Ukraine is using new cannons to hit an important bridge for Russians

Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) —Ukrainian artillery strikes a strategic bridge essential for Moscow to supply troops occupying the southern region of Ukraine and uses a precision rocket system provided by the United States to boost morale. Provided.

Ukrainian troops struck the Antonifsky Bridge across the Dniepru River in southern Ukraine late Tuesday, said Kirill Stremosov, deputy secretary of government in the Kherson region appointed by Moscow.

He said the bridge was still standing on Wednesday, but the deck was pierced to prevent vehicles from crossing.

The 1.4-kilometer (0.9-mile) bridge was severely damaged by multiple Ukrainian bombardments last week. The truck was closed, but the car was open until the final strike.

Ukrainian troops used HIMARS multiple rocket launchers provided by the United States to attack the bridge, Stremosov said.

HIMARS system With its precise offensive capabilities, it adds a more modern technological advantage to Ukraine’s outdated military assets.

The HIMARS has a longer range, much higher accuracy and faster launch speed than the Soviet-designed Smerch, Uragan and Tornado multiple rocket launchers used in both Russia and Ukraine.

Billions of Western military aid were important to Ukraine’s efforts to fend off Russia’s attacks, but Kieu officials say there are still too few to turn the tide of war.

Make a slight dent, at least temporarily, while stopping traffic across the bridge Overall Russian army The strike showed that the Russian army was vulnerable and a small victory for the Ukrainians.

The bridge is the main crossroads across the Dniepuru River in the Kherson region. The only other option is a dam at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant. It was also hit by a Ukrainian fire last week, but remains open for traffic.

Knocking out the intersection makes it difficult for Russian troops to continue to supply troops to the region as Ukrainian attacks continue.

In the early days of the war, Russian troops rapidly conquered the Kherson region, just north of the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. They faced a Ukrainian counterattack, but most maintained their position.

The exact target of the bridge was in contrast to the indiscriminate bombardment of Russian civilian areas since the invasion five months ago.

The governor of Dnipropetrovsk, in the central eastern region of Ukraine, said Wednesday that Russian troops had attacked two regions with artillery. Governor Valentyn Reznicenko said a woman was injured in the town of Marhanezi and the bombardment damaged several apartments, hospitals and schools.

“Chaotic bombardment has no goal other than disperse panic and horror to civilians,” he said.

Ukraine’s attack on the Kherson Bridge was stranded in a battle in Donbus, the eastern industrial center of Ukraine, where most of the Russian army has slowly made a profit in the face of fierce resistance from Ukraine. It happens because you are.

According to regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, Russian troops continued to bombard towns and villages in the eastern part of Donetsk.

“Russian troops are using scorched earth operations to attack Ukrainian cities,” Kirirenko said in a television statement.

He said the area has no gas and electricity, but water supplies to some areas have been cut off.

In Bakumut, a major city at the forefront of Russia’s offensive, bombardment damaged hotels and caused casualties, Kirirenko said. Rescue operations were underway.

According to a Washington, DC-based think tank, the Russians have acquired the northeastern margin of Bakumut in Moscow’s move to take full control of eastern Donetsk and the Luhansk region.

However, the Institute for the Study of War said it is unlikely that Russian troops would occupy an important additional territory of Ukraine “before early fall.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that Russia’s military losses amounted to about 40,000 and added that tens of thousands were injured and injured. His claim could not be independently verified.

Russian troops last reported the loss in March, saying that 1,351 troops were killed and 3,825 were injured.

Other developments:

— According to Mayor Ihor Terehoff, six people were injured when the northeastern city of Kharkiv was bombarded overnight.


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