Real-time updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Antonovsky bridge in Russian-controlled Kherson, Ukraine, July 27.
Antonovsky bridge in the Russian-controlled city of Kherson, Ukraine, July 27. (Alexander Yermochenko/Reuters)

Ukrainian officials have said Russian troops can no longer carry heavy weapons and ammunition across the border. strategic road bridge in the Kherson region after repeated shelling by long-range Ukrainian artillery.

This was announced by the adviser to the head of the Kherson military-civilian administration, Sergei Khlan. Antonovsky bridgeabout 1,000 meters (3,280 ft) wide, “was the main route for delivering weapons, ammunition and food to the Nikolaev Front” for Russian troops.

But “the strikes on the bridge were accurate,” he said. “New hits fell exactly on those places where there were hits earlier. This made it impossible for any form of transport to cross the bridge. At the moment, the entrance to the bridge is closed.

Ukrainian officials said the bridge was shelled on Tuesday evening. Video on social media also showed a group of large explosions towards one end of the bridge.

“Hypothetically, the Russians could build a pontoon crossing. However, the left bank of the Dnieper almost entirely consists of floodplains and marshes,” Khlan said.

Russian-appointed deputy head of the Kherson region Kirill Stremousov told Telegram that ferry crossings from under the bridge are already underway, adding: “Just come here, to the bridge, and you will definitely get to the opposite bank of the Dnieper.”

The footage shows the damaged Antonovsky bridge after shelling in Kherson, Ukraine, July 27.
The footage shows the damaged Antonovsky bridge after shelling in Kherson, Ukraine, July 27. (Ukrinform/Reuters)

The UK Ministry of Defense said on Thursday that Russia’s 49th Army, stationed on the western bank of the Dnieper, “looks very vulnerable right now” after Ukrainian long-range artillery struck a total of three bridges.

“The city of Kherson, the most politically significant settlement occupied by Russia, is now practically cut off from other occupied territories,” the ministry said in a statement.

However, the Russians still control large areas northeast of the city and are able to resupply forces on the west bank with pontoon bridges and river ferries across the Dnieper.

Hlan also said that “a month ago, the occupiers used the railway bridge. They brought to Kherson and to the right bank (of the Dnieper) entire echelons with military equipment and weapons. the occupiers stopped using the railway bridge.”

In connection with the damage to the Antonovsky bridge, Khlan said that “a detour for civilian transport is through the hydroelectric power station through Kakhovka, a lot of cars have accumulated there.”

The bridge in Kakhovka upstream from Kherson is narrower than Antonovsky.

Hlan also cited reports that a police car carrying an explosive device had been attacked in Kherson on Wednesday, saying that “the resistance movement in Kherson is gaining momentum. This is the result of their work.”

Acting head of the military administration of the Kherson region Dmitry Butriy said that the attack on a police car was carried out using a radio-controlled explosive device, resulting in the death of one policeman.

Butriy said attacks on Russian positions in Kherson continue. “Our aviation dealt five blows to the enemy. Pairs of attack aircraft and a bomber hit three enemy strongholds, ”he said.

He also claimed that the Russian occupation authorities had announced a ban on the Ukrainian hryvnia currency. “The so-called occupation “police” walks around the market and warns people selling cash that they will be punished for issuing hryvnias,” he said.