically, the river was an important barrier dividing Ukraine into right and left banks.
- It originates in Russia, in the low Valday Hills west of Moscow.
- It runs a total length of 1,368 miles through western Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine before emptying into the Black Sea.
- Approximately 300 miles of the waterway is located in Russia, 430 miles are in Belarus, and 680 miles are within Ukraine.
- It passes through numerous urban centers such as the Russian cities of Smolensk and Dorogobuzh, as well as Mogilev in Belarus and Kiev, Cherkasy, Dnipro, and Zaporizhia in Ukraine.
- It has as many as 32,000 tributaries, including the Sozh, Desna, Trubizh, Bilozerka, Drut, Berezina, and Prypiat Rivers.