Forces shell strategic bridge to Kherson under Russian occupation

A bridge leading to the largely Russian-occupied Kherson region of southern Ukraine was shelled by Ukrainian forces for two consecutive days, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Eight or nine rockets hit the Antonovskiy Bridge, which crosses the Dnieper River, on Wednesday, TASS reported, citing Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-backed region’s administration.

Stremousov told TASS the bridge was “very badly damaged” in the shelling, but said there was no risk of it collapsing.

On Tuesday, videos shared on social media already showed damage to the bridge.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, the bridge is a “key vulnerability for Russian forces”, as it is one of only two crossing points over the Dnieper, which Russia can use to supply or withdraw its forces “in the territory it occupied west of the river”.

“This area includes the city of Kherson, which is politically and symbolically important for Russia. The lower course of the Dnieper presents a natural barrier, with the waterway generally having a width of around 1,000 m. Controlling the Dnieper crossings is likely to become a key factor in the outcome of the fighting in the region,” the British ministry said in a tweet.

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